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So I've just got my 540i M-Sport 2006 84k Carbon Black will add a few pics shortly (btw is this forum on taptalk?)

 

Ok so I have a few questions, but thought I would mention some of the good points first. Ok so its quick once its moving, I have the logic 7 so stereo is excellent, Drives really well no knocks or rattles except when the sunroof is on tilt! I have de-badged the 540i today, no point letting them know.....no fun in that.

Thinking about putting the Black kidney grills on. also looking at the angel eyes can they be upgraded to a white with bulbs alone or is it more complicated?

I am also struggling to get the seat just right its close but still does not feel right, and who invented the headrests? attached to the front seats but closer to the rear passengers....

 

The car has full BMW/BMW specialist history but the air filter hadn't been changed for 30k (is that normal?) anyway I fitted an OEM and what a difference it made, car feels more aggressive and louder too, so old one must of been starving it of air.

 

Had some specs of what I think is oil on all the wheels so started to investigate, I dont think its the alternator bracket leak, but what do you think?

 

As you can see the rubber pipe with the metal end and a wire probably from a sender at a guess they have oil on them. As i am new to BMW I am not too sure what they are for.

 

Cheers Binary11

 

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Yup you have the N62 alternator bracket oil seal leak.

 

Take alternator out and the left hand side engine support bracket to get to replace part #2

 

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=NB32-EUR---E60-BMW-545i&diagId=12_1242

 

Its a bat crap crazy design, as it's meant for an additional oil cooler connection on hot climate cars. Really common failure as they get old.

 

Put the badge back on, you don't want the uneducated thinking you have a 520d! ;)

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5 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

Put the badge back on, you don't want the uneducated thinking you have a 520d! ;)

 

 

lol !!

 

OK it is no V8, but I do like the 530i badge on the back of mine. And actually the 275 tyres on the rear also make a statement, even if they are total overkill for the power level.

 

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Hey thanks for the response, but not the bad news:mellow: So its not leaking much oil but I guess it gets gradually worse? I see its about  a 10hr job or so. Should I be fixing anything else in the area at the same time?

 

 

And I'm just rushing out the door to put the badge back on. As I don't want the uneducated to have hurt feelings;)

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Start contemplating a few oil leaks, I did the alternator bracket leak, to then have the alternator resoaked in oil from leaking rocker gasket.  The rubber seals do like to start letting go on these V8, if you can do them yourself it’s going to save you a fortune in labour as the alternator bracket and rocker gaskets are both large jobs, I’d advise do front top timing case covers too, along with all cam and eccentric seals and vanos actuators, watch the vacuum pump too

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That's a good point @Iain550 makes.

 

I lost 1.5 litres of oil from the offside bank rocker cover gasket. Paid £200 for a local Indy to fix.

 

But these N62 s will leak oil from every joint. Mine had a weep too from the upper timing case on the near side bank, the vanos o rings, the oil pressure sensor, the vacuum pump to upper timing case o ring. 

 

The alternator oil seal is a pig of a job to do (engine support needed) so make sure it's definitely the source rather than the easier rocker cover gasket.

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Great advice and it’s appreciated, will need to investigate a little to clarify source. I have paper work stating the valve’s got done about 18months ago so I’m guessing the rockers should of been done at the same time as it was an indi you would expect them too. It’s been years since I did any serious engine work so I will need to get on YouTube to check it all out. I’ve seen a decent video of the alt bracket but it was on a US car also mine has the active steering so not sure if that makes it harder or easier.....but knowing my luck recently it’s only gonna be harder lol

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I am still undecided if I will do this job by myself. I came across this https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-N62TU-ALTERNATOR-BRACKET-Repair-Service-Orange-County-CA-Trusted-Reputible-/141608236230 and wondered if anyone had seen a uk version? I also would think that anything under £500 including oils/parts is a good price.

 

I also know from previous car forums that some people like to help others out obviously for something in return £$£$ is anyone like that on here?

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The V8 equipped E60's are as common as rocking horse poo here in the UK so the bulk of info on them is from 'Murica.

