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    I was at Gaydon yesterday for the BMW Car Club festival, and took part in the concourse on Saturday. Staying up until 9:30pm until it got dark, and then getting up again at 4:30am just as it was getting light to finish prepping the car payed off. On another note, I'd noticed that my car was missing two parts in the engine bay. Looking at other cars, there are shaped plastic uprights that fasten on to two bosses on the main chassis. They fit into the buttresses on the engine bay cover, presumably to change the airflow in some way. There appear to be at least two versions, you can see them on either side in these two pictures, above the expansion tank and dip stick. Early version from chassis number 4301013 Later version from chassis number 4301108 Most cars seem to have these parts. They attach by 2 bolts to the boss on the chassis. However, not only was I missing the parts, but there are no holes in the boss to fit the bolts to! Appologies for the back focused picture The parts are NLA from BMW and they are not just a flat plate, they have a hoop on which goes round the tubular chassis member. So, I borrowed a pair from another M1 owner had them digitised and 3D printed Using the highest quality printer and mode, these took over 20 hours each to print. The finish is not identical as the originals are moulded, but they are not bad. I also noticed that some cars had the top edge wrapped in a trim strip and others did not. The variations may all just be due to the way the Italian assembly operators felt on the day, the availability of parts, of that bits have fallen off or been removed at some point over the last 37 years, who knows. As the parts only arrived last Friday, I temporarily attached them with double sided foam tape.
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    Anytime, I'm sure he has some pain left All finished today just need to source some arch liners and clips for the screen trim
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    keep cool and dont let it bother you ... i get it all the time ..its their issue not yours ..i just sit back and enjoy i am in the right ..only ever had one guy pull me up as he was hacked off i was sitting at speed limit ..he wont oull anyone up iagain i dont think I am totally of the mindset now its not worth arguing .. alot of britians drivers are arrogant, poor at best and if you let it all bother you then you will just become an angry man ...let them do their thing ..it will creep up on them eventually
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    This is a follow on to the long thread titled "Heavy Rain, Water Leak": I did a bit of a strip down of my car today to investigate the flow of water coming from the windscreen in to the engine bay on the near-side on the F10/F11. Here is the Panel behind which is the yellow grommet that is causing people so much grief with wet carpets It is the panel on the left of the picture: This is what you find behind that panel once you remove the 4 screws and remove it: The first area I looked into was the grill shown on the left - water that enters through that grill goes straight down and into the yellow grommet plenum that a number of us have accessed recently. I put the camera down in this position and it comes out directly into the plenum area... The plenum cover has been removed and the screw hole you can see next to the camera head is the top mounting screw for the cover. Next, I removed the wheel arch cover to look for a drain hole... And there it is, circled here: You can see some leaf debris peeping through along the left hand side of the grommet Now I turn to investigating the right hand grill and drain... I put the camera down in the area circled on the right... So looking straight down between those 3 black pipes, this is what you get, another catchment cavity filled with leaves... I removed the camera and put the hosepipe down there and gave it a good blast and most of the water came out from the drain I showed you behind the wheel arch liner. With a bit of help I managed to remove most of the leaves through the drain hole. Note that some water did trickle back into the yellow grommet plenum but most came out of the drain. Lastly I investigated the cavity beneath the nearside bonnet hinge between the wing and the blower motor housing. I put the camera down but couldn't get a good view as to what was happening down there so I put the hose down and again the water poured out of the drain behind the wheel arch liner with some water making its way into the yellow grommet plenum. I think the pipe shown here (just a hole in the bodywork on other's cars) is to drain the plenum as the water coming down from the grill/drain on the left in the first picture only goes into the plenum and needs to get to the drain grommet. In summary, The grill on the left in the first picture goes straight into the plenum. The grill on the right in the first picture goes down into a body cavity that leads to the drain grommet behind the wheel arch liner. The cavity under the nearside bonnet hinge also goes directly to the drain grommet behind the wheel arch liner. But all of the above are linked too via the hole/pipe to the lower left of the yellow grommet. There is a design flaw as those leaves you see 2 pictures above are nigh on impossible to remove (they come from the grill to the right in the first picture) and will keep on flowing to and blocking the drain grommet and any leaves coming from the grill to the left in the first picture will enter the yellow grommet plenum and stay there causing havoc. Finally, I cleaned and polished the wheel inside and out before refitting and torqued the wheel bolts to 140Nm.
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    Not very artistic but the car I had for the day while mine was being serviced
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    My E39 has to earn its keep. Today was towing duties, taking my Sunbeam to the paint shop. Its been a hard graft to this stage !
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    I think once hybrids become a viable fleet car alternative to diesel, the market will do the rest. As far as I can tell, that's still along way off though. Sure diesel cars aren't great but: Ships run on heavy fuel oil which is like the shittiest diesel imaginable. Jets crap through what is essentially kerosene like it's going out of fashion. Trucks aren't going to be anything but diesel without a step change in battery tech, or a workable hydrogen infrastructure. Even getting rail freight fully electric would be one hell of an undertaking. Attacking diesel passenger cars is like putting some Savlon on a severed leg.
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    8 years split 50/50 with my E39 M5 and E60 M5, both great cars although the E60 M5 was much more exciting to drive with the epic V10. It was between a F10 M5 competition pack or F80 M3 and decided I liked the look of the M3 more and the size was similar to the E39. I don't like how cars are just getting bigger and bigger and felt the F10 was just too big for most of the time. Sure it would come into its own on journeys but most of my driving is short trips on B roads. I had been looking for a year and then the biggest spec M3 I'd ever seen came into my local BMW dealer in the colour I wanted plus it had only covered 9,300 miles. Test drove it the next day and bought it. The first owner specced £18,000 of options including Carbon ceramic brakes, full leather dash etc, LED adaptive lights being the 3 most expensive options. It's easier to say the only option it doesn't have is the TV. I've had it coming up 4 months now and couldn't be happier, absolutely love it! Still may be in another 5 some day.
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    Been at ignition festival all weekend awesome time.
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    At the Silverstone Classic at the week end. A few nice cars in the hotel car park, the M1 was at the front obviously! Not the best photo as it was just on my phone, but see what you can spot.
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    Isn't that the wrong wheel drive car? Also is there a pack of tampax in the glove box? I bet you've stuck it in your garage and got taxis every where....
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    Just picked my 535d yesterday really nice car first e60 I've owned
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    Hello all. I have recently taken on my wife's dad's old BMW 520i. A bit of a back story he was the only owner from new (he even drove it from the factory). But unfortunately he died around 6 years ago. Anyways I didn't think anything of it for a while until I went to my wife's uncles. He had just parked it up and left it to rot. Anyhow I have had it carted to my house and the hard work starts! So far I have cleaned it and changed the fuel and oil. I have also had to put a new battery in. I have received all new brakes all round which need to be replaced. I also need to sort that the battery light is on. I am guessing ever the alternator is dead (would be a little unlucky), or I think it's the ground. Which may sound a bit far fetched but if it is on the engine or sub frame there is quite a bit of surface corrosion. Anyhow plenty of time for technicalities for after. This post is to say Hi.
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    We have relatively good quality fuels in the UK and I doubt paying for "Superior" diesel is going to do anything special for your car. With the EGR your inlet tract will gunk up just as well with standard diesel as with a "Superior" fuel. Fuel prices are on the increase again and I'm definitely not going to add any more than I have to to the oil companies' coffers (nor the government's).
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    As you asked so nicely lol Top steering wheel section now covered in alcantara Also covered the steering cowling in alcantara as had a accident with an air freshener burning my original Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I finished my rear seat + mounted rear footrest from a 740il e38 .
