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E39 restoration project.

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1 hour ago, LJColeman said:

So finally i have the E39 back!! I collected it from Bristol Transmissions at lunch  time. 

 

Everything all seems to be okay and the car seems to be even smoother than before. The fact ive just paid £1750 hasn't hit me yet! However im very pleased to have it back.

A lot of money for this type/age of car but on the other hand definitely a worth while investment. Glad its back to normal/better now.

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The question i always think you should ask yourself in these scenarios is what does £1750 plus whatever you can get for the broken car buy you. Assuming the car was fine for your needs up until that point.

 

Yes its a bitter pill to swallow and yes something else may then break but at least you have a car you know and the worry of the gearbox is gone.

 

Its very easy i think to write a car off for a bill that represents a significant chunk of its value but its probably the least worst option.

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21 minutes ago, duncan-uk said:

The question i always think you should ask yourself in these scenarios is what does £1750 plus whatever you can get for the broken car buy you. Assuming the car was fine for your needs up until that point.

 

Yes its a bitter pill to swallow and yes something else may then break but at least you have a car you know and the worry of the gearbox is gone.

 

Its very easy i think to write a car off for a bill that represents a significant chunk of its value but its probably the least worst option.

 

Indeed. If the rest of the car is in otherwise good order (so far as you know) then it's a bearable expense. I always just compare such expenses to monthly leasing costs for a new 5 series.. given that, for all intents and purposes, these E39's are just an enjoyable drive as the new ones minus a few toys and gadgets. So using my man maths, provided you go say another 4 months without any other significant expense, you've sort of broken even.

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I think that's fair enough :lol:

 

My 530d has cost me say £7k over 3 years including purchase but ex fuel and insurance as that needs paying regardless. Some jobs needed doing others i wanted too (full suspension refresh, rear blinds and the like) so £200 a month and it still has a value of say £3500 so £100 / month bar servicing and tempting fate i don't foresee significant spending for a while - tyres are recent etc so that / month figure should go down.

 

I didn't have £7k in one go and what does that buy you that's significantly better in any case?

 

I reckon that's fair value?

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I'm in no position to comment really. My "£1000 bargain E39" has since cost me about another £3000-£4000 in maintenance and repairs and I'm not even a year in yet. I feel like it's slowly coming together now though and the issues are becoming fewer and further between. 

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I agree with all of you. For they money you cant buy a better car than the E39.  I just have to keep it forever now to justify the cost. However its such a great car i wont be planning on getting rid of it anyway!

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If we’re talking big ticket items then I had the timing chain guides replaced last year, the engine went from perfect to sounding like a bag of nails in under 100 miles :(  £2k worse off but I know one of the well known problems is fixed.

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.........and the big ticket items should only need attending to once, or at least certainly for many years and miles.

 

And you still have one of the best models of BMW on the road! 

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I love my e39 and i will do everything in my power to keep it on the road. Luckily (touch wood) nothing major has been needed yet.

 

I love its character and looks and its a really well built motor. A lot of newer cars these days all look the same and they loose their character.

 

Some people will say - get over it...its a 15 year old BMW and why are you bothering to fix it/spend money on it...but to me its an appreciating classic (well not as much as 540s and M5s but you get the jist)

 

:-D:-D:-D

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Not much of an update - Just enjoying having the E39 back! I have since replaced the alternator belts as they were looking very tired!

 

Next on the list is to carry out a full service over the coming weeks...

 

Any advise on what oil grade to use? the car is now on 123K, I was thinking 5W30 or 5W40?

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23 hours ago, LJColeman said:

Not much of an update - Just enjoying having the E39 back! I have since replaced the alternator belts as they were looking very tired!

 

Next on the list is to carry out a full service over the coming weeks...

 

Any advise on what oil grade to use? the car is now on 123K, I was thinking 5W30 or 5W40?

 

I use 5W40 and it's spot on

 

Triple QX 5W40 from Eurocarparts and the Mann filters. There's usually a discount code to use for ECP; so take advantage whilst you can ;) 

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Thanks guys, I think I will stick to using 5W30 as I can get elf oil cheap through work. 

 

Will be doing a full service Saturday so will update once done! 

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32 minutes ago, LJColeman said:

Thanks guys, I think I will stick to using 5W30 as I can get elf oil cheap through work. 

 

Will be doing a full service Saturday so will update once done! 

make sure it's bmw spec oil

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17 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

I use 5W40 and it's spot on

 

Triple QX 5W40 from Eurocarparts and the Mann filters. There's usually a discount code to use for ECP; so take advantage whilst you can ;) 

Is there is different oil spec between the 2.5 and 3.0 6 cylinder? Deff 5W/30 in mine.

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2 hours ago, Loadmaster said:

Is there is different oil spec between the 2.5 and 3.0 6 cylinder? Deff 5W/30 in mine.

 

Nope

 

You can use 0W30 through to 10W40 if you want; all down to age and mileage/condition of engine really

 

Both this and my previous 530i have run on 5W40 and it's smoother/quieter and uses no oil etc... 0W30, IMO, is far too thin... Some disagree though etc

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Agree with Dan, mine uses much less 5w40 than 0w30. Been using the Petronas Syntium that ECP often have on offer. just make sure it's BMW LL-01 spec.

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Suggestions on oil for my 530d with 160k almost? Always used 5w30, but think I want something a bit thicker to quieten.

 

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9 minutes ago, Jim Bob said:

Suggestions on oil for my 530d with 160k almost? Always used 5w30, but think I want something a bit thicker to quieten.

 

 

You'll be fine with 5W40

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I use 0W-40 in our 525i... We do a lot of short trips, and the 0W seems to help with economy when the oil hasn't heated up enough to thin out to normal operating viscosity... but I the 40 makes me feel better about the days that are 30C+ degrees and humid as a swimming pool :lol:

 

I used 5W-40 for one oil change and on the 6 mile trips my wife does several times a day, the economy really suffered - I was surprised.

 

BMW does say 0W or 5W and 30 or 40 - any combination is "correct". It's supposed to be rated ACEA A3/B4 for shear stability.

 

 

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Finally got around to carrying out the service the weekend: 

 

- oil & filter change (5W40) oil 

- air filter replacement 

- pollen filter replacement 

- spark plug replacement 

- brake fluid change 

- coolant change 

- AC service 

 

the car seems to be even smoother than before now & the brakes feel much sharper, I don’t think it had a brake fluid change for years. 

 

I also removed the old man mud flaps which makes it look much better & gave her a well deserved clean!

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14 hours ago, wishicoulddriveit said:

would you be interested in selling your "old man mud flaps" and possibly the wing mirrors?

 

I wish i had seen this earlier! i actually binned the mudflaps on Monday as i thought they would be worthless!!!

 

I have also already sold the SC mirrors i had...

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