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    white smoke from engine bay???

    The hot air problem probably stems from a failure of the water valve which sits in the passenger side of the engine bay and controls the supply of hot water to the heater matrix.When the solenoids fail or the valves stick in the open position the supply of hot water is not cut off when it should be. I had the same problem and fitted a used unit off EBay ( around £25) which sorted the problem. If you do a search you will find stuff on this.
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    Lake victoria behind driver's seat

    +1 for the vapour barrier on the right hand rear door
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    Thanks anyway for taking the time to reply Marc. Good luck with the sale.
  4. I have just seen that they are offering a 60% discount which brings the price down to £47 but they have obviously loaded the price before the discount to make it look as if customers are getting a bargain.
  5. I am not familiar with Castrol Edge 10-60 (is that what M5s run on?) but having done a quick search the on line price for 4 litres here in Portugal averages around 44 euros so those prices do seem a massive rip off.
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    I have had one of these for about 18 months and despite some of the criticisms voiced about cheap Chinese kit I have been very pleased with mine. It works well and looks great -much better than some of the higher quality single DIN kit in weird panels. The only problem I have encountered with mine is that while the phone bluetooth connection works very well I don't get a ringing tone when I get an incoming call and it is only when the caller speaks that I know I have a call. Can you tell me whether you got a ringing tone with yours? Does anyone know whether there is any adjustment to deal with this issue?
  7. Presumably this is a 525d not a td. Does the auxiliary fan work and if so what sort of price would you want for it?
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    Heater only blowing cold

    Worth checking the water valve which sits in the engine compartment on the passenger side. This controls the supply of water to the heater unit as part of the climate control system. I guess that if the valves have failed to open no hot water would reach the heater matrix.
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    Any lads on here fancy this??

    Most likely not, though.
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    Vac hose for 530d. How many metres?

    You need hands like a child to get in between the engine mount and the brackets which hold them to the chassis in order to remove the connectors. I replaced my mounts which involves detaching the brackets from the chassis but at that time I did not have any new hose to replace what was there.
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    Vac hose for 530d. How many metres?

    I still don't know how you get to connect the hoses to the engine mounts in situ. It looks impossible.
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    Interior colour change

    The colour combination is not to my personal taste but you clearly seem to have done an excellent job. Keep up the good work.
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    Mr FIX9H Ceramic coating

    Car Pro Quartz is offered at several different prices on EBay (hopefully no fake stuff) but although a price of £50 or so is quite high I would be interested to get a good level of protection for up to 2 years but having looked the YouTube videos it does not seem to be simply a case of apply and forget. There are maintenance products to buy and apply. Has anyone got practical experience of this stuff at a non professional level? welsh540i - Do you have a site for your own products or of not could you send me details via pm?
  14. My car suddenly started to blow hot air from the floor vents when the climate control was set for cool temperatures although the face vents continued to blow cold air. After a few searches I decided that the problem probably lay with the dual water valve which sits in the passenger side of the engine bay not shutting off the supply of hot water to climate control system. A Portuguese parts supplier wanted €75 for a used OEM valve and seemed surprised when I pointed out that they were going on EBay for a lot less. His lame excuse was that in Portugal they have to charge VAT on secondhand parts! In the end I got one from globalparts-uk which seem to operate from both the UK and Germany. My part came from Germany by courier at a cost of €25 including delivery. A good price and quick delivery so a shout for globalparts. I removed the fuel filter to get better access to the valve and changing it over was straightforward and sorted the problem so cold air is restored for the warm weather which is long overdue here.
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    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - please read

    Vlady you have no need to worry about bowel cancer if you had have had a colonoscopy and it was all clear. Obviously piles can produce blood when you go to the loo The DIY test kits are good but not infallible as they rely on the presence of minute particles of blood in the stool. I have a friend who used one of these kits following severe stomach pains over a long period and the results were negative but a subsequent colonoscopy revealed two large tumours in the bowel which required surgery followed by chemotherapy.
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    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - please read

    I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2004 at age 62 after I found blood in my stools. Because no cancer marker showed in the blood test the doctor thought at first that it was piles and I was happy to go along with that diagnosis but eventually had to face up to reality after a colonoscopy. I had surgery- which was not nice- but I came through it without the need for a bag, much to my relief. Unfortunately the clinical tests on the bits removed indicated that it was stage 4 but I must have been lucky because after a round of chemotherapy which was not too bad and radiotherapy which had more side effects I am still around after 13 years. The very clear message is to get this cancer diagnosed early because in many cases it is then simply a matter of cutting out the bit of bad piping and joining the ends together. If you leave it and it spreads then the problem is much more difficult to treat. It is not easy to go to the doctor and talk about bleeding from the rectum and being men we tend to put this sort of stuff to the back of our minds but please do take early action if you have any of the symptoms.. SuperDave I am sorry to hear of the position you are in and I wish you good luck in your treatment. I commend you for drawing attention to the matter and I hope it helps someone else
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    Low Mileage e39 530i SE - Whats it worth?

    I can't see it being a sad day if you manage to get something near the advertised price!
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    What ball joint splitters are we using.

    The T331 is definitely the one to have but Franklin don't seem to make it any more - just the 330.
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    OAP released on no charge

    Sadly because of the likelihood of revenge attacks from the dead guy's traveller community it is reported to be unlikely that the OAP will be able to return to his house. What a fucked up society.
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    About to break a 2001 e39 touring 530i titan silver

    I am looking for a water valve - part no 6412-8374995-02 - which sits on the left hand side of the engine bay.
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    +1 for the centre rear brake light. You can unplug the bulb holder and check the contacts. They may be corroded or simply need bending out to make a better contact
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    E39 washer jets

    +1 for brittle broken pipes. I bought the section from the wing up to the jets from BMW for about €19.
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    Waiting for a bus in Newcastle!

    Now I understand all that interest in 7 seaters.
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    BPMe fuel App *warning*

    You did the sensible thing but there is no denying that the way you were physically manhandled at the stop amounted to assault and was clearly unacceptable. I doubt though that any lessons will be learned though as most of the people dealt with in this way are not innocent citizens and the public does not care in those circumstances.
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    Jap 540i

    What a superb motor car. I am not tempted though because it would cost a fortune to matriculate this into Portugal.