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  1. 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!
  2. Hi, You've only had them 2 minutes ! What's the next set potentially?.. anything high(er) quality and sought after that I could help find perhaps? Free bump ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    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!
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    Will these fit ?

    Hi Milo, Drop me a PM mate, I may have a potential solution for you ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E28 M Technic Wheels / OEM M5/M535i

    Hi Duncan, Thank you! - I'll be feeding the above back to the seller Cheers, Dennis.
  6. 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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    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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    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!
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    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!
  13. 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!
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    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!
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    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!
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    Brand new Highland village

    Hi FB, It's a nice idea and the implementation seems to be quite good in your pictures ! What's the current asking price range for each of those property types? Had a quick scan on the property sites but can't see anything (maybe need to search more !) Some new builds are still what I'd say quite 'small', I've been shocked at what property types will call a 'bedroom' ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Hi Blackman, I agree with you for the most part! My response is that what would the alternative be? or what could it be? Many countries around the world have signed up to reduce harmful emissions so each country has to implement that throughout their population, it's not 'just' the UK having to do potentially drastic things. For some reason, back in India where my heritage is, they've suggested they'll have ALL the diesel and petrol and harmful emission vehicles off the road by 2030, just 11 years or so's time. With such old infrastructure, red tape, and in comparison to the UK a much much larger geographic size, I don't think it'll be possible. That said, economies like India are much, much more hungry and eager for change and economic activity and growth is massive in comparison to the UK, so the optimistic side of me thinks they'll at least make good progress by 2030. The charges to drive into city and larger town centres will most likely take effect and many many people will feel 'pushed' to change and hence frustration on your part as well as mine and potentially millions of others. It could have been worse and they 'blanket ban' all fossil fuels entire and no one has a say. This way, they make it 'seem' as though you have a choice! Pay the charge if you want to drive your fossil fueled car into those zones. It means the government can say 'you have the choice' and make out that it's drivers who come in are the 'bad guys'. You can still use your car in non chargeable zones so I think many will opt for a small city electric car for their daily commutes if they work in such a zone and leave the fossil fueled car at home to use in non chargeable zones as they do now. The other kicker is of course the above, they'll increase all the charges slowly to make more and more drivers get rid of their fossil fueled cars leaving only the more enthusiast market to keep 'old' cars on the road for fun, albeit a very expensive way to have fun! - That's your 'additonal tax' you mention that you are willing to pay. Someone needs to invent a gizmo that attaches to the exhaust of fossil fueled cars and collects all the harmful stuff so it can be removed and cleaned out/replaced every month ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Recommended Spacers

    Hi, It'll depend on how low your ride height will be, the shape of the correctly sized tyres shoulder as some are rounder others are more square and the look you want, along with if you do roll the arches a little bit for some extra clearance. On 19's from the BMW high end tuners like Alpina, AC Schnitzer, Hartge, Breyton and such like, they'd have front offsets of ET15 to ET18 and rear offsets of ET21.5 to ET25 or so. Many owners use 10mm spacers on the fronts and 5mm rear and depending on factors above, 'might' roll the arches. The same offsets range will apply to 18's for the most part, you'll need to take into account the above aspects and with some trial and error you'll get it how you want it to look. Don't forget to buy extended wheel bolts if you do use spacers. Cheers, Dennis!
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    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Hi, Like it or not, the automotive industry is now moving at a faster pace to make the switch from fossil fueled cars to most likely electric over the next 5,10, 15+ years. Some say electric isn't viable and that might well be the case, but currently that's what it seems to be moving towards. There's been suggestions to roll this kind of extra charge to drive into plenty of other city and large town centres as well, just seems that London is the first to actually put forward a time frame and more details. When they all kick in (certainly for the announcement stage) a lot more people are going to be affected. Eventually, only those with deep pockets will run a fossil fueled car and it's likely to be petrol driven but from the upper quality brands, Porsches, Supercars, Rolls' and such like where owners are much more likely to have those deep pockets. The very best Performance variants from the likes of BMW, Merc, Audi etc will likely have significant numbers of owners willing to pay the premium. Normal petrol powered cars won't be chosen, Diesel's will most likely have been scrapped etc by then. Of course, enthusiasts who decide to keep their 'interesting' or 'very very well maintained' petrol or Diesel will still be able to, it's just it's going to cost a big amount to do so and to drive around. For fossil fueled cars, expect fuel at the pump prices, insurance, VED, parts and maintenance items, MOT costs all have extra taxes levied on them to further persuade owners to give them up and go for the next gen of cars. Blackman - I do agree that it's annoying and does really miff enthusiasts like us bigtime, however, in order to clean up the air, a vast proportion of Fossil fueled vehicles will need to go - including commercial and public transport. I was in Central London a few days ago and I saw the first UPS van that was I presume electric powered as it made very little sound. A lot of those private cars, do very short journeys meaning the engine hasn't warmed up properly and thus, kick out a lot more pollution than initially thought in comparison to public transport where perhaps 97% or more of the time the engine is operating at optimum temperature and thus, not kicking out as much pollution proportionally. Lastly, I think there's many interesting cars from BMW and many others that perhaps won't have a vast increase in value and selling prices that many current owners and short term into the future potential owners are thinking will be the case.... Cheers, Dennis!
  24. Hi, Early modifications of the F90 M5 have started to come about ! That colour and the simple way of lowering a small amount and changing to larger wheels is a tried and tested way of personalizing a BMW that works so incredibly well ! Will be nice to see some UK F90 M5's lightly modified like this soon Cheers, Dennis!
  25. 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!