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Tuvoc last won the day on December 6 2018

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    2004 E60 530i SE (M54)

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  1. Yep I have an earlier A70, brilliant phone and at the time with a Samsung cash-back plus £100 trade-in for an old worthless android phone, a total bargain to boot. The A71 is even better, I fail to see the need to spend any more on a phone.
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    545i blue smoke from exhaust :(

    Could be valve stem seals, but also the crankcase breather CCV stuff.
  3. I've had a couple of repairs. There was no need to re-synch.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    You are far too modest, that is incredible. You should see mine !
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    Front brake squeak

    My Pagid disks and pads are quiet although they didn't used to be. Even genuine BMW pads can squeal, I had that on my E36 with genuine disks and pads.
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    Fuck my life and my car!

    Thanks.... Having had the car 8 years now, that is a true statement!!
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    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    Great thread, thanks for sharing your progress.
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    Fuck my life and my car!

    Awesome title thread... I might be in the same frame of mind next month when I get my MOT ! However I'm more confident than normal, it had no advisories last time after I fixed the fails, and I've only done 500 miles this year. What could go wrong ?
  9. And you have the fairly rare N52 engine ? Far preferable to the troublesome newer N53 imho. (sorry DarkHorse)
  10. Well yes, but I meant how long might it take and the cost ?
  11. How easy is it just to get the level checked and topped up if necessary ?
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    BMW 5s Petrol 2004 heater fault

    A few years ago the engine fan on mine was going continuously even when cold. It was a sensor located down near one of the lower radiator hoses or something. I can't recall the exact details but an easy fix.
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    xHP Flash

    Excellent, yes being able to do some work yourself is the key to running these cars. I bought mine 8 years ago for £4.5k and I guess now it is worth about £500. So that is £4k of depreciation over 8 years. Had I bought something much newer I'd have probably lost £4k in the first year alone ! So a truckload of money saved in that respect. But I do no maintenance myself, so yes it has cost me quite a lot over the years, but it is still easily a net gain and financially anyway it has made perfect sense running an older (but still modern) car. It has been at the point now though for a while where some things make no sense to fix. iDrive has the reboot problem, A/C has stopped working, parking sensors have stopped working, alloys in desperate need of refurb, some bodywork scratches etc. Transmission seems fine, although it should really be serviced again as preventative maintenance. Whilst I did a lot of mileage early on I'm now doing less than 1,000 miles per year so not worth doing a lot of work on it. Save the money for the next one.
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    Alternator seized

    Yes, or find someone who will recondition the one you already have.
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    Part prices are a joke!!

    Yes, suspension work is so expensive. The parts aren't cheap and there can be lots of labour involved as well. If you're in the south-east that adds up really fast.