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  1. 8 points

    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    Collected from Munich Legends a couple of weeks ago As the car is now back home and I can now get to work on really cleaning it up. I've had a bit of a go at the interior, still work in progress, I'll just leave these here for now. I'll post some more pictures later.
  2. 6 points
    She loves her arty pics!
  3. 6 points
    I always fill my tyres with a very specific mix of 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, 1% Argon. It's never let me down over the years and I find it's the most convenient mix Keliuss
  4. 6 points
    I took the compressor assembly off and stripped it right down (apart from the actual motor itself). I found that although the compressor itself seems to be be fine, the vent solenoid for the drier was jammed closed. Presumably that explains why all the "caviar" (drier granules) in the drier cavity was soaking wet. This would have caused an additional back pressure which could explain the increased load current and fuse blowing. I guess that's surface tension for you. The only place I could find a replacement solenoid had actually run out (aka "last one, 1000 Euros") and as it's not a BMW replaceable part, the only alternative would be to buy a complete aftermarket compressor or a used genuine assembly. That wasn't part of the plan. I managed to free the solenoid by bashing it against a granite block and applying 18V repeatedly from a power supply, then blasting it clear with alcohol and compressed air. Sounds good now and actually works as a solenoid valve. The solenoid, foam filter, and sintered bronze silencer(?) had rusty stain marks and the bronze was a nasty shade of green (oxidisation). Not sure what generated the rusty stuff but I suspect one of the screws holding the reed valve, which looked quite rusty. I soaked the bronze filter / plastic housing in a mixture of citric and acetic acid (aka lemon juice and vinegar) and dried off the caviar in the oven. Then reassembled it and refitted it to the car. It's a damned fiddle getting the compressor box back on the car but everything seems fine now. 40A fuses don't seem to be common currency. I've ordered some up and in the meantime it seems happy with a 30A fuse. Given that it was popping 40A fuses earlier, I seem to have improved something. Hopefully it will start to behave now. Thanks for the helpful links and advice. And for anyone else coming across this issue (working but popping fuses), hopefully my experience will be useful. The compressor assembly is actually quite simple to dismantle and clean up.
  5. 5 points
    Been left at home with my son while my wife and girls swan off to the south of France for a couple of weeks in the F11. My recompense is the mk1 MX5 I got for her birthday is completely at my disposal. I miss that F11...I mean my girls. I miss my girls.
  6. 5 points
    I had a Sierra 2.9i 4x4 Ghia estate back in the 90s for a while - pretty much identical to the one in the pic below.. When I bought it, although it was not a high miler, it was a bit down at heel. The owner told me it had been used as a rally chase car, whatever that is. It needed a couple of UJs, a suspension refresh and some paintwork, but when that was done, it looked great and drove very well - felt a lot faster than its quoted BHP figure would suggest. One of those cars I'd like back.
  7. 5 points

    Your retro Fords

    Some of mine starting with my 1st car, 1.6GT XLR in 1981... 2.0S & 3.0S... 1.6 Base... JPS... 2.8i Ghia X... 2.8i Special 3.0 Ghia with a Cosworth 24V... and my current two...
  8. 4 points

    Mercedes C55 AMG estate

    Sorry, not a BMW I know. Thought it may be of interest to some. 46k miles. Rust-free Japanese import. PH ad here. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/mercedes-benz/amg/mercedes-c55-amg-estate--immaculate-low-miles-rust-free/9519336
  9. 4 points
    They live in Inverness, no need for fake puddles.
  10. 4 points

