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ger last won the day on December 21 2012

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About ger

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    E39 M5, e61 535d

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  1. Thank you very much for this, I've never seen this before. I'll be having a good look at that I do like the look of the smooth rear bumper. Never mind, something to not spend on for a change!!
  2. Looking really good there. Do you know if Alpina ever did a similar lip for the e61? I'd quite fancy one! Keep up the excellent work!
  3. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Do you have screen rotation turned on? I'm on a Samsung and it works great for me...
  4. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Turn your phone 90° into landscape mode, you can then see all the stuff, sig's etc.
  5. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Rear heated screen probably. I take it that these are the 'hinge wires'?
  6. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'm almost certain they are for a cd changer.
  7. Very interested in how you will code this. Is it as simple as removing previous system code and adding 752 to fa and code the ccc?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Couldn't agree more! Toting up the bills is enough to make a grown man cry Also reminds me of... My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my car parts for what I told her I paid for them!
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    ger's M5

    Hi. A little update that will be of use to some of you. I went in the car a few days ago and to my dismay I discovered that all of the buttons on the left hand side of the radio (or head unit) were completely non functional. The volume knob and the led lighting were also affected. The head unit is an Xtrons PB7839BP that I got a couple of years ago and it has been fine up until now. I had a look on the net for any info regarding this. There were loads of suggestions regarding remapping the buttons, restarting a factory reset. I did pull it out, disconnect the wiring and hooked it all back up, no difference. A little further surfing did bring up one result where a guy had the same issue (but not the same unit). he decided to take it apart and found some soldered contacts had separated. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?s=f9ace337e6189a5dca7ce9f2bd2b189e&p=80659861&postcount=9 I decided to have a look for myself. I did not have to go into the main part of the unit, so no upsetting the 'warranty void if removed' sticker, not that there's much warranty on it now. I only opened the front screen section, removing a good handful of the small screws. The front part came off easily and was attached by three ribbon cables. I removed these so I could have the screen in my hand. It was absolutely clear that the same thing had happened to me, 15 solder bridges had cracked and the boards had separated, there was no chance any of the left hand controls would ever work! I've not much of an idea why this would happen, I suppose it's down to expansion and contraction due to heat or poor solder/soldering and vibration. A little pressure brought both pieces back together, nothing silly, fingertip pressure, so there was hardly any strain there Got my soldering iron out and got to work to repair this. In not much time I had soldered them all up. The right hand button pcb is connected in exactly the same way, but showed no sign of failing but I decided, whilst there, that it would be wise to re do the right hand side as well. I am a bit puzzled as to why they did not use a ribbon cable for the job. You can clearly see one connector and a position for another on the button pcb. Probably penny pinching, but a bit of a shame as it would have improved the reliability. Assembled it all and fitted it back in the car, everything back to be working nicely again. Whilst this was happening, I remembered that I had ordered some aluminium mounting brackets. These were fitted as well and are rock solid!
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    BMW Documentation

    Brill, thank you!
  11. ger

    Android Mounting Bracket

    Bit of a update! Fitted theseand they are much better than the plastic versions. They are solid. Glad I got them but took ages to actually get the in!
  12. Had a bit of a worrying time over the past few days. Car has been running well. Anyway, I got in it and fired it up as usual, then a loud 'bing' and this warning came up: I read the codes, loads of lighting related modules complaining about no communication but oddly enough nothing from the lcm itself. Looked on the net and saw loads of stuff on e90's and a few other models, all requiring removing the frm/lcm and sending it away or getting a new one! Took the driver's 'under dash trim' out and removed the plug from the lcm (it hangs vertically behind the little storage compartment, front most, with the wiring going into its front middle face). Thought I might as well give re-connecting a try and it all seems pretty good, it just needed a hard reset. To say I'm pretty happy about that is an understatement! Scanned and cleared the codes, none have returned. Not sure whether it had become corrupted or if it was a dodgy/corroded connection but it's all good now. My mum did suggest disconnecting the battery, I suppose that would have worked too, but at least I still have my trip and mpg readings, but she was in essence, correct! Thought I'd share it, in case someone else gets something similar.
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    BMW E39 M5 spacesaver spare wheel & tyre

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing
  14. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hi. Fuel gauge will not show great readings if under half a tank (or maybe 1/3rds, in that range). There are two floats inside the tank, I have a feeling that only the right hand one is used to show fuel level on the gauge (please correct me if I'm wrong). As the car runs, the fuel in the left hand side portion is siphoned over to the right hand side, where the pump lives to ensure it gets all the fuel (and gives the gauge a good reading) but this takes a few minutes, the 'siphon pump' works by using the return/unused flow from the pump. This is why you can leave the car with 100+miles remining on the trip computer, come back to it in the morning and it's dropped to say, 60miles remaining! The fuel has leveled out in the tank (somehow, not sure how this happens but it does!). If you go to the hidden menu (google that, there's a few guides), go to the fuel tank selection (TNK, menu no.6), you can see how much is in both sides of the tank and the total amount. Menu 7 is the KTEMP one, very handy for a numerical engine coolant temp reading. Have fun
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Love the lift. Is it long enough for the car? Or, do the ends lock, extending its length? This was something we overlooked with ours!! Congrats on the house as well!