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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 528i-FAN in The price of originality!   
    It's a Manual, so even better.
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    Steve van hool reacted to E39mad in If the E39 hadn't been invented   
    In addition to the above self levelling rear suspension so you can load it up without the steering going light!!
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    Steve van hool reacted to d_a_n1979 in If the E39 hadn't been invented   
    Looks wise, I think the E39 has the touring fairly well done: 
     

     
    I agree though; the Ovlov 850 T5R or V70 R 'flying wardrobes' got their looks very right; proper boxy, which suits the car to a tee  
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    Steve van hool reacted to duncan-uk in If the E39 hadn't been invented   
    As above. I think them better looking but more importantly my 4 legged friend can enjoy the e39 experience too 
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    Steve van hool reacted to sharkfan in If the E39 hadn't been invented   
    Horses for courses, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc; an estate is undoubtedly far more versatile, and to many people just as good, or even better looking.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in If the E39 hadn't been invented   
    I would probably have gone for something like this E38, in a good colour, and suiting it's style 32's to a T.
     
    Has twin exhaust so maybe it's a 750?

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 535i Andrew in Car Mechanics Mag E70 autobox fluid change   
    Athough it is doable on the drive at home, nothing complicated about draining the fluid, removing the oil pan, and replacing the filter, and associated oil seals, the tricky bit is topping up the transmission fluid with the engine running, and the propensity to be splashed by hot oil while lying down on your back with the car on stands, not recommended, its really an inspection  pit, or car lift job.
    At least with the E34 you could do the fluid refill via the dipstick tube, which is sorely missing on the E39.
     
    Given a transmission fluid change will probably only be done once or twice in the cars lifetime it's no big deal, but it would have been nice to be able to check the oil level.
    The oil level, colour, and smell, can reveal quite a lot about the health of an automatic transmission, and any remedial action taken.
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    Steve van hool reacted to Seesure in Washing machine tripping RCD!   
    Check the ads in the local free newspaper, I found a guy advertising in my local paper who will pretty much fix any kitchen item. 
     
    He never charges for a call out, usually does two trips, one to identify the problem then he'll order the parts and come back a few days later. 
     
    The only item he didn't want to fix was a microwave when it was the circuit board that had failed and although he could fix it, the cost of the board and his time would have been more than the cost of a new microwave. 
     
    Over the years he's added extra life to a raft of washing machines, ovens, tumble dryers and even an MFI dishwasher which I bought in 1995 and eventually got rid of last year...
     
    He still advertises for work - although I think it is to keep him busy, he lived at home with his mum until she died about 4 years ago, never married, always drives cars that look as though he bought them from the scrapyard, but he is honest as the day is long. He never seems to charge more than £30 for his time and effort. Parts seem to be at cost or with very little margin.
     
    I also found out a few years back that he has a part share in some vintage jet airplane which he leases out to airshows and drops the engine on that with his mate so they can work on it... 
     
    Guys like this do exist and are worth their weight in gold...
     
     
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Ordnator in Brake hose clamp tool recommendations   
    You can make one in a morning as I did in metalwork at school Andrew, so about 40 years old, and stiĺl going strong, picture taken, and being an engineer you wiĺl be able to figure out how to make one, or just make a set of soft jaws for a pair of molegrips, and use them.


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    Steve van hool reacted to Sir Anthony Regents-Park in E28 Prices!!   
    They were a fantastic car back in the day and a good one is still a decent thing to smoke around in. But when an M535i cost the same as a decent E39 M5, you know they're too much money. They were good, but not that good. They're also very needy if you intend to use it regularly. 
     