    BMW F11 530d 6-Month Review

    It's now almost 6 months since I bought my F11 530d so thought I'd do a review. My previous cars were my parents' Toyota Corolla, Vauxhall Astra 1.4 and then my own car, a Mark 1 Skoda Fabia vRS. I really liked the Fabia and after a remap, fitting new suspension, rear anti roll bar and polybushes, it was reasonably quick and handled like a go kart. It's how it should have been from the factory in my opinion. As it got older, things started to wear out and as I do a lot of mountain biking, I decided to get sometimg newer and that I needed an estate. Still had to be something reasonable fast though. The Octavia vRS looked ok and has more space than the Fabia but isn't a huge estate. They also seemed quite expensive compared to some of the more premuim car manufacturers. Instead I decided I needed a V8 before the government wipes them out completely! Thought an AMG E55 estate would be perfect. With a supercharged V8 it's very fast, but still be able to easily accommodate my mountain bike and camping gear. Unfortunately when I worked out how much the fuel bill would be, I decided I needed a diesel. So after having a look at my friend's 5-Series, I ended up with a BMW diesel. Here are my thoughts over the past 6 months As the only other decent car I owned was the Fabia vRS, that is the only car I can compare to, which is slightly unfair as these two cars are completely different: Comfort and Space: Seats are very comfortable and as they are electric, can be moved in all manner of directions. Everyone who has sat inthe back has commented on how comfortable it is. The air con is excellent - the windscreen de-mists in a minute or two, in winter heat was available almost immediately. The pedals are well placed but I find that if I have the steering wheel set in the most comfortable position for me, it slighly obscures the instrument cluster. The instrument cluster is very clear and now I've got used to it, the visual sat nav instuctions are well thought out (I have the sound turned off). Equipment: The sat nav is ok but after having used Google Maps, I miss the ability to seach for business names easily. I have updated to sat nav maps to 2015, anything newer required the latest software to be flashed to the NBT and I'm not prepared to pay out the money for that. I like the split screen system and I like being able to control most of the audio fuctions from the steering wheel. The boot is huge, I can sleep in it!. I also managed to fit a mountain bike and a weeks worth of camping gear for two people in the back very easily (with the seats folded flat). I have a luggage pack on this car which I think should be fitted as standard (some straps and nets in the luggage compartment). Upgraded the audio system with better speakers and an amp as the standard audio system was terrible. The automatic main beam seems slow to react sometimes resulting in being flashed by oncoming vehicles. Driving: Had the engine remapped at Avon Tuning as soon as I got the car. Made a big difference and feels fast now. Before the remap I was slightly disappointed as it felt no faster when accelerating than the Fabia. A little lag is expected as it is a turbo diesel with more boost than the turbo system was designed for. Much less lag than the remapped Fabia ( I once drove a focus diesel hire car that wasn't remapped and found the turbo lag to be bordering on dangerous when pulling away from roundabouts). The gearbox is extremely smooth and between gears 4 and 7, I can hardly feel the change at all. Occasionally on a steep downhill gradient, I will use the paddles to drop down a couple of gears for some engine braking (would be interested to know if the LCI with the sat nav linked gearbox does this automatically?) Sometimes I try to compensate for the combined turbo and gearbox lag by applying a bit more gas, which when the gearbox drops down a gear, results in more acceleration than I expected (gave my mum a shock once). I usually leave it in comfort mode unless I'm on my own on some quiet A and B roads. B roads aren't as fun as they were in the Fabia. The steering on that was much more direct, the BMW sometimes feels like the steering wheel isn't really conncected to the wheels. There is suprisingly little body roll and lots of grip. I find that the weight of the car becomes most evident under heavy braking. Most of the time, I'm not too bothered about taking corners at huge speeds anymore. Im happy to relax in the big comfy seats in a quiet, air conditioned cabin! Economy Outstanding for a very heavy, large car with a 6-cylinder engine. North Wales to Hampshire, mixture of A roads and motorway: trip computer said 45mpg, I calculated it to be 41mpg. On the M6 with the temporary 50mph limits and what appears to be a permantent 60mph smart motorway restriction I have seen over 50mpg on the trip computer. If I drive briskly from Hampshire to Wiltshire I'd expect to see 25-30mpg. Of course, I'd prefer to be driving around in a V8, but if it's going to cost four times as much to fuel, then I'm happy to stick with a diesel. Reliability: Got a puncture a week after picking the car up which was very annoying as the previous owner had had new tyres fitted recently (£180). Was very impressed with the runflats as I would have had no idea there was a puncture if the warning system hadn't notified me. One of the suspensions air bags had been replaced by the previous owner (genuine BMW part). Now the other side is leaking so I'll replace it myself with an Arnott part, £175 online, which I think is very good value for money. Avon Tuning said I have a leaky hose attached to the intercooler. Going to investigate that this week. Hopefully, I'll just be able to replace one or both of the £10 seals rather than the £100 hose. Pros: Fast, resonably economical, very comfortable. Smooth engine and gearbox. Looks good for an estate (in my opinion). Huge (lots of luggage and passenger space). Cons: Insurance quite expensive compared to my previous car. Standard audio was terrible, had to upgrade it. Automatic main beam seems slow to react sometimes. Huge (parking can be difficult in small car parks).
  11. 4 points

    Turbo intake pipe connector?

