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  1. 9 points
    A few months ago I upgraded to one of the Chinese Android units widely available on Ebay and AliExpress, and they are a great upgrade, but..... One Little Problem: Our E60/E61's were never designed to have a touch screen. They were designed with a display screen, at a display distance. So anyone that has one of these units will confirm that it's a bit of a stretch to actually touch our touchscreens comfortably without having to lean forward from the driving position. Picture grabbed from google (I always forget to take a "before" pic) The Chinese designers of these units have made the same hardware fit into many different models, and they just looked at what already existed in the car, and designed their touchscreen into it. They could have done a much better job by designing a mount that is actually within reach, like for the F10.... It's the same head-unit with a different fascia. So..... The Solution: Design it yourself. Create a rough template to use as a guide for a perspex fascia. Once you remove the stock plastic fascia you reveal a glossy black border that was previously covered. Test fitting here above. Having somewhere to rest your hand also keeps things user-friendly. The resulting cutout fascia before spraying. The screw holes match up with the metal case of the head-unit. What looks like an ugly scratch/break on the left is actually a rough recess on the back side, milled out with a dremel to house the microSD pcb so it would not be set too deep. Mic hole also on left. The Result: This pic above shows my eye-line view. The reflection I get to see is the passenger seat and door below the window line. This solves a slight problem with these units also, in that the reflected view originally was higher, looking a bit at the window which is always brighter. With the final pic I will mention mounting. I had intended to use the two original mounting holes and design a plastic mount that the new fascia could clip into. However during test fittings it became obvious that it's a tight squeeze putting it where it is. As such I've decided to leave it as is, basically tightly wedged in. It does not budge and the screen is not being compressed, only the perspex and metal casing at the back. The original fascia is vented at the top. The gap in the pic above cannot be seen unless you get down low to look for it, and it leaves a vent in case it's needed, so will be staying as is. For the surface finish I considered a black glossy perspex or a wrap. What I ended up using was a cheap rattle spray can of satin black and I'm delighted how it turned out. It matches so much of the dash surfaces and just looks very professional. Overall this job was done over most of a Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it inspires others to do similar (or better) Keliuss
  2. 9 points

    SuperDave RIP

    Dave and I became good friends during 4 years I lived near Chester. He spotted my car at our daughters school and posted on this forum about it and it turned out his younger daughter and my daughter were in the same class together. We spent some excellent times with our families and friends together, and made some excellent memories, as well as having some great fun. He broke the news of his diagnosis a while ago and was quite clear about his chances. I could only urge him to spend whatever time he had in making memories to last for a lifetime for his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters; I believe he had already decided upon that and acted upon that up to his last days. I will miss him, his enthusiasm for this forum and BMW 5's, and the world is a slightly poorer place for having a such a kind, generous, enthusiastic and humorous man taken away at such a young age.
  3. 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!
  4. 7 points
    I'm bumping this thread as that was what Dave would have wanted, in order to once again raise awareness about Bowel Cancer. https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/137511-superdave-rip/?tab=comments#comment-1475719 Sadly Dave lasted until April 2019 before succumbing to this Cancer. I know he filled that last year of his life with every day devoted to making the most of his time for himself and his young family. He made memories, had fun, undertook adventures, spent every last minute (except for occasional posts on here) making the most of life - as we all perhaps should. Anyway, Dave has passed away but please take a minute to read the first post of this thread and if you are in any doubt for heavens sake get yourself checked out. Dave Andrews, rest in peace my friend.
  5. 7 points
    Starting to look like a fast e34 now
  6. 7 points
    So a little, update a vain one but who cares as it helps with the inspiration! I got this before christmas, my old saloon had the same wheel. Its nice and better than all the shite airbag efforts offered by BMW at the time. (Safety aside!) I've got a bit less room here so i thought i'll fit the wheels then, i'm not storing another set! took a long time as every rim was corroded onto the hubs so some violence was needed to remove the old metric rollers, much better? So onto fitting the front spoiler, this took a long time to get it right, as i didn't have a stencil and there were holes that needed drilling! bit of picture dump here interesting sticker for a geek, is that the date time said bumper was manufactured i assume The amount of cutting as seen in older posts is alot on a poor standard bumper. You could always go to Alpina cap in hand and buy all the specific parts they made for this, I simply don't have that budget and this fits well now The money shot I've got a pre facelift grill also. I think this looks better and you have room to fit a front bi turbo badge. Its more work though and i don't think the wide grill looks to bad now i've seen it in the flesh rather than pictures Time for a well earned wash i thought yesterday A bit better, I'll keep going with stuff until my more clever friends arrive and we can sort out why engine is not getting fuel soon. because with fuel it should start!
  7. 7 points
    Bought it & drove it home
  8. 7 points
  9. 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.
  10. 6 points
  11. 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.
  12. 6 points
  13. 6 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finished with interior!
  14. 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'
  15. 6 points
    Popped over to iRock to see the progress of the restoration of my M5
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 5 points

    Andy's E39 M5

    Thought I would start a project thread on my recently acquired 2002 M5 After hankering after an M5 for many years I decided to take the plunge after seeing this one on eBay and not purchasing it at the time due to fear I was about to throw my money in the bin! I spent two weeks after the eBay ad had ended wondering why it hadn't sold and why I let my favourite colour combination on these pass me by knowing I can't afford the top end of the market. The search for the owner was on as I had to find out more. Lots of background searching and discussions with the two previous owners, and people who knew the owners, and I parted with my hard earned and took the plunge. The car is by no means perfect but overall I'm very happy with my purchase at the price I paid. Mileage is high ish at 189k but it runs lovely and drives really well. Nice and tight and certainly not tired feeling. Initial niggles are only one key. On which the battery is dead on the remote. New keys being sorted in the next couple of weeks. Slight oil leak from the gearbox which will need addressing at some point. Rust is forming on the rear arches and the jacking points so this will be the first major job to tackle once I've shifted some other cars for funds. Sadly one of my lovely caramel seats has a tear in it which I will get fixed next week for just 85 quid. They will repair it to a very small scar which will do for now. Some pics and progress once I get a chance to spend some time on it. I need to raise it a little to get it into my unit as there is a speed bump it has very little chance of making it over at present. Surprisingly it rides superbly well for the height. Better than my 530d Anyhow. Pics
  20. 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!!
  21. 5 points
    Picked up the alternator today and it looks great honestly.. every nut and bolt looks like new and they even thoughtfully kept the original BMW stickers on it so it just looks like new / original piece. Not unwrapped it yet but will try get a picture later. Only car geeks could get excited about a refurbished alternator, huh?
  22. 5 points

    The E39 First World Problems thread

    That the hot/ cold wheel on the centre vents is not illuminated!
  23. 5 points
    New boots fitted Before: After: It's still riding a touch high with the new suspension but I'm sure it'll settle soon enough. Rides brilliantly though; but not driven it yet on the n18s, so that'll make a difference I'm sure
  24. 5 points
    Oh hell... Who am I kidding Before: After: It's still riding a touch high with the new suspension but I'm sure it'll settle soon enough. Rides brilliantly though; but not driven it yet on the n18s, so that'll make a difference I'm sure
  25. 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.