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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. E39 530D auto vs manual mode

    Sports mode simply holds on to the gears longer and with you right foot planted gives a far more spirited performance. I started to use manual mode to tip the car into top gear from auto when it was not going fast enough to engage 5th and over the years I have abandoned auto mode and use manual mode to drive the car like a manual model but without a clutch.
  2. Headlight internal adjuster

    I stand corrected but moving the adjuster across was sufficient to get my UK car through the Portuguese vehicle inspection when I matriculated it here. Other people I knew with RHD cars had to change the headlights to the LHD version.
  3. Headlight internal adjuster

    Yes. This converts the beam from left to right hand dip.
  4. Xtrons headunits - talk to me bout them

    Have a look at the Android head units posting further down in this section.There is a lot of information there. I fitted the Xtrons PF139BS to my E39 at a cost of £189. It is an extremely nice fit in the facia and the sound is better than the original BMW unit it replaced. I replaced the supplied Kudos maps with an IGO version. A lot of people will be happy with this unit for the money but naturally you can spend much more and get a better sound. With hindsight I wish I had known about the full Android 7.1 units that you can get for another £40 see for example http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112527680072?ul_noapp=true
  5. Gearbox noise in neutral

    Could also be the input shaft bearing.
  6. Stud conversion

    Now that my youthful strength has evaporated I do find it a struggle at times to hold a wheel in place while I try and locate the first wheel bolt , especially if I have been working on a tiring job. Sometimes it is possible to get one bolt in loosely and rotate the wheel to position the next one but the idea of a long bolt as per the above post is an excellent idea. To any of the weight lifters reading this with a smile I say wait until you get into your seventies!
  7. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    Just remembered that I have a newish fairly high spec Android IPTV box. That should do the trick after a bit of time to familiarise myself with the system
  8. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    This unit does not have wifi. With hindsight I would have been better advised to have spent an extra £100 and gone for the Android 6 model but I was unaware of this at the time. One of the adverts for my unit refers to an optional 3g dongle and this might offer the opportunity of wifi access. I will have to look into this.
  9. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    Thanks for that Dan. The problem I foresee from a quick read of the article is that I have Windows computers, Apple phone and Ipad but no Android devices to create maps on an SD card to insert into the Android head unit. Am I understanding it right that I need an Android device to be able to create the SD card for the Xtrons unit?
  10. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    I don't know. Can you download Google maps on to an SD card to run on Android devices? I am afraid that being a longtime Windows man I am a bit clueless when it comes to Android
  11. Installing Xtrons head unit into 525d

    bb2005 I have replied to your pm.
  12. BMW E39 Breaking Parts Left.

    OK thanks. What is the rear kick plate like?
  13. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    Well I contacted Naviextras who supply IGO updates and asked about purchasing an update for my maps if they were not the latest version. I was told, however, that my copy is a cracked illegal version and it cannot be updated . They added that it is not possible to legalise a cracked license as it is generated individually for each device. Also, I cannot replace the cracked software version, nor can I purchase the software only. They do not sell their navigation software to end-users as the software is only available pre-installed on devices supported at Naviextras.com. If I wish to update my contents through Naviextras, I need to possess a supported device.- which Xtrons is not. I am thus in the odd situation of being willing to pay for software which they are not willing to supply. In the circumstances I can only take the dark route. My version of IGO primo (Europe) is dated June 2014. Does anyone know the source of anything later? Feel free to pm me if you prefer.
  14. BMW E39 Breaking Parts Left.

    I am not looking for sport trim. I have an SE and I attach a photo of the front kick plate. Is the door seal in good condition with no splits or significant scuffing? If so please hold it for me pending a reply on the trim
  15. alternative maps for Xtrons PF7139BS

    Having followed up this matter I have been advised by the supplier that the unit is compatible with IGO, SYGIC, and TOMTOM maps as well as the Kudos map system supplied on purchase and works with all of these. I have managed to find a set of IGO maps for Europe and I have installed these. They seem much better than the Kudos maps for my local area and once I have found out how to make all the necessary tweaks I think that they will work better for me. These maps seem a little older than the Kudos maps but I believe that updates can be purchased from IGO