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  1. DennisCooper

    Sunrise at Gatwick

    Hi, I'll never tire of looking and watching airplanes when not actually flying anywhere! I'm very close to Heathrow and always driving very close by so always catching a quick glance. One of the Concorde examples is still 'parked up' as it were and is now a little further in the 'plane park' compared to a few years ago when it was much closer to the fence! I'm going to have to take my good camera one time to get some nice pictures of it before it's hidden away/sold off/dismantled etc. Cheers, Dennis!
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    20 inch staggered wheels e60

    Hi, You'll need to be more specific with a number of aspects; 1. What kind of design of wheel face are you after? cross spoke/mesh, 5,6,7 spoke? 9,10,11 spoke? multi spoke? 2. Any preferred widths and offsets? 3. 1, 2 or 3 piece? 4. Any particular finishes? 5. Budget ? If you have a preferred shortlist let me know if you wish and I can try and source a set for you. Between myself and a couple of other well known BMW enthusiasts around my way high quality/rare/sought after wheels are a specialty Cheers, Dennis!
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    (SOLVED)Individual sound system not working

    Hi, Some of the owners who have and prefer the OEM audio will perhaps know more, perhaps removing a fuse, leaving it out for a number of hours and ensuring it's re-seated correctly and re-trying the amp and also checking for continuity in the wiring looms etc. Once you've cross referenced your friends amplifier model and revision numbers to confirm it is compatible, swap it in and try. When you see other amplifiers listed for sale, do the same to see which ones are compatible. If you search the M5board, there's postings where owners have found the other amplifier variants and re-coded them to work in their cars and also, from units from the X5. I think you'll find the DSP amp is used in the Individual and HiFi professional setups., Lastly, keeping the OEM audio working is/going to be an expensive way of having sounds in your car. There's various modules, multiple points of failure for each and it's old technology now. For those who *must* keep it oem, then it's expenses that'll need to be covered as each failure happens. You could remove it all, put in a high quality head unit and then also amplifer/speakers and enjoy much better audio quality and the latest technologies. IF you need to sell the car, swap the OEM modules back in. Cheers, Dennis!
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    (SOLVED)Individual sound system not working

    Hi Ingvaldsen, The E39 DSP amplifier units are known and increasingly so, to give up and stop working due to age and internal component fatigue. There's no car audio specialists that overhaul them either, so you'll need to find another known working unit and swap that in. If in the last few years there is a specialist somewhere that does overhaul and refurbish them, then perhaps someone knows who and where they are etc. If not, then any other unit 'might' also give up in the short, medium or longer term and you'll need to repeat this each time. All the other OEM modules also have various points of failure and where they can be resolved, a number of them are more expensive fixes and some are relatively cheap. Remember to find the DSP amplifier that is compatible with your build date of the car itself, some of the older DSP amplifiers won't work and others' can work if you do some coding changes to it, but overall, preferable to find a compatible one. Last one I had was sold 18 months or so ago, but was an older 'LEAR' version. Yours I think will be a Alpine or Becker unit, check the part number and revision number on the existing unit and search REALOEM for the same and perhaps other's that are compatible. Cheers, Dennis!
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    To enthusiasts, the Nissan Ju(O)ke isn't nice at all ! To my mum, who has a 10 month old example... she loves it! Does all she needs, allows her to do her grandma stuff, do the shopping and she has a really nice level of spec! The only 'nod' she mentioned to 'driving' is that she enjoys the relative elevated driving position which she prefers in a car. Driving dynamics, looks register precisely zero and finally, I don't think she's EVER purchased a newspaper !! Cheers, Dennis!
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    I'm out from under my rock with a new project.

    Hi Dave! Long time no see! .. Some inspiration for you... Good luck with everything on this restoration Cheers, Dennis!
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    No more Manual BMW - Well 3 Series that is!

    Hi, According to the source posted by the OP, it's the petrol powered new 3 series which won't have any manual gearbox option. The 318d and 320d Diesel variants will have an option for a manual grearbox. It must also be kept in mind that perhaps 90% of the worlds driving population have zero 'interest' or 'enthusiasm' for cars and driving, they just see cars as tools for getting from A to B so they won't give a hoot about a manual gearbox or not. Will it push the asking prices for older manual BMW's .. possibly and quite likely. What the 'actual selling' prices are will be another story as over time the move to electric cars will happen and the costs for running a fossil fueled car ramp up higher and higher... Cheers, Dennis!
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    Sunrise at Gatwick

    Gatwick lets you walk your dog practically on the runways?!
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    2002 E39 540I Auto Sport

