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DennisCooper last won the day on April 14 2019

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About DennisCooper

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    Ex Police - E39 530d Touring

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  1. DennisCooper

    Alpina B5 Bi Turbo, I really wanted one.

    Hi OC, A fantastic writeup and great to read! We used to have a Techno Violet E46 B3S in the family fleet some years back and whilst it was nice, I was a bit underwhelmed by it. For me, it shared that similar to an M3 characteristic of needing to rev up the range to get to the performance. That felt 'screamy' and 'shouty' which wasn't what I'd have wanted in a 3 series variant. A mate also some years back used to have an E39 V8S Touring and that was lovely and more of what I'd prefer in terms of the feel of a car, much more restrained yet fantastic propulsion without the 'screamy' characteristic! I think with the later Turbo charged engines, Alpina's have now got that performance level into the ultra fast and yet wonderfully refined characteristic and which, seemingly is what you've encapsulated in your initial review ! I do like/appreciate M cars too, so a perfect combination for me would be an Alpina and an M of the 5 series derivation ! I also can't resist modifying and tweaking, so if I was to pick up the same example as you have, it'd have to be a custom set of forged 3 piece wheels and in a very Alpina'esque design. So it's going to be bit of a wrestle for you it seems to de-badge & de-stripe it.. or not ! Look forward to your updates and reviews over time Cheers, Dennis!
  2. DennisCooper

    ULEZ 2021 - Goodbye E39

    Hi, As already mentioned above by Norseman, over the next 5 years more towns and cities will introduce similar schemes and perhaps in 10/15 years time, most of the UK's major population areas as well as the larger outlying areas will have such a scheme in place. It'll really only be rural and semi rural areas that won't have such in place. I'd not be surprised if the amount charged increases over the years too in a move to increase costs for fossil fueled cars to 'coerce' the population to move to electric cars faster/quicker. Whilst a good number of enthusiasts may keep a 'classic' and only use it on the weekends and have another car that isn't subject to the charge for daily/commuting use etc, a good number again won't have the space nor disposable income to cover such a setup and will likely sell up. Which of course leads to the popular discussion of 'values' and 'actual selling prices' - I'm the unpopular one as I believe actual selling prices will be significantly lower for more desirable examples. The current consensus is that 'values' and 'actual selling prices' are only going to go up in the next few years/10/15 and 20+ years. Probably more chance of that for Porsche and higher marques, it'll only be very low miled, correct spec/colour, totally pristine examples of BMW's, Mercs, Audi's etc that might be the same. Oh and also, the Fast Fords will sell for significantly less too! Interesting decade ahead ! Cheers, Dennis!
  3. DennisCooper

    Innovadrive NXG-39 / OEM look Double DIN Fascia

    Hi, Another new head unit is available from Kenwood. It's the DMX-5020DABS and is a fully featured unit and short body of 75mm. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Time Alignment, Parametric EQ, Digital Sound Processing inc active crossove, DAB tuner are headline features and at around £399. It's a UK model too, so should see various retail outlets for it. A customer has two of these installed and mentions that the NXG-39 didn't need any slight modifying/shaving of the piece to allow the 'nose' of the head unit to fit - which is excellent news - makes fitting easier! Kenwood product page - https://www.kenwood.eu/car/navigation_multimedia/multimedia/DMX5020DABS/?view=details Cheers, Dennis!
  4. DennisCooper

    BMW paint label where can I buy?

    Hi GE, Speak to Kos at Pukar Design - https://www.pukardesigns.com/faq-cy8v He's able to do custom requests although I'd be surprised if he's never made the paint code label previously ! Cheers, Dennis!
  5. DennisCooper

    E39 head unit replacement

    Hi Nick, There's a growing number of shallow depth, fully featured double DIN head units available nowadays. I've listed the ones I know about currently in the thread about the OEM fasica/fitting kit I offer to E39 owners in the audio section of this forum. The high quality brands for car head units all have a unit that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in too and the ranges they offer will expand over time. Cheers, Dennis!
  6. DennisCooper

    E39 set of Birch Anthracite trim £offers

    Hi John, It will depend on the condition of the trims along with if you have the auto gearknob with matching trim insert or a manual gearknob and again, with the matching trim piece. There's been a handful of sets come up over the last few years, and condition has been on the lesser/not as good side - usually with surface knicks and light polishing swirls etc. You'll see those advertised for around £150 up to perhaps £200. Better condition sets will get more. There's a 'few' E39 owners who'll want the manual gearknob and will perhaps pay a proportion more. I have two sets of pristine condition sets I may sell on ! Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    Gearbox oil change on 180k x5

    Hi, As per above - it's a gamble. You might well leave the gearbox alone and it'll go on for another 50/75/100K miles. You might change the gearbox oil/filters etc and it'll go on another 50/75/100K miles. You might leave it alone and it'll fail with no warning 'soon'. You might change the oil/filters etc and it'll fail with no warning 'soon'. A bit like Mike77 above, my auto gearbox was running absolutely no issues whatsoever - purchased at 150K miles in 2006, and later that year / early 2007 i was returning home and it 'failed with no warning whatsoever' half a mile from my driveway at 172K miles. It was rebuilt and 2015 with another 90/95K miles, it failed again with no warning. It was rebuilt again. Over the course of a year, it kept going back to them - 8/9 times due to bad workmanship/bad service and no refund from the auto gearbox place - a claim was put in via the credit card provider and part of the process was for me to have the gearbox independently inspected at a cost of around £500+. A low mileage full manual gearbox conversion kit came up at a great price so I snapped it up and had it fitted up. So I now have a lot more peace of mind in so much I don't have to dread the little yellow gearbox cog warning light coming on again! 2 full auto gearbox costings later, I've had enough thank you! Loadmaster - I guess you've decided to keep your 540i now then ?! Cheers, Dennis!
  8. DennisCooper

