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  1. 6 points
    Can't believe it's virtually 4yrs since I bought this car and for something that cost under £2k back then it's given service of a car costing 10x more. We had decided to change it this month as the loadspace and interior size is no longer essential to us... but I test drove a non-premium car 10yrs newer and it was so unrefined we have decided to keep the E39 another year. I keep full records and thought the work needed to keep it in top condition might be of interest. You can take it as read it's had an oil/filter change each year with the other filters changed according to mileage. On top of that it needed no further work than above in 2015. During 2016 it needed a pair of rear tyres and I kept to matching Dunlops. I replaced a cracked foglamp with one from Ebay. Fitted new aux drivebelts and front brake pads. It failed its summer 2016 MOT on rear brake effort so I fitted new rear discs, pads and handbrake shoes to get it spot on... then passed with no advisories. On a whim I removed the EGR to clean and check it's operation then refitted. In 2017 I fitted new front tyres, Dunlops again. I had to re-polish one headlamp as it had gone cloudy again. One rear suspension upper front top link had play so I replaced both. Also replaced one front wheel bearing. At the summer MOT when they did the test that raises the rear on its suspension the nearside rear airbag split so that was a fail. I replaced it with a new Arnott type and received a pass with no advisories. The final thing that year was the dealer driver's airbag recall which I had completed locally. Not great service from the main dealer but perhaps I was regarded as well down the pecking order with a 15yr old car? One aspect that has kept me on my toes is the airbag lamp. Initially as mentioned above I had a problem passed on by the previous owner which turned out to be a high resistance on one of the driver airbag connections. Then carrying a load on the front seat temp shorted out the passenger sensor which reset OK. Then it threw up several passenger airbag codes which reset a couple of times but then stuck on. Eventually I sorted it late 2017. When the dealers replaced the driver's airbag under recall I asked them to diagnose the passenger code fault and they were useless. This prompted me to buy two £20-£25 Ebay airbag ECUs that closely matched the part numbers on my own (two as I thought the chance of getting one that worked first time was slim and I preferred to hit the job all in one). Both were U/S so returned for refund. I ordered and tested two more at similar prices... both perfect so fitted one and kept the other as a spare. The light hasn't come back in many months so I'm calling that a result. Now in 2018 and having decided to run it another year I will replace the rear suspension lower links and rose joints. Also I'm putting a new Arnott suspension airbag on the o/s rear to match the one that I fitted after the original n/s burst last year. It's not leaking but we carry a hell of a holiday load and I'd hate that to go halfway to Cornwall. Daft really that a 16yr old car worth peanuts can be totally rust free... have all gadgets working... and still be a refined load carrier.
  2. 1 point
    Hope this story of a used E39 purchase and the repairs needed might be of interest. About 3mths ago wanting a large diesel estate I bought a 2002 525D Tourer unseen from 200mls away. Only 2 owners, 112k recorded with history and short MOT/VED. Here is what it's needed to bring the condition up to how like my cars... The interior was the easy bit as it was already good. A basic valet and several leather treatments over a few weeks with Gliptone brought it up far better than many 12yr old cars. New cupholders, door mirror glass, replacement driver's door seal and a resprayed drivers seat base dealt with all other items. Body wise it was pretty straight but there were 3 panels that needed smart repairs. In the end I bought the spray silver and other materials from Halfords and to date have completed 2 of the panels and the repairs are not visible. I did have to use a restoration kit to bring back one cloudy headlamp to sparkling again. Everything electrical worked fine apart from an airbag lamp on which turned out to be a high resistance joint on the feed to the drivers airbag... now sorted. Also one dip headlamp beam pattern was weird but this was just due to a badly made budget H7 bulb... replaced the pair with uprated ones. The car only came with one key/plip and soon I will have to grit my teeth and get a second from BMW. Service wise it was up to date on oil but behind on all the other filters so I did the lot in a major service inc finding and washing out the crankcase breather filter. Brake fluid had already been changed last year. The day I collected it I had found a diesel leak from under the car and this was one of the corrosion prone pipes under the passenger side just behind the secondary pump. I temp replaced this with copper which I had in stock but in time will fit a new pair of OE BMW pipes. I stripped and copaslipped all the brakes inc the handbrake drums which took a bit of work to get a decent figure on the MOT rollers. Otherwise the discs and pads were quite recent and will last ages. Wheels and suspension produced a few challenges. A vibrating run home turned out to be 2 buckled rims on the car (not the need to have them balanced as the seller said!) and the spare turned out to be buckled as well so I bought a set of 5 in mint condition from a breakers. On these I had a set of 4 new Dunlop Blue Response tyres. The previous MOT advisorys hinted the anti-roll droplinks were poor so I changed them all front and rear. On the drivetrain side a clunk turned out to be the propshaft rubber front coupling so I replaced this with genuine BMW and at the same time replaced the centre bearing plus regreased the rear UJ. While I was under there I Waxoyled the floorpan. I also changed the gearbox and differential oils using OE spec long-life fluids. While the exhaust was off to do this I made up a replacement for the long time missing gearbox to exhaust bracket. This missing bracket was an advisory at the last MOT a year before and sadly not doing it has allowed vibration to accelerate a small blow on one flexy. After an initial fail due to the airbag lamp and several advisorys which I sorted I now have an MOT pass with just the slight blow on the exhaust flexy and the very earliest sign of oil mist on one front damper as the only advisory items. I was really pleased a strong and thorough tester with a long bar and understanding of E39 suspension didn't find any play or faults in any of the many joints and arms. Emissions were very low too and it went straight through on fastpass. A recent DIS scan while sorting the airbag lamp showed up loads of historical error codes but two rescans since clearing them all down only show I have a glowplug to replace sometime. So at the end of this first few months settling in time the car runs superbly, hasn't thrown up any disasters and the "in my own time" to-do list is minimal. Very pleased... despite the £1,083 spent on items to get to this point. It has to be said £711 of that was on wheels and tyres so the service/repair bits have actually been quite reasonable. A few random images attached.
  3. 1 point
    Matthew Ashton

