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  1. 21 points
    Sandip

    Today we remember Donut

    Today marks the passing of a year since we lost the man who was a friend to many and a figurehead of our community. As we take a moment to reflect on the loss that is to our online family, spare a thought for his real-life family as they remember their good times with Darren. This forum owes a great debt to Donut. The thriving membership we enjoy; the positive attitude of our collective - these are things Darren worked hard to achieve. Our own tribute is to strive to stay true to his guidance, to ensure that the forum is the best it can be and that we continue to build not just a resource for all things 5 Series, but a thriving community. Donut set a high benchmark, and while we may have struggled at times to hit his high standards, we will always aim to continue the good work he did. There was an overwhelming response to fundraising for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance last year. Darren's family have asked us to pass on a message of thanks to each and every one of you who donated so generously, and have asked us to share this certificate by way of thanks. Let's all find a moment today to remember the Boss Man. Find yourself a quiet moment with a sugary baked good, look back on the impact Darren had on our lives and give thanks for what we have. On behalf of all of us at BMW5
  2. 11 points
    Nomis

    Manchester Arena blast reports

    I'm sorry but I just don't buy into this good triumphing over evil crap that pours out of the media after things like this. The people that jumped in to help out were great and did the right thing. I'd like to think all us right minded people would do the same. But, try telling one of the 19 victims families that good has triumphed over evil because they got a lot of love and a free taxi ride home and I bet they don't see it the same way. As a father myself the only emotion I have is utter hatred and contempt for bastards like those that would deliberately target a venue packed full of children. The evil bomber won. Simple as that. Sorry if I offend anybody.
  3. 11 points
    RichardP

    My E26!

