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  1. 2 points
    BSS

    E39 M5 touring build

    After a two week delay due to isolating with covid I got back down the workshop to carry on harvesting the M5 donor of its parts. Complete engine and transmission lowered out of the car with the front subframe and steering. Complete body loom removed which will be picked apart for the relevant wiring and connectors that will be grafted onto the tourings body loom. The end of the road for this M5 as the shell was collected today but not before cutting out the boot floor to unpick the panels required to graft into the touring shell to replace the spare wheel well with the relocated battery compartment so I can fit the M5's quad exhaust system. Now that the M5 is fully stripped and disposed of attention will now turn to going through all of the parts and replacing, repairing and refurbishing where required then starting the process of converting the touring. I have decided on a plan of attack which may change but for now it centres around minimising the tourings time off the road and space taken up in the workshop which is as follows, 1. Strip down M5 donor car (completed) 2. Refurbish and assemble complete hybrid rear axle including front and rear brakes 3. Install rear axle, M5 brakes, front suspension and convert from auto to manual transmission but retaining the 540i engine 4. Replace timing chains, guides and rod bearings on engine as well as replacement of any other parts required 5. Refurbish steering box 6. Send car to bodyshop to have M5 boot floor panels and tackle corrosion on the rear jacking points 7. Build up front subframe with steering and complete engine. 8. Swap out 540i engine to M5 engine by dropping out complete front subframe, steering and engine to replace with previously assembled M5 set up and fit M5 quad exhaust, carry out all wiring alterations, swap over instrument cluster and all relevant electrical parts. This is a simplified break down as there a lots of detail bits and pieces but it should break it down into manageable sections with the only labour doubling up is the removal and refitting of the gearbox which is only a few hours labour but by doing so means keeping the car mobile and out of the workshop as much as possible. There are some cosmetic items such as the M5 mirrors and front bumper grill to be fitted which will go on somewhere along the line of the stages outlined above but it will not get any M5 badging until the complete conversion is done.
  2. 2 points
    Had the DPF cleaned/washed out by a great chap in West Bromwich Full off car clean in some fancy machine. Back pressure values before cleaning at idle, 2000,3000,4000rpm were: 4,22,33,49hPa After cleaning: -18, 0,0,4hPa Car feels just that little bit more nippy also! Has done 170k miles, always had BP diesel, usually from Warwick services, 10k min oil changes and 30k fuel filters. Car is driven firmly, not babied in any way. N47d20c engine Chap remarked he was expecting it to be more blocked based on the mileage too. Happy camper here, all fault codes gone..here's to another 100k driving!
  3. 2 points
    E34 passed it's MoT today with a a couple of advisories on front bushes - I already knew about them and will be getting the entire front end of steering links and suspension arms replaced and set up fairly soon. It's still driving beautifully and the exhaust note is delicious but I must use it more, just a shamefully low 850 miles this past eighteen months. During the year I have replaced the links and connectors on the headlights after a few ball joints became loose and a couple of the adjusters were embrittled through time and heat and broke, a persistent brake-pad warning alarm was traced to a break in the loom and fixed, and there was a recent gearbox weep which necessitated a full gearbox service, and I have played around with a few interior bits and pieces to get it nice. Two new michelins recently replaced the well worn and slightly leaking previous michelins (one was found to have a well worn down screw wearing it's way through) - I have stayed with the 18 inch wheels and use the same tyre pressures as the M5 Touring used on the 18 inch M-Para's. When I got the car the previous (first) owner had just been dismayed at the cost of replacing the SLS shocks so had got them cheaply replaced with non-SLS shocks and springs which left it sitting too low on the year; I managed to get the shocks and springs changed to get a decent ride height but have never felt fully satisfied that it was 'right'. I've narrowed my options down to a few costly methods; 1. See if Alpina still have the SLS springs and shocks available and re-instate the SLS system. If the Alpina stuff is NLA then, 2. Fit 540i SLS springs and shocks and re-instate the SLS system. If the SLS system can't be re-instated then, 3. See if Alpina still have the B10 3.5 non-SLS springs and shocks available, but if this is NLA then, 4. See if there is some kind of height adjustable after-market option to fit on the rear; I know Bilstein do not make a B14 kit for the E34 so maybe something like KW Varient coil-overs etc. Nothing will be cheap but I think it is one of the few areas I didn't get quite right when I did the initial quite costly restoration of the car immediately after buying it. The rest of the car is in good nick - I have ordered both bonnet and rear glass tailgate shocks as they are starting to soften and aside from a sticky-when-cold nearside front door lock actuator everything else works especially the essential AC and electric windows/mirrors/seats etc. Otherwise it's just wash it and use it more - a good E34 is still a very involving drivers car and increasingly rare on the road these days as they get added to collections and never driven again.
  4. 2 points
    Carrman2018

    Retrofit heated steering

    I ordered mine separately on my LCI.
  5. 1 point
    Yuri84

    New car purchased today!!!

