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  1. New brake pipes fitted

    Had mine done earlier this year too, I don't think they were quite as bad as yours but they were starting to go and I suspect that they will progress quite rapidly after a small bubble has formed. Exhaust, rear sub frame, heat shields and fuel tank were all taken off, but I had the entire underside Epoxied at the same time.
  2. 550i vs M6

    As above, you should be comparing M5 with M6 (or M6 GC) or the 550i with a 650i if you can find one. So your M or not M and then Saloon or Coupe (2 or 4 door). If you can get an M then they are a significant step up in performance, but is that usable for you in how and where you drive? The 5 Series is more practical without a doubt and will be a bit cheaper to buy, the 6 is better looking (IMO) and has a rarity value. If you ever need to transport 5 people for any distance then get the 5. If you ever need to transport more than 2 for any distance, don't get the 6 Coupe. The 6 is a big car and it feels big to manoever, it is wide and long, so consider parking space size. Surround view helps a lot but it will still take you time to judge the car in tight spaces, the combination of the A pillar and wing mirrors gives you a blind spot just where you expect to see approaching curbs etc. So if you do a lot of town or have to park in 'normal' sized spaces, driving the 5 may be a better bet.
  3. My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    Final payment made yesterday. Even the lowball valuation from the dealers based on a cash purchase was higher than the payment so the car is finally now all mine! MOT passed without any issues as expected too.
  4. My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    Collected my M6 Gran Coupe today, OK, so it's not a 5 series, but it's about as close to one as you can get without actually being one! Basic spec of the car is M6 Gran Coupe Sakhir Orange (it's not quite as bright as the photos show) with black interior Carbon Ceramic brakes Competition Pack M Multifunction seats A few other gismos! Not long after I arrived home it started pissing down, but I managed a few pictures before the heavens opened. The brake disks are massive inside the 20 inch wheels, front rear Illuminated door handles Illuminated door sill kick plates The quality of the interior is fantastic, leather and Alcantara everywhere. The M Multifunction seats adjust every which way including the side bolster width and the 'wings' on the head restraint. Not had any significant time to drive it yet and probably won't for a couple of weeks. Firs job is to give her a good detail, I asked the dealership not to clean it more then necessary to prevent swirl marks. It's a pretty long car at over 5m, about 250mm longer than the E39, and the bonnet is very long, it's a good job front PDC is standard! The DCT transmission will take some getting used to, even just pulling into the garage feels very alien at the moment, reminds me of parking in a garage when I first learnt to drive. It has 'Low Speed Assist' which causes the car to crawl forwards after you touch the accelerator, but stops when you hit the brake so it's not like a regular automatic that always crawls unless you keep your foot on the brake. This actually makes moving forwards a very small amount quite hard! You touch the accelerator, but the car is moving a bit too quickly if you are 2 feet from the garage wall, but touch the brake and it stops. No doubt there is a way to just inch forwards, it'll just take some getting used to.
  5. The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    15 years today since she rolled off the production line.
  6. 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!
  7. That's it for petrol....

    There are many things/technologies that just become obsolete. At first the replacements are niche and don't work quite as well as the thing they are replacing. But they are developed and eventually people look back and realise how much better the new things are. It wasn't much more than 100 years ago that everyone used horses for transport, the steam engine replaced some on farms and long distance transport by rail, then the internal combustion engine replaced most of them them in quite a short time frame. Who still has a CRT monitor or TV? LCD killed that technology off very quickly. Sure, early LCDs were crap, tiny monochrome things on the early laptops, then tiny colour screens, but now you can have stuff that a CRT could never do. Again, how many people use film cameras, the CCD and CMOS sensors made it almost obsolete except for very specialised applications. There are many more instances of the same phenomena. It WILL be the same with cars, the ICE is just at the start of the replacement curve, it will start to accelerate rapidly until they are museum pieces, probably well within 20 years.
  8. Voice command problems

