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  1. On 03/12/2019 at 19:54, syncrofred said:

    Both of those jokers is ripping you off big time.   The reality is that it’s  slightly more technical than an oil change.

    I'd consider £700 a rip off, but not circa £400. Take away the VAT and the rest is easily accountable considering the cost of the oil and filter kit, plus a couple of hours labour to do it properly with the appropriate equipment which extracts all the oil, not just what falls out when removing the pan and sump bolt.


    It'll be a one-off job and certainly something I wouldn't attempt in my garage or on the driveway.

  2. 1 hour ago, The Spooner said:

    I've had it sometimes where I've parked and the remote key won't work - I've narrowed it down to a certain position outside Mum's house - could it be interference from something somewhere? Otherwise the range is excellent. The annoying thing with unlocking with the key manually is that the alarm goes off!

    No alarms on our ex-Japan E39s... :D

  3. On 23/11/2019 at 21:18, Bumbaclut said:






    Popped up to BMR to deliver some parts from the stash to help it along. The plan is to make it turn key start as such with the cooling system bled up.  They're sorting the throttle pedal, some wiring and getting the brakes/clutch bled up hopefully without too much drama and I can get it back home as a moving live car and work from there rather than still a dead driveway ornament. I can't afford to leave it there for the full monty.    Nice to see it there with my old car, no.445.  Looking epic it is. Brought my daughter home from hospital in it after she was born.  Also for a much healthier bank balance I should never of sold it!! 


    Kevin this thing needs some old fashioned stubbornness to see its not a wasted project!

    I looked at the first couple of photos and that looks suspiciously like the BMR workshop, with Barry in the background! Further down in your blurb, I read that it is! :lol:


    Quite a way from Camberley...

  4. My dad used to work for Smiths Industries (motor division) based in Cricklewood, North London, back in the day. Spent a lot of his time in the 70s and 80s representing the company on their stand at motorshows in Europe and worldwide - Tokyo and Chicago in particular from memory. I also remember going to shows with him at Olympia and Earls Court.


    Probably got some photos somewhere. 

  5. 33 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:


    Looks a good example; do wish people would take better pictures and review them before they upload them. Every one looks blurred as they've used a crappy phone probably :roll: 


    Not bothered re a manual anymore, a big car like that needs to be an auto IMO ;) 

    Love the plate  - "FFS"... :lol:


    MOT expired in 2017 at only 117k miles. Presume it's no more...:(

  6. 12 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:


    It came on them... It was 'only a lowly' 728i, but for me, it was a great intro into BMW and TBH, it shifted when it wanted to :mrgreen:


    I've thought about 32s for my touring, but by the time I've found a set (E39 18" 32s are rare as hens teeth); then refurbed them, then added tyres... It's close to, if not over £1k and I can get other aftermarket alloys that I like, plus tyres, for less! 

    Great looking example Dan, I didn't know you used to run an E38. When was this?

  7. 51 minutes ago, norightsock said:

    Mine is a 2001 model (525i se)...only 50,000 on clock with full (ish) history!

    RGA(BMW indie)in nottingham (quoted me around £700 i think )as it is quite an involved job apparently!

    Yep, watch a video on it and it's a very exacting process and a bit scary (to me anyway!)


    My indie in Sussex quoted a bit over £400, including VAT, so £700 seems way over normal.

  8. 1 hour ago, makeshiftuk said:

    I (up until very recently) spent a lot of time with business partners 'top North. All the usual holiday hotspots, Chesterfield, Hull, Burnley... you name it!


    HELP - what is the correct (primed, not painted) bumper I should be looking at? https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DS62-EUR-10-2002-E39-BMW-530i&diagId=51_3723


    I believe it's 51117894379 (for vehicles with PDC and headlight cleaning system) - can anyone confirm?

    Best create a separate thread for this Q. It's a bit lost in this one.

  9. 4 hours ago, makeshiftuk said:

    Alright, so the 530i passed its MOT yesterday - which officially makes it 3 MOT"s in 3 months!


    I have to agree in general with the sentiments around Admiral, generally very easy to deal with and the prices are very agreeable (I have a multicar policy). That said I did find myself mildly infuriated yesterday - when attempting to re-activate my policy after I received the thumbs up on the MOT they were insistent on speaking to my wife as the main policyholder on that car (she is the registered keeper). When I called back later with mrs.makeshift on the line there was absolutely no need to speak to her at all... typical.


    And then, given they've refunded me £200 or so as a function of the insurance policy automatically cancelling, they then tried to charge me more to re-instate it the policy to co-term expire on the same date as before. I told them I wasn't having it and they were 'able' to charge me exactly what I had been refunded.



    Excellent stuff, let's hope things are on the up and the car's sorted soon.


    The MOT, nearly 3,000 miles in less than two months??!! :o

  10. 3 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

    Good news that's its going the right way now.  That's an impressive band aid repair you've done.


    Admiral were really good to deal when both me and the wife had total losses and two no fault claims.  They even reduced my premium again last July despite me making a no fault claim,  I can't fault them.  Been with them for ~15 years I think and their renewal quotes are still competitive each time. 

    Used Admiral for our multi car policy for well over 10 years now. They are easy to call and deal with, plus at renewal time when I give them a call, will always adjust the premium down to not far shy of last year's cost, even the same on some occasions.