Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

  • Feedback


velvetmonkey last won the day on January 19

velvetmonkey had the most liked content!


About velvetmonkey

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Location
    London- Brockley
  • Interests
    BMWs, Doctor Who, Chinese Food, Drink and Jazz
  • Occupation
    Visual effects artist


  • Garage
    2000 BMW 528i Touring
  1. Most reliable engine is M57 3L ?

    Completely agree with chicaneuk there, no bmw engine is going to be bomb proof without spending money on maintenance. Just like a good kitchen knife, you’ve gotta sharpen it sometimes. that said, when an M57 gets a problem, it does seem to be more spectacular than when an M52/M54 does. If you want a car that you can neglect, and expect to be reliable, a German car is probably not the car for you
  2. gauge needles

    Yeah, that's an option. You would have to be careful not to damage them when you remove them though
  3. gauge needles

    The motors are on eBay. They're fairly easy to remove and install. There are four pins which go through holes on the cluster main board. To remove them, just squeeze the pins and push through. search for e39 cluster pixel repair on google, there are plenty of how tos on how to split your cluster
  4. plastic headlight lenses

    There was someone who changed the lenses on their 02 5er. It involved lots of dremelling the old epoxy out etc. Definitely doable though Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. gauge needles

    It's tricky, but possible. Use a very thin pair of pliers, with teeth, to hold the motor shaft on the backside of the cluster face. Then twist/ pull the needle off. Make sure you mark the rest position if the needle before doing it. If you damage the motor, replacements can be had for around £20 each. There are pictures if you search for pixel repair on google Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. That rust thing...

    Check out my topic where I dealt with some minor bubbling on the sill. Turned out to be worse than it looked. The only way to deal with it is by cutting it out and replacing with good metal. Anything else isn't going to last Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The worst I've ever seen!

    You've got a very apt screen name with headlamps like that Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. auto boot saloon

    I've seen the diy too. It ended up looking a bit of a bodge if I remember correctly. What would be cool would be the thing where you can wave your foot under the bumper to open it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Airbag ECU swap - trying not to need coding.

    6919789 is the part number, you should check on realoem if this Ecu works on your car. All e39s in a given production year will use the same Ecu, regardless of what options are fitted to your car. The options are added by coding the unit with the number of airbags etc. The only option really is to check the coding on the unit, and by then you might as well code it anyway. Where abouts are you? I'm sure a forum member near you could help. If you're in London, I'd be happy to give you some time -Simon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Replacing windscreen - what else at same time?

    To attach the rain sensor, you'll need the specific windscreen for that option. It has a plastic lens bonded to it and the black bit for it. You could try and bond a lens on yourself, but it'd probably be nearly impossible to do properly Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. What Water Pump, Viscous Fan & Thermostat???

    Try C3BMW, great brands at good prices Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Strange problem with auto wipers

    New switch and all sorted! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Strange problem with auto wipers

    Ok, so the general module has an error with the wiper control potentiometer. I'm going to try another switch and see what it does. I've tried another sensor with no change Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I'd agree with machinehead, my last one was behaving very strangely with different treads on the rear axle. No need to be panicking about rebuilding transmissions before ruling tyres out Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. HELP!!!!

    It sounds like your wiring and sensors are checkout out ok. Also, the errors your are reading from your abs module are common in failed units. Normally you will get multiple wheel speed sensor errors. The unit is not fixable DIY, so you have two options: 1) Buy a used unit from eBay. It will need coding to your car. It's possible that this will fail again, and it could do so at any time. 2) send your unit to BBA reman, who will open it up, and repair it for you with a warranty. These guys know their stuff, and there are instructions on their website on how to remove it. http://www.bba-reman.com/gb/content.aspx?content=bmw_bosch_abs_pumps Hope this helps, Simon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk