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  1. DennisCooper

    BMW E39 M5

    Hi, I was about to say similar to you seesure! (hope you are good and well mate!) As ever, they all look promising and good in pictures and descriptions ! Anyone looking for one needs to go look and as per above, ensure eyes are very wide open ! Just by the advert, it certainly looks a lot better than some of the recent poor examples being advertised with significantly higher asking prices. Cheers, Dennis!
  2. Hi Waitee, Members like Rosie have good extensive knowledge of the OEM audio/Satnav setups and can/will provide good info. My knowledge is less on this area but I do keep an eye on knowledge and info. I'm under the impression that the Mk4 DVD nav can 'drive' a widescreen monitor directly and won't need a video module, the earlier Mk3/2/1 do need that video module in place. With the 'Info' button not working, then over the years, there's a good few threads about where the buttons don't respond on the monitor unit. There's no definitive cause or fix but vary between the actual PCB/components in that part of the monitor panel failing and then everything springing back into life a few days later. Over these years then an 'overall' aspect to keep in mind is indeed the aging process of the electronics and deterioration of the internal components which, give funny/strange symptoms like this. It looks like you have an 'early' E39 and have the later Mk4 Nav module and widescreen monitor. I'd suggest that if you do wish to keep/continue with this setup, to get the matching BM54 unit and perhaps any of the other OEM modules you want to have/use. That way, you'll have a 'benchmark' similar to many other known working setups. The MK4 computers don't need coding, however, I think indeed the same module was used in other cars like Land/Range Rovers and Mini's so you perhaps have one of those? As I say, cross reference the above as I'm not 100% withe the OEM modules. Good luck with it all! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Space for a small amp in e39 dash

    Hi Duncan, I just had a look at Baris' website and saw that head unit as I recalled you don't have the Satnav setup. I think you have the MID and cassette (or CD) above?! I'll assume you don't want to take up any room/space in the glovebox itself? Although that's a small in-line amplifier unit, it's still not small enough for you to find a cubby/space to fit it into. You'd have to get a smaller sized amp and potentially fit it to the left of where the OEM head unit chassis sits as there's a small 'gap' there. The smallest would be a Mosconi Pico 2 amplifier that around 87x80x30 mm ! It's priced at £180, 2x80 W RMS at 4 ohms. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Ipod Interface Retrofit Question

    Hi gm23, Have a discussion with these guys - https://www.cartronics.co.uk/ There's other places offering coding and audio setup changes too, so a ring around a few of them may get the information you need to complete Cheers, Dennis!
  5. Hi Peter, You've mentioned two distinct possible routes there. The initial one being an 'entry' level type route of adding an amplifier and upgrading the speakers. There's a number of excellent quality BMW specific fitting speaker upgrades from the likes of MB Quart, Earthquake, Gladen, MTX etc and nowadays, there's newer amplifier models available. A lot of E6x owners have gone with this route/level. The second, when you mention getting as clean a signal as possible/using TOSLINK then going this route means much more closer attention to Sound Quality and performance and thus, the choice of amplifiers and speakers including placement for on/off axis performance and other higher end audio install aspects. Have a talk to these guys - https://audiofile-incar.co.uk/audio-upgrades/bmw-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-and-x-series Also, get in touch with some of the UK's most respected and experienced car audio specialists here - https://www.fourmasterscaraudio.co.uk/ Depending which route you'd want to go, then you should be able to find a good dealer/installer to do the work between these two resources. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Space for a small amp in e39 dash

    Hi Duncan, I don't think you'll have any space to install a small amp in the way you're thinking. The best route would be for you to speak to Baris/Carphonics and have him upgrade the OEM head unit you have (assuming it's the Radio/Cassette) - http://www.carphonics.co.uk/c53.htm Get those stronger MDF panels, some entry level 2 way components for the front. Use the fader of course to reduce the increased output to the roof speakers and you'll get the added extra you want without doing any cutting/wiring in/heat dissipation concerns of a separate amp. Cheers, Dennis!
  7. DennisCooper

    530i lowering springs

    These wheels are not genuine Style 37's. They're unbranded replica wheels in 19 inch diameter. 8.5x19 ET 15 front and 9.5x19 ET20 rear. They've been unavailable as new sets since around 2014. You'll have to hunt these wheels out whenever an owner decides to sell them, these specific wheels from Mastacrx I purchased from him a couple years back had them refinished and sold to one of the many owners who message me wanting a set! I've got one set with me now that are due to be refinished and sent to the the purchaser and currently there's two sets available to buy - at least of a few days ago! You'll see prices for used sets at around £750 for used, non refinished sets and upto £1500 or so for refinished sets. The average asking price level for refinished wheel sets is around £1000-1150. Over the years, I've perhaps sold 40+ sets of these both new and used/refinished. Here's how another set I had previously came out after a refinish - Drop me a message if you are after a set, I will speak to the owners of the two sets available currently. Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 M5 Individual - a One of a Kind?!

