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  1. BMW Documentation

    Hi all, Over the years I have managed to accumulate various pieces of BMW documentation from an assortment of sites and sources. I thought it time to place them all in one location where everyone can access them. They are available from my Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxDd4Jzlov8Efmg5VVVEaTZVYkplN3MzaGZLQUEzaWFjU0luMl81cW9oSGxlOENGbTlKQW8&usp=sharing The folder currently contains the following: E60 engineer training modules; M Division documentation; Various E60 manuals and guides, and an assortment of BMW presentations. As I find more I will upload them to the Drive and update this post. Mods - Bearing this in mind, perhaps it would be handy to make this pinned? Best, Horsey *Please note I do not own the documents or claim to be the author of them*
  2. Hello there, 2005/3 E60 535d Msport automatic in Carbon Black. I always wanted to do a Project thread regarding a BM. I've seen a quite a lot of ''Project threads'' here and elsewhere mostly without any pictures or in-depth explanations or just a dead end threads. Hopefully, this should become one.... So then... I got this beauty advertised on Gumtree as a high mileage one(192k miles on it at the time of purchase), so it was a cheap one, just 3.5k. Since I am not afraid of a high mileage cars I opted for this one instead of 2008 E60 530d LCi. The guy that I bought it from used it mostly to get to work in Dublin and Belfast and since he is living near Newry, he did a quite a lot of motorway miles. Just to make sense why I chose this instead of LCi was most of the distances he traveled. Just to make sense of it: If I had a choice to buy a lower spec car from somebody out in a country and a car, that has mostly been used at the town/city with higher spec gadgets and gizmos I would choose the one that is at the countryside every time. Why? because of: 1. It's a diesel! It is supposed to be used on longer journeys to be more economical than the same capacity petrol engine. Since I do a lot of miles myself this is why I went for it. 2. It's a diesel! It clogs up if you drive like a granny on Sundays after a church mess on your way to see the relatives/friends while doing 20-30 mph and an A-class roads where the max speed limit is 60.... Since this doesn't apply to me as I am on a motorway for a most of the miles to get to work, I don't have a problem with it. Diesel needs to be driven harsh once in a while to burn off the soot and other deposits from inlet manifold and surrounding areas. If you're doing less than 8k miles a year, diesel is not for you! 3. It keeps me busy. I wouldn't know what to do If I would buy a brand new car. Changing oil is easy, but I am looking for a challenge so a new car is a no-no for me... I like to get my hands dirty once in a while and the feeling after ou get when you fix something yourself.... Those who know what I am talking about, they will understand. 4. I can fix stuff, I can change it if it needs to be changed and I am not too sure how to do it there is that wonderful thing called ''Google'', but it needs to be master as well as not everything you see or read on there is true.... 5. I always wanted a Black BM with beige leather seats! 6. A bit more about myself at the ''Hello, I am new here'' section So there it goes, a bit of intro with a story and pictures and then straight into the stuff I have done so far. At first, it looked black on the advert, but whenever I went to see it for the first time it was actually a Carbon Black. Whit a lovely beige interior, a perfect combination in my opinion. When it's dirty or depending on sunlight conditions, it looks blue-ish or gray-ish.. (camera doesn't reflect the real color) At the Terraclean Co Down Since there is a character limit per post(but it is not displayed) I will continue in next post.
  3. Hello guys! Before I place my questions, I will try to explain for what is about all this post My daily car is E60 530d Automatic 2004 model with standard steering wheel (triangular).Before a week ago I decided to buy a "Sport" steering wheel from eBay (I will attach the picture of it).Before I made my purchase I checked the provided from the seller part number (32342282751) in several web sites and everything looked fine (for vehicles manufactured up to 09/2005),BUT I was so tired that evening before the purchase that I didn't noticed that this steering wheel have gear shift paddles (anyway I'm not going to use it,I guess).Since that moment I'm in panic while I'm waiting for it,because I forgot to ask the seller for the picture from the back side and I'm reading all possible information in the net regarding the fitment,but the more I read the more confused I get. My questions to the people with more knowledge than me are: - Can You guys please double check the part number if it is for real for vehicles up to 09/2005,because when I search in the part diagram I can't see a illustration of shift paddles?From what I found in internet,there is a "M Sport Steering Wheels" and "Sport Steering Wheels with SMG paddles" for pre lci E60/E63/E64 up to 05/2009,but not with that certain part number which is confusing me even more now. - Is it possible to be recognised from the picture (Front side) if it is pre/after 09/2005,so at least I know what kind of airbag should I look for while waiting for it? - What kind of other parts I need to have (Steering wheel and Airbag up to 09/2005,since my car it's not equipped with any kind of "Sport" Steering wheel) for completion of the swap task? I know that maybe there is a lot of that kind of posts here and everywhere in internet and I want to apologise to all of You for my post,but I'm tired of reading and searching without getting any straight answers.I already spend a 500$ so far and I have no wish to continue "blind shopping" the rest of the things I need PS.I will highly appreciate any information that I can use forward in my "project"! Please,excuse my English it's not one of my best language's Kind Regards, Barry F.
  4. E60 LCI - Headlight upgrades