    Hi all. I am once again owner of a BMW car after owning audi a6 3.0tdi 2016 for 4 months and returning it back to dealer because of many problems with it at less than 30k on clock. Car is bmw f10 535d m sport 2013 with 32k on the clock. Car is space grey with not bad spec from Sytner BMW. Hope car is going to be joy to own. Have full service history,but it does not make much sense to me. Only have one photo at the moment.
  6. 1 point
    waitee

    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    thought about the focus ones, but found a set of e60 ones on ebay heated with cables/connectors, £30 should be easy to swap over a replumb. Ive had an e60 and don't remember any complaints about spray pattern. Cant wait to get all mounts fitted though more importantly. don't like vibrations, if left untainted can cause more problems.
  7. 1 point
    bmwf113.0d

    Comfort Access - is it secure?

    A bit cheaper here... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Key-Holder-Fob-Leather-Case-Luxury-Black-RRP-36-30-82292344033/324442278457?epid=16027077306&hash=item4b8a444a39:g:5S4AAOSwsAteSVb6
  8. 1 point
    Mr H

    Comfort Access - is it secure?

    Agreed but I was experiencing problems when visiting sites away from home ...........
  9. 1 point
    Mr H

    Comfort Access - is it secure?

    I went for this one: https://shop.bmw.co.uk/INTERSHOP/web/WFS/BMWUK-21972-Site/en_GB/-/GBP/ViewProduct-Start?SKU=PID_607699&CatalogID=&CategoryDomainName=&CategoryName=
  10. 1 point
    Carrera77

    Comfort Access - is it secure?

    ahh so the doors must have been locked so the only possibility is the boot was open, but the thief was nice enough to shut it. Maybe the coins he found pleased him Fortunately if the boot opens, the car doors remain locked if they were locked previously. I guess you can open them from the inside but its a bit of fumbling around when I first got a BMW with comfort access (around 3 yrs ago) I had inadvertently sat on the unlock button for a long time, and it opened everything - boot , sunroof, all the windows. And it started to rain. Fortunately a mystified neighbour spotted that as well
  11. 1 point
    bmwf113.0d

    Comfort Access - is it secure?

    Sorry to hear you've been broken into, ref the accidental key press, the car will re lock after a short duration if you don't physically open the door/boot. So unlikely to be that scenario unless you were really unlucky with timings of someone walking past (highly unlikely I'd have thought) Comfort access again is secure and based on pretty close proximity so again I'd say that was unlikely. You could potentially open the boot from the key and obviously that would stay open though. I often inadvertently leave mine unlocked and a few months ago a neighbour knocked on the door late one evening to tell me I'd left the boot open! It's an age thing.
  12. 1 point
    Uber Soldat

    E34 Touring - 525i to 540i 6 speed

    An overdue update... Once the seats were plugged in, fuse 5 kept blowing. We stripped half the interior trying to find the fault, thinking it was something else. Took the seats out again and found the issue. Extra crispy wiring. Not sure how the previous owner managed to do that. The seats were stripped down and dyed black. And installed. Onto the headliner recover. Thought we'd try this ourselves. The master upholsterer himself. I just watched. Dyed the visors and some other bits. Some cargo nets. Thanks to Mr Sutton. And a cargo area cover. Again, thanks to Mr Sutton. Was about time to sort out the ugly wheel gap. Borrowed some springs on a non return basis. These come out of a M20 engine 525 sedan. They work surprisingly well in the touring. Added some Mtech skirts. Have never really been happy with the look of the dyed carpets. The outer sections didn't match the center main board. Used a can of Rustoleum Fabric and vinyl dye to correct them. Once they're sprayed, the fibers tend to clump together. Let it dry and then rub the carpet with a damp cloth to get the OEM feel back. The cargo area cover looked a bit tired. Redyed that as well. Found some old matts. and well...you guessed it, they were dyed to match. Yet another bath... Dyed the trim piece aorund the sunroof opening. Not bad methinks. Was not a huge fan of the black centres. Thought Gunmetal might look better.
  13. 1 point
    Wivenhoe

