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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not a car DIY weekend.. but packed the touring to the roof for a weekend away with mates in the Brecon Beacons. Was genuinely worried about my now two year old, cheap eBay air springs popping such was the amount of stuff in the back (and as I'd read I should only expect to get a couple of years use out of them!) but pleased to report no dramas and the car behaved impeccably Grateful for the diesel torque getting me up and down the extremely hilly road to the house we'd rented too.
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    Style 49's on SE

    AFAIK the car is on standard Sport suspension..? The effect is heightened in that picture as it’s being thrown into a corner! Looking at that picture is really making me think I should put the angel eyes back in and source some black kidney grilles
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    fitting Hella Angel Eyes to pre-facelift 2000 e39

    Mounting plate is definitely different.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Well it is absolutely down to your meticulous care and attention, Keith. But I have been spending reasonable money and time on keeping on top of maintenance as best as I can.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Guess they started early as just had word it’s passed again. Woohoo.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT day for the saloon.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Really would like a Carphonics Bluetooth upgrade doing.. need to look into the options
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    e39 purchase

    Again I'll say, If you're in Essex, you're not a million miles away from Dartford Transmissions... very well regarded BMW (E39 especially) indie and particularly knowledgeable about gearboxes and does a comprehensive auto gearbox fluid change. http://www.dartfordtransmissions.co.uk/ Never used the guy but I know a whole lot of people who have and think he's excellent.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finally refitted the replacement fan shroud and took it out for a spin. Always a reminder just how smooth and wafty a petrol auto is, compared to a manual diesel on double the mileage Good timing too as the MOT is due this week.. with the car off the road in pieces, it's been impossible to get it booked in any sooner.
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    E39 530d Potential Purchase Advice

    Pretty much as you say... I have this very same option on my saloon. It's an SE but with the 'Sport' upgrade which has the things you specify on that list. There's a letter in the history file confirming exactly as such.. see attached! Though in my case the wheels are not Style 32's but Style 49's which I think is correct for option code 267.
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    E39 530d Potential Purchase Advice

    I dunno.. even if the dealer has a rotten rep, it's unlikely he's got anything to hide on an old E39 really.. the cost of any bodgy repairs or hiding anything would add up to more than just selling the car "as is", so given the history etc and the overall condition, the car sounds worth considering IMHO. Reliability wouldn't necessarily concern me.. I've been smoking around in a leggy 530d touring now for two years and it's been very reliable.. I've even took it on a trip across to Germany with no concern. There's a few common weak points on these motors but most can be addressed fairly easily and they can go on to absolutely galactic mileage.
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    e39 purchase

    Absolutely no concern.. always find it interesting when someone new signs up and begins the journey with their E39, learning the quirks and (hopefully) getting on top of the various issues they uncover! Keep posting; we'll keep helping. Depending on your location, there is a pretty well regarded independent round in Dartford who knows E39's inside out if you get stuck with your local garage.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ordered my replacement fan shroud Due in on Thursday! Even got a few quid off on showing BMW Club GB membership card so even sweeter!
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    Front wheel wobble under braking

    I get identical behaviour on my touring.. fine up to 50MPH but anything beyond that causes the wobble and as you also say, firmer braking the problem seems greatly reduced.. it's only on light braking that you really feel it. Haven't thrown money at it as I only really do short / local journeys in it and am so used to it now.. but want to KNOW what the issue is before attempting to resolve it, rather than guessing.
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    My Dad's 530d Touring - What’s it worth?

    I honestly have to agree with Clavurion. It would of course depend on getting the right buyer on the right day but there’s so many 530d’s out there for peanuts.. and even if this is as good as it sounds (and I have no doubt that it is) I just think 4K+ for anything other than a mint petrol sport or V8 version is a big ask.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Saloon still not back together.. been too busy. But had a few hours today. Fitted new drive and a/c belts, then began reassembly. Had another go at re-epoxying the broken section at the top left of the fan shroud where the expansion tank secures as it broke weeks ago and I have had at least 5 attempts at epoxying it, and its failed every time and the frustration of it has been slowly bubbling away at me as I have been unable to use the car really as a result. Had one last go and, upon reinstallation, the glue failed and it came apart again. Few weeks of other frustrations came to a head and I ended up going full basil fawlty, extracting the shroud and proceeding to smash it to pieces as i’d had enough of the thing. At least it forced me to stop trying to repair the old one and just buy a new one!
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    1998 E39 540 Touring - Manual Box - Potential Value?

    Would love to take it on but totally not the right time for me.. my house is about to go for sale on Wednesday!
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    1998 E39 540 Touring - Manual Box - Potential Value?

    Someone selling a pre-vanos 540i manual tourer on the e39 club Facebook group now for around 3K and seems in reasonable shape.
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    2003 525d won't start

    I bought a cheapo kit off Amazon that worked great and was very straightforward to get set-up. A grand total of £29.99! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TPKTKIY/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Don’t think it needs to get quite so personal guys.. totally take @eb88‘s opinions onboard given his profession and experience! But similarly individual long time owners experiences can’t be ignored either. Where red is your garage based by the way @eb88 ? Need to find a good local BMW expert / Indy!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thing is we all have different budgets. Our Russian friend on here may take some stick for his low buck approach to maintenance BUT at least he is trying to keep one on the road, and in good running order. I have ordered cheaper parts for my cars in the past but the fact too is that I am also on a budget.. that been said I have probably sunk the better part of £4000+ into maintenance and repairs alone on my two in two years so not exactly like I have been cheaping out.. but certainly not spent anywhere near what it would have cost if I was paying OEM prices!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Like everything with these cars it has to be a balance! For an M5, maybe you want the best... but certainly on an old E39 worth not very much money (combined value of my pair is like 2.5k on a good day!) then high value OEM parts when perfectly well respected aftermarket parts are available, is a perfectly acceptable compromise. In the case of EBC they are a very well regarded manufacturer.. not like it’s sticking some unbranded Chinese shite on there!
  23. In my admittedly limited experience the aux pump seems to shift a surprising amount of water and the level will drop in the expansion tank immediately when you switch the ignition on, if there is air in the system.
  24. Hey... Has anyone got / tried one of these? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Glove-Box-Black-Flashlight-Auxiliary-Power-Adapter-90-2010s-E46-E39-etc/123494628072?hash=item1cc0da7ae8:g:2NMAAOSw~QhbrRCl&frcectupt=true&shqty=1&isGTR=1#shId I know there used to be a genuine BMW accessory which has long since gone the way of the dodo which did the same and these seems to be the only replacement product I can find. I'm looking for an easy way to power a dash camera and honestly electronics / splicing etc are really not my strong point - plug and play much preferred. This looks a pretty easy / elegant way to get a switched live power source for the camera and given where it'll go, should make wiring easy / neat as well. Thanks.
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    20pin and 16 OBD Connectors

    My 1999 523i has both the engine bay and interior ports though I wasn’t able to get anything out of the interior port with INPA.. doesn’t show a connection and still have yet to obtain the appropriate converter from Cableshack for the engine bay port! I know the cable itself is good as I have used it in my 2001 530d many times
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