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  1. 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
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    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)
  3. 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
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    As above, it's under 30k miles since the following work-
  5. 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.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Corrected lol
  7. 1 point

    New Plate :)

    Yes. Some of us remember 'dildogate'
  8. 1 point

    ZF 6 speed transmission issues

    I want that.. The next time you are visiting the opposite side of the country
  9. 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.
  10. 1 point
    Maybe your "peasant" section was not an accident..... good luck with running your M5 on a shoestring....
  11. 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
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    What are you listening to?

  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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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    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.
  18. 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!
  19. 1 point
    An article from the Daily Mail
  20. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 1 point

    The BMW5 random picture thread

    spotted over ip6 this summer
  25. 0 points
    Eeeeesh - the flywheel alone now is £1000+