    Hello all, I've recently acquired my first BMW, a 2008 525i M-Sport. Awesome car, very happy with it in general. Being an LCI model, it has angel eye headlamps, but being of relatively low spec, it has halogen headlights, not xenon (the headlamps are not self-levelling, they have the adjuster wheel next to the headlight switch). The outer lights are dipped beams behind projector lenses, the inner lights are full beams with reflectors. I think the standard bulbs are a bit poor, so I'd like to upgrade them. I was looking for a sticky post that might answer my questions. I *was* about to spring for a HIDS4U Stealth kit (https://www.hids4u.co.uk/H7-HIDS4U-Stealth-35W-Xenon-HID-Conversion-Kit.html), but then I found that the UK MOT regulations are changing as of May 2018 to make it a guaranteed fail to have any HID kit fitted, regardless of beam pattern... My initial thoughts here were to find another E60 LCI that had been rear-ended in a scrapyard, and buy the headlamps - but it seems that even used parts appear to be hideously expensive also (the car is 10 years old this year, why are parts still so expensive?), *and* require coding, which I have no idea how to do. So, nope. Instead, I've been looking at LED headlight bulbs. I'm told that these should not fail the new MOT, and are easier to install than HIDs (wiring those up was something I was worrying about). But there's so much choice! Just to clarify - I'm talking about replacing the dipped beam bulbs with LEDs, not the high beams or fog lamps. I'm also looking at clean white light, nothing with too high a colour temperature (no blue/purple), and nothing retina-searing for oncoming drivers, if possible. I would also like to upgrade the angel eyes to make them look a bit brighter. I was surprised how dim they are by stock. I also find it slightly bizarre that every indicator on the car is an LED already, *except* for the fronts. Can someone with an LCI E60/E61 who has already gone through this lend a BMW newbie (me!) a hand? Cheers Graeme
  5. Hi, I've been reading lots about rough idles on the 545i but haven't found a definitive answer or same set of circumstances. I have a 545i, 2004, 108k on the clock. It runs lovely, lots of power and very smooth. Except: In the mornings, it runs like there's an error in the fuel mix. It stays at about 500rpm and is close to cutting out, as if it's running on 7 cylinders. However, after about 10 minutes of running rough, I can switch it off and, on startup, it'll be fine for the rest of the day. So, it's just rough when cold. I've had the coil packs changed, it's been serviced, spark plugs, etc. Could it be a sensor or something, giving the wrong readings so getting the fuel mix wrong, up until it comes up to a standard running temperature? It doesn't give any error codes, but it comes up with Engine Malfunction. Any ideas or pointers would be very much appreciated. Cheers, Ron P.s., And what's with the car not having a temperature gauge? What happens if it gets hot???
  6. Hi all, I'm considering getting myself a full size spare for my E60 and I have found a good looking one on EBAY with a new tire as well for a decent price, I'm just wondering if the 18" alloy with a 245/40 tire will fit in the spare well? I don't have a jack handy to pop one of my wheels of and check (plus its about 3" of snow here at the moment so I wouldn't be keen jacking it up in this anyway!) I've measured it and it looks like it should just fit and no more but was wondering if anyone here has done the same and what your experience is?? Cheers. -Morgan
  7. Good morning all, here goes my first of what will no doubt be many questions of doing bits and pieces to my E60! Anyway, currently I only have the 3.5mm aux jack socket behind the centre console for the rear passengers to use but no USB. I have seen that I can buy the cable with the USB port as well as the Aux port, my main question is basically can I just simply swap the ports out and run the cable to the back of the head unit with no further modifications or do I need any coding etc. Secondly if I do get the USB installed what sort of functionality does it give on the IDrive CCC? I.e. can I control the music from a phone/USB stick through the steering wheel buttons? My thoughts are this may be alot of hassle if I don't achieve much extra in therms of functionality when I could just buy a mini MP3 player with an SD card/USB slot mount it somewhere convenient and leave it connected to the AUX port. What are the thoughts of the group?
  8. Hi everyone, thanks for having me on the forum. I've recently bought myself a 2009 520d M Sport Auto and have a few bits and pieces I want to get done and few searches led me here, looks like you guys have a pretty active and helpful community here so looking forward to getting stuck in! -Morgan
  9. Hello all. Much appreciate your reading this, and really hope someone can spread some knowledge/ideas. Sorry for the lengthy explanation, but it may be of relevance. I own an 05 plate E60 530d. Never had any issues until now.... I did a long journey from Cornwall to Bath to visit family, then went on to a wedding in Bristol. Car never faltered. Wentvto start car less than 10 minutes after arriving in Bristol and idrive flashed up several faults: Control systems! Drive moderately Cruise control! Fuel pump fault! Drive moderately First thing I did was to check fuses, and noticed that the fuel pump fuse had blown. I replaced This, but as soon as the ignition was turned on it blew again (without key in ignition). I have unplugged the connection at the fuel pump under the rear seat, removed what I believe is the fuel pump relay (above battery, next to fuses) and removed the DDE relay under bonnet. Despite doing the above the fuse still blows as soon as it is put in (without key in ignition) Please help!! Cheers
  10. Window Wipers

