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  1. Hello All, I've been pondering this for a while now and whilst I absolutely adore my Bavarian Beauty, I feel she is slightly under powered being a 520i. I'm thinking of a few reasonably sensible mods to get the best out of her without it being too over the top. My ideas are: Induction Kit Remap Brakes Lowered (slightly) Leather Seat and door card conversion (not urgent). Has anyone here had any experience of doing this and what are general thoughts? Many thanks Jamie
  2. Hello, I'm going to replace the shocks on my E39 525 TDS and I found a nice offer from a brand I've never heard of. - Does anyone know Bergh Europe shock absorbers? They're from Poland. I'm also considering Kayaba but it's price is higher. Thanks.
  3. Hi, I am currently in Scotland with my E61 (2007 LCI facelift) & have had the above fault come up. This is the first time i have had it & a problem with the suspension. After doing some research on the 'net i have done the following things: -Checked fuses. All ok. No issues. -Checked the ride height sensors: NS: If i move the the arm up or down i get no click from the relay, or the compressor kicking in. The air bag is also soft (with the car jacked up) , however this side is sat higher. OS: If i move the arm up or down i can hear the relay click, but again no compressor kicking in. The air bag on this side has pressure in it when the car is jacked up. (I am unable to reach the airbags when the car is level on the ground to check if they have pressure or not) I am making an assumption that the 1 relay controls both sides here, and it is not independently controlled. Is this correct? Is there a way i can test the relay/the inputs on the car by shorting across the contact terminals to make the compressor kick in? What else is there in the system that i can check that may be preventing the compressor from kicking in? I have limited tools with me, so can only diagnose via testing parts on the car and the way they should respond to inputs. On another note can anyone recommend a good BMW Indi near/around Motherwell. Thanks in advance.
  4. Having had the touring for a couple of weeks I'm slowly building up a "must look at" list, like we all do with a new-old car. Any suggestions for popular faults and fixes gratefully appreciated! Car is a '99 520i SE Auto with 135k miles if it makes any difference. PDC (rear only) - when bought, I just got the solid 5 second bleep. Quick check of the "listen for the clicking" suggested the RH outer sensor was U/S. Bought one from GSF, fitted it, tested and working - for all of a day. I don't get anything now - no solid bleep, no nothing. Has the "new" (pattern) sensor killed the unit? VANOS - I know the 520i isn't a ball of fire but I was expecting a bit more "go". If I hit the boards and invoke kickdown it's not too bad. A quick google suggested that unless I have a receipt otherwise, assume the VANOS is duff at this mileage but aside from a little bit of rattle if the revs go over about 2500rpm when its still cold, I don't have the other symptoms of it sounding like a sewing machine at idle, or a poor/rough/surging idle. Is it worth rebuilding it with new seals anyway, and are the kits the rattle rings necessary or will the "basic" kit do? When coming to a stop, I get a feeling of a pitching fore and aft as soon as I actually come to a stop about 3 or 4 times, but at a quicker frequency than I'd expect from duff dampers? The pitching is at about 1Hz frequency. It's the first car I've ever had with airbags on the back so don't know if its a peculiarity of the system or something is a bit "sloppy". I think there's a squeak from the back end as well when the rear suspension moves but not all of the time. I think the PO didn't have a clue on about cars in general - he might have sent it in for a service once a year but I think he was taken for a ride. Plugs were a right state, as was the air filter and the oil filter came out in 3 parts (top, bottom and the actual element came out as a 6-foot length). Add in the fact it's running on a mismatched set of chinese ditchfinder tyres maybe I should have seen the warning signs but it does drive nice and the engine is (generally) quiet and very smooth with no shimmy from the steering and aside from some peeling lacquer I've only found 2 small spots of any rust (tailgate and a bit of brown on one rear arch so took a punt and think it's OK in general - just want to catch any problems before they become major issues. It's recently had a new rad, alternator and ABS controller - those 3 probably bring me up to the purchase price so I shouldn't complain..
  5. For sale is a whole set of a factory sport suspension for 6 cylinder saloon e39 5 series. Front ones might also fit touring models, but please do your own checks beforehand. Set consist of: 2 front shock absorbers - 31 31 1 096 857 - genuine Sachs Advantage / BMW Sport shocks 2 rear shock absorbers - 33 52 1 091 922 - genuine Sachs Advantage / BMW Sport shocks 2 front springs - genuine BMW Sport / M Technic spring - part number unknow. 2 rear spring - genuine BMW Sport / M Technic spring - part number unknow. All four shocks are in good useable condition without any leaks. Front springs are good condition with just some surface rust and some paint peelng off. Rear springs have snapped on the smallest coil - on both sides (yours if you want them) Also included are 2 front bump stops (one is split) and front spring pads. Removed from a 2001 e39 525i fitted with optional S704 M Sports suspension. A nice upgrade to any standard SE suspension giving you also a 15mm drop in ride height. Price is £100 for the whole set or I might split it in pairs: Front shocks - £40 Rear shocks - £40 Front springs - £40 Rear springs will come free if you want them, or I will bin them. All prices include P&P (except for rear springs) Collection in person from New Milton in Hampshire also available at a discounted price. Please contact me with your requirements and also check my other items, as I'm having a garage clear out.
