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makeshiftuk last won the day on July 10

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    BMW E39 530i Sport Touring / Jaguar XK8 4.2L Coupe

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  1. makeshiftuk

    My old girl...

    Thanks for all the kind comments... ...will revive this thread when I'm at 300k!!! Might be a few years though...
  2. makeshiftuk

    My old girl...

    ...is 200k miles old! 16 years since she left the production line (and the last 4 years in my care), and she still looks great on our roads. Some bodywork/rust challenges to sort, but what a machine... Long live the M54B30!!
  3. makeshiftuk

    Hi - Finally got a BMW worth talking about again

    Lovely motor you have there! I've always wondered what a manual touring would be like to own... but then again after several years of M25 hell I <3 my auto box lol. I'm on 199k with my 530i Sport Touring - most reliable car I've ever owned - although I am having some electrical gremlins surface around central locking, which appear to be an isolated and rare incident having posted up here/scoured through old threads. Hopefully it'll just go away... I use Castrol Edge 0W40... BMW Longlife01 as per the owners handbook. But considering I'm on 199k, is it wise to switch to 5W40 at the next oil change?
  4. makeshiftuk

    Rear Door Wont Open

    WRussell... I think I have the same door handle symptoms as you. Just sent you a PM...
  5. makeshiftuk

    PLEASE HELP - Central Locking Madness

    Thanks Dan/Chris. Door card off today to try and fix the o/s rear door handle - nothing obvious that I could see, so I'll post up on a separate thread. I also disconnected/reconnected the battery as suggested, so I hope that'll help. @Chris - can you direct me to somewhere I can do some reading around the general module, and the relays it houses? It's frustrating as it's only happened twice in the last 18 months, rest of the time I have no issues.
  6. makeshiftuk

    PLEASE HELP - Central Locking Madness

    Good shout - it's a Yuasa Silver i only changed a few years ago, and is still strong. Started up like normal even in the snow 6 or so weeks back.
  7. Guys, please help me. My wife has totally lost faith in my E39 530i '52 Sport Touring. This has happened once before - but today the central locking went MAD, deciding that the front doors would lock (door pins down), and the rear doors would remain open (door pins up). My wife had for the foresight to drive with the front windows down - both rear doors cannot be opened from inside (child lock). Despite the front doors being locked, they could not be opened from the inside using the handle - and the central locking centre console button nor key fob would work. See video below. My wife climbed out of the window, and carried my 4 year old out the window also. You can understand that she now hates the thing - but I don't want to get rid of it. The only thing I can think of - the rear offside external door handle is intermittent, and sometimes it won't actuate/open the door. I need to remove the door card (http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/90654-what-did-you-do-to-your-e39-today/?page=71&tab=comments#comment-1279840) and sort it - could this really be the source of all the problems? Please help.. 2018-04-19-VIDEO-00004070.mp4
  8. makeshiftuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I can’t find a ‘this post needs pictures’ emoticon
  9. makeshiftuk

    Crackling speakers

    Update: booked the car in to see Baris today, and got it fixed, upgraded and turned around on the same day Stereo head unit removed, amp components upgraded (including heat sink) - my crackling speaker problem has gone, and the audio is much better too! Fantastic service, Baris is a lovely chap and I found the price very agreeable. For me a price well worth paying to keep the old girl standard.
  10. makeshiftuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    OMG... and I thought I was doing well on 199k!! And that MPG... is that at idle?? Lol - which engine is that you’re running. I checked my E39 Tourer into Baris’s place in North London today to get my OEM BMW Business stereo repaired (I was losing sound through my right speakers and had terrible static noise) - all fixed, amp components upgraded and whilst it’s not an aftermarket stereo, the audio is noticeably improved. Very happy
  11. makeshiftuk

    Crackling speakers

    Thanks again Dennis I've been swapping emails with Baris (he's extremely helpful) and I think at the very least we'll have a stab at the repair of my C53 unit... would rather keep it OEM if I possibly can! Will post up how I get on.
  12. makeshiftuk

    Crackling speakers

    Thanks Dennis, not the news I was hoping for but I appreciate the truth. When you say spend significant amounts to keep them going - what would this involve, potentially? If I’m going down the aftermarket route, does anything currently available make use of the existing steering wheel controls and BMW CD changer?
  13. makeshiftuk

    Crackling speakers

    So I don't have a BM54, nothing underneath the plastic shroud. Apparently E39/E46 without a screen up front/without OEM sat nav don't necessarily have a BM54. If that's the case... how do I fix my crackling speaker noise??
  14. makeshiftuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    IN1 service from my local BMW specialist, Munich Power (Redhill, Surrey). Whilst giving the old girl a healthcheck, we discovered the rear brake pipes are corroded... badly. Great. And yes, he is open Good Friday which is handy...
  15. makeshiftuk

    Crackling speakers

    I came across this old thread - and sent the below email to Baris: ”My 2002 E39 530i Sport Touring has developed an issue recently - if the radio/CD (Bmw business Hifi) player is playing, the o/s door speakers don’t work 99% of the time. The 1% they do work, they crackle loudly, work for a bit then cutout again. More recently even with the radio/CD off, the speakers still crackle - loudly, and uncontrollably. I’ve taken fuse 25/43/44 out as a precaution.” Baris believes the fix/amp upgrade work will resolve the fault, but will advise if testing suggests this isn’t the case. Ill remove the amp today, and will post an update with how I get on...