    For reference it is called the "swirler" and flexes open under load. Keliuss
  12. 4 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Fitted all new OEM BMW front top mounts along with Eibach Pro Kit lowering springs
  13. 3 points
    Fitted the ASA AR1 wheels
  14. 3 points

    Electric blind switch location

    Hi. Yes I understand mine was a dealer fitted upgrade - I’ve got the fitting instructions somewhere in my paperwork file! I also recently found and bought a dealership accessories brochure at a Bicester meet autojumble which shows the electric rear blind. I didn’t know they could be ordered from the factory. Here’s a pic of mine in action at Le Mans.
  15. 3 points

    Electric blind switch location

    Mine’s there to the right of the radio.
  16. 3 points

    PDC Fault Diagnosis (Guide)

    Hi all, Just went through a days work of fault finding a non working PDC system using the excellent information provided by Medved77 and Caladan and thought to give some additional feedback. In the beginning i had the intermittent PDC failure that eventually got permanent. The first thing I did was to scan the car with INPA and got the 9E3B error mentioned above. Thinking it was a PDC module issue I replaced the module only to find the same error appearing again >:(. With both the front and the back sensors plugged in, I only got one error (the 9E3B error). If I unplugged either the front or the back sensors I would still only get the 9E3B error. With all sensors disconnected, and only the power plug conected, I would get 9 errors, one for each of the sensors and the 9E3B error. At this stage I didn't want to spend more time on it and let it be for some months.. Not wanting to buy a new module I ripped it out of the boot today and opened it up. At first glance everying seemed fine, no water damage or corrosion on either the new nor the old module, but after taking a closer look I discovered that one of the ICs had a small mark on the top. I borrowed a microscope and immediately saw that the mark was actually a deep crater that you will find on ICs that most likely experienced a short circuit right before evaporating. Searching google I found other threads (in German, Polish and Czech) listing the proper part numbers. The part is a transistor most likely used to switch on/off the sensors or some other IC. The transistor is positioned in the top left corner (away from the connectors). I scavenged a similar part from some electronics and did my best to fix the PDC module. These parts can be used as replacements for the fried transistor: BC807-25 / BC807-40 / BC327-25 / 2N5817 / 2SA698 / BCW68 / BSR16 (the one I used) Now, before connecting the module I didn't want to blow it once again so I only plugged in the power plug (no sensors). This time INPA only gave me 8 errors, one for each sensor. Since the 9E3B error disappeared I thoughtI actually managed to fix the PDC module. Before plugging in the sensors I checked each sensor channel for continuity just to ensure that no direct connections where present from sensor supply to sensor ground and from sensor supply to chassis ground. I didn't find anything this time so I assume whatever caused the parts to fail was related to humidity somewhere in the harness or in one of the sensors. Now, with all the sensors connected again INPA only returned one error pointing at the last working sensor in the chain as described by Medved77. I have yet to change the sensor but at this point I am quite confident that this will bring the system back to life. So.. The morale of the story: 1) Don't just plug in new devices without checking for short circuits. Assume that whatever killed your sensor or PDC module will do it again if you just replace it. My bet is on water but it may just as well be a short in the PDC sensor itself. 2) Don't assume that only one part is faulty, a failing PDC sensor is likely bring more components down with it. Start by making sure that the PDC module work (no 9E3B error should be present!) 3) If your PDC module doesn't work. Open the casing and have a look at it, there will probably be some clues as to why it doesn't work. If you can find the hopefully visible error and know a bit of soldering (or know someone who knows) you might be able to salvage the module without too much effort and basically no cost at all)
  17. 3 points
    Hi all If you are interested in the background here please refer to the following two posts. Otherwise skip and see what happened: I want to try and help other poor souls going round the twist like I did and also not having to spend nearly £3K getting things fixed. In the end my recurring warping/run out (I don't care what it is called) was down to my alloy wheels being 'over painted' when they were refurbed. As much as I resisted and was in total denial, in the end I had to replace my alloys and after 3000 miles and 4 months the recurring issue has not come back. Just so you can get an idea of the extent of the cost and hassle of all of this here is a quick summary which started in March of 2018 At least 4 visits to the local tyre place to check balancing - Approx. £100 April 2018 - A set of 4 brand new Goodyear Eagle F1 non run flats - £600 June 2018 - A visit to my local indy for the afternoon to investigate any signs of wear in the suspension or anything wrong with the brakes - £80 August 2018 - First visit to BMW - Front discs found to be run out and they were replaced alongside the pads. Warranty not covering this but some goodwill (?!?!?) discount applied - £500 ish December 2018 - Second visit to BMW - Front discs found to be run out and they were replaced under warranty and part material was blamed February/March 2018 - Third visit to BMW - Front discs found to be run out within 1000 miles of driving. They replaced the fronts and the backs including pads. Within a week the fronts had gone again and this time I said the car needed looking at forensically. BMW UK got involved and through process of elimination and some testing it was proved that the alloy wheels were not allowing the heat from the discs to transfer. I had to commit to my side of this and BWM there's so we met in the middle and they gave me a 50% discount on all the parts and labour - this time including 4 brand new alloy wheels. The deal was that they would write the whole thing off if it wasn't the wheels - £2200 I went back to where I bought my less than 2 year old BMW and they would not accept any liability. If the wheels had been done by Lepsons the whole thing would have been covered. Lessons learned by me: I wont ever buy a less than 2 year old BMW from anyone other than BMW which wont happen because after 20 years this will be the last BMW I will own Even if your wheels look mint and impeccable they can be causing issues to the brakes I need to start believing in the tooth fairy and pixies because I wouldn't have believed this nor does anyone else but sadly it is true. I think a couple of you on here may have experienced or mention it to me back at the time. I've had to bury my feelings deep over this. Hopefully I can get 2 more years without issue because once it is paid for it's gonna get chopped in OR (the optimist in me) somehow I will cherish the car again. Tarbs
  18. 3 points

