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    2001 E39 530D SE / 1999 E39 523i SE

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  1. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Did an economy drive in the Touring to visit my folks... made a serious effort to drive like a saint and was astonished to complete the 120 mile drive yesterday showing 60.1mpg on the clocks.... unbelievable! (It’s a 2001 530d Manual) - did the return trip today and still managed around 57mpg. Filling the car up after the sensible drive it showed me an estimated range of over 800 miles!!
  2. chicaneuk

    Bmw e39 530d touring auto

    Webasto heater being dead can cause these sorts of gremlins too. I had similar when mine died. Mine also caused a fault with the self levelling suspension, the radio, etc. If you are a bit mechanically minded you can jack the front passenger side up, remove the wheel, remove the wheel arch liner and look for the unit tucked into the rear of the passenger wing. Disconnect the larger (6 pin) of the two connectors and see if your problems go away..
  3. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Saloon dropped in for a service and check over with my trusted Indy.
  4. Seems like you are going to need the appropriate cable shack cables, and access to NCS Expert to code it out. Clavurion details the section needed in this link. By appropriate cable you will need the standard OBD2 cable and then the round adaptor that connects to the multi pin port in the engine bay.
  5. Where are you located? Ahh Wigan.. just checked your profile. If you were more local I would have been happy to scan / test your Webasto for you.
  6. If you have INPA you can test the Webasto through that?
  7. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Wrapped up the headlight and taillight install.. needed to order the 'headlight repair kit' from BMW which included the rubber strip across the top and the foam gasket along the side of the driver side headlight as both were missing on one of them, and also new gaskets for the tail lights.. both relatively cheap thankfully. I have to say, I'm really pleased with how they look though I think I'll keep all the lights I removed just for the time being, in case I have a change of heart. I think I managed to cure an intermittent bulb warning which kept coming up on the driver side rear light cluster as well.. quick blast of electrical contact cleaner on the plug and the bulb holder and the warning light didn't re-occur when I started it and tested all the lights work, so that was good Had a few other jobs I wanted to tackle (new pre-facelift grilles, refurbished M5 arm rest yet to install) but again the relentless wind, and then also cutting my thumb (which wouldn't stop bleeding) made me just give up after the headlights were reinstalled!
  8. chicaneuk

    E39 Touring handbrake rebuild?

    I'm not totally familiar with the process though I did watch a few videos, but ultimately let my local garage do a (crappy) job of it enough to get it through the MOT on my touring. Have a look on YouTube as there's a lot of guides explaining the process and it's not rocket science. I guess it depends on how stretched the handbrake cables are... There's various kits with the springs and bits you need: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-HAND-BRAKE-PARKING-SHOE-FITTING-KIT-MEYLE-GERMANY-34416761292-A806/201452397721?fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&hash=item2ee77fa499:g:Q~8AAOSwl9BWJkDs And then there's various other bits needed if you want to rebuild the lot in each brake disc, like the adjusters etc: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-SERIES-E39-1996-2003-HANDBRAKE-SHOE-EXPANDER-ADJUSTER-FITTING-KIT-BXK2003K/232868158930?fits=Plat_Gen%3AE39&epid=15021956413&hash=item3638061dd2:g:E64AAOSwUchaOojP Again I'd look on YouTube at a few DIY videos (and there are several up there) for an understanding on how it all hangs together and then just buy the various kits and rebuild it.
  9. chicaneuk

    Bmw 523i E39 suspected limp home??

    So... does it start / drive fine initially, but then goes into this limp mode after a minute or two of driving? Then after a restart it's OK again?
  10. chicaneuk

    What screws needed for R16 Rims?

    Are there different length bolts available for wheels from BMW? My understanding is there is not.. there is one size. If no, then that's the end of the discussion. Aftermarket is an entirely different game, and might be to accomodate all kinds of aftermarket wheels on different offsets, or through spacers / hub adaptors. Is it not possible you simply don't have genuine BMW bolts on your car currently?
  11. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Life gets in the way somehow.
  12. chicaneuk

    What screws needed for R16 Rims?

    Interestingly I went from 16" Style 33's up to 17" Style 81's on my touring, and have found since then a rubbing when cornering sometimes.. and I'm fairly convinced it's the wheel bolt catching on something inside on the rear brake disc so there's probably some weight to this. I didn't realise there would be different length wheel bolts though specifically to address this though?!
  13. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'm due to give that a going over soon. I've been noting down everything I've done / had done since acquiring the car, but not yet updated the folder and the spreadsheet. Will get that sorted soon!
  14. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ahhhh... so it would have been the pre facelift front lights but with the clear indicators. Then the white tail lights and side repeaters. Hmmmm..... looks like I need to give the lighting package on the car some more thought. I might just try the amber look for a bit just for a change, and then look to fix it to be correct.
  15. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yep! interesting about the tail lights though... need to do some reading up on what should be correct for that year. Hmmmm.... for now I have on red with amber indicator tail lights and really liking how it looks. Just need to see about amber side repeaters now to complete the look!
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