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  1. Hi All, Just wondering if someone out there knows the correct way to fit these rubber vac lines - I have one coming from the underside of the TB and one coming from the top - I also have two nipples on the distributor one topside and one underside - Could someone please advise on the correct way these fit? Any help much appreciated!
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    528i Distributor advance/retard vacuum lines?

    Thanks Tims! I've contacted him and will revert back to advise if he solves the problem! There seems to be a real knowledge-gap over here when it comes to these cars - they are either useless or mad/arrogant and think its still the 80's/90's when only the rich bought BMW's (and they could charge what they liked).
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    528i Distributor advance/retard vacuum lines?

    Thanks Tims - Yes, Mark had been recommended to me and I'll give him a call. I could only find 1 review (google) did you find others?
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    528i Distributor advance/retard vacuum lines?

    Forget that - I've sucked on both pipes and worked out that the retard is working. Sorry.
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    528i Distributor advance/retard vacuum lines?

    Thanks again for all the replies guys! Just wondering if the central column inside the distributor (the part the rotor arm fits onto) should move slightly in both directions for advance & retard functions? Mine only moves clockwise a couple of degrees and then springs back, which I know is right for advance function. My idle is high (around 1200-1300rpm) and I'm wondering if the idle timing retard function isn't working (either the column is seized or the vacuum diaphram thingy is banjaxxed). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    528i Distributor advance/retard vacuum lines?

    Cheers Andy. I’ve got those weird electrics unfortunately. Do you reckon it would be ok to bypass these completely? It’s EGR gubbins for Australian emissions as you probably know.
  7. Hi All, hope that you are all holding up well in these screwed-up times.........Horrible watching the UK going the same way as Spain/Italy. I'm pretty angry (I'm British, my wife is a British GP and we have over 20 friends that are GP's, Senior Consultants in the NHS throughout the UK) that this useless government could see what was happening on the European mainland and still didn't act decisively enough or provide the advice/PPE required. 1000 dead a day in Spain/Italy was a humanitarian catastrophe but now that we are there in the UK, the media are more interested in whether BJ is safe, walking and doing sudokus....... Anyway, I hope that you are all safe and doing the right things to remain so! Does anyone have a Becker in their E28 - I have removed my fair share of retro radios in the past, but cannot work this one out at all - there is no obvious way/no security tab holes and its in there as snug as a bug in a rug. I've searched online and cannot find anything and wondered if there was anyone on here who had first-hand experience of taking one out without damaging the console/unit?
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    Becker Grand Prix Stereo - Removal??

    Good shout - I'll try that now! Thanks for the reply!
  9. As above! All packed in today. No dash lights ner nothin’. Anyone have everything pack in at once? I’ll check the fuses but wonder if this clearly points to one culprit?? Any help very much appreciated!!
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    Indicators, high beam, wipers stopped working

    Hazards work. Will check fuses in the morning. Can I bypass the relays?
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    525/528i AFM

    BMW Part No: 136 212 721 01 Bosch Part No: 0280 202 025 Hi All, I'm looking for the above in perfect known-working condition and wondered if anyone had one lying around. Cost incl postage to Sydney Australia would be brilliant. Kindest regards, Al
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    525/528i AFM

    Thanks Taffy. I’ve found a place that will Refurbish them in Melbourne. $450 with 12mth warranty so fingers crossed. Al
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    Greetings from the other side of the world!

    Hi Tony, I love your car - snap! I'm the owner of an E28 Opal Grun 528i in Sydney! I feel your pain with parts sourcing, but I'm now an internet ninja in finding the cheapest parts and may be able to help. Al
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    Our E28 has been stolen in Bristol can you help?

    Nightmare - Hope you get it back!!
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    525/528i AFM

    Hi Guys, thanks for the responses - both Autodoc (EU570) and KMS (GBP605) don't have any in stock and TBH are similar (or more expensive) than the other options mentioned. JohnH - I don't have the skills or confidence to re-build this unit myself - I want to throw money at it and get a brand new one. I'm just annoyed its so effing expensive.
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    525/528i AFM

    Resurrecting this - Figure that I should just buy a new one of these. Anyone have any advice on getting one of these for less than a kings ransom? Wallothesch have one for Euro716 delivered to Sydney All the usual USA suspects are over US$1000 just for the part Schmeidmann are Euro780 delivered to Sydney BMW Sydney want AU$1800 for one I've looked into getting mine completely refurbed but can only find US people that undertake this and as there were no 528i's in the US they have no idea on factory calibrations/settings. Does anyone know of UK businesses that sell these (i've searched/googled and can find sod all)? Anyone have a known perfect one lying about collecting dust in their garage???? Al
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    The price of originality!

