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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. Any fly fishermen out there

    Hi, Not me.. but a good old friend does.. His name is... J.R. Hartley ! Cheers, Dennis!
  2. Non-AC Heater Panel WITH PCB

    Hi NF, Apologies for not coming back sooner, I don't have any parts like this unfortunately. Seems it's quite a rare setup too which hampers things for you. Fingers crossed one turns up for you quickly and at a decent price! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. e60 android 4.4.4 8.8 ccc upgrade

    Hi, No experience with these units, but keep in mind it's low quality, cheap/generic electronics coming out of China somewhere. With the E60, the location of the screen makes it ergonomically disadvantageous to have to keep reaching that far over to make adjustments and changes, so it's why the controller was used in the centre console area to navigate the options. This is a big flaw for these chinese replacement units in making them a touchscreen - I don't see many owners will want to do that. In the marketing blurb there, there's no mention it'll interface with the oem rotary controller, so maybe ask the seller? I'll assume it doesn't as in that marketing blurb it mentions the car it's going into needs to have the 'Aux In' mode available as it's the only way the unit can work. That's a limiting factor, so it seems to 'control' the unit its a touchscreen and goes through an aux input, that not all E60's may have. These kinds of units have been around a few years now, still haven't seen a forum member provide a full and detailed review after fitting one. Cheers, Dennis!
  4. Decent E39 Radio Amplifier?

    Hi, Keep in mind that the OEM audio setup in the E39 has a signal booster already. Have you checked that your's is 100% working ? before adding on cheap and low quality items, check this aspect. I responded to you in the other thread, so perhaps look at moving the cheapy booster you have around a bit to see if that makes a difference. If not, then you'll need to search out better quality FM/AM boosters, the reason I say this is that there's less of these around nowadays as more and more people are moving to DAB+. Some of the Trade specialists I have accounts with no longer list FM/AM signal boosters and are finding more people want some sort of DAB+ instead for which there's much better quality antenna's needed and which allow for excellent reception. Cheers, Dennis!
  5. M5 interior dye colour? (grey centre part)

    Hi, You might need to speak to some reputable leather interior re-trimmers who'll have access to new leather that's already a close match to the oem grey insert colour. I'm not sure if there's a dye kit available that's a direct match for the BMW colour, but might be wrong but ask such re-trimmers, re-connolising specialists as well as the automotive leather dye product manufacturers to see if they have a matching colour re-dye kit. If none of that proves fruitful, then you could have the inserts of the M5 interior you have re-dyed or re-trimmed to all match. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, You might have placed the antenna near some wiring that's creating the noise/interference. You could try re-situating the current low quality booster to see if the noise reduces or goes away. If not, get a higher quality booster unit and see if that performs better. Alternatively, look at perhaps getting a Digital Radio solution and add that to your oem head unit/setup. Cheers, Dennis!
  7. Alloy Wheel modification to fit E39

    Hi, As per above, if the CB is machined by a reputable and experienced specialist then you'll most likely not get any issues. Those particular wheels don't look all that great on the E39. There's plenty of other wheels which do look much better though ! Cheers, Dennis!
  8. What brightness of hid

    Hi, I put on a HID kit to OEM Hella Projectors which were at 5000K colour temperature which provided a clean white light output with just a little tinge of the 'blue' colour. I didn't want the 6K temperature for the increased blue 'tinge'. Cheers, Dennis!
  9. 2002 530i Sat Nav - Best Options

