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  1. 8 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. 7 points
    Bought it & drove it home
  3. 7 points
  4. 6 points

    F11 powder coated wheels

    Had my alloys powder coated. From the usual silver to anthracite. Yes 18’s or 19’s look great but the roads are terrible in my area and this is a workhorse so I want the reasonable comfort of 17’s. Plus I don’t want to spend all that dosh to upgrade just yet Finish is fantastic on them. Anyway here’s a few pics.
  5. 6 points
    Cadwell Parker

    Picked up this F11 on Saturday

    A new addition to the family. 530d with variable dampers. Needs a wash after driving it home but is nice and clean under the grime. Just under 60000 miles and almost like new inside. Looks like the n/s/r corner is sitting down a bit after being parked overnight so might need to see about getting that looked at under the 3 month warranty from the indy dealer. It's a lovely car to drive and we're very happy with it. Will put up some more photos once it's looking a bit cleaner.
  6. 6 points
  7. 6 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finished with interior!
  8. 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'
  9. 6 points
    Popped over to iRock to see the progress of the restoration of my M5
  10. 6 points

    Buying an e39 M5.

    As requested, a couple of quick phone photos, the thing needs a good clean up, so have set aside next Saturday. The more I see it, the more I love it - don't the fact I now own one of my dream cars has sunk in yet. Its also cheaper to insure than my e60 525d - madness.
  11. 6 points

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    More pics of progress on the full respray underway at the bodyshop: On that last pic the bonnet had to be taken all the way back to bare metal (this was previously resprayed by Oxford Crash Repair in 2013 but the paint had started to peel - we found they'd just resprayed over the top of the original paint with minimal prep. Cowboys.) She'll be painted and back with me in a week or so.
  12. 6 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    He sure is keeping election promises... More than the crowd down London and that's all the Parties included. 80 % of the people that were very angry concerning Trumps victory here in Britain that i came across typically could not stand the fact ... That the man was legally elected to power by the American people and went against their own snowflake two party nothing changes Westminster style of politics where years are wasted while the two parties play politics while really doing nothing but destabilise the country with their crap.
  13. 5 points
    Up to Glasgow today to buy this Decided that diesel and I do not get on; so the land-barge went yesterday and this was collected today These are pics from the seller; it's covered just over 85k miles and drives faultlessly... Had plenty of work to it, just needs my touch
  14. 5 points

    GONZO - Highly recommended!

    Guys I feel compelled to recommend what is a 'come to you' expert that can complete work on your beloved (and sometimes troublesome) BMW E60/1 I contacted Gareth to ask for advice on a range of cetain jobs I was looking to complete as a preventative measure on my 2010 535d M sport - a few chats later and I was asking him if he'd consider me paying him to come to me and do the work such was his knowledge. Gareth came to me yesterday at the crack of dawn to undertake a long list of work - replacement of the following Update NAV/Maps Glow plug relay Glow plugs Turbo vac hoses Inlet manifold seals Main Stat EGR Stat Gearbox stat modification Full test When he arrived an unpacked it was clear I'd made the right decision - the chap is like a mobile BMW workshop differing only by the fact he actually knows what he's talking about! I'm someone who finds it hard to trust people to work on my cars as I always seem to find something lacking with many garages. That said, when peple do get it right and meet my expectations then I'm the first to voice up praise! So if anyone here needs any technical work completing right first time by someone with a thorough, methodical and sometimes frighteningly geeky level of knowledge then our resident forum member 'Gonzo' aka Gareth come highly recommended. Great price too! Hahaha just to add - it was after about an hour Gareth called me over to ask if I had any rust convertor liquid! Fearing the worst I raced over and asked why - he's undone a nut from the EGR valve that had some surface corrosion on and wanted it to go back treated!!! That made me smile with admiration and surprise!!
  15. 5 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.
  16. 5 points

