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About Darkbmwlord

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    1999 523 SE manual, rust green
  1. Thank you and goodbye

    No I don't, hence it must go asap.
  2. Thank you and goodbye

    With regret, I have to say goodbye and move on. My mileage is increasing, and I'm being silly in ignoring the reality - I need a cheaper car to run. I'm just kidding myself ignoring the obvious! Thank you all for your help and kindness, I've enjoyed the car more than I expected, and once I got past the initial hurdles, it's been amazingly reliable. It has to go straight away because my insurance is transferred to my new small car, I don't think I'm allowed to post an ad on here, but if any of you are looking for a run around at a giveaway price, it won't be hard to find the ad I'm sure. It must go with a day or so. Thank you all again - enjoy your cars!
  3. Will these work?

    I'd like to do something about the utterly appalling headlights, I can hardly see a thing! While I'm not a fan of the glitzy look, will these plug and play, and will they improve light output? Ad states that auto adjusters won't work with these, they have to be manually set - fine with me, but is that ok? Many thanks for your input.
  4. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    Well, what do you know, more rough running again, and fault code check shows P1250, P0101, P0173 and P0170, all either maf sensor or "fuel trim" whatever that is. Am I to assume the second hand maf sensor has died already? In which case, it will get disconnected and be done with.
  5. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Very nice!
  6. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    Well, first day out of the house in nearly a week, lashing rain, and can't see because of the faulty wiper. Yes yes,I should have ordered the ones Dan recomended... Cue emergency call in at Halfords (urgh!) who relieved me of £25 for a set. £25!! And they didn't wear a mask behind the counter either! However at least the Darkbmwlord can see properly... Otherwise it's business as usual...
  7. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Cable ties? Have you no shame? Actually that's quite a good idea, better than the screwdriver currently holding it in place...
  8. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    While I think of it, can anyone tell me where I can get the bolts for 1. holding the airfilter housing to the inner wing, and 2. bolting the sound box thingy to the air filter housing? Nothing sits right because they are missing.
  9. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Actually it is a bit uneven at present - the new rubber bellow seems not to have made any difference, it's very stiff, I may put the old one back on. And it definitely doesn't like standing for long periods anyway.
  10. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Having been ill and stuck indoors for the last few days, and desparate to do something, anything, I dragged myself out to the car at 1.00am and went for a 20 mile drive!
  11. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    Well after a struggle, I finally fitted the new maf boot today. The new one was much stiffer, and I could only get the sound box contraption underneath onto the first notch of the boot. But in truth the old one appears to have no splits in it, so I will keep it as a spare. Next, a trip to Halfords to replace the dodgy wiper the postman managed to mangle. I know, Halfords. The shame. But I just can't see when it rains. It will probably cost me more than I paid for the car! Otherwise, it continues to zoom along, delighting all who travel in it. Next job - an oil change when I can afford it. The shoe string saga continues....
  12. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    £12.80 thrown in the direction of eBay, and...
  13. Hey - Ive got a classic!

  14. Hey - Ive got a classic!

    Nice article you might enjoy... https://classics.honestjohn.co.uk/news/comment/2017-10/future-classic-friday-bmw-5-series-e39/
  15. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    Arrrgghhhh! 1 step forward, 2 steps back... ...you would think the car would be grateful for its new maf sensor, but now it has a rougher, popping idle at times, and rougher running while it's warming up. Vacuum leak perhaps?