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  1. DennisCooper

    Crackling speakers

    Hi, Take a look at the pricing on the carphonics website and also other places doing the same repairs/fixes on ebay etc. There's a handful doing quality repairs who'll offer a warranty and have a geographical address etc. The Nav setup is the most popular one where owners *must* have OEM and thus, need to pay the prices each time something goes faulty. There is a a £100 fix for the C53 unit if that's what you have ? http://www.carphonics.co.uk/bmw.htm For the aftermarket, steering wheel adapters have been available for many years now, so that's easy to have. No aftermarket setup I know of connects to the oem CD changer, very very little demand for this for the last 10-15 years since the iPod has been around. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Crackling speakers

    Hi, All the OEM BMW audio modules are getting very long in the tooth now and there's more faults and failures happening on a more frequent basis. Baris/carphonics and a few other specialists will mostly repair what they can in the OEM Navigation setup but for the most part, no one fixes/repairs the other unit's which have cassettes/CD players/the all in one or split piece dash units as cassette is mainly a dead format now and CD's are in a big decline for use in the car nowadays. Anyone wanting to keep the oem units in their cars will need to spend significant amounts to keep them going or, look and hope any similarly aged unit's purchased off ebay/classifieds arrive working and continue to do so longer term. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Latest Multimedia Head Unit Options....

    Hi, These unit's are pretty much the same in terms of quality, i.e they're low/generic grade electronics internally. These Avin Avant 3's are the only chinese units currently with this slim chassis and to achieve that, they've used different electronics internally, so in that regard only, they're better than all the other chinese clone units all over ebay etc but I'd say marginally. On the spec list on the Avin website, they use various descriptors that are technical and other's which are vague - classic diversion marketing where the quality is low/generic to make it sound 'good', I mean what's 'Hifi Class' meant to be? and the overly technical jargon in the Radio/Tuner section?! The Apple CarPlay bit - it's not Genuine Apple CarPlay that you get in factory fit new cars nor the licensed version that brands like Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, JVC etc have. Are you thinking of going for one ?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Widescreen Nav Screen Repair

    Hi, You'll need to contact these guys to get the correct LCD panel for the E39 http://www.fiesta-tech.co.uk/dashboard-display/BMW LCD Then follow most of this guide to swap it with the older one with the faulty pixels - you'll need to get as far as this guide shows then work out the rest in order to swap. I 'think' there's another guide on the internet somewhere which shows the remaining steps but I don't have the link to it - once swapped you need to reverse the process to assemble the unit up again. It's tedious and you can very easily miss specific steps on where to put things back etc. If that's all too much then a widescreen monitor with some failed pixels would be perhaps £50'ish assuming it's a specific E39 monitor as no one wants a unit that's faulty. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Latest Multimedia Head Unit Options....

    Hi, Assuming an exchange rate of £1 = $1.40 (current rates are fluctuating between around $1.38 - $1.42) & import duty being 5% then; 1. If it's 'just' the unit itself with no options and assuming $50 worth of credit is given back by Avin if Import Duty is charged (around £35), then I'd estimate the landed cost would be 'around' £615-625. 2. If ALL the options are ticked, including the Euro/UK GPS maps and the two harnesses & assuming the $50 worth of credit given back (depends on if you need both or not) then I'd estimate the land cost would be 'around' £1195-1215. Cost would vary in between those two prices depending on which options are ticked. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 540i Black Manual?

