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  1. DennisCooper

    Std. E39 5.25" door/saloon parcel shelf speakers

    Hi, Unfortunately, there's very little choice for impedance matched, substantially better sounding speaker upgrades for the E39 if wanting to keep the OEM head unit/audio modules. The aftermarket industry standard of 4 ohm components and co-axial speakers will provide an output if connected to the oem head unit/modules, but won't sound as good as they could. There's a handful' of aftermarket, high quality speaker model sets that had better impedance characteristics that were able to have been connected to the oem head unit/modules but have long been discontinued. You could try to find a set but you may be waiting for a very long time. By far the most popular direct fit, impedance matched and high quality upgrade speakers are the ones from BSW. They are a USA based company and previously would send their products out to the UK/Overseas but I believe they stopped that about a year ago. Part of the reason is that they get plenty of sales over there but very little demand from the UK . This was down to cost as even when the exchange rate was better, they'd come in at around £400 landed in the UK at your door inclusive of all taxes/duties and shipping. Now the exchange rate has worsened, that price would perhaps be around £440+. You'd need to have someone in the USA buy and have them delivered and then get them sent to you in the UK. (I've not looked on their website for some time so it 'might've' changed back ?) So, or what you mention, that's the only option I know of that's been proven to work properly with the oem audio and give a substantial increase in sound quality with many many USA guys who also only want as close to OEM have reported back on the US forums. The other way I can think of is to buy a good quality small and decent RMS power output 4 channel amplifier and connect that to the speaker outputs of the oem audio. You could then buy any of the 4 ohm aftermarket quality speaker sets and I'd say spend as much as you can on the front components set and perhaps £30-50 on the rear co-axials. I'd say to get the budget £20 E39 MDF baffles on ebay and use them to replace the oem plastic pods in the front doors as the upgraded speakers will play and perform much better. Cheers, Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    Recommended Headunit E39

    Hi Stu, Looks like it's a very well specified and priced unit and 75mm shallow depth! design for the front is clean and uncluttered and I think those are touch sensitive controls so no physical protruding buttons. The price at around £400 is fantastic value for money with the features set that it has ! Get it into your car and let us know your thoughts Cheers, Dennis!
  3. Hi, For those looking and wanting a rare colour/individual example, this is one of 6 made in right hand drive. Via the forums, at least one has been written off, one member here has one and I've seen reference to another which was having restoration work being done to it. There's one more I know of that's with an enthusiast and tucked away in his garage! This one certainly looks like one to put on the shortlist to view at least ! https://www.renaissance-classics.co.uk/vehicle-details/Bmw-5-Series-U110 Cheers, Dennis!
  4. DennisCooper

    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi, Something I've been developing for the worldwide E39 community More details coming very soon ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi, A final aspect of things is being worked on with a contract supplier and hoping to finalize that in the next week or so. Once that's in place I'll make that announcement with all details, specifications, pricing and availability Cheers, Dennis!
  6. DennisCooper

    Recommended Headunit E39

    Hi, Stu - There's only a few head unit's currently that are shallow depth and fully featured. in due course and with the arrival of 5G mobile networks, I think more shallow depth units will appear as more people ditch having CD's in the car. Getting all you mention in a head unit at £300 to £500 isn't quite possible as yet, perhaps in the future. I've personally been using the Parrot Asteroid Smart since it was released in 2013 and have been very happy. I had my iPod directly connected to it for all my favourite music tracks, so a quick scroll on the excellent display and I'd have my track playing. For digital radio, I thought for all but 5 minutes on getting a separate DAB unit and connecting it up. I quickly decided to not spend any more time/money/effort in that and instead went the easy route of using a free App on my phone called 'Tune IN'. I simply choose the station I want and use Bluetooth Audio streaming to the Parrot and voila! all the UK's big/main radio stations available along with the thousands of others! no antenna to install, no extra box, no extra wiring and no extra expense and fitting faff either! Since the Smart came out, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have come out and looks like in the future all or most car audio head units will go this way - certainly from the premium brands. NF mentions the other choices that are more highly featured. The iLX-700 has been superseded now, but if you find one it's an absolutely fantastic unit ! Will you be adding an amplifier and upgrading the cabin speakers and perhaps adding a subwoofer? if so, when done modestly and with good quality products the results in sound quality and performance are fantastic! if you use through the OEM speakers, you'll only get a marginal increase in SQ. As for the aesthetic aspect, then you've seen my other 'coming soon' thread ! Just waiting on wrapping an aspect up with a contract supplier and I'll make an announcement asap! NF - There was that recent announcement from Apple that Waze will be 'allowed' to work on iOS so a nice option for many. There's also been a recent announcement from Apple that they'll completely overhaul Apple Maps so that it's a worthy offering from the company with the most cash in the bank ! So coming soon from them is the option for Apple users to use either preferred navigation app ! Qasimahmed, that SPH-230 looks like an excellent unit indeed for the price of 'around' £400 or so! has all and more that Stu mentions he wants! However, it's not a shallow depth unit, so if you want it to fit flush, you'd need to modify the airbox which is extra expense or, use a 'tilt' type fascia meaning the airbox doesn't have to be modified but the unit is 'tilted' forward so the rear lower edge of it clears the top front edge of the airbox. Done properly and airbox modified with a fitting kit and fascia will perhaps add on another £400 or so to the SPH-230's price. Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    Upgrade for lousy F10 door speakers?