 

I found this site  https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/tech_main_e60.htm particularly useful as it covers the V8.  If you scroll right down to the bottom you will find the alternator bracket job being done on a 745i.

 

It depends where you are in the UK.  I know some on here help each other out with a few bits an pieces.

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9 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

The V8 equipped E60's are as common as rocking horse poo here in the UK so the bulk of info on them is from 'Murica.

 

I found this site  https://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/tech_main_e60.htm particularly useful as it covers the V8.  If you scroll right down to the bottom you will find the alternator bracket job being done on a 745i.

 

It depends where you are in the UK.  I know some on here help each other out with a few bits an pieces.

What I was going to say if I had found my link, helped me doing mine

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10 hours ago, Binary11 said:

Thats a fantastic site thankyou very much:D

 

It is yes. It was very useful for removing the rear Spring on mine. I got rid of mind before it really needed lots of engine work. 

 

When I say engine work I mean the seals and gaskets, mechanically it was solid and would pull like a train all day every day.............assuming the 6HP box didn't wimp out on you.

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Did a 500 mile round trip in mine yesterday, not had a look under bonnet see if any new oil leaks! but it’s a brilliant engine, ok mine is 4.8 and an absolute stormer but the 4.0 and 4.4 must be more than adequate, love the smooth and very eager V8, and although the gearbox is far from new it does surprise me how well it changes and does seem to choose the gear well. Love the whole E60 package

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Yeah I’ve got to agree mines the pre lci box and it’s super smooth the whole cars drives really well for 12yrs old. It’s just the little things I.e poor gaskets lol 

 

what was your fuel bill

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26 minutes ago, 535i Andrew said:

You don't own a V8 and worry about the fuel bill.

 

Towing or having fun = 22 mpg

Average = 28 mpg

Driving like a saint = 39mpg

 

I wish! :(

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26 minutes ago, coolhand9 said:

 

I wish! :(

 

Lol which part are you wishing? A 4.8 can't be that much more thirsty than the 4.4.

 

Granted if the tankful is mostly burned on the motorway 28mpg is achievable. Short runs in poor weather and its 22-24 mpg. But 15 mpg no way, not on mine.

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Doing a lot of town stuff at the moment so 15-16mpg. On a run to Suffolk last month I stayed sensible on the motorways and just about got 30mpg. Unfortunately the M11 is an incredibly dull road so I needed some light relief. The last 3 or 4 miles of the journey were on twisty single track roads but flat so plenty of visibility. In the space of 10 minutes I'd undone all my good work, put a smile back on my face, reminded myself why I don't care about my mpg and remembered just how quick a 550 can be if you ask it nicely. :D

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Yes I had a similar Experience last week when I was traveling home from work after a night shift doing the national speed limit and I got buzzed by this merc and thought no no be good and I was until 3 seconds later when a 1 series buzzed me and I accidentally knocked it into sport and pulled up by the side of him his face was like erm where did you come from so I flawed it again and left him then looked at my speed and thought sh*t I’m on Concorde. of course I was only doing 72mph so I applied the brakes. ;)

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4 hours ago, Binary11 said:

Yeah I’ve got to agree mines the pre lci box and it’s super smooth the whole cars drives really well for 12yrs old. It’s just the little things I.e poor gaskets lol 

 

what was your fuel bill

500mile trip average 29.1mpg, was 29.7 on first leg of trip.  Really can’t complain about that at all

normal average is usually 23.5

i don’t particularly care what it gets, it seems really difficult for people to understand that, it’s a V8 it’s not built for economy, I have another car for economy

 

Buy car, have fun, refill petrol as required (have large grin on face) it’s what a 540/545/550 is for

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Interesting read, don't know if it correct as I am not qualified enough. But $200 plus another$30 for shipping seems very steep for a £50 part.

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13 hours ago, Binary11 said:

Interesting read, don't know if it correct as I am not qualified enough. But $200 plus another$30 for shipping seems very steep for a £50 part.

 

vs ££££ in repair costs though....

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