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About DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. DennisCooper

    E28 M5 Wheels Wanted

    Hi Duncan, Cheers for that nugget of info Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    EWS removal - Any issues/gotchya's ?

    Hi Clavurion, I don't think my car came with a factory alarm, if it did, I think the Police use preparation probably removed it. If it is there but disconnected I wouldn't think about reconnecting it, I'd have it removed and I wouldn't retrofit it if it's not there. Reason is that I'd like modern features like remote paging, battery backup, various zones, audible backoff warnings etc. Some alarms come with in built immobilisers as well, so wouldn't have to install a separate one/system. The tracking system would be a separate standalone installation. Reading around a bit more, seems an EWS delete is relatively straightforward which is a good thing. I'll be speaking to some well known, reputable specialists too. Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    E28 M5 Wheels Wanted

    Hi Duncan, I'm vague on the earlier cars and OEM fitments etc ! What were the official wheels for the E28 M5? any optional wheel choices too? 'Basket Weaves' weren't the official name/designation of course, I'm guessing they'll be on the bmw style wheels website, but what's the 'Style' numbers for the OEM choices for the car ?!! Cheers, Dennis!
  4. DennisCooper

    E28 M5 Wheels Wanted

    Hi, Are you looking for these wheels ? A friend has these and asked me to sell on the owners behalf. I will double check they're still available and a price - assuming they the style you want ! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. DennisCooper

    E60 Amp installation

    Hi Dan, Give Source Sounds a call - https://www.sourcesounds.com/ They're very well regarded within the Car audio industry and are reputable and knowledgeable and of course experienced. It is possible to get excellent sub bass response by upgrading the underseat subs as you've done and driving them more efficiently with a good quality amplifier, so these guys should be able to properly and safely fit the amplifier & wiring and fuse protection for you and adjust accordingly. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. DennisCooper

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Hi D, I think a big proportion of E39 M5 owners & owners of other similar cars think like yourself, that the asking and thus, actual selling prices for really good/decent/excellent examples will go up / reach high prices. This is fine of course as an opinion and it may well actually happen ! As with these threads online and discussions in real life at shows/events with other owners and similar car owners etc, there's plenty of aspects to go over. The reasons I think the rises wont' happen for 'most' examples is due to the increasing legislation against older fossil fueled cars, the increasing chance that in 10/15 years time the price of a litre of petrol will be £2.50/3, there'll be big increases in the VED to pay each year for such vehicles (think what the car owners in Southern Ireland pay currently!) many more cities and towns banning the use of fossil fueled cars at any time over the next 5/10+ years, increased insurance loadings for fossil fueled car owners and of course, parts having extra taxation applied and garage owners charging more to service/maintain such cars due to having to pay increased business rates/equipment if they do work on such cars. The worlds major manufacturers are seemingly investing massively into electric driven cars for the future,s o for now, it certainly 'looks' like the future is going to be electric powered cars that can be purchased for personal use. I think those with deep enough pockets to run a petrol powered, older vehicle will be able to absorb these various costs as they increase over the next decade, with many/most deciding not to keep such cars running with respect to their disposable income levels. Chances are that Porsche and higher more prestigious car brand owners will have the disposable income to pay for those increasing costs and the sought after models in their ranges will still those willing and able to purchase at higher purchase amounts. The VERY best, very low mileage, pristine condiction, right spec/colour, fabulously well maintained examples of E39 M5's will have a proportion of potential buyers in 10/15 years time paying maybe £35/40K + for one, but the cars which aren't like that I don't think will sell for anywhere near those figures. I know the 'current' market has people buying the aformentioned Golf GTi Mk2's and things like Astra GTE's and RS Cosworths, E46 M3's Audi RS4's, as well as the older Escort Mk2, and plenty other cars that have the 'nostalgia' aspect to them, which is fine of course, but think about it, the Fast Classic Ford sector is many enthusiasts in their late 40's and 50's currently, many with kids 15 years old plus. How many of those kids and indeed that generation are going to be paying £60/70/80+ grand for a Ford Escort/Golf Gti Mk2 and similar in 10/20 years time?! I may well be totally wrong and time will tell of course! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    E39 530i... Erm... ‘ow much?