    Hi, Seems it was just two Sepia Metallic examples made for the right hand drive/DE92 version. If the car does have another Reg number, then hopefully it is still in existence and owned/used by someone out there. If it's met it's demise, then hopefully the other one is around/roadworthy and used etc and may come up for sale soon/not so soon for you ! If that one has also met it's demise, then it'll be time to find one of the normal/common colour examples and have it resprayed ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    S62 Engine

    Hi, I 'suspect' it's one of the scammer listings. The E46 M3 guys have pointed out various 'clean' looking engines on multiple ebay listings over time which are all scams/fakes. The listings are from American sites and you can see USA vehicles in the background of some pictures. Looking at this advert, one image shows a box in the corner in which the words 'states' and 'service' can be made out. The USPS is the United States Postal Service' full name and the font used looks very close to the one on the box for those words. This listing says Penarth which is just south of Cardiff, I bet if it can be viewed to see and/or collect, there'll be some excuse. There again, it might be totally legit !?! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Hi, Speak to AK Speedo - http://www.akspeedo.com/ Excellent service, excellent communications and definitely a +1 recommendation for some custom work I required doing recently ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 M5 Individual - a One of a Kind?!

    Hi, That looks like 'Sepia' Forgottten the full name - Sepia Metallic I think! It's one of those colours that looks better in direct sunlight, else for me it's not so great on normal UK days/overcast/grey days. Was a 530i running around here some years back, never really saw it on a lovely sunny day though. There's a small number of UK M5 owners with the full/extended champagne leather interiors, seen a couple of them at shows/events etc. Cheers, Dennis!
  12. DennisCooper

    BMW E39 M5

    Hi Hilly, Thanks for the update and sounds you've avoided paying a high price for a poorly maintained/repaired example! When it was first up I think it was at £16/16.5K and the photos did look good until looking at them a little closer. A few years back, an Anthracite example came up for sale with holes in the doors from rust, no doubt more corrosion underneath etc and if i remember correctly, up for around £5/6K. It was definitely a project level car. About 6-10 months ago, after multiple years of none, 4/5 anthracite examples have come up for sale and I've wondered which one of them might have been the rusted/corroded out one! 'might' be this one at Horsepower !?! This car sounds as though it's a £7-8K car max currently if it's got extensive corrosion and fairly obvious poor paintwork etc Cheers, Dennis!
  13. DennisCooper

    Wiring Multifunction Armrest / Rear Phone

    Hi Robhimself, Welcome to the forum! With this question and request, you'll need the knowledge of some members on here who have excellent experience with the OEM setups and how to wire/connect them up. The rear armrest phone was a very rare option and most E39 owners perhaps don't even realize it was an option ! With the turmoil that's happening across the UK (and worldwide) many people have their attentions elsewhere and aren't visiting this forum as frequently in the past, so I'd say to allow more time for someone to perhaps offer a response/help. I personally don't know much about the OEM setups for when it comes to connections and how to wire things up and a large part of the reasoning is that those old electronics are outdated or won't work and if they do, require quite a lot of specific knowledge. Rob the Viking is a member who knew a big amount of retrofit projects and would post up guides and PDF's explaining things. I'd suggest looking on the Intravee forum here, and member RichardP is also very knowledgeable with OEM modules/communications for retrofits. Perhaps look up member Know-Dice as well. I know there's a few more such members here, but not sure how often they visit/post nowadays. Good luck with the project! Cheers, Dennis!
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    help with bluetooth retrofit into a touring

    Good luck with it all !
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    help with bluetooth retrofit into a touring

    Hi Richy, Save yourself all the headache and faffing around and just order in the BlueBus adaptor - https://www.bluebus.dev/ You'll pull your hair out and swear to 3 weeks solid if you do all this OEM module retrofitting and find that next year your handset doesn't work/connect properly with it ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    E39 M5 2002

    Hi Chopp, Looks as though it's a nice example! I'd suggest you detail the maintenance you've done in your 3/4 years of ownership as well as take plenty more good clear pictures and highlight any imperfections etc. It'd help if you list the spec as well along with interior pictures and any other options etc. The North West covers a good bit of area, so whereabouts roughly are you located?! Good luck with the sale ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    BMW E39 M5

    Hi Nabz, I will PM you - A nice example has come up which is worth you viewing! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Hi, Speak to Enda at End Tuning. He occasionally posts here, met him at a meetup in Birmingham a few years ago too. You'll get good advice and definitely a thumbs up for a quality re-map for your car. I personally wouldn't go with a generic remap. As you are a 520i, the remap will be more for responsiveness and feel, the removal of flat spots in the rev range which is better more efficient fueling and if you choose, you can have the rev limiter raised a couple hundred RPM. You'll perhaps gain a few more HP and lb/ft of torque but these are more secondary benefits on a smaller petrol engine. https://www.endtuning.com/ Cheers, Dennis!
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    DAB Radio - Should This Work In My E39??

