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  1. 1 point

    The ONE bucket wash!!!

    Everything below came from a video on the Foresnic Detailing YouTube channel. I was rather fed up of getting out the pressure washer, two large buckets etc. to wash the car when, sometimes, it was not that dirty. Then I saw a a video that showed a great, quick alternative. For it you will need: 1) One or more cheap Chinese wash mitts like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-Super-Soft-Lambswool-Car-Care-Wash-Mitt-Deep-Pile-Cleaning-Glove-Washing-Glove/192454197994?epid=14014544800&hash=item2ccf2a02ea:g:~9YAAOSws6ZaEoIz 2) Hozelock multi spray attachment. Cheapest I can find is ToolStation: https://www.toolstation.com/shop/Landscaping/d130/Hose+Fittings/sd3316/Hozelock+Multi+Spray+Gun/p34414 For a lightly soiled car that does not really need a prefoam the method is: 1) Clean your wheels 2) Prepare a small wash bucket with a few litres of water, your favourite car shampoo and, if you have it, a little Optimum No Rinse/CarPro Ech20 or other waterless wash liquid. 3) Spray the car with water 4) Dip mitt in bucket and wash a panel in straight lines 5) Use the fan spray on the Hozelock to clean the mitt. This spray pattern literally cuts through all the dirt on the mitt. Because the pile is so short you can see when the mitt is clean. 6) repeat steps 4 and 5 till car clean. The advantages over the TBW are savings in time, shampoo and water plus the mitt is not rinsed off in ever dirtier water so is is likely to cause swirls than the TBW. The video is rather too long to explain this simple concept so my link just takes you to the vital bit - watch a few minutes from this point. I must stress this is for a regular maintenance wash. If the car is minging, you will still want to haul out the pressure washer to rinse, foam and rinse again to clean the worst off. In this scenario, I use the PW to help with the wheels and pre-wash. Then I put it away, pop the Hozelock attachment to the hoze and continue with the one bucket method.
  2. 1 point

    E39 540i/6 Sport touring

    Its unusual for me to keep a car long enough to bother with a build thread other than an E34 M5 i once had and the E30's i currently own but i think that i will keep this 540i (my 7th E39) for a while so here we go! By pure chance or luck depending on how you look at it, the previous owner turned up at my workshop one day to ask me to look at something on the car and mentioned they may want to sell. I assumed it was an auto so when it turned out to be a manual my ears pricked up as i knew that facelift 540i Sport tourings are not that common and manual ones quite rare. Ive tried contacting BMW customer services to find out how many were sold new here but have drawn a blank.. maybe i just got someone who couldn't be bothered. According to howmanyleft.co.uk they peaked at 12 with only 6 remaining. How accurate that is i dont know as that site can be hit miss. So here it is, 2001 titan silver with black, very common colour combo and one i keep ending up with (2x prev E46's and 2x prev E39's) but at least its not grey inside. VIN WBADR52040BH99030 Type Code DR52 E Series E39 (2) Series 5 Type TOUR Model 540I TOURING (EUR) Steering RL Doors 5 Engine M62/TU Displacement 4.40 Power 210 Drive HECK Transmission MECH Colour TITANSILBER METALLIC (354) Upholstery STANDARDLEDER/SCHWARZ (N6SW) Prod. Date 2001-08-29 L812ANational version Great Britain P337AM Sports package S210ADynamic stability control S220ASelf-levelling suspension S227ASport suspension+lowered+ride-height S249AMultifunction f steering wheel S302AAlarm system S386ARoof railing S403AGlass roof, electrical S428AWarning triangle and first aid kit S431AInterior mirror with automatic-dip S434AInterior surface aluminium S441ASmoker package S459ASeat adjuster, electric, with memory S473AArmrest front S481ASports seat S500AHeadlight wipe/wash/Intensive cleaning S508APark Distance Control (PDC) S520AFog lights S522AXenon Light S534AAutomatic air conditioning S555AOn-board computer V with remote control S602AOn-board monitor with TV S609ANavigation system Professional S632APreparation BMW Handy (Motorola) S672ACD changer for 6 CDs S694AProvisions for BMW 6 CD changer S710AM sports steering wheel, multifunction S715AM Aerodynamics package S760AHigh gloss shadow line S775AHeadlining anthracite S785AWhite direction indicator lights S788ABMW LA wheel, Individual S850ADummy-SALAPA S853ALanguage version English S863ARetailer Directory Europe S877ADelete cross-pattern operation S880AOn-board vehicle literature English Not a bad spec out of the box, it was a BMW staff car originally so someone got to choose an interesting company car. 2 owners after that which have been local to where i live, the last having spend money on some of the usual E39 issues, new timing chains, new clutch and flywheel, various suspension arms and cooling system parts have kept it in reasonable heath. First thing to do was replace the tyres are they were finished on the original style 66's so an ebay purchase of a set of staggered style 37's with michelin pilot tyres helped with the looks and sorted the need for tyres. The original sachs made M sport suspension was past its best so some Bilstein B8 front and Bilstein B6 rear shocks with some eibach pro kit front springs along with some new genuine BMW top mounts have transformed the ride and handling. I know some people replace the SLS rear suspension with a coil spring and shock set up but i wanted to retain the SLS for load carrying. Plenty more in the pipe line such as some retrofits and some eibach roll bars are on order.
  3. 1 point
    Its an abandoned BMW 635i – currently scheduled for destruction L I am putting it here incase anyone is looking for one as it will now go to auction I have watched this car for a nearly a year sitting in a local multi story car park, and as time went by it became clear no one was coming back for it and it wasn’t a commuter parking in the same spot every day. It’s a B plate 635 in white with blue leather sports interior , auto, 16” crossspokes and in generally very good condition. There is a line of feint rust bubbles around the sunroof and some here and there but it’s by no means a shed. Infact if you didn't know it looks like it could be jumped in and driven away . Sadly the story goes the owner is not of this world anymore and never returned to get his car and despite numerous efforts from others and councils to find out if there are any family etc there is no one coming forward to claim it so it now has a ‘ Scheduled for Destruction’ notice on it. To try and avoid this happening I have tried to see if it can be saved and although the local council only authorise its removal . The contractor who lifts it will sell it online as it has a decent value …. the company is called Raw2K and this car could be on their website in the next couple of weeks Could be a cheap sharknose 6'er for someone ! I will get pics over weekend of it .
  4. 1 point

