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  1. On my way to pick up my e61 from what I believe to be a garage with a decent reputation. The gearbox was dripping spots of oil onto my driveway so I called them up and they explained that it's likely that the sump has cracked and they would change the sump, the oil, the gasket and the mechatronic sleeve for £400 inc vat. Bit pricey I thought but ok. When I was there I asked them to do the glowplugs and the controller and blank the swirl flaps. About £500 extra they said. Bit pricey I thought but ok. Just got the call to collect the car and they said all in its £1200! Said they had to change a pressure valve and he waffled on a bit about some extra labour. Additionally they said there was nothing wrong with the sump it was just the gasket that was leaking, so they put the sump back on. £1200 for a gasket, gearbox oil, glowplugs and swirl flap blanks!?? Im sure I'll just end up paying as I hate arguing but this seems ridiculous What would you do?
  2. Hi everyone, Got a low coolant level warning in my '04 525d estate today. It has 95k miles on the clock, I checked the level after the engine cooled down and it was slightly below the minimum marker. I could still see some green fluid in there. Havent noticed any puddles and the car drives fine otherwise. I did get the thermostats and the exhaust manifold changed about 4 months ago which involved replacing the coolant. Worth investigating further or shall I just top it off and see how it goes?
  3. How do you adjust the toe on the rear axle, #2 traction strut?
  4. So far: I'm using the high outputs of the floor subs to feed an Amp in the boot, to then drive 2 medium sized cabs, each with 8 inch sub drivers (from my previous E39). The stock basic (head unit powered audio) system has a somewhat querky setup. As noted elsewhere, the other speakers are hi bass pass filtered and do not contain full range sub frequencies, hence using the floor subs as a feed (instructions here and info here). The head unit also does strange mixing left/right when pushing the balance fully left or right, so leaving the left/right balance centered. Edit: Took the Amp remote from boot cigaret lighter socket where again brown is earth/neg (wondered why it wasn't working...). This will only trigger the Amp remote when then engine ignition is on (when the engine is running). I've added some front door tweeters in the quarters, also as previously noted on this forum, the over EQ'd brightness of the head unit requires dialing back the treble to the middle. Referenced the BMW E60 E61 FRONT DOOR PANEL REMOVAL video, but I left all connections and airbag attached, using a large cardboard box (15cm above the bottom of the door) and a chair to hold the door card whilst tapping in the tweeter (with inline supplied crossover box) onto the front door speaker feed. Remember, any audio wire with a brown stripe is the negative (German). Caution, black tweeter quarter grill (in door) is very soft and easily damaged. Fitted a pair of Hertz DT 24.3 80w Tweeter 24mm (~£30 for a pair including crossovers). Whilst an improvement I still have to balance the full strength of the boot subs relative to the floor subs with respect to a bass setting about +3 (where 0 = centred). Not sure this kind of upgrade is going to be as successful as with other cars and might find a less muddy solution by disconecting the floor subs (that requires removing the front seat bolts again!). Noticed some CPU like electronic interfearance being dragged in from somewhere, maybe the hi output feeds running too close to kit in the bottom of the boot or along side wiring looms without using twisted pair wiring. Luckily when the boot Amp is switched into sub frequency mode the interfearance is not a problem and is largely filtered out. Tomorrow I will try putting the sub drivers closer together centered instead of at extremes. I'm looking for the best orientation for phase compatibility with the stock floor subs? After trying this n that and swapping polarity, I'm currently settling on the boot subs facing upward and situated up against the rear seats. Not too bad but I feel there could be a better sub location setup, any opinions?
  5. Hi all, long time no post... Anyway, short story version. I went to look at an E61 530i Touring 6 Speed Manual 2007 LCI (269bhp) 110k miles 2 owners (mostly London commuting), plus a few extras from factory etc. Test driving and noticed a funny low end noise, I thought it was bottom end but later (after shooting the video) I realised that the knocking went away when the clutch was pressed in. That led me to Dual Mass flywheel issues but I don't know or what specific mechanisms are envolved or how they are malfunctioning (spring weights etc.). Most noticable heavy knocking on tickover and just after a little rev. Put the clutch in and it goes away. I thought the top end was a bit tappy, more than I would expect and I could detect the engine slightly rocking around. Is this normal for these tuned 530i LCI 2007 onward setups? Can any of you guys have a listen a see what you think, enlighten me? It goes well but this is the first 530i I've test driven. Booted it in 2nd n 3rd and noticed the performance below 3k RPM quite average, though I've never been that impressed with low end torque from BMW 6 cyl petrol engines. Up through 4k RPM and the magic starts to really happen, building nicely until I bail out at 6k RPM.
