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  1. 5 points
    Hi all, New to the forum but not to BMW's. I'm a BMW technician and also own a 2015 F31 320d MSport. So just last week I purchased my Imola red 2002 525i E39 from one of my colleagues at work who has owned it for the past 15 years!. I got it for a bargain price of £850! I have always loved the E39 one of the best looking BMW's and a real nice drive (even smoother/quieter than my F31) Anyway here is the car... And here's one with the F31... Thanks for looking guys
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    Cannot figure out issue

    Find a new mechanic, he's a bell end.
  3. 4 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Little project from the last few days - I decided I couldn't bear to look at my naff black wheels any longer, but I can't justify the cost right now for a full refurb. Time to break out the rattle-cans First up, set up a Dexter-style kill room impromptu paint booth in the garage: Then get the car up off its wheels: I have to say, it's nice knowing all the jacking points are solid when you're doing this on a driveway This is what we're starting with after a degrease and deep clean (read: session with a bucket of hot water, Fairy liquid and a scourer pad): Then sand, clean again, mask and primer: Three coats of Ford Mercury Grey. From Halfords. Yes, really. Couple coats of heavy duty lacquer: .....and done! Before: After: I'm pretty happy with that, overall. They're not perfect but I've managed to avoid any weird runs in the paint or overspray. With any luck they'll last me a year or so before they flake to bits and I have to pay someone to do them properly :hehe:
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    The E39 First World Problems thread

    That the hot/ cold wheel on the centre vents is not illuminated!
  5. 3 points

    VW Arteon 4Motion R Line 280

    I will do a proper write up (Like the GTR ), now that its got used to me since last July
  6. 3 points

    auto gearbox repair guidance

    Just go for it. If something doesn't work you can always get a bigger hammer.
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    Yesterday, I got my winter wheels swapped over, fitted my new pressed number plates and gave it a wash. I now have a full compliment of Michelin Primacy 3 tyres. Absolutely planted going thru a roundabout. Shines up well after a snow foam and hand wash. Today, nothing, hungover.
  8. 3 points
    Woke the 540i up after her winter hibernation. Went for a short blast to clear out the cobwebs... Nothing quite like the sound of a V8 on a Sunday afternoon....
  9. 2 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Got these done at Customise Your Wheels in Bootle, Liverpool. The owner is called Leon. Nice chap and I'm very happy with the colour and finish. They're even first sprayed black all over with the wheel face sprayed with silver chrome with a certain number of passes as per OEM method. These were £60 a wheel which is a bargain!
  10. 2 points
    Matthew Ashton

    Idrive restarting

    As @alandavidhenry stated there is in all likelihood a firmware update required as the newer maps are incompatible with older software versions. I’ve heard it’s down to rendering of 3D map objects. It seemed to have occurred from 2018-1 maps onwards. As you installed maps from BMW I’d go back to them and see if they’ll help you out.
  11. 2 points

    2019 Series 5 540i - Dashcam help

    This should help
  12. 2 points

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    I posted a link to the rubber I bought on eBay (£2!) on the wiper rack chat (currently the chat below this one on the forum list). I simply made a template from cardboard then cut the rubber. You maybe want to add some stronger glue but I’m giving it a go as is first. You can get 2 cut from the sq so I have one spare if need be.
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    Cannot figure out issue

    The actual recall is just to change the plastic cover on the trunk side. Original was black and the changed part will be white. The actual problem on that cable connection is on the underside. So you have to crawl under to check signs of corrosion. This can also be tested by measuring the voltage difference between direct battery connection and voltage post in engine bay while starting the engine.
  14. 2 points

    Food porn

    Prime rib dip sandwich plus assorted dishes at Laguna Beach!
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    The E39 First World Problems thread

    My folding wing mirrors a) don't work properly and b.) feel as if they're too bloody wide
  17. 1 point

    Idrive restarting

    I updated to the latest maps on my 2013 530d and had this problem. I had to install an older version of the maps. Can't remember which year, might have been 2016. I read somewhere that the iDrive needs to be flashed to the newest version to be able to update to the newest maps. BMW charge about £100 for that. I've had cheaper quotes from independent garages. Personally, I don't think it's worth it Sent from my LG-H870 using Tapatalk
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    VW Arteon 4Motion R Line 280

    I like these but silver wheels would be a must. C.
  19. 1 point
    As others have said, there is no Bluetooth music streaming on <2011 cars, you need the later CIC or NBT system for that. Here's a cheap solution I recently implemented:
  20. 1 point
    Yeah it is in good nick. It was well looked after. So the sills needed sorting as rust was evident at fore and aft on both sides. Got a mate with his own body shop, so trundled down one Friday after work, so he could sort it me over the weekend. As soon as he got underneath and had a bit more of a poke, there was the dreaded sucking of breath through his teeth and exclamation of "oh dear matey!" The front of the left sill was worse than expected, but the real mess was the jacking point on that corner. So it needed more time and money, but Garry (Smart Touch Autobodies, Knaresborough) is an absolute wizard and grafted hard, putting all new metal in.
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    Gave it a wash. First one since ceramic coating. Just wash and dry, no polishing.
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    Hi Gazza530, As per above, you'll need to provide an idea of what you want, along with a more relevant budget range. From your initial post, pretty much the hundreds of thousands of cars for sale in the whole of the UK could be something you'd consider! Perhaps narrow down to 4/5 cars and then look on Auto Trader, Ebay, Pistonheads, the relevant car forums, Gumtree etc. Will you be looking for a run of the mill BMW or something more special/rare ? Cheers, Dennis!
  23. 1 point

    Adam's E39 Touring Project

    Well this happened: At least the boot is big: Horn broke. Fitted air horn: Could see. Fitted reverse camera: AliExpress told me it bolted in. It didn't. Couldn't hear. Fitted components: Couldn't hear bass. Fitted subwoofer: Tidy install is tidy: Fitted rubbers on cut metal to stop cutting: Couldn't charge laptops. Fitted inverter: Gave it a hoover: New stereo is SICK: Couldn't reverse without rumble. Thought it was a gearbox. Did this in hope. It's fixed: Big Feed:
  24. 1 point

    Car after respray & detail

    So finally got my car back on wednesday after being away for 2weeks having alot of paintwork done & all the wheels refurbed. Its only been today that ive been able to properly inspect it and i must say as picky as i am they have done a magnificent job and im thrilled! Anyway here are some pics... So she had all down the drivers side done and front and rear bumpers and all the wheels done. Paintwork is now immaculate. Plans for next year are new custom duplex exhaust system with dpf removal and map update. Some more subtle carbon touches and a major service. Then shes done [emoji1] Thanks Jezz Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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    6 Appreciation thread!

    Thought I'd boost the 6er population up a bit more. Here's a couple of pics of my '04 645ci with Black sports seats and shadowline trim. The V8 noise is extremely addictive!