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  1. Morning all! Just wanted to say a big fat juicy thank-you to Chris (Piper) for the set of Style 49s! A pleasure to deal with and a great price on a set of wheels I'm very happy with! The car now looks 10x better. I'll get some proper pics up with a decent camera in a few days' time, but for now, have some shaky mobile phone pics as a sneak preview! Before: After: Thinking Shadowline trim next, then perhaps a boot lip spoiler. Might still go for the Sport bumpers too, if I fancy it when that little lot's done. What do we reckon people?
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    Massive thanks to Piper...

    Retset - Indeed, that soft side-to-side shimmy I occasionally felt from the big balloon tyres has gone, although there is a bit more bump-thump now that there's less sidewall cushioning too. I'm prepared to live with that for the benefits though! Jeek - Cheers mate! Interested in the shadowline and spoiler - is there any chance you could PM me a price posted to Tunbridge Wells? Rob - many thanks mate, a few days down the line I'm still rather pleased with them!
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    Pows gone Crazy....... 4 cars lol

    Any more info on or links to the 530i chap? Could potentially be interested!
  4. Congrats! Saw you performing at Knockhill on Sunday. Car looked spot on, and I think it may be the best-sounding thing I've heard for years.
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    European GP (contains spoiler)...

    Just watched it this morning on iPlayer as I was away for work yesterday. Wish I hadn't now; two hours of my life I won't get back! Lol! Shame as the season so far has been gripping. Two of the most exciting races in recent memory - China and Canada. Let's hope this is just a temporary blip. As has already been said, I think Valencia has always been a boring track!
  6. Morning all, Had an idea the other night when I found out the 40th anniversary of the launch of the E12 5-Series crops up next year, and Eddie's post about his road trip has just reminded me. I thought it'd be great to do something to celebrate, and I wondered whether anyone else might be up for it? The idea I had was a long-weekend trip down to Munich, to the BMW Factory and BMW Welt, perhaps also taking in a couple of Austrian mountain passes before heading home. My idea was as follows: Friday - drive down to Munich via Belgium, Luxembourg and the autobahns, and stop there overnight. We could meet somewhere in Belgium if people wanted to convoy. Saturday - chill out, visit the BMW factory if people fancy it (and photoshoot, if we can find the space), then in the afternoon, drive on down to Zell am See in Austria Sunday - Drive down the Grossglockner pass, back up the Felbertauernstrasse through the Hohe Tauern National Park, and then across the Gerlosspass, finishing in Innsbruck Monday - head for home! My intention would be to cover the whole thing for BMW Car magazine too; I've already had a go-ahead from the editor that he'd be up for running a feature on the trip in honour of the 5's big 40th! Am thinking early next year would be best - perhaps March/April time? That way the roads won't be covered in snow, and the passes will be open, but it's early enough in the year that it shouldn't impinge on those planning to hit the Ring in August. Any thoughts? Who'd be up for it?
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    Candidate for new forum skin

    Another vote for Infinite here
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    5-Series 40th Anniversary road trip

    Awesome - sounds like there is some interest then. I'll start looking into costs and things. I'm assuming people would prefer to arrange their own channel crossings etc. then meet up somewhere on the continent for the drive down? (There are a couple of big motorway services in Luxembourg that'd be ideal). That way people could choose to go from Dover / Harwich / Hull or use the chunnel, depending on their preference. v8 boy - that'd be ideal tbh, but as you suggest I think it'd be dependent upon whether owners of those cars wanted to make the trip. As such I think it's probably easier just to leave it open, and then if we do get an example of every model along that'd be a happy bonus!
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    I love my E39! :)

