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TeddyRuxpin last won the day on July 24 2018

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    2001 525i Sport Touring Titan Silver

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  1. TeddyRuxpin

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I know, I do love it, but I've purchased a new(er) car. I live somewhere rural that really only has car access, and need 100% reliability. As it's 18 years old, it needs an owner that is willing to tackle the rust and the issues, and I'm afraid I kind of feel like I've put enough time and money into it at this point. I don't mind tinkering with engines, but bodywork stuff is beyond my skill level. I'd love to be able to keep it and work on it when I had time - but, it isn't an M5 or even a 530 or 540i...!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Put it on eBay
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thank you! I think if I had to do it again, I could do it even better. I forgot to alternate the direction of the sanding between grades of wet/dry paper, and overall it was a learning experience. I used wet and dry paper first off - I used the grits 400 / 600 / 800 / 1200, then I used the small pads within the Meguiars One Step Headlight Restoration kit (they are essentially just even finer grades of sandpaper). Then I used the drill attachment and the polishing compound from the Meguiars kit. I was a bit crap at this. Then I sealed with: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A3S1RGU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This UV sealant is supposed to be a bit more permanent than just wax - I wasn't brave enough to do it proper (cover the car and spray clear coat) I think my lights/car had been previously polished (I have an invoice from a previous owner that said he had BMW polish the car at least once) and the lenses were clear when I bought it three years ago. I think it was polished/sanded but it wasn't sealed, so the lights were especially bad as they had no protection.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Pics are all out of correct order... oh well!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Redid the lights (they were so yellow and cloudy) and washed, clay barred and waxed the car, ready to sell. Taken two days and still not finished! Just need to sort the interior a little now, and deal with a couple of niggles that will be a few less things for any potential new owner to deal with. Oh and bought a 2009 Merc W212 E350 CDI Sport... sorry chaps... but for the money they’re comparible to E60s instead of F10s which doesn’t make any sense to me (you can have a 2010 top spec E350 sport or F10 bottom spec 520d for the same price...) - I guess they were facelifted a year earlier.... It has full MB service history so I think I’m even gonna get the Mercedes service plan pay monthly thing. Yep, I’m that guy now. I do love the E350... I wish it were a BMW but it didn’t make sense. Actually, I did desperately try to buy a nice 2008 535d SE with an amazing/top spec, but the dealer was a bellend - the car needed over £1000 of work (that’s parts - assuming you DIY all the work) but he wouldn’t price accordingly or even sell it with a proper MOT, and fixing it all put the car into the price bracket of much newer car. I absolutely love/loved my 5 Touring and think it’s one of the most beautiful shapes ever made. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s really loved me back! Maybe we should just be friends instead... Need to change the wheel speed sensor and control arms, take pics, and make an ad... Farewell old friend!
  6. Great info, thank you!
  7. Hi, I have my 525i running pretty well! However, it's been running for a long time with the VANOS solenoid disconnected, with no issues - the car feels fine to me... but I'm planning on selling the car soon, and would like to get this fixed if possible/easy enough! I have a Creator C310 - currently the car obviously shows an error because the VANOS is disconnected (15 Activation, VANOS solenoid vale, inlet ), but when I wiped them, plugged in the solenoid and the car cut out, it didn't generate any codes. The car ran for about 20 seconds before cutting out - I tried for a couple of times, but I gave up as it was cold outside! However in the past, there were some error codes generated: 67 VANOS inlet camshaft, end position not reached 69 VANOS inlet camshaft, tight or jammed If I'm correct, this is not the usual behaviour of bad VANOS seals...? I spoke to a mechanic who said it was the spring in the solenoid, but how can I be sure? Could it even be an camshaft sensor? I was thinking that I could buy a used (but functional) VANOS solenoid off eBay to get the unit back up and running. I really don't want to open up the rocker cover for the 5th time!!! Cheers, Ed
  8. Hi, Thanks, I read up about this stuff, being my first diesel - but I'm really keen on keeping it as stock as possible. The car is new (to me), it's a well kept example, and I don't want to start tinkering with it and remapping it, especially not one day one. The car has more than enough performance for me in stock form, and I haven't budgeted to do all that work at the same time! Perhaps if the manifold has to come off for this, I'd do swirl flap delete as preventative maintenance, but I don't want to mess with the car too much. I'd only delete the DPF if the computer message flashed up and started having problems, but I think it's done a lot of motorway miles, so hopefully is good. I just want to know if the only problem is the quacking 'sound', or if the car is imminently about to explode... or somewhere in between. Cheers! Ed
  9. Hi all, I have a ‘58 LCI 535d, and it makes a light quacking noise when you lightly blip the throttle (check video). After some research, it seems like the EGR Pressure Converter needs to be changed (however some vids show this when idling not blipping). I’ve uploaded a video showing the pedal being blipped as we listen for the noise. Seems to come from the same area where the Pressure Converter is, but I’m still getting familiar with the engine, coming from an M54! Part is £102 from BMW (11747796634), but a Piersburg part is £54 on Amazon. I assume the Piersburg is the actual BMW part anyway?? My question is - what are the actual downsides of driving with this, other than this noise? Is it safe to drive? Does it need to be fixed imminently, is it a huge issue? The car is new (to me) and I really don't want to start tearing off the air inlet manifold just yet. It pulls well, but I have no other 535d to compare it with! Thanks! Ed
  10. TeddyRuxpin

