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  1. Hi all, now my E34 has been pressed into daily driver service I am thinking about upgrading the dipped beam headlights somehow. I've been doing some reading into the LED replacement H1 bulbs but it does seem to be a mixed bag of results with regard to brightness and beam pattern, especially as last year or so I replaced the Halfords +whatever % bulbs I fitted years ago with a pair of Osram Night Breaker Laser bulbs, which coming straight from my xenon equipped E39, don't seem that bad. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/product-group-tests/76760/best-car-headlight-bulbs-2021 Philips now do a range of LED bulbs, the best of which is the Ultinon Pro9000 mentioned in the above link but at c£120 they are bloody expensive for what they are... https://www.philips.co.uk/c-m-au/car-lights/headlight-bulbs/led-headlight-bulb A lot of current reviews still mention how good, and sometimes how much better HIDs are, so I started looking into them. I've read the older threads on here back to around 2004 and been astonished at the prices people were paying back then (c£150-c£250) and after a little research I found these sets by Stealth pretty reasonable compared to the LED prices... https://www.hids4u.co.uk/h1-xenon-hid-conversion-kits/ I don't want get into a discussion about the legalities or otherwise of the fitting the LED or HID kits for as a driver of an older BMW I have got used to the glare of modern LED and laser headlights compared to the candles that the 1980's and '90's cars started with. Suffice to say I won't fit anything without the correct beam pattern, a clean cut-off and a decent hot spot; I am just after any recent experiences of fitting HID's or LED bulbs and any thoughts of those that have had HID's (or LEDs) fitted for a while. For my own part I am now thinking of trying the 35w Stealth HID kit at £49.95 while also making the conversion reversible should a keen MoT tester deem it necessary. The reason for choosing the 35w over the 55w HID is the reduced starting current load on the existing wiring whilst still maintaining the obvious increase in light output, and bulb and ballast longevity. So, any thoughts anyone?
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    Sharkfans pics

    Two Tourings, one very clean and one very grubby after a drive up and back to the Bicester Scramble today... NB. The Bentley isn't mine - it's a neighbours who has a crowded drive at the moment.
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    Sharkfans pics

    It is a neighbours car, honest - gen dit, no shit This is the guy when I asked for a lift a couple of Summers ago - he rocked up in an F50 he was 'looking after' for a friend - what a machine that car is...
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Drove my E34 up to the Bicester Scramble then back again - it was spotless when I left, pretty grubby when I got there and filthy by the time I got home so it had a wash before I put it back in the garage - next outing for it is Tuesday for the MoT.
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    New to me 540i Touring

    Possibly, but only marginally at worst, but with the trade off that all the cooling system components are far less heat stressed, and thus should last longer, also that there is a far larger safety margin should a cooling system component fail (which they often do), and that the non metallic engine components are less stressed by narrower heat cycles too. I had my thermostat fitted two years ago and haven't noticed any loss of economy.
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    New to me 540i Touring

