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    London- Brockley
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    BMWs, Doctor Who, Chinese Food, Drink and Jazz
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    Visual effects artist


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    2000 BMW 528i Touring
  1. They'll definately fit, with one caveat. Check that the front seats have the same electrical connectors. It's pretty easy to swap the wiring and tensioners over though.
  2. Put mine in about 6 months ago, no complaints Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. When I replaced one on my 2000 I chose a £30 one from amazon. Considering the genuine hella ones are £80 I was expecting a rubbish product. They turned out to be identical, you could even see where the BMW logo would have been on the moulding. I think it was made by depo Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. What you want isn't possible without custom software
  5. Meyle HD are a good substitute for certain lemforder parts. They have slightly beefier bushes in them. You're going to fall in love with your car all over again once you've refreshed the suspension. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Looks pretty interesting, I would have thought the firmware would need changing though? I could be wrong though.... As an alternative, if one of your speakers isn't working, it could be the amp board inside your bm54 could be failing. Theres a couple of different ways you can fix that. Either bypass them with rca preouts, or fit an aftermarket amp board. If you go the X3 radio route, let us all know how you get one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Pop some photos up, they're worth a thousand words.
  8. Agreed, swapping chips over is not very pleasant. Just getting the needles off is a pain in the backside!
  9. BMW scanner can change the VIN Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thanks guys! slightly annoyingly, one of the wheels has a tiny bit of corrosion showing next to the bolts under the clear coat. I suppose this is just the deal with diamond cut wheels. still, can't be too precious, so I'm just gonna enjoy the car. Im also looking at the hifi now. Does anyone know if an 8" subwoofer will give much bass? I'm not after enough to make the car shake, just a bit of extra oomph. Maybe one for the audio forum...
  11. I'd guess that your cluster has a m35080 chip inside. Which is good because it's relatively simple to change the VIN on it. This should fix your traction control issue. Mileage is slightly more complex, but it can be done Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. It's possible, depending on what cluster hardware version you've got? Does the mileage match? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Cheers for all the kind words. Its been a little while since I updated this thread, so thought I'd share my experience of making the leather look a little fresher. The interior is generally in pretty good nick, no rips or tears in anything. The rear seats are almost as new since they never really get used. The drivers, and to some extent the passenger seat, are starting to look a little shiny though. I tried using gliptone, and its very good. Loads of filth came out of them, and despite looking lots cleaner, they were not back to looking new and matte. Time to bring out the big guns! I recently came accross Liam79's thread on recolouring his leather and thought I'd have a crack. I think he used liquid leather dyes on his, but after much research I decided on Furniture Clinic. Now, automotive leather is also referred to as pigmented leather, this means that the leather is painted with a colour layer, then a protective clearcoat on top. The shiny finish is due to the top coat getting 'polished' every time you get in and out of the car. I opted to recoat the seats with furniture clinic leather sealant. It comes in matte, semi matte, satin etc. I went for matte (big mistake, i'll explain in a bit). Here's a few snaps as I went from cleaning the split seats to airbrushing on the new finish coat A good trick, if you're using the supplied airbrush, is to put the can of propellant in a bowl of hot water to stop the nozzle freezing. I would have taken some during pictures, but really got into it. Heres the completed backrest after two coats. A Hairdryer really speeds the drying up between coats. They came out looking fantastic! Time to get them in the car, and I was very disappointed. The 'matte-ness' looked great, but it had gone grey. I know black leather looks a little lighter when new, but these were properly grey. The guys at furniture clinic seemed to think it was the matting agent. There's a guy in the states who had the same problem when he did this on an E46, and the solution seems to be to mix some black dye with the matte. So after much grief stripping the seat back with meths and re doing the whole thing, here's the result. The leather feels much softer than before, and the smell is awesome! I was worried that it would feel like they'd been painting with something, but definately not. The Rear seats got a good scrubbing down with gliptone, and the vinyl sections on the door, console and dash got a quick rub down with a magic eraser to take the engrained dirt out of them. Nothing was going to save the steering wheel leather, so Royal Steering wheels did a fantastic job at retrimming the old one. Next up it's either retrimming the headliner in black alcantara, or a little work on the hifi..... decisions decisions
  14. That is a proper low cluster, which is broken. To upgrade to a high cluster you'll need the retrofit harness (no longer available from the dealer) and coolant level sensor Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I'd take a guess on a broken wire in the steering wheel clock spring. It's quite often the airbag wires that go, so not unlikely Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk