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RichardP last won the day on October 24

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About RichardP

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    1980 E26, 1993 E34 M5 Touring, 2003 E39 M5, 2013 F06 M6 Gran Coupe

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  1. RichardP

    E34 525 auto touring.

    Do you still have the rear hatch glass? If so what sort of condition is it in, including the heated rear screen elements? Mine has a couple of small scratches and the heater elements are a little corroded in places, but they still work.
  2. I think the COM Port names in the downloader was a bit of a hack by Simon which works most of the time, but not all. Unfortunately I don't have the source code for it to try and improve it.
  3. It will take a couple of minutes to do the update. With the FTDI chip set there is a setting you can change that speed it up quite a bit, for other chip sets there may be similar settings but I'm not sure what they are if they do exist. For the FTDI chipset run Device Manager, right click the Serial Port device and select Properties. Select the 'Port Settings' tab and then 'Advanced'. Reduce the 'Latency Timer' value from the default of 16 to 1. If this causes issues (retries etc.) increase the value a bit.
  4. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    MOT showed up that my left side rear fog light wasn't working. Fortunately only one rear light is required so it still passed. Investigating the cause found that the new inner cluster on the tailgate had a dry joint where the wire that goes to the bulb joins the connector block. A few minutes with a soldering iron soon fixed it.
  5. RichardP

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I have other cars, but not 10!! Plan was to use it over the summer, but that all went out of the window. The M1 will be the same, I just took both for a short run in the spring to get things properly warmed up and then nothing since. The E34 M5 I took on a longish trip and a day out up the dales, that has done 2,500km this year.
  6. RichardP

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Just over 18 years since being built and it's MOT time again. Pass with no advisories so all good for another year, but depressingly I've only driven 34 miles in her since last year.
  7. RichardP

    My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    The 6 series Gran Coupe does seem to just work as a design. To me the 8 series Gran Coupe is not as flowing or elegant. Of course it's quicker and has 4 wheel drive, but there are at least three areas where it is inferior to the F06 to me : 1) The nose, the profile is similar to the 5 series, the 6 series is lower at the front. 2) The back edge of the rear window looks crap. 3) The way the boot line cuts into the rear flank.
  8. RichardP

    My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    7 years now, how time flies. MOT passed with no advisories today. Not used her much this year, the office down south is shut and everyone is working from home. So a grand total of just 1,400 miles between MOTs. Is it time to sell yet, or keep her to become a rare curio as one of the last gas guzzling V8's in an age of electric or Hydrogen powered transport?
  9. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    I assume that's the supercharged 540i. There is a similar colour LHD one that has a turbo M60 V8 kicking out about 800bhp.
  10. RichardP

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    If you have Nav then make sure the red light is out before disconnecting the battery, it’s possible to brick the Nav computer if you pull power just at the wrong moment.
  11. RichardP

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Did mine a few months back (see a few pages back in this thread). The design of the position of gaiter in the boot lid is utterly unfit for purpose, you can see in your picture how it sits when the boot is closed, the radius is far too tight. If the gaiter was a bit longer and the hole in the boot lid was further from the edge the angles would be much better and the loom would easily outlast the life of the car. I doubt it would cost any more to make.
  12. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Rear arches today.
  13. RichardP

    The beauty of Carbon Black

    Indeed, Carbon Black has a lot of depth that you don't see unless the light is just right and it's polished to within an inch of it's life. Just the air passing over it is enough to induce scratches.
  14. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Cleaned the front wheel arches, might get round to the rears tomorrow.
  15. RichardP

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    It was done by the person I bought the radio from in Germany. I can find their details if you want.