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  1. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    Thread Resurrection! the new laser pick up I ordered arrived today on the slow boat from China, I fitted it and I still have exactly the same symptoms the original mk2 nav unit is working fine in the car on standby duty though im guessing I really need to shell out on a new mk4 nav.... or just not bother and stick with the mk2 for now. I really need to get an intravee fitted, so I might park the nav and focus on how to fit an intravee into a 98 E38 with DSP, this needs some thought also you see
  2. Hi, I have a mk4 nav which is giving a constant "please wait" message on the screen. The disc, which is not an original BMW nav DVD (I assume it is a burnt copy), will not eject no matter how long I press the button. The disc spins constantly, except for a very brief pause every 2 mins or so after which it immediately spins back up again. I've had the lid off the unit and have tried to get the disc out using moderate "persuasion", but no joy and I fear more direct force will only damage the unit. I'm not keen on DIY for this repair and am looking for a recommendation in the UK (cheap and reliable please) for someone to take my mk4 nav and fix it, and supply an original BMW DVD (not brand new, an old set of maps is fine). Also, what are good mk4 nav software mods?
  3. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    Cotswolds just quoted me £156 for that part number, but then told me that it was for a later generation car: E60 , etc. Can I just check, before I order it, that this DVD laser unit is backwards compatible. My current laser unit is an "M3.5" unit. No worries at all if it's not clear, this whole thing is as clear as mud to me!! I think a later version of mk4 nav was fitted to E60 cars, not sure
  4. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    Cool thanks Barry, if you've got details for the OEM part that would be great. I'd rather spend 100 on a virtually certain repair than 14 on a maybe.... Will be speaking to Cotswolds tomorrow about a door seal anyway.
  5. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    I don't any way of changing just the laser without a soldering iron, as there's a big metal panel which is soldered down, and this needs to come off to get at the laser and its connections. would this do it? Might be unbranded rubbish, not sure https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-ORIGINAL-SF-HD4-CD-DVD-Lens-Optical-Pickups-Laser-1pc/282314481575?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  6. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    Hi all, I still haven't got this fixed, but having read a couple of DIYs I plan to buy a laser unit and get wizzy with my soldering iron, it doesn't sound too tricky and even if I wreck the unit the cost a replacement is not much more than the refurb cost. question is, which laser unit? I think the one I want is a SF-HD4 but there are options here, black or white cap, 's' or 'b' versions. for mk4 navs with DVD M5 or DVD M3 4.6 (I have no idea what that even means but I assume it's not E39 M5 or E46 M3 however!) price seems to vary between ~£10 (eBay Chinese generic) and £100 any help here is very welcome! cheers
  7. Drew21

    Rear Drivers side door locked

    Swap the actuator in from another door to see if it's the actuator or the wiring probs the actuator though...
  8. Drew21

    mk4 nav rebuild - recomendations please

    thanks for that did you replace the whole DVD unit, or replace the laser unit within the DVD unit? as regards software mods, I had heard that some caused issues, which is why I was wanting to go back to original BMW software. However if there are some useful mods that are "safe" then I'd be up for those. But I'm just not clued up on what the options are
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    Intravee II into a 1998 E38 with DSP

    thanks Richard, that's good news. I'll spend some time this weekend checking out the wiring to the GROM then. The GROM sits in the front, above the glovebox, so nowhere near the DSP amp, and I have not noticed a DSP converter anywhere, but then again I have not looked in detail cheers Drew
  10. Hi all I have just bought myself a nice 1998 Alpina B12, into which a PO has fitted a GROM system wired into a retro-fitted 16:9 screen. The CD changer is still in the boot, but is not connected up. I would like to throw the GROM in the bin as is it rubbish, and replace with an Intravee II, as it is excellent and I used one in my previous 2002 Alpina B10 and was very pleased with it as an audio source and as a way to improve upon the car's factory settings.. Fitting the intravee into my old B10 was a doddle, as the 3-pin and 6-pin plugs transferred directly from the CD-changer to the Intravee.. However in the B12 I think it is going to be a lot more involved! I'm looking for help on this one.... My existing CD changer has a DIN plug (large black circular connector), a co-ax connector and a three pin connector (of which only two pins have wires. I have read elsewhere that my CD-changer, on a 1998 car, would not be connected on the I-Bus, which makes sense as there is no 3-pin connection. So: does my car even have I-Bus (or an earlier Bus system)? like M-Bus? (under the Alpina badges it's just a breathed on 1998 750i) how can I connect an intravee into the I-Bus system if there is no I-Bus connector at the CD-changer? Can I just find the three wires somewhere else in the car and tap into to them and route them to the Intravee's three pin plug? For the audio, as my car has DSP, so I assume I will need to get hold of the DICE DSP adapter to convert the Intravee audio output into a signal useful to the DSP amp. Is that it, or is there another potential issue out there?
  11. Drew21

