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DennisCooper last won the day on December 21 2017

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About DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. DennisCooper

    OBC confusion.

    Hi Duncan, A quick look in the E39 How to & Useful guide sticky shows this OBC retrofit PDF - I don't 'look' too much at the OEM audio modules, but I'm vaguely under the impression that you'll need to get a new loom section, new cluster and fit those those in. I 'think' there might be coding involved, but I'm not sure. Some more research for you of course and this bit should start you off ! Cheers, Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    Sport gear knob

    Hi, Were you able to choose the different emblem/badge to the item listed on the ebay page? The one in your picture looks better with the ///M logo! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    What are you listening to?

    Hi, You've outdone yourself there Mr Yokozuna with these last two posts! could almost forgive you for all the other crap you post Been listening to Paul Kalkbrenner for a few years now, really like his sound and production! Standout track for me is Gebrunn Gebrunn, but like a lot of his other tracks.. The video for Tomorrowland is excellent too ! I'm really loving the recent Tale of Us Renaissance Remix of Energy 52's Cafe Del Mar ! other's are also fantastic too, that Harp interlude, wow!! ...may have to get myself over for the next festival ! I've just been listening to this, tuned up the Sub level and volume too I used to love playing this track when I had TWO 18 inch Earthquake subwoofers in my E30 around 97/98 ! Cheers, Dennis!
  4. DennisCooper

    Android headunits

    Hi 530nm, The situation with these cheap chinese head unit's is pretty much the same it's been over the last decade or so they've been available, and that is that it's a gamble as if you get a unit that arrives working and remains working longer term, or, you get one which has issues ranging from niggly to dead on arrival. Such units then seem to get worse over time and new issues/problems present themselves. Support and help is very limited to non existent from the supplying dealer/bedroom seller and electronically, they're low grade/generic electronics that otherwise would've been used in cheap tablet PC's. There's 'reviews' from those who've purchased over all the BMW forums, and they range from quite a number of owners who are happy to those who are very angry. I've known personally a few of the UK based companies who have tried previously to sell units here with a full UK warranty and trying to operate under UK consumer law. Each one now either doesn't sell them or have shut operating completely. If good quality for build and sound doesn't matter to you, you just want to use something in the car, not overly concerned with getting good after sales care / support, then perhaps take a gamble on one of these chinese units. The best place in the UK now to get one is via this company - https://audiotechdirect.com/pba-bm8839b-android-8-after-market-radio-for-bmw-e39-e53/ If you do get issues, at least they're in the UK and should offer you a replacement/refund etc. I'd suggest to remove the existing oem audio in the car and use new high quality speakers with a new head unit that you get, it's more of a headache if you want to try and 'patch' the new head unit into the existing OEM amplifier if you have one and/or the oem speakers which are mediocre at best and also the wrong impedance. Overall, my recommendation would be to spend a little more and get something like the just announced Kenwood DMX7018DABS unit which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay built in, DABS digital radio, shallow depth so easy to fit without having to cut the cabin airbox, as well as being high quality in every aspect with local reputable dealers/installers. If you have any more questions about the 'high quality' route, feel free to drop me a PM to discuss if you like. Cheers, Dennis!
  5. DennisCooper

    Wanted - Any damaged/scrap OEM Style 65 M5 wheels

    Hi NF, Are the ones you have damaged/scrap ? if so, I'd be very interested. If they're ones which after a good refinish would be worthwhile to sell on, then I do have a potential buyer ! I'm only interested in damaged/scrap ones that are useless or not worth trying to repair. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. Hi, I'm looking for any damaged and otherwise non usable genuine Style 65/E39 M5 wheels. Front or rears, barrel or lip damage/cracks/buckles is fine. Please get in touch if you have any lying around, good price paid! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    Cool Runnings: E39 M5 thermostat 'O' rings learning curve

    Hi DepthHoar, As per above, that's an excellent writeup and very very useful for M5 owners indeed! I'm sure knowledge of this thread and your information will filter through to plenty of owners over time and, assuming you are on M5board as well, it'll help those guys too as well as the rest of the examples over the rest of the world! I'll be sure to reference this post if/when I hear of anyone having issues or needing to know all about the M5 thermostat issue! Thank you for this thread/knowledge Cheers, Dennis!
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    Hi Buster, I've always declared my modifications on my cars and I know that many many enthusiasts do as well. Of course, there's going to be a percentage who decide not to and if/when time comes to claim and they're found out, it's 'problematic'. One quote I'll always remember as one of my best friends is a lawyer and used to work in one of the major the car insurance brands in the UK "I'll find any reason from a legal standpoint in a customers policy and claim to refuse a pay out". If your idea does work out, could you perhaps put up a guide on what to do, where to get the DG 'made' and costing levels for the work to be done please?! Once you also have sound deadening installed, it will be very hush indeed! Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    Trouble finding a auto box

    Hi Ian, Look in the parts & breakers section, respected and well regarded forum member 'Tims' has just listed a manual 99 530 for breaking! Check with him all the bits are correct/fit and I'm sure he'll do you a deal ! I went to 5 Spd manual recently and much happier ! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Hi, Erv77 - My response above is based on the fact this is the 'Technical' section of the forum and I do prefer to give as much info as possible in case you might not be aware of potential issues. I should have included that if you do decide to stay on OEM ride height, you'll likely not have to roll or pull your arches for clearance - unless your suspension is very worn. Dan - Relax, remember discussion is encouraged Cheers, Dennis!
  11. Hi, As per above from Dan. However, the rear style 95 wheels are very heavy around 17/18 KG each so your ride/handling will be negatively affected and due to the added significant weight, your suspension components/bushes would wear faster. The 'ideal' is to go with lighter than OEM/Stock wheels, so there's less unsprung weight. You might not notice the difference or maybe you will. Also, without lowering, and on 19's, the car will 'look like' it's sitting too high. This is the optical illusion given by the lower profile tyres. If you don't mind how it looks, then fine, however, it won't look 'right' or 'cohesive' with the car's body shape/proportions. Here's a side view of my Touring, I'm lowered all around by about 30mm; That's on level ground as well. The style 95's are a concave type wheel centre and so 'suits' better on a lowered car and given the 'soft' concavity, it matches the E39's softer design aesthetic. I'd say overall though, look for better, lighter wheels than these style 95's. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    Painting chrome trim

    Hi, Similar to Sharkfan, I had my Touring's fading silver trim wrapped in gloss black vinyl back in early 2008 and it still looks great, zero peeling, fading or shrinkage! Each side was done within about 35 minutes and I also had the door plastic side panels wrapped as well. Additionally, I had the inner door card top silver strips wrapped too. Cheers, Dennis!
  13. Hi, One of the very best E39 M5's on the planet is now available in a auction format with no reserve! 2002 model, LHD, Titanium Silver/Heritage Black leather, Stored in a controlled environment, serviced regularly, leather regularly fed, all books, accessories, original shipping sticker & PDI sticker, service history records. Unregistered. Guide Price - £107,000 - £139,000. Might be too high mileage for some! I'm sure there's an M5 out there somewhere that has never even had it's engine started and trailered to it's storage and any servicing garage ! https://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/2002-bmw-m5/ Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    Pre and Post Facelift Interior Question!!

    Hi Clavurion, I've sold and moved on a number of E39 interiors, and some of them on the front door panels did have the panel that 'flipped' open when the airbag deployed and other's didn't. I don't have any front panels now in my storage, but definitely remember seeing two different ones for this aspect. Motor84 - more research is required ! Cheers, Dennis!