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this is what happens when you have too much spare time, ambitions and surplus funds - you buy a problem then get immersed. !!

 

Yes, but gives you something to do. Maybe a profit or break even! Great car once sorted

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<p>So, very pleased to say:</p>
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<p>no coolant loss, heater box functions fine (flaps etc) and 45 minute test showed coolant level maintained and heater circuit now producing heat, engine happy.    . <img class="bbc_emoticon" src="http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/public/style_emoticons/default/icon_razz.gif" title=":razz:" />  <img class="bbc_emoticon" src="http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/public/style_emoticons/default/icon_razz.gif" title=":razz:" /></p>
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<p>dashboard/console almost rebuilt. -<em><strong> now completed, engine cooling circuit and cabin heat fine.</strong></em></p>
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<p>air con pressure test/regas next couple of days<em><strong>.hopefully this week.</strong></em></p>
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<p>engine fine and maybe tunnel end in sight but will confirm when in daylight !!</p>
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<p><em><strong>drain, flush and fill with proper coolant and test again</strong></em></p>
<p><em><strong>final bits, get period nokia phone working.</strong></em></p>
<p><em><strong>rebuild damaged n.side wing mirror from spare</strong></em></p>
<p><em><strong>test the sound system and see if dvd players in rear can be made to work.</strong></em></p>
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its getting there, only shortage was special  hose connecting block to heater box, got that at £47 plus vat but it now fitted.

shell clean, dried and treated with anti fungus that also on the underside of dry carpets.

seats back in. cabin heating system works fine and no leakages, drain to get out any last radweld and fill with correct stuff.

engine bay 90% refitted.

 

mirror interior and passenger side to do, have spares.

air con, drier and re gas.

dyd players. will they work ?

phone mast and test phone.

 

road test and make sure no air locks - then we go again after fantastic clean to get over the dramas etc.

 

knew it would be sorted but keeping low key until all tested/ok/ and smiling.

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Collected this eve, full temp control and air con as it should be, richer in comfort but poorer in pocket - not that that is anyone's fault but mine really but the problem was well hidden by p/o and his mechanic mate. therefore searching and  diagnosing a final solution just led us deeper into the car, ultimately into the bare shell, finally showing the massive heater matrix failure and about 5kg of rad seal l poured into the system instead of doing the repair properly.

 

Just a bit of minor improvements re my needs but it was good to have this car back and it a joy to drive re steering, suspension and all that oomf, miles different from the 540T as much as i liked that car.

 

I always thought I had fair experience re used cars, not buying a problem ones but did this time and luckily had resources to rise above the disaster and unkindly in my view a biit of a sharp move. from p/o, but that is life and we all go there once in a while.

 

it is still an nice example of a fine Alpina model and i shall keep it despite its xmas drinkers appetite for five star alcohol. :???:

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A fixed and well-performing Alpina should erase the bitter memories of a deliberately hidden bodge, and the very considerable extra oomph over a 540 is very enjoyable isn't it? :)

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interior now cleaned, black thick leather cleaned and feed applied, slip mats deep cleaned and now very presentable, also door cards, dash top and wood trim also done as well.

 

did engine bay on friday.

 

charged battery as it been stood for four weeks apart from drive home.

 

thats it really.

 

All tests proved good so far and pleased with the end result.

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Inside stripped, carpet and underlay were soaked by anitfreeze leak, heater matrix badly corroded !!

transplant now (hopefully) organised - bits arrive at weekend via Will mobile.

 

live in hope of resurrection  of the black shadow, full of confidence as usual,

 

E39 crap. I recently replaced the matrix on my '89 that sprung a leak after 25 years and 300k. :cool:

 

Only took me 45 minutes as well.

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E39 crap. I recently replaced the matrix on my '89 that sprung a leak after 25 years and 300k. :cool:

 

Only took me 45 minutes as well.

 

agree, car was more like a bomb site than a heater matrix replacement, not helped though as we had to take the whole lot out i.e. heater box plus carpets to bail out the footwells.

so a black mark against E39 design but at least its nice and warm now and car not steamed up via pond in floor pan, :razz:

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Fast motorway run just done, 300 miles round M25 etc, no issues re cooling and heating, all works via replacement heater box, water valves, climate control panel, new water pump, new thermostat, new hoses and viscous - how about that for a replacement parts list?

 

car running fine and suprisingly economical when at licence keeping speeds, cruising at 80/85 it just loitering.

 

why should get intermittant message on start and shutdown, "tyre pressure monitor inoperative" or some such info - is there are wiring connection to check or a suspect module from the flooded shell, any advice welcome as this one will be eliminated one way or the other.  think the issue most be linked to data from wheel sensors but that a pure guess.

 

thanks and well pleased.....

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Hi RosieE39/2, thanks and you have helped a lot, i shall now clarify what fitted to the car, it is a 1999 build registered in 2000, so it has to be a pre facelift and is currently on the factory fit 18" alpina wheels for 4.6 B.10

 

havent seen the switch (can be off = inoperative display) but always possible it there and activated.by default or just not fitted to the 1999 build.

also will check tyre pressures and do preliminary checks before pulling car apart again. !

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I've always fancied the tyre pressure system but it does seem to be rather unreliable. Good luck with fixing it - I remember someone spending loads of time trying to sort it out and eventually found the problem was the spare

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Both systems use the same switch, which is in the wood/aluminium trim below the fog light switch.

It's partially hidden by the steering wheel and blinker stalk when you're sitting in the drivers' seat.

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Both systems use the same switch, which is in the wood/aluminium trim below the fog light switch.

It's partially hidden by the steering wheel and blinker stalk when you're sitting in the drivers' seat.

 

Thanks, found it and tried a couple of on/offs to free up switch, maybe it will be ok now says he quite hopefully.

at least understand how another bit of E39 complexity can cause a few problems after fourteen years or so,

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I wish you hadn't brought up the TPM system because it's got me thinking again....

 

I destroyed one of my tyres last year as I didn't realise I had a puncture (low speed in a straight line on low profile tyres)! So I looked at the TPM system but it didn't seem to be very accurate, I wasn't aware there were 2 types. The RDC system looks like it is quite sensitive to changes in tyre pressure so might be worth the effort to try and retrofit - do you know which type yours is yet? 

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will try and find out re spec of 755 re build sheet etc, shouldnt be too difficult and it clearly a pre face lift car so which type is probably defined by build date in 1999.

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seeing as the B10 is now well behaved and xmas lethargy has to be eliminated, gave the two a clean as it sunny and partly warm on south coast plus also feeling sorry for Raymond and Richard freezing in northern lands of Rotherham and Wigan. :oops:

 

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