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JonJon last won the day on December 19 2015

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  1. JonJon

    Classic legends Northampton

    I can't speak from personal experience but its funny that this question should come up, as I was recently thinking about potentially using them for some work on a car. Then just last week I saw and was admiring the Oxford Green Alpina that I recognised from their website and social media accounts and got chatting with the owner who, as it turns out, has a number of older BMWs. Perhaps surprisingly given that his car appears on CLA's website, he was unable to recommend them. He didn't go into the specifics but that discussion was enough for me to cross them off my list. If it's helpful and the location of Classic Legends is a factor in you asking your question, I've seen work done by Proline Paint just up the road from CLA and it was first rate. They were also highly recommended by a couple of former customers who I have spoken to.
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    Preventative Medicine - started as a service

    As this has wandered slightly off topic and gone on to recommended independents, does anyone have any experience of using A Reeve Performance in Kings Lynn with their E39?
  3. JonJon

    BMW E39 M5 spacesaver spare wheel & tyre

    Brilliant post. Thanks!
  4. JonJon

    BMW E39 Sunroof Headroom

    I actively sought out an M5 with comfort seats because I found that they provided me with more headroom than the standard sports seats (and the back adjustment was better for my bad back). I'm 6'5 and have no headroom problems in my sunroof-equipped car. I recognise that I'm coming to this thread slightly late but mention this in case the OP hasn't quite written off the E39 yet!
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    Goodwood Breakfast Club - Sunday 7th May

    Saw a couple of grey E39 M5s in the course of the day there: one whilst stuck trying to get onto the roundabout to exit the Chichester bypass (traffic was even thicker than at FOS in my experience) and another at the exit to the circuit when we passed one another immediately outside the exit but going in opposite directions. You gave it the revs when we passed but I'm afraid I was too busy looking the other way until we passed!
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    BKR6EQUP Sparkplugs - Halfords CHEAP!!!

    Thanks for the heads up. Grabbed some today, having done reserve and collect through my usual cashback provider first. When I collected them the chap behind the desk admitted that the shop staff had been struggling to comprehend the sudden mark down and that they have been flying off the shelves.
  7. JonJon

    E39 M5 crankcase breather vent hoses

    Lightening fast
  8. I read this thread yesterday and meant to compliment you on an excellent thread and for the meticulous attention to detail over the years. The car also looks great and I'm minded to do something similar when mine finally gets the repaint and body restoration that I promised it last year but ended up rolling to this. After a lot of pondering and research I have also shifted over to 0w40 Mobil 1, comforted in large part by your experience over the years so thanks for that!
  9. JonJon

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Inspection 2 and plenty of preventative maintenance including thermostat, lambdas and oil level sensor to replace the temperamental one that kept having a hissy fit, sending the oil temp reading off the scale whilst at the same time reporting that the oil level was low (which is wasn't). Speaking of oil, and having read a lot of owner experience with different oils I've used 0w40 Mobil 1 this time around and the car is noticeably quieter and feels more eager to rev (although I appreciate that this is not going to be just down to the thinner oil). I'll be keeping a close eye on oil use and characteristics in the coming months but initial impressions are good.
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    E39 M5 crankcase breather vent hoses

    Thanks Phil. Paid by Paypal. Regards Jon
  11. I'm after both hoses (which have basically turned to putty) for my 2001 M5 please. I think the numbers are 11 15 406 952 and 953 but no doubt you'll be able to confirm. Thanks Jon
  12. JonJon

    Buying tyres on line

    I've used Costco in the past for other cars and they've been OK on price - I've used them for convenience (at the time) more than for price. I used to hunt around for online prices in the past and order the cheapest (generally but not always Camskill) and have them fit them but these days they'll just match online prices for me and supply and fit. It's worth seeing if your local garage can or is prepared to do the same as it takes all of the hassle factor out of the exercise. The last time I ordered tyres online myself I did it through Mytyres, who were at the time cheapest for what I wanted and showed the tyres as in stock. I ended up waiting over a week for them to be dispatched, despite constant pestering from me, so if you need them in a hurry take any indication of tyres being 'in stock' with a pinch of salt from that particular retailer. If you do end up buying online it's also worth seeing whether the site you buy from is signed up to one of the cashback websites too. A very quick look a moment ago shows that some give as much as 6.9% cashback (that was on Topcashback), all of which adds up.
  13. JonJon

    E39 M5 thermostat + O rings

    Fabulous. Thanks, as ever, for quick response. Jon
  14. JonJon

    E39 M5 thermostat + O rings

    Thanks, Phil. Paid by Paypal. Jon
  15. JonJon

    E39 M5 thermostat + O rings

    Please could you quote for the following: E39 M5 'stat O rings (x6) O rings (x4) Gasket ring I believe the part numbers are correct but no doubt you'll correct me if I'm wrong! Many thanks. Jon