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  1. iPhone X and Intravee

    I've not got an iPhone X, or even a 6, 7 or 8! So I'm sorry but I can't help much at the moment.
  2. Wind noise from front screen

    Odd as it may sound, check the front jacking point blocks are attached. If they have fallen off air can get up the A pillar and cause quite a loud noise at speed.
  3. How Long Have You Owned Your E39?

    That's pretty close to the maximum possible of 22 years if you bought one at launch in Europe. Congratulations!
  4. How Long Have You Owned Your E39?

    I've had mine 9 years and 9 days, during which time I've driven 75,000 miles.
  5. Any watch Fans if so let’s see them

    That's quite a few watches there! A couple near the bottom remind me of this that I remembered I had at the bottom of a draw, I had it when I was at school (lats 70's)!
  6. Any watch Fans if so let’s see them

    Had this for at least 10 years, never had any attention and keeps time within a few seconds a day, goes swimming, diving and anywhere else I go, which is all I want from a watch.
  7. On 11th March 2003 E39 M5 reg AK03 DJJ was first registered in the UK by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough, 14 years ago today. I've posted quite a few threads in various places about my M5, but there has never been a single thread that's covered my ownership of the car. Quite a lot of information has been lost on various forums that have died, BMW Land and M5 Torque being two that come to mind. This forum too seemed to come pretty close too due to the tragic death of Darren last year. So I thought I'd try and document my ownership from scratch in one place rather than start another thread about things that I've done recently, it seemed a fitting day to start the task. CB37514 was built on 15 October 2002, so she was probably sitting around in the showroom at Sycamore for several months before being registered as one of the few 03 plate E39 M5s in the UK. There have been 4 former keepers, Sycamore being the first, Lord Edward James Russell being the 4th. I first saw the car for sale at Hexagon of Highgate in September 2008, the advertised price was, for that time, very high at just under £24,000 for a 40,000 mile car. I actually ruled it out as being too expensive. I was trying to sell an early E60 535d that had belonged to my father, it was 3 years old and had only done a little over 7,000 miles. The E60 was an odd spec. a non Sport 535d in Chiaretto Red with grey interior, no Bluetooth but a HUD. It was not a good time to be trying to sell a slightly odd car! I'd looked around locally and the best offer I'd had was under £10k. I considered keeping the car myself, but after doing a couple of trips decided that I could not live with the soft suspension, auto 'box and the E60 styling. I though, why not see what Hexagon would offer against their expensive E39 M5. To my amazement, they offered me just under £18k without even seeing the car. As the effective price was now only £16k the M5 suddenly went from expensive to very good value. A trip to Hexagon and an inspection and test drive in the M5 soon lead to a deal being done. I collected the car from Hexagon on 28 November 2008, a rather chilly day with a little snow at home on my return. So began my ownership of an E39 M5!
  8. Bluetooth question e39 m5

    It could be either. There is a pin on the radio that controls the Telephone Mute function, pin 10 on both round pin and flat pin versions. It could be the radio module not responding to the signal, a problem wit the wiring or the phone module. You could measure the voltage on this pin to see if it changes, I don't know which way round it is supposed to work, it may be pulled to ground or have 12V applied to activate the mute.

    I'm not sure if the Intravee will see the boot unlock, but it should see it open. If the Intravee can unlock the car then it should be able to do this. You can test this by seeing if auto unlock works.
  10. My E26!