    Really lovely car!! One of the nicest, most original cars I've seen! Have a great festive period everyone!!
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    528i 1983 - DME

    Hi all, Tried looking everywhere but failed - Does my car have a DME Relay? I read somewhere on here that the LJet M30B28 doesn't. If it does, id like to change it and the Fuel pump relay for new. Could one of you kind souls furnish an idiot with the part numbers so I can purchase. Al
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    528i 1983 - DME

    Thanks Tims!! Very much appreciated!!
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    528i 1983 - DME

    Maybe I'm being stoopid, but my question was do I have a seperate DME Relay in my car and if so, what is the part number? I know that it has a fuel pump relay and can get that info, but maybe I'll take a pic of the fusebox area and post it up. I'm chasing a very slight/occasional lumpiness +/- 50rpm ish, a higher than normal idle in Park (cold it idles at 800, when hot it idles at 1000rpm and with AC, fan and lights on it drops to 850ish) and rich running. Otherwise the car runs perfectly but these issues are bugging the sh*t out of me. I've methodically worked thru most of the known issue areas (replacing with new and known good - changed all rubber boots/vacuum lines, AFM, DME, FPR, TPS, Cap & rotor, Air slide valve, tested the CSV by crimping the fuel line, replaced the blue temp sensor) so I reckon that I want to change the relays and Thermo-time switch to see if this has any effect at all. When I got the head-gasket done (needed new valve stem oil seals) I also asked them to recondition the injectors and I replaced the in-tank and in-line fuel pumps with new BMW parts. The car is 97% perfect but these last wee niggles are slightly annoying. Only thing that doesn't work is the Cruise Control - has had its bowden cable snipped and been unplugged (round connector beside the DME above glovebox) - Assume that the ECU or unit on the inner wing was buggered and they isolated it.
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    E28 528i on ebay forever...

    I tried to call them about 9 years ago - Tried twice, got zero response. Price as stated was 8k which was about double what it was worth. Thought it was worth a chat though.......... Reckon it doesn;t exist. It's very weird.
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    Running Issues 528i

    Hi Guys, Just wanted to see if anyone else out there has encountered similar problems with their L-Jet 528i engines. The car turns over three or four times first thing in the morning before catching, but it always starts (I've tried turning the key to initially prime the pump and then all the way and it makes no difference). IF I try to start and it doesn't quite catch and then I turn the key again, it starts IMMEDIATELY. Once started it smells quite rich and after 5-8 seconds it relaxes into quite a lumpy idle - If I then drive away, for the 2-3 mins or so of driving its pretty sluggish and really lacks power - a real flat spot (at this point if I kick the car down it comes to life and runs fine) It may run a wee bit more lumpy until it reaches running temp and the car then runs perfectly (still rich and an idle of 750-800 in D and 900-950ish in N, which I think is a bit too high). For the rest of the day the car functions perfectly (it still might not start immediately on the first turn of the key, but its much faster, and most times it does). Its still ever so slightly lumpy but its barely perceptible and I guess that a 36 yo M30 engine running 98 RON will always run a bit rich and a bit lumpy (Its only got 75k on it so its not a high mileage engine)??? Given the rich running, initial startup issues, lack of power etc I would've thought leaking injectors/cold start injector.........(I've replaced the FPR with new genuine) I've had all the vaccum pipes checks and replaced and I don't think this is the issue here. The in-tank pump has been replaced with Genuine BMW and the external one is making fluctuating buzzing noises (and will be replaced next week, along with the Dizzy Cap & Rotor) I'd love to change the ECU, DME Relay, AFM, but these are prohibitively expensive so want to leave these til last. Any further ideas - DME Temp sensor? I know the above is all over the place..........fairly similar to my head-space regarding this......... Any similar stories or woe out there??? How did you fix??? Al
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    Running Issues 528i

    Thanks guys, was defo holding onto it and was going to get it refurbed (or use it to lower the price of new, which I think I'll do in the next few months) - I did previously take it apart and delicately tried to alter the track (and moved the cog two to three spaces to lean out the mixture and it helped a wee bit). The replacement AFM has totally transformed the car - its up on power all through the range and idles as steady as a rock now.......I'm bloody over the moon as it was the ECU next and then god knows where (needle in haystack, I feared). I'd honestly forgotten how smooth an M30 could be when running really well. Its taken 9 months and approx $15k (GBP7-8000) but its now there (whispered, in case the fecker hears me!). Really want an Eta too now (My first E28 was an '85 Saturn Blau 525e in perfect condition and still my favourite E28)
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    Running Issues 528i

    All solved with a new AFM. Still got a slightly high idle but I'm over the moon.