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    Splondike reacted to Flat Cap in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    I do a 25 mile daily commute in a 535d Touring and regularly average 50 to 55 mpg if doing 60mph on cruise control.
    Put your foot down and it really drains the tank very quickly.
    The front grills can be used to make toast though.
     

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    Splondike got a reaction from dirtydirtydiesel in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Cheers all,  no model of car is without it's issues but this ticks all the boxes for me right now and I love it
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    Splondike reacted to d_a_n1979 in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    That's a lovely looking touring @Splondike
     
    Best alloys for it too IMO  
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    Splondike reacted to Cadwell Parker in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Very nice. I like the blue/black combination. That's pretty low mileage for it's age. Barely run in  You should get a few miles out of it before any of those usual problems appear. Just make sure the yellow grommet area is draining well.
  5. Like
    Splondike reacted to 535i Andrew in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Pretty much except except this generation have far fewer electrical gremlins than the E60 and the autobox is so far proving to be more reliable. 
     
    It's a BMW, what do you expect? 
  6. Haha
    Splondike reacted to 535i Andrew in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Good so you're clued up on F11 ownership then. 
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    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  8. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  9. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Cheers Dan, really chuffed with it so far.  Even managed 26 mpg on average towing the wagon down to the West Country
  10. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  11. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  12. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  13. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  14. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  15. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  16. Like
    Splondike reacted to Gte86 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    It tastes so much better after a busy day too 
  17. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  18. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from percha in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    Well, after a bit of fun and games, including purchasing an F11 535d and returning to the dealer after discovering the dreaded corrosion on 3 of the four doors, I finally have a new daily steed.
     
    It's a 2015 F11 535d Sport, in Mediterranean Blue with Black leather.  It was about to tick over to 26k when I picked it up.  It has the sport plus pack (HK,19s, Pro Nav, Sun Protect/Privacy glass) and surround cameras.  I love it and seems to tick all my daily driver boxes better than any of my recent motors.
     

     
    Looking forward to a future of failed air suspension, a paddling pool in the rear passenger side, door corrosion and chocolate bottom ends 
  19. Haha
    Splondike reacted to duncan-uk in Finally a new daily of F11 flavour   
    and nobody wants a choclate bottom end....
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    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i Touring Individual Manual   
    Sold to the first viewer,  a local BMW nut via ebay in the end.
     
    Viewed this morning collected tonight and almost for the asking so all good.  He's very excited which is nice
     
     
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    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i Touring Individual Manual   
    Sold to the first viewer,  a local BMW nut via ebay in the end.
     
    Viewed this morning collected tonight and almost for the asking so all good.  He's very excited which is nice
     
     
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    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i Touring Individual Manual   
    2001 BMW 530i Touring Individual Manual
     
    Spec:
    Rare 3.0 petrol manual, in BMW individual Orient Blue, with Grey Montana Leather.  It was originally SE spec in 2014 when Steve (Oxo) acquired the car and he set about going right through the car and upgrading to Sport Spec.  Including, suspension, front and rear bumpers, black headlining, ///M door mouldings and sills etc.  
     
    Options:
    Dynamic Stability Control
    Self Levellling Suspension
    Multi Function Steering Wheel (works with new Stereo too)
    Alarm
    Satin Chrome
    Roof rail delete
    Privacy Glass
    Cruise control
    Roller Sunblinds Rear side Windows
    Dual Zone Climate control
    PDC Front and Rear
    Auto Reverse Dipping Nearside mirror
     
    Maintenance wise, anyone who knows Steve will know that he fastidiously maintains his cars and that’s why I bought this safe in the knowledge it had been supremely well looked after, oil changes every 5k miles etc.  Even without an official service history.
     
    It has had the following renewed:
    Clutch and flywheel
    E60 550i short shift
    Clubsport weighted gear knob
    New rocker cover
    Rear crank oil seal
    Clutch slave cylinder
    Radiator
    Water pump
    Expansion tank
    New viscous coupling and fan
    Front and rear gearbox seals
    New ABS unit
    Brake lines cleaned and undersealed
    Springs
    Shock absorbers
    Rear Airbags
    Steering arms
    Rear arms
    Drop links
    Windscreen replaced
    Exhaust – Power flow rear box
    Vacuum Hoses
    Diff and Gearbox oil refreshed
    Brake discs and pads
    Xenon Headlights
    New tailgate Rams
    Bosch Silver battery
     
    Recent history
    Initially when I got the car I replaced the standard silver trim inside for a classier brushed silver set and updated the steering wheel to the later sport type.  I had this re-trimmed with M stitching slightly fattened and topped off with a new badge, it’s really a lovely thing to use.  The gear change is crisp and clean thanks to the 550i lever and new linkage.
     
