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  1. 6 points

    Upsetting the purists...

    The M5 has been under an almost 4 month transformation. The purists are already screaming and shouting. But 1590KG with a full tank of fuel isn't to be sniffed at!
  2. 6 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finished with interior!
  3. 6 points
    Finally got round to actually washing the car myself; plus a full bottom inside (it needed it) It's been thoroughly cleaned inside and out and given a good coating of wax too; wheels cleaned as best as I can, they're presentable for now, until I source their replacements A few shots of the alcantara interior too; it's a lovely place to be (until I wear my leaking Rohan gilet and there are feathers everywhere and they're a sod to hoover up) Some pictures for you, just for Keith ( @Loadmaster ) too of it 'on my drive'
  4. 5 points
  5. 4 points

    <£50 DAB/USB/AUX Solution

    As you may have seen I've been pondering for ages how to expand the ICE in my E61. I've been considering an Android unit, but the high price and reports of poor audio quality put me off. I had also been looking in to retrofitting OEM DAB and a MULF2-Hi to give me a USB input for my CCC, but both would again require significant investment but more importantly lots of coding and wiring which looked very complicated. Then by chance I stumbled across this thing on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B076P86LXH/ It's an aftermarket DAB and Bluetooth adapter which I'm sure you are all aware of, but unlike most others on the market like the Pure Highway or Parrot etc it also has a line in (AUX) and SD card slot. It plugs in to my existing AUX connection, has a DAB aerial which attaches to the roof under the headlining with a magnet, and sticks to the windscreen or dash with a suction cup (although the attachment is magnetic so you can use any other magnetic holder eg a vent one if you don't want it on the windscreen.) With a bit of effort all of the wires have been hidden and it doesn't look a mess (this was really important to me, I hate dashboards with wires everywhere.) I've been using it for a week now and am really impressed with it. It boots up in a couple of seconds when the car turns on, almost no delay. The DAB reception is great, it picked up 70 stations and so far has worked in car parks, tunnels etc where FM radio had previously not worked. It has a built-in volume control which if turned up to max matches the volume of the CD/Radio etc, the E60s super-quiet AUX input is a gripe many people complain about. The sound quality is excellent, and the LCD display shows the station/song or song in SD mode. And with just a 16GB SD card I have 100 albums on it which is 94 more than I had with the CD changer! I'll pick up a 64GB card when I get bored of these albums. Because it has a line in, I can still use my phone for music if needed too which again I didn't want to lose. The only things I can pick holes in are the fact there are (obviously) no steering wheel/iDrive controls other than volume, but as the unit is so close to me and I can permanently leave the iDrive in AUX I haven't found it at all annoying. And also because the buttons on it are lit up blue it doesn't match the rest of the car's interior lighting, it does however have an orange text mode so the LCD screen at least can be matched. But for £50 these really are minor gripes, and overall I would highly recommend it. I know pictures speak a thousand words so I'll post a few up at the weekend.
  6. 4 points
    Matthew Ashton

    52.4 mpg

    Isn’t all motorway driving boring if you intend maintaining your license. It’s in what vehicle you spend those boring hours that makes the difference.
  7. 4 points

    F10 M5

    Had a photo shoot of my M5 recently, pretty pleased with the pics, i have since had a new Turner motorsport exhaust.
  8. 4 points

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Thanks guys. It's nice to have her back. A great day today fiddling in the spring sunshine: Gave her a thorough checkover, oil change and scrubbed out the arches/cleaned-up the suspension/checked running gear, then 30 mile blast round the block to remind myself how good these M5's are. Last time I properly used her was 11 months ago to the day. Crazy. Check out that gleam! Time to put some miles on her again. Cheers, Rob
  9. 4 points

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Thanks! Apart from a few bits of replacement trim I need to order/replace, she's complete: Plan is to get her ceramic coated, give her a big old service and then she'll be straight back in to service. Onwards and upwards! Edit - excuse the crap iphone pics/environment. Will get some decent shots soon
  10. 4 points
    I've turned very anti-confrontational in my old age; the last guy that cut me up a few years ago scaring my daughter and flashing the V's at her, had some unfortunate luck a few days later with not one but three punctures on his brand new Jaguar. Shame.
  11. 4 points
    Just had a quote from supplying dealer. £74 for part, £45 to paint plus whatever they charge to fit. I reckon maybe £90 for that. Can't fit it myself. Can't even wire a plug and don't want to compromise the car. I will get it done properly, as obviously, having shelled £60K out on a top spec car, I can afford £200 odd to fix it occasionally. I won't go through my insurance. I don't have a dashcam fitted at present. I was fleetingly tempted to extract revenge on him - and with reference to Gonzo and Pidgeonpost above - I am a big guy and I can sort someone out if I want. However, I am also a pragmatist. It's not worth my bother getting down to the level of a scumbag. Who knows, even in leafy Hampshire, someone may carry a knife - and then there's the plod to think about. It's not worth risking a change to my, in most ways, pleasant existence to go down the rogue route. No. I will wait for him tomorrow. I turned the car, shouted and told him to stop and he didn't. But, I did see that his route is riding down the pavement and then going through the park. Tomorrow, I will be waiting for him at the pinch point before the park and video the meeting telling him he damaged my car. If he admits it - then I'll go the the plod which is next door to my office. All in all, life like that. Couldv'e been worse.
  12. 3 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Pleased with how she looks now on early grilles and pre-facelift lights!
  13. 3 points
    Bought her at £120k miles 3 years ago. Thought I'd treat her to some pampering last year.. Bonnet, boot lid, and both bumpers resprayed + general polish up. Alloys refurbed New backbox New tyres all around New discs and pads with tracking and alignment complete Meticulously cleaned the engine bay myself (pictures coming soon) New glow plugs + controller All filters replaced Ready for another 150k miles? No she's not for sale!
  14. 3 points
    Ram Rod