    Good Morning I am looking for window wipers for my E60 Anyone have any good choices for me thanks Mark
  11. Hello - I recently bought e60 530d from auction and got its oil changed. I have driven about 400 miles since than. I had a strong smell coming in the car since the oil change and the smell died down to very less eventually. Today i started a car a sat in it while taking some phone calls. I noticed light smoke coming out of the engine. I opened up the engine and saw that smoke was coming from under the engine. I switched off the car and check the oil level later and realised that the oil level was higher on dipstick then the maximum level mark. Now, could the smoke be a symbol of breaking engine seals due to high level of oil although idrive system doesnt show any high oil level warning. 20171228_134831_1.mp4
  12. Looking for pre-LCI E60 535d saloon

    Currently looking to buy the E60 535d saloon. Healthy motor is a must. Preferably not remapped. Minor scratches or paint corrections will not necessarily be a deal breaker. My fundamental requirement is the Pro Nav. Everything else is a bonus. Colour does not really matter. Preferably the Sport version (M-Sport). Hit me up if you got one for sale. Thanks.
  13. Hey All Has anyone had any experience with these devices? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUTORADIO-8-8-DVD-GPS-ANDROID-4-4-Player-BMW-5-Series-E60-E61-E62-E63-EW963A/282741232967?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144 They all seem the same 8.8 screen, a version of android 4.4.4 PX3
  14. Rear Restraint and PDC failure