    When I picked the car up it was let down by a couple of bodywork defects, the front passenger side wing was a pattern item which did not fit perfectly and the paint was blistering and on the rear quarter there was a crack in the wing were a dent had been filled.  I found a perfect condition original wing and ended up having the whole side correctly repaired and painted (I have full set of images of the work).  This was superbly repaired and the car now looks spot on.
     
    It was developing the E39 “shimmy” at certain speeds and examination revealed the front arms were in need of replacement, I suspect the large spacers to accommodate the Rota Grids with a 3 series offset was the cause, so I replaced the arms with Meyle heavy duty items and then set about looking for a set of M Parallels.  I managed to source a set of the hard to find 19inch ones at surprisingly large expense and had them re-furbed with diamond cut faces and slightly darker silver inner faces to key in with the car, obviously with new centres and ///M badges. Shod with new 265/35/19 and 245/40/19 Khumo PS 71s   They look stunning and transformed the car instantly from drifter to executive express !
     
    I then set about upgrading the audio to get some Bluetooth functionality and mp3 playback etc.  So opted for the Innovadrive and a Kenwood DMX 125.  Which looks kind of OEM and has the touch screen functionality I wanted.   I also upgraded the front speakers to Focal Audio 130AS components and rears to Kenwood KFC-PS1795 and installed a Rockford Fosgate amp and subwoofer with the housing neatly installed in the battery compartment.
     
    I have fitted a removable tow bar with 13 pin electrics and a new rear splitter, this can easily be unbolted if not to the new owners taste.
     
    Bodywork wise the car is extremely clean underneath and the orient blue paint comes up nicely after a wash and polish. There is a small amount of corrosion inside the tailgate area, however I have filled with cavity wax and cleaned it up and it has not changed at all in my ownership and none of it is visible so the car looks great.  There are a few stone chips at the front as you may expect. 
     
    Interior – With the upgrades it’s a very nice place to be, the air con is ice cold and the seats and bolsters are in great condition with minimal wear.  The carpets have quality overmats and the black gives a nice contrast to the grey with the black headlining and pillars. The leather is regularly gliptone treated and looks great when cleaned and conditioned.  The correct boot blind/dog blind combination is in place.  I also purchased a tailored boot area protection mat.
     
    History
    The car has had an Oil Service and check over just recently.  I have also installed a new Bosch Silver battery when I first got the car.  But sadly has not much history before Steve owned the car.  Since then there are bundles of receipts for parts and work done, MOTs etc and the original booklet and manuals.  The MOT’s have been advisory clear with the tester stating what nice condition the car is in underneath.  Next MOT due Feb 2022.
     
    Current Mileage is 108,500, will rise slightly as the car is used some days.  The car will be supplied with a full set of keys including 2 main keys, the valet/service key and wallet key.   One of main keys is a brand new replacement from BMW as I lost my keys when out and about earlier in the year.  I have also just repaired the rear wiper, which had slowed down to a crawl and then stopped working.  I stripped it out from the glass, cleaned the mechanism, re-greased and re-fitted it and it now works correctly again.
     
    I have decided to sell the touring as I am feeling the call of a diesel daily again now as my mileage is going to start going up significantly as work sites now my employers sites are starting to open up fully again.
     
    So in summary, a really nice example of one of BMWs best which is ready to be used and enjoyed, with all the major E39 mechanical foibles addressed and which drives exceptionally well.  In this desirable and rare manual format it’s a far better proposition than the auto in my opinion, which can develop costly faults.  The manual box is able to properly exploit that lovely M54, it is somewhat spritelier than the auto version (I have owned both). I will be sad to see it go but I am glad it got me out of my previous Mercedes and back on the right BMW track.
     
    So it’s up for £6750 with the M Parallel wheels or £5250 on the Throwing stars in the final image, which are my winter/service wheels, these have a brand new set of 235/45/17 Toyo T1Rs on them.  I have all the original audio components which will be supplied with the car plus a few spare parts including a seat in nice condition.
     