    Hi, You've got the same topic thread here Speak to some of these specialists to see what your options are. I think there's some threads over the forums where some owners have 'mixed' in OEM speakers from higher level setups, so that could be an option as well? Cheers, Dennis!
  8. DennisCooper

    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Hi, I've been saying this for a few years now, in 20+ years time, the kids of today who are 15 or so years old won't be splashing £100 grand on a Golf Mk2 GTi or a E36 M3, or Peugeot 205 GTi nor £40-50K on an E39 M5 or E46 M3. As guys who are currently in their 50's and 60's begin driving less or pass away and leave their Escort MK2's and Sierra Cosworths to their kids, a few cars will of course appeal to those with BIG pockets if they decide to sell them, but on the whole, Classic Fords (and other such like cars that are sought after now) will decline in value and selling price as there'll be less and less people interested in running and maintaining such a car. When running costs for fossil fueled cars gets ramped up over the next few years, more people will offload them and the surplus ones will get crushed/exchanged on the scrappage schemes. Car's are luxury items and as living, housing and education costs, and other mandatory costs increase, there'll be less people willing or capable of spending £50-100K plus on an old Ford (other similar era car) Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    E39 M5 Prices

    Hi, Zion - It's one of those, many many enthusiasts and owners are saying these cars will 'only rise in value' and 'future classic' for when it comes to adverts for those up for sale currently, but having been watching E39 M5 adverts, asking prices and time taken to sell or the number of times cars being relisted, then being relisted with asking price drops, it seems fairly clear that very few are actually selling at the top end of asking prices. Sure, a 'few' at the top end have eventually sold, but only after modest £1-3K asking price drops, these have been at the £18-22K initial asking price ranges. I'd hazard a guess the selling price has actually been after bigger price cuts.. A lovely looking CB one came up some months ago on AT, 89K I think it was, all original, all the usual spec everyone wants, facelift and great pictures, good description at... £18,995. Over perhaps 2/3 months it was reposted on AT initially with no price drop and then with £1K cuts till it went to £14,995. It then wasn't listed for perhaps a month or so, then re-appeared at £15K. It didn't sell and the same cycle happened again, multiple relists at £15K and then only once it dropped to £13.5K was it not seen anymore. A number of similar examples have been similar. There's also a few up now that have been up for 6+ months with no price drops at all, the one that is up at £30K doesn't even have the correct colour wheels and it's 87K miles, it needs to be sub 30K miles for that price ! So I'd say the higher end cars are overpriced by quite some margin and hang around quite a long time unsold before eventually disappearing from the various sites. This is either due to the owner deciding to hang on to the car or, has sold at significant or possibly a bit less than asking price. I think some of the very high end examples have changed hands at 'big' money via direct sales and/or sale or return type places, so 'visibility' and pricing on those remains elusive. Current cars that are well priced seem to sell relatively quickly - Essex Boy's example a case in point! Skeggy - Your's has a great advert and well described etc and the car for me looks like it should be on all those ' I want an M5' people's shortlists to view. I think there's multiple factors currently that are hindering sales of cars like yours and similar ones from other marques. The rising cost of fuel, insurance and VED along with parts prices for running an M car, the fact that E39's in the UK are at the stage where rust and corrosion can be and are big concerns, people's jobs and businesses facing more uncertainty ... makes for less potential buyers out there. Now that Diesel has been outcast and demonized and even more so perhaps over the next few years, it'll be Petrol cars turn next and although there's perhaps not going to be a 'sharp' changeover from Petrol, I think the demonization will take a few/ 2 or 3 years to be implemented by the government. Of course, if after Brexit the UK flourishes and regains 5th place in the worlds biggest economies - ie where we were previously, perhaps more people will have more disposable income to splash out on big engined cars again ! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    E39 pre facelift parcel shelf speaker fault

    Hi, You'll need to check the part number and revision number on the head unit that is installed in your car, you've not identified it on this thread so no one knows what you have. Take a look on realoem.com and you'll see part and revision numbers for the audio setup in your car's month manufacturing date, any of those you find listed for sale will be compatible, you'll just have to hope they're functional units when they arrive with you to test. Else, once you've identified the head unit, post up on here to see if anyone nearby indeed does have working one(s) for you to test with Cheers, Dennis!
  11. DennisCooper

    Will these fit ?

