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  1. I took my wee Corsa in for an MOT last month at Kwik-Fit. The car failed on a suspension items and the handbrake. I was well outside the 10 days for returning the car, I tried to book it into the same garage for a new MOT but they had no slots so I ended up taking the car to another Kwik Fit a few miles away. The car passed on Monday, great I thought, until I was standing at the rear of the car yesterday and noticed the left rear wheel pointing inwards towards the top. I took off the wheel and noticed a significant amount of play. Time to view photos... I took the car back to Kwik Fit, they are claiming I've hit a pot hole after the MOT and would have failed the car if the wheel was inwards. They also claimed it would have failed the rolling road test, I got them to test it again and it passed to my amusement. I thought a gaping hole and a some massive cracks would have been an advisory on perhaps one out of the two Kwik Fit MOT's I've had in the last 30 days.
  2. Good question, there are 3 sets of style 37's within driving distance. The car won't be available until sometime in July and I may not sell depending if my work situation drastically improves.
  3. Disgusting and no doubt the suspects will already be known to security services...
  4. It seems to work, all I need to do now is put my boot back together lol It's a BM54 module but it went to Carphonics for a stage 2 upgrade, I wonder if that makes a difference?I was getting zero interference with the CD changer. I thought my 20 quid bargain was left in the scrapyard for a reason. Tempted to go back and rip out the DSP system but I've read it's not worth the effort to fit. So I thank the younger RichardP for his great advice PS I was sad to learn about the creator of the Intravee when I visited the homepage.
  5. I took the intravee apart like you said Richard and I spotted a jumper, I remember reading a thread you had previously posted on which you suggested changing the jumpers from 2-4 to 1-3 instead. I've just tried that and the distortion is gone?
  6. I thought I was onto something with the yellow connector, I thought it was a bit odd that two slightly different colours of brown wire were joined together. To test a ground cable, is that the old bulb and a battery trick? As you can tell, I have absolute no idea what I'm doing lol
  7. Does anyone know if the yellow nipple thing is standard? It looks like it's joining to brown cables together. I think I need to rip out all the audio to get into the back of the cables assuming the earth to the chassis is behind it all?
  8. Thanks very much for the response, is it likely that the ground cable is touching against something live? Or just not connected to where it needs to be? Sounds hopeful that my £20 purchase might be the bargain of the year. Cheers
  9. Hi all, I posted in the audio section earlier about picking up an Intravee and Apline Ipod docking station for 20 quid out of a car that was getting scrapped. The good news is that seems to work albeit with a large dose of screeching / electrical noise when there's silence, skipping tracks or randomly. I'm not sure if this is likely to be the dodgy cabling or something wrong with the components? Does anyone have any ideas on things I could try? Unfortunately I don't know any other E39 owners around my way otherwise I could have tried on a different car. Thanks
  10. Looks like military housing...
  11. I managed to test the the intravee and the alpine thing ipod dock thingy, it does work but there's some sort of electrical interference which comes and goes. I completely missed the intravee section earlier, I'll ask the question there. Cheers
  12. ...for 20 quid out the scrap yard. It was attached to a W reg which appeared to have the upgraded audio package, although it had the rounded pin amp. I traced the wires and what I think is the complete kit? No idea if it works.
  13. ***This ad is work in progress*** Hi all, For sale is my 2002 E39 540I Auto Sport. I purchased the car from a forum member back in July 2013. Like the previous owner, I have spent a small fortune on general and preventative maintenance. The car comes with a folder full of receipts, I believe this to be one of the best maintained 540I's out there. I've always purchased dealer and OEM parts and I mean real OEM parts like TRW and Lemforder, not that Meyle stuff. GENERAL DETAILS VIN: GF13911 Paint: TITANSILBER METALLIC (354) Interior: STANDARDLEDER/GRAU (N6TT) Manufactured: 24/10/2002 Keys: Complete set (4) Previous keepers: 4 Mileage: Under 98,500 FACTORY OPTIONS S216 HYDRO STEERING-SERVOTRONIC S302 Alarm system P337 M Sports package S403 Glass