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  1. Haha, fair one KJB1 Not much to add though, as I said car was driven by employee of dealer who didn't seem all that clued up. Only clues are 88k, Le Man's, pony looking exhaust and just taken on by a Lincoln dealer. Possibly from an auction but the guy did seem to think that an £18k sale price was realistic so maybe it was bought privately as an 'investment'! If it pops up for sale i'm happy to give it a once over if anyone's serious about it....
  2. Hi Seesure, the number plate didn't end 'xxx', I blanked out the last 3 letters! I should have typed M5 ***....
  3. I was filling up yesterday when an E39 M5 in the same Le Man's blue as mine pulled in behind! The driver was from local garage who're prepping it for sale. Number plate was M5 XXX - it seemed ok....88k miles, bit of rust in usual places, stainless exhaust tips (poked out a bit far!). Anyone know it?
  4. I'll have a look-see. Has anyone else replaced the door handle cable on it's own?
  5. Thought i'd put a post up here to reassure people who have this issue in future. My rear offside door had stopped opening from inside or outside and I assumed the actuator was FUBAR. Unfortunately the door was stuck in the closed position so I thought that getting the door card off was going to be a pain. The internet information is a little bit sketchy regarding this but actually it was pretty easy - the trickiest bit was releasing the rear quarter window blind. There's a cut out at the top/rear to access a metal release clip and release the blind (I used a thin Allen key, get underneath the clip and push up). There is loads of door card removal guides online so i won't go into too much detail. Basically remove necessary screws, release as many plastic clips at the edge of the door card as you can and unclip wires then the door panel can be removed with a bit of force (pulling out and upwards). You will probably break a few white plastic clips because you are forcing them upwards rather than straight out so get a few spares off ebay. The horizontal door blind is only attached to the doorcard not the door so will come off with it. I disconnected the battery to disable the door airbag, this may not be necessary but i didn't want to take any chances. It turned out that my exterior door handle cable had snapped and as the childlocks were on the door was stuck shut.
  6. My rear offside door had stopped opening and I assumed the actuator was FUBAR. Once I'd got the door card off I realised that the bowden cable from the exterior door handle to the latch had snapped. Can anyone shed any light on whether I need to remove the exterior door handle and cable carrier to replace the cable? The is plenty of info on removing broken door handles and guides to the interior door handle cable but not much for the exterior handle cable only - I'm hoping I don't need to take too much stuff off the car.
  7. Manufacturers must serve the market but am I alone in thinking that it's a crying shame that we're left with default choices when the cars filter down to future 'driving enthusiast' buyers? Today's automatic 'boxes I can live with but 4wd? Not for me, I'll take the *63 AMG too then, thanks. I've driven the R8 in anger and the rear biased 4wd power delivery is lots of fun but you often feel that the car is merely flattering rather than rewarding when pushing your own limits. The power increase topic is interesting, I always said my previous RWD steer had the perfect amount of power (300bhp) to entertain for an extended enthusiastic drive. Now I think that my M5's 400bhp with the same RWD/manual/LSD combo is about right in order to 'really' be able to use all of the power. I expect I may say the same thing once I'd got used to another 200 brake!
  8. Hi Jim Bob, I might be interested in your roof box if it's still for sale? Do you know if the bars can be adapted to fit the E39 saloon?
  9. Production numbers weren't all that high - more to the point are the dwindling number of cars left, about 1000 odd in the UK if my understanding of the 'How many left' website is correct. The E39 M5 will appreciate heavily in the next 15-20 years, although perhaps not to the dizzy heights of the E30 M3. Short term appreciation will almost certainly cover running / maintenance costs but not much more. I reckon these are appreciating about £500-1000 a year at the mo, certainly great value compared to running a newish car and taking the depreciation hit.
  10. Hi Chi, whereabouts in the country are you?
  11. Yes, worth a try
  12. Thanks guys. I spoke with the seller and they are sending me another sensor. This is the eBay link to the part, it states genuine Hella but the part is very inexpensive at less than £40. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-HELLA-Sump-Oil-Level-Sensor-12617508003-12611439810-BMW-1-3-5-7-Series-/262511417263?hash=item3d1ee657af I'm going to risk fitting the replacement so this could either end up being a nice find for cheap oil level sensors or a a bit of a disaster for me - if it doesn't work I'll need to buy the part somewhere else and drop the oil a second time!!
  13. Thanks, I'll source another sensor - has anyone swapped theirs out with an OEM Hella sensor lately and can point me in the direction of a seller please? Maybe the eBay store I got it off was a bit shady, feedback seemed ok....
  14. I've just replaced my defective oil sensor (gauge max-out & "check oil level" warning). Now my secret menu reading is showing a max of 60 degrees C even though coolant is hitting about 88 degrees C. It seems the Hella sensor I used isn't the right part despite tying up with the correct BMW part number. Anyone had this and more importantly has anyone used an OEM (Hella) part that does work? I have to be honest, £150 from the Stealer is a bit of a rip off when Hella sensors are only about £40!
  15. Thanks, could you give me some prices please?