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  1. Hi guys, looking for for some info or a good thread on small things with big return to look at an a 520d e60. Not huge like turbo or timing but things that make up a cars life if addressed, like ; thermostats, coolant pipes, seals, bushes, belts and pulleys. Really just a to do list that combined can help big time with the cars longevity. For instance regular oil change and back pressure can increase the life of a turbo....so change the oils and keep your DPF healthy and your turbo will more likely be sweeter for longer. My e60 seems like some random unicorn car that’s engine isn’t on any threads, or at least common ones. Haven’t checked the engine number but it’s a late 58 plate 520d facelift e60. so far it’s had; remap new dpf fill service tranny fluid disk and pads air intake all new lights on anything that lights up still to fit; glow plugs clutch and flywheel so any help would be great. I genuinely couldn’t be happier with the car at 100k. Sounds like a modern petrol, no smoke, no gear change issues and never lets me down. Thanks guys
  2. bullawayo

    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:
  3. Gus Alpine e60

    E60 520d Remap Results

    Hi guys, This was back when I first got the e60, just fancied a remap to see how the car felt afterwards. Im pretty sad so my joy in life is MPG over BHP but I gave the remap a bash. Ended up around 400 torque and 200HP, totally standard and still with the cars original DPF sitting at 100k. Only upset is now my MPG has went from 64 (yup, that's right) down to 52 and it will not f*cking budge an inch. Even on my 3/4 hour cruise control drives it just its at 52 forever now. I know what you're thinking and no...I dont no drive harder now that its remapped. My game is smooth and slow, dont have road rage or anywhere to be on time as I work for myself, loving life basically. Taking the car back soon for a carbon clean. Since the remap its had a new DPF, K&N intake and new glow plugs so maybe see what the scrip with its numbers now! Carlton Tuning in Yorkshire are the guys I used. Not expensive and a quick and easy service. ALSO, how the F do you add a video to this site?!?!?
  4. Gus Alpine e60

    Spider Wheel f*ck up actual WORKS!

    Hi guys, this is May come in handy for someone or may not but still an interesting one. back when I got my e60 the first thing (obviously) was hunting down a set of spiders. When the rims arrived I realised the guy had sent me 4 front alloys, so 8.5 all round, instead of 2 front and 2 back 8.5/9.5. I kind of cared and kind of didnt so I though f*ck it. Got some rubber and slapped them on. They fit pretty perfect all round. No speed issues, no breaking or cornering issues and after 3/4 months the are still wearing evenly all round. Looking at camber and any offset issues will be in the future when I fit the new springs but for now (3/4months down the line) it’s been perfect. I’ve never been a fan of trying to space them out to achieve a ‘wider more aggressive stance’ as I feel like that’s an obvious crap give away of trying to look more like a beast and just makes the car look like it’s a tractor. Low and sleek is the name of my game with this one, not pretending to be and RS4. Yes the offset will be a ballhair out but really not worth losing sleep over as I’ve tried it, I’m currently running it and it works. Also chose 35 profile for the back instead of the ‘reccommended’ 30 as I reckon it just looks better and may help in keeping those rears from cracking up easily. So maybe this will help someone out if they struggling to find the perfect set (I searched for a looooooong time) and need to mix and match. Just DONT buy odd ones, I refused to settle for all the sales of 3 replicas and 1 original etc. set up is 4x8.5j all round 245/35/19
  5. Hi guys, Haven’t seen many many of these kicking around so let me know what you guys think! Ill be uploading all my to-do list and updates on ramp time so far but I don’t do things by the book, as such. First BMW after moving from TypeR’s, just wanted a cruiser that makes me look like a drug dealer really
  6. waynesmith880

    Service Parts

    Good morning. Please can I have a quote for the following parts: BMW 535d E60 (286BHP) (Reg. GU57 XYK) Service Kit (Air Filter, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Cabin Filters) Main Engine Thermostat EGR Thermostat inc. O Ring seal Please let me know if you need any further info eg vin/chassis numbers Many thanks Wayne
  7. d_a_n1979

    2006 730D maps update

    Thought I'd post this in here in case anyone knows I'd like to see if there's a 'latest' version of maps that I can update my system to; it has the Navi DVD unit in the boot and on the iDrive screen etc. As far as I can tell; it's the OEM original version Wondered if the iDrive unit and Navi system in mine is the same as the E60/E61s; so hoping from answers from that crowd
  8. 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.
  9. Hello everyone, There's loads of DIY's on the interwebs showing how to refurb the peeling interior trims on E46/E9x/E6x's etc - but very little showing OEM(ish) finishes (i'm not a fan of carbon fibre wraps!) So i thought i'd share my experience with my 'fixing' my peeling steering wheel trim on my E60 and trying to keep it looking as OEM as possible. As i've just got my steering wheel re-trimmed by Jack at Royal Steering Wheels (Highly Recommend!) - The only thing that let it down was the lower trim, which costs around £52 from BMW (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182218158095 ) - i wanted to try something different. Before: After: Here's how i done it... I popped down to Screwfix and picked up at can of Plastikote - Matte Black Paint for £4.55 (http://www.screwfix.com/p/plasti-kote-super-multipurpose-spray-paint-matt-black-400ml/33732) I then removed my steering wheel trim, airbag off and two screws holding it on. Peeled off all the remaining rubberized coating, until i had a smooth surface to work with. Then throughly cleaned the trim with alcohol wipes. Masked up around the M badge and the steering control buttons. (cleaned again with alcohol) Then started to apply thin coats, slowly building up the layers, leaving 5-10 minutes between each coat. (In total 4 coats) Until i was left with this finish.. I'm very pleased with how this turned out. IMO pretty close to OEM! Hope this helps someone out there! Cheers!
  10. Vlady

    E60 items for sale.

