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    Real world mpg and range

    Link to the thread?
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    That is a lovely motorcar; do you still have it?
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    Real world mpg and range

    OBC at set speeds then checked by rough calculation. Over a long period, the past 2k miles, the car is sitting at 27mpg. I don't think you can throw turbo-diesels into the mix as from OBC I can see over 60mpg from my wifes F31 435d in driving Miss Daisy eco-pro modes; as for the M3 I can match that with a just shy of 34mpg from a ancient M635CSi on a trip down through Wales on A roads, admittedly playing the chase the high MPG game. I don't want to get into an argument but my point is, the figures I obtained for the 2001 car are roughly in line with the promotional and declared figures for the time, but for all the technological advances in 20 years, including the keep-it-in-the-sweet-spot 8 speed gearbox and turbos for better air-fuel ratios there isn't the improvement that would have anticipated or hoped for 20 years ago. I suppose the industry boffins know there are limits to petrol ICE development, that we're at those limits and so electric-petrol hybrid is the way ahead as the best solution for a useful long-range automobile that can also use zero-emmision electric for shorter-range urban journeys. Would still love a G series though, they look awesome.
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    Real world mpg and range

    Whilst I'm in awe of the technology of newer cars I am always confounded by the lack of improvement in the ICE in nearly twenty years or so; my recently recommissioned 2001 Alpina B10 V8 with a 4.6 litre NA. Engine manages 24.8mpg around town, 31.7 at a steady 78mph and 39.7 at a steady 54mph. For twenty years of development there is not the improvement you might have hoped for twenty years ago, except of course in terms of safety of the crash cell itself. I would love a G Series Alpina.
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    Removing tailgate window opener?

    But is the glass intact?
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    Reversed Steptronic Changes

    It's a very simple change - two wires and about five minutes in total. You just need a later gear surround. edit to add; http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/903-changing-the-steptronic/#entry10455
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    heater takes ages to get warm e341996

    Thermostat I suspect.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    I do think insulation glass is double glazing, again quite rare on E32 V12's but standard on E38 V12's. The sport lip is nice, as is the Alpina lip. Alpina stripes and model badge would/should only have been put on a genuine Alpina cars but the front spoiler was, and still is, offered by Alpina as a part for any E32, much like the wheels. E32 Alpina's would have had 17" Classic wheels in 8.5j & 10j widths. IMHO (not that it matters much) the Alpina spoiler would be ok to pop on a non-genuine car and look great but my only caution would be how low you want to drop it; the B11 and B12 E32 cars were lower than the models they were based on but not by very much by modern or aftermarket standards, perhaps 10mm, maybe 15mm, and any further drop would make an Alpina spoiler very vulnerable indeed. Hope the car is a fantastic purchase, good luck.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Because they have a torque convertor lock up in every gear the Alpina Switch-Tronic is very much like a manual gearbox in manual mode so I have almost always driven them as manuals and only use them in automatic mode when I'm set in cruise on a motorway, stuck in a traffic jam or just plain old feeling lazy. I have driven modern BMW's with both the eight speed auto and seven speed manual and none have the engine breaking you need for actual driving on A and B roads like the Alpina' s and a manual gearbox have imho.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    More pics in this thread... http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/68873-quick-how-to-fitting-a-saloon-boot-socket/?tab=comments#comment-708076
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That was an outstanding effort on the front lights; can I ask what compounds and polishes you used please?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Very quickly then; Yes the rear Touring window blinds just slot very tightly into place. The tailgate ones use one clip each then one clip to hold them true in the centre. They don't rattle at all and are very secure. The rear door blinds use two self-adhesive slots top and bottom. I tried to take photographs from the outside but they are pretty dark so you just get reflection. I have no problem recommending them, they're very well made and fit pretty much perfectly. For a saloon car without any blinds they are far more cost effective than trying to get hold of the OEM blinds; for a Touring they are the only blinds you can get hold of for the rear of the car, and again more cost effective. Whether you want to put the adhesive clips in your car is up to you, but if you need blinds for kids they are really good.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The link for the aftermarket blinds is in the post with the pictures. The aftermarket door blinds do not fit a car that has the OEM rear door blinds. The aftermarket blinds use a one or two very small clips to keep them secure. If anyone local to me wants just the aftermarket rear door blinds then they can have them for £20 instead of buying a whole set.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This is the thread you need ... http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/48374-has-anyone-retro-fitted-an-e39-boot-socket/?tab=comments#comment-497805 All the part numbers are there; you need brave pills to cut through the carpet of the side panel but a bit of care and it'll look great. The wiring is very simple stuff.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Piccy time. Carbon Fibre gearknob and Alpina stitched gaitors. I changed the 2001 gearchange direction and +/- indication to the later, more easily used, configuration soon after getting the car. I have changed the E38 as well.... Sunblinds bought from https://www.carshades.co.uk/index.php. I wanted these to keep prying eyes out when I'm carting stuff about. They fit superbly well and are also on sale at the moment. There's only pictures of the Touring rear side windows and the tailgate as my car already has the OEM rear door blinds. You can also the OEM Touring 12v Boot socket where the battery maintainer is plugged in... These just slot or clip into place and because they only come as a complete set (and I have the OEM rear door blinds) I have the two rear door blinds going spare. Rear seat E38 Cupholder and rear seat 12v sockets and USB socket. They are wired through to the front 12v socket but separately fused. I retro-fitted the E38 rear seat TV button and AV in/out sockets years ago....
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    Removing tailgate window opener?

    Slow and steady and don't lose patience I'm afraid, otherwise the glass is in danger and you really don't want that
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    Removing tailgate window opener?