    New G31 arrival

    Switched from a 16 plate 335d xDrive saloon to this 530d xDrive touring. Such a lovely car. Most refined and comfortable i've ever driven. Really pleased with combination of Bluestone and black alloys. It's all subjective, but i was worried it was going to be too 'halfords' but looks just right.
  17. 5 points
    The lies and exaggerations printed about Brexit and Trump have really opened my eyes to the extreme political bias of the media, Inc. Facebook, Twitter, Google. Huge media corps led by globalist leftists intent on censoring conservatism.
  18. 5 points
    I like him, I wish he was over here sorting Brexit for us, he'd tell all those Eurotw@ts in Brussels where to get off.
  19. 5 points

    E28 525i Restoration Project

    Thanks for all the encouragement guys! The laws are pretty much the same. Most of them came from the UK anyway. Its the Police that are different! So a few new updates: One of the best ones is that I finally got the brakes to work so now the car can be driven around safely! The problem was the brake bomb and the master cylinder. The brake bomb had to spend a whole night in oil and the MC I had (also a replacement) wasn’t really good. I also bought a brake caliper repair kit and new brake hoses. After replacing everything, things are working now though I’d say the E28 brakes aren’t that good in the first place. I still have a busted tail light on the right. Those are super expensive so I’d rather fix mechanical stuff first than fork out all that cash for a new one. Looking for a second hand one at the moment so its cat and mouse with the cops. All my lights are working though so don’t freak out. It’s just the housing on the turn signal that’s broken. Drive shaft was loose so did some re-engineering on those just to improve them. Also put in new boots and grease. Worked on the front suspension. New bushings for the control arms, new tie rods and stabilizer link bars. New front tyres as well. Cheap ones though as I want to go 225/45/17 in future. Still on 15s now. Replaced all the rear sub-frame bushings and the diff mount. This has made the biggest difference in the ride quality. Before there was a loud knocking sound whenever you took off from a low gear. Sounded like you were ripping the rear end of the car off. SOME OTHER MINOR REPLACEMENTS/REPAIRS INCLUDE: 1. Fixed the high beams. 2. Fixed all the brake lights and modified the brake fogs to be brake lights. The single brake light was too little. The added light also helps in dealing with cops. 3. 3. Fixed reverse light as well. 4. Fixed the speedometer and odometer. 5. New drive shaft support bearing 6. Did a full radiator flush. 7. Got a second hand valance for the front and front turn signals. 8. Fixed the holes in the floor board and reinforced the chassis. Did a hack job on it since I intend to smooth everything out once I strip it for paint work. 9. New gear shift lever and rubber shift boot. 10. New seal for the fuel sending unit 11. Fitted new door handles in the front. 12. Fitted new hood roundel 13. Fitted license plate lights THINGS THAT NEED ATTENTION: 1. Still no temperature gauge even after replacing the sensor. Car does not overheat though. 2. No fuel gauge. Guesswork for now or have to top up extra each time I drive it. 3. No coolant level sensor. 4. There is a leak at the power steering pump. 5. Engine warning light will not go off. Tried resetting it, nothing. 6. No wipers. Need a new motor as the other one rusted to failure. Water reservoir also dried up to the point that it cracked. 7. Dirt in the fuel lines causing fuel leaks at the rail. Now that the car is in use, rust is coming off in the tank and in the fuel rail and causing blockages. Have to keep removing and cleaning so as not to destroy the injectors. Also have to put in new fuel filters to save the pump. Im hoping this will subside with time coz even though we clean everything out it keeps coming back and its expensive! 8. Though the car moves well, I feel like there is some power loss (expect more kick out of a 2.5l engine). Might be the dirt in the lines, might be something else so will need a proper tune up to get it to pump out the full 150HP. 9. Also the exhaust has major issues. 1. Its not the right exhaust for the car and 2. It keeps cracking. When we lowered the rear sub-frame to replace the bushings it cracked again so it seems I need to replace the entire thing. NEXT UP: Painting! I was trying to get some Noico sound deadening mat but it’s too expensive to ship out here because of the weight in the required quantity so I have decided to just go ahead and paint. I’ve been looking at Titangrau 892/A36, Callisto Grey B64, and the original Platanengruen Metallic 188. I am leaning towards the Titangrau for now. Windshield wiper motor, rear window motors, Exhaust work, and an engine tune. I think those are the critical items. I also ordered some Polyamide shifter bushings from E28goodies.com supposed to sort out a lot of the slop in the gear. Those are yet to come in.
  20. 5 points