    I can see why an M5 might be worth 40 grand or so, but when they're being touted for 70-80..........nah. That's Ferrari money or a very nice 911. Too much emphasis is placed on 'wossit worth mister' cock waving and not using the car for its intended purpose. 
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    Steve van hool reacted to duncan-uk in E28 Prices!!   
    You’re wrong about the looks 
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Lush 528 tourer   
    £4.9k, no way. Yes very good condition, but asking F10 money for it.
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    Steve van hool reacted to 535i Andrew in Fed up with rubbish roads   
    Lets just keep it to the topic of crap roads and not anything else.
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    Steve van hool reacted to oldjohnny in Fed up with rubbish roads   
    I was involved in motor racing years (too many) ago and when going from Belfast into Southern Ireland there was a minor road that knocked miles off the main route driving the transporter.  It was dotted with so many large potholes that one local wag had erected a large sign at the start of it which stated.
     
    WARNING!  SCUD MISSILE TESTING AREA.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from pidgeonpost in 3.0CSi at Cotswold BMW   
    3.0CSi, pure undiluted  class, with its  slim pillars, and large curved glass, one of the best looking cars ever produced, ever.
     
     
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from silestanix in Coming back to the BMW fold...   
    Steel sealing rings in an alloy housing, Yes, sounds like planned obsolescence to me, and it has been going on for a while, no way in the 1980's and 90's did BM have all these issues with timing chains, and vanos that the modern engines have. Yes/No
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in "NO EXPENSE SPARED ON MAINTENANCE" E39, 523   
    A good Ad, don't show Dennis or he will have a conornry. 
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 740mick in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    Yes, valid points  and maybe get cyclists to sit in a truck to realise the drivers blind spots, the DAF XF series truck has a very tall cab with a massive forward blind spot through the front screen even with mirrors, as well as the N/side blind spot.
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from 740mick in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    Yes, valid points  and maybe get cyclists to sit in a truck to realise the drivers blind spots, the DAF XF series truck has a very tall cab with a massive forward blind spot through the front screen even with mirrors, as well as the N/side blind spot.
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    Steve van hool reacted to NWJW in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    My last Sierra had no ABS, no traction control, no power steering, relatively skinny tyres, very short gearing and lots of torque, if you weren't careful with it, it WOULD catch you out, and that was in the dry! If you wanted to drive it quickly you had to grab it by the scruff and drive it, it wasn't forgiving at all if you got it wrong, it was bloody good fun though!
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    Steve van hool reacted to Calypso-E34 in BMW looking to cut it's range   
    To be honest, I'd like to see BMW go back to being a bit more exclusive.  When I was a kid, you got a Three, a Five and a Seven - and that was your lot.  There wasn't one parked on every street corner then.
     
    Better.
     
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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    My mk5 Cortina 2.3 ghia x, was a very nice motor to smoke around in 1988,  Vaux Cavaliers, not even in the same ballpark unless it was an SRI, Maxi, Ital, Princess, no thanks.
    The build quality was not in the same league as BM, or Mercs, but Cortina's were a bread and butter car, not a premium.

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    My mk5 Cortina 2.3 ghia x, was a very nice motor to smoke around in 1988,  Vaux Cavaliers, not even in the same ballpark unless it was an SRI, Maxi, Ital, Princess, no thanks.
    The build quality was not in the same league as BM, or Mercs, but Cortina's were a bread and butter car, not a premium.

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    My mk5 Cortina 2.3 ghia x, was a very nice motor to smoke around in 1988,  Vaux Cavaliers, not even in the same ballpark unless it was an SRI, Maxi, Ital, Princess, no thanks.
    The build quality was not in the same league as BM, or Mercs, but Cortina's were a bread and butter car, not a premium.

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    Steve van hool got a reaction from Calypso-E34 in Ford Cortina MK IV 2.3 Ghia or a E21 323i as a daily   
    My mk5 Cortina 2.3 ghia x, was a very nice motor to smoke around in 1988,  Vaux Cavaliers, not even in the same ballpark unless it was an SRI, Maxi, Ital, Princess, no thanks.
    The build quality was not in the same league as BM, or Mercs, but Cortina's were a bread and butter car, not a premium.

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