    E39 head unit replacement

    Hi Nick, The MD player option is very rare ! hardly ever see those nowadays and even when new, hardly anyone specified them! The OEM DSP setup is a specific type of setup and trying to 'add' onto it is more involved as there's no inputs and the speakers themselves are customised to the Amplifier. Only one company makes aftermarket, much better sounding and compatible speaker upgrades but they only change the woofer and tweeter and retain the factory midrange driver and come in at around £400/450 ! The oem 'sub' doesn't really provide 'sub bass' , just a bit of a lower end. If you ideally did want to increase Sound Quality then choices are limited if you wanted to keep the DSP amp and/or OEM head unit. Contrary to internet belief, you don't have to be an 'audiophile' to get better music performance in a car - that's like saying you have to be a formula 1 driver to get a more powerful car! The GROM unit with the DSP adaptor that you'd need in this case will give you Bluetooth mobile phone and music streaming - if that's all you want/need, then it'd be a decent 'plug n play' type solution for you. If you would like to have better sound quality and performance for a modest amount of spend, then the best 'value' for money would indeed be a good quality brand head unit, upgraded front speakers which would could be had for around £70-150, the MDF speaker baffles for around £20 from an ebay seller. You'd perhaps omit trying to improve the Touring roof speakers as the location is atrocious - they play directly to the boot floor! and in due course, you could add a modest subwoofer option for some real 'sub bass' that's fully controllable for level and intensity. This route would give you excellent features and functionality improvements and you get much better sound performance as well all with good reliability and relative ease of fitment. It comes down to what you want Cheers, Dennis!
  9. Hi, Cableguy - it'd be a real shame if this is the case, but is there any actual evidence for this ? could any potential buyer 'find' that history/evidence for damage & then repair ? Lastly, do Collecting Cars have any kind of auction winner protection in the case of a hidden history becomes apparent after the hammer falls and funds paid etc ?! Cheers, Dennis!
  10. DennisCooper

    navigation map restoring

    Hi Nealarthur, Which android tablet is it ? Check with the brand's website to see if there's any help pages related to re-installing navitel navigator. Also check the Navitel website for any help on re-installing etc. Cheers, Dennis!
  11. Hi, Which generation of 525d are you referring to? check the owners manual as that'll give a list of compatible formats. Also, check the relevant generation forum sections and search for the same question asked previously / ask in that section as there may be more detail and info available from other owners etc. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    E39 head unit replacement

    Hi Nick, You mention that your car has the OEM Radio and MD player along with the 'amp looking thing' ! - can you post a picture of the setup in the dash and at the rear left side cubby storage as that will determine if you have a modular/separate amplifier to the modules in the dash. If the car does have a separate amplifier, then if you did choose to fit a shallow depth double DIN or Single DIN head unit, you'd need to fit the extension harness that 'extends' the power/ground/speaker/antenna wires from the rear of the car to the front dash area so that the new unit can be connected up. If the car doesn't have a separate amplifier, then all the connections are at the dash area so you can wire/connect the head unit and you won't have the extra £40/50 expenditure of that extension harness. There's a number of modern shallow depth double DIN head units available nowadays, the cheapest one is the Kenwood DMX-125DABS unit which is around £180/199. As you already have found, the modern shallow depth double DIN units mean there's no cutting/modifying of the airbox needed, saving you potentially £2/300! If you opt for a single DIN unit that's traditional depth (ie with w disk mechanism internally) then when mounted higher up in the dash location, the rear lower edge clears the top front edge of the airbox. The OEM fascia above in Dan's pictures has long been discontinued by BMW and finding them either used or new old stock is extremely rare nowadays. The one pictured above I sourced along with one other and sold both a number of years ago now. Only ever seen 1/2 more for sale since. For the double DIN option, then depending on your budget, what you'd like to have in the head unit etc there's a number of units available from the established and reputable brands. I have a couple for sale in the FS section, either with or without the OEM look fascia I offer to the E39 market. For the single DIN option, then so long as you mount it in the higher location as shown above, you can choose pretty much any of them. There's a few short body single DIN units around too. I'd suggest a front speaker upgrade too if you do go with an aftermarket unit as the OEM speakers were mediocre when brand new, and perhaps deteriorated over the years. There's a few routes you can take, including keeping the OEM modules and 'adding on' to it with other products like the Intravee/GROM/Bluebus/Processors etc and all comes down to what you'd like to have/acheive. Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    Earthquake SWS subs

    Hi, These subs will play much better when amplified. The OEM audio RMS output will be much less powerful. Find out what impedance for the OEM setup is for the existing subwoofers if there, and match the same for the SWS's. Cheers, Dennis!
  14. DennisCooper

    Speed dependent volume control E60

    Hi, I'd suggest to ask this in the E60 section for more response and knowledge. Does the owners manual give an option to switch it off? Cheers, Dennis!
  15. DennisCooper

    navigation map restoring

    Hi, There's not enough information to help you. Which car ? OEM system or aftermarket? if oem, car within warranty? if aftermarket, which unit and which software? is there a CD or USB stick to re-install it? Cheers, Dennis!