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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible

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  1. I would suspect the heater valve which lives under the bonnet on the passenger side. If the solenoid (or solenoids in the case of automatic AC) fails then the valve will not operate properly and may restrict the flow of hot water to the heater matrix. When my thermostat failed the needle on the temperature gauge moved off cold but did not reach the normal mid way point. If I remember correctly you can use the hidden memory in the dash panel to check the coolant temperature if you don't have access to an OBD2 reader
  2. stevecvo

    530d or 535d?

    A pretty memorable registration number though to be fair. I remember the first notable number that I saw on a vehicle near me in Potters Bar in the 70s. It was JEVIC. Probable my favourite sightings was a Range Rover in Shropshire in the late 80s which was running the plate FAT6IT ,where the six had been made to look like a G. Is that true ego or a total lack of it?
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    530d or 535d?

    The Touring is not a bad looking estate car but it does lack the classic lines of the saloon and is a bit arse heavy - however a price worth paying if you need the extra load space.
  4. That slight noise could also be a bearing on anything driven by the auxiliary belt but i guess only someone familiar with the V8 engine could tell you if it sounded like a chain guide problem.
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    Wet drivers carpet!

    Check that the drain pipes under the bonnet down through the wings are actually clear. They tend to get blocked over the years with debris and the water can't get away.
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    E39 touring pulling under load

    For once Dan you and I share the same opinion.
  7. stevecvo

    525d e39 2001 Starts and dies immediately

    I used to use an Autel scanner but I did not find it a lot of use on my E39. I now carry a Creator scanner designed specifically for BMW models and this give the sort of live data you need. If you can get some INPA screen prints up it would help. Google translator is useful to help make sense of the German text.
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    Mixing tyres between axles

    Although it is certainly not good practice to have different tyres of the same construction type on the same axle I did not think that it was actually illegal but it is some time since i was in the UK so I stand to be corrected. Here in Portugal the law is tighter and the police can stop and fine you for having non identical tyres on the same axle. The vehicle registration document also specifies the wheels fitted to the car and you face penalties is there is a mismatch here also
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    Number plate bulb not working

    You should be able to open the boot with the key even if there is no power supply but the locks are seldom opened this way with central locking and can get stiff so you may need to apply some lubrication to get the key to turn enough
  10. stevecvo

    DDE light, no power, hard to start

    Try disconnecting the pressure sensor on top of the fuel filter and see whether this makes any difference.
  11. stevecvo

    autobox fluid

    As is so often the case Dan is wrong in what I take to be his reverence to me . My last word on the matter is to point out that it should be "past" not passed". and to say that I look forward to his future many erudite posts.
  12. stevecvo

    autobox fluid

    s Coming from the man who had a childish need to post on nearly every subject to draw attention to himself this is rich! Keyboard diarrhea is a bit of a sad disease.
  13. stevecvo

    autobox fluid

    At least my bible is based on some 60 years of practical motoring experience rather than an inane need to comment on practically everything however little you actually know about it.
  14. stevecvo

    Oil Leak

    Looks 100% to be a leak from the plug washer. Many years ago I had a similar leak from a Renault Laguna and when I looked into it the washer was not there and I had put the plug back without noticing.
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    autobox fluid

    I change my oil and filter every 6000 miles.With fully synthetic oils if you only do this in a year it is a total waste of money to change at 6 monthly intervals.