    INPA - how to?

    Hi All, I'm back in the BMW saddle after selling my E39 a few years back. This time I'm back with an E38, which I know is not a 5 series car, but these forums are where I learnt everything I know (which is not a lot!) about INPA/ DIS/ Intravee and BMW electronics in general and, being a pre-facelift E38, I face the same issues as E34 users in getting INPA and DIS up and running for full diagnostic capability. I have an old windows XP laptop with a native serial port, which runs Jimmy's software. and I have one of Jimmy's OBD2 cables, with a USB connector. This set-up worked extremely well, once Jimmy had helped me get it all set up. Now I think I need a new cable. I've seen an ADS cable: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tiny-ADS-Interface-with-diagnostic-connector-for-BMW-INPA-DIS-EDIABAS/263272849709?hash=item3d4c48e12d:g:AHcAAMXQlUNRMgzX which I think is what I need (not cheap mind). What I'm looking for is someone who's done this before and knows how to set up INPA and DIS so as to work with this new cable. And someone who can tell me if this will actually work or not, I've done some reading around on this site and I need to check if pin 15 (in the round connector in the engine bay) is active, not sure what this means though. thanks all
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    INPA - how to?

    cool, thanks for taking the time to reply. I'll give it a go and see what happens! I'm hoping there is a good way to hook up to INPA at least, invaluable back up for old school trouble-shooting, and for subtle issues which are difficult to track down I'll report back
  13. Hi All I have recently returned to BMW ownership after a few years away (for good behaviour?) I like to drive something a little bit different, so my previous BM was an E24 coupe and this time I’ve plumped for an Alpina B10 V8S. Not many miles to report as yet but a big trip to the Lakes and back is planned for this weekend. Anyway, I have bought a car with a few niggles. A couple of which I have sorted (CD changer not recognising CDs and an inactive rear wiper motor) but the lazy automatic tailgate (Touring tailgate, not a bootlid) is proving more of an issue. So far I have topped up the hydraulic fluid (which has improved things greatly) and lubed the hinges and pins (for the pistons). I appreciate the auto tailgate is not a common-place option on an E39 touring but I was hoping there would be some assistance/ experience I could tap into on this site before I take on the next step, which is to replace the pistons, as this sounds a right royal PITA of a job. So current symptoms are: tailgate closes fine on the button (tick), and it also opens fine so long as you help it with the initial opening upto about ¼ open (ie if I use the button on the tailgate handle I also need to lift the tailgate a short way before the auto opening function is happy to take over, if I use the keyfob or the footwell button then it unlocks, I can hear the pump, but unless I give some initial assistance, the tailgate remains unlocked but closed). So onto questions: My car has two pistons for the tailgate (plus another two for the glass plus the hydraulic ram piston). RealOEM informs me that E39 cars with the auto tailgate only have one piston for the tailgate. Is this right? Has someone added an extra piston? How to fix it, searching on this site I see a number of hardy enthusiasts have successfully replaced the piston(s) (applause), and lowered the roof/head lining to gain interior access. The TIS mentions a special BMW tool and no need for gaining interior access through the roof. Any insights on this welcome. I like an easy life but the interior is black so won't show the bloodstains. My car has two tailgate spoilers, one at roof level, and the other on the bottom lip of the tailgate. Given the extra weight of these, does anyone know if Alpina fitted stronger pistons to overcome the additional weight? Per RealOEM the pistons are specced as lifting 1600N (which is 163kg, or 25.5 stone). So two of these pistons can lift 4 normal sized blokes between them!!!
  14. I've seen a 530d touring that meets most of my checklist for a reasonable price. Having never owned a diesel car before, let alone BMW diesel I'm looking for some specific things to look for. It's a 2002 automatic car, with just over 140k, advertised at £3k from a dealer. It's relatively well spec'd, nav and electric memory seats. I would plan to remove the traffic master and retro-fit heated seats. An E39 with those many miles is not really an issue I think, and I will look out for rust on sills and near the tailgate opening (anywhere else?). I'm aware of the swirl-flaps and turbo as potential diesel specific issues. I'm guessing that checking for swirl flap deletion is not possible on a forecourt, and that the turbo is a case of checking the invoices for a recent replacement? For a turbo, is there an issue with any particular brand, or is there only one brand/ supplier? anything else to worry about? I'm looking for a cheap and reliable (and comfortable) family holiday car, as well as a daily commuter car. I confess I had been looking for a 530i, but read a magazine article which was very complimentary about the E39 530d as a used car option.
  15. Drew21