    Buying a F11 535d

    No, the N47 was pre and post LCI up to 2014 sometime when it was replaced with the B47.
  4. 1 point
    Matthew Ashton

    Buying a F11 535d

    Pre LCI's are just fine just don't get the N47 engine. The LCI brought updated rear tail lights and slightly reshaped bumpers with a few mods to the electronics but nothing you'll sorely miss. Also the LCI introduced the Modern and Luxury trims in between the SE and the MSport trims. I'd always look for the MSport if you can find one as the bumpers look nicer (my opinion only of course and I drive an SE which I love).
  5. 1 point
    Good man, you know it makes sense.
  6. 1 point

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    high beam assist
  7. 1 point

    Heavy rain, Water leak

    I just wanted to say a big thank you to all on this thread, I have a 730d F01 and found my windows steaming up when parked in the sun, I also noticed the sound of water sloshing around the car, checked the rear passenger carpet and it was completely soaked. Did an online search and came across this thread. I thought I would tackle the task this last Sunday, now I am completely useless at mechanics and would never have dreamed of doing the fix myself if it was not for the clear instructions on this thread. I managed to get in from the top after removing the big plastic cover on the engine, when I removed the cover there was lots of foliage at the bottom of the compartment, the grommet was black not yellow until I gave it a good clean. I put everything back together, two of the screws were a bit tight so I thought I would put some WD40 on them before inserting them, on the last screw, just as I was about to tighten it with my hand it slipped and fell onto the pan cover at the bottom NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought. This sort of thing always happens to me. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I managed to use a magnet to pick up the screw and fitted it back, have tried to soak up as much water as possible without ripping up the carpets, the car is currently in my garage with the windows down which should help it dry out. I will see if this has sorted out the issue. Once again, a BIG thank you to you all!!
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  9. 1 point

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Think they auto dip your headlights at night when the sensor detects the lights from another car coming towards you.
  10. 1 point
    Got the proper nextbase hardwire kit installed, kept it wired into the auto mirror switched supply and hid everything up inside the cabin light recess. Anyway no interference from this one!! That will teach me for trying to save a tenner!!!
  11. 1 point

    E39 M Audio Sub woofer options

    Hi, If you want 'zero' modifications or no minimal fabrication aspects/work, then it's only the M Audio drivers that will 'drop in' as it were. They do come up here and there, mainly on M5board and thus, usually in the USA so you'll have to personally import them. Asking prices for units that are in 'good/excellent' condition seem to be around the $200-300 USD level. Ones that have deteriorated a little more perhaps around the $145-175 level. If none turn up in the UK then once landed expect to pay between £190(ish) to £320(ish) once all shipping/import duty/VAT/ Clearance fees are added. Of course, if you see a set and can negotiate a cheaper USD price, that'll mean a lower UK landed price. If you don't mind a little bit of work, then some owners have ditched the oem M Audio drivers and fitted in some slimline 10 inch subwoofers. There's a Rockford Fosgate driver which gets mentioned by those who've done it and I think one or two owners have also used a Pioneer driver too. To have these fit nicely, means some work to get some MDF pieces cut and fitted so that the drivers can be affixed to them. You'll need to also install some vibration deadening material on the metal of the parcel shelf area as well. Given your car was already M Audio equipped at factory, I think the holes on the rear shelf metal will already be there. You'll also need an amplifier to drive these subwoofers as the OEM DSP amp isn't powerful enough to drive them nicely. If you aren't too concerned with bass performance and just want a simple route forward then once you find a set, go for the M Audio drivers and then you'll know your setup is all 'oem'. If you do want better bass performance, then perhaps go the slimline subs/amp route. If you want smooth, musical, powerful, controlled, tight and accurate 'actual' sub bass, then you'll need to go with much better sub woofer(s), amplifier(s), upgraded cabin speakers and go with a very small sealed enclosure using either single/double 8/10/12 inch subwoofer. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. 1 point
    All the car you need
  13. 1 point

