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  1. Steve van hool

    Immaculate E39 530i SE

    Lynne, if you have still to collect the car why not ask OCC's to get some carpet mats for you, Andrew might even throw them in with the deal for you.
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    E28 Jack Pads with Sill Pinch Weld Clearance

    Mick I would use a long piece of wood at least 30cm on the sill before jacking to help spread the load, the sills can easily deform without spreading the load, I have even seen e34's and 39's spoilt this way. Steve
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    Immaculate E39 530i SE

    At the very least, for that kind of money I would expect carpet mats.
  4. 335i will be a decent bit of kit Duncan, will also have a decent bit of depreciation still to come on it, would imagine manual is available, and not being a 320d lifts it out of the fleet buying fodder.
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    Knocking noise F/O/S, e39 M5

    When rocking the steering, I'm getting a slight knocking noise from the offside front, seems to be coming through the trackrod, any ideas before jacking up, and removing the front wheel, for a more confirmed diagnosis.
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    Knocking noise F/O/S, e39 M5

    Cheers, will need to jack it up then check for play.
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    530d and 525d guys..... ever done your chains?

    I know it is a completely different engine, its still no excuse, for something as basic as a timing chain to prematurely fail in a modern bmw engine. Timing chains have been around for almost as long as the IC engine, over 100 years!
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    530d and 525d guys..... ever done your chains?

    So how come the 520d F10 5 series has so many timing chain failures, is it a weaker chain?
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    E39 Auto Gearbox - Any Uprated/upgradeable Internal components?

    Remapping will usually shorten the life of an automatic transmission, since the e34 came out ignition was programmed to retard at shift points, to smooth the transition from coming out of one gear, and going into the next gear, if this is cancelled out through remapping, it will increase the stress on the transmission components. In the 1970's and early 80's, you were lucky to get over 100k without an automatic transmission rebuild, and definitely be on it's last legs by 140k. Do you know if any transmission rebuilds happened while the police had it Dennis.
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    Is there a spcial trick

    I know what you mean it is a pita to fit the cabin filter housing to the trunking once it is attached to the bulkhead, so maybe remove the housing from the car, properly attach it to the trunking, then fit the whole lot to the bulkhead with the cabin filter housing already locked onto the trunking.
  11. You have done quite a bit DIY wise to your E39, knowing what has, and hasn't been done is very useful, and worth something while the car is in your ownership.
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    Is this M5 really worth the money?

    I definitely won't count my chickens Piper, either way it makes no odds for me, because I'm not looking to sell my car, at the moment.
  13. Likewise modern stuff bmw wise doesn't do it for me,the F10 is not bad looking, but very large, a current 3 or 4 series is closer to your e39 than current 5 series. Given modern stuff, including the F10, are still depreciating heavily I wouldn't buy one, but thats me, alternatives, I would have a look at older Mercs, Audi, Vovo, if you want to stay with premium cars.
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    Is this M5 really worth the money?

    I remember when you could get one for £5k, Mike Brewer on Wheeler Dealers paid £4k for one, those days have well and truly gone, when the e39 m5 bottomed out price wise, so the advertised car at £10k is probably not far off on the money.
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    Ebay GPS trackers, any good

    Does anyone have any experience of using, activating these sim enabled car tracking devices currently on ebay for about a fiver. Did they get you your car back following a theft? Also what is the best car theft deterrent anyone?
  16. Does anybody have any experience of doing an engine oil change using an extractor pump via the dipstick tube, I have a drill operated pump, and wondering if some fish tank tubing would do the trick, or is it alot of messing about for the sake of undoing one sump plug. Opinions for, and against welcome.
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    1996 e39 dealer fit phone!

    Can you still get a simcard that will work with this phone, a GSM, Vodaphone, the phone used to work via the cars computer and Speakers, so presumably the wiring is ok.
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    BMW Car Magazine

    Half the time, I only find the articles written by Andy E any good or interesting, he is not a bad hack when it comes to writing BMW stuff, and I like his engineering take on car maintenance too.
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    1996 e39 dealer fit phone!

    I think it was set up for Vodafone bud.
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    DIY oil change using extractor pump

    Thanks Dan, can you tell me the diameters, internal, and external of the hard tubing that goes down the dipstick? It's not the crawling on the ground for what 5 mins max that bothers me, but the lifetime of previous oil changes, where the fitter has over tightened the sump plug to the point of stripping the thread on the sump plug, absolutely no need, with a new copper washer, " nipped" is tight enough.
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    E31 850i restoration with humour

    Looks like a Mancunian watering hole?
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    BMW Car Magazine

    +1 for modern BMW's doing zilch for me as well.
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    E31 850i restoration with humour

    About 38 years ago between cars, a mate gave me a bronze mk3 Cortina 1600, for £100, was only ment as a stop gap car, but I loved it, by the time I finished with it I put Rostyles, leather steering wheel, and wooden dash on it, it was a great drive for the time, and money. Sometimes the cheapest cars give you the greatest enjoyment.
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    Grew up reading Warlord comics

    Did anybody grow up reading these comics, a result of a mis spent youth.
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    Grew up reading Warlord comics

    Some serious railway modelling going on there, buddy, is it a complete loop, or end to end.
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