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Everything posted by e60neindanke

  1. Retro fitting OBC - Temp sensor warning gag

    My 525i was only missing the wiring between the footwell connector and the front of the car, so that's probably all you'd need to add. Easy now you seem to have half the interior out!
  2. Retro fitting OBC - Temp sensor warning gag

    Looking at some drawings, between pins 4 and 5 of the OBC connector, about 3000 Ohms IIRC?
  3. How Toxic is your car

    Interesting. Just noticed my neighbour has changed his 5er... from a 530d (F10) to a 530i (G30)!
  4. Sean Hughes -RIP

    51 ain't old though. I'm 53 and my mind still thinks I'm 23. It's only when my body tries to do the things the 23 year old me would have done does it very forcefully say to me "just what the FUCK do you think you're playing at, you daft sod?!"
  5. Sean Hughes -RIP

    There's numerous suggestions it was cirrhosis, poor sod.
  6. Project E34 - some Success, some failure!

    Fingers crossed they can - buy a handful from Farnell, those bulbs are used all over the place in an E34 as you know.
  7. Project E34 - some Success, some failure!

    No pun intended, I'm sure I would have thought that you'd use 12V bulbs as the rest of the car's electrics are 12V anyway - it'd seem daft running them from, say, a 5V supply for the electronics in the OBC as that'd just increase the amount of current a regulator would have to pass. I seem to recall there's three bulbs: one for the buttons which is the one round the back, and one each side for the LCD. Or have I got that arse about face too...?
  8. Project E34 - some Success, some failure!

    If I can find it, yes
  9. Project E34 - some Success, some failure!

    Nope - you're right, I'm wrong! Wonder if Farnell do the right ones though? I bought a load of the 12V ones for my mate's Micra - I think about one instrument on his dash lit up!
  10. Project E34 - some Success, some failure!

    Errr.... http://uk.farnell.com/lux/bs286t/lamp-pcb-12v-1-2w-blk/dp/1139260 Okay, there's a handling charge under £20 but that handling charge is less than you're (potentially) paying for one bulb! I recall when I first put an OBC in my 525i it did the PPPP thing too, but then settled down... and at least you have wires to a mirror that might let it dip. I was toying with fitting an auto-dip mirror to my E60 but when I saw there were just two wires to the existing mirror (enough to light the LED, in other words!) I kinda gave up. I also had the digital clock with temperature display for my E34 - think it's in a box somewhere in the garage.
  11. MOT.gov website

    The last time I used that was to discover my late father's Cortina - now nearly 38 years old - is still going strong. I also used it to show someone just how spectacularly my Ford Ka failed its MoT...
  12. What is this thing in my car?

    It's worth noting that somewhere in the pipework near the brake servo (where these things ultimately connect), there is a flow reducer. It looks just like a 1" section of pipe but if you omit it, you get an incredibly annoying hiss from those temperature sensors when you coast...! They use vacuum from the servo to draw the cabin air over them to assist in measuring the temperature. The little speaker unit that goes 'bong' also has a fault in which the loudspeaker goes open circuit: there used to be a 64 Ohm speaker sold by Maplin that was an exact replacement.
  13. A trivial statistic from the New York Times: Number of Americans killed on battlefields in all wars in history: 1,396,733 Number of Americans killed by firearms in the US since 1968: 1,516,863
  14. Just a thought here. Were gun ownership to become as liberalised in the UK as it is in the US... how many people on here would buy one who currently don't own one, for whatever reason? I'm hoping that, being British, we'd find the idea abhorrent.
  15. Doesn't surprise me in the slightest; constantly tell people they're under threat from 'bad guys' and the more paranoid ones will start thinking - in America anyway - "I'd better protect myself and my family" from an alien 'other' that threatens my lifestyle. And in America, that means a gun. Or living in a walled, gated community.
  16. Except that the boneheads believe that the bad guy is going to be dispatched with a single bullet and a witty one-liner. Every one a Bruce Willis. And therein lies the rub - it's a child-like nation with a child-like mentality.
  17. Not least of which was giving $30m to the Trump campaign. NRA 'logic' is that gun control and regulation are bad, because bad guys don't obey rules and regulations - so, in order for the 'good guys' to keep within the law, we must be allowed to meet fire with fire and that means as little regulation as possible. Once upon a time it just represented sports shooters but has now come to represent the gun lobby as a whole. Anyone remember Charlton Heston holding a rifle above his head at a rally of theirs? Other NRA logic includes: Feet are as dangerous as guns It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun You can kill people with trucks, are you going to ban those? Yet it seems only 23% of Americans actually own a gun, if Michael Moore is to be believed - and numbers of guns > number of US citizens. Quick look on Wonkypedia reveals the following about Nevada: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Nevada -and- https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/03/nevada-gun-control-law-las-vegas-shooting Remember, this is the nation whose citizens actually had to be cautioned against shooting at recent hurricanes... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hurricane-irma-florida-sheriff-pasco-country-shoot-at-storm-facebook-event-a7938741.html TAPS. See also: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/03/gun-control-america-failed-las-vegas
  18. How economical are the e39 530i auto/manual

    Seconded. By now, my M20 and M50TU had had head gaskets and/or a whole cylinder head. The M54? It just keeps on going... regular oil changes (Castrol Edge 0W/30 or that stuff that BMW sell that's made from angel's tears judging by the price, it certainly makes me cry when I see the bill), always BMW coolant and now 207,000 miles. No smoke, no rattles, no fuss. Bet I've bloody jinxed it now.
  19. How economical are the e39 530i auto/manual

    The best was an unrealistic scenario, but was on a run up from Kent to Cambridgeshire - M25/M11/A14/A1(M), so no stopping for roundabouts and it was the dead of night, so I thought "what if...?" Turned off the aircon and the radio, and set the cruise control to 56mph. 42 to the gallon!
  20. First 24 Hours with the E34 520i Auto

    I say 'leave it be' - it's a tidy, unmolested car and some work on the alloys and screen will make it a nice example, Having just seen a pickup conversion of an E34 on eBay (!!) I think it'd be nice to leave the car as original as possible - maybe even go down the BMW audio route?
  21. How economical are the e39 530i auto/manual

    Well... my M54-engined 530i auto (in an E60) will get 37/gallon at a steady 70 on a motorway run.
  22. First 24 Hours with the E34 520i Auto

    I'm jealous Same colour as my increasingly-rotten 525i, plus aircon too. A good buy IMO.
  23. Could this cyclist not have...

  24. What are you listening to?

    Should put some Steely Dan in the car to celebrate the life of Walter Becker, who left us today