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    Hi guys, I managed to get a full day on this car so I have managed to get a lot done. The engine had been timed up at TDC and checked the timing up the top cams as well, all the timing is good. Next was to remove the chain tensioner from the o/s block to slack the chain off. Remove the x3 e10 bolts from the front of the chain to cam sprocket. Slack off all bolts to the cam shaft carrier and fully remove. Clean and mark in order the hydraulic rocker arms and remove. Remove all hydraulic lifters. Undo all the x14 head bolts which are very very tight! Here are some pictures: Then next was to dig out the engine hoist along with a head leveler to help with removal, the head split was then complete: And face of block cleaned up: Nice to see the coolant in the block is clean This is the offending glow plug broke/stuck in head grrrrrrr Next was to make sure no oil or coolant has leaked in to the head bolt threads, last thing you need is crap damaging your new bolts or the oil acting as a lubrcant causing false readings which could lead to head failer etc, again I work for a main dealer and do this sort of thing in my on private time so this is a standard procedure. Here we can see the threads covered in oil Threads flushed out and dried out A little clean of engine bay ready to pack away laptop and tools etc Next job is to find a place to carry out my head repair. Order parts from bmw. Might look at getting the turbo units rebuilt and injectors cleaned. Ryan.
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    Popped into my brothers body shop to see how the cars coming along, dropped it in Monday for the front end to be painted as it's having m5 wings and bumper fitted , the previous owner must have had the front painted at some point because the bonnet was very patchy in the direct sunlight, mop and Polish tomorrow and fitting up on Saturday
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    Bloke at a horse race whispers to Paddy next to him, "Do you want the winner of the next race?" Paddy replies "No tanks, oi've only got a small yard." A coach load of paddies on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going..... The driver won £52. Paddy finds a sandwich with two wires stickin out of it. He phones the police and says "Bejasus, I've just found a sandwich dat looks like a bomb." The operator asks, "is it tickin? Paddy says "No, OI tink it's beef" Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're making love to your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday." Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them because I wasn't even at home yesterday" The Irish have solved their own fuel problems. They imported 50 million tonnes of sand from the Arabs and they're going to drill for their own oil... Paddy says to Mick - I'm ready for a holiday, only this year I'm going to do it a bit different. 3 years ago, I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant. 2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant. Last year, I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant." Mick asks - So what are you going to do this year?." Paddy replies, - I'll take her with me!" Paddy says to Mick, "Christmas is on a Friday this year" Mick says "Let's hope it's not the 13th." Paddy's in the bathroom and Murphy shouts to him. "Did you find the shampoo?" Paddy says, "Oi did, but it's for dry hair and I've just wet mine."
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    so a little more on Adriana... this car was involved in a massive accident last year, and until about a month ago was still a wreck nakaisan and the team worked tirelessy to bring her back and in his words " i have pride in my work, in my cars, i couldnt just fix her back to normal, i had to bring her back bigger and better" and that he did, with the reveal of the new "heavenly" wide kit, measuring 87" across! the kit is still in prototype form and a few laps of motegi would be the test run to see how adriana performs after the repairs and new kit. so the fastest lap was a 2017 GT3RS settin times in the 2min20secs region then along came Nakaisan, in a 20 odd year old 993, standard 3.6 with manual box, on a test drive after the rebuild, an electrical issue meaning the engine wasnt running perfect, it was a damp to slight wet track, the car was on slicks, and he smashed the lap times setting 2min19s... he really is super skilled on track aswell as the workshop. anyway after the race, it was time to pack up n head back to the garage arriving there around 2am on monday morning. it had been a long 2 days wide awake but somehow i wasnt tired at all! monday after some sleep we went back to the garage and helped clean up the cars, youd never know theyd just spent 12hrs flat out round motegi i did get to see some parts of tokyo while i was there, Nakaisan was kind enough to take us to dinner a few times which was quite the experience too, not just the food but getting there in his v8 chevy truck, gangsta tunes blasting as he drifted it at speed round the tokyo freeways! plenty more pics and video on my facebook, click the link in 1st post or the Taiwan team took some really excellent pics here, well worth a look and make my iphone snaps look so crap! https://www.facebook.com/pg/rwbtaiwan.com.tw/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1242162359229331
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    Few weeks back I hit a pothole hard. Didn't see it but the car took a real bang. Not long had rims powder coated coated so I immediately thought that it will need doing again, got home and inspected the damage. Quite a mark on the rim, you can see the parallel lines that are on the underside of the inbuilt rim protector of my Michelin Primacy 3 tyres. The impact in the pothole (sub 30 mph) forced the tyre to make contact with the rim. Only got round to cleaning off the rubber imprint at the weekend so I could inspect the rim properly. After a power wash you can still see the rubber marks. After a good scrub with Bilt Hamber alloy wheel cleaner. I got most of it off, I physically can't get into clean it any more but thankfully there is no damage to the alloy and I've not got any pressure loss so I'm lucky. This being my first car with 19" wheels I wanted a tyre that has a rim protector on it and it paid off!
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    When you are young and single you come in from a hard day and look at what's in the fridge and decide to go to bed. When you are older and married you come in from a hard day and look at what's in bed and decide to go to the fridge.
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    Squeezed a whole e34 sports interior in the back of a mk7 golf. With headrests (removed obviously) and 3 doors cards + two front passengers Impressed! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Sold my M5, first to view it bought it. Went to its new home just now, i'm a bit sad unsure it was the right thing to do. Lets hope the new E34 can fill its boots!
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    Today was a good day. One I will remember for some time. I've owned this car for over 4 years and today was the first time I drove it. What can I say. After 6 months in my garage fettling away she was ready for a test drive and boy did she not disappoint. She drove like a dream and pulled really hard in all gears. The noise is something else similar to my m3 but still different. Not sure what exhaust is on it will have to check but it does sound sublime. The car is still far away from being finished but atleast now I can drive her. One thing the test drive revealed was a high idle something I'll need to investigate further. I'm literally over the moon today a car I dreamed of when I was younger I now own. Still get a kick out of that [emoji16][emoji1417]
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    Approaching the 100k mileage landmark so decided to give the wheels a spruce up. I bought the car in 2006 with 32,000 on the clock and this is the third full wheel refurb (yes I am a bit anal over wheels!) This was my second visit to Lepsons in Gillingham who did a great job five years ago and I am very happy with their latest effort so happy to recommend them. IMG_20151024_124958.jpg - The mutt approved too....
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    I've been thinking of making a moon roof in the touring for a while and eventually got around to it....well, it's still in project stage although it's fully functional as it is. It's a case of tidying up and details now. In case anyone is interested, here's what I did. Remove the seized panels by force to access and clean out the drain pipes. Remove the inner framework from the panels. Ordered UV resistant 5MM Plexiglass in correct size and shape corners using metal panels as template. The corners have to be exact, or the panels won't fit correctly. Attached the plexi to the frame on the front panel in an offset fashion, this allows the panel to lock into place without designing an actual locking mechanism. Once the rear panel is in it stops the front one from moving so you only need to create a locking method for the rear. I've used twist locks from a caravan window to do this. I've used a weatherstrip to seal the section between the front and rear but this might change to something more low profile as will the fixings used. The inner frame will be covered using foam backed cloth over a plastic cover. Here's some pics of before, during and after. As I said....it's still not quite finished but I'll update as I get more done. I'm also trying to get a motor swap done and replace the interior with a silver E61 M5 leather setup if I can get the seats to operate as they should without all the nonsense that is usually required for the Active functions.
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    While we were on the topic of protecting the glass/paint, here's the effect of using G1 on the glass, and Hydr02 Lite on the paint...I am pretty happy with the sealing you get from both so far.
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    I was never a big fan of the E60, although to be fair, I didn't spend much time driving one. I think that a few years ago, some people weren't really drawn to the E60, and there was some doubt about build quality too, which kept values of the E39 up. Now we have the F10 becoming accessible to more people, and as a newcomer to that car, I have to tell you that all the good things about the E39 live on here. It won't be long before the F10 is dipping down below the £10k mark, and I know which I'd choose if I were asked to pick between a £7k E39 or a £10k F10. I love the way the E39 looks and feels, and I would certainly say that it's a more resolved all rounder than any pre LCi E60. If I wanted a classic BMW, I would rather have something like a well specced E32 or E34 - or maybe even an E36. The E39 still has a talent for throwing up. If bills and specialist only problems which the previous generation just doesn't. Don't get me wrong - a well sorted E39 is still a fantastic, great looking car, and I certainly wouldn't mind driving one - I just wouldn't pay big money for the privilege any more.
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    My wife has said though that she is going to have my gravestone engraved with words to the effect of "he has finally found his parking space".
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    I love this car. Did an oil flush before doing oil service in preparation for annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh for summer holidays: 516 miles on one tank! The other good thing is it's big enough to keep the kids from squabbling.
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    Politically correct authorities, soft arsed politicians and unchecked immigration of people from shitholes in the Middle East and Africa who want to turn nice European countries into shitholes resembling the places from which they came, by forcing their ideas on us and introducing their sharia laws. Western countries interfering in countries whose issues they know feck all about, to protect oil supplies they want, and pat themselves on the back for forcing democracy on countries ill equipped to deal with it. We had very few issues while dictators like Gaddafi and Saddam ruled the roost. Ask people in those countries whether they were better off with Western Democracy, where their countries are reduced to a car park, or under their dictators. I don't think I missed anything there.
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    Yes, my thoughts are the same as others on here and I am happy to be proved wrong. Also, sshooie is right, there does appear to be some anger in your words sir. We are very nice people on this forum and we share the love, so relax, and thanks for your contribution, I have learnt something on this so appreciated.
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    How about the V70 R AWD? Used to love these.
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    Hi All, Just want to say thanks for all the help and advice I've received on here during my time owning the E60, and hopefully I've been able to contribute, even though I'm not around that often. I've been debating whether to change the car for an estate for a while, and thought about getting something smaller, but there are changes of circumstances, so wanted something bigger. Obvious choice was E61 or F11, but fancied a change... Kinda fancied the old shape A6, however decent engined models are in ridiculous tax brackets and nowhere near as economical as the Exx or Fxx equivalents (at least on paper), Volvo V70 D5 R designs are nice, but again clean modern ones are pretty hard to find, so there appeared to be only one other option...the three pointed star. So, after hunting around, I found a pretty clean E250 CDI Sport at a main dealer, very well specced and with low miles, agreed in principal a deal I was happy with before taking it for a test drive this morning, and after expecting to find an extremely boring wagon, I was really impressed, and am picking up this beauty next week: I've loved my time owning the past E60, previous E91 & E46, but just fancied a change this time, hopefully the right one! Again, I want to thank all of those have given me so much advice in the past, which has been absolutely invaluable, and helped me keep the E60 running as it should! To those looking out for one, keep your eyes out for my old 525d on a forecourt somewhere (the dealer are just putting it straight out to auction), it'll be a great buy for someone. Cheers, Nick
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    A partner of a pro musician friend of mine bought this birthday cake i love it
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    I thought the knob on a (white) Transit was usually found between the steering wheel and drivers seat.
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    Wise choice I think. For the record I don't think anyone knocked the 520 just that it's probably not worth tuning. It's a sweet 6cyl. What's not to like [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Fixed! It was corrosion on the plug which attaches to the fuse box. The red and white cable between the diversity and the fusebpx was corroded so much that there was no connection. Pin 17 is where the corrosion was. Happy now. Glad i didnt take it to BMW!
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    Some folk under go a personality change when they get behind a wheel, and have anger management issues, so best to avoid a face to face confrontation, as people have died over something as trivial as a supermarket parking space. Let it slide Andrew.
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    MOT'd - full clean bill of health, no advisories (well, bar the undertray comments as per the norm )
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    Yes, it's a shocker and I suppose I should have scrapped it but after six years now I'm a little bit attached to it. Edit to add; I was very pleased that except for the four of, one-use-only plastic rear rivets on the sill covers I managed to save and re-use all the other twenty or so clips and poppers that attach the covers.
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    Now at 8000 miles, ~380bhp, loud m performance exhaust and going like an absolute rocket....never missed a beat yet!
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