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Everything posted by Darkbmwlord

  1. 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!
  2. Thank you and goodbye

    No I don't, hence it must go asap.
  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. Watch in fascinated horror as I attempt to run my BMW e39 on a shoestring budget. If I'm on such a tight budget, why a BMW? Well, I needed an emergency banger, and it was very very cheap. If I'd known what fussy cars they can be, I wouldn't have bothered... still, you live and learn. Thanks to the excellent advice on here I was able to tackle some of the (many) issues it came with, and it's starting to grow on me - it's just managed a 600 mile trip in the last few days. Since money is tight just now, replacement is not an option, so I'm going to try and keep it going on an almost non existent budget. Yes, this was an expensive car, and many of you maintain your cars to a beautiful standard - I can't compete with that. But my car really is a an old banger, 18 years old with the rust to prove it. I'll document my ongoing shenanigans here, and you can watch in horror. I don't think you will approve of everything you see, so I'll duck the brick bats... ...starting with my recent front suspension repair. During the replacement of the strut, I had to grind off the droplink. Fortunately I had a new replacement - the Lemforder ones are £90, out of the question just now, so the replacement was...£9.99. For the pair. Delivered. Well, it should get me to the MOT, when it will become clear whether it will pass another one...
  6. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Very nice!
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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/
  13. 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....
  14. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

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

  16. 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?
  17. Favourite feature?

    (Apologies if somewhere a similar thread has been run previously.) What is your favourite feature on your car? As winter is upon us, I've decided that mine is... lights. No, not the awful headlights, but rather the delightful puddle lamps on the doors - such an elegant touch. And the rest of the lights - a well lit glovebox, an amazingly well lit boot, and the subtle touch - 2 red LEDs in the roof shining discretely on the gear stick at night. I've never had such a thoughtfully lit car, lovely at night. What's your favourite feature?
  18. My third E39! :)

    But who wants a clattery, expensive to maintain compression engine, belching out filthy fumes? Leave it in the farm tractor... (I'll get my coat...)
  19. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    The Darkbmwlord smites again... Today I fitted a second hand, working maf sensor - what a difference! Much more alert, smoother pickup, and no flat spots. Hopefully it will improve the fuel consumption too. One puzzling thing - it came with a sealing ring, pictured, which the old one didn't have. But it was impossible to fit the maf sensor with it in, the clips wouldn't snap on from the air intake. Anyone else had that problem? Sorted: Maf sensor New tyres Missfires/coil packs Front strut Outstanding: ABS fault Oil change The shoestring adventure continues...
  20. Diesel injector cleaning solution for ultrasound bath?

    Sorry forgot to include the text with that! Which was... "Water is a poor lubricant - wouldn't it be better to use something solvent based, or diesel fuel?"
  21. Diesel injector cleaning solution for ultrasound bath?

  22. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Put more petrol in it. During the last few weeks, I've had big changes to my life, including moving to a different part of the country to care for my mother. This BMW thingy has proceeded serenely to swallow up several long journeys and paraphernalia without issue. On top of that, my mother who never passes comment on such matters said "mmm, this is a nice comfortable car dearie, are you keeping this for a while?" So if it gets mother's approval... This has only been possible because of the help and info available on here, and the kindness of many of you - thank you all very much.
  23. Wiring help

    I'd like to tackle repairing the wiring at the boot lid, as you can see I think someone has been there before! Hopefully it might fix the flickering of the number plate lights. I'm afraid I don't know much about wiring - could an expert tell me what kind of wire to buy? I don't want to use too heavy or too light for the current and cause a fire! Many thanks for your help.
  24. Fun with fault codes

    Well after some grovelling, I discovered my car does indeed have an OBD socket, as well as a round thingy under the bonnet. Rejoice! (I could have saved myself buying an adaptor for the round thingy under the bonnet if I'd realised...) So, using a free app on my phone called TorquePro, and a Bluetooth ELM327 obd plugin wizardry, my phone showed me stored faults as per the picture. And the power of Google whisked me up a list of alleged code meanings. If correct, this is what was stored: P0101 - multiple misfires P0300 - mass airflow values implausible P0304 - cylinder 4 misfire P0306 - cylinder 6 misfire P0170 - fuel trim P0173 - fuel trim P1250 - I couldn't find anything listed Multiple misfires? I didn't need a code reader to tell me that... So, my questions: Do these look authentic codes? What is "fuel trim"? What is 01250? Why are no codes showing up for the abs - the dash is like Blackpool Illuminations with brake warning lights? The MAF sensor looks fairly new to me, and I would say it's not a genuine part. But it must be doing something because the engine runs poorly when it's disconnected. I've cleared all the stored faults and will see if any more develop, but ant thoughts on the above would be greatly appreciated!
  25. The Darkbmwlord and his E39 on a shoestring...

    Well, time to replace the screeching wipers for £9.99 eBay replacements. First result? Silent wipers. Hooray. ...but...the drivers side smears and leaves vision attrocious! The blade appears uneven. This may be somethingto do with the postman's ability to flatten the box and force it through the letter box while I was out. Well done Royal Mail...