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    E39 530d & E46 M3, E38 750il, Fiat Coupe 20vt

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  1. LukeH

    530i Sport Manual 2002 “52”

    Topaz blue 2002 “52” 530i manual sport RF52 MKU The facts: Brand new mot 10-01-19 215k Miles Sat nav Alcantara interior Many owners - will confirm Manual gearbox No service history/book pack Welcome to an honest advert where hopefully nobody’s time will be wasted. I’m selling this for a friend, but interested parties will likely be dealing with me directly. The car is located near Bristol. I’ve driven this around 250 miles last week and I’m impressed how good it still feels. The suspension isn’t overly tired considering the mileage, clutch doesn’t slip (pedal creaks a bit, has been like this for at least 4 years) and I managed to get late 20’s mpg on my daily commute to work. No coolant or oil was lost during my time with it, however there is a slight vibration at motorway speeds 70-80, not the usual shimmy at 55ish, so possibly a wheel balance issue. Again, there is a slight vibration when braking, and a bit of a pulse when coming to a stop, likely to be the OSF brake disc as mentioned on the mot minor fault list. There is pretty chronic rust on the OSF wing (pictured) but at least it’s a bolt on part, the boot lid also has the usual rust bubbling around the lock/handle/random places, and there are a few very small patches at various points across the car. The sills & jacking points however are excellent, as are the rear arches where they meet the bumpers. Both bumpers have minor cracks that aren’t terribly noticeable, the front undertray is missing, both splash guards are present but slightly war wounded. The bonnet has a good amount of stone chips, some of which have been poorly touched in. New front discs & pads are supplied with the car, though they are of a cheap & not too cheerful kind and will likely end up the same as the ones currently fitted in no time at all, but hey, they’re free! Very recent new budget front tyres fitted, and rear tyres fairly well endowed with tread. Front & rear pads showing good life also. Assume it needs an insp2, brake fluid & coolant change as the service indicator says, however this can be carried out for a additional cost if needed, with pictures for proof. There are 3 keys for the car, only one of which will open the car remotely, but doesn’t fit the locks as it is just a random one used for remote operation only. All in all a pretty presentable & useable car, not without its charms of course but definitely worth saving. Being a manual it’s quite a rare machine, if I hadn’t got so many projects already I’d quite happily buy it myself and keep it in storage until such time it became useful, which is if doesn’t sell I may do anyhow, as if nothing else it’s a very rot free shell compared to my own E39. Any questions I’ll be happy to try and help, I’m sure there’s something I’m bound to have forgotten. Price is a fairly firm £1200. I will attempt to upload some pictures below.
  2. LukeH

    E46 Alternator removal - power cable

    I’ve just come across a spare if needed...
  3. LukeH

    E46 Alternator removal - power cable

    Looks like the plastic nut part has come off. Pair of mole grips should see you right, after disconnecting the battery first obviously.
  4. LukeH

    Which BMW?

    Is there a part number on it?
  5. LukeH

    FS: Staggered 18" Style 32s from E38 £350

    Hmm, that’s a shame. I have the exact same wheels on it at the minute, with barely legal tyres and they’re need refurbishment as well so had your tyres been half about then your set would of been ideal all round. Its a bit of an extravagance to buy new tyres and refurbish the wheels as I bet it hasn’t done 20 miles this year so unfortunately not too high on my priority list just yet.
  6. LukeH

    FS: Staggered 18" Style 32s from E38 £350

    Shame you’re so far away or id try some cash in your hand, they’d go great on my 750. What are the tyres like out of interest? Also what size/profile?
  7. LukeH

    Rocker Cover Gasket Replacement

    Depends how much you like getting your hands dirty. It’s not a difficult job but the injectors will need to be removed and seals replaced etc. Good time to check on the condition of the upper timing chain too.
  8. I know the E60 uses PWM but I’m not sure on the E39. Its easier to just replace all the hoses in one go, especially if they’re all crumbling like the ones in your picture. You should get somewhere in the region of -25inHg of vacuum direct from the rail.
  9. LukeH

    E39 facelift sport front bumper- titan silver

    BMW E39 M SPORT M5 SALOON TOURING FRONT BUMPER IN SILVER https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192735656801 not sure if this suits? Not mine I might add, I was looking for one a while back.
  10. Any vacuum leakage isn’t going to be good, especially if it’s before the pressure converter. When I did away with my flapped manifold for a non flapped version I capped off the supply line and just left the converter plugged in from memory.
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    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Just some additional info, had a 320ci in for some cooling system work yesterday, which sounded somewhat noisy from the valvetrain, so I checked the oil level - none to be seen, bone dry on the dipstick. It needed 5 ltrs of oil adding to bring it back up to the maximum level!! Sadly it was still ticking a little after, but still running well, they are hardy things these M54 engines.
  12. All this talk of LED’s has convinced me to try yet again to find a set that’ll fit the main beam on my Fiat coupe. If anyone needs any H1’s I’ve got plenty...which don’t fit my car!
  13. LukeH

    E46 M3 Rear Brake Discs on an E39 M5

    They do indeed, had some on my 530d with M5 calipers for 3 years now and they work well.
  14. LukeH

    Folding mirror owners

    My 750il does the same, I always thought it strange that one folded more, but am content they both work so best left alone!
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    no engine check light on the dashboard

    You can plug it in to see if you can connect to it with inpa etc, but it won’t start unless EWS is deleted or coded correctly.