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    Steve van hool reacted to duncan-uk in Most reliable luxury car, F10   
    A great position to be in but are they not just a bit much to be fun and a 540i would be all you need?
     
    Personally i can't imagine getting anywhere near their capability on the road (or me being good enough to do so)?
     
    Not a pop, they are a fine car, just seem a bit pointless these days?
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    Steve van hool reacted to stevecvo in Who else is considering selling there 5?   
    I shall be 78 in a few days time and I have had my 525d from new in 2001. It will be interesting to see which gives up the ghost first. I have less enthusiasm for crawling under the car these days and I get a bit tired of fixing the problems which inevitably crop up as the miles run up to 250000 but the car is so much more comfortable and enjoyable to drive than a low mileage 1.2 eurobox that would probably make more economic sense.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Handbrake MOT fail?   
    If the handbrake shoes are OK, and not seized, then renew the handbrake cable, that is the only other thing it can be, and have been known to stretch. First E39's are now 25 years old.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Front discs 530D   
    I'm not over keen on Eicher brake pads, they give a slightly wooden feel.

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    Steve van hool reacted to duncan-uk in 528i, missing, poor running, won't rev/idle   
    Jimmy's B10 was up for about £4k and very clean - if only
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Random overheating......   
    Number 1 tip is to take a photo or draw a picture showing the run of the fan belt.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 v E60/61   
    Yes, as with you'rs an E38 with style 32 alloys, takes some beating, even look better than Alpine alloys IMO. One I saw in the street.

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from E39 M5 BSR in E39 M5   
    Mine too, still enjoying 3 years on
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    Steve van hool reacted to Sir Anthony Regents-Park in Heresy! but what would you replace an e39 sport touring with...   
    Audi: an expensive Volkswagen with all the dramas you expect from 'premium' these days. Buy a Skoda - it's the same mediocre product under the gloss.
     
    One thing all this Merc/Audi stuff does is outline just how well BMW's drive.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in 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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    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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