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JohnW last won the day on May 21 2014

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  1. Guys My Son's 540 (Pre-vanos) has an increasingly poor cold idle, improving when warm. Having done a search or two, it seems highly likely that the inlet manifold and throttle body gaskets are to blame. I have also suggested that he change the CCV. So looking around for the gaskets, does this kind of set contain all we need? (I won't be ordering from China though!) or are there others we need to get? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6Pcs-Engine-Gaskets-Intake-Manifold-Cover-Gasket-For-740i-740iL-540i-X5-Z8-BMW/142249606162?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 Many thanks
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    Lit outer door handles

    Guys My Son's 540 has blue lit outer door handles, all apart from one of the rears that has obviously been replaced. Are lit handles unusual, because I'm having trouble finding a replacement! Cheers.
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    1998 satnav updates?

    Guys My Son's 540 has the small screen satnav (1998 car.) Is it possible to buy more up to date mapping discs for it, or is it necessary to upgrade to the later computer before we can do this? Thanks
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    Rear window regulators-interchangeable?

    OK-for anyone in the future who has this problem-facelift rear regulators are different to pre-facelift and the two are not interchangeable. Luckily I was able to repair the original one.
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    Rear window regulators-interchangeable?

    They are actually completely different in design-I was just wondering if they both fit in the same way in the door. Going to investigate today.
  6. Guys Very new to E39s and doing some jobs on my Son's new 540. Drivers rear window regulator is broken, so I bought a replacement but have just discovered that its for a facelift car-my Son's is prefacelift. Assuming it has the early regulator, are the two interchangeable or do I need to find a prefacelift one? (Someone suggested that they were swappable but I'm not sure!) Cheers
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    Well, the BMW has gone......

    That describes me perfectly, dontcha know? It's an XJ8 3.2 V8 Always been one of my dream cars, and it was at a price I couldn't turn down.
  8. And I've enjoyed the two years spent with my E34 iX. Unfortunately, my head was turned by a Jaguar and I don't think I'm going to look back..... The buyer is well known on the forum and I'm sure you'll be hearing from him soon. I will be on here for a while as I've got various bits and pieces to clear. Just wanted to say thanks for all the help and support over the years.
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    Oil Leak On Exhaust Manifold, Help

    Are you absolutely CERTAIN it's not coming from the rocket gasket? I changed mine and it took three separate goes to get it completely sealed. In the end, I put metal washers under the retaining nuts to pull it down tighter-that sorted it.
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    e34 dreamers and silly mistakes...

    Really does make my iX look like a bargain........ http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/1995-bmw-525ix-4x4-lpg-automatic-electric-sunroof-seats-cruise-control-a-rare-car/1128661242
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    You won't get a single piece one in to a RHD car-you need the two piece. Genuine BMW is best because most others are made in a single piece.
  12. Got the new rad cap. What a difference! The old one's top O ring was completely flattened and the whole thing seems sloppy and worn compared to the new one. I remain sceptical that it could be the cause of my problem, but we'll see.....
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    High mileage braggers

    My 525iX has done 189,000 and still going strong, with just a few questions outstanding about how much longer it will last.......
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    Side Skirts

    Yes. Sideskirt cars have rigid plastic painted body colour instead of the rubber strips.
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    Think I got sum stretch!

    Oh, he's deleted the original pics-I want to see this! Anyone got them??