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    R44M BM

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Picked up my car from Chapman Detailing.. feels like the car has just come out of the showroom in 2002
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    F30 330d Question...

    Ita completely normal, a few recent 5er 3.0d owners have asked and its just the noise of compressed air and turbo. All the standard higher tuned models do it. Most noticable next to concrete walls when the sound can reflect.
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    I personally think the E39 was the pinochle of BMW design! If they still made them I’d have a brand spanking new one sat outside my house! Its example’s like yours that make me regret getting rid of mine, and mine was a P.O.S compared to yours..... Theres something about the paint on the E39 that makes them stand out from other cars (BMW’s included) well done you! That’s a stunning example and I’m not going to look at ones for sale now..... Still not keen on the square rear plate and the boot lid though, but like I said on another thread, that’s my personal opinion and if you said to me “Mr jay, do you want my car”? The boot lid wouldn’t put me off saying yes..... You twat! Now I am going to see what’s available.....
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    I have a terrible habit of buying old car brochures. I have loads of BMW ones - but I buy others too. I’ve spent some quality time in the sun at home today leading through these. I’d still like a Capri 2.8 injection, a Sierra XR 4x4 or 2000E (again!), an original XR3i - and many, many more!
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    The 6HP boxes are solid. Whilst you can go with the Exedy upgraded plates, the standard box in good condition does not struggle to hold on to over 900Nm providing it doesn't come in one huge lump. There's a few engines knocking out north of that now, mine included. I've done an oil and filter change twice on my box and that's it. The original one with (as of tonight) 141k on it.
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    Interior Air Freshener

    See even them yakuza farts are hard as nails.....
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    Phone Adaptor Questions

    From memory, the only benefit it using the adaptor over bluetooth (BT) is that the phone uses an external aerial on the car and it charges the phone. Personally, I think these click in jobbies are time expired with BT so good these days.
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    I agree with Monkeyfinger on this - you need to know what you are paying to charge the vehicle to have any meaningful measure of overall mpg. MILEMSP - take a look at the way I worked it out in my posts of 26/4 and 27/4 on this thread. As I said then - I would welcome any comments or observations
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A simple wash & towel dry; alloys waxed and buffed too:
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    Getting the TC refurbished will make a big difference. However if you're up for it all the other clutches are are likely to be worn too. An upgrade kit, I assume, will replace all your worn clutches. It's quite a big job changing all the clutches, I think there are 7 with something like 6 friction plates each. Lots and lots of parts to carefully remove and replace. The TC does go on the 535d but not many have had other gearbox issues, even on mapped cars due to the extra power. Most gearbox issues seem to be down to low oil, need for an oil change or a worn TC. There are exceptions, but very few. As for the oil ZF LG6 has an RRP of around £20 a litre. A few years ago some places would sell it at trade price, around £5 a litre, but then I think ZF stamped down and won't supply anyone who sells it cheaply.
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    R44M BM

    Sealing over Vapor Barrier Seals?

    +1 for @d_a_n1979 recommendation for the sealent, worked well for me!
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    R44M BM

    Carbon Black ///M5

    Another minor update! dropped off my car last week to Chapman Detailing I saw his interior a few months ago where he dyed his seats which brought life back to the interior. The previous owner did a poor job of dyeing his seats and I knew Tony was the best man for the job! His unit is in Surrey, fully secure and Tony has a slight case of OCD so I knew he was going to do a good job! Seats and door cards were removed, cleaned, treated, dyed and protected... I was like a kid at christmas when I was collecting the car.. I will let the pictures do the talking!
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    @nashdm2There used to be, but liabilities I image put that business idea out the window. You would ideally use a two post lift with the arms under each jacking point. That's the best place to lift these cars. That and the centre of the front axle.
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    Interior Air Freshener

    I don't use a stand alone air freshener per se; I use this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autoglym-AG-205008-Autofresh-500ml/dp/B001151Z0W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528014891&sr=8-1&keywords=autoglym+autofresh Spray it on the carpets; under the floor mats and on the headliner and it makes the car smell really fresh and clean... Lasts well too
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    Kit's E34 535i

    These are off an E39 which reminds me I also need spigot rings.
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    Cheers Dan, it's genuinely in stunning condition and turns a few heads when cruising about as well...! The dealer wasn't wrong when, during our protracted negotiations, he said that he considered it to be amongst the best in the UK. I really am over the f'ing moon with it....
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    Kit's E34 535i

    Have got a good tyre fitter I use, I’ve taken new wheels to them before and they come back spotless. Cool, will look at that stud conversion and Camskills for tyres.
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    Visa network crashes

    I don't remember a lady with a mini but the first practice I worked at in Stockport had one room as our library floor to ceiling with orange binders and as you say a card referencing system. Was laborious finding what you wanted but a good place to skive off to as to GDPR I've hopefully managed to ditch loads of unsolicited crap!
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    Toll transponder position?

