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  1. Carly dongle + Carly Pro software will at least communicate with the car. I cleared all the fault codes, rechecked and none related to the SLS had reoccurred. But the display in the binnacle remains: Selflevel Susp Inact I contacted Carly support who offered no useful comment so wonder if this is an expensive toy with no real use? Nick Froome
  2. Thanks for the update. Will report back
  3. OK, bought a cheap WiFi dongle. My iPhone connects to the dongle OK but the dongle won't communicate with the car. I've tried Carly Lite and EOBD-Facile but both fail to communicate with the ECU in the car Any suggestions? My plan at this stage is to buy the Carly dongle and see if that communicates OK. If it doesn't it can go back. If it does I'll probably buy the full Carly software to go with it Any suggestions on clearing the SLS fault? I have a suspicion the fault will clear and the SLS will work OK after that
  4. Many thanks. Still like to hear some other recommendations...
  5. Since replacing the subframe bushes I have "self-levelling susp inact" in the cluster. I have been thinking about getting a cable and using my Mac to run diagnostic software but I'd need a very long USB cable as I don't have a laptop... So, suggestions please for a useable iPhone / ODB interface setup for the E39. Can these be used to clear fault codes and diagnostics? What's the best setup? Car is a 2002 E39 525 Diesel Auto Touring Nick Froome
  6. Since replacing the subframe bushes I have "self-levelling susp inact" in the cluster. I have been thinking about getting a cable and using my Mac to run diagnostic software but I'd need a very long USB cable as I don't have a laptop... So, suggestions please for a useable iPhone / ODB interface setup for the E39. Can these be used to clear fault codes and diagnostics? What's the best setup? Car is a 2002 E39 525 Diesel Auto Touring Nick Froome
  7. My car is just coming up to 170k and I am in the same position. The big question for me is, is it worth spending the money on a car this old? Parts will be well over £1000 If you're going to have the work done by a garage your final bill will be more than the car is worth Nick Froome
  8. If you can live without electric adjustment, Demon Tweeks sell a lumbar support with a bulb to pump it up http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/motorsport/seat-accessories/real-essential-inflatable-lumbar-support-with-pump I have a similar version in the Sparco race seats in my 2002 - it makes a big difference Nick Froome
  9. Half way through replacing the subframe bushes. To anyone else planning to do it, if you use the Laser tool you will need a 24 mm ring spanner - a socket will not do I was quoted 1 hr / bush by a local BMW specialist @ £65 / hr + VAT. If I had a ramp and a transmission jack, like most garages, I think I could do all four in just over an hour working hard To anyone thinking of doing it: get stuck in. With the subframe bush tool it's not a hard job at all Nick Froome
  10. That's interesting. When the car is in the air the hub moves up & down pretty easily with a jack under it. The biggest job is getting the car up in the air on stands and nice & stable. Once that's done it's not too hard, assuming the temperature is not round freezing and you've lost all feeling and all desire to carry on! Nick Froome
  11. Looking for a bonnet in Titanium Silver for a 2002 Touring. Preferably within 30 miles of Sussex Nick Froome
  12. A little followup: after replacing the droplinks the car is much, much nicer to drive. It still clonks a bit but most of the rattles have gone and it's a lot smoother The previous Lemforder droplinks lasted 25k and 4 years and could probably have done with replacing a year ago Next job is the rear subframe bushes Nick Froome
  13. I cancelled the inspection before Christmas and ordered a set of ARB droplinks. I fitted the fronts (easy) and one of the rears (total bastard) before it got dark. Rattling from the front has gone but the car still thumps. That is what I expected For anyone planning to replace rear droplinks on a touring, be very patient as you do it. The lower nut is obscured by the driveshaft and is almost impossible to get at I raised the front of the car on blocks and the rear on stands. I then lifted the rear hub up about 8" with a trolley jack until I could get a 17 mm short socket onto the nut. You'll need a 3/8" drive, a universal joint and an extension of exactly the right length to do this You need to get a spanner on the flats of the rod end. As the bolt comes undone the spanner will slip off. When I do the other side I am going to use a spanner till the bolt is loose then grip the rod end with mole grips and undo with the socket It is a complete arse of a job Nick Froome
  14. It has the original dampers as far as I know. I will replace the rear subframe bushes & see what it's like then There is definitely some thumping from the rear. The front produces a slight rattle over road imperfections, particularly at low speed. I've read a few threads about front-end rattles and there seem to be many possible causes inc ARB droplinks, loose bolts, bad thrust arm bushes & etc Nick Froome
  15. 2002 E39 525 Diesel Touring Auto SE. It's at 160k and I've had it for 6 years. It has Type 42s, 8 x 17", with 235/45 x 17 Continentals The ride has gone off in the last 6000 miles or so and it thumps over every bump in the road at low speeds. Handling is OK. It's always had a fairly noisy ride partly, I suspect, due to the big wheels & tyres, but it has definitely got worse I had the two nearside wheels off today and had a look at the ARB drop links, bushes & suspension arm bushes. Nothing jumped out at me but it's hard to see what's going on without a ramp and a big pry bar The noise appears to come from the front as much as the back but that could be a misleading impression I replaced the front thrust bushes, front & rear ARB droplinks & ARB bushes plus the front wishbones in May 2012 at 139k My instinct says rear subframe bushes. Any thoughts? It's booked in for investigation on Thursday Nick Froome