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  1. 2 points
    I finally have an E39 saloon. Paid too much for it, but it’s here now!
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  3. 1 point
    BSS

    E39 540i/6 Sport touring

    Its unusual for me to keep a car long enough to bother with a build thread other than an E34 M5 i once had and the E30's i currently own but i think that i will keep this 540i (my 7th E39) for a while so here we go! By pure chance or luck depending on how you look at it, the previous owner turned up at my workshop one day to ask me to look at something on the car and mentioned they may want to sell. I assumed it was an auto so when it turned out to be a manual my ears pricked up as i knew that facelift 540i Sport tourings are not that common and manual ones quite rare. Ive tried contacting BMW customer services to find out how many were sold new here but have drawn a blank.. maybe i just got someone who couldn't be bothered. According to howmanyleft.co.uk they peaked at 12 with only 6 remaining. How accurate that is i dont know as that site can be hit miss. So here it is, 2001 titan silver with black, very common colour combo and one i keep ending up with (2x prev E46's and 2x prev E39's) but at least its not grey inside. VIN WBADR52040BH99030 Type Code DR52 E Series E39 (2) Series 5 Type TOUR Model 540I TOURING (EUR) Steering RL Doors 5 Engine M62/TU Displacement 4.40 Power 210 Drive HECK Transmission MECH Colour TITANSILBER METALLIC (354) Upholstery STANDARDLEDER/SCHWARZ (N6SW) Prod. Date 2001-08-29 L812ANational version Great Britain P337AM Sports package S210ADynamic stability control S220ASelf-levelling suspension S227ASport suspension+lowered+ride-height S249AMultifunction f steering wheel S302AAlarm system S386ARoof railing S403AGlass roof, electrical S428AWarning triangle and first aid kit S431AInterior mirror with automatic-dip S434AInterior surface aluminium S441ASmoker package S459ASeat adjuster, electric, with memory S473AArmrest front S481ASports seat S500AHeadlight wipe/wash/Intensive cleaning S508APark Distance Control (PDC) S520AFog lights S522AXenon Light S534AAutomatic air conditioning S555AOn-board computer V with remote control S602AOn-board monitor with TV S609ANavigation system Professional S632APreparation BMW Handy (Motorola) S672ACD changer for 6 CDs S694AProvisions for BMW 6 CD changer S710AM sports steering wheel, multifunction S715AM Aerodynamics package S760AHigh gloss shadow line S775AHeadlining anthracite S785AWhite direction indicator lights S788ABMW LA wheel, Individual S850ADummy-SALAPA S853ALanguage version English S863ARetailer Directory Europe S877ADelete cross-pattern operation S880AOn-board vehicle literature English Not a bad spec out of the box, it was a BMW staff car originally so someone got to choose an interesting company car. 2 owners after that which have been local to where i live, the last having spend money on some of the usual E39 issues, new timing chains, new clutch and flywheel, various suspension arms and cooling system parts have kept it in reasonable heath. First thing to do was replace the tyres are they were finished on the original style 66's so an ebay purchase of a set of staggered style 37's with michelin pilot tyres helped with the looks and sorted the need for tyres. The original sachs made M sport suspension was past its best so some Bilstein B8 front and Bilstein B6 rear shocks with some eibach pro kit front springs along with some new genuine BMW top mounts have transformed the ride and handling. I know some people replace the SLS rear suspension with a coil spring and shock set up but i wanted to retain the SLS for load carrying. Plenty more in the pipe line such as some retrofits and some eibach roll bars are on order.
  4. 1 point
    Oily10

    Vinyl wrapped interior trim

    Thought I'd have a go at wrapping these trims whilst they were off,never done it before so thought why not give it a go.Beats looking at all the scratches etc
  5. 1 point
    dandle

    F10 door corrosion

    Got my car back yesterday after all four doors have been repainted. The job seems to be pretty good to be fair although the door seals on both the front doors were fitted incorrectly and required the body work guy and myself to reposition them so the sealed properly against the body. Its these silly things that really let them down after they've done work like this. How many people wouldn't even notice the rain seals not fitting properly and just drive away in it. Also got to use the Mondial warranty for the first time without an argument and they replaced the drivers door mirror for being noisy and intermittent.
  6. 1 point
    Finished the passenger seat excluding the headrest, I'll be fitting it tomorrow to make sure everything's functioning. Forgot to take a final picture with the side trims on. And as you can see there is some creasing on the right side of the seat due to the zip ties, I'm hoping with normal wear, they'll straighten out. I did try changing the zip ties and loosening them but it didn't make too much of a difference.
  7. 1 point
    FIVE-OH

