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  1. I first bought a BMW nearly 30 years ago, that was an E30 325i Touring and since then I’ve had an E36 328i, E46 330i and E46 330d Tourings. My current BMW’s are all M cars, but I miss not having a Touring. There are only 2 official BMW M car Tourings, the E34 M5 and the E61 M5, neither were built in large numbers. My preference has always been for a manual gear box, so in late 2015 I started looking for a decent E34 Touring that was fundamentally sound but maybe needed a little work. The problem is that the E34 Touring is a very usable vehicle and most E34 M5’s have been used, a lot. There are very few about that have done less than 100,000 miles, most have done significantly more. I looked at a few but none met my criteria and most had significant rust on the main chassis. A rare manual 4.6 E34 Alpina Touring that had been restored was for sale in Germany and I briefly contemplated that as an alternative. Many would argue that it’s a better car than the E34 M5, the Alpina modified V8 being much more flexible, having similar power but more torque than the rather highly strung 3.8 version of the straight 6 S38. But for some reason there is something I prefer about M cars to Alpinas, can’t put my finger on it but the Alpina was not for me. There is also some sense of destiny with the evolution of the initial M88/1 in the M1 and it’s final evolution of the S38B38 in the E34 M5. By mid 2017 I’d just about given up hope of finding a suitable E34 M5 Touring and started looking at the E61 M5 instead. Obvious benefits were that it was available in right hand drive and is a more modern car. Then there is that V10 engine, but there is also that gearbox! There was a low mileage, high spec car for sale not very far from me, so I arranged to go and look at it. While I was in the car on the way, my phone rang. Someone had found an E34 Touring that was not ‘officially’ for sale, but it would be open to sensible offers. I went ahead and looked at the E61 anyway, it was in very good condition and had obviously been well looked after, the owner had several other very nice cars including a Ferrari Daytona in their garage. However, with the prospect of a suitable E34 with a colour scheme I wanted (Avus Blue silver accents and black interior) and the E61 with a colour and interior that is probably my least favorite (Silverstone with Silverstone interior), I decided not to go down that route. My first sight of BL01698 was just via some pictures taken by a friend who lived nearer to it than me. Initial looks made me wonder if this would be a good choice after all! I had been told that it was a 6 speed car, actually it’s the earlier 5 speed version. The mileage was more than I’d been told, but still low at a little over 77,000. Apparently the car had had a minor scrape down the passenger side, then been left awaiting repair. The minor scrape was not quite as minor as I had hoped and a lot of the ancillary components were looking decidedly crusty. The interior was reasonable, except for the front seats that were showing quite a lot of wear and has some strange scratches, as though someone had been wearing a studded belt or something similar. On the plus side, maybe the 5 speed box is not a bad thing, they are readily available if something does go wrong with them, unlike the 6 speed which is pretty much unique to the E34 M5. Some reports also claim that the earlier 5 speed is nicer to drive. The car has Hi-Fi speaker system and full leather dash which makes the interior feel a bit more special. It also has a factory fitted tow hitch which was one of the things I really wanted, the tow hitch mounting was a little scabby though. The engine had had major a rebuild quite recently, so the internals would not need any work at all even if it looked pretty scabby on the outside. A closer inspection of the vehicle chassis revealed that it was mainly in pretty good condition. The decision was made; BL01698 would undergo a total restoration by Munch Legends. Pretty much everything was stripped off the car, engine, sub frames, fuel tank, heat shields, sun roof, doors, tail gate, front wings and ancillaries in the engine bay etc. One of the front wings was a little rusty and the two passenger side doors were damaged enough to warrant replacement. On examination at the body shop it was decided that the cost of replacing the driver’s side doors and other front wing would cost little more, possibly less, than prepping the originals. The entire underside, including the inner front wings, was bag sealed. The original active shock absorbers were sent to Poland to be refurbished, the rest of the suspension components, drive shafts, brake dust shields, and sub-frames etc. were either replaced or refurbished and powder coated. The diff was rebuilt and painted where appropriate. All brake calipers were rebuilt and passivated, along with all other unpainted underbody components. Most of the rubber and trim pieces were replaced where still available from BMW. All engine covers, plenum, water pump etc. were vapor blasted and repainted where required. Brake lines, fuel lines, fuel tank and all clips etc. were replaced. The fitted Powerflow rear silencer was replaced with an OEM part. The wheels on the car were rather nasty two piece after market design and the outer rims were badly corroded. There were replaced with the correct M5 Throwing Star wheels with new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. The sun roof was jammed pretty much solid, but eventually opened up to allow refurbishment. Most of the work on the chassis and running gear is now complete, there are still a few bits and pieces left to sort out. The tailgate needs fitting and the sun roof is in pieces awaiting reassembly and refitting. The interior has not been touched yet, apart from removing parts to allow for removal of the sun roof cassette and facilitate other work. I have quite a few pictures of the work being done, for now I’m just going to post a comparison of some of the original pictures and the same area as it is now, plus of couple of the whole car and underside. Please remember, this is still work in progress. And a couple of pictures as she stands now
  2. OK, this is a rubbish rendition that I just hacked in 2 minutes with Paint, but given that the top section of the grill is closed off and is thus just for show, does this not look better?
  3. RichardP