    Yup, loving mine at the moment. Only downside is when I see a facelift Sport or M5 drive by... my poor old SE just can't quite cut it in the looks/street cred stakes by comparison! But I still get that cossetting feeling when getting in, still enjoy the decent performance and astonishing economy, still love the heated seats and cruise control, and still find the complete absence of squeaks, rattles or loose bits of trim incredible, considering its 130,000 miles!
  10. As per M5 HOH, I'd say - anything small, French and diesel. They were the best diesels of the lot back in their day. My personal preference would be a Citroen ZX or Xsara, as they seem fractionally to be the best value, but a Pug or Renault equivalent would be essentially very similar.
  11. What sort of a budget are we talking about here chap?
  12. Well, quite a few of you helped me out with E31 info when I was looking for one for my old man. The good news is, we got one, and we think it's a good'un! My parents are understandably chuffed as nuts, and Mum, who's always loved the 8-Series, is beside herself. It's an 840Ci Sport, Oxford Green with Parchment interior, Style 5s, cruise control and Steptronic auto. The previous owner has fitted a Becker Indianapolis head unit with upgraded speakers and an iPod kit. It's in immaculate nick on the inside, and very good nick outside, with 100k miles. Only problems are that it could do with a couple of new batteries (either that or there's battery drain somewhere - under investigation) and at some point in the past some numpty's assumed the staggered wheels need the same size of tyre all round - so the rears are a little stretched, though not massively. Apart from that, she's sweet as a nut! Here are a couple of pics taken at yesterday's Sunday Service: Pics © Prime Exposures
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    The Folks' E31...

    Red - Cheers for that; have passed the info on to my old man. sparky - Thanks chap!
  14. Bugger. Timing fail! I was down there this weekend. I know the breakers where that is, too, and used to go there quite a bit when I was living there - Silverlake is a big breaker with a pretty good rep, if it's any help. I know it's of little use, but I'll be heading back down there in about a month's time. If it's still for sale then and you still want me to nip in there and get some pictures for you, I'd be happy to!
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    The Folks' E31...

    Thanks for the advice Red. They already have a trickle charger which is topping the batteries up, but they discharge rapidly (i.e. if not put on trickle charge overnight, the car can't be started in the morning). When she fails to start, the MID is showing 11.x volts, which seems low to me. I suspect the previous owner hasn't used the car enough and hasn't trickle charged the batteries, so I reckon the state of charge has fallen off over time and they've sulphated (thanks to Timm's excellent article on the subject for that knowledge!), so hopefully a new pair of batteries will solve the problem, and as long as the trickle charger is used, fingers crossed that'll be the end of the matter. If not, I suspect the best solution will be to bring in an auto sparky, who'll know what he's doing far better than we will! Cheers for the offer of bits, by the way - I'll give you a shout if we do need anything!
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    The Folks' E31...

    alpinaman - Thanks! Bought it from a chap in Loughton, Essex - he'd owned it since mid-2009. Ray - :/ blimey. As day's go, that's not a good one for that guy! Is that an 8-Series, though? Looks a bit E36-ish to me! Great vid though!
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    The Folks' E31...

    TomGC - Cheers chap; assuming it remains reasonably reliable, I think they'll love every minute! Osi - Thanks! One of my dream cars too; I'm exceptionally jealous! Sadly my E39 looks very plain parked up next to the E31 now! minicooper - Cheers, though I can't claim credit at all - these pics were taken by a friend of mine who's a semi-pro photographer
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    PistonHeads meet @ BMW HQ

    Just a quick update - my friend and colleague Tom just told me he got chatting to you guys after all! He was the one you posed the two M5s together for, taking snaps for BMW Car. I'll make sure that shot gets into the event write-up then!
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    PistonHeads meet @ BMW HQ

    Nope, we were in the other one that was there - Oxford Green, down in the bottom car park. We were down near where you did the photos with the white M635CSi. Need to turn up a bit earlier next time!
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    PistonHeads meet @ BMW HQ

    Wow, Conan I admired your M5 from a distance and saw the Forum 5 stickers but didn't know whose it was! Unfortunately you weren't around at the time so I didn't get to say hello! I also saw someone having a sit in the M1 - might well have been your good self, I just didn't realise at the time! My Dad and I, both newbies to the world of BMs, both drooled over your E28 - what a lovely example you have. I was there with my parents and their new toy, an E31 Sport, as a bit of a Dads' Day day out. They were the ones wandering around with a rather excitable black dog! Was a great morning and you've got some cracking pics there! Will you be at the August SS in Southampton?
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    I've only won the LOTTERY!

