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AlexGSi2000 last won the day on November 7 2018

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  1. AlexGSi2000

    Buying an e39 M5.

    Some sound advice above, thanks to those who have contributed. DepthHoar - Love the analogy! Dan - thanks for the link, I may well organize a visit up to Preston. I feel like I may be going to view a few. Being a petrol head and running around in diesels over the past few years has given me serious cravings for something quick again.
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    Buying an e39 M5.

    Morning, I'm currently in a position where I am very tempted to purchase an e39 M5 - could so with some advice from people who have been here before! I have had the same reoccurring thought over and over for the past 2 years, I feel if I don't buy one I may miss my chance due to the increase in value. Do I keep my current e39 530d which has had some engine work, fit an LSD and suppress the M5 cravings? I guess my budget would be around the 10k area, prepared to spend a little more for the right example, but would also be happy purchasing a slightly shabbier example. In terms of work that may need doing - I have the use of a 2-poster and usually carry out all my own mechanical work. It won't be the daily and will only be used occasionally, I guess I'm looking for a longer term project - something I can potentially add value to. My head says that I should, but conscience is getting the better of me! On one hand I'm thinking that it would be a solid investment whilst having the pleasure of owning / driving it. Help!
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    e39 Wheel

    After a wheel to be used as a spare, not bothered by style, condition, tyre tread - as long as it has a tyre and holds air I'm happy! Ideally looking to collect around the Merseyside / Cheshire area. Many thanks.
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    E60/61 3.5mm AUX Input Cable - New

    Yes, still available. Location is under my username.
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    E60 DMF.

    Morning, Is it possible to have a quote for a dual mass flywheel for a 2004 525d (BG54 EXV). I think the part number is; 21207533923 Many thanks, Alex.
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    N47 timing chain

    Sounds normal to me. As mentioned, I would check the engine mounts.
  7. AlexGSi2000

    Car Bluetooth Kit - Universal.

    I have two of these available - purchased for my E60 last month but then decided to retrofit factory Bluetooth. These kits are powered from the cigarette lighter (or can be modified and hardwired), and plug into a 3.5mm headphone jack. So essentially, you would fit this kit, then select AUX input for Bluetooth capability. Cigarette adapter also provides 1x 2.1A USB port for charging other devices, music can be streamed and controlled from the control pad, voice activation. £10 each - posted. Thanks.
  8. New E60/E61 auxiliary input cable - 3.5mm jack (headphone socket). £5 posted, or £25 fitted and coded in. Thanks.
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    Adding Bluetooth / ULF Module to CCC.

    Just a quick update to this - I tested a MULF2 module from a friends 2008 E90, when plugged in it worked straight away, so will purchase part no; 9178862. Thanks.
  10. Evening, I am looking to add Bluetooth capabilities to my late 2004 E60. I think the car may have previously had Bluetooth, but the module in the boot looks to have been removed for some reason. The CCC looks like its already coded for Bluetooth as I can see the option to enable it within the menu. Would it be a case of purchasing a telematics unit (part number; 9138179), fitting to the car and carrying out some coding if required? Many thanks.
  11. As an update to this, the cars now been running well with the new engine for over two months. I dropped the oil after the first 1000 miles to see if there was anything I should be concerned about - came out clean with no questionable contaminants. I will be servicing every 6000 miles in the future! I also repaired and repainted the front bumper whilst it was off - the rest of the car was machine polished too, good to see it go with a clean bill of health. Bay cleaned up and de-greased; All ancillaries bolted to the donor engine;
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    The cheap E60 winter car.