    Goodbye and thank you

    First run over to the UK today. Just 37kms on the clock on departure. Filled up after getting off the train and average mpg over 160 kms was 38.75 mpg. So how does it compare to a 5 series and my humble 518d in particular? On smooth tarmac at 130 kph the Talisman is quieter than the Beemer, mainly due to less wind noise around the wing mirrors. My BMW has standard suspension, but the Talisman in Comfort mode is more compliant. The four wheel steering on the Talisman is a revelation. On a section of tight bends going cross country, the Talisman feels remarkably agile and changes direction with alacrity. The 245/45 section tyres obviously help compared to the 225/55 tyres on the BMW. The auto box is a 6 speed Getrag unit. The changes are super smooth, but not so quick off the mark as the 5 where the first three ratios are very low. Service intervals are 30,000 kms. First service is just an oil change at €130. BMW was €460. Second service with new pollen, air and diesel filters is €462. My BMW was €780. The main reason I bought the Talisman Initiale Paris model in particular was because of its seats. They are simply as good as Recaros but with more comfort. Heated, cooled and with a massage function. Although supportive, the sports seats in the Beemer were a disappointment being firm and having no lumber adjustment. I did wish I had taken the standard seats. The Talisman was the result of a €400m investment in the Douai plant near Lille. Daimler were involved with quality aspects of the cars construction and finish. But it isn't a BMW. Are Renaults robots and welding as good as BMW? The Talisman's paintwork is first rate. As customers we must ask ourselves where is the value in the extra cost of a 5 series? Look at the EGR problems I have had and some owners complaining of corrosion on doors. I have enjoyed the three years with my 518. But I was put off buying it when the lease ends because of the exorbitant servicing costs, plus the potential for huge bills in the future. BMW France wanted €27,860 for their car, three years old with 82,000 kms and no guarantee. For a relatively small extra outlay I have a new car with a three year 150,000kms warranty.
  15. 3 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Front suspension overhaul (new shocks, springs, top mounts and fitting kit) + Meyle HD front drop links Mtec 82mm stud conversion kit fitted with 5mm hubcentric shims all round Rear shock top mounts fitted Rear shocks ordered too & will be fitted next week See projects for pictures
  16. 3 points
    New suspension up front today (Sachs dampers & OEM BMW Mtec springs with OEM BMW rubber seats and top-mount cups & Sachs bump-stop kit), new Meyle top mounts, new Meyle HD drop links also Rear Febi top mounts fitted, but replacement dampers needed, so Sachs parts ordered this afternoon too Also fitted the Mteconline 82mm stud conversion kit and have fitted 5mm hubcentric shims for now until I get my replacement alloys on The car currently is sitting higher at the front; but the dampers were shot, it'll settle soon enough. Be good to get the rear end refreshed too
  17. 3 points
    Cadwell Parker

    52.4 mpg

    I've no idea what your driving style is like but good anticipation makes a big difference. Keep the car rolling, avoid coming to a stop if you can. If you're going to need to slow down lift off the gas early enough to allow you to minimise any braking. Otherwise you're just converting fuel into heat in your brakes rather than forward motion. My 530 is showing me just over 43mpg on the journey computer after doing circa 3500 miles of mixed driving since buying it. I reset the onboard computer each time I fill up. I've seen that up to 47.5mpg on a steady run when not in any hurry, also down to 35mpg after hoofing along for 40 miles on a mountain road with some interesting corners. It would drop even more if I carried that on for longer. I expect it'd be over 50mpg on a long enough motorway run at sensible speeds. Yes. I enjoy driving this car whatever I'm doing with it. Hoofing it around is great fun, sedate trundling around is also very enjoyable in a different way. These cars are for enjoying rather than worrying about how much fuel you're using but still I find it interesting to keep an eye on what's happening. Apart from anything else if the car's not happy about something often you'll get a dip in the mpg figure to alert you so it's worth being aware of it.
  18. 3 points
    Ram Rod

    Goodbye and thank you

    yHi Guys. Well I picked up the Talisman today, yet I will be keeping and driving the BMW for another six weeks. I have been forensically comparing the cars and have driven the Renault quite a lot. Honestly, the Renault runs the Beemer very close indeed. The EDC gearbox is very smooth, the engine silent, road noise slightly worse on rough surfaces, boot is slightly bigger and ride quality is better on broken surfaces. Here are a few pics.
  19. 3 points
    Have a look here:- http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partgrp?id=3772-EUR-05-1978-E12-BMW-520i&amp;mg=23 If you can find the part number, and it is still available, Bmw will be able to get it for you
  20. 3 points
    Lined the ashtray with 2mm neoprene (not very tidy, but it will stop my charger and cable rattling in there): Replaced the footwell speakers (driver's side was a pain in the arse!): And supervised a wash:
  21. 3 points
    535i Andrew

    F20 120d sport issues?

    If you need the Diesel, personally I would hold off and try and get one with the B47 engine, it's a massive improvement over its predecessors in terms of refinement. But for £1k down and £399 a month you can have this 1 Series. Some dealers are even doing it for £375 down and £375 pcm.
  22. 3 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    It happened (excuse the terrible parking) Project thread coming....
  23. 3 points
    I have said before, I think the Koreans are a force to be reckoned, if they did a 6cyl engine in the Optima I'd seriously consider it. The Stinger looks nice and the new Cee'd they are advertising on TV looks excellent imo. We've has 4 KIA/Hyundai's and the warranties are great, not the battle you have with 'premium' brands. This has a cracking rear end...
  24. 3 points

    New car

    Can some be sent to me please :)
  25. 3 points
    Popped over to iRock to see the progress of the restoration of my M5