    As many of you will know, it’s BMW’s 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate it, last week end they held a festival which included inviting 1000 cars from various clubs, nominally 10 from each club, for display in the Munich Olympic Park which is just the other side of the road from BMW Welt. I was invited in the M1, so a road trip was on! To protect the front end paintwork I hastily applied some Xpel Tracwrap the night before leaving. Not a very good job, I nick named it Crapwrap, but it would serve the purpose and was to be removed after the trip anyway. IMG_1014a The trip began early on the morning of 7th September, odometer reading 1,705 miles, leaving home in Yorkshire. IMG_1016a IMG_1017a Exactly 4 hours and 241 miles later, I collected a friend in Surrey to share the driving, followed by a quick stop at Munich Legends to say hello as we were passing and have a bit of lunch. They had two other M1’s, their own and the BMW UK car. M1 spot count, 3. IMG_1021 PIC_0649 From there on to the tunnel, slightly concerned about the reported problems, but there were no problems at all. PIC_0657 An evening blast down the almost deserted A26 saw us arrive at Reims to stay the night. Odometer now at 2230, so 525 miles in the day. Brilliant blue sky on the Thursday morning at 8:45 in Reims, the precursor to a very hot day. IMG_1029 More empty French AutoRoute on the A4 to Metz PIC_0665 We weren’t speeding officer, no, really we weren’t! IMG_1035 Then down to Strasbourg to pick up the A35 briefly before crossing the Rhine on the 500 to enter Germany, still not a cloud in the sky and temperatures nudging into the 30’s. PIC_0681 Pushing on up the 5 to Karlsruhe and starting to see what a 36 year old car makes of coming home to the derestricted Autobahn PIC_0685 On to the 8 and past Pforzheim to Stuttgart and Munich PIC_0689 The Germans get 100 Octane V-Power Racing, not cheap though! IMG_1092 Pushing on a little more on the final derestricted run into Munich PIC_0699 Due to the navigator (me!) going entering just ‘Munich’ in the sat nav and not the hotel, we took the circuitous route, right through the middle of the city. PIC_0706 PIC_0708 PIC_0714 Realising our (my) mistake, we then drove out towards the hotel just south of the Olympic Park PIC_0716 Finally getting into the hotel underground car park by about 6:30pm. IMG_1038 The odometer now reading 2668, 963 miles in two days. Turned up at the Olympic park on the Friday just before 9:00 to find 2 other M1s had already arrived PIC_0735 DSC_5897 M1 count, 5. As the day went on, more cars arrived, everyone had been given a slot to reduce queuing. A few Z8’s were quite early DSC_5898 Including a several Alpinas IMG_1045 By Saturday there were well over 20. A definitely used, but beautiful 507 DSC_5899 DSC_5900 PIC_0741 PIC_0747 PIC_0743 The co-driver, a big Alpina fan, was beside himself when he spotted this 8 series B12 5.7, number 057, the last one made, complete with carbon fibre bonnet and de-badged DSC_5907 PIC_0754 Including the intriguing manual box without a clutch pedal IMG_1042 DSC_5912 PIC_0757 PIC_0758 PIC_0759 With an E92 Alpina GT3 on one side DSC_5908 And a rare Glas Coupe arrived and parked on the other side, it sounded great DSC_5910 And a couple of other Glas cars were doted around DSC_5941 DSC_5926 DSC_5927 All sorts of other old and rare BMWs were rolling up DSC_5933 DSC_5934 A lovely 327 DSC_5938 A rare E28 Touring DSC_5930 And a stunning E34 M5 Touring DSC_5937 The 8 series were out in force DSC_5932 So were the Isettas DSC_5924a Including this one complete with period ski set! DSC_5920 And a 2 door (one at the front and one side door) DSC_5921 Motor bikes were included, although there weren’t anything like as many as there were cars PIC_0797 There was a Dixi too DSC_5939 There were also rows of Z1’s and Z3’s. By the time we returned to the car, another 3 M1’s had arrived DSC_5936 DSC_5935 M1 count, 8. There was also a Black M1 belonging to the owner of Mint Classics in Munster who specialise in selling M1’s, taking the count to 9. On Friday afternoon we had a factory tour, interesting but no photos allowed. They make the 3 and 4 series, M4 and M4 GTS. By the time we got to the engine plant work had stopped, they produce the modular 3 and 4 cylinder engines and the older N20 4 cylinder engine. A tour of the new BMW Classic facility had been laid on for both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Friday was for ‘overseas’ and Saturday for ‘locals’. As I’d been put in with the German M1 club we had passes for the Saturday, but we blagged our way into the Friday session! Visiting the Classic facility in the original factory, which BMW had to buy back, was amazing. There were loads of cars that you’ve maybe heard about or seen articles on but somehow don’t believe actually exist. The BMW Turbo, one of 2, the other was in the BMW museum IMG_1052 IMG_1075 The 1940 328 Kamm Coupe Mille Miglia IMG_1067 And the 2006 Homage IMG_1053 A ‘standard’ 328 IMG_1072 And the 2011 Homage IMG_1071 A mint yellow 507 IMG_1068 CSL Art Car IMG_1069 2002 GT4 IMG_1065 M1 ProCar (there was another and 3 road going M1’s) and some original Minis (not really in the right place IMO!) IMG_1059 M1 count now 14. Prototype E65/66 7 series extra-long wheel base L7, they only made an E38 L7. IMG_1070 The bonkers ‘goldfish’ with V16 engine that’s so big the radiators had to be put in the boot, feed with air via two large scoops in the rear wings IMG_1064 Loads of other nutty concepts too, no M8 or E39 M5 touring though. Also visible were the Classis work shops where they do work on their collection and restore customer cars (for a considerable fee!). There were several cars at various states of repair, including a 507, another road going M1 and the Piquet ProCar with the map of the Nurburgring on (supposedly done as a joke so Piquet and Stuck would not get lost!) IMG_1073 IMG_1074 M1 count, 16. Food and a presentation were laid on, but we skipped that as we got talking to ‘Dr Ralph’ outside about various nerdy details! A few other cars turned up on Saturday, such as this E46 M3 GTR look alike and E93 M3 GTS. IMG_1086 A quick walk round BMW Welt resulted in another ProCar, again driven by Piquet, this time in Marlborough livery on a ‘grid’ of other racers DSC_5942 M1 count, 17. There was also another area for cars near the BMW museum, amongst others an M4 GTS DSC_5956 And a gaggle of 1Ms DSC_5958 DSC_5959 The BMW museum itself contained lots of interesting stuff, the second Turbo which looked to be in much worse condition than the other DSC_5947 Yet another 507 DSC_5945 The GINA Visionary concept with flexible fabric body DSC_5948 And the Vision concept DSC_5950 Lots of engines, including this intriguing version of the M10 4 cylinder engine DSC_5951 And the final M1 spot of the week end, taking the total to 18. DSC_5953 On the Friday evening there was a concert during which cars from various decades were driven on stage, together with photos and video on the big screens. Strangely, the 40’s didn’t get much screen time! For the 60’s they drove Elvis Presley’s white 507 on stage which has been restored to ‘as new’ from a total wreck by BMW Classic. Difficult to take pictures as it was dark, but here is a panorama before the stadium filled up, it’s only the 180 degrees in front, the back seats were not used and it was over half an hour to the start IMG_1087 And one during the concert IMG_1089 The screens were massive, the central one having a moving section that went up and down depending on the act performing, there was some truly amazing ‘Break Dancing’, classical music, some German performers and Simply Red. Most of the dialog was in German so was lost on me. We escaped just before the end to avoid the crush. The return journey was pretty much the reverse of the outward one. Getting onto the autobahn early on a Sunday has its advantages PIC_0850a Traveling at this speed felt effortless with plenty of power in reserve and absolutely rock solid on the road, but I did not want to push too hard as the wheels are Magnesium which weakens with age. Another beautiful sky on the quiet French toll roads PIC_0861 The tunnel was quite quiet, although this was the Flexi Plus lane as I did not know what time we’d be arriving in Calais so forked out the additional cost so we could get any return train. IMG_1120 Again, no problem with the tunnel, no sign of anything either, but I’d feel a bit apprehensive getting to it in the dark. Finally the car was left at Munich Legends for some work on the suspension and a few other bits, but that’s a different story. Everything on the car worked flawlessly, with the one exception of the fan for the air conditioning. The A/C cooling worked fine, but the secondary ventilation fan sounds like it’s got something stuck inside and occasionally stopped blowing. Switching the A/C off for a few minutes and then back on cured the problem for a while before it came back again. Final odometer reading, 3416, a total of 1711 miles. IMG_1148 We drove for a little over 30 hours and consumed 286.57 Litres of Supper Unleaded over the 1559 miles between fill ups, that’s an average of 24.73 mpg. Given the age and performance of the car, together with the fact that we were cruising at 80-90 mph in France, giving it some welly on the exit from the toll booths and doing 100+ in Germany on most of the derestricted bits, I think that’s quite incredible. An amazing car, amazing trip and memories to last a lifetime. Many thanks to my friend for making the trip so enjoyable too!
  4. 10 points
    So after a post in the "What have you done to your car today?" thread a couple of people wanted to see dashcam install. Transcend 220 with permanent mount from Amazon and Nextbase wiring kit from Maplin: Power wire goes up in to the gap between trim and windscreen: Runs to the nearside A pillar and crosses over in the gap between the two pieces of trim (red line to show): It helps if it's a warm day as it makes the plastic and cable a little more pliable. Use a blunt piece of plastic to get the cable in the gap. Wire then goes under the rubber door seal: And runs down the door seal to the little panel where the passenger airbag switch is: The switch panel is removed by pulling: And working your way round: When you get all the way the panel just pops off (don't unplug the airbag switch!): You can then push the trim to get the wire in to the area behind the glovebox: There is a little access panel at the back of the glovebox which you remove to get to the fusebox. The piggyback goes to fuse 54. I needed to trim the the black plastic where the red cable goes in to the piggyback. You can see the silver conductor where i've trimmed the plastic. Otherwise the plastic stops a good fit: Metal framework behind the glovebox gives you a good place for the camera ground: And that's it. Took about 20 minutes to do. Fuse 54 goes live as soon as as the car is unlocked and goes to sleep about 10 minutes after the car is locked.
  5. 10 points
    Thanks for your support. It's a free site run by volunteers sadly we lost the site owner and thus the full access to the software. We are trying to get it sorted along with the family though of course they really don't have too. I'm thankful that we've been able to keep it going at all but hey.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 9 points
    Hairyarse