    Hi, I agree with the above ! For £8K it has to be perfect with good service history to show the common issues with the 540i taken care of. The pictures aren't good at all, shadows and no real close ups so it's a car that needs to be seen in real life. There's a small parking dent that is visible in one pic and is that a few scrapes on the lower rear diffuser? The build date would reveal if it's a pre-facelift which has had the headlamps and rear clusters changed. The steering wheel is the obvious aspect to think this, however, it's most likely one of the first facelifts but with a pre-facelift steering wheel either by factory or changed by a previous owner for some reason. Either way, it's an easy swap to a M Sport steering wheel if it's a facelift example. I'd place it at £5500 if mechanically it was good with good history and no real concerns on the common E39 issues body/rust/jacking points etc wise. GBS - Go view the car and check it out thoroughly!! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Opinions Please ‘aesthetics only’

    Hi, Loadmaster - They're from Hartge and the wheel model is Nova 5. They're not the best looking wheels, but came out looking improved once I had the lip hand mirror polished and the centre's painted. WRussell - There wasn't much choice for lip spoilers for the Sport bumper from all the high end BMW tuner brands which is why the 'Hamann' look one is the one you'll see on E39's that have got a lip spoiler. 'Ideally' and prior to the shows this year, what kind of elements are you thinking of doing/changing/modifying to a classy/OEM+ kind of level? Cheers, Dennis!
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    Opinions Please ‘aesthetics only’

    Hi, Before anyone can kill me, they'll have to find me ! Actually.... That's not too hard to do!.... right, I'm moving house! I don't think the crazy turkish guy who was making copies whilst slagging off other companies products is around anymore - especially once a couple of people who sent him money and never got their items posted publicly. If he is still peddling his stuff which was made in a rickety shed somewhere, I'd say steer clear ! The Exotics Tuning lip spoiler is a fantastic quality item and only 100 were made and sold out very quickly in 2009 I think it was. Over the last 8+ years, perhaps 4/5 of them have come up for sale and the adverts have lasted perhaps a day or two before the inevitable 'sold' update appears. They've all sold at almost the same price as the original asking price too! At the time, once all taxes & shipping were paid etc, mine cost around the £550 level. A couple of 'copies' have turned up and I picked them up and sold onto a couple guys who *REALLY* wanted one and would PM me on a regular set basis for updates! Someone I heard purchased the version of DTM fiberwerks in California and apparently made a copy of it and tried to make a group buy on facebook (I'm not on that social media platform currently) but it seemed the quality wasn't so great and I think people got refunded. The M5 mirrors do look nice for sure and make any E39 instantly look more aggressive/appealing. For me, given the OEM and the replica ones are easy to get hold of, they're too common for me as I like rarer choices! I've had my AC Schnitzer mirrors for a long time now and I really have loved them on the car. I will be changing them soon WRussell - your Champagne looks lovely there! when all clean and polished they look very classy and sophisticated at the same time as looking moody and aggressive ! As Liam mentions, the Hamann type replica front lip is the most common and lots of those awash all over ebay. The DTM Fiberwerks one is the only other choice I can think of that's relatively easily obtainable and i'd estimate would be around £650-700'ish landed here with all taxes/shipping etc. They do a CSL style full width one too and the other choice would be the ACS or Vorsteiner 'corner splitters' option. Genuines of those would be very hard to find but there's replica type pieces that are easier to get. What other aspects would you or will be doing? Have a look at Liam's retrofits in his car and threads, some inspiration for you perhaps ?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Widescreen Brightness

    Hi Barry, No problem, it'll help others who may see this thread via search results. In case the one you get is faulty and you return it etc, then you can look at the Fiesta tech place. Some years ago, I followed that very good and thorough guide and I think I've posted the link to it previously on here. I guess after dismantling and rebuilding maybe 4/5 units you do begin to get the hang of it, it's just SO easy to miss a step and it knocks every other step out! plenty of times I thought I got it and found I couldn't get the case to fit properly, I had to dismantle perhaps 40% of it to find the little bit I missed, fix it and then reassemble again! Hopefully, you'll get it done without all that ! As I've mentioned in other threads, keeping the OEM setup working and maintained costs the most longer term. The TFT screen is one of the more pricier elements to resolve. I know many, like yourself, will only go with OEM, which is fine. The NBT route is perhaps the most expensive of all ! the big thread over on bimmerforums, there's now a few mentions of the modules there going faulty so another used/2nd hand part needs to be found and swapped in. As these get older, yep, they're going to fail more often and given they're more specialist electronics, it seems there's very few places able to refurbish/fix those .Maybe a specialist soon will come up with cheaper fixes/resolutions over the next few years! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Widescreen Brightness