    E39, when to call it a day?

    E65 for me, soonish, I think. I'd love a low milage, facelift 530d E61 sport touring (as I have to carry gear, drums, amps, etc), but they just command too much of a premium. I'd consider an E65, E60/E61, or possibly even a 2006-2009 E-Class or S-Class, but I hate Mercedes interiors! Oh, and Merry Christmas guys!
  11. TeddyRuxpin

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Went to check if headlight adjusters were okay, to find them - of course - flopping around like no one's business... Spent ages re-watching videos on how to fix it... Decided bollocks to that... Searched for lower control arms at a reasonable price Spent ages watching videos on how to replace them To be continued....
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Same here. It's a daily and the issues are quite unreasonable now, as it's not a showpiece. The rust is the main killer, of course. If it wasn't for that, I'd most likely keep it for the foreseeable future. I don't mind maintaining and buying new bits - and enjoy working on my car, but not if it's ultimately an imminently sinking ship. I've also wasted hours and days researching VANOS solenoids, headlight adjuster DIYs, common problem etc... I'll never get those hours back!! I spent almost a grand getting the brakes overhauled with new rear brake pipes, and the last MOT said they were already rusting... again! LCI E60 or E61 (sport) in the future for me. I think they look amazing and would like a diesel/more economy. I'm done with the M54!! The reality is, money comes into it - otherwise I'd have an M5 E39 in a garage somewhere and drive it on sunny Sunday's. Non 'show room' daily driver E39s seem to be for people who love cars and BMWs, but aren't in the position to buy a new one. Personally, I have an occupation where I really don't want to be tied to a loan repayment, so getting a big job or saving up £6K+ is tricky, but I can't keep throwing money into something that is rapidly dying! Shame - I still look back at it when I park it and think it looks beautiful, inside and out!
  13. TeddyRuxpin

    Houston we have a (CCV) problem

    Update: recently did two emergency stops and noticed that this made the smoke plume out the exhaust, both times. Checked brake fluid levels and they are at max, so it's not pulling brake fluid. Could the pressure from the brake booster be causing more pulling of oil up into the engine? Has anyone else experienced this? I do have a small coolant leak from the radiator nipple that I'm keeping my eye on - I have the replacement part just haven't found the right time to do it. Cheers!
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    It’s been a while....

    Just perfect...! God it looks so good, congrats!