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  1. 3 points
    So tried these 17" Hartge rims on for size this week. I have had them for a while but not got around to trying them on the car, they were always one of my favourite rims. But I still think the Borbets edge it
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    I think its either Glacier Green or Slate Green but can get code if anyone wants it , Sand beige leather interior. Black headlining , aluminium trim I bought this on impulse last week as I thought I could use the engine for either my E34 or my E36 compact, on fact finding it looks more hassle than its worth with this type of engine so then I considered putting it back on road . I don’t really have time for if I was honest as away with work and I care for elderly parents which takes up a huge amount of time and I have another 530d touring that should be back on road and various other cars so last thing I need is this to do Needs a gearbox. A while back on a trip home the previous owner had the oil cooler burst on the motorway and first he knew was when it came up with Trans Failure on dash .. towed to local garage .. stayed there since . It’s a genuine sport , bumpers intact , 18” staggered paras , celis lights etc usual stuff. I put a battery in it and its started 1st time after been standing for a long time J Two keys , it locked/ unlocked as it should . First aid kit is there , extinguisher is there , interior is clean , has a period Motorola flip phone in it , parrot fitted I need £600 back for it , wheels , bumpers , lights, etc probably all worth that on their own, I am not into breaking it as I think neighbours would have a fit , it’s a tow away job, could be done on a solid bar as gear box is toast anyway Any questions etc just ask
  3. 2 points
    The Flying Banana

    E39 530i on eBay

    Its hardly been restored .. modified but not restored .. and all that work done and it needs engine mounts .. surely if you are wanting that kind of cash you would make sure everything is in top condition
  4. 1 point
    WTF? Is this photoshopped or real? That is truly minging. It's probably lovely behind the wheel, if only because you won't have to look at those gopping grills!
  5. 1 point
    Yes, in older autoboxes, little plastic balls used to move in the valve body to shut off or open flow each time you shifted from D to N etc. After many many cycles the plastic balls would wear and fluid leaks passed the balls and lead to loss of pressure, slipping etc. Common fault on auto Volvos from years back.
  6. 1 point

    Removing handbrake "auto-release" feature

    The torque converter is fine being held in D, it's just like stirring a bucket of mud rather than a clutch plate and isn't causing any wear Strictly speaking the more times you knock it into and out of D the more wear you're putting on the gearbox (although I'd be very surprised if you ever saw any impact during your ownership), and as @sjak92 says the car has systems built in to disengage when at a standstill on the brakes or autohold.
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    @jimmy from cable-shack.co.uk can sort you out. He's a site sponsor here. Keliuss
  9. 1 point
    In theory yeah. But you need the right software. I bought a cheap cable and have diagnostics working but not coding and registering etc. Most people buy carly and their bluetooth dongle as it is much easier to work with. It's on my purchase list too.
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    Removing handbrake "auto-release" feature

    No, because with autohold, the gearbox knows not to apply stress against the brakes holding the car. That is the intention of the car. Doing it manually overrides the car thinking it through
  11. 1 point
    Scott, send me over the chassis nos, postcode and a couple of pic's of the interior when you have time. Feel free to what's app them over, I have the correct gearbox on the shelf here for that
  12. 1 point

    E39 M5 owner what's app group

    Quick way of organising drives, meets and sharing E39 M5 related chat for local owners
  13. 1 point
    You are joking of course I assume? I nearly fell for that. I will help you out and copy the url for the 1996 Ford Fiesta forum where I am sure they will be able to assist you further.
  14. 1 point

    518i oil filter housing gasket

    No goop, just clean mating surfaces I found part numbers from real oem, entered them into eBay or amazon and ordered known brands like Elring, Victor Reinz etc
  15. 1 point

    Twin Solex Carb problem

    Agreed. And when removing the mixture screws be sure to count the number of turns to know where you started from.
  16. 1 point

    passenger airbag problem

    Looks like someones used a bypass resistor kit off eBay and it was already a fault; they're c£12 IIRC, maybe buy a new one and reinstall and then tuck away safely
  17. 1 point
    Maybe car battery dying? These cars start shutting things down as the battery loses power.
  18. 1 point

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Mine had a full body mop today. Scrubbed up well!
  19. 1 point

    these chinese radios on ebay

    All these Xtrons, Eonon, Erisin etc all come out of the same factory in China and are rebranded. ATD use the excellent Erisin unit custom built to their own specifications. Easy to spot the brand, after installing a new unit, the start screen defaults to the Brand logo, mine is a Erisin unit. You can then change the start screen to the logo of your choice. The only grumble I have with them is the FM reception can be poor. I solved this by fitting a £7 in line signal amplifier, problem sorted. ATD and Amazon supply these. The DAB app is pre installed. I fitted a stick on screen antenna with disappointing results, signal drop out is terrible, a recent trip from Cardiff to Leicester, the dropout was such a nuisance I gave up and switched to FM. Researching this on dabonwheels website, it seems to be the norm with screen antennas. Their recommendation for perfect reception is the stubby roof mount type. I am reluctant to drill the roof to fit one of these and I am not sure if it will suit the car. The FM reception may well be fine in your area. Dan, I'm with you on the screen level thing for the Nav, my previous Nav was screen mount and easy to follow at a glance. However, I have got used to the dash mount and I like the Nav voice instruction coming through the cars speakers loud & clear, if you are listening to music it interrupts. A bit of a faf to get all the sound volumes in synch for the radio, CD and Bluetooth. Look here for DAB antenna info and review. https://www.dabonwheels.co.uk/star-rating/ Installation tips. 1/ The GPS antenna is very powerful and can be hidden under the dash. I used a bit of double sided tape to stick mine on top of the fog light switch housing, very convenient flat area and easy to reach behind the switch. 2/ The 2 side mounting brackets can be fiddly to fit. I didn't bother with them, the unit is a perfect snug fit into the dash and you can set it flush or recessed a bit, it stays there and doesn't move at all. 3/ The microphone can be routed to fit discreetly on the top left of the steering wheel shroud. The unit fully integrates with the cars Canbus system and all your steering wheel buttons will work, no setting up required. Once paired on Bluetooth, if your phone rings in your pocket while driving, just press the voice button to answer. 4/ Connect the USB cable supplied into the unit before you fit it in the dash and run the cable to the glovebox area, makes life a lot easier if you want to connect a USB device at anytime. 5/ Screen / sun glare can be an issue when using the Nav, I solved this by using a 8 inch Android Tablet ant-glare film cut down to size, a bit of a fiddle to get it looking dust free and nice but after 3 attempts mine looks good ! 6/ Buy yourself an OBD2. ELM327. V2.1 Bluetooth adapter, about £5 on ebay, this plugs in the dash OBD port on the lower right of the steering column. Pair it to the head unit and you can then use the pre installed Torque App to scan your cars electronic management systems for fault codes. Came in handy for me when the cold damp winter kicked in last year I had a misfire on early morning start up which sometimes triggered the Check Engine light. Did a scan and found a fault code that told me the number one ignition coil was going to ground, fitted a new Bosch coil, cleared the fault code, job done, been running sweet ever since. 7/ Fit an in line signal amplifier to the aerial cable when installing for good FM reception countrywide. I can't speak highly enough of these Erisin units, they are fantastic and just keep getting better, any reliability issues they might have suffered when they first appeared in the UK have been well sorted, I am aware of loads of them and not heard of any problems. As stated, the customer service at ATD is superb. At under £300 for these units, you can't go wrong, highly recommended. This is the unit I have. Have a read through the features and techy stuff incase your car has DSP. https://audiotechdirect.com/pba-bm3839b-android-8-1-after-market-radio-for-bmw-e39-e53/ Cheers.
  20. 1 point
    E39 waked from winter hibernation with refurbished Style 66's and gave a wash for both old ladies.
  21. 1 point

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thought I better give mine a quick clean too, but I only had 45 mins between showers.
  22. 1 point

    Buying an e39 M5.

    I agree totally. Luckily Ive owned one in the past that I did extract the enjoyment from. This one however is a different type of purchase
  23. 1 point

    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.
  24. 1 point
    M5 Russ

    Buying an e39 M5.

    I have had my M5 for 10 years and she is now on 155k so around 50k miles since I purchased her. I still love it to bit and I just dont see me ever selling.
  25. 1 point

    Buying an e39 M5.

    Having owned 2 over the last 15 years and using them daily they are certainly cars for most occasions. Generally they are pretty robust, albeit the standard tin worm issues are a problem ... You need to drive a few and not just for 5 minutes, if you can you need to get some good time in the driving seat to get a feel for the car. Personally I'd advocate setting a budget and see what crops up within budget. Anything up to 200k miles should be fine depending on price and also how long you want to keep it. Look for service records and work done, usual things to get replaced are sensors of one form or another (commonly O2, CPS and MAFs) and also the water pump which seems to be a part that will fail at some point. Clutch will need replacing at some point but is very much down to driving style. I think my current car is still on it's original clutch at 179k miles (can't see any evidence in the service history of it being done) whereas my first one needed replacing at 96k miles. In all honesty they are pretty robust but as mentioned can throw a wobbly every now and then leaving you with a bit of a sore wallet. Between the two I've had I've now done over 260k miles driving an E39 M5 and I'd do it all again.