    Hi Barry, There's been some threads recently on the M3cutters forum about replacement TFT screens. I think most were purchased from this place - http://www.fiesta-tech.co.uk/dashboard-display/BMW LCD No affiliation for me but it's a pity the site doesn't have a geographical address and phone number - unless I've missed it! I've taken apart and rebuilt a number of E39 monitors, and although some say it's 'easyish', I'd still say it's 'quite tedious' at best - get one bit wrong and it possibly means a lot of disassembly again before identifying what the issue is and then rebuilding again. I think the first time took me around 4/5 hours to do with multiple repeats of assembling/disassembling ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Hi, It's the OEM monitor and a popular mod is either the replacement knobs from a enthusiast member in the USA, the Storm Motorwerks ones and I believe the OEM ones off an E9x can also fit on. The carbon fibre vinyl wrap looks off due to the different directions of the weave, if whoever did it got that fundamental right, it'd look 'better' for what it is. Also the quality of the wrap fit could be improved, can still see a bit of the wood on the handbrake cover. In todays market, anyone looking to spend £40 grand on an E39 M5, will absolutely want it as OEM as possible if not 100% OEM. Things like vinyl carbon wraps and the monitor control knobs are small enough items for such people to click the back button away from the advert as they'll wonder what else isn't OEM or been changed etc. Given Hexagon can just sit on cars for years if needed, then currently I'd agree with inkiboo ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Re-sealing headlights after sanding/polishing?

    Hi, I'll be making note of recommendations here, I have some used projectors that are on the car now and the older broken ones I'll get rebuilt/fixed up etc and then apply sealant to. I'll swap those in and do the same to the set on the car now. When headlights are clean and clear, they help make the car look so fresh ! Cheers, Dennis!
  13. Hi, I think you should update your profile so that you have a location - a city/town name will do ! That way, people can see more about you and if it's worth them visiting you in person as you might be close/nearish or, might be on the way of specific travels ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Supercharged 540 Touring

    Hi, That is or was an ABSOLUTE steal at that price ! whoever has got it now surely must be laughing uncontrollably ! I've had the pleasure of being a passenger in a similar Dinan supercharged E39 540i Touring over in Los Angeles and I can confirm that it's a normal 540i when pootling around but an animal once the accelerator is pressed ! it's not 'raucous' or 'rorty' but a more 'muscle' and 'shove' to enhance the original feel of a 540i - thankfully, it's not too loud either however I'm sure other examples are louder but all depends on which exhaust is fitted. I had first refusal on the car but I didn't have the funds available !. I do know and in contact with the new owner and the car now lives in the NYC area and met him to check it out as it nestles with 6 other supercharged BMW's in his large split level garage ! It had just been converted to 6spd manual too. I'd love a S/C'd 540i for sure ! Cheers, Dennis!
  15. Hi, A few pictures where an owner has taken the diamond cut/lacquer finish away from these wheels and hand mirror polished the lips. Safe to say, the result looks absolutely fantastic ! Car and owner are in Sweden, so worse weather than us! no excuse now for owners of these wheels as well as the genuine ones not to polish their wheel lips! Cheers, Dennis!
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    19" M Parallel Replica's - Polished lip

