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E39 528i with S-EDC / E39 530d Sport Touring

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It’s a shame your selling, lovely looking car. I keep catching myself checking what mines worth but I don’t think the stars would align in time. 

 

Good luck with the sale.

 

Any pics of the new stead?

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3 hours ago, jwarrens84 said:

If anyone is interested please let me know.

 

Otherwise it is listed on eBay - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/132543032307

 

Careful pal... This is counted as a sale and as you're not a paid member, it may get deleted without warning... 

 

Pay £10, sign up and sell it in here in the classifieds section ;)

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I’ll have to take some proper pics soon. 

 

Changed the crankcase oil breather to a vortex one this morning. Surprisingly easy job. Only odd thing was the lack of a filter in the old unit. Just a lid.

 

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Thought I would give a little update on the 530d sport touring.

 

I sold the 528i a few weeks ago, I was sad to see it go, bought it on a whim and just didn't use it. I gave my loathe 120d to my other half, and introduced the 530d to my daily 90mile commute. It's worth mentioning the engine was replaced in 2011 at 90k by BMW at the cost of £9k+ and it has just ticked past 185k last week.

 

Jobs done:

New Pirelli P7 front rubber

Fitted a vortex oil breather.

Fixed the PDC system by replacing all the sensors, bar the 2 middle rears.

Fitted a new rear wiper arm, I am yet to fix the rear wiper system. I'm guessing the shaft is seized.

Attempted to restore the rear tail lights, no idea how these get so bad. I will remove them next time and do a second run.

 

I had an inspection report yesterday at local BMW specialist M Sutherland in Winford, as I started to notice a faint hissing, faint howl noise from 2k rpm.  The noise is coming from the exhaust system and is a combination of the EGR blank and decat, so fairly happy with that.

 

Other issues include;

 

Broken up engine mount

Front lower wishbone bush split

Play in both rear upper wishbones

Needs new rear ARB drop links

 

No rust on the sills, jacking points, and the brake lines are in good shape, just the clips are rusting. I'm really pleased with that for a 185k car, it's been really well looked after over the years and has stacks of paperwork.

 

Planned jobs, mostly cosmetics:

 

Fix everything from the inspection report, get the rear wiper working, fit a new bonnet badge (genuine only - c3bmw probably), drivers side fog light is cracked, passenger side mirror plate is all scuffed - would love to retrofit powerfold mirrors, potentially get the alloys refurbed and fit new P7 rubber and fit a new bumper splash tray.

 

Question - how should the splash tray fit within the wheel arch? should it fit inside the bumper or flush with the edge of the bumper?

 

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Chuffed that I managed to fix the seized rear wiper today. Took another attempt at doing the rear tail lights, removed them off the car this time. They came up slightly better.

 

Also restored the rear center boot trim with GTechniq C4, I will give my bumper trims a go as well.

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Looks a lot better. So does the rear wiper work as it should do now?

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On ‎07‎/‎05‎/‎2018 at 9:59 PM, GStarrr said:

Looks a lot better. So does the rear wiper work as it should do now?

 

Yes the rear wiper works perfectly.

 

Next job; Fix the key remote locking and foot well boot release.

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Small update:

 

Fitted a new (genuine) bonnet badge and picked up some powerfold mirrors. If anyone has the passenger door module & drivers side switch I would be very interested.

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I’ve booked her in for a remap next with week at Avon Tuning in Bristol. I’m trying to increase my economy by 10% as the auto box really lets the side down. Any additional power is a bonus.

 

It’s all experimental at the moment  and will be my first remap experience. My only niggily issue is mapping a high mileage car. It’s on 187k, but the engine was replaced by BMW in 2011 at 91k.

 

Other planned jobs for the summer.

 

• Fit the powerfold mirrors

• New engine mounts

• Front wishbones 

• Rear upper wishbones 

• Rear drop links

• Fix key remote locking 

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I’ve been toying with the idea to change my alloys, keeping it OEM.

 

I’m a huge fan of style 37’s, just think it’s been done to death. but they do looks so good!

 

I’ve always been a big fan of style 32’s. I think the 17s look great in 8J or staggered format.

 

Is it best to get E38 18” staggered and get them bored for 74.1mm?

 

Also offsets, I understand the E39 runs a low offset ET20. What’s the offset on the E38 18” staggered?

 

 

 

 

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Lovely motor. Remapped mine at 130k miles to 235bhp/450lb.ft at 130k miles and still going strong at 235k miles.

 

If you have a word with the mapper and tell him how you drive the car he'll trim the extra fuel to suit - in my case I had it tail-off back to standard map values quite quickly after 3000rpm as never revved the car out.

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5 hours ago, jwarrens84 said:

I’ve been toying with the idea to change my alloys, keeping it OEM.

 

I’m a huge fan of style 37’s, just think it’s been done to death. but they do looks so good!

 

I’ve always been a big fan of style 32’s. I think the 17s look great in 8J or staggered format.

 

Is it best to get E38 18” staggered and get them bored for 74.1mm?

 

Also offsets, I understand the E39 runs a low offset ET20. What’s the offset on the E38 18” staggered?

 

 

 

 

 

E38 offsets aren't that much different to E39s; so if you got them and bored them out, they'd fit fine, but spacers will stand them out that bit better etc

 

Touring's, IMO, need 18" alloys at a minimum, they're larger back end makes 17s look lost IMO

 

In agreement with the Style 37s too; lovely wheel, but done to death and not 'original', the Style 32s, off an E38 with their larger rear lip, look mint fully refurbed etc :) 

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Peskey DSC light would come on the day before the remap.

 

Hopefully I can get this recalibrated in the morning if not a new steering angle sensor ordered.

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Thought I would give a little review on my remap and Avon Tuning.

 

Avon Tuning

 

The guys we’re great, they absolutely delivered the figures quoted from a stage 1 (220bhp/480nm). My only criticism was on my part for not booking the Dyno. Which I can do at a later stage. My engine was replaced in 2010 by BMW, it’s decat & EGR delete. I trust the quoted numbers. I thoroughly recommend them for anyone in the SW area.

 

Remap

 

It’s reallly transformed my car! It feels much more responsive and more refined. It really pulls lower down the revs. Mine used to fizzle out at out 3.5k rpm, now it feels strong at 4K rpm. My economy has improved slightly by a few mpg. I need to brim it properly to work it out.

 

Next steps:

Fix DSC light & new engine mounts.

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My local Indy has diagnosed the DSC light, I have a failure with the control module. £800 - £900 for a new one is not a cost effective option.

I'm after a second hand replacement unit (Bosch 02 65 225 005) so they can fit and code it to the car.

 

Did a couple of odd jobs this morning . It’s funny how the little jobs are so satisfying. 

 

Replaced the drivers side front fog light, only to find the wiring for the bulb has snapped.

 

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Swapped out a broken rear tailgate trim, this thing has been rattling around far too long.

 

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Gave the interior a good clean, and started to clean up the steering wheel with a magic eraser.

Just need to apply some leather conditioner.

 

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