  6. E61 530d. I used to change my engine oil with a suction pump on my e34 and e39 and it used to pull all the oil out. However I just tried on my E61 and only got 5 or 6 litres. Is the sump a funny shape that the dipstick tube is not above the lowest point? I guess I'll have to drain it the old fashioned way. Any thoughts?
  7. E61 530d. I used to change my engine oil with a suction pump on my e34 and e39 and it used to pull all the oil out. However I just tried on my E61 and only got 5 or 6 litres. Is the sump a funny shape that the dipstick tube is not above the lowest point? I guess I'll have to drain it the old fashioned way. Any thoughts?
  8. Hi, I bought myself 2004 E61 to replace my 2001 e39 that I didn't bother doing the swirl flaps on. It bit me. Anyway my android phone, Xperia Z5 pairs and transfers numbers but I'm lucky to get one call before the sound reverts back to the phone with nothing through the speakers. Is this fixable? Or is the bt unit just too old. I guess this is a common problem. Any solution? Cheers.
  9. Hello! Im Marcus, and I'm the proud owner of this E61 535d m sport LCI hope to find the forum a good source of info on any issues that may pop up in the future. She goes into BMW tomorrow for a once over, so I'll know what needs doing. It has an oil leak, and I've read that this can be the red charge air hose that can perish. Hoping it's just that, as it is dirty; but I'll wait to see what the experts say. Expecting to spend some money on it to get it ship shape. In general though its in great shape for 109,000 miles. The sunroof (heard they are problematic) has been coded just to vent, so I'll ask about that when I'm in too. Cheers
  10. Ordered a D-Can cable for my 2007 E61 525i N53B30 the other day... arrived silly fast - many thanks. Installing the dvd onto a W10 laptop I worked my way down the list, but first problem was the cable driver install failed straight away with an error stating the installation syntax was invalid. Installed everything else without issue. Trying it out today, The cable-car connection worked fine, so it seems being unable to install the driver package doesn't cause a problem. However, while in INPA using various 'live data' displays, I repeatedly got errors to do with 'API error #134' and another up until the live updating of data stopped. Any guesses what I've done wrong ?
  11. Well hopefully this will be a shortlived thread, but knowing my luck I doubt it. However, as a resource it may help someone, so why not? Few weeks back my 2007 E61 N53B30 experienced a failure of the coolant 'vent tube' that run from the expansion tank to a pathetic plastic tube under the radiator top cover plate to the radiator on the upper n/s. After investigation I replaced the crumbled tube with copper hydraulic pipe and all is well. Allied to the engine bay being sprayed with coolant, the aux belt managed to slip off (not fun as you approach a 5way roundabout) and thus I lost power steering. With the coolant pipe done and belt refitted a few days later I noted a whine from the engine bay which increased with engine revs and also with steering input. Investigation found very low steering fluid, but no blatant leak traces. Now I've had a better chance to look, I found sticky residue on the pipes under the reservoir and green fluid dripmarks inboard of the n/s front wheel. Plan - remove and inspect/replace reservoir, identify damaged hose(s), loose union(s) as found. Actions - Remove air filter box for access, remove (now empty) steering fluid reservoir, clean residue from hoses and reservoir - inspect as much as possible for damage, replace reservoir with new Mehle unit. Once cleaned, there was no signs of splits in the hoses and the remaining fluid levels visible in the hoses stayed the same over the 4 hours of the job (I had to wait for a pair of jubilees to replace the one use clips under the reservoir), the power steering pump was clean and dry with no signs of anything loose, so for the moment I've reassembled the system with the new reservoir as a precaution, refilled and after a slight top-up this morning (hoses dry) and a test run, all seems well once more. However, I shall be monitoring. Having had a chance to clean the old reservoir and vented lid with copious amounts of very hot water, I cannot find any flaw or failure in it so on the shelf for the moment as a spare. The pics below show the general area with the airbox removed, power steering reservoir and carrier removed. The remaining fluid can be seen in the two disconnected hoses and for reference the 'vacuum changeover switch' recently replaced (controls the cooling air duct flaps) can be seen top and slightly right of the red +ve point. The flat/wide plug in the 1st pic is for the MAF, the large duct behind/below it attaches to the airbox 'out'. The item resting on the intake manifold is the new reservoir, prior to fitting. The power steering pump can be seen in pic 1 to the right of the two blue topped torx bolts and the alternator +ve connection is the red item nearby (as someone pointed out in another thread, that exposed nut is slightly worrying). (Bonus to the job - I recovered a 1/4" 6mm socket someone had lost between the chassis member and wheelarch liner). This is the N53B30 petrol engine.
