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    Gloucestershire UK
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    Mostly active in the "E60 2004-2010" forum.


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    BMW E61 530i black M Sport LCI 2007 6s manual. (prev E39 525i SE 2001 manual)

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  1. Thanks for all the updates, interesting read . Clean n fresh in silver, looks a good one. > ...instant response, control, and it also gives me something to keep my mind occupied Agreed instant , especially nice if you blip it agressively above 4k rpm. > What's not to like?  The clatter at idle from the piezo injectors , not the end of the world. This one's still on runflats hmm. Very rarely but every so often shudders a beat, occasionaly has a very slightly noticable shake at the lights 2 to 3 mins into a drive (~45degC water temp). The engine management algorithms and mode of operations are far to fancy but it keeps the tax band low for a 200kW/320Nm peak (if you rev it up). > ...trying a 40w oil (Fuchs Titan Supersyn Longlife 5W-40 - LL01) to see if this helps. Thinking of trying the same at next change also. Let us know what you find. Mine has been a good motor so far. Nearly 2 years of ownership and less than £1k on the usual essentials, purchased similar in April 2017 £6K but 120k, now at 132k miles with 2nd MOT soon (should be fine). It'll soon be time for a spring clean. Yes, V-Power, generally speaking 25 to 35mpg. The rear window demmister earth wire failed in the tailgate hinge wiring loom, which I earthed out on the tailgate, there's likely to be more such issues to come. Needs a new battery, rest voltage has been ~11.8v since I got the car, though it still cranks over and quickly fires up daily Mon to Fri .
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    MOT changes.

    True, I'm just ranting LOL. Edit: Saw the 'MOT changes' and got off topic .
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    MOT changes.

    Great isn't it, now a 10 year old runner can cost a few grand and a rash of split rubbers on the suspension can effectively right a car off. Not to mention chasing some engine light, when scrapping a car is hardly environmental compared to the environmental cost of constructing a new one. Just more crazy economics to support purchasing some clever constructed financial product with a car thrown in.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Had a rare visit to Oxford today. Whilst avoiding the over enthusiastic parking enforcement vultures and squeezing into a rediculously tiny space, I grazed up a front ali on a curb. Grrr!
  5. +1 Agreed. Should be pretty cheap then . Take your time, try a few and get the one that's best for you. A few LCI (+March 2007) models out there but less manuals though.
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    E60 520d Rattle - HELP

    I had a good listen many times, normally I'm keen to suggest a few suspects but I got nothing strong on this one. Some long shots: Perhaps the anti roll bar rubber bushing/mounts are loose... or you are missing a rubber damper on the bonnet. Does the noise go away if you push the door panel? I'm thinking the door lock could be chattering on the male chrome hook.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Thanks for the wiper bearing info. I had the same bearing type rust and break up on the misses' Renault Scenic (*cough*), after also spotting the fallen bearing seeds. Then I found that the bearings are the same size as can be found in a kids scooter wheel bearing or the ones in those annoying fidget spinners . Drill out and replace the old bolt, add washer, job done. The E60 appears to be a similar/same design. If anyone who notices the wiper bearings begining to rust, short term, consider spraying a bit of WD40 and attempt to get some grease in the bearing, to free them up and help slow down the water corrosion process.
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    Rough Idle when Cold 525i N53

    LOL what fun hey . It will be interesting to hear what the data indicates.
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    Rough Idle when Cold 525i N53

    Hi n welcome. +1 agreed. Free online diagnostics. N43/N53 https://bimmerprofs.com/online-diagnostics-n43n53/ Requires a requires time to collect the 60+ INPA data screen shots (GreenShot's with hotkeys helped). I got a pretty good detailed report, understandably targeted toward a "NOX emulator" sale but still useful info.
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    E61 Touring - Optimal boot sub(s) location.

    Summary update Jan 2019: A cheap n chearfull analogue solution to remove frequency overlap and pull up the lows further when using additional boot subs with the existing factory floor subs. I thought that I'd like to experiment with some colouration of my boot subs. Glad I did, for a low budget I ran across a High to Low level converter and a 7 band EQ. Originally thought that using the EQs built in crossover low pass filter on the sub channel would do the job (40Hz-250Hz). It does what it suposed to do but instead I preferred using the EQ to bias the lower sub frequencies and remove some of the thump (120Hz-300Hz) sourced from the Head Unit high level audio (from tapping into the floor subs). I suspect using a pair of 8" subs are physically too small for producing the very lower frequencies with higher natural resonance, plus the frequency overlap with the existing factory 6.5" floor subs... Anyway, although the system was plenty adequate, the addition of the lower bias with an EQ slope colouration gives (me personally) a better sound for my type of music. Took a chance and was surprised to get the results I was looking for, a smoother, deeper and better balanced bottom end with a fuller performance, even at lower volumes. When focusing on the most lower frequencies it becomes more apparent that the best sub location for the least cancelation of sub frequencies (although weak from the floor subs) is with the woofers at the back of the car facing forward (in an E61 touring) when you only have 0 or 180 degree phase choices. I've not tested the high end EQ quality in this installation but expect it to be sufficient. I may get another EQ for other applications around the house (a usefull little EQ for TV/PC low level lineouts), just needs a 12v 0.5A supply. ~£6 - High to Low level audio converter (inline) ~£25 - 7 Band Equalizer (12v) Sub frequency low pass filter, Sub Volume, Front/Rear/Sub stereo outputs, 2 input sources. Small and illuminates/backlit with a deep blue LED. As you would expect, the filtered output of the sub channels are independant of the main EQ (unaltered flat). English errors for functional descriptions below noted.
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    What do you think of BMW 530D AUTO E60?

    It's the devil's fuel mate, repent in the after life... forever! Too late for you, looks like you already own one:
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    Tuning box/remap 525i

    +1 agreed.
  13. Thanks. In this instance, yes the quick fix worked . The thick brown wire exiting the Divercity Antenna box is the negative/ground for the demister. When I grounded the wire to a hinge nut, with an meter inline, I measured 20A after switching the demister on. So that's the broken wire this time. ... until the next time something fails. Might have to investigate further when the weather gets warmer.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    At first glance, I was like "so where's your car?" LOL .
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    Some speakers are not working?

    On the basic audio setup, each front channel is connect to the door speaker and sub wired in parallel (yes it's that $hite, more info and links here). So a short in a front channel would take down both the door and sub on that channel and could burn out the audio output stage. Maybe test the resistance at the back of the HU on that channel. Otherwise more likely that the HU has a dead channel or poor internal solder joint etc.