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    2003 BMW 530iA Sport, Techno Violet

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  1. lufbramatt

    6 or 8 that is the question

    A 530i with new suspension bushes is a suprizingly sharp chassis bearing in mind it’s a 20+ year old design. I’d love a go in an Alpina 3.3 with 280bhp.
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    Bmw e39 530i thrust arm replacement questions?

    I just got two people to sit in the front seats (car had front wheels on blocks so I could reach underneath, wheels chocked, handbrake+park engaged). had the same effect
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    Stiff auto shifter

    Mine was getting like that, when I had the auto box serviced at dart ford transmissions Martin stripped down the linkage between the shifter and the box and regreased it all as it was starting to seize up. Smooth as silk now.
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    What Are These Protrusions?

    Looks like it was, yes.
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    Dust free brake pads

    Ate ceramic meant to be pretty good
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    Rust above bumper

    Take the bumper off and see wha the rear apron is like
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    I've seen JJ on some 4x4 wheels and trailers, presumably the flange must be slightly deeper to help stop the tyre rolling off the rim.
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    Looks mainly. Fair enough on a rwd race car but not a 230bhp family wagon. The sports that came on style 37s have 265 wide tyres on the back, completely over tyred.
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    Don’t forget the width (9j etc) is the internal tyre seat so the external measurement will be bigger. Looks like one of the rear has been replaced at some point with a front? Think saloons should have a staggered setup and tourings are the same all round.
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    RUST!! - Rear arch / quarter panel

    That bit above the rear bumper goes as there is a little metal bracket spot welded to the bottom of the quarter panel to align the sides of the bumper and the bumper rubs through the paint. Doubt that area has rusted from the insides. check sills etc thoroughly though just in case.
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    Which Brand Fuel Filter

    +1 Mann There are two types, one sort is just a normal filter, the other has the FPR built in and has 3 pipe connections plus a vacuum line, check what one yours has before you order. I think a 523i will have the normal sort.
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    Vanos symptoms

    Tbh I did it as preventative maintenance as the rocker cover gasket was leaking so I did it while it was in bits. Noticed a bit more low end torque and slightly better mpg but it wasn’t a huge difference.
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    Vanos symptoms

    The vanos gasket is about £12 from bmw. Do the rocker gasket at the same time. I think when I did mine all the gaskets and new rubber spacers came to about £55.
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    Power steering fluid reservoir

    If you replace the hoses then the febi ones are good quality and not too expensive. Bear in mind there are two small o rings that also should be replaced where the hoses screw in to the pas fluid cooler.
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    530i shaking when started from cold

    When mine did that it was a tear in the rubber pipe between the MAF and the intake manifold.