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    2001 E39 530D SE / 1999 E39 523i SE

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  1. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Today’s little DIY was to finally fit my rear PDC sensors and also took the chance to remove the tow bar my Touring came fitted with.. no need to tow anything so glad to see it gone as it cleans the back end up! So nice now being able to depend on the PDC at the rear and also not just keep getting it randomly making noises whenever I select reverse!
  2. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Also pretty pleased. Talked to the owner of the garage and said about wanting to do all that work on the 530d.. I was mildly apprehensive as I wanted to pick and choose which parts were used and I know quite often garages just like to be left to order whatever parts are convenient for them, from their suppliers... however, without me even needing to say anything, he said the best thing to do was get all the parts myself that I wanted to swap (both engine mounts, gearbox mounts, prop-shaft doughnut) and bring them down and he'd get the car on the ramps and give me an estimate for the labour to just fit the supplied parts. Perfect. He also owns a couple of similar era BMW's himself so I'm pretty confident he's a safe pair of hands!
  3. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Passed the MOT with no advisories. Awesome
  4. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Trust me, I know the feeling owning two of them Just done the CCV and replaced the viscous fan coupling on the 523i, but the 530d could do with some money spending on it.. really want to do the engine mounts, gearbox mounts, and the drive shaft rubber coupling as I think they're in various states of failure.. think I might casually ask the garage tomorrow when I go in for the MOT, what sort of money they'd charge to do that little lot. I think if I had a lift to get the car in the air I'd be happy to tackle those myself, but the thought of rolling around under the car on axle stands isn't my idea of a good time to be honest.
  5. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT on my 530d touring cost me the labour to fit new handbrake shoes.. everything else was little silly fixes I could do myself. That's a shed with 212,000 miles on the clock! My 523i is in far better condition so.. if it doesn't saunter through the MOT, I'll be pretty surprised tbh!
  6. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Gone back to the factory airbox as I found the aftermarket one too boomy at certain revs.. weird resonation, etc. MOT for the 523i due tomorrow as well... gulp!
  7. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    OK - thanks. It's just confusing that what RealOEM is saying, doesn't seem to be what is actually fitted to the car Unless the part supplied by C3BMW is actually incorrect. I wonder what I'd receive if I actually went to BMW and ordered the part number..
  8. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Well I did order an intake pipe from a 323i as from what I'd read it was a direct swap for the one on the 523i and would delete that resonator box however upon arrival it's blindingly obvious that the connection at the MAF end is way too big.. so I'm going to keep searching to see which one would be a direct swap, assuming that one exists. I can only assume that the 323i MAF sensor is a very different shape to the one on the 523i?! Actually this is pretty confusing. Comparing diagrams and part numbers on RealOEM, it does claim that my car should have the same MAF and the same intake boot as the same year 323i. The boot I ordered from C3BMW corresponds with the part number on the diagram on RealOEM (13541705209) however as mentioned, the end that connects back to nearer the throttle body is fine but the MAF end is WAY too big.... what the hell am I missing?
  9. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Swore I'd keep my 523i bog standard (and that is still very much the case!) but whilst doing the CCV replacement on it this weekend I got thinking about air filters as the engine and exhaust noise on these cars is so muted, you barely even know what's under the bonnet. I still had a good quality BMC CDA airbox from my previous car (Corrado VR6) and through a wonderful coincidence, the connection to the MAF sensor on the 523i is actually the same diameter as that on the Corrado.. so I did a trial fit and it connects up perfectly. I've fabricated an extremely hoky bracket temporarily just so I could take the car out for a test drive but it really makes a great improvement.. not too boomy or shouty at all and still in character for the car of being refined, but when you give it some throttle you do get some more audiable intake growl out of it. Weirdly, on my Corrado I found the BMC made it too loud / shouty but it seems far more suited to this motor.
  10. chicaneuk

    New viscous coupling too stiff

    Interestingly I fitted a new viscous fan coupling yesterday (Behr) as well and found on first fire up, it did click in to running at higher speed for about 5-10 seconds before clicking back off and running normally. Was fine on each restart after that so probably just fluid moving around to wherever it needed to go after transport!
  11. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah that wasn’t much fun at all! Just walked back in the door shattered!! Removal of everything was ok and all went according to plan but trying to reinstall the CCV was a complete pig! Must have spent a good hour or two trying to reinstall it and work out how best to try and connect the pipes up. Anyway worked out a solution in the end and got it all buttoned back up and took it for a spin. Fired right up and feels absolutely fine and my symptom of a blocked CCV (trumpet noise coming from around the area of the CCV on throttle and also if you opened the oil filler cap with the engine running!) has gone, so that is a result. Only downer was upon returning, I could smell the unmistakeable smell of coolant... hastily stopped and popped the bonnet and could see it pissing out of the expansion tank cap which I had unscrewed earlier a bit when installing a new viscous fan coupling. Arse!! Thankfully i I got back hom before it decided to give me an under bonnet water feature though. Anyway. Not in a hurry to repeat that job. Aching everywhere!! Need a rest for an hour!
  12. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Tackling the dreaded CCV! About an hour in and got everything removed now apart from the CCV itself... just having a break for a bite to eat and a drink!
  13. chicaneuk

    missing pixels

    My Touring low OBC, and I was able to do the DIY repair myself using a kit from eBay - really wasn't difficult at all and took about two hours. Not sure if doing it on the clocks for high OBC is any harder or not, but I would be surprised?
  14. chicaneuk

    Cigarette lighter

    Have you checked the fuse?!
  15. chicaneuk

    New viscous coupling too stiff

    I do buy from ECP for the convenience but generally I do only try and buy known-to-be-trusted or better than average brands as a minimum! Everything about dealing with them at retail is a miserable experience though, certainly at my local branch. Either incorrect parts in boxes, long queues, slow service, demotivated / grumpy staff, and the stock in the show room is never correct or replenished.. always big gaps in the displays, etc. It's abysmal.