    My third E39! :)

    Well if all goes to plan, I'm picking up a silver 530i Sport Auto tomorrow morning - my first petrol E39 (Excuse the dull pics, it was getting dark!) I'll be the 12 owner! However, it's only got 125k miles on it, very clean indeed, especially inside there's little signs of wear. It's got four new tyres, a lot of new suspension and cooling system components and drives beautifully. Spec isn't too bad, not as good as my old 530d sadly. Prof sat nav (MK4), heated seats, a Baris upgraded amp with AUX and removable tow bar. Looking forward to burning some petrol for a change!!
  7. 9 points
    MFM

    My new bimmer

    After itching for a change and looking at 335i's for quite some time, I finally found one with the right spec at the right price. Got a few niggles to sort out but all in all a very clean car and nice to drive something a bit quicker for a change.
  8. 9 points
    RichardP

    My E26!

    On holiday for a week.
  9. 9 points
    jake13

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Mine's debadged
  10. 9 points
    greenelekta

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced the cam cover gaskets on my B10 V8s Touring and gave the engine bay a bit of clean
  11. 9 points
    tej

    E60-61 Facebook Group

    To be fair, anything with less than 6 cylinders does devalue the model
  12. 9 points
    sharkfan

    In memory of Donut

    After 10 years working as a Paramedic please could all people put themselves and their passengers behind seatbelts; I've been to many accidents with occupants wearing and not wearing brlts and whilst there is never any kind of guarantee your chances of survival are generally 100 fold better behind a belt than not. RIP Donut.
  13. 9 points
    Because you asked nicely
  14. 9 points
    pauliexjr

    Council complaints.