    I am only a mile from J9 of the M20 or if you travel by train I am happy to pick you from Ashford International which is only a mile or so too !
     



























     
    There are a load more images in the Pistonheads ad here : https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12372861
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    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in My 'new to me' 2011 F01 730D   
    Looks a lovely place to be that Dan
     
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    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i Touring Individual Manual   
    2001 BMW 530i Touring Individual Manual
     
    Spec:
    Rare 3.0 petrol manual, in BMW individual Orient Blue, with Grey Montana Leather.  It was originally SE spec in 2014 when Steve (Oxo) acquired the car and he set about going right through the car and upgrading to Sport Spec.  Including, suspension, front and rear bumpers, black headlining, ///M door mouldings and sills etc.  
     
    Options:
    Dynamic Stability Control
    Self Levellling Suspension
    Multi Function Steering Wheel (works with new Stereo too)
    Alarm
    Satin Chrome
    Roof rail delete
    Privacy Glass
    Cruise control
    Roller Sunblinds Rear side Windows
    Dual Zone Climate control
    PDC Front and Rear
    Auto Reverse Dipping Nearside mirror
     
    Maintenance wise, anyone who knows Steve will know that he fastidiously maintains his cars and that’s why I bought this safe in the knowledge it had been supremely well looked after, oil changes every 5k miles etc.  Even without an official service history.
     
    It has had the following renewed:
    Clutch and flywheel
    E60 550i short shift
    Clubsport weighted gear knob
    New rocker cover
    Rear crank oil seal
    Clutch slave cylinder
    Radiator
    Water pump
    Expansion tank
    New viscous coupling and fan
    Front and rear gearbox seals
    New ABS unit
    Brake lines cleaned and undersealed
    Springs
    Shock absorbers
    Rear Airbags
    Steering arms
    Rear arms
    Drop links
    Windscreen replaced
    Exhaust – Power flow rear box
    Vacuum Hoses
    Diff and Gearbox oil refreshed
    Brake discs and pads
    Xenon Headlights
    New tailgate Rams
    Bosch Silver battery
     
    Recent history
    Initially when I got the car I replaced the standard silver trim inside for a classier brushed silver set and updated the steering wheel to the later sport type.  I had this re-trimmed with M stitching slightly fattened and topped off with a new badge, it’s really a lovely thing to use.  The gear change is crisp and clean thanks to the 550i lever and new linkage.
     
    When I picked the car up it was let down by a couple of bodywork defects, the front passenger side wing was a pattern item which did not fit perfectly and the paint was blistering and on the rear quarter there was a crack in the wing were a dent had been filled.  I found a perfect condition original wing and ended up having the whole side correctly repaired and painted (I have full set of images of the work).  This was superbly repaired and the car now looks spot on.
     
    It was developing the E39 “shimmy” at certain speeds and examination revealed the front arms were in need of replacement, I suspect the large spacers to accommodate the Rota Grids with a 3 series offset was the cause, so I replaced the arms with Meyle heavy duty items and then set about looking for a set of M Parallels.  I managed to source a set of the hard to find 19inch ones at surprisingly large expense and had them re-furbed with diamond cut faces and slightly darker silver inner faces to key in with the car, obviously with new centres and ///M badges. Shod with new 265/35/19 and 245/40/19 Khumo PS 71s   They look stunning and transformed the car instantly from drifter to executive express !
     
    I then set about upgrading the audio to get some Bluetooth functionality and mp3 playback etc.  So opted for the Innovadrive and a Kenwood DMX 125.  Which looks kind of OEM and has the touch screen functionality I wanted.   I also upgraded the front speakers to Focal Audio 130AS components and rears to Kenwood KFC-PS1795 and installed a Rockford Fosgate amp and subwoofer with the housing neatly installed in the battery compartment.
     
    I have fitted a removable tow bar with 13 pin electrics and a new rear splitter, this can easily be unbolted if not to the new owners taste.
     
    Bodywork wise the car is extremely clean underneath and the orient blue paint comes up nicely after a wash and polish. There is a small amount of corrosion inside the tailgate area, however I have filled with cavity wax and cleaned it up and it has not changed at all in my ownership and none of it is visible so the car looks great.  There are a few stone chips at the front as you may expect. 
     
