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Vee last won the day on February 12 2016

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  1. Hi Tim,


    Just checking that your messages are working ok, I'm after a front door seal if you have one please?




  2. Facelift 2001 E39 M5 for sale

    Bit of an update, car is booked in for a new valve cover gasket on monday due to minor weep on one front grommet. New aero wiper blades also on their way. I've also just cleaned and conditioned the leather seats so they are even more immaculate now!
  3. Facelift 2001 E39 M5 for sale

    Regrettable sale of my 2001 Facelift E39 M5. Located in Lincoln. £9,495 ono. Le Mans Blue with black Nappa Point leather interior and brushed aluminium trim. Usual M5 high spec, it also has the rear door blinds/electric rear window blind option. My M5 has been looked after very carefully and is in excellent condition. The drive is superb, masses of power as you'd expect with no hesitation or flat spots on acceleration. The suspension is also superb with no knocks or bumps. All tyres are Michelin Pilot Sport 4's, only a few months old so lots of tread on them, the alloys were refurbished less than a year ago. The interior is in superb condition and all electrics work as they should. I clean and feed the leather regularly to keep it in tip top condition. Since I got the car it has been looked after by Phil Crouch when I lived down south and by an Independent BMW Specialist since we moved to Lincolnshire. 161,000 miles and in daily use so increasing slightly. I bought this particular car in 2013 after viewing many disappointing examples and it has been a fantastic car to own. It's an unmolested example, with the exception of a Supersprint X-Pipe which gives the standard exhaust a tasteful burble without being intrusive. I have also swapped the old awful standard gear knob with the F10 M5 (illuminated) version. This sits slightly lower than standard giving a better throw, but importantly doesn't add the notchiness that most short shift conversions suffer from. Unfortunately I haven't got around to swapping the vavona wood handbrake cover but a black leather one will come with the car. The standard Professional 16:9 wide-screen stereo and navigation system all works perfectly. The navigation drive is the superior MK4 DVD version, and has the latest 2017 maps and V32 nav upgrade with the ///M logo, night mode, speed camera alerts and camera warning bypass. When I bought the car I had it thoroughly inspected by the renowned M5 specialist Phil Crouch. He advised that several issues be addressed - the most costly was replacement if the infamous rod bearings which were showing early signs of wear although I could not detect this audibly. He also replaced the timing chain, guides, and assorted suspension parts in addition to fitting a vanos anti rattle kit and renewing all fluids including gearbox and diff oils. This cost £3,730.80. I also had the missing pixels on the dash fixed so the display is perfect. Bodywork is very good although there are a couple of minor rust bubbles in the usual places (arches and rear bootlid). Nothing major but the perfectionist would probably have the offending bits sprayed. Sills are good and the jacking points are all solid. I have a stack of receipts for all work done to the car, a brief summary of some of the more interesting bits is shown below ; 30.04.13 - Rod bearings, timing chain & guide, vanos anti rattle kit, both front traction control arms & bushes. 06.11.13 - New brake pipes & fluid. 30.07.14 - Centre drag/tie rod arm, tie rod ends, pitman arm bush. 04.12.14 - spark plugs (NGKBKR6EQUP), oil separators, breather hose, throttle actuator. Price including service was £864.66. 11.06.15 - camshaft sensor. 12.02.16 - Bosch S5 battery. 17.08.17 - ATE front discs, pads, wheel bearing, coolant temp. sensor. Service history summary. 24.01.01 - Pre-delivery check 28.02.01 - 1343 miles - Running in check 11.09.01 - 8054 - oil service 09.09.02 - 19663 - inspection.01/microfilter 31.07.03 - 29604 - oil service/microfilter/brake oil/HEL braided hoses 02.07.04 - 39325 - inspection.02/microfilter 09.06.05 - 48872 - oil service/microfilter 17.03.06 - 57778 - inspection.01/microfilter 16.03.07 - 69220 - inspection.02 08.06.09 - 79501 - inspection.01 18.05.11 - 89628 - oil service 17.05.13 - 99118 - inspection.02 17.02.14 - 109502 - oil service 04.12.14 - 122665 - inspection.01 30.06.15 - 133481 - oil service 26.05.16 - 144678 - inspection.02/gearbox oil/diff oil 19.05.17 - 154550 - oil service Private number plate not included. No time wasters or test pilots, I am not in a rush to sell this car so no silly offers either please. Test drives will not be permitted unless proof of valid fully comprehensive insurance to drive other cars is provided. Otherwise it will be me doing the driving.
  4. Tyres, What are people's choice

    I've had ; Fallen 452's and 914's, both great for the price. Great in the wet too, didn't seem to last long though. Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, excellent all round. Currently on Pilot Sport 4's, also excellent all rounders. I've avoided RE050A's because the M5 boys don't seem to use them, sheep mentality I suppose. I used to have them on my 350Z and they are a superb tyre.
  5. Doppleganger encounter

    I wonder if this was the one.... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201708128271972?advertising-location=at_cars&postcode=ln69bf&model=M5&sort=price-asc&page=7&make=BMW&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New
  6. Genuine BMW E39 M5 bumper

    Just a heads up, I've put this on eBay now.
  7. Genuine BMW E39 M5 bumper for sale. Le Mans Blue. Good condition complete with mesh grille, number plate holder and towing eye cover. There are some stone chips as shown in photos. Fine to fit as is, but would look superb with a respray. There are two minor cracks as shown in the photos - one underneath is not noticeable when fitted, the other will be easily sorted by a bodyshop. Collection only due to size. Item located in Lincoln. £100 o.n.o.
  8. Doppleganger encounter

    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....
  9. Doppleganger encounter

    Hi Seesure, the number plate didn't end 'xxx', I blanked out the last 3 letters! I should have typed M5 ***....
  10. Doppleganger encounter

    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?
  11. Door handle cable snapped

    I'll have a look-see. Has anyone else replaced the door handle cable on it's own?
  12. Rear door stuck closed

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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?