    Never mentioned snowflake and nowt up with flower pal; I'm from Lancashire. It's all in our lingo
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    Recently, I decontaminated the car and treated it to HydrO2. There is a thread in the detailing section about this. I wasn't happy with HydrO2 getting on the windscreen and I have always wanted to have a go at a ceramic coating so I decided to remove the HydrO2 and go ceramic. I ordered the stuff to arrive by the weekend as I could see a 'weather window' was due: I needed a cloudy day followed by a dry night & next day. My procedure and experiences, starting at 10am: 1) Clean wheels with a squirt of Megs Wheel Brightener and use of MF mitt and wheel brush. 2) Foam car with BH Autofoam then two bucket wash with BH Autowash. 3) As it was only recently decontaminated and clayed, I just sprayed TRIX (=IronX and TarX) round the bottom half of the car and pressure washed off. 4) Scrubbed the tyres and treated them to a coat of CarPro Perl, diluted 1:1. It worked really well but they are a bit too shiny for my liking. I'm sure that effect will soon wear off. 5) I now machine polished the car with CarPro Essence on a CarPro Gloss pad. The idea of Essence is two-fold: Firstly it gives a light cut and swirl fill. I also hope it removed the HydrO2 OK! Secondly, it lays down a SiO2 coating which 'primes' the paint to accept either a ceramic coating or CarPro Reload ... a SiO2 based spray sealant. Like any machine polishing, it took hours but went well. Comparing just polished panels to clean panels with HydrO2 on, it seemed the polished ones had a fraction more clarity and depth to the reflections. This may be placebo effect ... Pictures show Essence instructions and a view down the side of some just polished panels. 6) By now it was 6pm and time to apply the coating, CQuartz 3.0 UK Edition. This is their latest version and is supposed to be easier to apply and drag the cloth less. As per the videos I have watched, wrap cloth round block, apply a line of CQuartz and work it in a cross-hatch pattern over 50cm square areas and wait for it to flash, evident by a slight rainbow effect. This was simple enough and, after 3 or 4 passes, there is significant drag and it is obvious the product is flashing. The buffing off is not easy because the microfibre is dragging on the product and I was paranoid that I should not leave anything behind, including on the edges of adjoining panels. This time spent buffing madly meant the whole process took longer than I thought it would. Before starting, I was worried that the small suede applicators would be crystalising, need changing frequently and that the microfibre (which must be discarded) would also be getting crusty. Well, I used 3 of the applicators and even the first one was soft and pliable by the end. I regularly turned the supplied microfibre and used one of my own at the end but they remained soft so this is probably not a big issue. Darkness was imminent! 7) By 9pm (!), all the coating was on the car. Running a MF cloth over panels done a while ago, showed a lot less drag as the product was partly cured. It is critical not to just leave the coating unless the car is in a garage because any water spots etc. will wreck it before it cures so CarPro advise a coat of Reload to protect it. I am pleased to say that this is a wonderful product which goes on and off super quickly using one MF cloth to apply and another to buff. It can be used as a standalone (it will be on my wife's car) or to top up a ceramic coating. As I was using Reload, I was thinking "where have you been all my life?". By now, it was dark and bits of me ached (lots!) but the job was done! Pictures next day of the finished car plus how much CQuartz was left (note, I still have the front bumper to do. Left for the moment as it needs some minor paintwork doing) Mulling over, my main thoughts are: 1) Super luck is needed to get the right conditions to be able to do this job without a garage. I was super lucky ... even more so as the car is baking in the sun as I type this so the curing process is being accelerated. 2) Essence is a great product to bring out maximum gloss and prepare the car for CQuartz or Reload 3) Putting on a ceramic coating is a bit of a pain. Whether it is worth it will depend on the individual but I am not rushing to do another! 4) Reload is fantastic. Given that it has 3-6 months protection with great gloss, I would be very tempted to machine a car with Essence then move straight to Reload. Or, if the paint is clean with no traces of wax/sealant on, just go straight with Reload. Where does this leave my bottle of HydrO2? I'll use it to coat and protect wheels as it is ridiculously easy to do.