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My third E39! :)

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I fitted my LED interior light kit yesterday. Well impressed with it - although I need sun glasses at night now though! lol

The kit came with really clear instructions and all LEDs bagged-up in labelled bags. Error free too. Can't ask for more really!

My front door puddle lights already had LEDs in, and a P/O has stuck the lenses in with silicon so I guess the tabs were broken? However, fitting the rear puddle LEDs I can see how much brighter this new kit is, so the fronts will get changed now.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-Series-E39-Premium-LED-Interior-18pcs-Full-SMD-Bulb-White-Error-Free/281858771694?_trksid=p3693.c100102.m2452&_trkparms=ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140212121249%26meid%3Dbc85cb3b192d4876b3dc5e954b83a55c%26pid%3D100102%26

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I also had a go at sorting my strange whistling noise - 

The spark plugs fitted didn't appear to be suppressed ones - so, I bought some new plugs that are resistor suppressed. Sadly, it's made no difference :( It's only a slight noise, but when you know it's there you can't help but listen to it!!

At least I have new plugs fitted now, not that the old ones looked at all bad!

All in a day's work and I've got to know the M54 that little bit more now so no complaints. I didn't get to fit my DISA repair kit (as a precautionary measure only) so that will wait for another time. 

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That's my airbag recall dealt with. Took all of 30 minutes, so no dramas

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Which cars are affected regarding airbag?

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Yes I used that link to check. It's not just BMW that's affected. I think on E39s it's mostly 2002-2003 models, but worth a check as it's totally free to have done and god forbid you ever need your airbag, you don't want that badly injuring you!

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A few jobs ticked off the list today.

1. Thermostat replaced. Water temp now sits at 93-94 degrees instead of 83

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2. Second new viscous coupling in as many weeks. The first was a cheapy from GSF, which made the engine sound like Concorde was taking off! I bought this Behr one from C3. On first startup it made the same roar which was disappointing, but it quickly quietened down and I think is quieter overall. Will see how that goes!

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3. DISA valve repair done. At 125k miles I didn't think mine would be that bad, but the cam and flap had detached so it wasn't doing much. The o-ring was missing too! All done and future-proofed now. I can't say I notice much difference in performance, if any, but it did shift before hand anyway! At least it's one less thing to worry about.

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Not bad for a lazy morning's work I reckon

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Minor job tackled yesterday, the vacuum connection elbow on top of the intake pipe was snapped off, and the vacuum hose was very perished too. New elbow, new pipe fitted. I can't say I've noticed any difference in the drive but at least it's all put together as BMW intended :)

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There's not really anything else that needs sorting other than a brake fluid change due shortly. It will be time soon for a machine polish and detail too 

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OSF ARB drop link replaced, had a new one on the shelf so it cost me nothing!! :)

 

Now, whilst I thought my third E39 may be my final one, - a keeper, I have to say that I'm not loving this one!!! :(

 

Annoyingly I can't fault the car - it drives beautifully and has been well looked after. I think the problem is that I bought with my head and not my heart (for a change!) and for a weekend toy that's not the best way.

 

Firstly, I've never really been a fan of 39s in silver, and I still feel a bit 'humph' about the colour. Secondly, as sweet as the 6-pot M54 is, it's so smooth and quiet I don't find it exciting most of the time. I never thought I'd say this but I'm actually missing my diesel!! I'm starting to regret selling my 530d!!

 

So, I may be up for a swap/p-x against a 530d Sport auto. I think I just need the torque and gruff rumble of the 530d B)

 

Any takers? After a full detail I'll be popping this one up at £2,995.

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OSF ARB drop link replaced, had a new one on the shelf so it cost me nothing!!

 

Now, whilst I thought my third E39 may be my final one, - a keeper, I have to say that I'm not loving this one!!!

 

Annoyingly I can't fault the car - it drives beautifully and has been well looked after. I think the problem is that I bought with my head and not my heart (for a change!) and for a weekend toy that's not the best way.

