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  1. dmarkovina1

    530i hesitation/misfire accelerating when engine hot

    No loose spark plugs by any chance?
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    530i hesitation/misfire accelerating when engine hot

    If any of the camshaft sensors is faulty you can see it via INPA - there is no variation in the angle of the affected camshaft as you rev the engine - the angle remains stuck at either fully retarded or fully advanced (not sure which camshaft stays where) . If you want to spare some money on sensors, give Febi a try - in my recent experience I was lucky enough to find the OEM VDO sensor inside - with BMW stamp gorund off. Perfect ever since - a year later. Delphi sensor proved not to work though.
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    Cost to repair jacking points

    Normally the jacking point itself is ok as it is made of thick metal and there is reinforcement above inside the sill - it's the outer sheeting that goes first - as per your photos.
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    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    Euro 3.
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    white smoke from engine bay???

    I would check valve cover gasket above the exhaust manifold . especially at the back towards the firewall - all dry or oily? If not the gasket you may also have an airline crack in the valve cover itself. Airline crack is visible with the cover off and inspected against the light. Competent ABS welder can fix it easily. What happens is oil dripping on the exhaust manifold hence the smoke. If you notice more smoke when the car is pointing uphill (low speed or stationary) that's most likely the cause.
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    You can pass the MOT with the flat cutoff on HIDs?
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    E39 535 has issues when warm

    Febi seems to be repackaging BMW OEM camshaft sensors from VDO - you can notice the (BMW) stamp ground off from the side of the sensor. Two years now, no issues. Avoid Delphi - which is fine for ABS sensors...
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    E46 OEM reflectors made by ZKW invariably fail - this is probably the most-replaced BMW projector on the market.
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    If your projectors are ok i.e. they did not lose the mirror-like finish, just cleaning up the dust from lenses should make a big difference/ coupled with inexpensive H7 4300K HID. -Just recode the car to skip the headlight bulb check otherwise you will get the OBD error. I have done that for now and am very happy - not that I would mind bixenons...If you want to go bixenon or your projectors are finished you would need a new ones. Some useful info below: https://www.retrofitlab.com/blog/bmw-e39-bi-xenon-retrofit-guide/ http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1863650-FXR-v-3-projector-retrofit-into-Hella-housings Some of the kits from the retrofitlab do have an RHD verson. Apparently EvoX-R is a direct swap but there is no RHD version. I bought EvoX-R v1.0 for my E38 (which had HIDs from factory) and managed to fit it with a bit of dremeling - the E38 has a very small projector so it was a tight fit. It is now obviuosly better than the burned-out Hella but nowhere near the modern OEM HIDs in terms of the cutoff line nor light output (dipped lights). For my coming E39 lights upgrade I will go for something else, maybe the EvoX-R V2.0 - unsure at the moment. One thing to not to forget is the MOT - if you go with H7- based setup it is easy to put the halogens back, cometh the hour.
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    CD changer stuck again! What are my other options?

    Let's not forget this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/AUKEY-Ground-Isolator-Systems-Included-Black/dp/B01LYYRT7M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1526592088&sr=8-3&keywords=car+noise
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    CD changer stuck again! What are my other options?

    I plugged an aux in/line in cable/adaptor - at the back of the unit - into which I then plugged something like this: https://www.aukey.com/products/bluetooth-4-1-wireless-audio-receiver-car-kit-br-c8 Et voila - a hansfree kit and bluetooth streaming in one go. I also hard-wired a usb power supply at the back of the unit so this thing springs into life when ignition is turned on with usb wire discretely coming out just above the wooden trim piece between the steering wheel and central console . This in turn automatically starts Android Auto on my Galaxy S8+ - happily sitting (landscape orientation) on the dash just above the vents - via this little helper: https://www.aukey.com/products/magnetic-phone-mount-hd-c13 (in my E39) or https://www.scosche.com/magicmount-1 (in my E38) , effectively turning it into a powerful 6.2" car multimedia centre/phone/satnav.
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    E39 530i steering wheel wobble

    I must have been lucky - only ever used them for upper control arms. Lasted long enough.
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    E39 530i steering wheel wobble

    TRW should be ok too.
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    V8 Tapping Noise

    I used it to just to help smooth out the the anaemic and hesitant M54 engine on my 525i as well as to try and quiet down the (manual) gearbox rattle when worm (bearing play) . All perfect now and added benefit is lower consumption and more power (and less engine breaking effect as a consequence of the lower internal engine friction). Nothing short of miraculous. I do not work for nor have any affiliation with Liqui Moly. This is where it helped with the dreaded N47 engine worn chain noise (not saying that a new chain my not be due): https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=72&t=1717717 The ceramic apparently coats the metal - both making it harder and slipperier at the same time - and in my experience it does reduce engine noise.
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    E39 530i steering wheel wobble

    I would suspect the right front shock in that case. If there is no wobble when turning left that's pretty much it - unless you're unlucky enough to have both shock fail at the same time - unlikely. Any oil leak on visible on the struts? Worn tie rods do not cause steering wheel wobble (as per my experience with e34, e39 and e38) - just imprecise steering and clunking noise when driving over road imperfections.