  12. 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
  13. I have an '04 E61 with goosed stats (temperature never rising about 70) I've watched some tutorials and feel really confident that I can DIY the stats, by have some questions about coolant which doesn't seem to be covered in the guides I've watched/read. - When changing the thermostats should I drain the coolant? - If not, can I just allow some to leak while changing the main thermostat and then top up? Should I remove the underside tray? - Do I need to bleed the system of air? How? Thanks a lot for your help, I really appreciate it!
  14. I see that the E39 guys and girls have done a mileage register. I thought this would be a good idea for us E60 and E61 drivers to do. Please follow the layout below; to keep things simple please only update the mileage once every 6 months. Horsey Username Engine Fuel type Year Mileage Horsey 3.0 Diesel 2004 83,302 Shaz H 2.0 Diesel 2005 97,300 Forster1993 2.5 Diesel 2005 116,000 PL Doughnut 3.0 Petrol 2008 87,156 ROG45 3.0 Diesel 2009 14,461 Tuvoc 3.0 Petrol 2004 127,000 Nbains 2.0 Diesel 2008 99,500 Daveok 2.5 Diesel 2004 213,350 5Sport 3.0 Diesel 2005 135,996 Marko530d 3.0 Diesel 2005 137,000 J2112 2.5 Diesel 2004 95,500 CTRob 3.0 Diesel 2004 182,000 Predshaw 3.0 Diesel 2008 112, 000 Adam530d 3.0 Diesel 2004 134,500 Update: If enough people participate I will set up a google spreadsheet document so we can keep an updated register in my Google Drive for all to access.
  15. Hello, I thought it was time to start a log of my car and it's progress. I brought this car on 24th May 2016. I looked at cars as far north as Middlesborough and as far south as London and ended up buying a car 10 minutes away from me in Leicester! I'm the third owner of the car, with the mileage currently on 161,600! It runs sweet, has full BMW service history and has had no faults that I'm aware of! It already had tinted windows and the shadowline/black grills. The previous owner also installed Ice white halo's. My plans are: - Full detail incl. Gtechniq C1 sealant - Low profile roof rack and roof box (May include wrapping the roof for protection) - Fix stone chipped bumper - Upgrade sat-nav - Done - Maybe a detachable towbar - Remap after 6 months (want to gauge condition of everything) - iDrive interface with reverse camera? - Dash camera Here are some pictures
  16. Well after much searching it appears that there's sod all (so far) regarding the thermostats on petrol engines. Specifically the N53 3.0 petrol engine. Masses on your diesels but SFA on petrols. So, what I've come up with so far is that my E61 525i manages to make it to about 77c... maybe 82c at a push, but then comes down to 75c (as reported in the maint. menu option 7) As the spec for the N53B30 engine calls for an operating temp of 100c I'm thinking the stat has had better days and so replacing with Pt No. 11537549476 would be a smart move. So the questions are, are my assumptions correct/reasonable? Is it a pig of a driveway job as it looks - all done under front right hand corner? Anything that would help me to know before I start ordering bits and planning a 'fun weekend' ?
  17. Looking for a passenger E60 skirt. Will pay for delivery. 07749 4 five five 1 four 5 Noz
  18. Morning/afternoon gents, Firstly, thanks for the 135 spare wheel kit recently obtained via ebay. Nice service. Current requirement - could you quote please for the tailgate window switch (outside and below the rear wiper) on my 2007 E61. Thanks, Andy
  19. Hi All I've had a 2009 E61 535D for about 6 months and finally got round to joining. I have to say, what an engine. Coming from a 1.8 civic, it was a big change. I owe you guys a lot of thanks already for sorting out the common issues whilst they were still easy fixes and not big bills. Work Done already: Main and EGR Thermostats replaced Glow plug controller replaced Runflats replaced with non-runflat tyres Angel eye Bulbs replaced with LEDs Dashcam fitted front and rear The Black Grill and Tinted windows were done by the previous owner Next on my list is to get the wheels refurbished as they have some kerb damage and also corrosion around the center and the wheel nuts. Many thanks
  20. Well Hi all... another newbie here. Had the '57 E61 all of 2 weeks and already this place has proven helpful. So far apart from a good clean out and poke around, I've adjusted the handbrake and reset the service indicators using guidance from you guys/gals. More general info from some things others have done helped when I fitting the DVR and the rear camera head, although I wish I'd have known the heater controls just pull off before I took the whole panel off... all as the psgr side controller was pointing at the wrong temp. Replacing the halo bulbs.... well that drew blood. I'm not a big modder, but I'm sure I'll be using this place plenty as I cover all the normal running maint and get everything 'just right'.
