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Well, it looks like some cars are in for it with the new MOT emission values for diesel, see below. Think the old MOT value was 3.5 2.2 What you need to know The amended limits to be applied from 20 May 2018 are: 1. First used before July 2008 None turbo 2.5m-1 or plate value if lower Turbo 3.0m-1 or plate value if lower 2. First used on or after 1 July 2008 All diesels 1.5m-1 or plate value if lower 3. First used on or after 1 January 2014 All diesels 0.7m-1 or plate value if lower
Dotcom1970 posted a topic in E39 1996-2004Rapidly coming to the conclusion that I need to replace the E39 . The MOT doesn’t expire till 23rd October, so got a couple of months but the reasoning is as follows: Will need major bodywork treatment, welding and anti-rust protection (possibly new fuel lines and brake pipes) – Car is 16 years old, and now is in a very salty climate Will need a service within 5000 miles Will need front tie end rods replaced (got parts inc new gaiters) Will need rear suspension control arms replaced (got some of the parts) Got a couple of electrical gremlins which I’m hoping a new rear light cluster will sort (Waiting for one from eBay for £8) Mileage is now 262K!! I’ve put 100K miles on it, so really it doesn’t owe me anything now. It’s a shame as it’s very comfortable and economic for the mileage I do. 45mpg easy and over 600 miles to a tank. Could make a great project car for somebody keen on DIY etc as the engine and transmission are solid. Here is a list of what I have done to it in the 5 years I've had it: New Alternator New Water Pump New AC Compressor New Turbo Wiring Loom New Turbo vacuum pipes New Coolant Hoses (All) New Underfloor Fuel Pump New Battery New ABS Pump Custom Longlife Stainless Steel Exhaust with Secondary Cats removed. Vortex Breather (E60 Style BMW OEM) Swirl Flaps Removed EGR Delete New Engine Mounts (BMW OEM) New Front and Rear ARB (BMW OEM) New Front Complete control arms (Lemfroder) New Shocks Front & Rear (Sachs) E60 Screen Washer Nozzles M Sport Multifunction Steering Wheel Focal Integration rear speakers Alpine Headunit with Bluetooth iPod LED Interior lights and puddle lights Hella Angel Eye Headlights Hella Xenon Ballasts Larger Front brake callipers, discs, pads (Pagid) New discs/pads all round (Pagid) 4 x Summer Wheels/Tyres (Conti) 1 x Summer Wheel 4 x Winter Wheels/Tyres (Conti) 1 x Winter Wheel (Flat Tyre on rim) Rear LED Registration lights Rear Number Plate carrier Various Brodit mounting plates Plus always had a full service every 15000 miles ish including air, pollen and fuel filters. Engine is very smooth and in perfect running order as is the transmission, although that hasn't ever been serviced! Pretty much full service history detailing all the above. Loads of spares including: Part installed Parking sensor loom. Front and rear Bumper trim + all sensors Shadowline Trim CD Player and Mounting Frame Amplifier Mounting Frame T60 Telestarter module Undertray Rear Celis Lights and Ballasts (One needs rewiring) Boot Wiring Loom Custom Made Front Door Speaker mounts for 165mm Woofers (Never Fitted) Bad Things: Boot doesn't lock (needs the spring replaced in the solenoid) Rust in all the usual places Paint Lacquer peeling on bootlid. Boot wiring loom hacked (see above new loom though) CD Changer cables cut (Do have Alpine compatible CD Changer and cables to replace though) Basic spec of the car - 05/2000 MY E39 530d SE Auto 142Kw - Full leather interior with climate control - 262K miles So, I wonder realistically what it is worth? £800 - £1K perhaps given the amount of work already carried out?
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