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About WRussell

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  • Birthday 07/15/1987

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    Dorking, Surrey
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    Company Owner & Director


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    2002 530i Sport Champagne I

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  1. I can't recommend Poorboys QD+ enough, used it on a black car for 5 years and never had any issues
  2. Anyone know Admiral's stance on this? Been considering it but would rather Pay more and have a genuine one, Thanks
  3. How much would the bonnet and boot BMW badge be for an E39? WX52 OKG Thank you
  4. Looking good. I really need to get my bumpers done and the 'normal' bits of rust sorted Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Couple of updates The back end of February I started noticing smoke on start up, done a quick inspection to find the top vent hose was all but clogged with mayo. Idle wasn't brilliant, performance was down a little, oil consumption was through the roof and I had some suction at the filler cap - CCV (again) Did a few tests as I noticed a minor coolant leak around the same time so was thinking the worst (went on a few longer trips and sure enough the smoke would subside for a day or so) Took the plunge and had these delivered; The previous installation was done with the aftermarket bits via eBay, had trouble fitting some of the pipe work and clearly didn't last long so thought this time I would stick to BMW direct, forum discount helps! Soon as I lifted the bonnet to do the CCV noticed the top right corner of the radiator was wet, tasted it and sure enough coolant. Never been so happy to see a leak so was now confident the CCV was the culprit. As you can see the one was completely blocked; Since then, fingers (still) crossed, I've not seen any more smoke. Then hit a bit of a milestone Date was 10th May, only noticed after I'd taken the photo. Then came this little lot direct from Germany; There's a few other bits I want to get before spraying these and getting them fitted - Parking Senors, going to replace them all and the main undertray Next up was the oil filter housing gasket, it had been weeping for a few months but the CCV issue took priority The old gasket as flush and pretty brittle, not as bad as I expected all the same I'd previously noticed the alternator bearings were all but shot so on reassembly a new Bosch 120amp version went on, also put the top deflection pulley on. I've got all the parts to do a full pulley/tensioner & belt refresh but as the radiator will be replaced in the next few weeks I'll do that then to benefit from the extra room. So on the cards next is; 1. Radiator (already bought and in the garage) 2. Pullies, Tensioners & Belts 3. Bumper Refresh 4. Leather Interior Refresh Got to fit a house move in some time during the summer too so should be busy enough :))
  6. Anyone know what the OEM manufacturers are for; Radiator Expansion Tank Thermostat Water Pump Thanks
  7. I think it's come time to start thinking about a new car. The E39 will become the weekend/project so won't be going anywhere. I've been into BMW and had a good look around the 3 below but can't come to a final decision, just after people recommendations, thoughts and opinions. It'll be my car but needs to accommodate the wife a 2 small people.
  8. Thank you for the responses guys. I had 'help' last time and can't remember cleaning the dipstick tube so would assume it didn't happen. Thank you for the advice re the part, it's that age old decision of dealer/no-dealer! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I've the the Intravee fitted into the car so really helpful with the status screen. It gives a maximum temp and current temp for the journey. Varies between 92-99 degrees. I always seem to get a high (97/98/99) then I'm guessing the thermostat opens fully and keeps it around the 95 mark Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Just curious what coolant temperatures people are getting, What's considered normal and what's considered high for the 3.0 M54? I know the gauge is heavily damped to stop people over worrying but curious. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Poorboys Super Slick & Suds for me, they've released a snow foam now so will try that when I can get hold of some
  12. Just an update on this. Ran the car a lot longer than 'normal' and the smoke seemed to subside for a week or so, back with a vengeance now. Far more prominent in the evenings than first thing. Also, shut off at the petrol station today, restarted 5 minutes later a big cloud again. Looks like I'll be doing the CCV next weekend (along with the oil filter housing gasket) so 'hopefully' this does end up being the problem and nothing more sinister is happening!!
  13. Yeah sorry, WX52 OKG
  14. Hi, How much would a CCV set up be please? The unit, associated pipes and O rings, Thank you
  15. Have a look at Gyeon Rim coat. It's specifically for wheels. I had mine refurbished last summer and applied it, still going strong now. If not then I'd second the Poorboys comment above.