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chicaneuk last won the day on September 23

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About chicaneuk

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    2008 E61 520D Sport / 1999 E39 523i SE Saloon

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  1. When cold I find if I hold foot on the brake in traffic and let go to pull away it seems to fairly violently lurch forward.. issue goes away once it warms up. Feels like it slips the clutch quite often when in auto but switching to manual mode I find it doesn’t, weirdly.. and also find it quite dangerous at junctions sometimes if you have to pull away in a hurry, more than once I have pressed the throttle and had what feels like a good half second or second delay before it suddenly realises and catapults me forward. That and just the general automatic dimwittedness in terms of how it behaves most of the time...
  2. Gearbox on mine is a frustration too. Honestly, automatic boxes are crap. I have owned manuals all my life and never had to do anything to any of them aside from changing gearbox oil once just to smooth the change a bit. Not even had to change a clutch in 20 years of car ownership. I only bought auto because of having to commute in heavy traffic often and yeah it’s nice not suffering from a dead clutch leg.. but otherwise I would go back to manual in a heartbeat.
  3. Tramlining on many different types of road surface is beyond irritating. Had wheel alignment done and it tracks straight and brakes nice and straight. Front tyres are fairly shot so hoping a new pair will fix it.
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    Webasto - idiots guide

    I wasn't so lucky with my water pump Did have to buy a new one before I could bring the system to life.
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    BMW e39 Webasto

    I would honestly listen to what Clavurion has to say.. he is extremely knowledgable about this sort of thing!
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    Webasto - idiots guide

    Others are far more knowledgable about these than me but I learned a little bit, mostly thanks to Clavurion, when I was trying to resurrect a Webasto on my now departed 530d. It will run when outside air temp and coolant are low enough.. outside air has to be 4 degrees or below IIRC. Start the car on a frosty morning and go round to the passenger side door and look for the little exhaust ... it should be obvious if the Webasto is running as it makes a bit of noise and you will hear the dosing fuel pump running as it makes a ticking noise every second or so. In terms of controlling it in the car it is possible to code in a feature using NCS Expert to activate it from the dash without the car actually running, and also set a timer to fire it up at certain times so you can come out to a heated and defrosted car on a cold morning. Super cool feature. If you have INPA you can interrogate and control the various functions from that too so that would really be a good place to start. Have a hunt for my old rambling thread about resurrecting the Webasto on mine as it might give you a bit of info to go on. Most likely though it will be dead.. and you are realistically looking at a good condition used one from an E53 X5 and a new water pump (approx £200 for both) to bring it back to life.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    He said whilst the chain was ok the tensioners were well past their best!
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Picked up the car from the specialist post timing chain replacement. It’s a real peace of mind to know it’s done. He showed me the old one and it wasn’t too stretched actually.. said he has seen far worse! Motor does seem a fair bit quieter and smoother now but maybe that’s just in my mind, don’t know. only issue is PDC seems to be dead now
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    If the E39 hadn't been invented

    I would still love to own another E38.. I bought a super cheap 728i several years ago but some expensive issues developed immediately and I wasn’t as hands on with cars then so got scared into getting rid after only a couple of weeks. I now realise from E38 ownership that it would have been a great car to learn on some DIY’ing and probably wasn’t an expensive issue to resolve. So yeah.. would really like another one some day. Such road presence.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Pleased to say it made it to the garage.. I have never driven a car so gingerly and carefully in my life! Will report back when the job is done and really interested to hear the difference in how the overall noise from the valvetrain and timing gear, etc sounds in comparison once it’s done.
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    530D Injector values

    If the injector isn’t seated properly you can get diesel fuel blowing back up out of the combustion chamber, up the side and out the top of the injector. You end up with thick black diesel glue all over the place!
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I don’t think it’s quite at the terminal stage yet.. just could feintly hear it at idle after driving home the other evening.. compared to some videos I have heard of them on their last legs it’s nowhere near. But it’s at a point where I think it needs doing.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Going to try and avoid using it now until the day I take it in to the garage... so looks like public transport for the next couple of days for me! PMP are only around 25 miles away so will just try to have a very easy / sedate drive there early on Monday morning!
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Booked in to PMP Cars on Monday for the timing chain job
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Mortified to get out of the car and hear what seems fairly unmistakably the timing chain 'swish' coming from out under the wheel arch on my n47 engined 520d, this evening. It's on 126k.. I guess it will need doing ASAP. money I really did not want to spend right now. There seems to be a good specialist over in Nuneaton (PMP cars) so going to look into getting it booked with them.