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  1. NWJW

    And it's goodbye from him too.

    I had a Sierra with a carb'd I4 twin cam and it was flatter than a flat thing and the timing chain rattled like a b*stard, I found out after that the carb on it was off a 1600 CVH which probably didn't help.... .......And on the other hand, I had a Granada with the same engine in EFI form and that car shifted, it had bucketloads of torque, a particularly hard shift into second one day during a 'spirited' drive smashed the diff all over the road, I scrapped it after that..
  2. What an absolutely beautiful machine!
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    Buying an e39 M5.

    As an ex E39 M5 owner I have nothing useful to add as any advice I would give has already been given, as said above; DO IT!!
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    Charged E39 M5

    Isn't considered fast by who? 220bhp per tonne is bloody fast in my book!
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    540 starter motor

    You definitely won't have to remove the inlet manifold on a v8 to replace the starter, as said above, it's done from underneath and isn't a hard job but space is very, very limited.
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    Charged E39 M5

    ^^This, with the standard 400bhp they are seriously quick, with over half that again that one must be mental! And that said, how much power actually gets wasted as you spin the wheels trying to get the power down? When driven hard, my old one would spin the rear wheels into third, in the dry... ...It does look a nice motor though!
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    And it's goodbye from him too.

    It's funny you say that 'cause the pages detailing the valve clearance adjustment are by far the oily-est pages in my manual too!
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    Two e39 Sports, A4232 Cardiff

    Spotted a very nice silver e39 sport on Style 37's on the way into Cardiff this afternoon on the A4232, it had a private plate starting with J6, and then saw a black sport on the way back out, unfortunately it was in a layby with the bonnet up.....
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    And it's goodbye from him too.

    Got a load sat on the shelf here, I used to love looking through them as a kid and they came in very handy when I started spannering in my late teens, my 'Sierra V6' copy is particularly greasy!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    .....Not fooked enough to fail an mot though! Got myself another 12 months ticket today. However, a major suspension refresh is looking imminent, and I need tyres, and my brake lines are rusty..... ...... I love E39's!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Put new front pads and discs on mine today, nothing was seized, nothing was rusty, nothing was rounded off, it was quite an enjoyable couple of hours to be honest. Although I did find that the dust cover on my offside front lower arm is completely fooked, and my front tyres are more worn out than I thought...
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    Decent E39 M5 wanted - how much to budget?

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    I just hope there wasn't too much damage to the poor Transit van.
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    Question Time £5.19 for a pint

    South Wales you say? Pissed in 'Spoons before dinner you say? I can't remember wouldn't know anything about that... Incidentally, I've got a gig next weekend in a local workingmens club where it's £2 a pint, I may have a few....
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    Poor MPG 540i

    Early non-vanos cars have an air inlet temp sensor, it clips into the front of the air box, later vanos cars (which the op has) have what looks like a provision for the sensor on the air box but it's blanked off. As said, this function was integrated into the mass air flow sensor on later cars and as you say, on the op's car it seems to be doing what it's supposed to be doing.
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    Poor MPG 540i

    And have a car with an engine that isn't as powerful, has much worse power delivery, doesn't sound as nice, doesn't rev as highly, isn't as smooth.... ....... I should add I quite like the m57 lump (had a 330d for a while) but the only advantage it offers over the m62 is fuel consumption IMO.
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    What are you listening to?

    I've been belting this one out; This is going down well at the moment too;
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    You big woman, I've done the anti roll bar links, anti roll bar rubbers and a track rod on my mothers 206 today in -1.5'c, I kept loosing tools in the snow! Did the wishbones on it last week in the pissing rain too!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    You should have asked, I've got three magazines sat on the shelf in the garage, I'd have given you one for f' all!
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    Poor MPG 540i

    ^^^A 2001 car won't have an inlet air temperature sensor, the maf takes care of all that on later cars.
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    Poor MPG 540i

    ^^^ It's definitely getting up to temperature seeing as the car will have a 102'c themostat, the lambda values look ok to my untrained eyes too.
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    540i heater valve-repair?

    I've not tried one of those repair kits but have stripped and cleaned my heater valves, it's easy enough. There are a couple of V8 heater valves on the bay for less than 30 quid at the moment too; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-BMW-5-7-SERIES-E38-E39-HEATER-CONTROL-WATER-VALVE-PUMP-8374994/264155127529?hash=item3d80df5ee9:g:2rcAAOSwIqxcRhLG:rk:20:pf:0 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-7-SERIES-E39-E38-HEATER-VALVE-WATER-PUMP-8374994/254080258075?fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&hash=item3b285d101b:g:ytkAAOSwlEBcQf9K:rk:48:pf:0
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    Bloody cold weather....

    I've had to fit a new battery to my van (had a Bosch one off a diesel e90 for cheap off a mate ), the 540 on the other hand just works even after being sat for 5 or 6 days in the freezing cold.
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    Roofing and building materials

    Do you know which yard your builder bought the materials from (I'm guessing a Travis Perkins....!)? Most yards are happy to accept unused/over ordered stock back for a refund or credit.
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    Poor MPG 540i

    My 540 will do around 16-18mpg around town, 25-28mpg mixed driving and 30mpg on a steady run. A 70mph cruise will see the revs at just under 2k. OP, are you calculating the mpg yourself or relying on the trip computer, if the latter are you resetting it everytime you fill up? Lambdas aren't that expensive (about £50 for Bosch ones if I recall correctly) but it's money wasted if it doesn't cure the fault, do you have INPA software? You can look at the live data on there which will tell you if your lambdas are working correctly, other than that, I would echo the advice on checking it's getting up to temperature, if it's running cold it'll drink fuel. Edit, INPA will show you exactly how hot/cool the engine is running too and very nice motor by the way!