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks @d_a_n1979! The e32 is finally home, washed and tucked into a shed until I’m ready to do some work on it. I have to sell the 740 and 540 to give myself some breathing space first!
  21. 4 points
    Completed all the work last Saturday and took a few photos in progress. We decided to start off with the most difficult thing and replace the front crankshaft seal, so the first thing to come out was the fan cowling and the fan itself. Keep in the mind, the nut on the viscous coupling is a reverse one, so to loosen it, you have to turn it clock-wise. Looking at everything from underneath, you can see it's all covered in oil at the top of the oil sump. The next thing to come off is the crankshaft pulley/harmonic balancer. However, before you can get it out, you'll have to remove the water pump pulley, as otherwise there's not enough clearance for the crank pulley to come out. Once you've removed that, you'll see this: Needless to say, the crankshaft bolt is PROPER tight. The correct way of removing this bolt is to lock the engine and stop it from turning using a flywheel locking pin that you have to insert through the TDC alignment access hole, which is located underneath the starter motor (M50/M52/S50/S52 engines). There's a rubber plug (part number: 11111714541) that you pull out and then insert the locking pin through, obviously making sure that it goes through the flywheel. You'll have to turn the engine slowly using the crankshaft bolt until you manage to put the pin through. I believe the crankshaft bolt is 22mm, you will need a long bar + strong biceps. With the bolt out, carefully remove the hub and you'll see the reason why we are here: We were just about to start removing the seal to replace it, when I showed the new BMW seal to my mechanic and he wasn't too happy about it. For whatever reason, the replacement genuine BMW crankshaft seal didn't have the support spring on the inside edge of it, which I was told is very important and helps to lengthen the life of the seal and prevent early leaks. Looks like it's another cost-saving strategy from BMW on the manufacturing side, so you can visit the dealers for servicing a bit more often. Instead of using the genuine BMW part, we decided to order the exact same seal made by Corteco from EuroCarParts, while in the meantime we carried on with the rest of the work. I'll show you the differences in BMW vs Corteco seals a bit later below. The lambda sensor was next to come out. Its location is a bit awkward, but luckily it came out pretty easy. Here you can see old vs new: The one fitted was made by Bosch, not sure if original from factory, but it has definitely been there for a while. Old one removed, new one in place. Next thing we drained the oil out. Last time I changed it was back in December 2017, but I've only driven around 5600 miles since then, so by modern standards, it's an "early" oil change. Going back on top, changed all 6 coils. They were all made by BMW, but turns out they weren't the originals from factory, because all of them had "98" stamped on them. Looks like the originals lasted only 6 years (my E34 is a 09.1992 build), which is a bit strange, considering the current coils have been on the car since then and I wouldn't say there's a problem with them - I'm only changing them to "freshen things up". Then replaced the throttle position sensor, which is held by 2 Phillips screws and there's a plug right underneath it. Not sure if there was anything wrong with my mine, but the purpose of all this work was to improve the throttle response, so I couldn't take any chances. Got the AFM out and sprayed the AFM cleaner all over the sensor, then let it dry for a while. Again, hard to tell if mine is 100% or not, but I thought there's no harm in cleaning it vs having to buy a replacement for no apparent reason. And finally replaced the crankshaft position sensor, which was original BMW. The bolt that holds it in place was easy to come out, but we had to knock out the sensor from the bottom, completely damaging it, as otherwise it was stuck and wouldn't budge. By the time we've done all this work, the crankshaft seal has arrived from ECP and I've taken a few photos to show you the difference. From the outside, the genuine BMW seal (left) and Corteco (right) are pretty much identical, except the colour. However, from the inside you can see that there's no support spring present on the BMW seal (left), but it's there on the Corteco seal (right). If you find yourself in the same situation, then make sure to get the Corteco front crankshaft seal (part number: 12012045B), instead of genuine BMW, because not only it matches the spec of the original seal fitted from factory, but it's also cheaper than the current version sold by BMW today. Now having the right part for the job, we've carried on and removed the existing seal. It has hardened over the years and there was no way that it would come out in one piece, but it was going to go straight in the bin anyway, so it didn't matter. Clearly, it hasn't been touched since the car left the factory, and you can also see the BMW logo. Notice the presence of the support spring on the original seal, so not sure why BMW decided to get rid of it on the current part. Luckily, Corteco has it, hence the reason why we went with them. Make sure to clean up the area where the new seal goes and ideally apply a bit of RTV around the outside edge of the new seal - some say it's not necessary, but I doubt there's any harm if you do it. The replacement seal finally in place, all nice and clean. Before putting back the crankshaft bolt, make sure to apply a bit of Locktite on the thread to ensure a secure fit. The assembly is the reverse of the removal, plus we've replaced the crankshaft bolt, its washer and the 6 crank pulley bolts, although it's totally optional - nothing wrong with re-using the originals. So was all this work worth the final result? Well, I can't say it made a HUGE difference, because the car drove fine prior to doing the work anyway, but I noticed a slightly better response from lower revs and also it seems to build ups revs a bit smoother now. This is the thing with preventative maintenance - there's nothing obviously wrong that needs fixing, but these things need to be done for everything to be 100% and to prevent any sudden problems in the future. Future plans? I've got my "Pedant-mode" ON at the moment, as I don't like the rattling noise coming from the wheel centre caps of my Throwing Stars. With the windows up, you can't hear anything, but otherwise they rattle when you go over small potholes/speed bumps and it's not good enough for me....An easy fix would be a bit of RTV on the inside of the caps, but I'm not after easy fixes, so I'm going to check and see how much I can get replacement centre caps from BMW for and if it's reasonable, then I'll get a set of 4. If they are priced silly, then it's not the end of the world. As I previously mentioned, a set of 4 new tyres are also in the works, can't decide between the makes, but will let you know what I went for soon enough. Apart from that, I'm not too sure, but I think my alternator is getting a bit noisy lately, although sometimes I feel like that I need to slow down a bit with my "preventative maintenance" and don't fix things that work perfectly fine... Anyway, whatever happens you'll be first to find out and I'll make sure to keep you updated. Thanks for following.
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    What ever your view on climate change we’ve only got so much raw material. Use it wisely... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 4 points