    Hi, ive got a bit of a unique question as my issues have come about through my own stupidity. I have an e60 530d (2004). A warning appeared one day telling me there was an issue with my rear right restraint, shortly after my PDC started failing intermittently and then all together (flashing light on PDC button). I decided to take up the rear seat to see if there was any obvious issue...there was. I had a large container of liquid in the boot that had leaked through to the back seat and into the spare wheel well. I think I know the answer but wanted to confirm before I go out and try and replace parts and what not. Is it likely the two issues have come from this one leak (I read somewhere that the PDC unit is in the spare wheel well) and what is the best action I should take to sort these issues out? cheers in advance
  15. Just changed the starter on my 530i and now have a 'transmission fault'? Obviously I've dislodged something whilst wrestling the inlet manifold trying to gain access. Car starts and drives but message says to get it sorted etc Any ideas on what I've disturbed?
  16. There is quite a lot of oil over the engine on the drivers side and underneath of my 530D. Its all claggy and dirty, so I really cant start to trace the source, and cleaning it off is going to be a serious piece of work. To help in this, is there any likely sources of the leak? I know the car had a turbo change in MAY 17, as it had shagged bearings, and I suspect it was leaking oil via seals to the inlet. I changed the breather as soon as I acquired the car as they hadn't done it....I had wondered if previously it might have been spitting oil from a leaking turbo charge air outlet, and covering the side of the engine with oil mist. The oil isn't just on the block, its over loads of different stiff, which is what makes me think this might be the, or one of the sources. But any known other weak points would be really helpful. cheers Andy
  17. Hi I've recently purchased 2004/54 Bmw 525d manual bought this car off a friend to tow my Trailor the car is really slow and has no power fault code that come up on reader p14a7 any ideas wot this could be
  18. E60 2003-2010 Ignition wiring

    Hi can anyone help me with the BMW E60, 530D, 2003-2010 Ignition wiring diagrams. I am trying to install a start push button. I was able to locate start position 2 and 12v power supply. I am not able to find the wires for the starter and the key in position 1
  19. Hi guy's just wondering if the e34 m5 throwing star rims would fit on a E60 2007 or am i whistling in the wind??
  20. Noticed that almost all rubber boots on front suspension ball joints are cracked and 1 or 2 split open. I would expect the boots of this 2009 car to last longer to be honest. These are the lower wishbone, trailing link and steering rod ball joints. Looking at the parts catalogue ( https://www.etkbmw.com/bmw/EN/search/selectCar/E60N/Lim/BMW+520d+N47/ECE/31_0655 ) it's not possible to replace just the ball joints, the entire arms need to be replaced. Is that correct?
  21. Custom install 520d M Sport

    Hi guys after becoming more and more impatient with my 5 series poor quality audio system so I've decided to go ahead with a full install and upgrade all of the audio system .... Ive sourced 2 replacement front headrests which will each house a 7" tft screen, up front a pioneer DVD player with a complete custom install of all components and amplifiers to accompany it, I will be leaving the existing head unit and speakers in their original positions, I want to retain all features of the existing idrive, Bluetooth, and navigation as they are in use daily, I will be starting this in the next 2 weeks and il post pics and a walk through of what I've done to accompany the build, The new head unit will be located in the recess in bottom of PHOTO 1 below the existing radio/cd player. This will have its own separate power supply, I am hoping the dash does not need removing for this to be installed Front of the car, 6" coaxial component set consisting of speaker, crossover and tweeters The tweeter will mount upon the dash itself to fire into the cockpit, The 6" speaker will be housed in a custom built pod in the door card PHOTO 2 (The bit we all dump junk into as you can see clearly in mine currently ) Rear of car ( The exciting bit ) rear shelf will have another custom built pod to house another 6" coaxial right behind the rear head rest PHOTO 3, TRUNK SPACE 2 x 12" ported subwoofers in a custom made box ( The plan is to only use enough space that boot space is not compromised ) Enclosure will be designed with the theory of small perameters taken into consideration, This will allow the subs to fire correctly and produce the correct amount of punch / rumble and ultimately bass that I'm desperate for. This entire system will be pioneer to accompany the head unit DVD Player PHOTO 4 Power will be supplied by 1x pioneer 4 Chanel amplifier (for front and rears) 1 x pioneer monoblock run in Phase to lower impedance of the subwoofers I have plenty of audio installation experience and I'm familiar in the use of fibreglass to design, Fit and secure the 4 pods needed, I've just had the head unit arrive PHOTO 4 and ive ordered enough dynomat to cover my living room (twice) Guys I'm not going to put a timescale on this install as I have a family and hold down a full time job so it will literally be an hour here and there when I can spare it !! I simply would love to take the car off the road and do it all at once but that just isn't an option. I can only hope if I do encounter any issues / snags along the way the community will be on hand to assist and provide advice along the way. Photos and descriptions to follow, My next day off is this coming Tuesday which will hopefully see the headunit and power supply put in, Thanks for reading all and I hope this may encourage more of you to be a little more adventurous with your 5s cheers Jon
  22. My idrive mask unit gave up and I bought a used unit from ebay and fitted it and brought it to an autospark to get it coded to my car but he has been unable to now to get radio working as of yet but all other functions are working - any advice would be really appreciated - thanks
  23. New from Fife