    So, at last, after the best part of a year, I finally have my M1 at home! After keeping my eye out for a long time for an M1 I found one in July last year that looked like it fitted the bill. As with many M1’s the car history is not fully known, but it was first supplied by BMW leasing to an address in Munich in 1980 and from there found its way to Switzerland from where it was imported to the UK, but not registered, in 2011. Mechanically the car is in very good condition, there are some cosmetic rubber components that are not 100%, but replacements for most M1 parts are very difficult to find. The engine is not the original, the engine number on the block does not match up with the number it should, it’s not even the correct format! However, it appears that the engine is of a higher performance than standard. There was a company that tuned M1 engines, it’s possible that this is one of these. The car was also fitted with a stainless steel silencer. The car was originally white, at some point had been painted silver and then painted white again. The last repaint was done by a company that specialised in building luxury fibre glass yachts and they have done a very good job of painting the fibre glass body. The interior was originally black leather and cloth but, possibly when painted silver, had been re-trimmed in red leather with red carpets. I believe that the dash had also been covered red, but this had been reverted to black because of reflections on the windscreen. The interior had been done very well, but I wanted to return it to as close to original as possible. Also, the way the carpet had been done it was difficult to use the accelerator without hitting the brake, unless you had very narrow feet!! This is what it looked like when I bought it. Sourcing the materials required to restore it to its original appearance took much, much longer than I anticipated. The seat cloth is unique to the M1 but I managed to find a source in Germany and bought 4 sq m plus a genuine roof panel which is covered in the same material (the roof had been covered red too). The leather used in the M1 has finish that is difficult to replicate, you can get close but not exactly the same using widely available leather. Again I managed to source some of the original leather, a total of 18 sq m was needed, 4 full hides. I also found a genuine new hand brake lever and handle and a new gear knob. The backs of the seats are covered in a black tweed like cloth, this proved very difficult to find something that looked identical and impossible to find the original material. Eventually I managed to find some material that was a pretty close match. The carpets turned out to be very frustrating. There are 9 pieces of carpet, two floor pieces, 2 wheel arch pieces, two pieces down each side of the transmission tunnel (4 in all) and a piece at the back. I managed to find 5 genuine pieces of the 9 pieces required, but the material is impossible to replicate. In the end I had to settle for a reasonable colour match high quality carpet, it’s probably much better quality than the original, but I was a little disappointed that I could not use the genuine stuff. Other miscellaneous parts that were required were a replacement radio (which currently does not work!), a brand new set of original floor mats (which need to be fastened down somehow as they currently slide right under the pedals!), a genuine replacement rear silencer and twin black tail pipes, replacement rear window seal, black flock finish centre cubby hole (the original had been covered red), leather covered ash tray, a genuine rear ///M1 decal (from the USA), new wheel centre caps with the old BMW logo and I even found an original unused M1 English instruction manual. I also found a genuine new mph speedometer, the original kph speedometer rear just 5055 when replaced, I don’t know if this is the original, it may have been replaced when the engine was replaced. A selection of hoses and gaskets and other odds and ends were obtained from BMW classic, I wasn’t sure if they would be needed or not but though it best to start building a spares bank just in case! I collected the car from Munich Legends on 1st July after they had given it a thorough inspection. I drove it to a Shell garage and back to fill up with V-Power, just enough to get the car good and hot. We then did a final inspection on the ramps to check for any leaks, remarkably there was nothing at all, dry as a bone, the ML techs said they had never seen an M1 with no leaks! I left ML to drive the car home just after midday, you might remember that 1st July was a rather hot day, my route took me clockwise round the M25 past Heathrow where the recorded temperature reached 36.7C! I was a little apprehensive to say the least, the temperature on the motorway was probably significantly higher, but the car did not miss a beat over the 275 mile trip. The air con is rather rudimentary, but it did its job, just! I’ve had the car up on ramps again since I got home, still pretty much bone dry, just a very small amount of sweating from a couple of places. Things left to do include: - Repair the radio - Repair the clock, some of the illuminated elements don’t work. - Find a way to anchor the floor mats. - Find a way to secure the spare wheel, there were two designs, the one that matches the main wheels can’t be fastened down using the supplied bolt! - Find a replacement left front indicator, it has a small crack, part NLA. - Find a replacement right window guide, it has a small cut, part NLA. - Find as many spare parts as possible! Finally, here are a couple of pictures as she is now, I'll add some more detailed pictures later.
  11. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Aux input is not coded. If you have a radio that supports it it can be activated by placing a 300k ohm resistor between the R and L channel.
  12. Intraveee to KCA lead faulty ?

    I'll send you a PM. Bug basically if you include a SAE for return, no charge. Yes, I still have the M5.
  13. Saw that car on there stand, looked superb, that white 911 turbo on the left looked nice too (if you like Porsches) Gmund are only a few miles away from me (the same small industrial estate where the SwisVax people are in Lingerfield).
  14. A million miles of cable?