    Hi Richy, I'd say not to Diamond Cut them. They're made from a softer alloy and no one really knows what the ratio of alloy is for their construction. The diamond cut machine may be setup well but when in use, it's possible more material might be removed than originally intended. Take just a 'little' bit too much off and you lose more structural strength of a wheel ( I know from experience! not a low qualuty wheel either, one of my sets of Hartge's was ruined due to too much material being taken off !!) Finding someone to hand mirror polish the wheels is also difficult as hardly any wheel refinishing places want/wish to do it. That said, there are a few choices - Pure Klass I see mentioned quite a bit for this so perhaps given them a call - I may also do that as well for some of my other wheel sets. If you want 'true' mirror finish that's flawless and as if you really were looking into a mirror, then currently the only real choice is genuine Chroming. I'm able to get this done for you over in the USA - no one I've found will do genuine chrome on a one piece wheel in the UK. This will give you what you'd want, but of course it's very expensive given the shipping there/back, VAT and of course the cost of the job itself. It's not really worth it on replica level wheels but much more worthwhile on genuine high quality wheels. I'm always talking to industry contacts though, and I have a potential idea I'm looking into currently. If you are able to hold fire for a short while, I'm finding out more and can update you. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Dakar Alpina B10 V8s Touring.

    Hi, I like the colour too, but not for £48,000 ! At that price, it needs to have an absolute max mileage of 10K, have a much better looking interior/leather colour ! Will anyone buying it close to that asking price think it'll be £75 grand in 15/20 years time?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Latest Multimedia Head Unit Options....

    Hi TrM5, This is my area of interest yes! For the Chinese route, the 'best' of them is the recently announced Avin Avant 3 unit. It has much better OEM look aesthetics, promises OBC and DSP support and is also a mechless unit so shallow and easy to fit. It's only available from Avin in the USA and it's pricey once you add in the various import costs - https://avinusa.com/avant-3-for-bmw-5-series-e39-m5-android-multimedia-navigation-system.html The next best unit would be the Dynavin N7, but it doesn't have all the features of the Avant 3. The best support for these units is only with the USA based importer/reseller and for that market mainly. The UK importer/distributors have changed recently so maybe they'll offer the same level of knowledge and after sales care. Overall, with the rest of the 'Chinese' route of replacement head units, the situation is pretty much the same as previously, in so much that the units awash all over ebay and with 'brand' names like pumpkin, secaine, erisin, xtrons, eonon etc it's buyer beware as there's very little good support and after sales care. If you get a fully working one that stays working longer term, you'll be one of the few lucky ones. 'Some' purchasers are happy, the majority aren't. Over the years, some of those brands have been mentioned a lot on many BMW forums and after a short while, the problems begin to be mentioned. Some have even sponsored forums and again, threads have started off well and then within a few months problems arise and little support for purchasers and then removal from the forum by the owners as they then don't wish their forums to be associated with them (Eonon!) From a 'functions' perspective, then they have the latest technologies but given their low quality/generic quality, reliability and performance/Sound Quality etc are low. There's a 'new' UK based company now that sells a number of these 'clone' type replacement units and are the latest company here attempting to retail them in accordance with UK retail law. The ones previously who did the same now no longer exist and/or decided to stop selling chinese head units, so 'hopefully' these guys will support/warrant these units properly and for the long term. They're called Audio tech direct - https://audiotechdirect.com/ For the high quality, premium recognised and established brand route, you can choose from Pioneer, Alpine, Parrot, Kenwood, Sony, JVC. Out of the box, none have 'oem ish' aesthetics about them as they're all the standard DIN or Double DIN sizing (they do offer specific fit units for certain cars but not the E39). I personally prefer this route given I prefer all the reliability, much better performance/SQ, proper after sales care and support if needed from local UK independent car audio dealers etc. Ideally, what solution are you looking for to have installed in your car? Cheers, Dennis!
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    530i ROAD NOISE ?

