Been a while, but a bit of an update. On the whole it's been a trusty wagon, put to work for many tip runs whilst renovating a house, traveled many miles (bought at about 155,000 miles. currently at 192,600, hoping to get over 200,000!).
I've had it off the road a couple of times in my ownership. It was parked up for a few months over the winter of 2017-18 as it needed a few jobs doing and I was toying with the idea of getting rid of it as I fancied something smaller, more fun and easier to maintain. I bought and ran an Abarth 500 for about 6 months whilst my 540i sat on the drive until I decided which car to keep. In the end I decided to get rid of the Abarth. It was great fun to drive, and I'd certainly consider another in the future, though not as a main car, It was too small and had it's own issues. I also missed my waft barge. I sorted some of the issues on my touring to get it through an MOT; mainly rear brake pipes, rear discs and pads, sorted the inactive self leveling suspension. I also did the valve cover gaskets and a few other small jobs once I'd got it back on the road.
Roll on to earlier this year and I had another itch for something different. This time I went in the opposite direction and went bigger! I fancied a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. I wanted one running on LPG and there seemed to be a few popping up for sale every now and then, but I ended up buying the cheapest one on the market in need of the valve cover gaskets changing and a few other jobs. I figured if it was too much work to get back on the road I could break it for parts and still make a bit of profit. I sorted out the main jobs preventing it from being roadworthy, got it through an MOT and have been running that for the last few months, again keeping the touring parked up on the drive. I soon realised the grass wasn't greener and decided to switch back to the touring. I still have the Cayenne, want to do a couple of jobs to that before I sell it.
The 540i needed the CCV system looking at as it was burning oil and had other symptoms, so I removed the inlet manifold to replace the CCV/PCV and lower sump to blow the gunked up cyclone valve clear. I also knew a few jobs would need doing to get it through an MOT so fitted new rear discs, handbrake shoes and febi bilstein lower/upper front control arms on both sides. It went in for an MOT last Friday and failed on cloudy headlights (they'd fogged up again although they weren't as bad as when I first bought the car) and rotten drivers side rear sill (within 30cm of the rear seat belt anchors). I did a 12 week evening course in welding at college last year as I knew it needed welding doing at some point in the future and fancied having a go at it myself. It's not the prettiest and to be honest I probably didn't cut out enough rotten steel as I didn't want to drop the tank. It was a bit of a quick repair as I'm off down south with the wife, mother-in-law and the dog next week and didn't want to go in the Cayenne. Given that I need to do more welding to the other rear jacking point and both rear arches have started bubbling in places, I can always drop the fuel tank and do a better job of this repair when I tackle the other jobs.
It's going in for the re-test this afternoon, so should be good to go for our trip down south. Next jobs are a full suspension/bush refresh. I've bought Bilstein B4 shocks, and Febi Bilstein for all the other top mounts/control arms/bushes. I also plan to weld the other sill and patch the arches, then it'll be having a bit of bodywork to tidy it up. I think I'll have the M-Parallel's refurbed too as a couple of them have been damaged by sloppy tyre fitting.
Anyway, I'm waffling. Here's a few pics: