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    A good drive up the A9 today from Dunkeld to Dalwhinnie & Newtonmore to lift 2 more of the Scottish Manhood stones... The winter tyres certainly justified their cost today too Dalwhinnie Stone lift: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6UmBz5dDAUW64oGm8 Some fantastic scenery up there; lots of snow and 0ºC temps, colder than that at times and even more so when the wind picked up!
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    Hi everyone, I'm pleased to announce the first custom manufactured solution from Innovadrive for BMW E39 owners! The BMW E39 5 series OEM audio systems and packages have become outdated in recent years due to the fast paced nature of the car audio and electronics industry. Many owners have faced the dilemma of wanting to upgrade their cars to have the latest audio and safety features, but have been reluctant to lose the aesthetics within the dashboard. This issue has now been resolved with a new solution which combines the best of both worlds - the very latest technology and an OEM look ! The Innovadrive NXG-39 is a combination fascia and fitting kit allowing a double DIN head unit to be installed whilst maintaining the design aesthetic of the sought after OEM 16:9 monitor fitted to some E39's optioned at the factory. Features & Highlights * Combined fascia & fitting kit - Designed primarily for the latest generation of shallow depth head units the NXG-39 is a single piece solution. No extra fitting kits are required to be purchased and installed, additionally, the existing mounting holes in the dash pieces are utilized to securely mount it. The fitting process reqires a modest level of technical knowledge in order remove/refit the car's cabin trim and to make mounting holes on the fascia's inner mounting panels. The locations of those holes would be determined by whichever head unit is chosen. * Design - Close resemblance to the OEM button and rotary knob sizing, shape and press feel to match the OEM 16:9 monitor. The rest of the design has been proportionally altered whilst cleverly maintaining OEM styling and aesthetics to suit the fitment of a larger double DIN head unit. Dimmable backlighting when connected to the cars loom is integrated along with a close resemblence to the car's original dash backlight colour. The laser etching for the characters and symbols is extremely precise as would be expected at this level of quality. The full cycle of design, CAD modeling, prototyping, manufacturing and finishing has all been in partnership with UK based automotive manufacturing specialists. Innovadrive's close involvement with each of these stages maintains very high quality standards and are similarly trusted by some of the worlds most famous marques such as Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce etc. * Strength & Resilience - An over engineered design results in an extremely sturdy item using the correct automotive grade materials and components throughout. Japanese (Matsushita) soft press buttons and LED's are specified for the PCB and the overall design of the electronics components. The fascia's strength is derived using CAD modeling where the best levels of strength were acheived for the entire piece taking into account technical characteristics of the actual material and moulding process. * Automotive grade finishing - The specific automotive interior paint used to give a very high quality and robust finish has a light texture feel to it and is found in some of the worlds finest automobile manufacturers vehicles. Technical characteristics include excellent levels of UV, temperature and humidity resistance along with common contaminants often found in cars from different climates around the globe. * Future development - A 'phase' 2 which is currently in initial stages of R&D - the button symbols and characters can be changed to custom choices as the PCB can recognise which button has been pressed. A separate control/interface unit can interpret those and can then subsequently be used to control other aftermarket products/features such as, heated seats, massaging seats, air ride controllers, TPMS systems etc. The development process will also evaluate the potential to relocate the OEM ASC, DSC, Sport, Window Blind switches. Price: £239 inc UK delivery. Please get in touch if your location is in a higher delivery charge location or international for a customised shipping quote. Pictures: NXG-39 & Parrot Asteroid Smart installed in my own car NXG-39 & Alpine iLX-700 installed in an M5 FAQ's * Q - Can I fit a standard depth double DIN head unit? A - Absolutely! Just the modification to the cars airbox to make the space needed for the extra depth of the head unit is required to be done. Due to the strength of the NXG-39 design, there's no extra expense to get a fitting kit to hold the deeper head unit in place. * Q - What do the buttons do? A - The buttons and rotary knob detail are for aesthetic purposes in order to give as best an OEM look to the fascia as possible. The minimum design specification was to have the buttons as backlit, dimmable and pressable. Future development and options means that the button caps can be swapped and the PCB connected to an interface unit to which specific aftermarket products can be connected and controlled. Innovadrive is currently developing these elements! * Q - Can I fit my own screen panel and make use of the buttons the way I want? A - Definitely! with the NXG-39, you can choose which hardware you'd like to fit giving flexibility to any personal projects you may have in mind. * Q - Why aren't there any fixing holes on the inner panels? A - Due to the myriad of head units, screens and other modular displays available and their differing fixing mount locations too many pre-made holes would need to be incorporated into those fixing panels. * Q - Is the material easily drillable to make holes when installing? A - Yes, using a good sharp drill bit means only modest pressure and spin speed is needed when using a small drill. * Q - When I switch the car lights on but the head unit is off, do the buttons illuminate? A - Yes! When connected to the correct panel illumination wire in the cars wiring loom. The intensity can also be varied by using the car's dimming wheel. * Q - Whats the dimensions of the area to fit a head unit into? A - In order to fit a head unit like in the pictures, the bezel around it's screen panel needs measure within 172 x 96 mm. If a head unit's bezel dimension is slightly larger, then using a sharp file, some material can be removed to have the bezel fit snugly. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    As I said, the person that supplied the box had cut a section out of the back of the fork. I didn't notice, well, I did, but the edge lined up with the spring clip so I assumed it was supposed to be like that. It was only when we compared it to the new one that the modification was apparent. Dumb, I know. I was converting from auto so had nothing to check against.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Great news, I’ll see you there
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    535i Andrew

    Rear suspension bushes

    I got similar advisories on my E60 from two different garages, back to the 2nd garage and the MOT examiner asked me who had marked up all the rear arms with yellow chalk. I pointed to his colleague who had MOT'd it the year before. He went off to smack him about the head whilst saying there is "f%$k all wrong with those bushes". The rubber bush outside the arm cracks/bulges with age but as they are decent bushes to start with it doesn't necessarily mean the innards of the bush are damaged which is confirmed by the statement of 'not resulting in excessive movement'. In other words they might look bad but in reality there is "f%$k all wrong with those bushes".
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    Not keen on the ported grilles myself either, looks like they should have fog lights fitted
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    Yes do let us know how much that is. The sides do need opening up, sinners way is good.
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    I have an M5 one fitted. I just drilled out the sides: It's a bit rough up close, but looks ok as a whole: People often port them, personally I preferred a subtler look, and I am pretty sure the total hole area is larger than a ported version. Cheers
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    535i Andrew

    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    Oh FFS! How can I un see things.
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    535i Andrew

    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    They don’t make the driver look like a cock or a Gansta?
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    Planning on doing the conversion on mine as well.
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    535i Andrew

    HS2 vs Your Beema.

    Sorted the title for you @Spreadly.
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    New e61 owner

    Hi all, Been a while since ive been on here - been manic at work but have got the car running perfectly now. Replaced the glow plug module and glow plugs and the lumpy cold start has gone. Some new discs as well. Also had a remap done which is fantastic, not too over the top but feels great. Also realised that the MPG indicator is under reading by 4 mpg. Next job is the gearbox service. I've got all the bits just not got the time!
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    That's the one. Lifts to approx a metre. Been great as a height adjustable work bench too.
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    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    It's been a great car audi will be handing it down to the wife. Something about BMW's that an Audi just dont give ... (Its not reliability)
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    535i Andrew

    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    You know I can ban you? I won't have bad language like that on this forum.
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    535i Andrew

    High mileage 525d 3.0d advice

    No, the early (2010-2011) F10 525d had a six cylinder engine, N57 just de tuned from the 530d N57 engine. In 525d form it would be fairly robust as its been de-stressed by reducing power output. The later 525d were a tweaked version of the twin turbo N47 that first appeared in the E87 123d. Good engine, first diesel to get 100 bhp per litre displacement but for any owner you need to factor in the possibility of chains rattling and the associated four figure bill to rectify.
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    BMWDOCTOR N53 review

    I hate this guy hes painful to listen to
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    Hi Andy, Here's pictures; I bought the OEM bumper and had it in storage and didn't really look at it much. I took off the oem grille, T bar, parking sensors, trims etc and vaguely recall there was enough of the rear side to ensure the Hexagon grille could be cut to shape and affixed all round to be flush. I suspect it was screwed and glued into place, but not 100% sure as I was at home with my feet up as all the work was done ! I've changed quite a bit on my front end, a headlamp upgrade & a little project I have in mind for the badge on the bonnet are on the list for future changes Cheers, Dennis!
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    Resetting clock - issue

    Hi Gents, well i think problem was solved. since friday everything is working well and no issues. Howcome? on Thursday i was visiting BMW service due to some repair action for positive wire coming from trung to the engine. they have told me that they are checking it and making "connection" between its parts better. Before that I've checked voltage during running ant it was 13.8v. After service it went up to 14.8, therefore im 99% sure that this issue was fixed after that action. Summary: if you are having electrical issues with your car, except checking fuses, power management check also connections of your wires.
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    First time brake pad change

    Excellent. Thanks guys! Might not get the chance to do it now... someone smashed into my rear bumper when parked and its cracked it... with the car being an 09 plate with nearly 208k on the clock I suspect the insurance company will write it off....
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Nice, wish I'd seen that sooner - the only breakfast meet I was booked on was for V8s a year or so back that got cancelled