roof, electrical S428 Warning triangle and first aid kit S430 Interior/outside mirror with auto dip S441 Smoker package S459 Seat adjuster, electric, with memory S465 Through-loading system S470 Isofix-System S481 Sports seat S500 Headlight wipe/wash/Intensive cleaning S508 Park Distance Control (PDC) S521 Rain sensor S522 Xenon Light Vehicle options S601 TV function S609 Navigation system Professional S644 Preparation f mobile phone w Bluetooth S694 Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer S705 M sports suspension II S710 M sports steering wheel, multifunction S715 M Aerodynamics package S760 High gloss shadow line S775 Headlining anthracite S785 White direction indicator lights S788 BMW LA wheel, Individual L812 National version Great Britain S850 Dummy-SALAPA S863 Retailer Directory Europe S877 Delete cross-pattern operation S880 On-board vehicle literature English S202 Steptronic S210 Dynamic stability control S249 Multifunction f steering wheel S438 Fine wood trim S473 Armrest front S520 Fog lights S534 Automatic air conditioning S555 On-board computer V with remote control S853 Language version English Upgrades OEM M5 Alloy Wheels OEM M5 Steering Box OEM E46 Digital Hybrid TV Tuner BM54 Carphonics Stage 2 Amp Upgrade (Bluetooth, 4 x RCA Pre-outs) Fitted rear-window sun shades Muffler delete Powder coated Valve Covers MAINTENANCE Coolant system overhaul (valley pan gasket, radiator, water pump, pretty much every single hose, fresh coolant, o-rings, gaskets etc) Engine (oil services, intake gaskets, CCV, timing cover gaskets, fuel injector service) Steering linkage overhaul (M5 steering box, centre tie rod, tie rod ends, fresh power steering fluid) Suspension ( front wheel bearings, thrust arms, rear arms, suspension top mounts, 4 wheel alignment) Serpentine Belts (belts, pensioners, pulleys) Electrical (Bosch S5 Battery, water-cooled alternator) Braking (front calipers, fluid change various brake pipes, discs & pads) Front Tyres ( Rear Tyres ( Recent Airbag recall Exterior (front kidney grill, new badges all round) Interior (rear vapor barriers re-sealed, front cup holders) TO DO Noisy blower motor Wheel refurbishment Rust spots on passenger side sill 3 inch crack on front bumper (caught a shopping trolley) Rear parking sensor wrong colour Remote key batteries need replaced (one key is dead, the other is hit and miss) SPARES OEM M5 Steering Box Original Steering Box Front bumper corner under tray Rear Bumper foam insert Front suspension arms Rear bottom ball joints HISTORY Date Odometer Description Vendor Owner Receipts 12/11/2002 1st registered BMW Snows Portsmouth BMW Snows Portsmouth 22/11/2003 2nd keeper V**** L***** 08/01/2004 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 26/04/2004 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 04/05/2004 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 10/05/2004 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 25/10/2004 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 26/10/2004 13,723 Service BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 12/05/2005 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 25/10/2005 Dealer visit BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 04/11/2005 26,452 Service BMW Snows Portsmouth V**** L***** 06/03/2007 31,913 Service G.Heritage Mobile-Mechanical Services V**** L***** 09/04/2008 69,547 MOT Hunslet MOT Centre V**** L***** 16/05/2008 43,502 Service Carlians V**** L***** 16/05/2008 3rd keeper M****** P***** 08/08/2008 45,??? Dealer visit BMW Guildford M****** P***** 15/10/2008 Dealer visit BMW Cobham M****** P***** 04/04/2009 49,648 MOT W Carey Motor Engineers M****** P***** 01/12/2009 57,577 Service Carlians M****** P***** 04/12/2009 4th keeper GEE_V8 15/03/2010 Fitted Sun Shades vanstyle GEE_V8 £99.90 31/03/2010 61,766 MOT RCL Vehicle Services GEE_V8 20/09/2010 Bosch Lamda Sensors Euro Car Parts GEE_V8 60.48 03/03/2011 Battery S.R.S Vehicle Components GEE_V8 £78 04/04/2011 68,130 MOT Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £49.50 27/06/2011 Coolant Sensor Coolant Expansion Tank Euro Car Parts GEE_V8 £42.42 05/08/2011 Front & Rear discs Euro Car Parts GEE_V8 £135.80 12/09/2011 Fit drop links Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £37.97 12/01/2012 71,679 Inspection 2 Service Fit Lamda sensors Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £567.66 03/04/2012 72,874 Brake fluid Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £114.40 04/04/2012 72,874 MOT (pass) Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 24/05/2012 Wheel refurb The Wheel Specialist GEE_V8 £288.00 25/10/2012 75,649 Fit rear tyres Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £31.20 