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ajl530d last won the day on July 16 2018

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About ajl530d

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    Wimborne, Dorset
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    IT guru


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    F10 535d M Sport & E39 530d M Sport Aegean Blue

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  1. Hi Tims, got down to the garage today and was able to speak to the mechanic who checked the car. Yes that is the part which is worn. My E39 2003 VIN is CB84976 if you can check it's the right part for my car. I haven't abought anything here before so how can I pay you? many thanks Alastair
  2. Tims thank you for providing a diagram which is vey helpful. Let me show it to the garage to confirm this is what I need, many thanks
  3. I am not a mechanic but my garage said there is a distorted slip ring - I'm guess that is what you're calling the collet? They are struggling to get the part.
  4. Hi Tims, I am looking for an OSF hub assembly for my E39 2003 530d. Are yours available as I think these would fit my car? Part is 31211092854 thanks Alastair
  5. ajl530d

    Newb 5.

    Weclome Chris, like you I have a new F10 just a few days now. So will be reading the forum to learn what other people have been doing. Do like your car in Imperial Blue. My (now v old) E39 is Aegean Blue which makes the car look great - much better than Black or White imho.
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    Just got a 2016 F10 535d

    Andrew, thanks for VIn decoder, that gives an easy to read list. Yes I am finding I like the Head up Display, while the tow bar was an unexpected extra since it is retractable so I didn't see it at first. is it possible to find out what the list price was when new? Now off to read the forums for how to update the SatNav which I found is the original 2016-1 version.
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    Recommended Garages/Services/Suppliers

    Hi everyone, looked through all of the pages and am s urprised there are so few personally recommended service shops. Does anyone have rcommendations for anywhere in Dorset. I just changed my loved E39 530 for an F10 535 (see newbie topic). It's an amazing car and want to find a good home for servicing. thanks if you can help.
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    Just got a 2016 F10 535d

    Finally bought an F10, still have my old E39 530d (not sure whether to keep it or sell it). New car is amazing to drive. Anyone know what the options are Vin is G685993 and do you have a 2016 price list?
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    530d Aegean Blue 200,000 miles, advice please

    Clavurion, thanks again for this helpful update. I have the belts now and the water pump. Seen the oil separator kit for a £10 on Motormec. Can you tell me if changing just the oil separator is an easy/quick job or does it mean taking off the inlet manifold? Thanks for the great video about the alternator brushes. thanks a lot ajl530d
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    530d Aegean Blue 200,000 miles, advice please

    Hi bigrigbri, I am in Dorset, any chance this garage is down here? What was the enginuity that saved you a wedge? Did the garage supply the recon unit and then took yours in exchange?
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    530d Aegean Blue 200,000 miles, advice please

    Hi Clavurion, thank you very much for your useful comment. I was thinking about buying new belts when the water pump is changed. I ordered a Meyle pump off Ebay for £47. The belts I was looking at are from Gates, are they ok or should I get BMW? These 2 only cost £20. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Alternator-Fan-Drive-V-Belt-For-BMW-Daihatsu-Land-Rover-Ribbed-5PK810/112493955169?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 and https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gates-Multi-Rib-Auxiliary-Drive-V-Belt-5PK2063/172886827357?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Yes will order the newer vortex part, thanks for the part number. This one is from Motromec at £34 for a complete unit https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Crankcase-Breather-Vortex-BMW-E60-530d-M57N-engines-FEBI-11127799225/392034490321?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Hadn't thought about the glow plugs. Will have a look to see what they cost. For the allternator, how easy is it to get if off the car and where can you get the brushes (partnumber?) Does it need to go to a specialist? Yes I will look to change the diferential oil, can an ordinary garage do this or should it be a specialist? thanks a lot, ajl530d
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    530d Aegean Blue 200,000 miles, advice please

    Hi Andrew, thank you for the advice. I forgot about the turbo, it did blow 100k ago and was replaced. The cooling system has always had regular fluid change and temp gauge has always sat right in the middle. Oh yes it's coming back to me now, I did change the outside temp sensor, heater blower and hedgehog so heating is all good. A/C is ice cold too especially in this weather. Oil consumptionis zero. I did have the front bumper and side panel resprayed recently to take out the stone chips and a tesco trolley scrape. Oh yes the offside rear door leaked twice. And I was bumped twice in the back so the rear bumper is new (twice). One time I was in the car, parked, and I saw the car behind me reverse out of their space and straght into me!
  13. Hi everyone, I am an E39 driver and not a DIYer or mechanic. I love this forum for all the helpful advice, amazed really at how much knowledge there is and the help you all willingly give. Anyway just to say my E39 530d (I know just enough to be dangerous) which I bought as a 3 year old in 2006 and stayed with me ever since has passed 200,000 miles. I have never kept a car so long or reached this mileage. I just love the car! Managed to take some photos on a sunny day. The car has been fully maintained at a local indy so I have a huge folder with all bills. Car is standard except for a remap and you may notice the M5 mirrors. Probably the only non standard failure was Number 5 injector (was a pain as changed battery, fuel pump before getting to the root casue). Now for your best advice, I am aware of all the potential problems/issues so what do you suggest is needed to keep it running. (Am willing to treat the old girl ) Here is current status of some key parts: - Water pump and cooling system, all original to my knowedge - Crank case breather, may be original - Swirl Flaps and inlet manifold, original - Auto transmission, original - Differential, original If you can provide any estimated cost for garage work and time required and a known source for any parts that would be most helpful. The car drives fast and quiet, fuel economy on the Motorway is 40mpg+ and transmission is totally smooth. Many thanks to all.
  14. Hi just seen that you have E39 OEM mats in grey, can you let me know if still available and what price delivered?
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    18" M Parallels

    Kezbo is right about the tyre sizes. I have an E39 530d with the M parallels and the rears are definitely 265/35/18 as I always have to order them from the tyre shops. Super looking wheels, just have to clean them so they look great on the car.