    looking at buying a 530d, what to look for?

    awesome link with a great debate, albeit brief and now I can't find it?! is there anyway to distinguish a duff turbo from a good one on a viewing and test drive?
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    looking at buying a 530d, what to look for?

    all good stuff, thanks. interested in this though: is that because a 530d will generally cost more than a 530i to buy, or is it the running costs that are higher for the diesel.? I'm not sure I've seen a big autotrader price difference between similar spec petrol/ diesel cars. It all seems to be mileage and age dependent. re E39s, this would be my second E39, the other one was a veruy well spec'd V8 petrol car. Considering the spec this was not an expensive car to run IMHO, although it was expensive to buy due to its Alpina credientials and rarity. Any replacement will be a different proposition as I can't afford to have that much cash tied up in a set of wheels any more.
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    Need a nice Touring

    Foolishly I find myself without an E39, having sold my beloved B10. This may in fact have been an error as I am finding it hard to replace. I am in the market for a nice 6 cylinder E39 Touring. I had thought this would be easy to achieve with a bit of scouring the autotrader but nothing is turning up that meets my spec. Would anyone be kind enough to sell me their P&J Touring!!? Other than a nice tidy low miles B10 3.3 Touring, here is my ideal car: Late model 530i E39 Touring (being 2002 onwards), and later the better, with low miles alsoI'm not wedded to the 3 litre car, but it is a preferenceAuto preferred, but I would consider a manual car(I think Xenons were standard at this point, but if not I want Xenons!)Minimal rust pleaseIsofix and a split rear bench are non-negotiable as I've too much baby gear tailored to this In terms of the toys: I really want heated memory seats, memory mirrors, steering column etc.I would also like rear door window blinds (hens teeth I know), but this is not essentialA powered tailgate is also nice to have, but not essentialNot worried about Nav, as I'd go aftermarket on this, even if it had 16:9 Most 6 cylinder cars I have seen advertised do not have heated memory seats. I have seen a couple, but either they're a long way away, sold, or tatty. I'm sure I'll find the right car eventually and fortunately I'm not yet in a hurry! Let me know if you can help.... cheers
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    Need a nice Touring

    I bought the kit from BMW to go on my old B10, think it was about £50 for a very small pot of the fluid, plus a bunch of washers and bushes. But it did the trick! still looking......!
  19. Drew21

    Need a nice Touring

    colder temps will mean lower pressures in the 4 supporting pistons, meaning more of the push would need to come from the pump. For the first bit of opening the leverage angle for the hydraulic ramp is very poor
  20. Drew21