    Interior – With the upgrades it’s a very nice place to be, the air con is ice cold and the seats and bolsters are in great condition with minimal wear.  The carpets have quality overmats and the black gives a nice contrast to the grey with the black headlining and pillars. The leather is regularly gliptone treated and looks great when cleaned and conditioned.  The correct boot blind/dog blind combination is in place.  I also purchased a tailored boot area protection mat.
     
    History
    The car has had an Oil Service and check over just recently.  I have also installed a new Bosch Silver battery when I first got the car.  But sadly has not much history before Steve owned the car.  Since then there are bundles of receipts for parts and work done, MOTs etc and the original booklet and manuals.  The MOT’s have been advisory clear with the tester stating what nice condition the car is in underneath.  Next MOT due Feb 2022.
     
    Current Mileage is 108,500, will rise slightly as the car is used some days.  The car will be supplied with a full set of keys including 2 main keys, the valet/service key and wallet key.   One of main keys is a brand new replacement from BMW as I lost my keys when out and about earlier in the year.  I have also just repaired the rear wiper, which had slowed down to a crawl and then stopped working.  I stripped it out from the glass, cleaned the mechanism, re-greased and re-fitted it and it now works correctly again.
     
    I have decided to sell the touring as I am feeling the call of a diesel daily again now as my mileage is going to start going up significantly as work sites now my employers sites are starting to open up fully again.
     
    So in summary, a really nice example of one of BMWs best which is ready to be used and enjoyed, with all the major E39 mechanical foibles addressed and which drives exceptionally well.  In this desirable and rare manual format it’s a far better proposition than the auto in my opinion, which can develop costly faults.  The manual box is able to properly exploit that lovely M54, it is somewhat spritelier than the auto version (I have owned both). I will be sad to see it go but I am glad it got me out of my previous Mercedes and back on the right BMW track.
     
    So it’s up for £6750 with the M Parallel wheels or £5250 on the Throwing stars in the final image, which are my winter/service wheels, these have a brand new set of 235/45/17 Toyo T1Rs on them.  I have all the original audio components which will be supplied with the car plus a few spare parts including a seat in nice condition.
     
    I am only a mile from J9 of the M20 or if you travel by train I am happy to pick you from Ashford International which is only a mile or so too !
     



























     
    There are a load more images in the Pistonheads ad here : https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12372861
  25. Like
    Splondike got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i Touring Individual Manual   
    2001 BMW 530i Touring Individual Manual
     
    Spec:
    Rare 3.0 petrol manual, in BMW individual Orient Blue, with Grey Montana Leather.  It was originally SE spec in 2014 when Steve (Oxo) acquired the car and he set about going right through the car and upgrading to Sport Spec.  Including, suspension, front and rear bumpers, black headlining, ///M door mouldings and sills etc.  
     
    Options:
    Dynamic Stability Control
    Self Levellling Suspension
    Multi Function Steering Wheel (works with new Stereo too)
    Alarm
    Satin Chrome
    Roof rail delete
    Privacy Glass
    Cruise control
    Roller Sunblinds Rear side Windows
    Dual Zone Climate control
    PDC Front and Rear
    Auto Reverse Dipping Nearside mirror
     
    Maintenance wise, anyone who knows Steve will know that he fastidiously maintains his cars and that’s why I bought this safe in the knowledge it had been supremely well looked after, oil changes every 5k miles etc.  Even without an official service history.
     
    It has had the following renewed:
    Clutch and flywheel
    E60 550i short shift
    Clubsport weighted gear knob
    New rocker cover
    Rear crank oil seal
    Clutch slave cylinder
    Radiator
    Water pump
    Expansion tank
    New viscous coupling and fan
    Front and rear gearbox seals
    New ABS unit
    Brake lines cleaned and undersealed
    Springs
    Shock absorbers
    Rear Airbags
    Steering arms
    Rear arms
    Drop links
    Windscreen replaced
    Exhaust – Power flow rear box
    Vacuum Hoses
    Diff and Gearbox oil refreshed
    Brake discs and pads
    Xenon Headlights
    New tailgate Rams
    Bosch Silver battery
     
    Recent history
    Initially when I got the car I replaced the standard silver trim inside for a classier brushed silver set and updated the steering wheel to the later sport type.  I had this re-trimmed with M stitching slightly fattened and topped off with a new badge, it’s really a lovely thing to use.  The gear change is crisp and clean thanks to the 550i lever and new linkage.
     
