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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible

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  1. stevecvo

    Bzzz sound instead of ptew ptew turbo whistle

    If it is the turbine blades lightly touching the turbo casing then the answer is "very bad"
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    Misplaced your BMW?

    I think that we can safely assume that the OP is not a golfer.
  3. stevecvo

    New brake pads and discs

    ATE and Jurid pads are both OEM and I have used each successfully on my e39 over the years. I have also used Bembro and TRW discs without any problem.
  4. stevecvo

    5 40 or 5 30?

    The short answer to the original question is "no". I switched to 5W40 some years ago on my 525d and change the oil and filter every 6000 miles or so. The car is now on 227000 miles. I doubt that there is much discernible difference between 5W30 and 5W40 in practical use but 5W40 is cheaper and we experience higher temperatures here.
  5. stevecvo

    E28 533i

    Yes from what I understood this had the M30 engine used in 633i and the 733i. The car was an auto and had an immaculate red leather interior. Another truly stunning vehicle there was this superb E30 320i M power.
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    E28 533i

    I called in at my local monthly classic car get together yesterday and came across this comparatively rare beast. Apparently it was made only for the American market for a short run in 1983/4 to combat claims that the 528e was underpowered. I am sorry that the photos are not better but it was hard to see the camera screen in bright sunshine at 30 degrees centigrade!
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    Winter oil 5w40 or 5w60?

    If he has put 9 litres into a standard 530d engine to the correct level on the dipstick I can only suggest that it has a dipstick from another model. This happened to a friend of mine who used to repair salvage cars many years ago. He had complaints about smoke from the engine of a car he had repaired and serviced and it turned out that the motor had an incorrect dipstick which led to overfilling with oil. I await a query about oil leaking past the engine seals.
  8. stevecvo

    Winter oil 5w40 or 5w60?

    I suspect what he bought were two 4 litre cans of oil which is the common measure outside of the UK. This is certainly the case with Castrol Edge which he was referring to some while back. However if the 530d was made with a 9 litre sump for the Russian market we can only apologise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. I had an E30 in the early 90's and this left the road once one a fast run to the station down a frosty country lane near home but it merely bounced off a bank and I continued without any damage ( albeit at a slower pace and reconciled to missing my normal train). I had to abandon another journey to work when the same car would not climb a snowy road on a hill. I was stuck while Metros and Minis sailed past. Yes the bag of cement in the boot was not a myth. I suspect however that the long term future of road travel will be by driverless cars used like taxis. Think of the infrastructure savings. Luckily though I shall be long gone by then.
  10. stevecvo

    E39 broken coin tray sliding lid.

    They all go like that over time but you don't tend to see it when sitting in the driver's seat.
  11. stevecvo

    E39 540i not starting .... HELP PLZ

    It was the last sentence that I was referring to a little tongue in cheek. I meant nothing personal. I am sure everyone on the forum has done jobs which were strictly non- essential and regretted it when problems arose.
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    E39 540i not starting .... HELP PLZ

    How old do you have to get before you learn to abide by the motto "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?
  13. Those photos are astonishing although I don't recognise the part in the last one. The sludge build up looks like an engine which has run 150000 miles without an oil change. As my wife runs a 118d I would be interested to hear of any known explanation for the problem here.
  14. stevecvo

    Problem removing 525d crankshaft damper pulley

    I clearly misinterpreted what you meant and in this context my reply must have seemed a bit odd. Yes you will have no trouble if you put the car in gear to do the job.
  15. stevecvo

    Problem removing 525d crankshaft damper pulley

    It is a pretty straightforward job and you don't need a manual except perhaps if you forget to note how the serpentine belt fits. In any event the Bentley manual does not cover the diesel engines. I paid €200 for an aftermarket unit which my local motor factors got in for me the next day because the BMW price is horrendous. You can get them a bit cheaper on EBay but for me to get things sent to Portugal costs money and adds to the delay.