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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Front suspension now fitted and it drives so much better than before no more crashing over bumps, next up im fitting my 535i power steering pump, deleting the SLS and renewing the rear suspension, will fit my new parcel shelf whilst im there (long over due). After that ive got plans to delete the air pump, fit a lighter flywheel and recon the alternator, then a few bits to sort on the interior. Not sure the to do list will ever end but im still enjoying the journey I spent several hours of polishing and waxing this weekend, a few pics....
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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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    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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    Just picked my 535d yesterday really nice car first e60 I've owned
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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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    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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    Just wanted to say a massive thanks to the this topman for helping me sort out my e61 sell leveling system it is now no more and I have coilovers fitted on the rear and it drives perfect
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    Right before I order one of these for the wife thoughts below please!!!! XC90 R Design and all I'm adding as it's loaded is the winter pack... Then I get the 535d back and change that next year.... potentially!?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    I finished my rear seat + mounted rear footrest from a 740il e38 .
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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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    Welcome back to the Fold. Can we expect a post on wheels again?
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    A few photos taken on local common grassland. Polished and sealed all round. Looks like it did in the showroom apart from foglight surrounds. Big Vee Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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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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    I'm just interested that's all as I've never done the never never before, but some day I would like to buy a brand new car. Sadly now I don't think that will be one with a decent internal combustion engine which has more cylinders that gears!
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    Guys, I have just spent 2 hours looking at my car. It is interesting. There are two parts in play here. Firstly, as you look at the car from the front, there is the deep hole underneath the right hand bonnet hinge (photographed above) There is a drain hole at the bottom of this deep hole that drains in behind the panel that we are all removing. That is how the water gets in there. If that hole is blocked from above, underneath the hinge, then standing water will collect there and its then in danger of getting into the car somehow. If the gully is not blocked, water will then drain down the gully and out of the hole, into behind the panel. If the panel then takes a big hit of dust and shite, there is very little chance of it draining away out the bottom of the panel. Then standing water collects and gets above the yellow grommet and hey presto, wet carpets. Secondly, above the top of the panel, inside the engine bay, there is another gully that is designed to take water down and in behind the top of the panel. Same issue if the bottom of the panel gets blocked. There is not much new in what I have said, but, for sure this is a design issue as there is sealant all over the inside of the panel where in fact there should be a small slot at the bottom that does not have sealant. Now, most of this is already known. I read the whole thread again and refreshed myself on it and its a really good thread. As regards my car. Its nearly three years old, has done 11k miles and sits in the garage for most of the year. I took my panel off, hoovered at the bottom of both the deep holes underneath the hinges and cleaned the mess behind the panel. Mine was nowhere near as bad as some of the pictures, very little crud and no tide mark on the yellow grommet. BMW, why oh why did you design a panel that has two gullies that feed water into it, then seal up the panel? Madness. I have decided not to modify my panel, but, routinely remove it and clean. If my car was outside most of the time, I would be doing one of the modifications seen in this thread. My pictures are below. Back of panel: Gully above panel which water slides down and goes in behind the panel (panel is fitted in this photo) Behind the panel, mine was really quite clean compared to others. That is not a tide mark showing but a shadow in the picture. The drain hole from the hinge hole above comes out just behind the black lug sticking out from the right hand side. You can poke your finger in it when the panel is off. EDIT - All of this was written before putting the panel back on. What a PITA that was for sure. You have to make sure the panel slots back up into the two rubber slots, one vertical and one horizontal. Before you put it back on, take a look and have a feel of the rubber slots, they are obvious when you have a feel where the panel needs to slot back into. Then once you know they are back in correctly (feel all round where the panel slots in and you will feel if there is a gap anywhere), then get the little plastic lug located, then put the four screws back in. Of course, one of my screws would not go in, so, panel had to come off and a slightly larger hole was drilled in the panel hole. Then back on for another go lol. All on now, with a very sore lower back and cuts all over the place on my hands and arms!!!! After experiencing the pain with getting the panel back on, I have cut a slot in the sealant at the bottom on the panel to aid water getting out as I dont plan to do this again!!!! (but I might get bored in 3 years time and do it again now I am an expert) As I have said before, I am very nervous with most things, especially a car thats still in warranty, so, quite pleased with myself for attempting and completing this!!!
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    I wouldn't take less than 2000 quid for it. If it doesn't make that, tax and insure it, enjoying the fruits of your labours. I bought a cat C E34 520i Auto last week. Amazingly unrusty but clobbered wing and two doors. New wing and two used doors into paintshop Monday, hopefully reassemble the beast next weekend. Whilst it should turn a modest profit, it's the satisfaction of saving something that was built to last two decades and has done that with three years on top.
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    Both my kids passed their test's over the past two weeks. I have been out with them over the last few months as they were learning in my Mrs car, I have been absolutely astounded at the number of fuckwits on the road, both kids are competent with their choice of speed for the roads but the amount of idiots we've had to contend with is unbelievable. As soon as people see the L plate they have to get past you. We've even had a bottle thrown at my daughter as the van past her doing 45 on a local country lane. The hardest part is teaching the kids not to react to these idiots and remain courteous.
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    Just got back from south of france.. Wow this car was great. Having to hang around for the father inlaw in the 32 was tiring though!. Got flashed by a hidden speedcam too:(. Love my 5.
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    So... no sales of new petrol or diesel cars after 2040. If I am not pushing up the daisies by then, I have a plan... They said nowt about coal...
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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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    I bought a stupidly large roof box.... Oh the glamour....
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    You asked? Man up and tell her once you've bought it. Ideally when you are showing her how she should use it.
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    Must be remote up there, having to piss in a bottle.
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    Looks very nice and enjoy your holiday but I have to ask, is your wife not allowed in your car and is forced to take her own? Oh silly me, I've just got it, your wife won't let you in the BMW!
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    For as low as you can go with springs (IIRC); you'll need the Eibach Sportline springs, but you'll need new dampers and top mounts too, might as well fit all new rather than punishing worn components etc... But, you could look at coilovers as well... By the time you price up new dampers, the Eibach springs and top mounts all round, you'll be close to, if not passed, coilover prices! For the lower end (height adjustable only and c30% stiffer than OEM suspension), Pro-Sport and JOM coilovers come in around £200 (new top mounts all round advisable); D2 and BC coilovers c£650-£750 (dependent upon where you buy them from) and they come with their own pillowball top mounts up front and aluminium top mounts on the rear (these, IMO, are more than sufficient for a road going daily car). APEX RDX coilovers come in around c£500, as do AP coilovers (I think), they need top mounts as well IIRC You'll not get that low in that pic with springs IMO, only coilovers can offer you that level of drop and equal ride height all round... Don't forget that doing this, you need to check all other suspension components as well as they could fail when the cars lowered (more stress). Also; a full set up and fast-road setup is advisable to ensure that the wheels are all within correct toe & camber parameters etc... IMO, if you're doing this, it's worth having it done properly first time around otherwise the car will handle like a bag of spanners and you'll end up with further issues arising!