    The old thermostat questions (again)

    The best I will be able to do apart from having the laptop showing gearbox oil and coolant temp will be pointing my IR thermometer at it when I stop the car.
  14. 1 point
    There was a guy on ebay breaking a E60 and offered me his comfort seats for £350 No problem, if you have halogens fitted and get them to work, please share, I'm waiting for dark to head out and do some testing after some coding tweets. Loving them Indicator LED bulbs by the way, good find Grizzle
  15. 1 point
    I'd be happy to give that tool linked by the OP a go. These tools are just a basic bit of fabrication and as long as the dimensions are OK then it will work. I see they have gone to the trouble of providing a ball race to ease the turning effort/strain. If it was a total cheapskate they'd have left that out. I found it far better to buy the tool so I had it for as long as I wanted then sell on after with little loss. Have a look at this thread where I changed mine using the Laser tool (http://www.lasertools.co.uk/product/4769 ) which looks very similar apart from the side cutouts on the main tube... I can't remember if these served any purpose??
  16. 1 point
    I have one of these sitting in the garage just waiting on the enthusiasm and weather to do it, it does look and feel well made quite heavy to. the new bushes fit inside it alright.
  17. 1 point
    Sorry for delayed response guys...For some reason this is a duplicate thread of the original one I posted. Steve..Will check on lcm Jim bob..likewise will check if oem and on condition Piper..pm me mate
  18. 1 point

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Bit the bullet and put my refurbished wheels and summer tires on!
  19. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    New car time - decisions decisions

    And Indeed, it's all down to the tyres. A 4x4 car will never realise its full potential in the snow unless it has the correct boots on. My mums F30 320i xdrive was terrific in the snow with winter tyres. Whoever thought you could manoeuvre around a Golf that was sat spinning it's fronts helplessly in the snow, in a BMW?. You can if it's xdrive with winters. This year is the first year I've driven my BMW with winter tyres in snow and the difference is really noticeable. @sshooie, aren't your Audi choices 4x4? As you have quite rightly said minimum of a 6 pot, won't that put you in a Quattro? Don't they come standard as Quattro when you go up to 3.0d and at that level of Audi? The whole point of an Audi is the Quattro system, if it's not a Quattro it's not worth owning, it's just an expensive VW.
  20. 1 point

    New car time - decisions decisions

    Yeah, I posted a YT video on an indoor ski slope that showed how cak 4wd were in comparison with just snow tyres
  21. 1 point
    Matthew Ashton

    New car time - decisions decisions

    An xDrive in snow with summer tyres will still slide around just with 4 wheels spinning instead of 2. Still need Winter tyres.
  22. 1 point

    New E39 owner. 523i SE Touring

    Welcome along. Nice and tidy looking Touring. Same as everyone else, keep it standard! Don't be tempted to fit: Style 32's Facelift headlights Facelift bumper Memory seats Memory steering column Memory mirrors Sliding boot floor Ah, feck it, the list is too long.....
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    The wiring was simple, updating my mostgw module and cutting out the new hole in the trim was the hardest, top tip when cutting out the hole in the trim drill a hole as a starter and then use a router tip on a dremel, a lot easier and neater than using a cutting disk
  24. 1 point
    My project finally completed. Took me a while not because it's complicated but due to not having enough time to do it. And of course waiting for bits and pieces to arrive from flea bay. on top of all that my car is in constant use so I had to wait until a long weekend like right now. :). Overall I think it took me about 6 hours to complete. I must say I am very pleased with how it all went and now I have front heated seats with lumber support fully working. Huge thanks to Liam for his thorough write up and Pms. And now the kids asking for heated seats on the back seats. Lol.
  25. 1 point
    Agreed rather be 27 than 47 lol