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    E39 540 issue

    Hi Guys, 2002 BMW 540. Got a Engine Failsafe message on the dash on Sunday, followed by cutting out on Idle. Car runs fine other than that and no misfire to speak of. Ran the codes on INPA and comes up with code 130 DK Position monitoring, which i deducted to be the pre cat lambda sensor. my question is: is that the correct corresponding part for that code? BMW want £170 per sensor, so want to be 100% sure... Thx Clem
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    E39 540 issue

    Mate, now that you've said that, my multi connector clips on the throttle are broken (dont ask how), will pop the bonnet later and check the connections...
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    E39 540 issue

    So after a little research, It's not really clear what throttle actuator actually means, has anyone had this code before?
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    E39 540 issue

    Aha thanks for this, yes i think i've been looking at the wrong DME
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    E39 boot lid

    Mines rotten, so i'll need a fresh one. I bought a used one but it got bashed about in transit, so what my best options for buying a new one? Dealer only?
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    2001 e39 m5 (facelift) £10k

    Where are you based?
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

    They look great!
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    Finding An M5

    Agreed around London its totally pointless. I live in SW London and the OBD on my 540 is showing average speed of 16mpg :(. Having said that there are a few decent roads in Surrey that are a pleasure for an early morning blatt
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    Finding An M5

    Taking cost out of the equation, the S38 is much more fun than the M30 by a considerable margin. An M30 is pretty dull and under powered compared to the V8's and S engine...
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    Finding An M5

    It took about a year before the right one came up for me
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    Finding An M5

    Check everything you normally would with any E34, then look for recent (big) bills for the SLS if its fitted, valve adjustments every 20-30k on the 3.6, battery drains, failing blower motors, the air con is unlikely to work, and then take it for a test drive. At this age i'd be looking for evidence of bills for rust treatment, MAF, Suspension, Bushes, Cooling system, regular valve adjustments, a clutch and use of the correct oil in services. They are fantastic cars Edit I just read that you want one that won't have to be touched for a couple of years... I'd say even a good condition one, that is quite unlikely. Also i wouldn't worry about a sub 100k example, find one that's been well cared for, with comprehensive history.
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    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    Car looks fantastic! Congrats
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    Barrington Meet

    A friends just moved to a village near Cambridge and he noticed the local pub has a monthly classic car meet on the first Friday eve of every month. http://www.royaloakbarrington.co.uk/events.html He saw several E39 M5's last month so i might drop in on the 4th, Weather permitting, as i'll be coming over to visit him and help him out with home renovations. Incase anyone is local...
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    V8 Tapping Noise

    Out of interest, if you leave the key primed for 10-15 seconds before firing up the car, does that improve things at all?
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    E34 amber front indicators

    I'm pretty sure i've got a pair of these in the loft. £15 posted, let me confirm condition...
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    E39 boot lid

    cheers guys, tempted to get a Japanese one with the shorter number plate recess after some googling
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    Rick's E28 V8 Build

    Good to see you sticking at it. Looking forward to updates
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    Wheel alignment

    I took it down to Leatherhead Motor Company and they did a proper job. Just over £100 all in
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    M5 valet today. Results

    That looks stunning
  20. Hi E60 boffins, There's a nice but expensive 550 up for sale but its a 30th march 2007 registered car. Would this make it LCI or not? What was the exact date that they switched over and more interestingly when did they stop producing the E60 550i sport, as the few that come up for sale seem to be 05/06/07 Thx Clem
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    E34 535i Sport / M5 content

    I've been toying with the idea of doing an older BMW up for a while now, and had some great input from some guys here like Jamie and others, mostly warning me off. I've pulled back from the older models due to wanting an entry level project, and decided if i was going to get involved in something, it would be a newer model i am familiar with, to learn the easy way re welding costs and potential area's that will need doing / fixing. As such it was either going to be an E28 or an E34, of which a manual sport model was the only real option of interest to me. After a few months, saw an ad on gumtree for a E34 535i Sport which had been sitting in a car port for the last 8 years. When i drove up to Grantham to view it, it barely started, and almost immediately overheated and missfired, and tbh looks super tired, but the sunroof worked, and i'd driven all the way there, so gave the lad £800 and trailered it home. I've owned a fair few e34 535's over the years so know my way around an M30 (i even put a schrick 282/280 cam in one once) so im 'fairly' comfortable with the mechanics on this. I've decided the plan is to get it running and holding its temp, then bosh it in for an MOT and see just how bad the list is, and go from there. I've no time pressure or plan per se. Here are a couple of pics after getting it in the garage... So its decently specced, but hasn't been touched by a human in at least 8 years i would say. (at last that's when the last MOT expired). Decided to start with the cooling system and missfiring issue. Rotor arm and cap is knackered, the radiator crumbled in my hands when i took it out, the water pump is rusted, but still spins etc. Whipped off all of that and the housings to clean up, get new sensors, stat, pump, rad, rotor arm and cap and see how she runs. Its got some pretty snazzy aftermarket 17's but i love the old metric wheels with the impossibly bad grip, so if anyone has some lying around and by some miracle still have tread let me know... More updates Bi weekly or so...
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    E34 535i Sport / M5 content

    Cheers guys, chuffed!
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    E34 535i Sport / M5 content

    And a few pics of it washed The M5 Badge on the boot needs putting in the correct place i've just noticed from the pics.
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    E34 beginner - pre-purchase advice

    Any E34 at this age either has been welded or needs it... I'd approach this extremely cautiously
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    E34 535i Sport / M5 content

    Well collected it last night, possibly the worst evening of the year so far to collect a 300hp, non DSC, RWD car. -4 degrees in Eastbourne and pretty much all the way back home to London. First impressions are how stable the car is, at speed and round bends. The sound of the S38 is fantastic above 3.5k rpm although given the cold, i was driving very prudently. On the motor way its running a little cool, something that wasn't apparent on the test drive around local B roads, so i've ordered up a new thermostat to resolve. I'll update with some pics once i've given her a clean