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  1. I forget half of what I've posted on this forum. I'll go and take a look.
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    Coming Soon for E39 owners

    Hi Dennis, I'm looking for a fascia plate for a double DIN headunit and really don't like the current blank versions. Looks like too much empty space and plastic, so this is exactly what I'm looking for. Will this allow the fitment of longer double DIN units without it protruding or requiring the airbox mod? Thanks, Stu
  3. Would these be ideal to fit with Style 69's? Front - 18 x 8 ET20 Rear - 18 x 9 ET24 I'm keep thinking about whether to use them or not (especially as nobody wants them haha). I have been researching a bit about spacers etc.
  4. Good evening, For sale are a set of wheels recently purchased. I've decided on a different look for my car. They're genuine staggered E39 style 69's. In decent condition - No major damage although the lips are kerbed in places. I wasn't bothered as I was planning a full refurb. No tyres or centre caps as I removed the ones which came on the wheels with a plan to replace them. Better photos to follow. Price £350
  5. I am tempted to keep them, but I don't drive the car in winter - I don't actually need a car as I can walk to work and my wife and I share another car. Otherwise I would use them for winters at the very least. They're nice looking wheels in the flesh, I think I need to add some better photos.
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    Cost to repair jacking points

    I'm looking to get my E39 done also. However, I am slightly concerned that whoever does it may not do a thorough job, and it may come back. Using thicker metal sounds interesting. Who did yours if you don't mind me asking?
  7. Good evening all, I have a 1999 BMW 535i SE. I am looking to replace the standard steering wheel with a Sport version. I'm unsure which set-up I have regarding airbags and want to ensure I buy the correct steering wheel. Is there a simple way for me to tell which steering wheel I have? Thanks for any help. Stu
  8. I might have looked in the wrong place. That photo was from the underside of the steering column. This one is from top, in front of the dashboard. Looks like the same screw as mentioned in Chapter 7.
  9. Thanks for the information on that, I've taken a photo of mine and can't see a screw present?
  10. Thanks for the reply, where are the torx screws located? I'll assume I should disconnect the battery before checking?
  11. Hi Luke, I've actually bought and have a preface single stage airbag sport steering wheel ready for retrim and fit. I just don't want to put loads of money into getting it done if it then turns out to be a dual stage. I also wanted to retrofit paddles for shifting, but am thinking this will not be possible with a preface steering wheel.
  12. Thought I'd update this thread with a photo. Can anyone tell by looking at the steering wheel if it's single or dual stage?
  13. £300 These wheels will not be lowered any further, no offers accepted.
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    Front style 65 or pair of rears

    I have a set of genuine staggered Style 69's in E39 fit. Unfortunately I'm not close to Manchester (Worcester)
  15. Good afternoon all, As per title. I'm fighting a losing battle with a single connector which goes from the car loom into the rear of the HVAC panel. Are there any tricks for this one. Apparently it's a simple squeeze on the clips and pull. It isn't budging! Thanks for any help. Stu
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    How do I remove HVAC connector?

    I'm almost at that point, although I'd like to beat the damn thing and remove it without cutting it.
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    How do I remove HVAC connector?

    Thanks for the advice. Where is the base of the connector? I was trying to work out where I would lever the plug from. I couldn't see the point where I'd lever from as the plug is so tight.
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    How do I remove HVAC connector?

    I'm really at a loss with what seems such a simple connector. I've been going Pulp Fiction on that thing with pliers and a hairdryer and it still will not come out. I was actually concerned of breaking the plug.
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    6 or 8 that is the question

    I’ve had a 528i Sport (and other 6 cylinder e39’s) and now a 535i SE. I love the straight 6 it’s a we’ll balanced and smooth lump with a nice soundtrack. However, none of the 6 cylinder engines have made me crack a huge smile like I did when I started my 535i on the test drive before I bought it. It still makes me smile now hearing it fire up. Mine is the 245 PS version, certainly quicker than my previous 2.8. Quicker than a 530i? With the extra weight of the engine and 15 PS more, unlikely, probably identical performance. Although the torque of the V8 does make it feel more effortless. The 535i is often said to not make sense in the e39 line up. However, with 540’s going the way they are, it certainly makes more sense to get one than before, as has been said, they’ll get harder to find. When I’m cruising the back roads with the windows down on a summer evening will I care that it isn’t as fast as a 540i? Of course not, I’ll be listening to a near identical soundtrack and driving experience for 95% of the time. That’s certainly worth getting the entry 8 for me! Should probably add the 6 does feel lighter and turns in slightly better than the 8. To be honest, if I wanted a back road bruiser I’d be in something like a DC2 Integra anyway. Although the e39 is still fun down backroads.
  20. Spotted two E39's this morning parked side by side in a car park in Worcester. Think one was a 535i and the other perhaps a 540i. Seemed a coincidence to see two parked next to each other in a virtually empty car park. Anyone on here?
  21. Good morning all, As title states. Can I retrofit the SMG paddles on a preface sports steering wheel with the single stage airbag? On my previous E39's (mostly facelifts) I was planning on buying an E46 M3 SMG steering wheel and fitting it (due to it being pretty much a straight swap). As far as I'm aware it isn't straightforward to fit a facelift steering wheel to a preface car. Therefore my next option is to see if I can buy the paddles from somewhere and have them fitted to my existing sport steering wheel. Thanks for any advice. Stu
  22. I'm actually slightly confused by my car. It was built in 12/1998. It is a 535i and has the 245 PS engine, not the earlier 235/241 PS engines which I thought all preface 535i's had. I'm wondering if mine has the later engine, could it have the later steering wheel too? Thanks for the two links and all the information, I will definitely go down that route if my car does have the single stage system.
  23. As title. Please let me know if you have this panel available. Kind Regards, Stu
  24. That's incredible. I'll PM you. Thank you so much for looking.
  25. That would be great if you did. Thank you for checking.