    Hi, The only aftermarket head unit which is promising full OBC support and DSP support in E39's where it's fitted is the soon to be released Avin Avant 3. https://avinusa.com/avant-3-for-bmw-5-series-e39-m5-android-multimedia-navigation-system.html It's just about to be released for the USA market so no independent reviews as yet. It's still a chinese made unit, so potentially could be less than excellent in terms of reliability and usability, but it might well be 'THE' chinese made unit to have if it turns out to be an excellent, reliable and great sounding unit. The unit on it's own would be around the £675 level once imported into the UK and inclusive of all Import Duty, VAT and clearance fees. Shipping is included in that price. They have an offer that they'll pay any import duty up to a max of $50 worth once you show them the receipt of any charges paid. That'd perhaps mean £640 ish landed. The 'extras' you might want do push the price up though! The plus points are that the 'features' are current and more sought after compared to the now ancient OEM setup you are considering. The Advantages of the OEM setup are 100% OEM looks and full OBC functionality. The rest of the aspects are all disadvantages nowadays.. Cassette is all but a dead medium, CD's are on the decline but I know many people still carry disks in the car, OEM bluetooth is phone calls only and no audio streaming, the multiple physical modules are getting old now and failing more often and each module has multiple points of failure and many of them are relatively expensive to fix. If you then wish to increase functionality, then it's more expense and if you then want to improve sound quality it's more expense again. Going back to the Bluetooth for a moment, then Android based mobile phones have more hit and miss full compatibility with the old BT modules, your next Android phone might not work as well or at all for instance and it soon gets expensive trying to get the later BT modules which might give you that full functionality again (or might not!) The iPhone currently has the best chances of full compatibility, however next year's top end new handsets from the big brands will most likely incorporate Bluetooth V5. Although the standard lists backward compatibility with older BT standards, it might mean less full compatibility with the very very old oem BMW BT modules. If you can get all the OEM modules, that are working and in good condition and 'hopefully' keep working without you having to spend on them relatively soon for perhaps around £250-300 all in, then it makes it better value to retrofit it all. If getting them all comes out significantly more than that, then I'd say it's not such a good route to take. Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Marmite interior?

    Hi, It's the Arizona Sun trim pieces that I want to add to my collection ! The other set being the Birch Anthracite ! I've personally never liked the Naturel Poplar trim that the Champagne 2's got though. The little square block pattern on these seats is also a bit like the rare M5 Alcantara Cloth interiors too and I like it. The Arizona Sun colour for these seats I like as well, much better than some of the other 'rarer' colours sometimes seen on low to mid range model E39's - would look much better if they were Sport seats ! Cheers, Dennis!
  11. What are you currently drinking...?

    Hi, Just had some family friends around and had a quick drink of Laphroig 10 Yr Old! Cableguy - That JD Honey tastes more 'caramel' to me ! Tried it initially about 18 months ago now, it's on the list of bottles we will have in our bar regularly from now on ! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. E39 M5 query

    Hi C! It's not just M5's but pretty much all other 'interesting' variants of the normal cars out there and the rest that have examples like this along with deluded sellers ! On top of all that, there's lots of asking prices that are many thousands higher than they should be over the last couple years and over the next couple, it's looking likely they'll come down quite a lot ! If you can wait, then once these silly high asking prices come down, begin your search again then? if not, and you want one soon'ish then as per usual advice, go see as many as you possibly can and hopefully one will turn up that's both worthy in all aspects and hasn't got such a silly high asking price attached. Where was this particularly bad sounding example advertised and/or the geographical location? Cheers, Dennis!
  13. What are you currently drinking...?

    Not drinking gallons of it ! I usually do drink a lot of water each day, so it's a nice treat to have a can or two of this and/or cherry pepsi max ! It's only every few weeks to perhaps 1 month between having alcohol too! (I can't post pics of our extended collection of spirits as I need to transfer all my pics to Flickr from photophucket) Cheers, Dennis!
  14. What are you currently drinking...?

    Sugar Free Irn Bru !
  15. 520i stuck with a D

    Hi, Unfortunately, no one can really help you as yet given you've not mentioned which year and variant your 520i is! Once you put that information up, you can post in the relevant section as then you'll most likely find others with the same car as you might have more knowledge to share with you. Also, what other diagnostics have you done? no life at all? is the battery totally flat? is there any obvious missing battery connections? does the starter motor turn at least? ... etc etc... Please post up more information that's relevant! Cheers, Dennis!
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