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    E39 530dAT
  1. 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:
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Any chance of some pics of the rusty bits? What are the sills/jacking points/fuel cap area like?
  5. 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.
  6. Are you open to some form of exercise? If so, buy a set of dumbbells then look for a beginners routine on Youtube.
  7. 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.
  8. Another Triumph fan here. I've never considered myself a biker, I just like bikes. I passed in '91, mainly for practical reasons - bikes are cheaper to run than cars. I spent the next 7 years with a bike as my sole form of transport. Then I got fed up of frozen fingers and spilt diesel, and got a car. Later, I was able to afford both a car and a bike, and bought the one pictured. Sadly, ill health meant I had to sell it although I don't miss it, as each year there are more and more self-absorbed idiots on the road.
  9. There'd be nothing to see, surely?
  10. I know I'm (too) late to this but I had my E39 on a classic policy. There isn't an age where cars automatically become 'classic', it depends on the make and model (you can get brand new cars insured as a classic). My policy was with Footman James.
  11. OP: look at classic insurance. NCB doesn't apply to classic policies anyway. For what it's worth, I had my E39 on a classic policy from Footman James for my first year of ownership (3 years ago). It cost circa £350.
  12. Coincidentally, I was thinking about the noise of my car the other day; not that it was loud, but quite the opposite. I'll agree that, at idle, it's more intrusive than a petrol engine, but, at the time of my thought, I was doing not very fast on a steady throttle down a smooth road: all I could hear was road noise. With all the rumblings about the future of diesel, I've been looking at replacing it. At times like those mentioned above, or when I'm doing decent motorway speeds and getting decent mpg, and I'm practically falling asleep because the car is so easy to drive, I wonder what I *can* replace it with.
  13. There are idiots in all walks of life. There's no easy answer to this: better infrastructure, better driver/rider education and a complete change of mindset by everyone.
  14. Thanks for your replies, folks. However, things have changed, and further investigation is needed. It's now working, kinda. It goes up and down as usual, but is slow in moving, so might take a second to transition from down to up (or vice versa). At least now I can get the door card off, to have a good poke around (when I get time). Will report back with my findings. Thanks again.
  15. Hey, folks. A simple one, really: regardless of how I unlock my car (key or fob), the passenger door doesn't unlock. If I pull the handle, the knob goes up and down but that's it. Everything else on that side appears to work - door mirror, etc. I've tried disconnecting the battery for a while, the fuse is OK (in the glovebox holder - I've not tried any others), and I've tried dribbling lube down the shaft, to no avail. Any ideas?