    When I picked the car up it was let down by a couple of bodywork defects, the front passenger side wing was a pattern item which did not fit perfectly and the paint was blistering and on the rear quarter there was a crack in the wing were a dent had been filled.  I found a perfect condition original wing and ended up having the whole side correctly repaired and painted (I have full set of images of the work).  This was superbly repaired and the car now looks spot on.
     
    It was developing the E39 “shimmy” at certain speeds and examination revealed the front arms were in need of replacement, I suspect the large spacers to accommodate the Rota Grids with a 3 series offset was the cause, so I replaced the arms with Meyle heavy duty items and then set about looking for a set of M Parallels.  I managed to source a set of the hard to find 19inch ones at surprisingly large expense and had them re-furbed with diamond cut faces and slightly darker silver inner faces to key in with the car, obviously with new centres and ///M badges. Shod with new 265/35/19 and 245/40/19 Khumo PS 71s   They look stunning and transformed the car instantly from drifter to executive express !
     
    I then set about upgrading the audio to get some Bluetooth functionality and mp3 playback etc.  So opted for the Innovadrive and a Kenwood DMX 125.  Which looks kind of OEM and has the touch screen functionality I wanted.   I also upgraded the front speakers to Focal Audio 130AS components and rears to Kenwood KFC-PS1795 and installed a Rockford Fosgate amp and subwoofer with the housing neatly installed in the battery compartment.
     
    I have fitted a removable tow bar with 13 pin electrics and a new rear splitter, this can easily be unbolted if not to the new owners taste.
     
    Bodywork wise the car is extremely clean underneath and the orient blue paint comes up nicely after a wash and polish. There is a small amount of corrosion inside the tailgate area, however I have filled with cavity wax and cleaned it up and it has not changed at all in my ownership and none of it is visible so the car looks great.  There are a few stone chips at the front as you may expect. 
     
    Interior – With the upgrades it’s a very nice place to be, the air con is ice cold and the seats and bolsters are in great condition with minimal wear.  The carpets have quality overmats and the black gives a nice contrast to the grey with the black headlining and pillars. The leather is regularly gliptone treated and looks great when cleaned and conditioned.  The correct boot blind/dog blind combination is in place.  I also purchased a tailored boot area protection mat.
     
    History
    The car has had an Oil Service and check over just recently.  I have also installed a new Bosch Silver battery when I first got the car.  But sadly has not much history before Steve owned the car.  Since then there are bundles of receipts for parts and work done, MOTs etc and the original booklet and manuals.  The MOT’s have been advisory clear with the tester stating what nice condition the car is in underneath.  Next MOT due Feb 2022.
     
    Current Mileage is 108,500, will rise slightly as the car is used some days.  The car will be supplied with a full set of keys including 2 main keys, the valet/service key and wallet key.   One of main keys is a brand new replacement from BMW as I lost my keys when out and about earlier in the year.  I have also just repaired the rear wiper, which had slowed down to a crawl and then stopped working.  I stripped it out from the glass, cleaned the mechanism, re-greased and re-fitted it and it now works correctly again.
     
    I have decided to sell the touring as I am feeling the call of a diesel daily again now as my mileage is going to start going up significantly as work sites now my employers sites are starting to open up fully again.
     
    So in summary, a really nice example of one of BMWs best which is ready to be used and enjoyed, with all the major E39 mechanical foibles addressed and which drives exceptionally well.  In this desirable and rare manual format it’s a far better proposition than the auto in my opinion, which can develop costly faults.  The manual box is able to properly exploit that lovely M54, it is somewhat spritelier than the auto version (I have owned both). I will be sad to see it go but I am glad it got me out of my previous Mercedes and back on the right BMW track.
     
    So it’s up for £6750 with the M Parallel wheels or £5250 on the Throwing stars in the final image, which are my winter/service wheels, these have a brand new set of 235/45/17 Toyo T1Rs on them.  I have all the original audio components which will be supplied with the car plus a few spare parts including a seat in nice condition.
     
    I am only a mile from J9 of the M20 or if you travel by train I am happy to pick you from Ashford International which is only a mile or so too !
     



























     
    There are a load more images in the Pistonheads ad here : https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12372861
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