    Need a nice Touring

    thanks all, I know my wish list is extensive but my previous B10's spec really spoiled me. The V8S that Zion was selling is in fact my old B10. He didn't own it for long and he has since sold to a nice chap called Naz. I think Zion was expecting something different to what he bought, he specifically mentioned the suspension being too firm for him. Ho hum, I hope Naz is more appreciative of the V8S package!! anyway, thanks for the ideas. I agree with them all without exception! Dennis you make some good points re the blinds and the powered tailgate, and about the difference in spec between the average 6 cyl car and the average V8. All of which is borne out by my autotrader research! Cableguy, yes please PM me your contact's details. I'd certainly be interested in knowing more. Certainly I'd prefer a straight 6, but I wouldn't rule out a V8 if everything else lined up on a nice car. Just to confuse the issue, I'd also consider a nice 728. (I had in fact planned to buy an E38 last time I was car shopping, until Kevin talked me into buying Rob's B10 V8S Touring!!)
  21. I've recently sold my P&J E39 B10 and am currently getting about in an old mk2 golf gti, which is clearly not sustainable, mainly because the heater doesn't work. So I need a new E39 of course there are plenty out there to choose from, so I can afford to be picky, but having previously owned a very very well spec'd E39 I think I am going to miss a few of those rarer options and will be attempting to replicate my B10 as far as this is easily done (I retro-fitted the following toys into my B10: mk4 nav plus the latest software, intravee and an OEM blueooth & voice control) I've got a specific question re 16:9 (large screen) displays. This is on the must-have shopping list for any new E39. Am I right in thinking that all cars with Nav will come with either a 4:3 or a 16:9 screen? Am I also right in thinking that early cars came with 4:3 and later cars came with 16:9? For a car with a 16:9, are there any differences between them apart from the nav version (mk2, mk3, etc.) and the software on the nav unit? so one car I have seen has a 16:9 with a blue background: What is this running, a mk2 nav?? If I wanted it to have white text on a black background, is this simply a case of installing a mk4 nav and updating the software? And once this is in, can I install an intravee with no issues? (I liked my intravee set-up very much but I sold it with the B10) what else should I be watching out for, nav and audio-wise? Is DSP a good thing, how would I spot it? and onto phones and bluetooth: On my B10 I replaced the V50 with an ULF and an eject box, all drama free plug and play, which I think is because I had a good starting point with a 2002 car with the motorola set-up. I think for a pre-02 car doing the same retro-fit would be harder, even if it had the motorola fitted. Could anyone give me some pointers on the potential pitfalls which would prevent me replicating my B10's voice controller OEM bluetooth set-up
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    16:9 software questions

    this is all good info guys, many thanks. Just to muddy the water a bit, what are the views on Dynavin, other than £600 is quite a price!? For an E39, if I "need" to upgrade to mk4 nav (£300) and then put a BT unit in (£150), plus an intravee set-up (£??), then for the sameish money I could fit a Dynavin HU which does everything in one box of tricks, and all a bit more modern! What are the general opinions on this? ie Dynavin vs. intravee for ipod connectivity and control vs. mk4 nav for satnav vs. OEM BT for phone connectivity (I use apple phones rather than android, so not sure how good the link-up would be to the android Dynavin set-up) and other downsides, ie no MID data (never really used it on my B10 anyway) and no ibus intravee control of the car's other features (I used to use auto folding mirrors, sticky indicators, speed sensitive satnav maps scaling, plus some other things no doubt!) the main advantage of going with the Dynavin are that there are many more cars out there without nav, esp in the 6 cyl models, so much more local choice for an easy upgrade
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    16:9 software questions

    thanks chaps yes, I am well aware of the limitations of even a mk4 nav, being 10+ year old tech. The means of estimating a time of arrival is a particularly interesting feature! However I'd still like one, plus I would like the intravee screens and user friendly ipod navigation to be just how they were in my B10. Good to know the point re the blue background indicating a bust nav computer, I didn't know that. So if I bought that car, knocked off £100 for a bust nav (which I guess would be a mk3 on a 2001 build car), fitted a mk4 nav with updated software, plus the intravee, then all will be well! (apart from the bluetooth, but I reckon I can live without that)
  24. Currently in France but having some issues with running out of electricity. I reckon the battery's duff but want to do some checking before I shell out. Symptoms are classic flat battery, slow to turn over, clicking from the starter, or just no life at all, depending on how bad it is. I want to check current leakage but how can I do this on an E39 tourer? I'd need the car to think that doors and boot lid were all closed, so that the car shuts down fully, but I'd need the doors open to check current flow, pull fuses etc. what's the trick to fool the car? I think the FSU / hedgehog is ok as the heater etc. is all working fine, plus it passed the tissue paper test (tissue paper falls from the interior temp intake after 30 mins or so)
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    Rear brake overhaul

    Same, it was corrosion of the outer sheath that caused mine to seize.
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