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    2003 BMW 530iA Sport, Techno Violet

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    Electrical gremlins

    Ignition switch can cause some weird behaviour when they start to break.
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    Saloon rear shelf reconditioning

    Could get hold of one with the electric blind in if you’re taking it out?
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    Clicking trouble

    The alarm siren is near the battery. Possibly something has gone wrong with that?
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    VANOS Overhaul M54 E39 Manual Sport

    If stuff is listed for silly money on ebay its usually because they have no stock, but ebay will charge them to cancel and re-list the item, so they just change the price to something silly knowing that no-one will be silly enough to order one Then drop it down again when they get it back in stock.
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    530i hesitation/misfire accelerating when engine hot

    Just to close this out, finally got the alternator fixed and have driven it properly with the new cam sensors. The hesitation / misfire issue I was having has gone completely, much more responsive at low RPM (picks up much better without kicking down to a lower gear) and best of all for my 50 mile drive to work this morning the fuel consumption has gone from 26.5 to 31mpg.
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    Style 66 and 37 Wheels - Same Offset?

    There's more than 2mm variation even in the width of tyres of the same size from different brands- when I had my old Passat, some 205/45/16 tyres would come up wide and catch the rear arches, and others would be fine.
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    Style 66 and 37 Wheels - Same Offset?

    They'll be fine, you're over thinking it Just don't get e34/e38 ones as the centre bore will be wrong
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    E39 530i sluggish low RPMs

    From reading around when I had this issue the cam sensors can fail without throwing a code. IIRC the ecu uses them to control the vanos and fine tune the spark timing. The crank sensor is used as a baseline to make the engine run. Due to the springs in the vanos pistons it will default to either being optimised for high or low RPM running depending which sensor has failed. Can't remember which was round it is. Mine wasn't showing any codes and the problem was much worse when the engine had been up to temp for half hour or so, which figures as magnetic hall effect sensors can break down at high temps. I was lucky and found a both new genuine BMW sensors on ebay which had never been fitted for £100/pair. This is all just a suggestion though, don't take this as gospel as to what your issue is.
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    E39 530i sluggish low RPMs

    I had ordered a regulator/brush pack as IME its usually just that part which needs replacing, but apparently Bosch havn't got any in stock at the mo. That cost me a week but the guy refunded me ok. Alternator is currently at South Eastern Auto Electricals in Maidstone being refurbed properly, should have it back tomorrow. No way was I going to be paying £300 or so for a new alternator!
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    E39 530i sluggish low RPMs

    camshaft position sensors another possibility After I swapped mine it was like driving a different car. Although I only drove it once as the alternator then failed and it's still sitting on the drive looking sorry for itself- got messed around by someone advertising parts he didn't have in stock!
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    Problems with BMW battery

    Can get a Varta 019 (exactly the same as a Bosch battery) from Tayna for £100 including next day delivery
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    530i Auto box issue

    the answer to this question is talk to Martin Hind at Dartford Transmissions
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    Are all under tray fixings the same?

    I think the ones at the front are screws rather than those cam lock thingies
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    Touring rear brake lines

    Yep that's why I did mine again as the work done by the garage (for previous owner) was a right mess. Put it all back nice and neatly following the original route as closely as possible picking up all the clips on the way. used cunifer which is a bit stiffer than copper and holds it's shape better while you're routing the pipe.
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    Jack pads and sill condition

    That’s exactly where mine went. Ended up cutting it out and welding new metal in. Thankfully hadn’t spread to the visible part of the sill and the jacking point internal structure was still sound. Good job catching it early.