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    BMW E39 540i in Titan Silver

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  1. timbolina

    Still Discovering New Features

    And if you don't want them to tilt, turn the mirror switch to the opposite door
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    Phone Holder Cradle Removal

    it's a straight swap
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    Titan Silver Paint

    I used these people, colour match wasn't bad & if you send them a sample, ie the petrol flap, they will match it. https://refinishsystems.com
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    540i - Starter Motor Failed?

    Check the battery earth cable, the clamp is useless. I had exactly the same problem with mine & I replaced it with a lead from these people. https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/brucom-ltd?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754 Contact them & ask for a 35mm CSA lead, 200mm long with negative battery clamp & M8 terminal on the other end complete with brown heat shrink. They will only charge you about £6 including postage. Since fitting mine, it starts every time Cheers
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    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    The coin holder's only take yen coins, pound don't fit!
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    18" staggered style 32 wheels (e39 fitment)

    Paisley freight are good, £37.99 for four 18" wheels & tyre's. The hardest part is wrapping them as they have to be wrapped individually with bubble wrap & cardboard, took me about 2 hours to do mine
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    Can I use ignition fluid to start up the engine?

    5 litres of shell v power poured over the engine should do the trick
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    540 ignition switch refurbishment

    Been a few months now and thought I would update the thread. The new switch didn't solve the issue, the battery was re tested & was declared to be in good condition so I thought I would go back to basics before investing in a new starter. The earth lead on the battery was my first port of call after reading several articles on dodgy connections & found that even when it was fully tightened it was still possible to twist it on the battery post. I tried loosening the bolt and tapping the connector onto the battery before tightening but still it didn't seem to be clamping correctly. I duly searched the bay for a replacement & bought a 16mm CSA negative battery connector X m8 ring terminal lead.. The result? 100% starting reliability. After reading more threads about other members starting problems, I realised that maybe the cable should be a bit more heavy duty so I contacted the previous suppler & they made one using 35mm cable with a heat shrink brown covering and a proper nut and bolt clamp and m8 ring terminal. This is rated at 300amps. It arrived today and I fitted it earlier and it really is a quality bit of kit, all for the princely sum of £5.82. if anybody is interested in replacing there crappy OEM lead, I will post a link when I get on my computer. Cheers
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    Sport Front Bumper - Number Plate Mounting Options

    What about this one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-M-Sport-Package-M5-front-bumper-numberplate-plate-holder-Tech-License-5/131746638612?epid=0&hash=item1eacb62b14
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    Sport Front Bumper - Number Plate Mounting Options

    Jap spec vehicles have square number plates as opposed to UK spec rectangular ones. Looks like they have removed the square plate holders & not fitted rectangular ones.
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    Japanese Import E39s

    I have not had any problems sourcing parts for my import, almost everything is the same as UK spec. The radiator was replaced by a main dealer in 2008 with the original hot climate version, but looking on real OEM, All the mountings, cowls & hoses appear to be the same, so if I was to replace it again I would investigate the possibility of using an aftermarket unit. I had forgotten about the speed limiter, easily removed by any reasonable competent re mapper if you need to go faster than 130mph. The ECU in mine is the same as UK cars. I've also got a coin holder in the drivers door card, absolutely useless in the UK as yen coins are a completely different size to pounds.
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    Japanese Import E39s

    Radiator part no 17111436063
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    Japanese Import E39s

    On BMW vin decoder, it has option S823A, hot climate version which I believe is the radiator is bigger as when I checked mine on real OEM it came out as weighing more, hence I assume it must have a larger capacity. The final drive is charged from the standard 2.80 to 3.15, option S204 which increases the acceleration capabilities with downside of increased rpm when cruising. With regard to Dennis's comments on increased insurance costs, mine only costs me about 10% extra on my annual premium. It was originally EUR specified & I have spent a few quid converting all the Japanese specific bits back to UK spec, all I have left is the stupid stickers. As stated above, would I buy another, definitely, especially when I paid a fraction of the ones advertised at GM's.
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    Quote request

    paid with PayPal
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    Quote request

    Please supply a quote for 10 no of part number 51471840960 Inc postage, Cheers