    When you say 'video module' I assume you mean the TV? The TV module is in line with the Nav computer, something like Nav -> TV -> Radio/Monitor/etc. If the TV is connected and not working correctly it could well stop audio from the Nav computer getting through. If you have disconnected the TV and plugged it's output cable (blue plug) directly to the Nav computer there are "some" cars that require the audio wire moving on the Blue plug, off the top of my head I can't remember exactly what you have to do, but it involves moving a pin from somewhere to pin 9 and/or 18 on the blue plug.
  15. Dakar Yellow RHD E39 M5 - For Sale on Ebay

    That's more than a tad cheaper than it was!
  16. Intravee II into a 1998 E38 with DSP

    If the GROM works, then the Intravee will too. You can pick up the power, ground and iBus from anywhere. Have a look at the wiring to the GROM, there will be all the connections you need there and the chances are that someone has already fitted the correct connectors so they could fit the GROM. If you have DSP and NOT a BM54 radio, you will need the DSP adaptor, but so will the GROM unless there is a version that has it built in that I'm not aware of.
  17. My E26!

    The white leather jacket is just so 70's! I think they came with clip on moustache included.
  18. Intraveee to KCA lead faulty ?

    The most likely cause is the KCA-420i to iPod cable. however, if you have another iPod it's worth trying it as the dock connector on them sometimes fails. If you need a cable I do have a few, but try another iPod if possible first.
  19. My E26!

    Not entirely M1 related, but my only purchase while at the NEC, a genuine, unused (complete with tags) 1980 BMW Motorsports anorak made by Head. It's even the right size for me.
  20. NEC Classic Show -Fabulous 528i E28

    Ok, so a little better than my definition, but possibly not much!
  21. NEC Classic Show -Fabulous 528i E28

    "Five footer" as in it will only drive five feet until you find work to do?
  22. NEC Classic Show -Fabulous 528i E28

    I'm pretty sure there was no F10 M5 on the stand. I spoke to Steve Haslam who was organising it and they said there was not much point as it was relatively new (but not current) and quite common. There was the M535i E12, E28, E34, E38 and E60 M5's plus the new as yet unavailable M5 that no one I know of has driven. The new M5 is the F90, it has it's own model designation so it's not a G30, god knows why.
  23. My E26!

    Just the cars on the Meguiar's stand. No, not at all. It's just cleanliness as far as I could ascertain, and as my brake pipes are coated in underseal to protect them in the front compartment where the servo is, and not polished to a high shine, that was the end of that! Yes, the pink mini, not the blue one or the metro. They seem to like mini's, last years mini was the countryman that was in the entrance to hall 1. I saw that arriving, the tyres were wrapped in cling film! I don't loose any sleep! Of course it would be nice to win, but it was very obvious that I wouldn't stand a chance after seeing just a couple of the other cars. The show was quite good, the old racing Bugatties that were on a stand near by were something else, although there were quite a lot of stands just selling insurance and other tat. Quite a malarkey getting out of the show, not helped by the fact that the transport company sent a mahoosive truck and there was only my car on it! So it had to park up in one of the unused car parks quite some distance away. They tried to get the car into the main truck through the trailer, but it was too low to get into the trailer, even though the driver said that they loaded McLarens that way without any problem. So he had to jack-knife the trailer to get the car in to the truck directly. It was about 11:00 before I got home. Very, very glad that I decided to have it transported, the gritters were out in force, you could scrape off the salt that's on my M6 with a spoon.
  24. My E26!

    As expected, it did not win. The engine and front compartment were the areas that let it down, I’m not in the least suppressed looking at the other cars. A Mini won.
  25. My E26!

    Sorry to have missed you, I was about most of the time but I kept quite a low profile. I’ll be there again today, definitely arround mid day as that’s when the winner is announced. It won’t be me, they were quite secretive about what they were looking for but assuming it’s based on how clean the car is, as some of the cars there never get driven (one has done 4 miles since a total rebuild) they will be cleaner than the M1.