    Hi everyone, I have the following items for sale: 1. 2-off Logic7 rear tweeters (65.13-6 919363A/01), I would like £50 for these ono. 2. 2-off Headlight Bulb access cover OEM(175 179-00) brand new 3. 2-off Headlight Bulb retaining Spring (brand new) 4. 2-off MTEC Halogen bulbs (4350K light color) For items 2-4 I would take £35 ono I will add photos shortly.
  11. My BMW E60 530i AUTO with the M54b30 has been experiencing some problems recently, Revs fluctuate and car bogs and hesitates between 1500rpm-3000rpm, and it only does this in 3rd and 4th gear. (runs fine when cold, only starts to do this 10 mins into warming up) For the past 3 weeks, a white cloud of smoke has been bellowing out the exhaust when you let off the accelerator from driving hard , and it also smokes on inclines and declines. (also had blue and black smoke when revved hard at stand still, but stopped doing that now) oil smells like its mixing with fuel, and a liquid of some sort is coming out the tailpipe. (Also a strong smell of fuel) But car isnt loosing/burning coolant? The car is almost on 172,000 miles, but I thought these last longer! I hope that it isn’t the end of the line for this car, as she has aged very well for being 14 years old, and the 3.0 straight 6 is one of the Supposed to be one of BMW’s most reliable units. Any suggestions on whats going on will be very appreciated…
  12. I've owned this car since October 2014. I do not sell the car because something is wrong with it, I just need a little change. Some of the Spec .... - 66500 miles - will increase slightly - I'm the 3rd owner - MOT until 29th October 2018 (only rear tyres advisory and now changed – all 4 tires are Kumho KU39) - FSH History - 4 BMW stamps, 3 Lexus Glasgow - Superb Beighe leather seats, Front seats heated and semi electric. - Car comes with 4 rubber mats of very good quality thick rubber. - Rear/Front genuine mad flaps - Electric boot lid that opens/closes from the key & button inside the car - - Widescreen Sat Nav, Bluetooth phone, - 18" Alloys with 4 almost new tyres (new rears fitted at 65100 miles, front ones covered about 4000 miles) - The car comes with 2 original keys Some of the work that has been done by me - Upgraded Angel eyes – Baus creation - Headlights upgraded to Xenon HID - Remapped to 223bhp by E-Maps Scotland (massive improvement) - The car has all windows tinted, front ones are very light, just to prevent the sun coming through. - Rear twitters - Logic 7 - Glow Plug control was changed end of last year. - Front bumper/Bonnet and both front wings were re-painted in 2016, due to stone chips. - Main thermostat & EGR thermostats were changed about 2 years ago - Both front springs were changed last January - Installed a new battery – about 2 years ago. - Summer wheels (R18) were fully refurbed at the end of the winter and have no scratches. - Service is duo in October 2018 I have almost all the receipts for what I have done to the car, if you need to see them or confirm when any repair work has been done let me know and I will find out. I think mechanically the car is great condition, if I had any advisories during MOT I would get them fixed – thanks to my OCD! Cosmetically the car looks in very good shape, apart from one scratch on front bumper, I will get a picture of it., it is one of the most reliable cars I have had! Bad Point/s...... - CD player does not work, never had a chance to get to it – can’t insert any CD in it. - Can’t think of anything else everyone, the car is really in good condition and any inspection is welcome! ALSO … I also have a very nice set of 4 x 18" fully refurbished Alloys fitted with Nokian 245/45/18 Winter tyres and these could be part of the sale depending on price agreed. The car is located in Glasgow, if you have any questions please call or text Vlady on 07881603230. Please leave a message if I don't answer as I can't always use my phone at work during the week. Cash or Bank transfer on collection. £7999 ono please. I know how many people like to comment/criticize someone’s advert so I apologies in advance if I made a mistake or did not put enough information about the car but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, thank you. More Pictures to follow - when I get a lunch brake!
  13. Andy85

    ELV Toolset 32

    Hi All, New here - wondering if there is anyone local to Guildford, Surrey that owns a ODB to USB cable that I could possibly borrow? I've got the ELV red steering wheel warning on the dash which wont allow me to disengage the steering lock or start the car. So up sh*t creek without a paddle!! I've got the software needed, but can't a cable for a few days and need to be able to drive the car. Green Flag couldn't do anything either. Any tips, or indeed someone willing to let me borrow a cable would be amazing. Thanks all.
  14. Babadaddy

