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Everything posted by RichardP

  1. E39 M5 market

    I agree with others, get the rust sorted so there's no problems to mention. From your pictures, a few things stand out to me (but I'm a very fussy git): - The drivers door seal is badly worn, a common problem but one that's easy, if a little costly, to fix. - The steering wheel looks a bit tatty, a good clean and wipe with some leather dye would probably help. - The drivers floor mat looks quite grubby, give it a spin in the washing machine! - The exhaust tail pipes should be chrome, yours look rather dull. A going over with some fine wire wool could bring them up a bit. - The bi-annual inspection light is on, get it reset. All very minor items, but they all go to give the same impression, fix them and it will help make it stand out. Good luck with the sale.
  2. 2003 E39 M5 Newbie

    Wow, that hung about at a dealership for a while then. Fantastic cars, but they do take some looking after to keep them at their best.
  3. 2003 E39 M5 Newbie

    Not many 03's about, welcome to quite an exclusive club!
  4. Fuse blown inside intravee II

    That's pretty hard to do!
  5. Fuse blown inside intravee II

    What do you mean by 'my fuse broke off'? The problems you describe in another thread and via PM are not indicative of a blown fuse in the Intravee.
  6. Intravee II not working

    The symptoms you describe are not caused by a blown fuse. It sounds like you have a problem with the iBus, disconnect the Intravee to eliminate it as a possible cause.
  7. Rare e39 alcantara headlining

    It's not that big a job to fit, easy DIY in a couple of hours. More difficult with a metal sun roof.
  8. Rare e39 alcantara headlining

    You probably should add to the description that it's for cars with glass sun roof, for metal sun roof you'd have to buy two extra pieces and ditch the sliding cover with the handle. Pretty rare in the UK though, looks like a reasonable price.
  9. 03 E39 paintwork.

    If the back is like that, it WILL be rusty underneath, just in places you can't see.
  10. 03 E39 paintwork.

    Not uncommon for them to go there, but that looks quite bad. Check round the rear wheel arches too, and the infamous jacking points, door seams, bonnet ....
  11. 03 E39 paintwork.

    330d or 530d?
  12. My E26!

    Presumably, because there were so few of them in the UK, BMW AG thought that it wasn't worth training any techs to work on them. Actually, if you look at the service manual, most jobs are much easier than the nearest equivalent on a modern car. You just can't plug in into the diagnostic computer to have it tell you what to do!
  13. 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.
  14. My E26!

    German e-bay classifieds is a good source. https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/
  15. My E26!

    More rocking horse shit discovered in Germany arrived yesterday. The boxes have seen better days But, oh, the contents! Never been used. The first thing that strikes you is just how badly these wheels are finished when new! Quite shocking quality from the Italians. You want the centres painted black? Well this will do, never mind that it's not quite central, I had a bit too much Chianti at lunch ... Inside the wheel bolt holes need to be painted too? Ok, if we must, but I can't be bothered really ... The finish is very rough on the outside to, but better on the inside - the reverse of the wheels I have on the car which have a bit of texture on the outside and are very poor on the inside. I can now however say with some confidence that the Campagnolo logo should go opposite the valve. The cars in Munich in September 2016, both privately owned and BMWs cars, had them all over the place, if at all. I do however much prefer my transfer type decals over the genuine article (again stuck on with typical Italian precision).
  16. E39 business CD Head Unit / Aux Compatible

    I find that HW and SW versions are all over the place. If you go off the KW and get one made after September 2002 then it should support Aux.
  17. E39 business CD Head Unit / Aux Compatible

    The KW is the production week and year, so the one above was made in week 19 of 2005. That particular picture is of an MP3 capable version which also has Aux capability.
  18. My E26!

    Had a go at the flight bag this evening. One of the zips is missing it's tag, fortunately it's the only zip that has two heads on the same zip, so it does not have to be used. One of the zips was separating at one end Fixed, more difficult than I thought it would be, but then hopefully it won't come apart again. I cleaned the leather with LTT leather cleaner and then applied some Renapur Before After Before After Something had obviously been spilt inside the bag at some point and stained the corner piece. Before After. Not perfect but an improvement and it is actually less noticeable in the flesh Some scuffing of the leather piping on the bottom of the bag, before After The inside had obviously had things spilt in it After, only a small improvement. I could not get rid of the white marks, maybe toothpaste or foundation that has some sort of solid constituent All in all an improvement, and considering it's all the best part of 40 years old, it could be much worse.
  19. My E26!

    No, I don't think I do!
  20. My E26!

    Have you seen one...
  21. My E26!

    I guess they had to compete with Ferrari on all levels
  22. My E26!

    Latest addition to the M1, three pieces of unobtainium. In their rightful place The main suitcase and garment bag are in very good condition, hardly used. The cream lining of the suitcase is imaculate Lovely little details, like a popper to attach the zips to when the flap on the case is shut I even found the original guarantee slip with the case number inside one of the pockets The smaller flight case has obviously been used much more and needs some TLC and a good clean. Job for the weekend.
  23. E34 M5

    Looks very nice and is a high spec, but who knows what rust is lurking in the sills etc. For a saloon it does look quite expensive. A September 1994 car should have M parallel wheels not throwing stars should it not?
  24. Intravee & Low OBC

    You will need radio module from a MID or IRIS system to get it to work, it won't work with the Integrated radio. The MID itself does not need coding to operate the radio.
  25. Intravee & Low OBC

    If the MId and matching radio module are installed then yes, the Intravee should work.