    Goodbye my friend.

    Glad you and your family are ok, that is a proiority and the car, ultimately, did it’s most important job by protecting you and your family. BUT whoever your insurer and/or solicitor were deserve bullocking for being utter bellends and not knowing basic RTA case law. I refer you (and your bellend representatives) to the case of Transport Frigoriphiques Laurent v Transportes Olloquiegui [2000] CL 489 where (I paraphrase) a lorry was driving on a motorway and collided with the rear of another lorry, which executed a emergency stop in front of it, after breakdown. The driver of the lorry that broke down started a claim against the driver of the lorry that crashed into him however, this was dismissed on the basis that the “abrupt and immediate halt of the leading lorry was not a foreseeable consequence on a motorway”. If I was representing you the most you would get is a 25% contrib IMO but I would push for a 100% fault of the Audi driver. The moron in the Audi deserves no pay out whatsoever. Low sun in the winter months is common. The sun visior or sunglasses are there for that precise reason. Makes my blood boil to see how the insurer fucked you over and the presumptiom of “its a rear end shunt, case closed”. fucking tragic.
  25. 4 points

    Advice on selling a car....

    Finally gave her a good clean, and got the camera out to get some decent pics......She scrubs up pretty well First and probably last time i got to take her someone scenic for some decent pictures!