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    2003 BMW 530iA Sport, Techno Violet

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  1. e39 BM54 lost front right channel

    yea I think I will end up sending it to him. Looks like a good upgrade. Just got the thing back on the road after the radiator cracked and it's yet more issues to sort out! bloody cars
  2. Noticed last night that I wasn't getting any sound from the drivers door speakers in my 2003 530i. Is this likely to be the amp (mine is a bm54 that must have been replaced under warranty at some point as it has a 2006 build date?). Reading around it seems that the whole channel (ie front and rear on same side) fails rather than a single speaker? or is that just bad wording? Does anyone know the pinouts for the plug on the bm54 so that I can test continuity of the front right speaker? Are there any other likely failure points?
  3. E39 530I coolant bits

    Part arrived today, fantastic service, many thanks for sorting that out!
  4. E39 530I coolant bits

    thanks Alex, payment sent via Paypal
  5. E39 530I coolant bits

    Hi that's great, I'll order the hose and rad cap but leave the rad. that adds up to £48, so to get me over £50 for free postage could I add 11531705224 WATER HOSE (not sure why that number is massive having issues with copy and paste on a iPad!) and get a total for those 3 items? thanks!
  6. E39 530I coolant bits

    Hi Phil, Parts are for a 2003 530i RA52 ROH could I get a price on these bits please: 11531705223 top rad hose 17117639022 radiator cap for comparison purposes could I also get a separate price on a coolant radiator? Also are you able to check if there are recalls on this car? Many thanks, Matt
  7. Charge a flat battery?

    Ctek chargers are great, I have a 5.0 which works fine with the big old battery on the 530i. Has a desulphating mode which may be useful for a very flat battery.
  8. Possible exhaust issues

    The bolts on that join are splined studs that are pressed in to the flange so If there anything left they'll have to be drilled out. Once they're out you can replace them with iirc m10x 40mm a4 stainless bolts and copper nuts. The proper ones from bmw are something like £30 each as they are some weird grade of stainless and would need pressing in to the flange. the rest of the exhaust on these is stainless so should last for ages.
  9. Windscreen wipers

    The Bosch specific e39 ones work perfectly... wouldn't overthink it.
  10. Cooling System

    Kolben Schmidt (same group as Peiburg) are meant to be good water pumps, metal impeller. I'm not convinced Febi supply any OEM parts, they're aftermarket despite what all the adverts say. Some of their stuff is pretty good, but some is utter crap (suspension components ime).
  11. +1 butyl tape Some types of silicone sealant release acetic acid as it cures, not good around metalwork.
  12. My initial thoughts were that the interior looks too worn for that mileage, especially seeing as the back seat should be in better condition that the fronts. I wonder why there is no pics of the front seats... Also the early sill covers look weird wth the round thing above the jacking point, never noticed that before. Also not keen on the chrome bumper trim. IMO a late e38 sport looks much nicer Still, would love an e38, wanted one when I got my e39 but at the time couldn't get insured on a v8 and didn't fancy a 728i :-/
  13. It's not that bad a job! I did it with the car on axle stands. Although I did use cunifer pipe rather than the steel BMW ones which is easier to bend. You don't have to drop all the suspension off but the subframe does really need to be lowered slightly for access if you follow the BMW routing. Remove the rear subframe bolts and loosen the front ones, drop the lots down a few inches on a jack. There are two original joints under the drivers footwell so you don't even have to go up into the engine bay with the new pipes. It's a bit tight round the side of the fuel tank next to the offside inner sill getting it clipped in to the original position but you don't have to get it exact as long as it's secure.
  14. Angle grinder recommendations

    I'm normally one for getting decent tools, but my angle grinder was a £25 Halfords cheapy I bought years ago when I was a student, and it's still going strong 12 years later after lots of abuse cutting tiles with a diamond disc and grinding rust off the bottom of cars. More expensive ones might be quieter and lighter but cheap angle grinders seem to work just fine,
  15. Help! Diesel or Petrol in My Rental Car?

    Careful at the pumps too- no colour standard for the pump nozzles- their petrol pumps often have black handles and the diesel ones are green, the opposite of over here!