    Only in Britain - Complaints to Councils - extracts from letters written to local councils:...(All bona-fide) 1. It's the dogs mess that I find hard to swallow. 2. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off. 3. I wish to complain that my father twisted his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage. 4. Their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence. 5. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other day that blew them off. 6. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand? 7. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall. 8. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant. 9. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen. 10.. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster, and 50% are just plain filthy. 11.. I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers. 12.. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.. 13.. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink. 14.. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and now is in three pieces. 15.. I want to complain about the farmer across the road. Every morning at 6am his cock wakes me up and it's now getting too much for me. 16.. The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous. 17.. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please send someone round to do something about it. 18.. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man on top of me every night. 19.. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife. 20.. I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction. 21.. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can't get BBC2. 22.. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it. 23.. He's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.
  15. 9 points
    kjb1

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    clayed then polished, sealed. Looks much glossier:
  16. 8 points
    sharkfan

    Fathers Day

    For a lot of people this is very much secondary to Mothers Day, and perhaps rightly so? but if you get a chance, call your Dad today. I haven't been able to for six years now and even though I have the sweetest nine year old Daughter to make Fathers Day nice for me, I still miss my Dad.
  17. 8 points
    Here is a pic of mine.
  18. 8 points
    pauliexjr

    Post Brexit Result

    Unbelievable b*llshit quote from another diehard anti-Brexiteer, Nicola Sturgeon, referring to Trump's win: "Not the outcome I had hoped for, but the verdict of the American people must be respected" Pity the monobrowed bitch doesn't feel the same way about the two UK referendums she is trying so desperately to overturn!
  19. 8 points
    cocomillion

    Clinton or Trump?

    *Trump's first day at the Oval Office after being elected President.* First briefing by the CIA, Pentagon, FBI: Trump: We must destroy ISIS immediately. No delays. CIA: We cannot do that, sir. We created them along with other similar groups. Trump: The Democrats created them. CIA: We created ISIS, sir. You need them or else you would lose funding from the natural gas lobby. Trump: Stop funding Pakistan. Let India deal with them. CIA: We can't do that. Trump: Why is that? CIA: India will cut Balochistan out of Pak. Trump: I don't care. CIA: India will have peace in Kashmir. They will stop buying our weapons. They will become a superpower. We have to fund Pakistan to keep India busy in Kashmir. Trump: But you have to destroy the Taliban. CIA: Sir, we can't do that. We created the Taliban to keep Russia in check during the 80s. Now they are keeping Pakistan busy and away from their nukes. Trump: We have to destroy terror sponsoring regimes in the Middle East. Let us start with the Saudis. Pentagon: Sir, we can't do that. We created those regimes because we wanted their oil. We can't have democracy there, otherwise their people will get that oil - and we cannot let their people own it. Trump: Then, let us invade Iran. Pentagon: We cannot do that either, sir. Trump: Why not? CIA: We are talking to them, sir. Trump: What? Why? CIA: We want our Stealth Drones back. If we attack them, Russia will obliterate us as they did to our buddy ISIS in Syria. Besides we need Iran to keep Israel in check. Trump: Then let us invade Iraq again. CIA: Sir, our friends (ISIS) are already occupying 1/3rd of Iraq. Trump: Why not the whole of Iraq? CIA: We need the Shi'ite govt of Iraq to keep ISIS in check. Trump: I am banning Muslims from entering US. FBI: We can't do that. Trump: Why not? FBI: Then our own population will become fearless. Trump: I am deporting all illegal immigrants to south of the border. Border patrol: You can't do that, sir. Trump: Why not? Border patrol: If they're gone, who will build the wall? Trump: I am banning H1B visas. USCIS: You cannot do that. Trump: Why? Chief of Staff: If you do so, we'll have to outsource White House operations to Bangalore. Which is in India. Trump (sweating profusely by now): What the hell should I do as President??? CIA: Enjoy the White House, sir! We will take care of the rest! Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  20. 8 points
    ^^^^ what dunc said! I to have not experienced any problems apart from not getting notifications, but who cares! Ive found a forum that suits your requirements http://www.cuntscorner.com well done to the admin and management thus far !
  21. 8 points
    Daze

    My Milky Way Photography!

    From Sunday night, I managed to capture this Also non-BMW related, other shots from the same night This is the first time I've successfully managed to photograph the Milky Way, I'm quite pleased with the results! These were taken between midnight & 2am on Sunday night, at Durdle Door in Dorset. I have a few more photos from the night, if you're interested, follow me on Instagram @dazecoop (shameless plug, hah).
  22. 8 points
    No...its because their ways have turned their countries into shitholes so now they come here to do the same. Fucking shoot the bastards on site and be done with it.
  23. 8 points
    TrM5

    Loving her today!! :-)

    Spent 8 hours yesterday cleaning, and waxing. Today has been driving and smiling!! I hope you agree she is looking lovely.....!
  24. 8 points
    second wash in 5 days, firsy wash i spent 4 hrs on the bodywork alone (clay iron-x, detar ) paint is smooth as silk, just need to get it machined might get it done this weekend. new plates also fitted, led reg bulb, black grills, led angel eye replacement was a busy boy yesterday.
  25. 8 points
    It's a for sale ad, not a discussion about repaired cars....


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