    Dpf problems

    Hi everyone Nooby here. Just thought I'd warn of my experience with my beloved 520D Msport. I've owned it since 2016 and done barely 3000 miles. Sounds good ? Don't be fooled. Its just gone back in for its SECOND Dpf fiited after the first one blocked up last summer. The reason ? .... Well that's down to my car doing less than 5 miles per day to work and back !! My trusted technician informs me that these cars (all diesels really) need to be driven, the exhaust needs to get hot and burn the soot from the dpf or it will clog up and suffocate.. He says I should really plan to take it on the motorway at least once a month at 3000rpm for 15-20 mins to burn the ash away. I did not and its cost me over a grand for two new Dpf filters fitted. I'm gonna sell it and get a petrol instead. Hope this might enlighten you guys who are in a similar position to me. Got a bimmer diesel ? LET IT BREATHE AND STRETCH ITS LEGS LIKE IT WAS BUILT FOR.
  15. BMW//E60//530D


    Hi everyone, need some assitance with this bm, had an ongoing problem for 3 month and cant seem to find it, subwoofer was gettin fitted in the car and after it did the battery had died gue to the msport lights of the door and the boot light been on for a long period while it was getting fitted. Was jump started and after that it ran fine for a day, all of a sudden im slowin down towards a traffic lights the car shuts down and spits loads of warning lights at me like traction control, abs, cruize control, transmission light, power steering ect, after that it wont start up, all im gettin is a crank along with those lights and its despirate to start. So far the ecu has been replaced, trasmission module has been tested, new battery, famous blue dde relay changed. Has anyone got any leads to fixing the problem. After the ecu getting changed the car starts and drives but doesnt shift above 3rd gear, one more thing before i gave it too the specialst a local managed to get the car started and had it running fine by addin and earth wire, the earth wire was a double end crocodile clip with a digital screen and in the middle of it wich was connected to a wire under a relay infront of the dde to somewere near by, as soon as it was connected it ran fine with no warning light but after it comes off the car shuts doown again. Any help wpuld be great thanks.
  16. For some reason the passenger door is not unlocking with the key fob or the button on the dash, it still works fine from the inside using the handle. All other doors and the boot are functioning fine. Going to get into the door and have a look at the weekend but does anyone have any thoughts or advice on what ot could be before I go rooting around?
  17. Driving to work this morning as usual in my 2009 E60 520d auto, cruising along the dual carriageway around 70mph and got the dreaded 'bong' and 'transmission failure' displayed on the idrive. Car felt no different at speed but when I had stopped in the que for the work car park when pulling away it was very sluggish and reluctant to move, but once it got going it was ok. Reverse parked into my usual space, reverse worked fine, stopped the car killed the engine, waited a couple of minutes and started it again, no errors. Took it for a run around the car park and no issues. The car is still under warranty for the next week and a bit so im going to give the garage a call today and get it in but just wondering if anyone has had similar issues and what the diagnosis was?
  18. waynesmith880

    Cigarette Lighter Sockets

    Hi All, Just recently my 12v cigarette lighter ports stopped working for charging my phone etc. I have an adaptor with 2x USB ports in it and it always worked fine and was plugged in to the rear 12v socket behind the handbrake etc. Last week it stopped working and i cant work out why. It doesnt work in either of the rear 2 ports or the front one in the ash tray. I have changed the fuses in the boot and yesterday tried the actual cigarette lighter in all 3 ports and it worked in all 3!? Does anyone know what might be going on here or any suggestions for what i should test / take apart etc? Is there some circuit board somewhere that detects the device load and automatically cuts the voltage to 5v for example? Many thanks Wayne
  19. Hi guys, im new to this. Recently bought a 530d e60 (2006), had the transmission fault come up on the dash. It's come up a few times and wondering has anyone else had these issues. Would a gearbox service do the job? Thanks! sadiq
  20. BigMuthaTrUKa

    2 Glow Plug Relay's In Two Years

    Hi guys seem to be having a problem with these BERU relays.. 1st one i bought lasted 2yrs the 2nd i put on in January lasted about a week. I looked at the DDE module values info on INPA, alternator is pumping just over 14v on tick-over. Not sure if my exsisting turbo issue is causing the relay to short out from a build up of carbon deposits on the glow plugs. Basically the small turbo control valve is bypassed and left open. Since owning this car I inherited the issue, done as much research as i can with a little fiddling to fix the issue with no avail. I have been paying attention to a post on this forum in relation to this turbo pressure problem and JasonH seems to be on to something with the vacuum system. Anyways I thought id ask on here if anyone has had any issues with these "Ebay Relays" because im now looking at buying from Main Dealer and yes...... Get my arse raped...
  21. Can anybody help me decipher which of these symbols is the fuse for the auto dim mirror? Not sure why they cant just have a written description!!
  22. Does any have the original owners manuals and pamphlets that would have come in a 2006 E61 Touring? Thanks
  23. Horsey

    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*