    I did this job eight years ago when my button failed it was a massive pita. About 3 hours of swearing, wriggling, forcing and thinking I would snap the tailgate glass before it finally came free. If I can remember anything just keep soaking the recess where the spindle goes through into the plastic body of the switch assembly. I think that even after soaking it for some time I resorted to cutting through the top edge of the switch assembly in order to free it off the spindle assembly. The aluminium of the spindle assembly corrodes and damn near glues itself to the switch assembly. Just two important points to remember; 1. The curved section of metal on the left of the spindle assembly is quite weak and can break - mine did and so I had to then buy a new spindle assembly as well as the switch assembly. 2. Don't put too much bending pressure or shock onto the tailgate glass - that is an expensive pita to replace. If you have a dremel or small grinder or blade try and start making a slot into the plastic above where the spindle comes through so that when the slot or cut is deep enough a little lateral pressure can split the plastic free of its bond to the spindle. Good luck and don't break the glass.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Looking back at the listing it appears you're in luck for suspension changes as it doesn't look to have EDC, just standard shocks and springs. It also has the inlaid wood in the interior and the Sport front spoiler lip. If you are planning to lower it I wouldn't go near the Alpina front spoiler as it was vulnerable enough to prangs on standard and Alpina springs. The Sport lip is that little bit higher up but still a very nice addition. Have you posted any pictures of your E38 - there is always a lot of 7 love on this forum. My E38 has the 20" Alpina's on it, as that's what it came with
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    I have always loved the E32 and that looks like a belter; as others have said it's pretty much perfect as it is and clear lenses, black kidneys and a suspension drop will completely change the character of the car. Changing to sports seats will lose you the picnic tables and footrests for the rear passengers and you might struggle to get them in full memory, heated, lumbar in the correct colour. As for the wheels, the picture you have labelled ' 15" Alpinas' are actually 17" Alpinas. Going bigger than 17" wheels on any E24/28/32/34 will expose and amplify any existing problems or weaknesses in your steering and suspension as well as wear it out quicker when you get it fixed. Going over 18" wheels will give an uncomfortable ride due to the reduction in sidewall height to fit under the suspension struts. I suspect the car has EDC suspension fitted so trying to drop it will lose the flexibility of having soft and firm settings to choose from. I'm sorry if that sounds a lot like 'leave it like it is' but with a lot of the changes you're considering would lose you a lot of the special features you get from such a high specification car. FWIW I think 18" M-Para's, 17" Style 5's and 17" Alpinas always look very classy on an E32 and will give a sufficiently firmer ride than the car would feel on 15's or 16's. Style 32's have a great deep dish but can be a bit marmite, and Schnitzer wheels give a very specific look. Best of luck with the car, they're still perhaps the best looking Seven Series (and I have an E38) and it should be a delight to enjoy all the extra toys yours is fitted with.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Pop up and have a look Barry; the E34 was harder to do for depth of foam reasons but the E39 Touring seat has less foam so I cut an insert from beneath instead of a hole from in front. There are a vast array of E38 colours so finding one to match shouldn't be too hard. I think I have a black one around here somewhere that's going spare. In 'E39 today' news my second hand PDC sensor arrived and worked straight away; it doesn't look odd as it was Titan Grey whereas my car is Steel Grey so it looks absolutely fine unless you really get up close. I picked up two tins of OEM BMW rattle cans from ebay.de in the correct Individual StahlGrau 400 shade that I can respray it with if needs be.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Fitted the new tailgate lamp after battling a seized bolt getting the old one out. I had previously removed the next-to-useless rear cupholders and then butchered a replacement cubby-hole to fit a double 12v socket and USB socket. Then, in the same way as I did with the E34 Touring (and the same way they're fitted to an E38), I took my brave pills and cut into the pristine silbergrau Individual leather of the back seat and fitted a set of grey E38 rear seat cupholders. They're not as good as more modern cupholders but they're loads better than the E39 offerings and more than good enough for smooth motorway cruising.
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    BMW 540i vs BMW M5

    Have any boffins out there got access to and could print/post/e-mail the standard power and torque curves for the E34 540i, 3.6 M5 and 3.8 M5? I'm curious following the Total BMW E34 540i Touring vs M5 Touring article - I noticed they both make 295 lb/f.ft torque, the M5 at 4750 rpm and the 540i at 4500 rpm, while the 3.8 M5 has a peak power of 340 bhp at 6900 rpm against the 540i's peak of 286 bhp at 5800 rpm and so I wondered; a. What power the 3.8 M5 makes at 5900 rpm? b. How similar the power and torque curves were? c. Whether chipping/re-mapping a 540i and raising the rev limiter would release some more ponies to play with? The 3.6 M5 figures would be for curiosity and comparison as well As always, any help gratefully received Sharkfan
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    BMW 540i vs BMW M5

    Blimey, I started this thread just over a dozen years ago when I had just bought my first 540i/6 Touring and knew nothing about M5's and even less about Alpina E34's; since I started the thread I have gone from the 540i/6 to a 3.8 M5 and then onto a B10 4.6, all E34, all Touring. I could probably answer all my own original questions now
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    E34 m5 on eBay

    Better longevity than the highly strung and doesn't-often-make-340-bhp 3.8.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    @oberlointment Sorry if it's not clear; my car has the OEM rear door roller blinds, the aftermarket set I am buying just slot into place with small clips and cover the rear doors, rear Touring windows and the tailgate glass; I'll be using the slot in blinds for the rear Tourng windows and tailgate and will have a pair of clip-in aftermarket rear door blinds going spare.
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