    Hi, Buster - I fully understand this aspect. There are indeed a 'number' of owners who've installed a cheap chinese unit and it's been 'good' for them longer term. Those owners have also posted up on the forums to mention so and that they're happy 6,12,18 and in a few cases 2/3 years down the line. The handful of previous 'UK based' importers and distributors also offered good/great customer service and backup too. It's only when units that did go faulty even if only for relatively mundane reasons/effects and the 'factory' in China didn't manage to get around to refunding them that after a while, decisions were taken to cut their losses and not supply them any more. 'Hopefully' ATD have more of a 'solid' dealer/importer channel and get their money back quickly for the faulty units/warranty returns etc. Liam - I see that adaptor on the site and it's an option that seems good to allow more choice to the BMW owner that has DSP!. However, even when 'new' back in 1996'ish, the DSP speaker drivers weren't very good and also didn't sound 'great' and by the end of the 90's having 'DSP' functions for 'stadium' and 'Church' etc went out of fashion for consumer electronics. Over the years, the OEM DSP speakers have of course deteriorated, the DSP amp's fail more often and no one 'fixes or overhauls' them. I can understand owners who don't want or need any good increase in SQ just keeping the standard DSP setup, but for those who do want a decent/good increase without wanting to spend 'too much' it's a riskier option. There's a smaller pool of fully working OEM DSP amplifiers and as they fail, it's getting smaller, the integration module is £150, so that needs to be added onto the approx £300-350 or so for the chinese head unit, so that goes to around the £500 level. Although there'll be an audible difference, it won't be much of one given how 'relatively' poor the OEM DSP drivers are. To get a markedly better increase in Sound Quality, then only BSW make direct fit, DSP compatible replacement speakers which I think are around the £450-500 level once all taxes and duties etc are paid (might be more in Norway?!). I'm not wishing to dissuade you both or anyone else looking at the Chinese option. In fact, the reason I look very closely at them is I'm looking for a reliable product AND where an importer/dealer in the UK has a rock solid and well observed warranty channel back at the factory. When I see that, I may well sell them for the UK BMW market (I wouldn't be interested in other marque units). Good luck to you both if you do go the chinese route ! Finally, Buster, it sound as though you need a very softly sprung car with that air carpet like ride quality... Citroen or Rolls Royce ?!! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Anyone fancy a trim swap?

    Hi, Is there a 'common as muck, base level' trim colour for the F10? The E39 for instance has 'Vavona' as the extremely common trim colour so if there's an equivalent for the F10, perhaps pick a set of those up, choose the colour finish you want - Gloss Black as first, then perhaps a few others as a shortlist and have the finish applied to that set. The high gloss fine wood you have I'm thinking is an 'individual' option finish so better not risk messing that set up. When the time comes to sell, swap back in the High Gloss Ash and sell off the covered/painted base set. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Vanhool - Cheers, Dennis!
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    Sat Nav Disc

    Hi, Speak to Baris at Carphonics. Sounds like the disk mechanism internally has given up on your unit?! http://www.carphonics.co.uk/ Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 sport drivers side front and rear suspension

    Hi, Buying used suspension isn't a good idea as you don't know if the components have led a relatively harsh life driving on and over bad roads, potholes, bigger road undulations etc. You can't also easily tell if it's relatively newish or much older where the risk of shock leaks and/or spring snappage is just around the corner. Much much better by far to renew the suspension front and rear with new shocks and springs be that oem or, high quality aftermarket brand products. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Hi, Something you should've researched, evaluated and then decided on prior to booking the flights?!! Would you book similarly and then ask about what to do in Caracas Venezuela, apart from getting murdered ?!! I found this after a 3 second Googly search for 'things to do in Prague' - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g274707-Activities-Prague_Bohemia.html Cheers, Dennis!
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    4.0D Swap

    Hi, As per above, it has been thought of previously and there's no doubt there are a few more actual converted cars running about in various countries in Europe. It won't be a 'relatively' easy swap, there'll most likely be the need for custom work such as mountings for it to fit and perhaps the need to relocate pipes and physical components etc. Then there's perhaps the requirement to interface the E38 with the E39 electrics and electronics so specialist knowledge and good experience of such customising will be needed. I don't know what your budget is for this project including buying the donor car, transportation, storage, mechanical work, custom mechanical parts/pieces and customised electrics/electronics, so research more and always look for specialists with specific knowledge who also have a good reputation. I don't know if there's such specialists in Romania so you may need to look at some located in Germany and the UK to talk and understand what's needed. If all can be done in a budget you are happy with, then press ahead. If not, look for alternatives at better price points. Cheers, Dennis!