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  1. 3 points

    F series Gearbox video made by ZF

    I contacted ZF UK earlier this week regarding a gearbox service and they have pointed me in the direction of one of their recommended service facilities local to me who I will be contacting in due course.
  2. 2 points

    I hate gritters!!

    Bad luck, 100% job will require pro, but you can get it 90% there. 1. Get touch up stick from BMW 2. Use a hole punch on 400 grit sandpaper, use the little cut out sandpaper on the end of a pencil, sand down spot. 3. Apply touch up paint in layers. Best get a needle and apply with that to form thin layers but several of them. 4. Allow 20 minutes between coats 5. Apply 3/4 coats. 6. Leave over night to cure properly - maybe longer depending on weather conditions 7. Use polishing compound the next day to flatten down, you should have a paint high spot. Level down to paint surface. You can also do this with the same 400 grit paper but wet sand. 8. Apply clear coat from BMW (included in the touch up stick and repeat steps 3 to 7. Remeber to degrease with with something like isopropyl alcohol before steps 3 and 8 so that surface is clean. hopefully you should loose the mark, but you will see it based on light reflections due to place. one of the reason I bough a white car - contrary to belief - paint much easier to maintain. good luck!
  3. 2 points
    There you go.....don't say we're no good to you....but do your self a favour and read up on the forums like everyone else. http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/127592-wheel-refurbishment-recommendations-scotland/
  4. 2 points
    Car snow foamed, washed, rinsed, washed again, wheels scrubbed, rinsed, car towel dried, all glass cleaned inside and out with Autoglym Fast Glass (very impressed with this), bonnet, boot lid, tops of doors and wings and the roof all machine polished with Megs Swirl Remover, interior hoovered, sprayed with Autoglym Autofresh and done... Knackered
  5. 2 points
    No sign of the bridge seals being changed in that lot. These are the O rings if you like between the mechatronic unit and the gearbox proper. They age and leak loosing pressure and give all sorts of gearbox issues. Part #2 in link below http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=NB32-EUR-05-2004-E60-BMW-545i&diagId=24_1027
  6. 2 points

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    imo a gearbox service is the cheapest option, don't buy an ebay kit, most are fake! Only use lifeguard 6, lots of issues using substitutes. If you don't want to diy in Nottingham we have an indy who specialises in the ZF boxes but plenty of others come recommended, prices between 400-520, you should get the mechatronic sleeve replaced as well due to its age, you are basically double the mileage for a service as recommended by ZF (ignore BMW's lifes time BS)
  7. 1 point
    Anyone already supping, or going to sup, a good Scotch tonight (whether it be a blend, single malt or a blended single malt)? I bought this last week; so it'll be cracked open tonight: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/24099/vat-69-bot1970s Got the Ardbeg Kelpie to sup too, only had a small taste of it so far and then, as we're away next week in Scotland for a week, I've bought this for my Dad, brother and I to share: https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/302/balvenie-21-year-old-port-wood It should last us until Thursday when we're on a blenders tour of a few local distilleries
  8. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    E60/61 - F11 Towbar

    No E60 uses 4 bolts each side to mount it, the F10 uses 2 bolts each side and I wouldn't fit a Witter bar either.
  9. 1 point

    B47 f10 2014 fuel economy

    Ah, well the beauty of the derv is if you treat them gently it gets up to the high 40's
  10. 1 point

    What are you listening to?

    Just nipped the pub for a cheeky one (or 3 ) and this has just come one
  11. 1 point

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    A man after my own heart.... this was me last night
  12. 1 point
    @d_a_n1979 Here's what I'm currently pouring down my neck.
  13. 1 point
    I was quoted up to £3,200 to put my E60 box right after it threw its Eclutch. That was for a full refurb. It's these V8s, they chew up the boxes.......
  14. 1 point
    Wheel Pro Kinning Park, Glasgow. They did a good job of a refurb on my dad's 351 front after he lost an argument with a kerb at Glasgow airport. The guy that did mine last year has shut up shop.
  15. 1 point

    1994 BMW E34 540I - GF22093

    Great thread ! Thanks for sharing, I’m desperate to own one!
  16. 1 point
    We have a dog but he's a 10 year old Schnauzer and has been asleep in the living room when the window cleaners cleaned the windows and never woke up! I'm being a bit unfair, they'd have to step over him t get up the stairs...
  17. 1 point