    Hi Milo, Drop me a PM mate, I may have a potential solution for you ! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    E28 M Technic Wheels / OEM M5/M535i

    Hi Duncan, Thank you! - I'll be feeding the above back to the seller Cheers, Dennis.
  13. Hi, I've been asked to list these wheels for sale by a good friend on this forum for better/more visibility in order to increase chances of a sale. I don't know much about these older OEM wheels so a listing to gauge interest. The tyres are no good, so really just the wheels. I've been told there's no damage and as per pictures, they need a good clean and perhaps a full refurbishment later down the line as they could be used as is for a couple seasons/years depending on use etc. The seller is asking for £400. Any interest and drop me a message and I'll get in touch with the seller and most likely provide direct contact to discuss. Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    E39 pre facelift parcel shelf speaker fault

    Hi, Not all UK spec E39's have a separate amplifier module in the rear of the car so it could be the head unit in the dash which is faulty. To test, swap in a known working unit that is compatible with your car's build date. If that works, then you know your current head unit is faulty. If not, you'll need to continue fault finding - continuity of speaker cabling. The other alternative is to remove the OEM audio modules/head unit/speakers etc and install good quality aftermarket products and run new cabling/resolve the existing cabling. Cheers, Dennis!
  15. DennisCooper

    F10 door speaker upgrade

    Hi Dakota, Have a look at the specialist Superdave linked to and their description of phased upgrade levels depending on what you'd like to achieve - I was just about to post the same! IF you look also at the Four Masters network of car audio specialists, there might be a location near to you and they'll do the same kinds of upgrades as well - https://www.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/ Cheers, Dennis!
  16. DennisCooper

    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi, A few elements have come together nicely over the last 2/3 weeks and there's a few remaining in the background. I will overlap those with a public announcement imminently now here on BMW5. The way I designed my solution is that owners have a choice of fitting a traditional depth double DIN if they so wish. The airbox can be modified to make the space so that such a unit will sit back far enough and give a flush fitting/look in the cabin of the car. If a shallow depth unit is chosen, then there's no extra expense/work needed with the airbox. I'll make that announcement ASAP Cheers, Dennis!
  17. DennisCooper

    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Hi, Some of you will need to get bidding ! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Fiesta-Mk1-1978-957cc-Only-140-Miles-on-clock-and-Unregistered/153063334555?clk_rvr_id=1568204078951&rmvSB=true&clk_rvr_id=1570085234120&rmvSB=true I'd only buy a big American Ford again, had a little tip of where there's another nice F150 Harley Davidson! if it comes about, it'd be the 3rd one! Wouldn't mind a nice big F350 Harley Davidson either! Cheers, Dennis!
  18. DennisCooper

    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    Hi, I've a feeling that as these and other cars are older, then when doing an MOT test, the amount of measured output of harmful emissions will be tested and that figure used to calculate/check where on the scale for inclusion or exclusion from the ULEZ the car will be. Keep the car fantastically well maintained, and there's an increased chance it'll be exempt, don't maintain it and it chucks out more emissions, then expect to be included in the ULEZ zone and be subject to the charge IF you decide to ever drive in. That all said, then yes, the government will probably just make the criteria for being excluded from the ULEZ harder ! Cheers, Dennis!
  19. Hi, Similar to NWJW, I vaguely recall modifying a pre-facelift E39 steering wheel for Merc/AMG paddles and somehow connecting to the car's electrics to make them work but I can't remember exactly where. I do have this link though, it's for the Merc/AMG paddles modification but shows a stage 2 pre-facelift facelift Sport steering wheel ; http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/610491 I think some more delving around and research will be needed to see if it can and does work for a pre-facelift Sport wheel. I do know that you can put on a facelift steering wheel and airbag onto a pre-facelift E39. One 'stage' of the airbag is connected and will work, the other stage won't. If you went this route, you wouldn't have to modify the steering wheel. This option I think would be the easier to do, but depends on how much you'd want to have both stages of the airbag working. If you do want full functionality, then you'd need to retrofit the entire airbag system, bags, sensors, wiring, steering column and locks from a facelift E39 into your Pre-facelift. Cheers, Dennis!
  20. DennisCooper

