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    '01 E39 Alpina B10 V8

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  1. LED Number Plate Lights

    Thanks for the tip, Dan. Angrong brand lol what a funny name.
  2. LED Number Plate Lights

    What is the best option for number plate LEDs? I bought a set of CANBUS festoon LEDs off ebay (probably Chinese) and they seemed ok but only lasted maybe 30-40 hours before one half burnt out and is glowing really dimly now. The plastic bulb housings are BMW parts. Is it advisable to go for a set of LEDs that include their own plastic housings? I've seen MTEC and Osrams of this type although they are £30-40. Ideally they'd be flicker-free, last for a long time and not be TOO bright as to blind drivers behind you. Thanks in advance!
  3. Replaced alternator still not charging???

    You might want to consider testing for voltage drops between the alternator and the battery. That's a lot of cabling, but at least the voltage drop immediately after the alternator is easily testable and could indicate a duff alternator. I had an issue with charging, from battery charger when parked up, and despite having a healthy alternator voltage showing, the battery wasn't charging properly and it was the battery connector clamps that needed sanding down (no visible corrosion but weren't shiny). Without testing it is really guesswork with many variables.
  4. Loose trim flaps in boot

    I figured out a workaround when I refitted the rubber boot liner as the edges hold the flaps shut - which does make getting into the compartments more difficult esp. the battery compartment - but otherwise it keeps them nicely closed.
  5. Brand New Camshaft Position Sensor problem

    Can't see where to buy an OEM from in the UK, US tuning sites have them (without stating brand).
  6. Brand New Camshaft Position Sensor problem

    Are Vemo and Febi Bilstein legit OEM for cam sensors?
  7. Brand New Camshaft Position Sensor problem

    Thanks! That's what I just got quoted just now by my local stealer inc. 10% BMWCCGB discount.
  8. Brand New Camshaft Position Sensor problem

    How much was the stealer asking for one sensor?
  9. Brand New Camshaft Position Sensor problem

    Which manufacturers make the OEM part? I need to replace both of mine. I have part no. as 12147539166 for E39 M62 540i
  10. Loose trim flaps in boot

    Thanks! Some good tips here. The flap is the correct shape and position, it's just the grips on the inside that are baggy, so I'd either need to put moar material onto these teeth/clips or onto the actual bar itself. The magnet method sounds alright, I might test the bar to see if a magnet can be attracted to it.
  11. Loose trim flaps in boot

    lol well good for you! I may have had back luck with the 2 E39s I've had in this respect, but it's not exactly end of the world stuff!!
  12. Carbon Clean worthwhile?

    I would have to say the main mechanic doing it looked to be relatively new to it, and was being overseen by the co-owner of the garage, who couldn't get it to start from back there either. He got on the phone to BMW apparently to ask them. Once he got the engine started he seemed to know what he was doing. Once started, with the pressure up near maximum, at nearly 40 psi, the job was completed in around 20-30 minutes. They were an official Terraclean agent. If I do it again I might go somewhere else next time.
  13. Loose trim flaps in boot

    This will have to be the least important and most anal/OCD question I'll ever ask here. Something common to both E39s I've owned is in the boot, the battery compartment flap (on right) and CD Changer/Nav flap on left don't stay shut as the plastic grips on the inside of the panel tend to get a bit baggy after a while and don't grip the metal bar. I assume the only way to get them to stay shut is to replace the whole flap, but they only seem to last a couple of years or so. I tried putting tape on the bar to make the bar thicker but that only helped slightly. Otherwise I can only think of unstylish methods inc. velcro or drlling a hole in it and installing some kind of latch like on the E46. lol anything to add? Cheers.
  14. Good OEM or 3rd party Fuel Cap?

    Interesting. Thanks. I assumed it was a design issue rather than receiving a duff item. The one you used on your E39, was it as tight a fit as the original BMW item?
  15. Has anyone fitted a good replacement OEM or third party fuel cap for their E39? I decided to buy a Febi Bilstein 334220010 fuel cap which is apparently designed to fit the E39 along with some other BMWs and whilst it did technically fit, it didn't screw down very tightly and there was a little play from side to side. Turning the fuel cap was a little too easy without the expected resistance from the original BMW item, so it had me concerned the seal wasn't so great. The teeth on each side of the fuel cap aren't the same design as on the original and it doesn't have that green cone on the underside but the latter is not of any consequence I'm assuming as it doesn't touch anything. The gasket on the original is still in ok shape despite being 16 yrs old but the outside looks like it's seen better days. Cheers.
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