 

Firstly, I've never really been a fan of 39s in silver, and I still feel a bit 'humph' about the colour. Secondly, as sweet as the 6-pot M54 is, it's so smooth and quiet I don't find it exciting most of the time. I never thought I'd say this but I'm actually missing my diesel!! I'm starting to regret selling my 530d!!

 

So, I may be up for a swap/p-x against a 530d Sport auto. I think I just need the torque and gruff rumble of the 530d B)

 

Any takers? After a full detail I'll be popping this one up at £2,995.

I might be selling my 530d sport soon, black with not the best bodywork.. can send you PM with details if interested

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So yesterday was detail day!

I only had time to deal with paintwork but it's a start!

Snow foam, wash, clay, two stage polish and then finished with Hellshine The Abyss.

So hard to see a difference in the pics with silver but it certainly pops now! 

Next time around I'll re-wash and put some wax on, then on to interior and engine bay

 

However, the day didn't end well! I pulled the car out of my unit to find a puddle of transmission fluid on the floor!! :( I'm not sure if I blasted something with the pressure washer when doing the inner arches, or it's just coincidence, but sadly I don't get to see and benefit from a nice, clean, shiny E39 today :(

 

 

I'm guessing it will be oil cooler or pipes but will see when time allows further investigation. In the meantime, here's some pics of the good bits!

 

 

 

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Small update, having left the car parked up at my unit, yesterday I took a look and there's another puddle under the car and the undertray is pretty full of transmission fluid so it does seem that either the cooler or its pipework has split. On the upside, it happened parked-up so hopefully no permanent damage is done and the fluid is quite fresh so it's not on the original oil!

 

The garage opposite my unit will get it up on the ramp and take a look at what has failed. It pains me to pay someone else to fix it but time is short so I think that's what will happen!

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Thanks Raymond. I got a couple of daylight shots yesterday. Doesn't look so bad ;)

 

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Annoying about the leak but just glad it shat itself whilst it was sat still - so I'm hoping no damage caused! Diagnosis due tomorrow on what broke.

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Diagnosis in, oil cooler rad knackered! Time for a new one

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Funny mine did that just before Xmas! Not too bad to change (but coolant has to be drained viscous fan off and main rad out) but expensive for a new one. If you get a second hand one I'd get it tested for leaks before fitting and use new o rings which are about 90p from BMW. I have a litre of the right fluid and 2 o rings from when I did mine. Made a mess but only about 1/2 litre was lost but I bought 2l so have one unopened one if your interested pop me a pm :)

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Thanks for that mate. I'm all sorted on supplies. It's pissed a lot of fluid so I've bought 20 litres of Dexron 3 already to do a full change

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Yesterday at last I got time to strip-out the ATF cooler. It looks like a PO had kindly bodged a repair on the inlet/outlet pipes with chemical metal or similar!

 

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That rad itself looks in good condition though so I'm hoping that a repair by a specialist will be possible!

 

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Since doing the external detail the car has just sat outside due to this problem :( She's getting dirtier by the day, but still shines quite nicely!

 

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I just want to get it fixed and drive her again!!! :)

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This is a great thread, enjoyed following it!

 

How are the Goodrain wipers performing? Are they the type that do away with the metal arm and are just a floppy blade so to speak?

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This is a great thread, enjoyed following it!

 

How are the Goodrain wipers performing? Are they the type that do away with the metal arm and are just a floppy blade so to speak?

Yes they are and I've used them in the past, good for the money.

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Thanks Loadmaster B) Yes as Rich says, floppy aero type and they work well.

 

As of yesterday I'm hoping I've had a score ref the oil cooler. I called the chap recommended to me who could refurbish mine for 80-90 quid. He isn't free for a couple of weeks, however, he linked me to one he found on ebay for just £85!!

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302202282782?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

I've seen these already, but they're listed as engine oil cooler. However, the part number and sizes check-out with the ATF cooler. It arrives tomorrow so fingers crossed it's the right part! :)

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