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    Beige interior. Convince me!

    Evening all Seen a nice E39 touring for sale in topaz blue. But it's got a lot of beige going on inside. Always been a fan of black leather and carpets. Grey looks drab. Beige. I really don't know if I like it. Sounds odd but not sure I've ever seen one in the flesh. Marmite colour or a sign of me approaching 50!!?? The car otherwise is tidy. Hmmm
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    Beige interior. Convince me!

    Liking the look of the contrast paddy. The car as a whole is good. Mechanically and cosmetically it's tidy and the choices out there are limited. But. I think I will pass and wait for the sterling grey one I would really like Or the red one!
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    Beige interior. Convince me!

    Apologies for the photos. That's a lot of beige Apologies also as this should probably be in general
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    Beige interior. Convince me!

    Hmm. I generally wear black jeans when not working. Have three kids also but they wouldn't spend much time in it, only for longer trips etc. Dyeing it is an option. I think it's the beige that stops it being bought by others as it's had a lot of work done and seems a decent example... Just that beige!!
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Evening all I have a manual converted E39 530d sport with 225k on the clock. It has served me well the last few years. Having covered 50 odd thousand miles in that time. My dilemma is it is showing it’s age. Rust on its way. Needs a fair few things doing to it. Rear brakes, engine mounts, prop shaft, rear rose bushes, possible front calipers, intermittent issue that is likely an injector or two, gear linkage bushes all need sorting. Wheels need refurb and four tyres soon enough. Using some oil now too. My dilemma is although much of the above is straight forward and I have another donor car rusting away that can donate a few bits. I simply do not have any time. Working 12 hours a day 6 days a week means I have no time at all to keep on top of maintenance. Any time I have is spent with my 1 year old daughter. Its a great car, but is it worth paying out a grand to sort it all only to see it dissolve after another winter. Prices seem on the rise but mine isn’t a genuine manual and it’s looking weary. The good ones rightly so are desirable but mines not a great spec. And it’s silver. And I want a touring! I guess I’m wondering when is it time to move on and get something newer? Or buy another better E39! The newer thing doesn’t fix maintenance I know. And could lead to bigger bills being “modern” Sorry for the long post. I’m at the crossroads with this car. Nothing much out there appeals. 535d maybe. Golf GTD but all more outlay. Hmmmmm! Opinions please!
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    An update. Mine is now on 227k with nothing on my list fixed. The rust is forming but it's been utterly dependable. With all its loyalty in mind I will be sorting some bits soon and it will get to another mot. What happens after that is anyone's guess! All that said i am always looking for it's replacement in touring form
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    E39 jacking points question

    Morning all Ive seen an e39 touring for sale. It’s pretty much ticked all the boxes apart from one picture I’ve been sent that’s made me hesitant. The guy has been really open and sent pics of everything I’ve asked for. Car is a well priced but 350 miles away so I want to be sure it’s worth the travel time. Seller stated it’s solid but...... opinions please! Would want to strike a deal today if I can be happy it’s not as scary as it looks!
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    potential whats it worth post

    Potential interest from me. Would rather a touring but price and condition depending I could be swayed. Will keep an eye out for the ad
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    potential whats it worth post

    Best to get a proper ad up. As said anything between a grand and three. Rust is the price driver
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Haha. It's not scrap material yet. But I do have another 530d sport that has rusty sills which I have yet to get round to dismantling. Severe lack of time!
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    E39 jacking points question

    Do you take them off and leave them off then? Would make sense in many ways I guess as it can dry out
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    E39 jacking points question

    Well if there are I can’t find any worth having. My last E39 was north of Liverpool. As for not salting the roads as soon as it gets anywhere near zero they are out. That said it’s not much above zero in Scotland in the summer so I guess they would salt more.
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    E39 jacking points question

    I’ve asked for pics with the covers off. Car is in Scotland. I’m on the south coast!
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    E39 jacking points question

    Unfortunately that isn’t an option for me to do. Distance is against me to view. I have asked the seller to remove the plastics and send me some pics but he said someone else was keen to see it this weekend so has gone a bit cold.
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    E39 jacking points question

    Yeah I appreciate it’s hard to tell. It has almost 100k miles less on the car than mine and he’s done a lot of remedial mechanical work. I may be expecting too much to find an e39 that isn’t getting to this point rust wise unless I’m willing to spend big.
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Wow. What a lovely offer. Thank you. Wigan is way too far away for me to get there that quickly. Get it on eBay and get something back for it
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    E39 530i touring

    Lovely colour. How much is an ABS module?!
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Yes I’ve covered 25k miles a year since purchasing the 530d. Have to say it’s been a great car for that. Now halved my mileage with a new job so it’s a bit kinder to it. Agree with all the points raised. Modern cars cost more when they go wrong. The bodywork on mine I guess is average. Various age related stuff and the rust bubbles appearing. Rear arches are starting to look crusty. Jacking points appear solid. For now anyway! I may well keep it going but not throw too much at it and keep on hunting for the unicorn. That E39 with good spec, lower mileage and no rust all for sensible money! Oh and a touring rather than a saloon. Petrol would be a possibility but dare I say it I like the diesel power and decent mpg Going to need some luck I think!
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Cheers guys The car itself owes me very little given the mileage I’ve covered. Standard replacement of all the suspension components when I bought it and just servicing I can’t complain. Many of the jobs I’ve been putting off due to time but it can’t be neglected much longer! I could afford to lease but I’m not sure I’m comfortable to do so. It’s a lot of “dead money” but I lack some knowledge and skills/tools to do all the jobs required and I’m also the wrong side of 40 so the scrabbling about under a car is becoming tedious and I would rather spend time doing other things when not at work. Agreed that most of the 2 grand E39’s are no better. In fact I’ve seen better sub thousand pound petrol early cars recently which I must admit do appeal. It is solid underneath. For now. But large scabs are appearing and spreading. I saw a dramatic change after last winter in it’s rustiness. This winter may well accelerate its demise. I appreciate if I want a nice car it’ll cost me. Guess I am unsure if this one is worth throwing a couple of grand at. Being a converted auto it’s never going to be a factory desirable one in the most common colour. I do have many concerns with a newer car. Not least things like dpf and the ever tightening diesel restrictions. Although now my mileage has reduced a petrol isn’t out of the question. What I want is an M5 E39. But what I can’t justify is the running costs of those. Hmm. More thought required.
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    E39 Touring

    Anyone know this car? its been re-listed twice and stated as no marks but looks like a dent and rust on drivers rear arch area. Favourite colour though and I’m so tempted https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223224078377
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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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