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    2001 525i Sport Touring Titan Silver

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  1. Hi, A while back my front driver's side speakers started cutting out, static, distortion, etc. Now they very rarely work. I thought it was related to the CD changer cables in the back getting in wet (and perhaps it was - the changer is not connected and were dangling in the cubby, and got a little wet) - so I actually cut the cables and used electrical tape to seal them. Still, no dice. The problem probably lies with a dying/faulty/overheating Becker C53 unit. I know there's a fix on eBay for £99, and Carphonics can probably fix it - but I want a cheap fix as the car is trying to bankrupt me - so, has anyone tried this themselves, or should I just buy another off eBay and hope it lasts longer? Is the problem 'known' (re-solder a connection etc)? I don't care too much about audio quality - the system sucks anyway, and I'm not really looking to upgrade. My OEM unit looks brand new (cosmetically) and I listen to podcasts most of the time while driving! Cheers, Ed
  2. Hi, Bit of a boring one I'm afraid - I don't know what the previous owner did, but they used to put the baby in the front passenger seat - they disabled the seat sensor and since I got it, the seat wouldn't recline. Luckily it's in a relatively comfortable position. Tried to look into that today, but all the tutorials online are talking about a twisted cable in the electric seats - this is manual. When I pull the lever, I can tell that the lever isn't doing much, there's not much/any tension - perhaps it's not connected to anything. Anyone know of any tutorials or have any ideas on how to go about fixing this? Cheers! Ed
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Aye, discs and pads are less than a year old, nice brembo ones, so quite annoying. It started after getting a squeak from rear ball joints, those were replaced, but so much was fixed at the same time, it's hard to know what's what. One thing at a time...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hey, so you had brake judder, and this was the cure? I have the dreaded judder, too.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thank you! Just need to find a place that stocks that stuff and can deliver quickly! GSF has some but they’re charging £21... with an offer I can go get some today for £14.90... think I'll do that, it's about 2x the price but at least I can do that today... Edit: I got a 40% off voucher for GSF, so got it for £12 or so... so tomorrow morning I'll pick it up and attempt to fix it that way! Bit nervous about the crack getting bigger, so appreciate any more tips!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Found a video! Edit: , Gah, he advises against JB Weld
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thanks for the advice! I've not done that kind of thing before, so don't even know what giving it a 'key' means! Do you just sand the area down so that it's smooth? What's the exact process? Sorry for the novice question! I might 'offer' £50 for one of the two E46 ones on eBay, because when I come to sell the car it'll look a bit 'neater'... but I realise that second hand ones come with their own risks...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oh, I couldn’t do another £350... it’s just insanity at this point! I did find some for an E46 M54 on eBay for £65 or best offer (used obviously), I assume it’s the same exact fit as it’s the same engine See pics, it’s above (and to the right) of the bolt that’s near the brake/ABS module, one away from the back corner. When I did the gasket a couple of weeks I noticed that the old gasket was very rubbery and seemed fine. Figures that it’s been done in the past, and whoever did it dropped it. Or, it’s just old....
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Went to 'properly' redo my rocker cover gasket again... and found a crack in the thing itself.... Can't find any on eBay, do I have to trawl through the breaker's?! I assume one of these from BMW will be ~£20,000
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Drove it. Found out that despite changing the rocker cover gasket and rubber grommets for the bolts, my car still has an oil leak, possibly worse than before now. Lots of smoke from the drips down to the exhaust manifold, on a long trip. Cried a little bit of the thought of having to spend yet more money on this car, trying to troubleshoot or diagnose the issue, probably paying a garage this time. Started to think about how I can replace it with something more reliable. I just want some time without having to worry about my car, and you just cannot do that with a 17-year-old car, however cool it might look and drive , not on a daily runner.
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    Ye Olde Broken Business Stereo

    Hi all, I have the seemingly common problem that my driver's side speakers have cut out. It was intermittent at first - kicking out static/noise, and then t might come back, then a POP and the speaker would stop working for the rest of the trip. Sometimes it would come back without explanation! Most of the time, it wouldn't until I restarted the car, for a few moments. Now, the right driver's side speakers (both of them) are not working around 90% of the time. I have the most basic stereo, the Business one with the tape deck. It's in perfect condition (cosmetically), and so are all the pixels. I do also have an XCarLink adaptor for my iPhone which I've had for a couple of years. It goes out the back of the head unit, and then into the glove box. I had removed the CD changer in the boot (Touring model, so it's on the left cubby). In the cubby, there were 2 cables left dangling that were connected to the CD changer. I (apparently) had a relatively minor leak, and at least one of the cables was wet and became corroded. I assumed that this was the cause of the static/cutting out of the right speaker, but after snipping those cables, I've pulled the head unit out and checked the connections are solid. My questions: 1) I thought the 'dying stereo' problem only occurred with the BM54 SatNav/fancier stereos? I don't think I have a separate amp in this car? 2) Is the fault likely the wet connectors in the boot - should I try snipping the other connector too? 3) In general, what are the best troubleshooting steps to take to try to fix this on a budget? I'm sure I've forgotten some details - I've had a good search but due to my corroded cable connector, I'm wondering/hoping that the problem is due to that, and not due to a 'dead'/dying stereo. Cheers! Ed
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    It’s not me that’s giving in... it’s the car!
  13. It's probably easier to see the 'squashed' grommets from these screen grabs than from actually watching the video above... First pic is the 'squashed/bad' one, second is a different, normal one (same new rubber grommets from BMW) It looks like I've really gone mental with the tightening, but I really haven't! I've just tightened it with a hand wrench until it stops and it looks like this before it even stops. I'm not getting a 2-foot wrench extension and yanking on it. I'll try again tomorrow with a torque wrench to double check.... Cheers! Ed
  14. Hi all, Tackled the rocker cover gasket today - but I actually realised that my oil leak was coming from a bolt that secures the gasket, rather than the gasket itself. Obviously, I only knew this once I'd started taking everything apart... the original gasket was actually in great condition, not hard at all... I changed it all anyway - re-assembly wasn't smooth sailing however, and threw up a couple of questions: 1) The rubber washer/grommets that I got from BMW look different to the originals (see pic - new BMW one is on right, old one is on left, on the bolt - apologies for the dirty hands!). The new ones Is this a just the new design or are they wrong? I used the new grommets anyway, they do technically 'fit' fine, but the old ones look like a better design... 2) When refitting the 'bad' bolt/grommet that leaked - when I tighten it, it 'crushes' the washer and (I'm guessing) forms a bad seal, even though I'm not torquing the crap out of it. Here's a video showing it, it's a bit crap, especially as it became a bit dark, but hopefully you can see what I mean. Am I right in thinking this is going to be a bad seal and there's possibly an issue with the bolt or (shudder) the thread? Cheers! Ed
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ha - did you get new OEM dampers? Or second hand? I'm terrified of the suspension going, too! Does need two new rear air bags (touring with SLS), eventually.