    Coolant leak

    No; don't use that shite Stick with a bit of plasti-weld on the crack/pinhole (rough it up a touch with some light sandpaper beforehand): https://www.amazon.co.uk/J-B-Plastic-Weld-Epoxy-Putty/dp/B003S2E4UE/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1518197478&sr=8-9&keywords=plastic+weld Get a Behr or Nissens rad from C3BMW or BMWmotormec via eBay - stay away from ECP rads IMO Behr: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E38-E39-RADIATOR-520i-525i-528i-530i-728i-OEM-BEHR-NEW-17111436060-FREE-P-P/272787977488?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Plat_Gen%3AE39|Cars+Type%3A530i&hash=item3f836e3510:g:7JQAAMXQbflSNuK~ Nissens: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E38-728i-09-98-Radiator-Original-Nissens-60648A-17111436060/391937659547?hash=item5b414e129b:g:u0MAAOSwX3FaIVrS (the 728i shared the same cooling system as the E39s)
  18. 1 point

    Some annoying teething problems

    Good to see they have found the problem. Fingers crossed they can sort it out.
  19. 1 point
    Mashed Potatoes

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    Do you not quite fancy the road trip? It'll give it plenty of time to bed in nicely on that few hundred miles home!
  20. 1 point
    The battery that was fitted was a Bosch Silver, but only a standard car size with 620 power IIRC The Yuasa is much bigger, fills the whole battery compartment and has more power etc The first start was a noticeable difference, it just started with ease. Nowt up with the Bosch I've removed, done it for peace of mind etc, more so with the long drive we've got ahead of us on Sunday and the week spent driving around cold Scotland!
  21. 1 point

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

  22. 1 point

    E39 Rear Wheel Bearings

    Had mine done a couple years back... £71 for each of the bearings And 4.5 hours of labour .... £270... So quite time consuming...
  23. 1 point
    As above, it's under 30k miles since the following work-
  24. 1 point
    If your worried about changing it at least once a year - stick a KnN filter in there and it will last a lifetime. Yes the initial cost will be a lot higher but after a few years it will pay for itself. (if you plan on keeping the car long term that is) Just give it a clean once a year and you're good to go.
  25. 1 point

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Corrected lol
  26. 1 point

    New Plate :)

    Yes. Some of us remember 'dildogate'
  27. 1 point

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    I want that.. The next time you are visiting the opposite side of the country
  28. 1 point
    Should be able to do the clutch kit and flywheel for under £800: Put these part numbers into Amazon.co.uk for LUK prices: Clutch kit - 624 3150 00 DMF flywheel - 624 3150 00 Total when I checked this morning was £784 including delivery.
  29. 1 point
    Maybe your "peasant" section was not an accident..... good luck with running your M5 on a shoestring....
  30. 1 point

    Life advice needed!

    The threat of redundancy and insecurity can take its toll. It is not cheap but maybe get the HGV licence as a second string to your bow? That way, if your chosen profession isn't working out, at least you have another one to fall back on. And it always helps if the job is something you actually fancy doing
  31. 1 point

    What are you listening to?

  32. 1 point

    Life advice needed!

