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Marc_C last won the day on May 7

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About Marc_C

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  • Birthday 01/20/1960

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    Wandsworth. London
  • Interests
    The quiet life.
  • Occupation
    Website Owner Video editor/ photographer/front end web development.


  • Garage
    E39 2003 530i M-Sport Touring auto. Alpine White Japanese Import

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  1. Marc_C

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took the old girl to Chelsea today, thought she looked right at home parked up on the Kings Road amongst all the modern metal. Got a couple of issues that need addressing at the next service due next week though Air bag warning light stays on while the Air-Con (being severely tested these past days) is cold but not as cold as it was last year so maybe a re-gas is needed? I also have an occasional warning light coming on saying "rear self levelling suspension not working' though, strangely, when I turn off the engine and turn it back on the light and fault clears immediately. We're planning to drive the Trans - Fagarasan highway in Romania and I don't fancy getting a collapsed rear suspension doing that so need to find out why its doing that. Also I wanted to ask an opinion, back when I had my E30 M3 I used to drain out the coolant mixture out of the S14 engine every year and replenish with fresh mixture. Is there any benefit to changing out the coolant on my M54 engine every year? or is it overkill? otherwise I hope your all enjoying the lovely weather. Marc
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    Lake victoria behind driver's seat

    Great, thank you, yes I did a search for the vapour barrier on here amd found some useful stuff. Thanks for the tips guys!
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    Lake victoria behind driver's seat

    Oookaayy .. erm whats a vapour barrier and where should I look for that? I was always pretty handy with car mechanics as a youngster, I could tear down a lotus cortina engine and rebuild it with my eyes closed but today's car nomenclature is just beyond me
  4. Hi all after the heavy rain of last night I've discovered a pool of water behind the driver's seat, and its a veritable bloody flood, how that much water got into my beautiful car is beyond me. Doors, windows and sunroof where all fully closed. It took me half an hour to soak and mop it out. Any ideas as to what may be the cause? I did notice today when driving in the sunny weather I opened the sunroof and when I went around a corner we all got doused by some water that hadnt drained away? Might that be connected to the flooding? Thank you in advance for any insight. Marc
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    Now sold! Thank you for your inquiries Gentlemen. A pleasant Bank holiday to you all. Marc
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    I'll be honest here and say I never used the phone bluetooth connection. I never even bothered to pair my phone up with it as I never take or make calls, even hands free, when Im behind the wheel. It came with the car as part of the conversion from a Japanese unit to this one as a courtesy by the dealers I bought the car from. I had always intended to have it pulled out and replaced as part of a substantial upgrade to the whole audio system in the car and that was done last year, and is still ongoing, and I've had this unit sitting around since. The sat nav was great, it worked even down in Romania and Moldova, the touch screen with its BMW logo and layout gave a nice ambient 'OEM' feel to it too, even the audio was pleasant it just wasnt suitable for the set up I wanted. Marc.
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    I was going to sling this on Ebay, its a year old and immaculate with the BMW graphical interface, nice bit of kit but I want to pimp up my hifi and I'm not particularly concerned with keeping it real so if you want a bargain pm me. have a great day Marc.
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    19" tyres and pressures

    Hi Dan Im running RS3's on 19"' rims by coincidence. I put 32 psi front and rear and generally go by comments my 86 year old mother makes when she rides in the back as to the compliance of the ride. If she says 'ooohh its nice and smooth in here isn't it dear, reminds me of your father's Humber' then I know the pressures are just right. have a great day all Marc
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    MK Motorsport wheels

    Well, after that lot I have to say 'gordon bennet!' I think, after reading Dennis's appraisal that I will give it a miss then. I do need to consider that the car is a family wagon, it goes to Sainsbury's, after school clubs and family holidays with grandma and grandpa onboard. Riding around on cotton reels and rubber bands is likely to make those applications somewhat more 'entertaining" shall we say It was foolish of me not to consider how the practicalities of everyday use will be affected. I also didn't realise those wheels are knock-offs, looking again now how could they not be at that price! I feel a bit of a twit tbh Some years ago I had an Overfinch RR with 22" Khan's on there and that rode like a wheelbarrow over cobblestones on every single journey, I used to fool myself it was worth it for how it looked. What a dick I think I'll get my BBS replicas refinished, they look a bit worse for wear after this past Winter, and run them until next summer and get some genuine ones on there instead. Thank you guys for your advice, its been really appreciated. enjoy your evening. Marc.
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    MK Motorsport wheels

    Good morning I know there are many knowledgeable chaps here regarding the myriad of wheels and their various fitments on E39's so I was hoping someone might tell me if I can fit these beauties on my Touring? and also what kind of modifications may be required? http://www.bmautosport.co.uk/showroom/product_info.php/new-motorsport-alloys-massive-dish-105-rear-p-225 thank you in advance. Marc
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    Japanese Import E39s

    Hi all thank you for your kind words and compliments. My Touring is at the garage today. It was a failure of two coil packs. I opted to do all six as I have a six thousand mile euro road trip in July/ August and I really don't want to tempt fate on that journey. Total cost parts and labour was three hundred nicker. Never having had this issue I can't say if thats a good price or not but Im happy that my M54 engine is purring like a kitten again A pleasant evening to all. Marc.
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    Japanese Import E39s

    Hi all. Damn are we lucky to own such a fantastic car. I paid a whisker under 10k for my 52k one owner Touring Japanese import last year and I feel it would have still been a bargain at 15k being immaculate as it is. Sadly, today the engine management light came on on the M26 and she developed the most frightening misfire so its a Green Flag trailering home tomorrow Hopefully I can get it diagnosed and fixed this week. Have a great Bank Holiday everyone! Marc.
  13. Thats a lovely Touring you've got there, I dumped my previous car, a modern turbo diesel, for similar reasons as yourself as I live in zone 2. Give it lots of love and it will make an excellent, practical long term ownership prospect with no depreciation to factor in, which is very rare in this day and age of modern cars which more closely resemble sophisticated electro-mechanical devices designed by physicists. So far the running costs of my touring have far outweighed my previous car when fuel costs and road tax are taken into account. As I do less than 10k miles a year the benefits of Diesel ownership were not filtering down to me so i thought may as well enjoy a big engined petrol car before they get banned and I have long regretted selling my E30 M3 just before the market price for them exploded so this has gone some way to making me feel better about that As precautions after buying it I replaced the entire cooling system as well as the wheel bearings and the power steering pipe work. If you are ever passing Wandsworth pop in for a coffee and we can compare notes and pose a bit Good luck!
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    37k for an E34

    Thank you. Very interesting.