    The time of year is amongst us again - where gritters are a daily sight. This is bad news for the e39 and makes me want to cry whenever I see the salt being flung everywhere. Last year I decided not to put the car (and myself) through it again and keep the e39 away from the roads during the winter, last year I bought a cheap Civic Type-R - a fantastic little car - but its strongest point wasn't fuel consumption. The fuel bill would have bought me a good e39 shell :) A couple of weeks ago, I began scouring ebay & the vehicle auctions for something to get me through the winter - originally my budget was <£600 and I had my sights on a few old Volvo S60/S80 D5's. I decided to hold off as a few of the cars sold over my budget, the one that fell within my budget needed a tad too much work. A couple of days later I was browsing one of the e60 groups on Facebook, when I saw an add that had just been posted for an MOT failed 2004 525d at £1700 fairly locally. Of-course it was over my original budget, but for what it was - I thought it couldn't be missed, I knew I had to act quickly. I called and asked a few questions to gauge if it was genuine - all sounded good, so I made an offer at £1600 which was accepted and went to collect the car. As expected, the car was rough - I keep forgetting the E60 model was released a year after my '52 e39, with this example being 14 years old. I will add some better photos in a few days, but have added a few quick phone photos below. So my aim for this car is to get it through an MOT (which it is going in for today), and tidy the rest of it up on a budget, I will tot up the costs as I go along as it should make for interesting reading. MOT Fails; Rear suspension arm bushes (both sides) - now I actually contest this, the bushes were all solid with a little rubber peeling - cosmetic I think. I have not touched this and will be sending it for the MOT as they are. OSF anti-roll bar linkage worn. Exhaust - major leak of exhaust gasses. OSR & NSR brake pipes excessively corroded. MOT Advisories; OS mirror glass damaged Front suspension arm worn but not excessive Few tyre issues...tread, sidewall.etc I started with the MOT work; Anti-Roll bar linkage; £10.99 - 20 minutes. Exhaust; remove, repair bad welds - manifold studs were also loose where it has had a cast manifold fitted in the past! - 4 hours (and about £3 in welding supplies). Brake lines; £13 (Kunifer pipe & fittings) - 3 hours. Mirror glass; £12 - 2 minutes. Then moved on-to a few other issues that needed addressing; Starting issue - no starting when hot. Turned out the starter motor was giving a firework display when it was hot. A used genuine replacement was sourced for £30 which solved this issue. Restraint system fault on CCC - but yet no light showing on the dash - at all :( - INPA showed a seat occupancy sensor fault (standard). Bypass fitted - £5 - tissue paper removed from instrument cluster :) Clutch - horrible noises when depressing the clutch, typical of a release bearing - I cheaped out and skipped the DMF when fitting the replacement clutch - £120. Typically - it was the DMF making the noise, the clutch however was still worn, so I dont feel too bad! Will source a used DMF and fit in a few weeks. No audio from CCC - the previous owner stated he had issues with the professional nav screen not starting, so bought a used unit, but had no sound - turns out the replacement unit was coded for Logic7, this was changed and we now have audio. Resprayed kidney grilles and removed M-sport \\\ stripes. Changed gearbox oil whilst the box was out - £20 That's the work up-to now, still plenty more to be done; Boot open warning constantly on. Bodywork - its rough! Sort out a hideous oil leak - think this will be the rocker cover gasket. Replace a few injectors, the thing fogs out my shared unit after a few minutes - it doesnt help that the DPF & cat have been removed, however its not burning right / overfueling - INPA shows cylinders 5 & 1 as being slightly out of whack - there are used units on ebay for circa £30 so will grab a few and see what happens. Few quick photos, Never seen this interior before - I quite like it, only downside is that its not heated - but I may change this. Injector values; Previous exhaust repair :(
  13. Changing the oil on my first car (fiesta). Only had a hand-full of tools at the time, so used to remove oil filters by jamming through a flathead screwdriver with a hammer then using the screwdriver to turn. Knocked the screwdriver all the way through the oil filter, out the other side and straight into an air conditioning hard-line. Expensive mistake at the time - however I just left the air-con broken.
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    £500 banger rally

    I have been tempted by the likes of "rust to rome".etc I have done a few euro driving trips with a few friends, the last one for a mates stag do whereby we had a budget of £700 to buy a car - two teams. We ended up with a 98' 540i (the reason for my love of the e39) and a 93' XJ6.
  15. Afternoon, Quick question for those with the 520d / N47 engine. How much blow-by do you get when the oil filler cap is removed / or the breather to intake pipe is removed? Reason I ask is that I have just purchased and fitted a used N47 engine after an old engine failure and run it up for the first time. The rocker cover was thoroughly cleaned before fitting, everything else appears to be fine - just not sure if the crankcase pressure I have is normal. Will try and get a video / few photos of the blow-by from mine for comparison. Many thanks, Alex.