    Hi, As per Ray above, except he meant 'FM'. The DAB+ unit will have a range of frequencies it'll 'transmit on' so choose one that isn't the same as an actual FM radio station in use, lets say it's 88.9 FM. In the car, you tune and save a present to 88.9 and that 'station' will pick up whatever the DAB+ unit is tuned to on the DAB+ list. I think the included instruction book may be a bit 'vague' ! Not sure if the DAB+ unit can be connected to a DAB antenna (doubt it) so I'd imagine performance may be somewhat hit and miss, but depends on how strong the DAB+ signal is in the areas you drive around in most often. Cheers, Dennis!
  20. Hi, Drop Fancywide an email/call them to ask what they think about which aftermarket exhausts fit either directly or with minimal work/modifying. They might have a list given the example on their product page has a quad tailpipe. Chances are, any of the high quality exhausts will fit with some level of work. The Meisterschaft's have the 'big(ger)' OEM style boxes and the Eisenmann's I believe have more of a lower profile rectangular shaped boxes. This system also goes 'around' the existing spare wheel well and you most likely will getaway with making small changes to the battery compartment metal give the room for the pipe to fit through/up nicely. To better pull off the look of the Fancywide, you'd need similar level/more aggressive styling on your car, else it just looks out of place on a more standard looking E39. If you are in the UK, then factor in the shipping, Import Duty, VAT and clearance fees costs on top of the US Dollar prices. I think Fanywide will be the same, but I can't remember if they're European or from outside the EU. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Alpina Wheel Caps

    Hi CB, You'll most likely have more interest on Alpinaregister or perhaps one of the Alpina facebook groups. These will be for specific Alpina wheel sets as well, if there's a part number on the back of each, mention that so that those looking for specific ones will know which ones yours are. Cheers, Dennis!
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    545i Coilover help?!!!

    Hi, The 545i is a V8 engine variant and the 535i is an inline 6 cylinder. The spring rates will be different between the two. When choosing suspension, choose the right kit that's been developed and rated for the car it's to go on. Cheers, Dennis!
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    Something strange about this M5...

    Hi, There's lots and lots of bad, terrible and totally crap adverts for cars - happens all the time. Keep in mind, 90% + of the driving public are NOT car enthusiasts and that includes owners of the fast stuff and exotica - they just have big bank balances to own and run such a car. Enthusiasts will pick over issues on any potential purchase and wonder what the 'history' was/is. For comparison, a mate of mine who is very busy with his family business 7 days a week did have an F10 M5 in this colour a couple years ago. His business is in the waste disposal sector and he used the M5 as his everyday runabout - the Bentley and Porsche etc were at home for when he wasn't working! I'd not be surprised if his F10 M5 was 'worn' out in specific areas like this example. He did look after the car and it would go back to BMW whenever required and he'd just use the courtesy car for a few days. As ever, any used vehicle needs to be checked out, just because there's 'odd' wear or issues, doesn't mean the rest of the car is bad as is often mentioned online. Always go to view a potential car to buy! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Fitting E38 wheels

    Hi Pricey, By putting on 20mm spacers, you'll create an effective offset of 0 and 2. That's pretty aggressive and you'll need to pay particular attention to how much you lower by and the shape of the tyre sidewall as some tyres are more 'square' and others more 'rounded'. Given the arch will be very close to the tyre edges/side profiles, you'll need to also run suspension that'll be suitably stiff to prevent the tyre from touching the arch. You've got a couple choices 1. Use the spacer/adaptors to run the wheels but don't lower just yet. 2. Have the wheel centre bore's machined to 74.1mm and fit them without spacers so you can see/judge how much lower you want to run to then choose the route of how to lower. At oem SE ride height, you'll not get arch rubbing, unless the suspension is tired and sagging as it were. Lastly, that last pic you posted on FB will send you to hell ! Cheers, Dennis!
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    Breaking E46 316ti compact

    Hi Tim, Thanks - will keep this in mind as I have another spoiler in the bodyshop to try a couple ideas. If they turn out to be a bit pants, I'll be in touch ! Cheers, Dennis!