    Adding aux input along intravee

    No. Only cars built from September 2002 on have the 3 pin Aux connector behind the dash. A 2000 car, if fitted with the original radio module, will not support Aux and won’t be pre wired..
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    Cold light checks

    No, or at least not for most LCM modules. The best way to disable Cold checks is to code the LCM. Unfortunately you need an LCM IV to be able to control cold checking of all the lights by coding.
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    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    Couple of pictures of the underside of the car. Still some tidying up to do to the front (oil level sensor cover and compressor for example). IMG_2474 IMG_2475 Sun roof and glass tailgate section should be going back in soon, then work can start on the interior.
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    Intravee Switch Potential Fault

    The default setting for the switch is 2 A.I.-Net and one Aux port. So if it’s port 3 that’s not working it’s just a question of reconfiguring it when connected to an Intravee.
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    Mods to your e39 for less than £100

    Older garage door openers might work, it was ‘universal’ after all! But it’s conpatible with Earlier versions of Homelink before they introduces rolling codes, V3 I think it is, so it won’t work with anything even approaching modern.
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    BMW Lego ?? is there any out there

    Thought you built one of these https://www.lego.com/en-gb/themes/technic/bugatti-chiron/build-for-real
  9. RichardP

    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    The body shop did a very small amount of welding at one point at the rear, the rest was cleaned up.
  10. RichardP

    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    That's not as easy to answer as you might think. But suffice it to say that current expenditure is in excess of 50k.
  11. RichardP

    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    Seek and ye shall find.....
  12. 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!
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    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    There's always one isn't there. It's not finished in that picture, it has no wheels or brake calipers either.
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    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    Underside Engine bay you'll have to wait for a thread on it for any more!
  15. RichardP

    Best i-Pod for KCA-420i and unit location

    I've found the most reliable iPod to use is the 80GB Gen 5.5 iPod Video. This can relatively easily be upgraded to 240Gb storage if required. The iPod Classic (last of the 'traditional' iPods) is OK, but more prone to lockup then the Gen 5.5 Video. The iPod Video or Classic do not require a charge converter or lightning adaptor. The iPod touch has some disadvantages, for example it does not support the option to exclude artists that are only found on Compilation albums and if you play all tracks from an Artist they are played in either alphabetical or track number order so albums are all jumbled together. The iPod touch also goes to sleep very quickly, so unless you unplug and reconnect before every journey (even after just stopping for fuel) you need the KCA-420i wake up mod. There is plenty of room in the dash above the transmission tunnel in an E46, or above the small cubby hole above the drivers right knee in a RHD car. You can use a 5m AI-Net CD Changer cable to get from the Intravee in the boot back to the front of the car, route it either above/just under the edge of the carpet.
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    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    I suspect it's a little highly strung to be quite as good an all rounder, although in theory it should be more versatile. Pretty much nut and bolt resto.
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    The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    I bought this car 10 years ago yesterday. Still the one car that I'd keep if I could only have one.
  18. RichardP

    Intravee II not working.

    You can use the TV antenna directly if you want. It's a diversity system, so 2 antennas and the TV selects the bets signal. You can T them together or just use 1, but using 1 you might find you lose reception if the transmitter is the wrong side of the car. You can use one of these : https://cpc.farnell.com/rf-solutions/adp-smbf-2smbm/tee-adaptor-smb-female-to-2x-smb/dp/CN20669?mckv=sw5mVutv3_dc|pcrid|224689766569|kword||match||plid||slid||product|CN20669|pgrid|49729733449|ptaid|pla-412324023826|&CMP=KNC-GUK-CPC-SHOPPING&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2azziYyR3wIVqL_tCh3UywTTEAkYASABEgLO0PD_BwE
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    Intravee II not working.