    52 reg silver e39 se tourer

    M40 southbound this morning around Jct 12 about 7am. WAKE UP you muppet,its pissing with rain,so concentrate,don,t know what you were doing but coming by my fully laden truck almost sideways in the 3rd lane normally ends in tears,also rear fogs are not needed in the dark when its raining, Saw you again in the Q for the A34 and gave you a toot on the horn.
  5. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    Service Inclusive

    The first owner of my F10 paid for service inclusive. 5 years and 50,000 miles in Jan 2013. He got it serviced once in the less than three years he owned it. Oil change only. He did not get his money's worth out of it. I buy it at 3 years old at 34k miles. I get it serviced at 38k, plugs, oil, air filter, pollen filter and vehicle check. I pay nothing. That lot would have cost nearly the whole amount of what the original owner paid for the service inclusive. I get the brake fluid changed a year later. I pay nothing. All I have paid a dealer for in 2.5 years of ownership is two MOTs and a new remote battery. If I had the inkling to drive 350 miles round trip back to the supplying dealer I would have got the first MOT for free as AUC I should have got a full 12 months MOT. Plus the service inclusive I had on mine included MOT warranty so if it failed on anything it would have got fixed for free. That's worth bearing in mind when buying a service pack, does it still include MOT warranty? I got the original owners money's worth out of the service inclusive he paid for. And I thank him for that. If you are going to keep your G30 for the length of the duration of the service inclusive, you should get your money's worth, but if you are buying on the never never and hand it back early, you won't.
  6. 1 point

    Service Inclusive

    you're right, the old plans went up to 5 years 50k miles. but still, you will get 1 small and one large service. I had my first one at 15k miles and will only be doing around 4k per annum, but will get a second service two months from the first one.
  7. 1 point

    What to look out for

    So... same as any car then! I do need to do a fair bit of reading for what to look out for, so will watch this thread and do some googling... Cheers, Ed
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    I’ll have a look over the weekend.
  10. 1 point
    That seems unlikely - I’d talk to the dealer.
  11. 1 point
    535i Andrew

    What to look out for

    Don't buy a diesel unless its got sound history and it hasn't been abused/chavved. Don't go for the agricultural 4 pot, the 6 pot is leagues better. And only buy a Diesel unless you are going to be able to do long enough journeys in it, 30 miles at motorway speeds once a week to keep things healthy.
  12. 1 point

    2004 E61 545i 6 speed £2,500

    I’ve been in touch with the owner for a few years and I should finally see it this weekend. It’s got a lot of miles on it and has had some welding so it will be interesting to see what condition it is in.
  13. 1 point

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    ^^ Second that. Gtechniq C4 lasts easily over a year. After 2 years I treated X5 plastic parts again though they were still better than before the first treatment. It works like nano sealant which is quite obvious change how water behaves on treated parts when you wash the car.
  14. 1 point
    Matthew Ashton

    Sat nav maps

    That's a difficult one. I have CIC not NBT and am running 2018_1 just fine. Some with NBT have had issues and others not but I don't think anyone has identified which firmware could cause issues and which not. See if BMW are still selling Nav updates for £69.95 then is there is an issue they'll fix it for you as they are the ones selling the update.
  15. 1 point

    Disc thickness

    So do we think this disc has another 1000 miles left on it
  16. 1 point

    BMW E39 window seals & wipers

    Hi Barry, Good News, It looks like it is due in with us tomorrow morning mate
  17. 1 point
    Yep, bumper care products can great for 'blacking up' (can I say that?) those sort of parts. The Tyre and Bumper Gel from Turtle Wax is excellent as well.
  18. 1 point

    Soft close door problem.

    Could it be just the motor is tired, brushes worn etc..?
  19. 1 point

    M5 Touring stolen and Torched

    This country is full of complete and utter brainless soulless wastes of air.
  20. 1 point

    M5 Touring stolen and Torched

    That is such a shame. No amount of insurance pay out is going to replace that. All because some twat took what didn’t belong to them.
  21. 1 point

    F10 door corrosion

    +4 but make sure you record a bad review on Google etc for them highlighting how a 7 year old BMW 5 series is rusting already and they didn't want to help regardless of the 12 year warranty. AND request a formal complaint against them via BMW UK or BMW corporate. I did both. I'll be getting my corrosion done privately at some point or I'll leave it if I'm changing car. I've cancelled mondial warranty too* for similar reasons - great warranty but pointless if the faux posh little grunts at the dealer argue every point, lie, and cut corners. * Balls of steal, me, I've got an n53.