  21. HI everyone! I've recently been given a pay rise to fund a new car at work. I don't think my bosses are too happy with me running around in my beat up old Renault Clio (despite the fact that it's hella reliable & does crazy MPG for a naturally asperated petrol, it is untidy and slower than most HGV's from a standing start!). Plus I'm doing a lot more miles per year now. I did about 20,000 last year. So I want something comfier and yet reliable! (and I'm about to move further away from work so this will increase!) I'm not into buying brand new cars though, and would much rather spend £4-£5k on something second hand and get it paid off as quickly as possible. I have a few decent trips planned this year and so was thinking the extra space of an estate might be ideal really. At first I was looking at Merc W211's. But as most have auto boxes (whcih I've never really been a fan of) and I've no experience with Mercs really, I started looking at BMW's as I have some experience with these owning an E36 328i Sport on the side. So I started looking at E61's (Diesel versions). I've read up a few things online about them, but wondered if anyone could direct me to a buyers guide or anything? Or let me know what I should be looking at if I go look at some? I'm not put off by general maintenance. Suspension etc. I've managed at home before on other cars. Clutches/gearboxes are a little more difficult but again I can usually find some way to work on them. I've read about swirl flaps which don't seem to difficult to resolve. I've come across a couple with the faulty air suspension at the rear. Again, expensive but seems like a fairly easy fix. DPF's are what put me off a bit. Cars in my price range are going to be over 100,000 miles and I'm worried if I buy and E61 diesel with these miles I'm going to have to replace the DPF straight away. I have to join a motorway wherever I go from my house, so I think my lifestyle could manage maintaining/regenerating a DPF. Really is there any way to check the DPF is on its way out? Finally, I notice all seem to come with iDrive installed? I've never used this system so pardon my ignorance: - Do any have DAB radios? - Can you plug iPhones in to them to play music from a phone? Sorry for the long post! Thanks for the help in advance!
  22. HI everyone! I've recently been given a pay rise to fund a new car at work. I don't think my bosses are too happy with me running around in my beat up old Renault Clio (despite the fact that it's hella reliable & does crazy MPG for a naturally asperated petrol, it is untidy and slower than most HGV's from a standing start!). Plus I'm doing a lot more miles per year now. I did about 20,000 last year. So I want something comfier and yet reliable! (and I'm about to move further away from work so this will increase!) I'm not into buying brand new cars though, and would much rather spend £4-£5k on something second hand and get it paid off as quickly as possible. I have a few decent trips planned this year and so was thinking the extra space of an estate might be ideal really. At first I was looking at Merc W211's. But as most have auto boxes (whcih I've never really been a fan of) and I've no experience with Mercs really, I started looking at BMW's as I have some experience with these owning an E36 328i Sport on the side. So I started looking at E61's (Diesel versions). I've read up a few things online about them, but wondered if anyone could direct me to a buyers guide or anything? Or let me know what I should be looking at if I go look at some? I'm not put off by general maintenance. Suspension etc. I've managed at home before on other cars. Clutches/gearboxes are a little more difficult but again I can usually find some way to work on them. I've read about swirl flaps which don't seem to difficult to resolve. I've come across a couple with the faulty air suspension at the rear. Again, expensive but seems like a fairly easy fix. DPF's are what put me off a bit. Cars in my price range are going to be over 100,000 miles and I'm worried if I buy and E61 diesel with these miles I'm going to have to replace the DPF straight away. I have to join a motorway wherever I go from my house, so I think my lifestyle could manage maintaining/regenerating a DPF. Really is there any way to check the DPF is on its way out? Finally, I notice all seem to come with iDrive installed? I've never used this system so pardon my ignorance: - Do any have DAB radios? - Can you plug iPhones in to them to play music from a phone? Sorry for the long post! Thanks for the help in advance!
  23. Have a odd problem with my 54 plate E61 530d! my key locks and unlocks the car fine(remotely)! if I then use the push button or open the split glass on the boot the key will no longer lock or unlock the car?
  24. Hi Guys! It's been a while since I posted - it's been a difficult few months, but Brutus (my 04 reg E61) is still keeping me smiling every time I drive him! But....he failed his MOT on bushes - specifically the Rear upper link arm and Front axle lower rear link arm. The Garage quoted me almost £300 to supply and fit - that's not even BMW OEM parts! With a free re-test of course! I managed to buy the same parts online for £90 and I'm hoping to do the work myself to save me some pennies (my Mrs is livid - I only bought the car in June!) My question is: I have rebuilt some cars in the past - is changing these a big thing to do DIY on the driveway with some axle-stands and a decent torque-wrench or something I should get the mechanics to do? How long does the job take for a competent DIYer and how long for a garage? Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance! FakeBob