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Seesure last won the day on August 12 2015

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About Seesure

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    Forest of Dean
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    One live E39 M5 and one "Dead" E39 M5 :D

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  1. Seesure

    M5 purchase potentially

    Yes my first one went to 232k... what took it off the road was the chain guides / tensioners which disintegrated. Up to that point it was still pulling hard, although drinking a bit of oil. It had just (within days) passed an MOT but wasn't worth the hassle of repairing as it would most likely have struggled to pass an MOT 12 months on due to rust - although I'd replaced the right hand vanos about 6 weeks before as it had become a very noisy. The figure for parts for the chain guides etc and doing the work was pushing £3k and that was without finding any other potential damage and my replacement car with half the mileage was only a smidge over £7k so financially it made more sense. The MOT tester had also said it was looking a bit "ripe" underneath. All 4 doors had rust along the bottom, rear number plate lights were held in by the rust, rust was working it's way through the bulk head (spotted that when I had a windscreen replaced), rust on both rear arches and sills were pretty rusty. If you are looking to buy a high miler, all you can really do is to look out for the general condition and look to see if the big service items have all been done. Ask about oil consumption - both of mine had started drinking a fair bit (1litre per 800 miles) by the time they were 150k miles plus but it's no real biggie unless it's sub 400 miles per litre. My current car is now just about to hit 180k miles and still goes like the proverbial - although I do have the MOT coming up in the next 4-5 weeks - which will be interesting to see how it fares...
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    E39 M5 LMB

    Spotted at Bristol airport long stay car park on Friday afternoon.... looked very tidy.
  3. Seesure

    10w60 oil - cheap

    On the E39 M5 yes - Mobil 1 is fine, have used many a litre over the years ....
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    10w60 oil - cheap

    Couldn't find carpartsless as a seller but found carpartssaver - their Mobil 1 10w60 (5 litres) works out at better value at £40.99 that the Castrol....
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    Over filling fuel tank

    Sometimes the nozzle is over sensitive, especially if the fuel is being delivered at a decent rate - there's a garage locally where one of the nozzles clicks time and time again if you try to use it at full speed, no sooner than you pull the handle to it's maximum point then the nozzle clicks - it's an absolute pain to use unless you know not to pull the handle any further than about 50%. As regards filling the neck of the filler pipe I don't see why it would cause any issues to the car...it will overflow if you fill it too much any way...
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    Lucky escape I guess

    No drifting lol - I've got to book the car in for a service as it's due, so once it's up in the air my indy will have a good dig around. (I'm certain the state of the roads is probably the main contributory factor, with many of them around the Vale of Glamorgan having both stupid amounts of speed bumps and a plethora of pot holes). And yes, I'm glad I had all four done as that one could have gone pretty much at any time especially with my heavy right foot...
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    Lucky escape I guess

    I'm normally pretty good at keeping an eye on tyre wear... but this swine caught me out... As the back end was getting a bit wayward I decided it was time to change the rears as they were spent and as the MOT is 8 weeks away thought I might as well get the fronts done as they were low and probably didn't have much mileage left in them... So off they came one by one and the offside front was the last... At which point the tyre fitter suggested I might want to get the front alignment done.. Couldn't believe how bad this one tyre was... all other 3 tyres had pretty even wear across the whole tyre, but the inner edge of this one was something else !! I think I need to park with the wheels on full lock occasionally just to keep an eye on things as I've never had a tyre wear this bad before...
  8. Seesure

    E39 M5 rust repairs

    Looks like a lot of work!!! Any ball park figures on this at all?
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    E39 M5

    Not special enough to warrant £16k in my book... 154k miles... It was registered in March 2000 making it a pre-facelift car so looks like the bits have been added.. That rear seat looks well worn... what on earth has been kept in the back...? The Sat Nav screen looks odd... wondering why there is nothing displayed other than the line along the bottom with the time and the date...
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    Recommendations for garage shelving.

    I made my own out of 2x2 battens and flooring sheets cut down and held together with coach bolts and secured in to the wall and each sheet screwed in to the horizontal battens.... Price wise it was probably cheaper than buying some pre-manufactured shelving system.
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    E39 540i Sport Touring Auto £4950

    Could have at least bothered to put a wiper blade on the rear wiper arm.... FFS Also looks like the sat nav has gone awol based on the basic function screen display ...
  12. Seesure

    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.
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    Rare Leather goodies

    My previous M5 had Extended leather... which included the lower half of the dash, glove box and cover around steering column as well as door cards and handles. My Current one has leather door handles and centre console but does not have extended leather as the option. AFAIUI we never got full leather in the UK - which included the top half of the dash Unless these definitions of the options were for the M5?
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    Rare Leather goodies

    Just a thought - might be worth adding "extended" to the wording of the adds as "Extended Leather" was an option which included the pieces you have for sale, it wasn't just an "individual" option. Might help with buyers search terms...
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    Cheap 540

    Mot history looks to be somewhat "patchy"....