    Congratula... waaaaiiiiit, I see what you did there!
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    StevenC3828's E34 525iX Touring

    Wow, love it! Nice buy, Chris! Great to see that this will be looked after and brought back up to scratch - it deserves it, with such rarity and provenance!
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    E39 528i 41MPG?

    Doesn't sound unreasonable to me. I've seen 38mpg out of mine while on cruise at 80mph, and I wasn't particularly trying. That said, I suspect if you were to strip more out of the car, you probably wouldn't see as big a gain as that - maybe 1-2mpg, maybe a touch more, but I doubt you'd hit 50mpg. Still, would be interesting to find out, and even 43-44mpg from an early petrol E39 would be pretty good!
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    Going to Europe: Single trip Breakdown?

    I seem to remember last year I took out breakdown cover with Eurotunnel when I booked online, and it only cost me around £40-50. However, I'm told they've since put their prices up, so this may be no help at all. Unfortunately they all seem to be way more than the were - same as anything I guess, these days! O/T Whereabouts in Austria are you off to?
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    What would you do?

    It's a debate which, I'm sure, many people have faced at one stage or another, but I wanted to ask for your thoughts, as it's a quandary I currently find myself in. I bought my E39 in February, as my first BMW and to see whether it'd convert me. It has, quite resoundingly. It's a fantastic car which suits my needs down to the ground, with excellent ride comfort, enough pace to keep me happy, and all the toys I've ever wanted - crucially, including heated seats and cruise control. However, as much as I love it, I keep feeling it's a bit lacking in the looks department. It's a handsome car, but I'd like it to look a little more individual - there are so many Glacier Green E39s around that I'd like it to stand out a bit. So to that end, I've been thinking about adding Sport bumpers, Shadowline trim, Style 49 wheels and a boot lip spoiler, and possibly pre-facelift clear indicators all round, all of which would look rather unusual (and, I suspect, rather good) on a Glacier Green car. I would then plan on keeping the car for a good while, and in later years I might upgrade to a Sport heated leather interior, perhaps with some light wood interior trim, as well as a few other touches, thus ending up with an ideal E39 daily that I could use and keep basically until it died. The thing is, that little lot, complete with spraying for the bumpers, would set me back a few bob - easily £1000 or over. And following that thinking, I could just save that money up, then next year look to upgrade to a 530i Sport. I'd probably only need to add £1500 or so to the sale price of my current car in order to be able to afford one by then (bearing in mind the ludicrously cheap prices they're going for these days). That'd get me a genuine Sport, rather than a lookalike, together with all the trimmings that come therewith - and of course, the 3.0 engine with more power, to boot. So I keep thinking it'd be daft to spend so much on my car when I could just spend it on a 'better' version of the same thing. There would be downsides to doing so, though. For the £3,000-3,500 mark, I probably wouldn't be able to afford (or be able to find) a manual Sport with the optional heated seats I'd want. So I'd have to settle for an auto, which would push my fuel bills up quite a bit (it'd be my only car and I'd cover at least 1200 miles a month in it). Plus I'd be losing a very good E39 - I'm satisfied that my current car is a particularly strong example with excellent provenance, extremely tidy bodywork and an immaculate interior, and I'd be worried that I wouldn't be able to find such a good Sport for my budget. I'd also be losing a bit of the ride quality I value so much, though of course I'm sure that would be compensated for by the improvement in looks and handling. So my question is, what would you guys do in my shoes? Do you think I should stick with the car I've got, knowing I'm onto a good thing, and upgrade it gradually to create my 'perfect' E39 with an eye on keeping it long-term? Or would you leave it as-is, plan on selling up in 2012, and look to upgrade to a 530i Sport? The car in question: