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  1. 4 points
    nealpina

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Even Boris's most fierce opponents are doing nothing but sending him well wishes. It's nice to see that some things are bigger than party politics
  2. 3 points
    Hi Everyone, I joined here way back in 2010 as I found myself in my early twenties owning a 2001 540i Sport Auto as seen below. The car had a good spec with Xenons, M Parallel Wheels, Nav/TV, Rear Blinds & Comfort Seats and had covered 109k miles. We enjoyed the car over 2.5 years and (according to my PistonHeads Garage which I kept up to date at the time) covered 27k miles, spent ~£8k in fuel, £5k in repairs and not a lot on upgrades (one which most people hated!). We sold the car to save a bit of money and try a few other cars we fancied at the time. 8 years later and a number of cars including an MX5, Zetec Turbo Fiesta, 2x Audi 80's, a 320i, E46 M3, CL500, 850 T5, 190E etc etc I saw another 540i advertised. It was a Facelift SE car in pale green with green leather which I really liked. Annoyingly it seemed to need a load of work but it confirmed I wanted another E39 regardless of engine and thought I would try a 6 cylinder car. I started looking at cheap 'high' mileage 530i SE's as these seemed good value and often in better condition than the Sport cars. I also fancied a comfy ride after the CL500 and 190E! I saw one 530i advertised by a trader, it was the same colour combination as the 540i (green and green) which was a coincidence. It needed a cam cover gasket and the history was sketchy so I let it pass. I then stumbled on the below car on eBay as a private sale. The car was reasonably priced, fairly low mileage on 90k (we sold our 540i in 2013 with 136k miles!) and had the all-important (for me) Xenon headlights. The only other options is "Individual sunshade glazing" (and I'd rather not have this) but It was, however, a 525i... The car looked clean enough in the advert, but wanting a bit of love. (Ad pics below) I viewed the car and instantly knew I wanted it. It was far cleaner than the 540i we sold 8 years previous and everything added up. The history was very good and the ownership was traceable back to the original local owners who even fitted a tracker to the car. I handed over a deposit and collected the car the following week. Not the most exciting colour combo, but it reminded me of our old car and silver is easy to maintain and always looks cleaner for longer. The first thing I did to the car was to fit a fake M5 lower grille (with un-blanked brake ducts) and get that fitted as I did a similar thing on my old 540i. I then started the hunt for the much-hated (by my friends and wife) Poplar wood trim as I had to have this again. Finding a set with the matching radio flap AND auto shifter was fairly tricky! I fitted a few of the usual parts like new centre caps, various clips, covers etc which were missing. The car had a good wash and minor detail (including engine bay) which pretty much takes us up to today. Mechanically I have changed the cam cover gasket, brake discs and pads (on the front, rears still to go on as you will see below) the diff oil and had it serviced (it is due again due to the time passed, I have only covered 3k miles in two years). The car has been garaged from December-March and I am now going to attempt a minor suspension refresh on the front to try and cure a wobble and also give the arch liners a general refresh. The following before and after is from a simple spray down with G101 APC and jet wash (no brushing yet). Thanks for getting this far and I plan to keep this thread a bit more up to date with progress on the car. Will I ever find a decent set of M Parallel wheels?!.. Thanks
  3. 2 points
    nealpina

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Agreed How have you and your family been coping?
  4. 2 points
    Pair this e38 up with the 20inch style 32s highlighted on here and you would have one heck of a good looking car.
  5. 2 points
    Lovely colour
  6. 1 point
    nealpina

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    I am sure your Father-in-law and Uncle will understand why, that the 2 son-in-laws will be there in mind and spirit. Just out of curiosity are the funeral at the same time?
  7. 1 point
    Keliuss

    Steering wheel trim removal?

    Fairly simple job, see newTIS here for standard steering wheel. Stick a flat screwdriver up a hole at the rear do disengage a clip and airbag pops right off. They say use a Torx T25 or T27 which would work better but any straight, long bar/rod will do. It just needs to push the retaining clip up. Make sure you disconnect battery before unplugging airbag. Keliuss
  8. 1 point
    AnilS

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Ok considering. We have the funeral arranged for this Thursday but only 10 can attend. We'll have to abide by the guidelines but 2 son in laws won't make it in.
  9. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    This... Hope he gets through this soon enough
  10. 1 point
    Ray112

    Battery question

    12.4v and above is good for disconnected battery. 12.7 is perfect in theory, but not even all brand new ones hold it that high, so don't expect it to be this high.
  11. 1 point
    AnilS

    Coronavirus/Covid19

    He didn't look great via video link. Fingers crossed for him.
  12. 1 point
    Matthew Ashton

    Fuel level sensor F10

    Yes, fuel sensor 2 is installed alongside the fuel pump: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f11-530d-tou_201007/repair-manuals/16-fuel-supply/16-14-delivery-preparation-content-measurement-control-units-electric-fuel-pump/CMxoFzqa The left fuel sensor is not replaceable.
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    dirtydirtydiesel

    Steering wheel trim removal?

    Going to do mine hopefully during my down time, Apparently plasticoat is very good for this, just like the o.e finish if you prefer that.
  15. 1 point
    Thats brilliant, I love that. Want one of those........
  16. 1 point
    Keliuss

    Steering wheel trim removal?

    My rubber/plasticoat trims were fairly tatty so thought I'd try my hand at wrapping. First attempt and came out pretty good tbh. Still looks the same over a year later. I only removed the airbag to get to the screws for the trim beneath. Didn't remove wheel. Keliuss
  17. 1 point
    Hi Guys, Your point is well made, and thoroughly taken. This call sign is standing by. Wait out! R
  18. 1 point
    Maybe unique in that colour with that spec, but I’ve seen that spec and more on other cars. Mine has everything apart from the auto mirrors and nav. I agree with Dan, definitely not a sellers market right now. In 6-8 months maybe, at the earliest. NF aka Deepan
  19. 1 point
    Marc_86

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Couldn't have put it better myself. Definitely hang on for a good while yet.
  20. 1 point
    Nows not the time to be trying to sell a car like this IMO Once were all on the other side of this crisis, folk are going to want to buy cheap cars as most of the nation will have been on furlough or not paid at all. Cars like this attract every knobber under the sun trying to low-ball. I’d personally wait it out and see how the market moves
  21. 1 point
    HandyAndy_UK

    Fuel level sensor F10

    If you click on the RealOEM link and then on the little camera icon beside part 04 you'll get a picture of the level sensor assembly. It appears to be mounted under the 'cap'.
  22. 1 point
    Rich28

    Bmw e28 progress pics

    Took on the rear arch today with a bit of trimming had it sitting nice When clamped in position I started the draining task of doing spot weld after spot weld to try and prevent getting to much heat into the panel then I clamped the new inner arch to the outer and started plug welding was really pleased with how the inner and outer came together, no gaps and a really tight joint. gave it all a blast with zinc primer. pleased with some aspects of the end result but a bit gutted that the heat from the weld pulled it inward on some parts of the curve on the arch. Not sure how I could of prevented this? More time between tacks? So when it comes to painting not sure if to use fiberglass to build it up a bit or just use filler. Maybe need to come up 3mm or so in places. If anybody has any advice feel free to comment.
  23. 1 point
    Thanks matey - looks lovely when the sun shining on it
  24. 1 point
    AlexGSi2000

    Battery question

    Was it connected to the car at the time, something may be pulling power? A good battery should sit around 12.4 / 12.5 volts after fully charge and rested for around 12 hours.
  25. 1 point
    Headers and centre exhaust are on my wishlist. Im hoping that if I watch ebay / forums for long enough a good used set will come up so I can save a couple of quid!


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