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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in 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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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 535i Andrew in Grew up reading Warlord comics   
    ^^^^ Boys and their toys Andrew, I dare say you enjoyed the race as well as the little un, any pics of the train layout?
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Ordnator in Grew up reading Warlord comics   
    Mick, Not long after leaving school I joined the local slotcar racing club, that took Scaletrix upto another level, Google slotcar racing. It was great fun for anyone interested in motor sport, and very fast.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Ordnator in Grew up reading Warlord comics   
    Did anybody grow up reading these comics, a result of a mis spent youth.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Ordnator in Grew up reading Warlord comics   
    Yes, I had a few of those Mick, and the Battle comics, WW2 seemed to be big stuff in the 1970's.
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    Steve van hool reacted to JohnH in Grew up reading Warlord comics   
    Eagle and occasionally Tiger for me, then VIZ during my second childhood.
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    Steve van hool reacted to d_a_n1979 in E39 "sports" shock absorbers   
    Yeah they're OE 
     
    The L and R lines up with the groove in the knuckle, so they can go in either side. 
     
    Don't line them up and the ride height is all to clock... Don't ask me how I know this  Mr
     
    In all honesty 2nd hand suspension isn't worth much, not knowing how it's been looked after or the cars been driven and it's always risky buying 2nd hand, you may get £100-£150 if you're lucky.
     
    Good way for someone to drop the ride height on an SE etc
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Rear Suspension - Extremely stiff   
    I took a lift in a mates VW Pasaat, he put uprated shocks on it, God it felt like he was running on square wheels the ride was that hard, unless you are going to drive everywhere doing 9/10th's, then standard suspension is usually a fair compromise, and is what most manufacturers aim for when they first set the car up.
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    Steve van hool reacted to Ray112 in Overheating query   
    Typical story about every car built in last ten years, they don't handle miles/years as good as older ones. Car manufacturers realised, that's not good for business to make cars lasting 20+ years, so they stopped doing that. And to add all the gadgets inside, they must save on something else, plus emission standards making things harder. In the end engines are far more complicated but far less reliable as they used to be. 
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i saloon - 2002 - silver & low miles   
    Silver suits the e39 to a Tee.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 530i saloon - 2002 - silver & low miles   
    Silver suits the e39 to a Tee.
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    Steve van hool reacted to oldjohnny in Tailgating, is it just me?   
    If this old man can give you some advice, which I was given many moons ago regarding tailgaters, it is to just let them past.  They are better in front of you as behind you.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 535i Andrew in F10 535i Front Spring replacement DIY   
    +1 for getting some heavy duty spring compressors Andrew, as you will know, a compressed coil spring is a loaded, and cocked shot gun.
    Very good write up.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from E39mad in E39, M5's in the Northwest.   
    To ask if there are many E39 M5 owners on here that are based in the Northwest?
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from E39mad in E39, M5's in the Northwest.   
    To ask if there are many E39 M5 owners on here that are based in the Northwest?
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from coupe king in BMW 7 series, Ugly!   
    I have just seen the current 7 series on the road, boy it is as ugly ad sin, with its ultra wide grill, who buys these cars?
     
    I actually thought the E32, and E38 were fairly handsome, purposeful looking cars.Where on earth did BMW go wrong, I think I'll be sticking with my E39 for the foreseeable.
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    Steve van hool reacted to dj1233 in BMW 7 series, Ugly!   
    I've grown to like it. To put it into perspective look at how big an Audi A8 Grill is now, it takes up the whole of the front end; looks like a Catfish or some other Bottom feeder 
     
    I do find it depends on the colour of the vehicle too, as the darker colours helps it blend in where on lighter colours it really stands out.
     
     
     
     

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Paddy O'Furniture in BMW 7 series, Ugly!   
    If the Alien monster morphed into a car, that is what it would look like.
    "In space no one can hear you scream"
    Lol
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Ordnator in Everyone with a e28 put your pics up :D   
    My 528ise bought luckily  before they started going for silly money.

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    Steve van hool reacted to sharkfan in Coronavirus/Covid19   
    Just a general best wishes to everyone on the forum and their loved ones that as many people as possible get through as possible; there will be deaths as it is a deadly respiratory virus but try and remember it is one of many that circle the globe picking off humankind as it sees fit.
     
    I watched the sky documentary from northern Italy earlier and the part that struck home with me was the Italian Doctors correcting of the interviewer when he suggested the virus was like a bad flu; the Doctor corrected him and said, no, it is like pneumonia.
     
    I suffered double pneumonia about 11 years ago and I have to say from my own experience it is a long, long way removed from flu (I was a Paramedic at the time too) so might I humbly suggest while we all sit and wait out whether we've had it, got, or waiting to get it just take as many steps and measures as you can to get yourselves as physically fit as you can so if it does come your way you're in the best shape to take it on; just losing a few pounds in weight, extending your walking, running, cycling, whatever you can manage to get your heart and lungs in shape might increase your odds by the small margins that might be necessary to defeat the virus and its effects on you.
     
    Also, on a different level, value and enjoy the company of those around you; life is finite, no-one (except the Highlander) is immortal and facing the potential of grave circumstances with a significant chance of personal loss is something that our forebears that passed just two or three generations before had to go through and now it seems do we; let's all appreciate what we have perhaps taken for granted for too long and enjoy the moments that affirm life and love so well while we still can.
     
     
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Carl-e34 in E39 M5's for sale   
    Fully agree with that Duncan, applies to nearly all bmw's, they were made to be driven, it's ingrained in their DNA.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from ollieg in E39 Sat for 6 Years :-)   
    Fresh fuel, check your brakes are working OK, no leaks, then take it for a drive. 6 years is a hell of a layover, what are the discs like?
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    Steve van hool reacted to morgam23 in E39 Sat for 6 Years :-)   
    Drain the old fuel lad.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from GStarrr in '89 535i £4,500   
    Absolutely, the E34, along with the E32 were the last of the panzer BMW's built like a brick shithouse, you only had to open, and close the doors to sense the build quality. Glad I ran a couple of 535i's when they were alot newer, a E34 535 was a real sleeper, and mile muncher, made any journey a pleasure.
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    Steve van hool reacted to sharkfan in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    There is 0.1 second difference to 60 between the E39 M5, the B10 V8S and the B10 V8; in real life you won't notice that difference as to do it that quickly you have to nail the gearchanges in the M5 and just mash a heavy foot in the Alpinas. Each of the cars though is at least a second quicker than the 540i so you will notice that.
     
    The V8S  has the costly achilles heel of its front brakes, bespoke Brembo stuff that nobody makes any spares for so think about £400 per disc and £400 for a set of pads. The V8S has 28bhp and 30lb/ft more grunt than the V8 but it's all at the top of the rev range so once again it's wringing the neck of 20 year engines and cars. The M5 is the daddy if you want to drive at 10/10ths but for traffic jams, wafting and occasionally NASCAR roar the Switch-Tronic B10 V8 makes a convincing argument.
     
    I have no knowledge of E39 M5 foibles or issues but the M62's of the Alpina's, 540i's and 535i's are all getting on and timing chain guides as well as the too highly strung cooling system need care or replacement.
     
    For estate fans, there were no M5 Tourings at all, 4 rhd B10 V8S Tourings, 4 rhd facelift B10 V8 Tourings and 8 pre-facelift rhd B10 V8 Tourings.
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