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    E39 propshaft

    Evening all My drivetrain/propshaft feels rather slack. Evident pinging/metallic noise on take up of drive. Is this likely to be the prop itself as in the universal joint? i have a spare propshaft but would of course replace the bearing so does it need splitting to replace this? My coupling is in good order and was replaced not long ago. The pinging noise was there before and still is! I also believe an engine mount is on its way out or dead which will contribute to movement. Car is a 530d
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    E39 propshaft

    I’m fairly happy to try and get the second hand prop unit on the car with a new bearing as the bracket is damaged but bearing appears good. Not sure if I can swap the bracket around the bearing. Had hoped not to split the uj but will investigate further. That said the car is on 222k miles now so costs need to be realistic.
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    E39 propshaft

    It isn’t the front coupling. Had that replaced and it made exactly the same noise post replacement. Will investigate further. It has been making the same noise for some time now with no evidence of it getting worse
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    Any issues with the new MOT for anyone?

    Mine went through with no issues. Not as old as 94, it’s a 2003 530d. No cat, no egr, no reverse lights, oil leak but not major. Oh and HID’s Only failed on handbrake but that was soon sorted
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    12 months MOT for the 530d today. Failed on handbrake. A clean and adjust and passed with only the usual E39 advisory of rusty brake pipes worth noting. Not bad for 45k miles in two years
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    Breakdown cover

    My breakdown cover renewal is in. 166 quid for a year with RAC. Recovery etc and two people. However. Year on year they put it up without me claiming and I have to threaten to leave to get it back down. Last year was £115 for the same cover. RAC have always been good when I’ve needed them but maybe time for a change? Any recommendations? GEM motoring assist seems to come out well at £112 Anyone using them? Green flag offer 50% off my rac renewal but only if the car is under 10 years old. Pah
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    Breakdown cover

    Thanks for the input guys. RAC discounted me heavily to keep me. Its still more than auto aid but i will give it another year
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah. It still hurt though as was money I didn’t envisage spending! ah well. Another 40 quid on an alignment and it’ll drive lovely! Probably should of done the Rose joints too but hey ho
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    All four rear suspension arms done at last. Unfortunately I had to get the garage to do it. All four had to be cut off. I think they were the originals! 216k miles Feels much Better. Albeit the alignment is all out. Will be getting that done ASAP
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Tried to change all my rear suspension arms today whilst admiring the new rust bubbles. Gave up. Can’t get anything apart. Booked it into the garage and feel defeated! Its well overdue for the rear arms. In fact I’m now concerned I’ve got to drive it there’s so much play!
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    HiFi speakers and set up advice

    I’ve been looking at replacing my system recently also. Yamaha CRXN470D can play pretty much everything but I’m yet to go and listen. My mrs wants my old large kef q35 out of the house as they are “ugly” apparently. Pah. They still sound great after all these years. Wanted to get some sort of streaming device and dab but budget isn’t high. Get down to a richer sounds and they will happily help and demo stuff for you.
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    What would you do .. keep it or sell it - E39?

    Lovely colour that. Im in a similar situation. I cover 25k miles a year. Rust is appearing. Rear end is overdue the bushes and arms which I have. But today the clutch decided to start slipping. 215k miles. And a big bill ahead. Hmmm! Yours sounds better than mine though!
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    Cheap auto

    Southampton
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    Cheap auto

    Looking for a cheap auto for my Mum as her car has failed mot on a lot. Anything cheap to buy and run considered. Sub £1000 please and no projects or basket cases as it’s not for me. My mum is a pensioner. Auto and petrol only Cheers
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    530i touring

    That is nice. Wish I travelled less miles so I could have a petrol
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    After trying the car seat and my two boys in the back of my saloon I’ve decided that a “normal” car isn’t big enough. Also looked at a few estates at a small dealer type place. All of the cars feel cosy in the back and the boys won’t stop growing! With all that in mind I’ve negotiated a decent price and put a deposit on a touran. 2.0 sport petrol. Won’t be cheap cheap on fuel but better than a petrol 5 series, but decent diesels are a lot more money. A grand or so more which is a fair amount of petrol and less to go wrong. In theory! All for less than the insurance pay out. Thanks to all for the input.
  17. I am in need of another car for the wife after someone decided to crash into her a few weeks back. It’s a write off unfortunately. This brings me back to the quest to find a half decent estate/family car for 1500-2000 pounds. Has to have a big boot. I have two 10 year olds and a new born. I already run an e39 and cover 25k miles a year in this so the second car must be easy on my pocket. Looking for recommendations outside my Germanic blinkers. Short list so far: Passat octavia A4/A6 the Volvo V50 she had was ok. But don’t think I want another. Pretty gutless 2.0 diesel that was worse on fuel than my 3.0d Of course I really want a 5 series touring but I can only justify mine unless someone wants a swap! Opinions welcomed on cars I am overlooking. And ones I’ve already mentioned. Cheers
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    That’s nice. Hmmmm
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    I agree that for the money and the space I’m going to struggle to beat it. Still struggling with those blinkers
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    I am looking. Always! Another issue is that it must have isofix so early cars are out of the running. Later ones are more expensive and seem to rust more readily. Looking like a mondeo!
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    Time is a bit of an issue. The insurance cheque is on its way and the loan car goes back in three weeks I think. It could take months to find a nice touring that isn’t too much of a project
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    Well that’s the thing. I want an e39 tourer! Its an itch I have to scratch before they are all gone or too expensive to buy. Logic says no. Buy a Mondeo. But. I do have a whole saloon in spares. Albeit a 530d. And a manual. Just seen a 525d. Non sport. Does it have isofix though!! In some ways I hope not!
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    Petrol ones seem to be very reliable, diesel also decent but let down by a few things such as clutch/flywheel but I’m still looking into them. Inside of the “executive” looks nice. The single biggest issue I have with anything is I compare to my e39. The search continues...... still yet to drive a Mondeo....
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    The jag is off the list. Most of em are off the list! toyota maybe. Honda I know noting about at all. Same as Mazda. Touran would work but will have to go over the budget for a decent one. Two ten year olds a baby take up too much room! Most estates are still cosy. Hmm.
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    Bargain estate cars. Talk to me

    I have spotted a very nice looking x type sport. Loads done. Clutch, flywheel etc. Crankshaft pulley which apparently is a common issue. But do they wear the mileage as well as an e39? its done 178k ford duratec engine
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