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  1. d_a_n1979

    Top Gear to get worse.

    FFS... Leave it on topic please
  2. d_a_n1979

    Top Gear to get worse.

    I don't mind either and a bit of Northern humour might do the programme good Edd China on it would be great; but he's a mechanical mastermind, not a driver, so he'd never be mainstay of the programme Hated the programme with that Rory Reid; he's shit full stop. Matt le Blanc was stiff and a cue-card reader. Only Chris Harris came across natural and he can drive very well too; so glad he's staying
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    FS: BMW E34 520i Auto 1994

    If I knew I could sell my 730D tomorrow, I'd be up there buying this! That's how much I like it and how much it appeals to me!
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    BMW 2006 E60 530D SCANNER

    Carly for BMW via their app on Android and iOS Youll need the WiFi or Bluetooth adapter via the Carly website too; around £100 all in but works very well. Not budget I know, but covers a lot of BMWs and IMO a worthwhile investment You can buy a service reset tool via eBay, c£10 I think You can also reset service stuff via the hidden menu on the cluster, Google is your friend re this As for airbag warning, why is it on in the first place. This needs to be dissed before being switched off. So the codes need to be read; again, Carly for BMW can do all this
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    Should i convert to manual

    Depends what you want out of the car Easy driving a to b; a waft-bus etc... Its got to be an auto If you want a car that’s but of a hoon and a more focussed car, maybe; then a pudding stick, sorry, manual For me, a big touring like this is best off being an auto, but that’s personal preference
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    Should i convert to manual

    @Tims - can you help source a replacement auto box? As I said over on PH @Ian9 - if it’s in such good nick, don’t scrap it, keep searching & get it fettled. But do give the guys at Auto Transmissions a call, here in Preston and see what their thoughts are
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    PAS fluid leak

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-5-Series-Power-Steering-Hydraulic-Hose-MEYLE-32411094306/273443545534?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Plat_Gen%3AE39&epid=248670497&hash=item3faa8161be:g:LMwAAOSwE1Bbj63m:rk:2:pf:0 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Power-Steering-Hydraulic-Hose-BMW-E39-520i-523i-525i-528i-530i-FEBI-32411095526/273374854011?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Plat_Gen%3AE39&epid=248990616&hash=item3fa6693b7b:g:dVoAAOSwnodakDR4:rk:4:pf:0 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E30-E36-E46-E39-Z3-POWER-STEERING-FLUID-RESERVOIR-BOTTLE-CAP-MEYLE-A762/221664343309?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Plat_Gen%3AE39&epid=8017023487&hash=item339c39750d:g:lToAAOSwxYxUuRfK:rk:15:pf:0 These are what I used on both previous 530i E39s, they're the same for the 525i as well
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    o/s/f window fault

    Hi pal As said in your post in general chat; you need to get the door card off (takes 10mins) and peel the vapour barrier back and watch the mech working when you lower/raise the window and see if it's sticking anywhere Could be that the runners are all cacked up and need a good clean with WD40, dry that off and then re-spray but with lithium grease this time around and then see how it goes If that doesn't work; might be time for a new motor
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    E39 540i not starting .... HELP PLZ

    When you say they look good, have you actually had them off as they can split anywhere, mainly in the ribbed sections and it's hard to see unless they're off and inspected thoroughly? Any vac leaks at all? Have you tried running the engine with the MAF disconnected to see if the codes come back etc?
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    The new project and not a 5! - 2006 E65 730D

    Fixed the non-working comfort access on my drivers door; turned out one of the plugs wasn't connected correctly and that's what stopped it. All other doors worked fine Popped the handle out, fettled the plugs and then faffed trying to refit the handle Bloody difficult on the E65s, but tied some 50lb shock leader to the catch that 'locks' the handle back in place, so if it needs to be messed with again, it'll be easier to re-lock when it's back together It's the little things that make the car
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    Aye, similar to me, as I work from home The forecasts I usually use are via Netweather and TWO; both a lot more reliable than the METO! My winters go on beginning of Nov and off sometime mid-end March usually. This year on my E39; my new alloys & tyres went on the day after the last snow, that wasn't forecast I'd washed and polished the E39 in readiness for it's new boots and turned up to my pals unit with it looking absolutely filthy
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    New brake pads and discs