    I have and I love it! I have what you could consider a relatively relaxed working day however it's a long one, in fact I don't get a day off, ever! I was (and still consider myself as) a air con engineer, the best bit about the job for me was the driving around and the sleeping in the van! It wasn't that I didn't like the job, I was just bored! So I'd fuck off and do basically what I wanted (sleep eat rave repeat) I worked from home, but I worked for a company in the East Midlands. Then our lives changed and I decided to hang my tools up and join the wife at home doing what we do and it's been great! Like I say it's a long day, every day! Sometimes I operate on 2-3 hrs of sleep a night! It might not last, but I can always go back to sleeping in the van.... id say do it, as you won't know if you don't! And you'll always regret it! It might not work? But then again it might? You just don't know until you try! Someone once said to me, the reason we go to work is to pay off our debts.... sad but true! Im sure there's people on here that go to work because they want to not because they need to! Unfortunately I bet 99% of people that work, need to so stick out shitty jobs just to satisfy the credit card bill or the mortgage payments
  33. 1 point
    LUK clutch kit and flywheel is OE. Available at huge discount compared to sourcing from a BMW dealer. Use this Schaeffler (parent company of LUK, Ruville, FAG etc) web catalogue for part numbers and do a google search for best deals. Web cat here: http://webcat.schaeffler-aftermarket.com/web/schaeffler/en_GB/applicationSearch.xhtml?reset=1 At the sort of mileage your car has done - and if your car is a keeper - I'd strongly recommend you replace all of the following :- clutch, pressure plate, release bearing (AKA 'clutch kit'). And the flywheel. Plus:- - the guide bush (#1 in the diagram): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=23_1400 - the release fork (#5 in the diagram); the ball pin (#6) + the spring clip (#7): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=21_0140 (A small dab of grease on the ball pin when fitting to the car.) - the clutch slave cylinder (#15 in the diagram) http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=21_0150 Did all of the above on my car and now have a beautifully light, smooth and perfectly quiet clutch. With the gear box out, consider overhauling the wearing parts of gear change mechanism. They're relatively cheap parts and it's a cinch to do without the gearbox in place. These: #3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 here: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=25_0009 (If you were to only do one of the above then definitely change #14. Yours will be utterly shot if it hasn't been changed already.) "While you're in there"......would be silly not to replace: The rear main seal (#7): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=11_2644 I did all of the above (& more...other gearbox seals etc.) because I didn't want to go in there again. Ever.
  34. 1 point
    Old banger?! I'd have been livid, especially given the mileage and condition if your car - it looks stunning. Given the choice between a brand new Range Rover and a mint condition / as new E39, there wouldn't even be a decision to be made! The E39 has more class than the Ranger Rover could ever hope to have.
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  36. 1 point

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT today. First one since I bought it exactly a year ago. Mileage is now at 60k and a bit so wasn't really expecting any issues. It was nice to hear the Tester querying the age of the car relative to its overall condition. Though you can't see it in the picture there was a chap with a four year old Range Rover sport getting his MOT done in the adjoining bay. A sporty sort, sheepskin jacket, Churchill brogues, golfing trousers, you know the type, anyway he looked over at my car and with a patronising tone in his voice said 'they don't make them like that anymore do they' I smiled and let it go then he had to ruin it by adding 'they go for ever those old bangers' A short while later he was in an uproar as the examiner failed his Rangey on a leaking suspension strut, excessive play in the steering and a worn wheel bearing. As I collected my new MOT certificate I nodded towards his car and said 'they still make them like that then?' That shut him up.
  37. 1 point

    How Long Have You Owned Your E34?

    3.5 weeks! Its already cost me a fortune, but we're still in the honeymoon period!
  38. 1 point
    An article from the Daily Mail
  39. 1 point

    comfort seats or heads up ?

    Yes it's a difficult choice. I have HUD but not the seats. The HUD is brilliant and I would pick it every time. Look at it this way, both cars have some seats but only one has HUD...
  40. 1 point
    It's not hard to change and not expensive so why not. It's often quite black at the point it serves the manifold. It maybe over kill but cheap insurance in my mind.
  41. 1 point
    Mashed Potatoes

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    the gearbox has maps to control warm up where it'll allow the box to effectively 'slip' to warm the fluid up. If it's only doing it for the first couple of minutes when it's cold don't worry about it. Mine does this too and as soon as it's been driven for a few minutes, it'll start to lock the torque converter earlier as the heat gets into the fluid. In that 2 minutes when I first start mine the smallest input on the throttle will cause the revs to rise a touch.
  42. 1 point

    1994 BMW E34 540I - GF22093

    Nice work just looking at the pic of it as found covered in leaves and algae compared to the shiny pic of it waiting for an MOT shows how much of a transformation its been! That coin holder is kinda cool too, not seen those before, do they just clip into the door pocket?
  43. 1 point

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    spotted over ip6 this summer
  44. 0 points

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    I see what they did, they bodged up a shagged gearbox, lubeguard isn't a typo its a bodgeit and scarper oil. Your box is shagged no doubt, probably going to cost £2500 to put it right if you are lucky. Zip kit and Lubeguard, they may as well have shoved sawdust in it! http://www.lubegard.com/C-110/Transmission
  45. 0 points
    Eeeeesh - the flywheel alone now is £1000+