    Hi all. New here on the look out for an e60 535d within the next month or two. Is it possible to get a good one for around the 6k Mark? Should I be put of by high mileage? Cheers all and if anyone has a nice 535d there looking to sell drop me a pm
  24. Instrument cluster

    So...just about to sell my bmw in the next two weeks and this problem starts (view link) notice rpm and fuel gauge not moving when starting up and centre console flashing Im guessing something's gone wrong in the wiring Anyone else faced this problem or have any ideas what's happening On a side note: The car is for sale if anyone is interested
  25. Stage 2 E60 530D

    Hi Gents, I'm Matt, an automotive and systems engineer from Hampshire. I'm also an admin on E60/E61 Owners Club UK's facebook page. Been browsing for a while so thought I would post some pics of the current beater, my 530d. This is slightly disjointed but i'm not very good at documenting/taking photos as I do stuff - hopefully I will be better now! So, I bought a 530d SE on a 53 plate 2 years ago. FBMWSH and 90k, for the mighty sum of 4k. I do about 30k a year so needed something that would eat up the miles whilst still being a bit fun. Originally I planned on keeping this standard and having a toy seperately, but the more I drove this thing the more I fell in love with it. Bought it, got it home. Gave it a clean, chucked some spare wheels on as the 16s weren't cutting it The following day took it to my mates just over the Welsh border for a remap and so I could sort my swirl flaps out. Had pre-ordered the kit as I knew I wanted this model So swirl flaps deleted, EGR blanked, remap done. No DPF as pre-dpf. Instantly 100% better to drive!! Wheels were awful, 2 had cracked. Got rid and got some (similar) Japanese lightweight equivalents. BMW wheels are the worst for cracking. New wheel specs 19x8.5 and 19x.9.5 - 20mm front spacers 10mm rear. Chucked the wheels on, replaced the crank pulley as it was shot. Bought some prosport coilovers, used them before. Always been the best out of the "cheap" units available. Chucked them on The wheel colour wasn't doing it for me, gave them to my mate who powdercoated them. Colour is his own blend of hyper silver. Looking sorry for herself on the original wheels got the tyres on... Better! Painted the brake calipers, cleaned them up and regreased all 4: then just drove it for a while and did some maintenance bits (new brakes & fluid, full service etc)..I go all over the place with work! Some random pics... A guy I know came out and mopped the whole car. Did a sterling job - paintwork is suprisingly good! Missus drove the car once and scuffed the bumper....had it sorted by another friend Then I lost a load of recent photos.... I've since had all the window trims off and used BMW shadowline tape to black them out. Next step is hybrid turbo as mine is slowly dying. I also want to tint the windows and might end up throwing some money at it (new bumpers/wheels etc). Some of my previous cars:
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