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    Conflicting advice - Vacuum hoses

    I mate the fatal mistake of using what I believe was a rubber / braided fuel line of the correct diameter. All was well, except after about 18 months, found that it was already starting to perish at the ends and was causing more vacuum leaks (exactly as Ray says above) resulting in performance / running issues. Had to go back and swap a couple. I don't see why silicon would be an issue so.. just go with that.
  2. Better pictures to follow this weekend. Hopefully a bargain for someone? Have a set of 5x BMW Style 81 alloys. 4 are shod in Kleber winter tyres, 1 is shod in an all season tyre (forget the brand.. need to find the wheel in the back of the garage!). The winter tyres are getting on a little bit in so much as they're showing some hairline cracks in places, but still have tonnes of tread on them - easily 6mm. The alloys are overall in fairly decent shape.. some are a little kerbed, one of them has virtually no kerbing. The spare with the all season tyre is a bit tatty. But I think £100 is a bargain for someone? Wheels are located in Sutton Coldfield or Coventry (whichever is easier for you). No offers please at this price.
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    Now sold. At the risk of incurring the wrath of Dan, the purchaser works on a breakdown patrol and (handily) works in and around the area I live.. he's out working, came past the house, I'd put the wheels at the end of the drive, he took em away. Social distancing thoroughly maintained. Payment via bank transfer! Cheers.
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    Baffles me too mate.
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    Restart E39 530d Sport Touring

    Wish I'd seen this thread before.. what an amazing read. What an awesome example of an E39 with just such well thought out upgrades and modifications, and executed with awesome attention to detail. A real inspiration!
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    I managed to secure a sale with someone elsewhere thankfully.. just waiting for the Corona madness to blow over before we can arrange collection. I paid something like 250 quid for them and thought I got a good deal.. I barely got any interest in the end but have eventually had to settle for 75 quid. I guess if I was trying to sell right at the start of a snowy winter I might have more success
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    Hexagon have got to be kidding...

    I own both an E60 (well E61) and an E39. I flip flop a bit about how I feel about the styling.. think my E61 in Sport trim, and being a Touring, is quite a cool looking car and the design has held up fairly well, but I do honestly far prefer the clean simplicity of the E39 and the E38 as I feel they compliment each other very well. There are plenty of angles of the E39 I stop and admire.. I can’t say I do the same with the E61.
  8. Bit of a noddy one but just after a Vavona Wood Effect trim piece for the radio cover flap, for an E39 as mine is cracked in a few places and letting the otherwise very tidy interior down. Anyone got one kicking around from vavona wood trim they removed and replaced for something a bit more contemporary? Thanks.
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    Wanted: Vavona Radio Cover / Flap for E39

    Great - sounds good! No massive rush really.. just something I want to fix eventually. As long as it's clean, straight and doesn't have any cracks, that's fine
  10. Worth mentioning the kick plates are not horrifyingly expensive new from BMW.. approx £30 each. I just bought a set of preowned kickplates off someone on the E39 Club Facebook Group for £30 (despite only wanting the drivers one) and they turned up totally trashed.. the drivers one is only just passable and barely any better than the one I took off... so will only buy new ones in future as I just don't think the rubber material lends itself well to being a second hand item.
  11. Cool but.. too big for an E39 IMHO.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I've said before but the windscreen washer system on my old E39 touring was the achillies heel... I was working on fixing that more times than I can count. I had to have the wheel arch liner out at least 3 times fixing different, unrelated issues (one dead pump, one pump that was just leaking everywhere, and headlight washer issues too) and had to replace the pipework up and under the bonnet once.. then that started to leak so I had to use little cable ties on all the ends to hold the pipes onto the jets.. it was NEVER ENDING.
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    Crankcase Breather advice needed

    I used the C3BMW Meyle kit and it was great quality. Would probably agree in retrospect on the inlet manifold removal as it was a fairly exciting effort in terms of needing to be a contortionist to swap it out with the manifold in place on my 523i (which was the route I took) though I do have pretty skinny arms and hands which no doubt helped me!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Wonder if some kind of sleeve filled with grease, zip tied at each end, well over the locking nuts for the track rod would be a good idea to help keep them adjustable? I will liberally grease the threads on mine once they're installed. All the bits came today so maybe will have a go tomorrow or more likely next weekend
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Don't fully understand which bit is which there.. but I've bought the whole tie rod assembly, which screws in to the steering rack, rather than just the "rod end", if that makes sense? The nuts are apparently seized on the current ones meaning it was impossible for garages to do tracking.. so I figured if they couldn't free them up, there's no chance I'll be able to in my garage, and just intend to replace the whole thing.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Got track rods, grease, and ball joint splitter on the way from Amazon hopefully in time for the weekend to swap the track rods which have seized on my saloon. It's a job I've been meaning to get done for a YEAR.. and for so many reasons, been unable to do so. So I figure with some spare time and the various tutorials online, time to have a go myself.
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    Lotus Carlton.

    What would you even do about getting spares for one of those.. surely they only made them numbering into the low hundreds so must be really tricky to keep on the road?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    So it's a bit more of a pain than you might think You do need to remove all the centre console trim to get at it and the bulb it seems is actually soldered to a little circuit board so you need to change the little board and the wire as pictured, or get handy with a soldering iron. A really strange design to be honest.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I didn't... but I did have an entire spare centre console bit for parts so I'm happy to pop into the garage this evening and have a look see if I can spot the bulb for you. I didn't actually know that the ash tray illuminated but then that would probably explain why it has a power cable going to it! :)
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finally some nice weather so a little TLC for the E39 Finally did a job that I was putting off ever since getting the car, fixing the spring mechanism for the ash tray in the centre console.. totally dismantled the whole thing and fixed the problem (tiny little guide pin had popped out.. put it back it back and all working again) and changed the arm rest for the V8/M5 style one with the cut out in the middle, and just gave it a good vac and clean out. Looks superb inside the cabin again! Then took it out for a drive on the very very quiet roads.
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    Yep still has the OE exhaust :-)
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    Following a question via PM, the DOT code ages the tyres at October 2011. I had zero issues in the few months I ran them last winter and there's tonnes of meat left on them.. could easily get another year or two out of them I'm sure.
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    I thought these would be an effortless / quick sale but absolutely zero interest here and various other places. Bizarre!
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    E39 Sat for 6 Years :-)

    Yeah if that is original fuel it is going to be NASTY by now.
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    Loss of power

    What engine?