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Indeed. Two jobs well we worth completing and in the case of the fuel lines, possibly critical now due to the age of the cars. I used the dinitrol range of products namely 447 which is a rubberized compound and over paintable. Happy with the coverage but it does seem to fade slightly once fully dry after a few weeks. There are plenty other products on the market but the dinitrol seems to be readily available and decent value. In regards to the fuel & brake lines, these are available from the main dealer. The fuel lines come pre shaped but the brake lines do not. I'd advise soaking the retaining clip screws with a good releasing agent regularly before attempting to remove the small securing screws. Absolutely nothing stopping you from making up your own fuel lines if inclined and you can get some piping suitable for the job in hand. You only need to renew the flow & return lines. You can discard the vapour line completely as not used on earlier models but you'll have to blank off at the vapour canister under the o/s/r wing.
  8. 1 point
    Yokozuna

    Van drivers

    Oi! Stop it! that was definitely a bloke, you can almost hear him say to his passenger “how far do you think we can get it today”?
  9. 1 point
    Steve S

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    I had done the reset before on the oil change and it worked OK, but did the brakes and was wondering why I couldn't access the rest menu. I was putting the ignition on, but had the door open it didn't work. Door close works fine.
  10. 1 point
    Munich1

    Removing Windscreen?

    Unfortunately no progress shots. A before, a couple of after and one of the crate. I'd defo go fingers over screwdriver, more control and no risk of damage to screen or seal.
  11. 1 point
    Sir Anthony Regents-Park

    Bloody women drivers!

    What a tedious bore, intent on sucking the last drop of fun from life's marrow.
  12. 1 point
    Carl-e34

    1994 BMW E34 540I/6 - BK35093

    13/9/18 Today saw the removal of TBL's sunroof steel panel ( Yes metal ... so was a little rusty ) in the final strip down We are not keen on masking items like rubber seals when having paintwork done and the seal was well past it's best. So a new sunroof seal can be added to the BMW shopping list of clips n bits which are always needed after a full strip down & The offending rust on the underneath of the sunroof panel was cleaned using power tools and painted first with Red oxide then Black Hammerite... . I'm happy the rust was found sooner rather than later. We are now awaiting the new driver's side wing. Link To Our Sunroof Removal Tutoriall Comments welcome
  13. 1 point
    Misterbish

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Get yourself this, makes refitting the wheel a doddle(I have spacers), I keep one in my toolbox the other I keep in the car incase of a puncture Wheel mounting tool
  14. 1 point
    Dazp30

    My 535d

    Just picked my 535d yesterday really nice car first e60 I've owned
  15. 1 point
    Modge

    Resetting warning messages - wont work

    Thanks for replying, I actually managed it in the end, my issue was that I was only pushing the key in to fire up the electrics I wasnt actually starting the ignition (without the engine) which was why it never went into the service menu. I shared your frustration though, just couldnt understand why it wasnt working!
  16. 1 point
    DatV8

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Past few days I've been stripping down my M5 to do valve cover gaskets, replace plenum gaskets and replace the o-rings on the vanos solenoids. Also while I'm here I've removed the thermostat housing to do the lower oil return hoses (otherwise it would have been impossible!) They're the originals and very squishy with the original BMW clamps on them. Going to order a fair few parts and refresh as much as I can. Had to do a bit of soldering repair on one or two places to get one of the solenoids to fire. Cleaned all with brake cleaner and compressed air. All 8 now activate with a nice 'click' both on and off. Replaced o-rings afterwards readyu to put back on the car once valve covers have been replaced. Want to check the cam timing while it's there too.
  17. 1 point
    OTTOMAN

    A few pics of my other cars

    Here is a few pics of my Mustang and my wifes M135i, love both of these cars very much. The Mustang is so rubbish in many areas but it makes me smile and I love it.
  18. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    3 gens of the 5 series

    Probably not that interesting to folk, but this was my parent in laws driveway last weekend My 530i, my pop-in-laws 520d and my sis-in-laws 530e
  19. 0 points
    Lying under the car welding the sub-frame on a Lancia Beta with an ARC welder, I put the welding rod down to chip off the accumulated slag, I then prodded the (now cooled, not that daft!) weld with my finger. Unfortunately I had rolled back onto the welding electrode and the resultant short circuit meant I was trying to weld the car with my index finger, the blister lasted for about a week after! Another one which happened to a mate, but for which I was responsible, we were fitting a new clutch to my Cortina 2000GT and I had a loop of rope round the gearbox tail and up through the gear lever hole in the transmission tunnel, supporting the weight of the box whilst Steve tried to get the spindle into the hole in the clutch plate. He shouted a muffled "OK" which I thought meant he had done it so I let go of the rope. Unfortunately he just meant take the strain and when I let go the gearbox bell housing hit him straight between the eyes!


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