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    Preston, Lancs
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    Cars, weightlifting/powerlifting/strongman (training, coaching and competing), hifi, technologies
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    Company Director/owner - Niche Digital recruitment


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    2002 530i Sport - Black Sapphire Metallic

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  1. GoodRain wipers via eBay, or the Continental ones - both are very good http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301948940719?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281308320788?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Re wiper arms; did mine the other day. Couldn't get them off as they're stuck fast (even after liberal amounts of WD40)! But covered the windscreen with paper and taped it on, the rest of the front of the car and front doors with old bed sheets and sanded down the wiper arms, primered them and sprayed them with Halfrauds Satin Black rattle can; they look like brand new! An hours job, if that really
  2. Know plenty of folk with BMWs and MG ZTs that run these head units with zero issues and easy enough plug n play Lots of info here: This: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282337443645?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT and this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332102421683?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT are the ones I'm considering!
  3. CD unit is plug n play IIRC Parrot kit is a bit more fiddly; but more or less plug n play too However; to get the best out of the speakers in the car and better overall functionality; I'd be looking at one of the Android based head units Take a look in the Audio section; lots of info in there!
  4. Just zoomed in on it via my Mac and it does look like to be a crack! There's a dark line to one edge of it where the paints peeled! I'd be very wary in all honesty
  5. I think the PZero's are good tyres; very expensive though IMO One tyre I rated very highly and more so than the PZero's are Vredesteins: https://www.camskill.co.uk/m61b0s66p113675/Vredestein_Tyres_Car_Vredestein_Ultrac_Vorti_-_265_35_R18_(97Y)_XL_TL_Fuel_Eff_%3A_E_Wet_Grip%3A_B_NoiseClass%3A_1_Noise%3A_70dB https://www.camskill.co.uk/m61b0s322p111421/Vredestein_Tyres_Car_Vredestein_Ultrac_Vorti_-_235_40_R18_(95Y)_XL_TL_Fuel_Eff_%3A_E_Wet_Grip%3A_B_NoiseClass%3A_2_Noise%3A_70dB
  6. Some great prices on Camskill and Tyreleader currently; at the prices they're offering, it'd make sense to buy new!
  7. That's just a single alloy! Asking price is daft!
  8. They've not been on here in over a month pal; best to call them really!
  9. Yup Heading to training on a B road and through my local village, MPG in my 530i is around 18-22mpg... As soon as I hit the section of bypass I drive down to get onto the M6 and then onto the M6, MPG will be around 34-38! Short journeys and slow roads are a bugger for fuel consumption, more so in a fuel guzzling auto like our BMWs!
  10. I personally haven't had any issues with any of the Vebi stuff I've fitted However, suspension stuff I usually aim for Meyle; but all the cooling system pipework etc I've had has been Febi The Meyle water pump that BMWMotormec supplies is a metal impeller These are the parts I've just fitted: Pump: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Water-Pump-BMW-E46-320i-323i-325i-328i-330i-MEYLE-2-year-warranty-11517527910-/371789628805?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item5690638585:g:CIAAAOSwZJBYB27o Stat: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-520i-523i-525i-528i-530i-09-1998-on-Thermostat-BEHR-MAHLE-1153143704-/371886111593?fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&hash=item569623bb69:g:j4IAAOSwBw5XQ3D0 Belts were Meyle: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alternator-Belt-BMW-E60-520i-525i-530i-M54-engines-Meyle-Manuft-11287636379-/371912328182?hash=item5697b3c3f6:g:w7oAAOSwHaBWlN3C & http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Air-Con-Compressor-Belt-BMW-E39-520i-525i-530i-built-after-09-2002-11287512762-/391738889126?hash=item5b357513a6:g:UEoAAOSwuLZY2OaT Coolant sensor: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Coolant-Temperature-Sensor-BMW-E46-E90-3-Series-FEBI-13621433077-/371712678404?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item568bcd5a04:g:59sAAOSwPe1T9hu0 Previous 530i my rad was via C3BMW (Behr): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E38-E39-RADIATOR-520i-525i-528i-530i-728i-OEM-BEHR-NEW-17111436060-FREE-P-P-/270958604132?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item3f16642f64:g:7JQAAMXQbflSNuK~ Header tank: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-5-520i-530i-Series-Radiator-Expansion-Tank-Header-Tank-MEYLE-17111436381-/391746769375?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item5b35ed51df:g:YmQAAOSwQTVWAsTq Top hose: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-520i-523i-525i-530i-E38-728i-Top-Radiator-Hose-09-1998-on-11531705223-/272321451176?hash=item3f679f94a8:g:Kr4AAOSw9NxTxOqu Bottom hose: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-520i-530i-5-Series-Radiator-Hose-FEBI-Manufactured-11531705224-/371923263563?hash=item56985aa04b:g:AfEAAOSw9N1VjMno Hope this helps
  11. Stunning colour and the interior looks very plush indeed However, for my tastes, I'm not sold on the alloys... But, each to their own
  12. Rad: Behr Stat: Walher Water pump: Febi or Lemforder IIRC Tank: Unsure sorry I've just replaced all bar the rad as that had been replaced around 9months ago and used the above parts via BMWmotormec on eBay; he has the best prices IMO; may as well do the belts whilst it's all out and prob top/bottom hoses too!
  13. Another day; another clean All alloys had my DIY refurb and respray in Halfords 'Vauxhall Silver Sparkle II' paint; after a sanding & primering etc... Painted with 3 coats and then 2 coats of lacquer. Not after perfection, but better than bubbled, messy and brake-dust damaged paintwork! New black bolts fitted all round too as well as new centre caps and 'M' badges Engine bay has been given another clean too after the work that was done to it the other week Hopefully will have the dents guy out to me over the next week or so to get some of the small 'parking' dents removed and see if he can sort the dents on the bonnet at the front; if not they'll be left to the 2nd half of the body work/respray planned for after summer A few pics to show it in all its glory (and tucked back up the driveway for another week
  14. Quick DIY refurb on front alloys as rears were done a few weeks ago (sanded down, smoothed, wiped clean, primered, painted and lacquered), fitted new centre caps and 'M' badges also. Look much better now Fitted new black wheel bolts all round Hoovered and washed/polished (again), bloody dust and a black car!!!
  15. That's hell of a build and hell of a lot of work to swap the interior out over the weekend! Great job