    My M5 search

    Hi EB, That looks like a very nice example for sure! You'll need to buy the guy who showed you where it was a few bottles of whisky with all those savings Sounds like that with some time and a steady pace for doing some work in those garages you'll have access to, the car will get whatever it needs to make it pristine. There's a thread over on M5board with a BMW dealer in the US doing discounts on OEM new Style 65's so might be worthwhile getting a set of those. Current asking prices for used / 15-19 year old Style 65's is ridiculous ! Hopefully soon will catch you up at some events and meets Cheers, Dennis!
  21. DennisCooper

    Exterior trim - wrapped or painted (door strips)

    Hi Amazighman, That's called 'Water Transfer' or 'Hydro Dipping'. It's a very thin layer and it is an option I guess, but only if the layer can be a bit thicker so that it'll look smooth. Also, it's usually done when a design or picture/logo is needed, so for a plain black it's a bit pointless and pricier as the parts will need to be removed and sent to be done, then returned and re-fitted. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Exterior trim - wrapped or painted (door strips)

    Hi Dan, I think for these trim pieces, the vinyl won't stick long term as the surface of the trims has that rougher finish. Painted is the way to go for this. I often get comments that I should paint mine to black, but as your car is black anyway, the difference won't be anywhere as noticeable. The strips on my car have been colour coded white with paint from brand new and they've never cracked in 17+ years; If you want the vinyl, then I guess you could prep the pieces so that they're ready to paint, but use the vinyl at that point, more expensive a route but a potential route nonetheless. Cheers, Dennis!
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    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Hi Yokozuna, Have you managed to read the initial post yet?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    If you can be arsed, read the very first line of the OP. If you can't be arsed, go on that holiday.. if you can be arsed to work out where! Blackman - Unfortunately, perhaps 90% of the UK's driving population aren't enthusiasts and view a car for getting from A to B only. With the vast amount of the car market on some sort of finance, after a couple years they just give them back. Soon, a growing number will do that and just choose a car that won't be chargeable in those areas if they live there or need to visit often. Cheers, Dennis!
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    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Hi, POF - That could be an option for some, but I think for many it won't be - family, businesses and jobs being the main reasons. Also, don't forget, more and more other cities and larger towns will begin to implement the same things - Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby are also looking to crreate ULEZ's over the next 3 years. I'd hazard Manchester, Leicester/Coventry areas, Reading, Swindon won't be too far behind. Between all these places, that's a big proportion of the population. Blackman - I'd say perhaps 'tacking' it onto VED could be a way forward for those in ULEZ's and who have older more polluting vehicles. Issue there is that many people might not use their cars for commuting so they'll feel penalized for having such a car they never or hardly ever take into the ULEZ. So the current proposal, i.e Pay on Demand seems to be the fairest way - those who want/wish to go in can and pay, those who don't wish/want to go in don't pay extra. Given from my earlier post, that expenses for running a fossil fueled car are likely to be gently ramped up over the years, that'll be the 'gentle push' you are thinking of. Stressed - As an example, have you seen the amount of VED paid by drivers in Southern Ireland ? I think that's a tax which could be ramped up to similar'ish levels, so it'd be well north of £1000 per yer to paid the 'VED/Tax' for even the smaller runabout type cars and perhaps £1500 for a mid to large size family saloon/hatchback. Car's like M's and AMG's already pay around 2000 to 2500 Euro's or therabouts currently over there for instance. I think there'll be increases in tax percentages for fossil fuel cars (and vans/trucks etc) for parts and servicing materials and it'd be very easy for the government to hike up MOT costs, so even with discounts it'll be £250 + per year to pay. Fuel costs are rising again, so in another 3-5 and then 7-10 years I'd suggest with a few percentage points increase in the tax on petrol/diesel, that'll ramp up to perhaps an average of £1.50-1.65 per litre? and then £1.75/£1.80 per litre of the higher grades of each?! My VED reminder has just come in for my 2003 E39 530d and it's £315 for the year. I think I just vaguely remember it being around the £185 level back in perhaps 2006'ish? so that's what a 65% increase in 12 years. OR, maybe once Brexit goes through and there's multiple sources of new sectors of the economy which the UK finds for itself that are ultra profitable and lucrative, that the government will keep prices for everything as they are now or, even subsidize petrol and diesel ! .. Cheers, Dennis!