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About stevecvo

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    Algarve Portugal


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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible
  1. I too was a Triumph fan for many years running a 2000, two 2.5PIs and finally a 2500S estate all manual. I have a photo of the latter in a line up at the old Canley works to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the 2000. My Granada 2.0 also suffered from auto gearbox problems. These boxes often needed a rebuild as 100000 miles approached
  2. I ran a 1200cc Cortina in the late 60s and rebuilt the engine on the kitchen table after a rebore and crankshaft regrind. I even fitted main bearing cap supports to cure the famous crankshaft whip and added a short shift gear stick but eventually I moved on to a Triumph 2000 and started a long love affair with big Triumphs. In the 90s I ran a 2 litre Granada for a couple of years and that was a good old bus with lots of room and a high top gear. I currently have a Puma which I use a couple of days a week alongside the E39 and E88. I also bought a nice stolen and recovered Mk 1 Fiesta XR2 as a summer project to do with my son many years ago but while we were working on it the boy racer business sent the insurance premiums sky high and what started out as a profitable deal actually cost me a few bob when I came to sell it.
  3. I finally got ISTA installed on my new laptop and the information it can provide looks pretty impressive but at the moment I can't get it to communicate with the car. I am using Jimmy´s cable and I have reinstalled the drivers for the usb connection. I have checked the port settings but so far no joy. I am going to take a break but I may try installing INPA from Jimmy´s disk to replace the version which came with the ISTA set up
  4. I keep one set of DIS etc on a Dell 620 and it works well. I had the same charging issues with a pattern battery but the problem was resolved by changing the charger. These machines do seem to recognise non OE chargers and stop the battery charging. I have also heard of issues with connections in the charging socket. I am in the process of loading ISTA on my new i7 laptop and it has proved a bit troublesome. I will be interested to see if it works and if so what the advantages are over DIS.
  5. Now that is nice..
  6. I had new Sachs front shock absorbers and Lemforder top mounts fitted by a local trusted mechanic as when I went to do the job as I fitted new discs and pads my ball joint breaker that I have used on a variety of cars over the last 40+ years would not fit the E39 joints. At 208000 miles I felt that the ride was getting a bit crashy over bumps but I don´t find that the car rides as smoothly as I had anticipated.It may be that I have forgotten what it was like when it was new but can anyone suggest anything to check out? At the same time my key stopped operating the remote central locking. I plugged in my handy C110 scanner and it told me that there was a problem with the fuses and with something in the passenger door locking mechanism. I checked the fuses and all was OK. Before I tried DIS which I always have trouble with because I use it so infrequently I did a search on here and found references to reprogramming the key. I thought it was worth a try and lo and behold it worked and has continued to do so.
  7. £50 seems a fair price to me. I don´t live far from you in Portugal but I already have a set in the same sort of condition. If I need to take a page from Part 1 to a job I print it out from the online pdf copy to save dirtying the original book.
  8. When I lived in the UK I always felt that personalised number plates intended to refer to names were very chavvy and a lot were owned by total wankers but occasionally I encountered an amusing plate. My favourite was seen on a Range Rover standing outside the local manor house in Shropshire. The plate FAT 61T had been slightly amended to read FAT GIT. Luckily here in Portugal we don't have personalised plates and my formerly UK registered car now bears the inoffensive registration 04-84-VM
  9. Hi Steve, you still around with your five in the Algarve?    moved my 540i on last year and got an E63 M6 mow, but still have my diagnostic and coding stuff if you need anything doing would glad to help. 


    Regards Jeff

    1. stevecvo


      Hi Jeff

      Still here and being retired I can't afford M6s !!!

      I am still running my E39 525d. Thanks for the offer but I am well equipped with diagnostics/coding stuff (DIS, INPA. C110 scanner plus Delphi scanner and cables) and I am currently looking at installing ISTA but finding it problematic. My real problem is using the stuff because I don´t use it very often ( reliable car) and when I do I have to work out what to do.



  10. Great to see the site back to normal with good speed and no more certificate warnings. Congrats to those who have obviously worked hard to get things back on an even keel.
  11. This was an optional extra which I had fitted when I ordered my car in 2001. It is very useful on occasions but I don't think it is particularly rare. You see them up for sale from time to time.
  12. If you are very lucky the ABS and DSC lights will indicate a fault on one of the wheel sensors ( a cheap fix) but in my experience it will more likely derive from a fault in the ABS module (an expensive fix).
  13. Even with suitable facilities putting a 4.6 engine looks a pretty daunting exercise to me. If the current engine is basically as sound as you suggest I think I would see whether that is repairable first. As a starting point it would be a good idea to follow up the suggestion of checking the oil filter for metal. If you find this then the engine is scrap but if not you could remove the relevant head to see the nature of the head gasket problem and then decide whether the chain guide could be replaced..
  14. What was the level on the dipstick when you refilled after the oil change? I knew someone who had problems because he had the wrong dipstick in the car and using the level on this he was overfilling with oil. However if the level was right when you filled up with the correct amount of oil but is now high there is clearly a problem.
  15. I am a bit tired of hearing that "the will of the people must be obeyed" in the context of the High court ruling. In the last and preceding national elections more people voted not to have a Conservative government than voted for it but that is the parliamentary election system. You can't really pick and choose when you want to abide by a parliamentary system of government.