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  1. MrToad

    2003 E39 525d Sport Touring - Manual

    yes it is
  2. Super reliable BMW 525d Sport Touring with manual gearbox. I have owned the car since July 2012 and the car is used every day for commuting, family taxiing and holidays all across Europe completing 80,000 miles in my ownership … it went to the Spanish Pyrenees twice last year. The only reason for sale is that after a long search I have found an E61 525d Manual Sport Touring. As the last two BMW 5 series have been brilliant cars, I wanted another. Up to the point I bought the car it was BMW and Specialist serviced and since then it has a fully documented (description, receipts and digital pictures) completed by myself or a trusted local independent when I have been short of time. I am very particular about the cars I run and I do not expect a car with 150,000 miles or 200,000 miles to perform any differently to a new car. So I always use OEM parts, fully synthetic oil, BMW service procedures and checklists. So no knocking, wandering or shimmying with this one, it drives really well. There are a few minor issues (as you would expect with a 15 years old car) that will be listed below, these could be fixed or ignored. Viewing can be arranged and I am happy to discuss the vehicle and its history ..... 07736 811702 · No time wasters please Features - BMW 525d Sport Touring - Titanium Silver - 5 speed manual gearbox - Cruise control - Electronic stability control - Air Conditioning - working - Adjustable Steering wheel - Adjustable Heated Sports Seats - Full grey leather interior - Electric Windows all working - Remote central locking and factory alarm / immobiliser - Front fog lights - Power Assisted Steering - FM / AM radio, with 6 CD changer - Rear load cover and dog guard - Privacy glass and sun blinds on rear doors - Spare wheel (full size with plenty of tread remaining) - Alloy wheels no curb marks (but one wheel scratched during tyre change) - 4 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 tyres (not Chinese cheapies), all with plenty of tread left. - Multi-functional computer which shows MPG, outside temperature, clock, and average speed. - overall it has returned 38.5mpg over the 80,000 miles we have driven it and easily returns 40mpg when touring. - Annual Tax £280 - Full service History available (fully documented with all receipts in my ownership …. not just stamps in a book) - I always use fully synthetic oil in all my cars - Car has never been smoked in or transported pets Also included - Original BMW owner’s manual as supplied with the car from new - Front and rear rubber mats, first-aid kit, jack, locking wheel bolts Service History MOT History - check it here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history MOT due: 24 July 2018 30 Jun 2012 - replaced battery Bosch Silver 20 Oct 2012 – clean, inspect & wax all wheel arches, replace tyres & refinish wheels 2 Dec 2012 - reseal door vapour barriers 13 May 2013 - oil & filter change 27 Jun 2013 – replace front & rear brake discs, pads and handbrake shoes & rebuild front suspension (Balo Discs (OEM Porsche), Textar pads and Lemforder suspension components) 5 Jul 2013 - wheel alignment (laser alignment) 20 Jul 2013 - replace PCV filter with vortex filter (OEM BMW upgrade) 27 Jul 2013 - replace rear sub-frame bushings (HD Meyle bushings) 28 Jul 2013 - replace exhaust mounting, service engine trays and wax floorpan 3 Aug 2013 - replace EGR, clean intake manifold & replace pollen filters 11 Aug 2013 - replace rear shocks (OEM Sachs Sport) and windscreen wipers front and rear 25 Jan 2014 - replace rear air springs (OE BMW parts) & fuel filler locking mechanism 31 May 2014 - oil & filter change 5 Oct 2014 - replace heater fan resistor 27 Oct 2014 - rear wiper overhaul 11 Jan 2015 - oil & filter change 15 April 2015 - replace tyres front & rear 15 Jul 2015 - replace track rod ends & wheel alignment 29 Nov 2015 - oil & filter change 8 Jul 2016 - replace windscreen 9 Jul 2016 - front brake discs and pads (Pagid) 13 Jul 2016 - replace front shock absorbers (OEM Sachs Sport) 23 Jul 2016 - replace handbrake shoes (Pagid) 12 Aug 2016 - replace upper radiator hose 13 Aug 2016 - wheel alignment (laser alignment) 20 Nov 2016 - oil & oil, air & pollen filter change 21 Jul 2017 - refinish headlights (headlights now like new) 25 Jul 2017 - airbag recall (BMW recall – drivers air bag replaced under warranty) As you can see over the first couple of years of ownership, I spent lots of time bringing the car back up to standard and it has covered many miles since, never letting us down, it has been a brilliant family car. We’ve driven it across Europe on holiday’s every year since (southern France and Pyrenees), as we would have this year too. All the usual major suspension items on an E39 have been replaced, front and rear shocks, all front suspension components, rear sub-frame mounts. All these are fully documented and photographed and you can tell, as it drives like a car with less than half the mileage and should be good for lots more miles. Is it perfect? No, it is a car with 206,000 miles on it and has stone chips, age related wear and some rust bubbles appearing. I bought the car with most of these in place and I have waxed them extensively to halt their progress, so there is surface rust in some of the usual spots, wheel arches, a patch under the sill by the driver’s door and rear hatch (not visible when closed). That said when the car is clean and waxed it still looks very smart. CD changer sometimes faults and needs resetting. All this history will be provided in hard and soft copy along with the car. Car near Winchester £2250 ono
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    Touring subframe bushes pointers please

    Really easy! .... In fact I was going to post on the subject when I did mine. I would say that, other than shifting the trolley jack around, my wife could have used the bushing tool and the spanners to make it happen. The tool really does make it very straightforward! Jack the car up and put it on axle stands, you need a decent amount of clearance. I was expecting to have to un bolt all four bushings to "drop" the subframe, however I unbolted the two front bushings and lowered the trolley jack which was placed under the rear diff. This created enough clearance around the two front bushings to allow access for the tool and I changed the two in 15 mins max. Once changed, I jacked back up and reinserted the bushing bolts, then torqued them up. Repeat for the two rear bushings. The most time consuming part was getting the car onto axle stands and the jacking exercise ... It's a Sport so ground clearance isn't the easiest Hth
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    EGR pipe leak

    I ordered the 53.8mm one from Poland, it states that it fits BMW 5 Touring (E39) 525d - engine codes M57 256 D1, M57 D25 - 2000.02 - 2004.05. Mine is a 2002 M57 engine, so fingers crossed.
  5. Please see my post here, it may help or predict where you might run into further issues. Bought mine from the same supplier hth Simon
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    EGR pipe leak

    I was going to add some additional information but coincidently someone already has: http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/103370-egr-bypass-problem-on-my-e39-525d-from-ebay-warning/ Same stainless blanking kit, mine was also slightly too big and I believe it has put additional pressure on the pipe, which has eventually failed. Blanking at the manifold seems like the way to go ... thanks
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    EGR pipe leak

    I fitted an EGR bypass / blanking kit a couple of years ago, however the EGR "feed" pipe is now leaking part 1 below. It is leaking from the chamber section which appears to have some wire mesh "inside" the joint, as below. Anyone seen this before, is that "joint" supposed to be flexible or can I weld it up?
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    Self leveling pneumatic springs

    Great service again, you guys are awesome, great price and delivered, as promised, in double quick time. Fitted on Saturday, back on the road 😄
  9. Phil could you let me have a price for two pneumatic springs for an e39 525d sport touring 2002 build 37121095081 37121095082 Need them urgently as one is leaking Thanks
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    Titanium E39 2002 530d Manual Sport Touring

    To all who do the EGR replace .... ensure that you crank up the jubilee clip good and tight! I used the stainless steel variant and it is pretty slippery and the retaining flange on the stainless steel tube is not as pronounced, thought I had tightened up adequately. Mine came off about a week after fitting it, just as I joined the M1 at the M25 junction, POP!.... I ran gently to next junction once I knew what is was, naturally aspirated 525d's are very slow!
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    Titanium E39 2002 530d Manual Sport Touring

    did you fix the suspension?
  12. MrToad

    TRW vs lemforder - ECP screw up again.

    I would second the recommendation for allgermanparts and motormec, both provide awesome service and advice and rapid mail order. Keep up the good work guys
  13. Garyn I am trying to pm you and keep getting the following error message The following errors were found The member GaryN cannot receive any new messages This personal message has not been sent Could you please pm me re bushing tool hire .... Thanks
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    Opinions on 525d?

    Forgot to add it's a manual