    Your retro Fords

    I haven't got a piccie of my mkv Cortina in Calypso red 1.6 gl but I have a pic of my mkii Granada 2.8 ghia x in Champagne gold. Got it when I was 19.
  19. 3 points
    The Flying Banana

    E34 M5 Touring restoration

    Its such a stunning car and a touring .. say no more.. its the car I would love .. I remember getting my M5 and being excited as it had the aero mirrors , paras , floating brakes etc same steering wheel and was LHD too .. snapped up and off to Germany I believe...
  20. 3 points
    What me??? I haven't found one yet that can withstand a wallop from a rolled up copy of Big Jugs Weekly.
  21. 3 points
    Got my results. All clear and very low risk of future problems. Massive relief.
  22. 3 points
    Oddly enough one of my favourites of all my previously owned cars was a 1975 two-door Cortina MkIII 2000GT, white with tobacco vinyl roof, rostyles , four headlights and high-back Recaro seats. It was the first of the 2.0 OHC engines and I thought it was the absolute DBs!!
  23. 3 points

    AlexGSi2000 - e39 M5

    July 2019 update. The cars been with me for just over 4 months now, as I'm getting used to the car and its quirks, I'm enjoying it a lot more. Still cant believe I own one of my dream cars, every time I walk past it or start the engine I need to pinch myself . Not a huge amount of work has been done since my last update, a few smaller bits here and there; Swapped the tatty gear knob with the later 6-speed, courtesy of Darren. Makes such a difference. (Original parts safely stored!) Wiper arms aligned - don't think they were set correctly after a previous windscreen replacement. Spark plugs replaced. Both MAF sensors replaced. Polish & Wax Interior leather cleaned with LRC - Back to a nice matt finish. The MAF sensor replacement was a funny one which left me scratching my head for a few days. When I replaced the spark plugs, I cleared adaptations with INPA - figured that after time it may benefit if the engine calibrated (if thats the right word) again. After doing this reset, I lost a shedload of power - felt like 150bhp at best. No obvious signs, misfires.etc. After reading values with INPA the left lambda reading was too high - hitting maximum enrichment values. I did initially question the MAFs, but as the car has a shared intake, I thought it would affect both sides, so would expect to see both lambda sensors showing similar figures. I ended up replacing both MAFs which cured the issue and seemed to release more power from the engine - may have been placebo, but dont think the engine would have been showing its true potential with the older worn MAFs in place. Still a couple of bits to do over the next few months; not really had the time due to other projects on at the moment, but don't use the M5 on a daily basis, so happy to sit on the parts for a while; New flywheel - courtesy of a forum member who sold to me for a song. Gearbox input shaft seals, bell-housing to re-seal. Replace the rest of the gearbox linkage bushings For the time being - a few recent photos;
  24. 3 points
    You are forgetting that we are all secretly massive Ford fans on this forum. That's why we all drive BMWs due to lack of RWD Fords We aren't old enough to own a Merc We don't play golf so not allowed to own a Jaaaaaaaag We don't belong to a Masonic Lodge so not allowed to own a Lexus.
  25. 3 points

    A brace of V8 Goodness!

    The car was ceramic coated to protect the finish. Also couldnt help take a pic of the M5 when out on a site visit. LMB really does look amazing in the sun!