    Glad it’s all working now. re the antennna. You can use the FM antenna with a splitter or the TV antenna. The BM54 uses a FACRA connector, the BM24 has an ISO connector. The TV and TUA-T100DAB use SMB connectors. Something like this would enable you to connect the BM54 antenna to both the BM54 and TUA-T100DAB. https://audiovisualworld.co.uk/dab-fakra-to-smb-connector-aerial-antenna-splitter-ct27aa134.html
  20. RichardP

    Intravee II not working.

    Just to add, although the TUA-T100DAB is quite old, it's actually one of the most sensitive (i.e. will get reception even with a poor signal) ever made. The TUA-T100DAB in my E39 will work in many places where the DAB in my M6 will not.
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    Intravee II not working.

    Do a scan for an Ensemble (or Multiplex, MUX for short) with a log key press of either > or <, or from one of the Preset banks select the 'Auto Store' option. You have to remember that this is quite an old DAB tuner, it does not list all stations that it finds like a modern DAB unit does. You need to know the basics of how DAB works. The DAB band is split into a number of discrete channels, each one can carry an Ensemble. Ensembles can be local or National, for example the BBC Ensemble is on Channel 12B. Local Ensembles carry local stations and can only be received in a particular region, in other regions there may or may not be an Ensemble using that channel. Nation Ensembles use the same channels nationwide. One of the good characteristics of DAB is that the receiver can utilise the signal of multiple transmitters that are near to one another to create a better signal so you can easily have national channels. With FM/AM on the other hand, multiple transmitters near to one another will interfere with each other so national radio has to use multiple frequencies. RDS enables an FM tuner to automatically re-tune on the fly to other frequencies of the same station, but if you've ever used a pre RDS radio in a car you soon realise how often you have to re-tune. So, with the Intravee/TUA-T100DAB you must first select the Ensemble (MUX) then select the channel from within the Ensemble. Scan to the next/prev Ensemble with a long press of the < or > keys, select the station within the Ensemble with a short press of the < or > keys. Saving a preset saves both the Ensemble and Station. As searching for an Ensemble takes a little time, save one station from each Ensemble in each preset, then you can rapidly switch Ensemble and select a different station from within it.
  22. RichardP

    Intravee II not working.

    Menu items that display a * are toggles, * = On, no * = off.
  23. RichardP

    Intravee II not working.

    DAB does need a pretty good signal and it’s blocked by metal, so in the boot is not the best place! The antenna orientation is quite important too. Have you downloaded the Extra Supplement too?
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    Intravee II not working.

    If the TUA is in the chain and the iPod works (as well as it did before) then the tuner should be working. You should see the 'Source' menu appear on the 'Main Menu' as soon as there is more then one source. So if you go 'Back' and 'Back' again from the menu in your screen shot you should see the Main Menu with 'Now Playing', Search, Source, Setup, Random mode, Repeat mode and Pause options. On the Source menu you should see two options, one for iPod (or AI-Net 1) one for DAB.
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    Intravee II not working.

    From the laptop screen shot the Intravee must have had quite old firmware, the screen shows that the AI-Net CPU firmware was updated too, that's not changed for a very long time so I think it was probably stuck in UI setup mode. Flicking back to the menu screen is normal unless you press the button with the rectangles on, next to the Info key top left. You should get text display unless the tracks on your iPod don't have any ID3 info. Cutting in and out is not good, could indicate a dodgy cable or iPod connection. What happens when it cuts out, is it just the sound with the tract time counter still increment, or does the track time stop/reset/disappear? Pressing the Sel button on the Nav will display the second screen in your picture. Navigate the Intravee menus with the menu controller (bottom right) or programmed keys - for example the 'Clock' key should go to Now Playing. Have you connected power to the TUA-T100DAB? It needs permanent live and ground on the 4 pin plug. Also make sure you have the AI-Net cables the right way round, 'Input' is the KCA-420i or other AI-Net devices, 'Output' is the Intravee.