10/04/2013 79,100 MOT / Service Kingsway MOT Centre GEE_V8 £130.62 29/07/2013 5th Keeper Slam 01/07/2014 Fasteners BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £4.03 09/04/2014 Thrust Arms Euro Car Parts Slam £152.88 12/04/2014 Rear Suspension Arms Rear Drop Links Euro Car Parts Slam £164 29/04/2014 Fasteners BMW Cotswold Slam £12 10/05/2014 84,063 MOT Pass Martin Motor Company Slam 30/06/2014 Front discs & pads Euro Car Parts Slam 137.75 04/07/2014 Front Calipers & pads Euro Car Parts Slam £193.77 05/07/2014 Brake fluid BMW Parks Hamilton Slam £23.14 14/07/2014 Rear pads Euro Car Parts Slam £47.88 26/07/2014 Bosch S5 Battery Euro Car Parts Slam £113.90 13/12/2014 Antifreeze BMW Cotswold Slam £11.08 16/12/2014 Fasteners BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £7.80 30/12/2014 Antifreeze BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £11.08 14/04/2015 Track rod ends Slam £64.81 18/06/2015 Valley Pan Job BMW Cotswold Slam £863.99 26/06/2015 Fuel Injector Service Kit Mr Injector UK Slam £33.03 04/07/2015 Various BMW Cotswold Slam £126.26 10/07/2015 Hose BMW Cotswold Slam £11.18 12/08/2015 Antifreeze BMW Cotswold Slam £36.52 15/08/2015 89,855 MOT Pass D K Motors Slam 19/08/2015 Hose Antifreeze BMW Cotswold Slam £46.52 03/09/2015 Rear bumper insert BMW Cotswold Slam £24.98 05/09/2015 90,071 Oil Service Kingsway MOT Centre Slam £47.34 07/02/2016 Rear Tyres Jungle Tyres Slam £212.44 08/02/2016 Front Tyres Jungle Tyres Slam £151.68 10/02/2016 Tyre fitment / alignment Strathyclyde Tyre Services Slam £80 02/03/2016 Chrome Kidney Grills Boonet badge Boot badge Wheel centre badges BMW Cotswold Slam £215 22/03/2016 Front Suspension Mounts BMW Cotswold Slam £107 05/04/2016 Radiator Reservoir Tank Hoses Fasteners Genuine Auto Parts DE Slam £515.90 23/04/2016 Bosch Alternator Slam £347.99 26/04/2016 Upper Timing Case Gaskets BMW Cotswold Slam £36.98 27/04/2016 Water pump Fan belts BMW Cotswold Slam £327.11 03/05/2016 Front anti-roll bar links Pulleys & Tensioners Rear suspension arms Rear ball joints Euro Car Parts Slam £282.31 14/05/2016 Idler pulley GSF Car Parts Slam £32.83 17/05/2016 Antifreeze Hose Temperture switch BMW Cotswold Slam £94.22 29/05/2016 Mk4 navigation repair Stage 2 amp upgrade including 4 X RCA preouts, Bluetooth music streaming Carphonics Slam £359.99 01/08/2016 MOT (fail), Free health check BMW Parks Hamilton Slam 05/08/2016 Rear Suspension Arms Euro Car Parts Slam £95.20 08/08/2016 Fasteners BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £18.12 13/08/2016 Steering idler arm BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £88.18 20/08/2016 Centre Tie Rod DIY Slam £133.42 22/08/2016 Front Control Arm GSF Car Parts Slam £58.36 26/08/2016 Front Control Arm GSF Car Parts Slam £57.31 27/08/2016 94,886 MOT (fail) Halfords Bellshill Slam £27.42 05/09/2016 94,906 MOT Pass BMW Parks Hamilton Slam 28/11/2016 Front Wheel Bearings Euro Car Parts Slam £136.34 01/03/2017 96,758 Rear Tyres Kwik-Fit Slam £316.30 16/03/2017 Castrol Differential OIL Opie Oils Slam £40.94 25/03/2017 Fasteners BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £9.72 Engine Oil / Rear Diff Oil Service Pro-Grip Larbert Slam 31/03/2017 Wheel alignment Pro-Grip Larbert Slam £60 22/04/2017 Fasteners BMW Douglas Park Hamilton Slam £9 Total £7582.9 You will see from the table above, the car has been well cared for and a lot of money spent. The history shows an incorrect mileage recording of 69.547 back in 2008, I believe it to be a typo as the condition of the car, what's needed to be replaced is in line with the mileage. For example, the thrust arms gave up at 80,000 miles. It's difficult to put a price on these cars, the shady ones seem to go for 3 grand, the low mileage examples have asking prices of 10 grand therefore I've put some options together. Option 1 Take the car as-is including the additional spares £5850 Option 2 Take the car without the wheels, hybrid TV tuner and spares - £4650 Option 3 Body work sorted along with option 1 £6400 Please feel free to suggest other options... I will give the car a good clean at the weekend and upload new pictures then.
  14. Must be nice to share that experience with friends, proper road trip I've decided to sell her, I'll use the cash to sort out the wasteland of a rear garden which I've ignored for the last 6 years. I'll sort out gold membership and advertise sometime in July. I think pricing is going to be difficult, I'll probably sell it with or without the wheels / TV tuner if it helps buyers.
  15. I hate to say it but every after market part added, removes it further away from being a luxury automobile. I like the colour though, I would change everything else back to standard.