    ^^^^ Good advice - I have a facelifted V8 (TU) and I am running the 85 degree C thermostat from a 740d engine.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A bit of Touring boot work today. I have the hydraulic tailgate that, according to the first owner, never really worked perfectly from new due to the extra weight of the Alpina trim piece on the lower edge of the tailgate. When I bought the car 12 years ago neither the glass tailgate, wiper or hydraulic bit of the tailgate were working. The wiper and glass bit were a bit of a saga in their own right but I managed to replace the switch and wiper mechanism to get them working. Information was very scarce on the hydraulic tailgate but I managed to get it working albeit with the incorrect oil - basically I used E24 ATF/Power steering oil which meant the tailgate worked well in the summer when the oil was thinner and warmer but not so well in the winter and especially in low temperatures. Some other recent posts on other forums have identified a suitable replacement oil so armed with that I decided to replace the oil today. Whilst doing so I ended up cleaning out the reservoir as 21 years of microscopic grime particles had accumulated, as well treat a few spots of corrosion on the boot floor and also topping up the air in the spare. Tailgate still needs the slightest touch to start it off but now it does go up a lot quicker and better - pretty good for 21 years of use/abuse/misuse. Edit to add; This bit of fixing turned into a bit of a love-fest for the E39 - I polished the glass inside and out, ditto the wood inside, hoovered out all the murky nooks and crannies, put stripes on the Alpina boot mat (then put the plastic boot carpet protector over it ) hoovered all the boot carpets and ripped through all the crap and clutter in the door pockets and centre console - it looks proper clean and minty fresh now. I do think I'm starting to fall back in love with this car just a little bit.
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    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Just bumping this thread to get peoples opinions now some time has passed. Personally my wife and I have had three vaccinations, our daughter one with another planned for mid Feb; most of our friends and neighbours and relatives have had Covid (and tested positive) at some stage although the three of us have not - but we do think we might have had it exactly two years ago before any tests were available. i began as somewhat sceptical about Covid but my opinion has changed that the vulnerable are exactly that, and that vaccinations do work to both limit spread and more importantly drastically limit the personal effects on your own body. Masks, imho, are to protect others not yourself and are now not the inconvienience and assault on liberty and personal freedom they were not first seen as. I don't know of anyone, neither am I related to anyone, who has died of Covid (that I'm aware of), and despite having quite a few elderly neighbours none of them has died. Just wondering if anyone else has opinions or stories, long covid, short time effects or opinions?
  9. Thank you - no real rush - just a topic I was on while I was using my E34 as a daily driver again.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I like style 32's - I have a set of staggered 17's from an E39's on my M635CSi.
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    New to me 540i Touring

    Lee is at Bentley Business Park and his number is 01420 520880. He can gearbox servicing too having fixed one of mine and stopped the odd leaks from another. He's quite busy and probably booking into March already so I'd not delay booking if you want it done by Spring.
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    New to me 540i Touring

    I'm not too far from Guildford - I've got a couple of 5 Series, E34 and E39, as well as a 6 and a 7. An excellent Indy BMW Tech in your area is Lee Shannon at Bentley, just West of Farnham - his work is first class and he is completely honest and trustworthy. I've used him for several years now.
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    New to me 540i Touring

    Have you tried resting the throttle pedal... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/39180-fly-by-wire-throttle-reset/?tab=comments#comment-401918
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    New to me 540i Touring

    Dan is as always right about the things to check, especially the rust, especially the tailgate (both parts), rear arches and inside the fuel flap - however I have to disagree with him about the wheels - I think they look great - not often seen on an E39 and might not work with a lighter colour car but imho look fantastic on your car. A switch to clear indicators will make the car look cleaner and newer, but the Alpina splitter will divide opinions - the M stuff might look good on the front but it's your car, your choice and welcome back to E39's. Just a word of warning about M62 timing chain guides - they are all old cars now and whilst yours is low mileage age can add to the deterioration- I don't know where you are in the country but a good Indy should be able to remove the cam covers and eyeball the top of the guides for the tell-tale signs of wear. It is a bit of outlay if they need doing but it's worth doing on cars that are otherwise great all round or a bit rare.
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    E39 Touring rear Bumper removal to repair PDC

    Nope - the corners easily come out, the hatch seal isn't in the way.
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    Mini ratchet for Mechanics bits

    I have done a bit of reading on the 'Sidewinder' and apparently it won't take a lot of torque to strip the internals so it's more of a tool to remove pre-loosened nuts and bolts - still dmaned useful though.
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    E39 Touring rear Bumper removal to repair PDC