    Hi, Look carefully at the interior pictures, there's a few tell tale aspects indicating something isn't quite right! Mis-fitted airbag, passenger door trim isn't matching in level with the trim above glovebox meaning the doorcard has been taken off previously, missing/faulty pixels on the monitor display, drivers seat looks like it's had more miles than 37K. Exterior shots due to the car being black make it hard to see directly any issues but nice scored brake disk! . For that asking price, there should be zero faults! I'd say £5995 would be a more realistic asking price and pending no other issues ! Let see how long this one takes to sell.. Cheers, Dennis!
  8. Hi, I'm thinking to have the EWS removed from my car and the main reason is to install an aftermarket alarm that comes with remote fobs for the central locking function and to perhaps install an 'Engine Stop/Start' button. This means I'd not have to have the existing key on my bunch along with the remote fob and a few other keys. The Alarm and also to be installed Tracking unit, will cover the car's security along with a physical deterrent too. I'm wondering what issues or problems I could have by removing the EWS ? would it be better to leave in place overall and incorporate the Alarm and Engine Stop/Start button around the EWS system? I'm not clued up on all the coding and use of software to change settings aspects but there's a good few experienced and knowledgeable places I can take the car to have anything done/changed. Is there anything I'm missing, not understanding in what I'd like to do ? Cheers, Dennis!
  9. DennisCooper

    Help Identifying Rare / Individual Color Option

    Hi, Thanks Clavurion, it certainly could be the material ! https://www.alcantara.com/cms-web/upl/entities/box/ColourCard_Alcantara_Domino_1.pdf BavarianE31 - Speak to some US based automotive retrimmers as it's likely they'd be able to purchase the material by the yard/metre if it comes to having to retrim. BMW might have their own specific version/name and hopefully it's forthcoming from the seller once he takes a look Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    Help Identifying Rare / Individual Color Option

    Hi BavarianE31, Familiar nic name Cross posted; Hi, That square dot pattern has been discussed before on the mainly English speaking forums as it seems it wasn't an option in the US and UK markets for BMW's. I suspect it's either a domestic German only trim option or European market/countries option. You'll see the same square dot pattern on the interior trim pieces too. As for the colour, it's perhaps going to be the same, a 'name' that's been given to that trim colour. I suspect you'll need to find a company/place/person who sells a good number of used parts in Germany and ask them to look on the back of the items themselves for a pattern name and then hopefully there's a forum post(s)/reference on some of the German or European specific speaking forums where it's referenced. The same square dot pattern also appears on the relatively rare E39 M5 'M Alcantara' interior option. This was a material that had a base layer with stripes of the 3 M colours and then an Alcantara layer over the top which had the square dots punched out. A specialist in the USA has made a reproduction of the M Alcantara, I guess you could ask them to do the same to a roll of Alcantara in the colour you'd like/close to this colour you reference. It'll be very expensive if they do agree to do it, so you may have to arrange a group buy to spread the cost and actually make it happen. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. DennisCooper

    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    The E39 M5 may well appreciate somewhat, but only until more legislation begins to come in affecting petrol driven older cars ... then there's the price of petrol and the likely larger price per litre levels they'll be in the future. Anyone currently thinking their E39 M5 and other similar equivalent BMW's or cars from other rival Brands will sell for significantly more in 5/10/15/20+ years time, I suspect will be sorely disappointed! Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    16-year-old BMW E39 M5 sold in US for £137,000!!

    Hi, This one and one other like it have been posted previously here! I got a bit of grief for posting them and a few other more rare examples that came up for sale for some weird reason! Take a look at the EAG - Enthusiast Auto Group over in Cincinnati, USA. I've dropped by a couple times to window shop, I mean gawp and it's amazing the examples they get and sell ! - http://enthusiastauto.com/ Many more such examples over there than compared to here in the UK for multiple reasons, I don't think equivalent like for like models here in the UK would actually sell for anywhere close to what USA examples would - one big reason is that the whole of the UK is a damp/wet climate. Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    Undertrays

    Hi D! I've got some excellent industry level contacts with higher end 3D printing capabilities so can ask them in terms of the important bit - namely which is the correct material and it's grade to use to make the part given what it's application is/would be. The actual printing of the item is the easy bit, the design/CAD model is important to get right as well in addition to using the right material grade. Currently, I suspect going the route you are thinking won't be viable due to low volume and thus, per piece pricing via 3D printing. To manufacture in 100% carbon fibre would possibly be just as expensive if not more. That said, costings need to be done to get actual figures and they 'might/could' be good enough to evaluate more. Give me a call over the weekend to discuss more! Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    E39 M5 - Looks interesting

    Hi, Typical ! over the years hardly any Anthracite E39 M5's have come up for sale and right now, there's this one, the one in Preston, one at a dealer (now showing as deposit taken) and another with an enthusiast owner who wants to sell that have come up in the last few weeks or so ! Someone got a bargain this 2nd listing attempt around! initial listing didn't hit reserve and ended at £9K, this listing with no reserve finished at £8850. The Brembo BBK, Superspint headers, Aluminium rad & electric fan conversion, VANOS rebuild all point to a well maintained car. I'd have guessed it'd have hit 5 figures and ended at £10500. I hope the buyer is someone who'll keep and enjoy it ! Cheers, Dennis!
  15. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi Franco, Already been in touch with Erik and he's a happy chappy with his purchase Cheers, Dennis!
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