    Hi, Looks like a really good example overall, just a few aspects to look over and remedy for a new owner etc. What's the asking price ?! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. Hi Dan, Get over to Costco as they always have quality items and good prices and crucially, chances of the biggg sizes you need ! There's always a selection of outdoorsy clothing so if other places don't quite have what you need in terms of sizing/styling/price, Costco might well be the way to get what you need. Cheers, Dennis!
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    post-Brexit and BM car prices

    Hi, The UK as of 2017 was BMW group's 4th biggest individual market in terms of units sold. https://www.statista.com/statistics/267252/key-automobile-markets-of-bmw-group/ The 'good' deal is what the UK has as part of the EU but now that we're leaving, any deal that is agreed will be worse than what we have now so, chances are the UK market for BMW sales will decrease as per unit price of a car in the UK goes up. China has a massive middle class and they exert considerable influence to car manufacturers - China gets it's own BMW models for it's market only for instance. The USA is the same as well and they have more buyers at the higher pricing levels for their models too, the E60 M5 was offered in manual form there due to demand from loyal/returning M customers. The domestic German market is also larger than the UK which seems quite natural really. The UK comes in 4th place for an individual country market, sizeable yes, but it's looking likely less units will be sold once more of the impacts of Brexit occur after March 2019. It'll be interesting to see what the unit sales figures are for the UK in 2019/20/21/22. The massive 'other' figure makes up almost 30% of units sold for BMW, some of those will be EU countries and plenty will be around the rest of the world. I'm sure BMW and VAG group, Merc group, Porsche/Lambo/Ferrrari and all other car brands will be carefully evaluating the sales figures for the UK and if sales units are down over many of them, decisions will most likely be taken to reduce operations or withdraw. The prime minister was in NYC today, saying the UK aims to have the lowest rate of corporation tax in the G20 nations in order to try to get USA investment to come here. Time will tell if it's enough of an incentive ... as the UK is really.. really going to need it. Cheers, Dennis!
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    post-Brexit and BM car prices

    Hi, They might go up. They might stay as they are. They might go down. Given that the UK currently looks as though it'll leave with 'no deal', then there's a higher chance the prices will increase. It's also most likely many/most other imported items/products will also increase in price. Cheers, Dennis!
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    32” tv

    Hi Barry, Hope this will help https://www.t3.com/features/best-32-inch-tv Cheers, Dennis!
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    Style 65 - Square Set of Fronts

    Hi NF, I'll let you know on wheels and parts etc, I've got a few things on and they're all duly progressing. Once I also find out about some other aspects I'll be in touch ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E30 Touring...

    Hi, White BMW Tourings FTW! Reminds me of the E30 Touring with E34 M5 engine/box conversion which was part of our stable 14/15 years ago! Obviously at around 330 HP it wasn't as powerful as this, but I can relate to the description of being in a lightweight rocket! I can relate to every single road in the video! I drive them very often as they're only a couple miles away! Just a few miles further, and there's some even better places to go for a really good blat ! Wonder how much the asking price is for it?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Birch Anthracite Interior Trim - £165

    Hi Piper, This trim set will not be re-sold, it's staying with me Cheers, Dennis!
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    Birch Anthracite Interior Trim - £165

    Hi Stu, Please send me your details, I'll take this set Cheers, Dennis!
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    Audio installers in East London?

    Hi GBS, Does it 'have' to be East London? if not, then there's some excellent specialists in Oxford, Wandsworth, High Wycombe and the Brighton/Worthing area. All of the specialists in these areas have excellent experience with E39 installs. Drop me a PM if you like to discuss your requirements and I'll have a few more recommendations too. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 Front Sport bumper finishing trims - NON PDC

    Hi, Big thanks to Qasim for sorting me out with these ! Thank you very much - Positive feedback left for you Cheers, Dennis!
  20. Hi, I require a pair of the finishing mouldings which are non PDC for a Sport Sport bumper. light scratches are fine as they'll be painted, no broken tabs etc please. Cheers, Dennis!
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    It happens to all 5 series eventually !

    Hi, When I saw it my jaw fell open ! I had to spin round and take the pics and I almost felt sick when doing so! Yes, it was in the Trading Estate and thankfully, I've not seen this thing driving around here out of hours so I'll assume it comes in from another town! That all said, aside from the usual local smatterings of shocking BMW's, there's many more nice ones around and plenty of other marques too! Cheers, Dennis!
  22. Hi Another decent (in the pictures!) example and in an individual colour with just this one example produced out of all E39 M5 production worldwide !! It also seems decently priced as well ! https://www.powerlease.co.uk/used-bmw-m5-ampthill-bedfordshire-751475 Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 540i/6 Sport touring

    Excellent pickup for the manual 6spd and facelift too ! Look forward to the updates and the car's maintenance and retrofits that you do I will be in touch shortly with you to discuss a few aspects. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E60 front lip

    Hi, Easy way to resolve this is to not park as close to kerb or, reverse park ! Cheers, Dennis!