    Yep, just pull them out. If you haven't done it in a while I would take off the two covers attached to the inside of the lights (small hex/torx bolts?) just above the corner pieces, and clean out any crude underneath.
  18. I think OSRAM NIGHT BREAKER LASER are about the best standard bulbs as a direct fit - mine are pretty damn good but I started the thread to garner opinions on LED's and HIDs.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This pic shows the rear spindle assembly (a new unbroken one). To get to this look underneath where the tailgate glass switch is and undo and remove the small hex head bolt. The switch/spindle assembly has a line though it and the top part will now slide up and come off completely. now you should see a round plastic weather cover which should pop off and expose the head of that thread with a 13mm nut holding the wiper arm on. Take the arm off and clean up all the crap that is there - eventually you will see a small circlip around the spindle (where the black threaded/spline bit meets the silver threaded bit. All I did was remove the circlip, all around the spindle and work the mechanism until it felt free to move again (mine wasn't tight to start with) - then put it back together again. Here is a picture of that (above) exploded and note the broken black arm on the left. This was donkeys years ago when I bought the car and the spindle was seized and the switch knackered. It took a lot of swearing to replace it all. To get the spindle completely out you have to take the inside of the tailgate off to get to it all. One of the things that caused me grief was the retaining nut that goes around the silver threaded bit on the top pic - it had seized solid and the aluminium thread was rotten so I had to cut it all out - so while I had mine almost stripped down today I removed the 22mm retaining nut, then cleaned and lubed the thread. Hope that helps. Edit; Youtube has everything... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1iU8-U2Ti4
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    As per the bumped Touring rear bumper removal thread I have finally fixed my PDC after literally years of working/not working/frustration and then went onto tidying a few more bits around the car as well as a bit of preventative maintenance such as rear wiper spindle clean and lube, some wheel arch trims not quite fitted perfectly, clean the seats and door surrounds, refresh the gummi-plfege, vacuum the mats and a bit of Mr Sheen on the wood trims.
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    E39 Touring rear Bumper removal to repair PDC

    Bump to say thank you for this - just fixed my PDC after 10 years of fairly inconsistent working, mainly due to the rear sensors. Turns out on mine the sensors were fine, the wiring was fine, but the crappy clips that hold the loom plugs onto the sensors were broken or rubbish causing the faults. The car has recently been for a respray so came back with no PDC at all but using INPA on a tiny lappie I bought from someone on here a thousand years ago I established faults with two fronts and three rear sensors. Fronts are easy, ease trim out, try and push connector home to stay, give up on 21 year plastic, zip-tie around the sensor and connector and hey-ho, front PDC working. For a Touring it's a bit more complicated, corner tailgate seals out, bumper top trim slides out and you can get to the two corner sensors again, but for the centre sensors you have to take the bumper off. I used a tack removal tool to release the three each side plastic plugs in the wheel arch, 17mm socket on the two big bolts and out it slides. Same again, zip-tie to secure the connector and autosol the exhaust tips while you can see it all. Just a word of warning though, it's a one person job to take the rear bumper off, but two to put it back on. It isn't heavy, it's not that tricky but you need one person on each side to slide the bumper back into its fittings just behind the rear wheels; a good neighbours wife was over the moon to have helped fix a car in just two minutes. Good clean up as you put humpty back together again and job done -working PDC - woohoo
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    The most beautiful E39 in existence !!!!

    The hiccup was scored bores on the original engine - it sat on my drive for 18 months while I ummed, ahhed, advertised it for breaking and felt miserable about it; then I found a facelift B10 V8 saloon (157/1) being broken in Scotland after being rear-ended so I bought the engine unseen, had it shipped to my 'The Man', got the timing chain, sprockets, guides, oil pump and other bits and then dropped in. Just recently I had it resprayed and a new front o/s wing put on - it's back to glorious again* *Apart from the crappy E39 cooling system stuff.
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    E39 ALPINA Touring, Send

    A Mclaren 756 prototype parked next to a Vauxhall Viva; a good selection of BMW ///M's (M2/3/4), Lotus Elan, Esprit, Europa & Evora - pretty much anything beginning with an 'E'; Ferrari 458 (I had to ask a friend by text), some very open Landies - pretty much as eclectic as ever and a 161k miles Alpina Touring. 2nd Sunday of every month from 8am-ish - bloody cold this morning - delightful in the summer but rammed including the huge field by 9am then. Edit: Someone took a picture of it...
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    Door/Electrical Issues

    I posted in the other thread I had fixed mine by disconnecting the battery for 20 minutes or so. It's been perfect since - I suspect a low battery voltage might have caused my problems.
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    E39 ALPINA Touring, Send

    Just driving home from the Black Swan, Ockham, tyre kicker nerdy car meeting Edit - There are some old and recent pics of it on here... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/27982-the-most-beautiful-e39-in-existence/
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