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    E39 530dAT
  1. Cool Running E39 525D Touring

    You could also try the Renault 5 thermostat 'fix'. Plenty of information floating around the net.
  2. e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    Nice one. Thanks, Clavurion.
  3. e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    That's the issue...there isn't a part number. BMW will only supply the whole swingarm - that includes the bushes - at many, many £££'s a go!! The parts-guy at my local dealership couldn't find anything, either; he spent about 10 mins with me, doing all sorts of cross-checks, etc. I'll contact Lemforder directly to see if they can help. Thanks for your replies.
  4. e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    Do we know who makes the OEM bushes? They're not available from BMW.
  5. e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    I booked my car in to have some suspension bits fitted but the mechanic didn't go ahead as the swing arm bushes were perished (he showed me). A poke around the 'net - including this thread - revealed the following: The Bulgarian website (linked above) is confusing as I can't tell what I'm ordering. Per the Strongflex page (below), I need a specific size and there's no option to select a particular size. I found a website in Latvia that I presume has them but lists them by brand, and doesn't give a price: http://carpartscatalogs.info/totalcatalog/?st=50&l=YnJhbmRfaWQ9PTUxMXx8bW9kZWxfaWQ9PTE4OTJ8fG1kZl9pZD09MF4xNTI2OHx8c3BhcmVfaWQ9PTEzMzk4NTleMTAwNTcy&lang=en&cntry=eu Alternatively, there are these: http://www.strongflexuk.co.uk/rear-lower-trailing-arm-bush-kit-sport.html In an email, I asked if they did a softer compound and got the reply: Some parts, including the trailing arm bushes you are looking at, are only available in the SPORT stiffness because the OEM rubber is stiffer than the softer red (80sha) polyurethane. Thoughts? Opinions? Anyone have any experience of the strongflex bushes?
  6. Most reliable engine is M57 3L ?

    Do not feed the troll.
  7. Diesel vs. Petrol

    To those who do, why do you write 'DIEsel' or 'diseasel'?
  8. Favourite feature?

    The opening boot glass on my touring - it's rare that I open the whole door now. Not a feature but the engineering of the front ashtray gives me a warm feeling! As you say, the interior lighting is lovely, especially compared to the harsh white/blue that is usually found in modern cars.
  9. Whoa there! Steady as she goes...

    Could be one of many. Your best bet is to take the wheel off and have a look. For the record, I had new tyres put on earlier and I took a few pics whilst they were off. Here's a close-up of one of the better bushes:
  10. Eejit of the week award?

    We'd like to think so, but I doubt it. Narrow pavement; zig-zags; what appears to be a busy road and he still thinks that is acceptable? Pure selfishness. Well done, OP. Send the picture anyway and then you've done all you can. Oh, and repost the picture without the anonymising!
  11. Would you sell your e39 for an e38??

    I'd love a 740/750, but I'd wonder if I'd miss the convenience of a Touring. I don't need an estate, but there have been times when I've had a fridge/freezer to move, or my bike. Also, spontaneous purchases of larger items would need more planning. As mentioned above, they are a very attractive/imposing car.
  12. 2002 E39 540i Sport Touring for sale. 172k

    Any chance of some pics of the rusty bits? What are the sills/jacking points/fuel cap area like?
  13. I checked the MOT on that when I first saw it a few days ago and couldn't help but wonder just what horrors lurked... If we ignore the oil situation, it's going to need a whole new underside: sills, floorpan, suspension parts, bushes, pipework, brakes, tyres... I promptly closed the ad.
  14. Considering Slimming world - BUT - I like my Beer

    Are you open to some form of exercise? If so, buy a set of dumbbells then look for a beginners routine on Youtube.
  15. Sensible Mods

    A left-field alternative but you'd probably be better off investing in the driver, rather than the car: advanced lessons would cost no more than a remap and would benefit every journey you make: quicker, smoother and with less wear-and-tear on the car.