    Retrofit heated steering

    Merc are exactly the same - virtually all services are subscription after 3 years e.g. Map updates are £ 149 for 3 years https://shop.mercedes-benz.com/en-gb/connect/
  14. 1 point
    Boba

    Retrofit heated steering

    I’m not sure how general a remark that is. Both my last Ford and Vauxhall needed to have map updates bought from the beginning (not after 3 years). My Omega even had map key protection built in to prevent bootleg updates from killing off the lucrative after sales.
  15. 1 point
    Cavester

    Retrofit heated steering

    Same with the Mrs Peugeot 3008. Tbh, I'm a bit sick of BMW, last 3 cars (5, 7 and 6) all had to pay extra for when they hit 3 years old what other "lesser" brands give with the life of the car, i.e. app access, map updates, remote unlock etc. Fancy a Merc next :-&
  16. 1 point
    Boba

    Retrofit heated steering

    I remember my dad’s car not having a heater when I was young and I remember him talking excitedly about it when he bought another one which had a heater (though still no radio!). Things have moved on a bit and even BMW have a heater as standard but you still have to pay extra for most things that even the cheapest makes often include as standard. People are used to it but it’s laughable really.
  17. 1 point
    SJL

    Retrofit heated steering

    Don’t think you can order heated steering wheel separately nowadays ... it’s part of the comfort pack along with the dreaded comfort access .....
  18. 1 point
    bmwf113.0d

    Retrofit heated steering

    My Mrs Hyundai has a heated wheel and it's not even the top of the range lol.
  19. 1 point
    Cavester

    Retrofit heated steering

    Same here. Mine has every option, including rear entertainment the lot with a new office tag of £80k. They did not specify steering wheel heating however, bonkers. Not that I've missed it, only done about 2000 mile this last year lol
  20. 1 point
    BarraBoy

    New car purchased today!!!

    Yes, mine does exactly the same thing in this type of weather and there is a difference in feel until the oil warms up a bit.
  21. 1 point
    KitsonRis

    Kit's E34 535i

    When I get the Clio out of my garage after doing some work on it (painting engine parts, changing coil pack, spark plugs HT leads and a few more jobs where I want to leave it in pieces overnight so I don't need to rush) I am going to decorate it and make it into more of a "workshop" so will be putting in plug sockets to make it easier to have the E34 plugged in while it is stored in there. On the plus side, I went with a new M140i and not an E36 was that I knew that M140i would start everytime I needed it, which the other day was really handy. It was just a very expensive jump starter.
  22. 1 point
    DennisCooper

    E32 740i with Hartge bits

    Hi Uber Soldat, Lovely thread and project and I recall I read your one about the E34 also ! I'm bit of a Hartge fan (along with the other BMW Tuner brands) and have plenty of Hartge wheel sets in my collection, but not ones that would have come with your E32 when new unfortunately! That said, I do keep a close eye on items for sale and it shouldn't be too hard to find a suitable set for you when the time comes and at a decent/reasonable price. I do get great international shipping rates so keep it in mind to get in touch when the time is right. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, then I know of another E32 owner who likes to modify his E32 using high quality and classy modifications and parts and he runs a custom set of Hartge Nova 5 19" wheels on his example. It just so happens I have a set of those for sale and also includes a brand new, never used, in it's original Hartge box spare wheel too If you do need other bits, drop me a line and let me know, I jut happen to live 2 miles from Birds Garage who used to be the UK's Hartge/Carlsson importer and know the guys there quite well and I know he has some parts etc in stock What are your longer term plans for the car ?! Cheers, Dennis!
  23. 1 point
    sharkfan

    Kit's E34 535i

    I have my cars on Accumate battery chargers/maintainers - one of them is nearly 20 years old and they have never gone wrong
  24. 1 point
    d_a_n1979

    turbo kit

    You need to ask this in the relevant E60 tech section pal This is general chat and it'll be lost in here
  25. 1 point
    greenelekta

    My e34 M5 Elekta Touring

    Washed it so took some pictures


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