    I don't have problem with standard commands, but it's interpretation of my phone book is awful! If I say "Call Home" it will all sorts of shit that's nothing like 'Home'. I kind you not, the most popular replay to "Call Home" is "Did you mean the Cleveland Up and Over Door Company?" To get it to recognise 'Home' you have to say 'Hume', then it says "Did you mean Home?". wtf.
  9. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Passed MOT, no advisories, no messing about heating the cats now it's back to stock. Yay! Slight leak on at least one of the PAS hoses. Boo. Slight leak on one of the oil scavenge pumps, probably a split O ring. Boo.
  10. German Environmental Zones

    I investigated this a bit when I went to Munich last September. If your car is petrol and fitted with a catalytic converter then you should get a green sticker. If your car is a Diesel then it depends on which emission standard your car was built to, this is the main target of the sticker system, to get dirty diesels out of the city centres. For Euro I or pre Euro I you get no sticker (can't enter any zones), Euro II get a red sticker, Euro III a Yellow Sticker and Euro IV (from 2006) a Green sticker. If you have an older car and it's a classic and in good condition (definition was impossible to find, but basically a significant vehicle in preservation condition) then you don;t get a sticker but are allowed within the zones. You can get them from TUV for €15 + VAT and postage https://www.tuev-sued.de/auto_fahrzeuge/feinstaub-plakette/feinstaubplakette_ausland/england You need your registration certificate that gives the emissions information. You can also get them from a TUV SUD service centre for €6. While I was there, I saw no evidence of any checking whatsoever, but I guess the sticker may be designed in such a way that some sort of CCTV system can pick it up. If you are eligible for a Green sticker, I'd get it just for peace of mind. There is also a similar system now in operation in France, currently I think there are only 4 cities that have implemented them, but there will be more and I suspect the French may impose them more rigorously, especially on British vehicles!! You can get them from the Air Quality Certificate Service https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en more info from the RAC at https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/
  11. That's it for petrol....

    At 50 mph and 20 C the model S 100D has a theoretical range of 468 miles, but this comes down rapidly with speed. So, in the winter, 10 C, heating on and 70 mph it's down to 297 miles. For, lets say, 'normal' motorway cruising it's going to be less than 250 miles. Don't be too quick to knock the charging time of a Tesla. They are designed so the battery can be quickly replaced, they did a video where they swapped over 2 and started a 3rd in the time taken to fill up an Audio A8 I think. So, if the infrastructure was in place to swap batteries, which it may well be in 20 years time, it could be quicker to do a battery swap than fill up your car with dino juice. https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/videos/battery-swap-event
  12. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah, it's the windscreen, not a bird poo on the front seat!
  13. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Big stone, or maybe even lump of metal. Fortunately just the windscreen, could have made quite a mess of the bonnet.
  14. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Arse Being replaced right now and covered by insurance.
  15. BMW Classic shop online -> Whens it reopening?

    I get the same, so it's not possible to order anything.
  16. e39 Alcantara

    The only Alcantara seat option for the E39 I know of was the M-Texture version for the M5. There was cloth available P/N 51 92 2 695 325 for plain and 51 92 2 689 028 for M-Texture, I think both are NLA, but you'd probably be better getting a vehicle trimmer to make some seat covers using the originals as a pattern.
  17. e61 M5

    I've bought this old BMW, they hardly ever come up for sale so took advantage of the opportunity, needs a bit of work so it won't be home for about six months... That was 6 months after buying it!
  18. e61 M5

    The existing ones must be faulty, shame you had to get some replacements and the new ones are cheaper than OEM so you're saving money really.
  19. 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.
  20. My E26!

    Apparently winning the BMW Car Club National Festival event allows the car is be displayed at the NEC Classic Motorshow in November on the Meguiars stand as part of their Club Showcase. http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/meguiars-club-showcase
  21. My E26!

    Doubly gutting when it's just about the only part on the car that is slightly damaged and you've never managed to locate, or even see a picture of, a genuine replacement despite asking just about everyone in the world that knows anything about M1s!
  22. My E26!

    Unbelievably pissed off that someone picked up this before I found it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antenna-for-BMW-M1-E26-Coupe-S38-65212162649-/192314483460?hash=item2cc6d62304:g:2Q0AAOSwJIBZxh0u
  23. My E26!

    Latest reply from BMW Classic:
  24. My E26!

    Latest batch of NLA parts freshly arrived from Cyprus! Distributor cap cover Magneti Marelli ignition coil and water pump