  6. so decided to change my front shock obs as they were looking worn off , and while i was at it decided to change the track control arm , control arm & the stabilizer link . having a problem finding rear shocks as non available here in the market . any good websites that sell good rear shock for my model ? any advice ?? other things that i might need to consider
  7. Hi I recently purchased a 530d touring (my 4th e39 touring) with an air suspension issue. The story goes that the owner left the hatch open and flooded the spare well (lesson, ensure there is a drain hole!). This affected the suspension electrics. He has unfortunately played around with it and left it so that it can be topped up manually by plugging a few wires in but it's all cut around and bodged. The pumps work and he has supplied a spare set and control box. The car is useable as the offside stays at the level set, the nearside loses a little over a few days but can easily be topped up by running the pump. The service history shows new airbags two years back. I have two options: I have a pair of eibach springs and pads ready to go in (it has the optional M sport suspension so front already low), or I could purchase a replacement wiring loom and try to get it all working again. I have time to play with as MOT is Feb 16. My question is, what about the Xenons? If I fit springs and leave all the sensors in place will they still self level? Or are they dependent on having the self levelling suspension? i don't want MOT issues on this next year if I go the springs route. I do like the air as I do load the car and it is nice to stay level but springs are a temptingly simple fix if it works with the xenons.. Thanks for any advice
  8. Hi there, I'm due to change my old SE shocks for new KONI STR.T M Sport shocks on my e39 525d 2002,I've got the set of Eibach Pro Sport springs to go with new shocks,but not sure what Top Mounts do I need?! As far as I concerned,there is no difference between Top Mounts for M Sport suspension and SE suspension,so is it ok to use standard top mounts with performance shocks or do I need some performance top mounts is well? Regards, Alex
  9. Hello every one, I'm planning to change my standard shocks on my E39 525d SE 2002 with a Monroe Reflex shocks(already have an Eibach lowering springs on),they come in two different options, M-Sport(or heavy duty) and Standard, SO,what is the difference between M-sport suspensions and Standard ( I mean fitting) or in the other words, will the M-sport shocks fit a SE car? Thanks
  10. My beast is coming up to 14 years old with 66k on the clock. For its Birthday I'm going to overhaul the entire suspension setup as things are starting to feel a little tired. I'm going to do the overhaul in 2 stages, springs, shocks, top mounts, plates and dust covers etc. first, then when I've got the cash I'll do control arms, arb links, tie rods and bushes etc as they seem ok at the moment. Now to do springs, shocks and others bits like dust covers and spring plates etc the OE parts alone come to about £1800 front and rear (I'll post the part numbers and cost breakdown when I get near a computer later). I can get this down to about £1400 if I don't replace the springs. Do you think it's over kill to replace the springs as I've read somewhere springs should outlast 2-3 sets of shocks? Also, would it be best to do the front and rear shocks at the same time or could I get away with doing the front first then the rear few months later (200-400 miles)?
  11. Bumped the car on a kurb the other day. It hasnt felt 100% since it happened and i was thinking about giving the front end a re-fresh anyway then going for a hunter alighnment. Has anyone any experience of these 'cheap' kits on ebay?? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-FRONT-SUSPENSION-WISHBONE-TRACK-CONTROL-ARM-KIT-ARMS-WISHBONES-DROP-LINKS-/251362504165?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&hash=item3a865f6de5 and http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-Series-E39-1995-2004-2-Front-Upper-Lower-Wishbone-Control-Arms-Kit-/330984421550?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&hash=item4d103578ae
  12. My car was suffering with 'the shimmies' towards the end of last year, and it was very uncomfortable and unsettling to drive. First of all I changed the Metric wheels for 15" Style 5 BBS wheels and 'Falken' tyres. Once I got under it I noticed both shocks were weeping and the anti-roll bar drop links were past it, so these were all replaced (OEM BMW links and Bilstein OEM-spec dampers). This has improved the handling no end, and the shimmy is gone- however, I have noticed the ride quality is still not as good as the first E34 I test drove. There's nothing 'wrong' with it, it's very good compared to all my previous cars, but not as good as that other E34, which was also a 525i SE Touring (albeit 3 years older and with 50k more miles). What components should I be looking at to improve it? Part of me says it's just because the first car had spongy cloth seats and mine has leather...
  13. Hi, One of my front shocks is weeping very slightly and I was advised, a few months ago now, that it wouldn't pass the MOT like this. First of all, is this for sure? Does even a small leak residue automatically fail the MOT? Either way, I'd like to replace the front shock absorbers, they are now 11 years old and on 60k miles. Car is SE spec. I am considering going for the OEM Sachs (~£100 each from Motormec). Any suggestions for alternatives? I've also had a suggestion for Bilstein B6's, although these are considerably more expensive at £220 each. Also, any reccomendations for having these fitted somewhere in North London or thereabouts? I understand its ~3 hours labour? Thanks for any help.
  14. Good morning all, Was hoping some of you knowlegable chaps (or chapesses) could offer a second opinion on the below. I took my much loved and maintained e61 2005/55plate 525d msport to my new BMW stealer in Coventry (Sytners) for her routine service (143k miles) and this is what the robbin gits came back with: Requires new EGR valve £241.50 + vat(even though just replaced along with other thormostat in Jan 12. see other topics) Auto Gearbox oil change and new seal £370.00+vat!!!!! New rear suspension wishbones (both sides) due to apparent knackered bushes, and new n/s/f track rod + alinement £1153.00+vat (not noticed any issues!!!) Complete new pads & discs front / rear £678.00+vat (even thought all checked 100% by previous dealer in Jan 12 when thermostat replaced!!!) Apparent engine oil leak from inlet manifold £322.00+vat (no leaks ever noticed on drive/ no excess consumtion etc....) As you can see, the above list totals to a princely sum of cash, that even if required, i believe the prices to be over inflated and mildly taking the p*ss! Q1) Has anyone else experienced issues as above with dealers trying it on? Q2) Surely some of the faults would be noticable and spotted by other dealer in Jan 12? Q3) Even allowing for worst case senario......Am I the only one shocked by the prices? I look forward to the associated rants and constructive feedback