    His E39 is a 2003, so they'll be 324mm discs
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    Apple Music starting by itself in the car

    Are you a member of the Macforums or Apple community? If not I'd stick this on those and see if anyone else is having similar issues? Could be a recent iOS niggle that needs to be made aware of for a fix to be produced
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    No, not trying to state the obvious re the temp for when to use tyres; just the temps seem too up and down currently for most to think about winters But, horses for courses etc We get fairly cold temps here; but with all the country lanes that surround where I live, there's generally a fair whack of standing water when it lashes it down... If it rains again So dry and balmy currently!
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    E39 540i not starting .... HELP PLZ

    Are the air intake boots (MAF to TB) all ok and no splits?
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    New brake pads and discs

    Nice one Naz You can edit your profile to show your car details here: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Personally; I'd go with Mtec discs and either their own pads (very good) or something like the EBC Redstuff/Yellowstuff, as I'd already mentioned above They're very good, don't cost the earth and give the E39 decent braking, these alongside HEL braided brake lines and a fluid flush and refill; you'll have a car that stops on a penny Link to HEL brake lines: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEL-PERFORMANCE-BMW-E39-STAINLESS-STEEL-BRAIDED-BRAKE-LINES-HOSE-PIPES/401503060485?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Cars+Type%3A530d|Plat_Gen%3AE39&amp;epid=654018440&amp;hash=item5d7b728205:g:WEMAAOSwpixaooVF:rk:1:pf:0 I ran Mtec discs and EBC pads (and their own pads) on both previous 530i E39s, my E38 before that, numerous MG ZTs and my current E65 730D and they're faultless. They offer a coating service too, means the disc top hats don't rust and look horrible behind the alloys
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    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    Keep your eye on the weather and temps; if it stays above 10ºC for a while, INO, leave the winters until colder forecasts are there Unless you don't do many miles, there's no point in wearing them down in the warm temps when normal tyres will still be doing a great job However, looking at respected weather forecasters long-term views; it could be that we have a cold winter coming this year.. Here's hoping!
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    2003 e39 headlight adjusters

    This is why I bought new ones at £220 each off eBay Germany (genuine Hella) and retrofitted the xenons to them Sold the OEM ones for £100 each; so a lot of hassle saved More so as I've shovel like hands!
  19. There's something about that tells me it's either had an extremely hard life over 3k miles, or it's bullshit It looks like it's done 130k miles! The interior is very worn/dirty and the exterior is shot at by the looks of it!
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    E39 2003 saloon

    Pop door card off, takes 5 mins but be gentle with the clips as they can snap (screw in front air vent & inner handles need removing too) Lift off, peel membrane back and watch what the motor does when you press the button for it to go up/down Give the runner a good clean with WD40, wipe off and re-spray but with lithium grease and see if that helps it any If not, motors on it's way out, time to get the whole mech from someone like @Tims etc And as @Loadmaster said; stick stuff like this in the relevant E39 tech section, it'll get better coverage and answers
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    The new project and not a 5! - 2006 E65 730D

    So today I've mostly been... Ordering winter tyres; gone for Yokohama Advan V905 Winter in 245/50/18 flavour Kerbing my NS rear alloy - Fuckwit white van driver came at me from a blind bend, far too fast, as I was reversing off a car park at the local PO and had no choice to re-mount the kerb otherwise I'd have lost the front-end of the car... Ah well; it's only powdercoat Will take it to the folks that did my alloys when I fit the winters and they can refurb it for me... Took some pics of the angel eyes, now fitted, whilst sat outside Preston train station waiting for my folks to land from Glasgee...
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    PAS fluid leak

    Think so; the one on my E38 did this, sprayed a load of brake cleaner down the hole in the cap and a load of black crud came spewing out!
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    PAS fluid leak

    Think the Meyle bottle is £15, hoses similar, fluid c£15 too, may as well do the whole lot as they do and will leak Takes about 30mins to drain, swap over and refill
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    High spec, low mile 530i SE

    Already been mentioned pal; re-listed again by the looks of it It'll sell; just needs to have the right buyer come along I'd jump on that if I were to go for another E39