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DerekJr. last won the day on January 30 2017

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About DerekJr.

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  • Birthday 02/09/1992

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    Portsmouth, England


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    e39 523i

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  1. Thanks man. It's a real photo but I played around with it on Adobe Lightroom...mainly made the background darker and gave it a cold tint to it. I left the car with the warm tint from the street lamps.
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    22 year old RESPONSIVE steering possible??

    The V8 generally have worse steering than the straight 6 models. When I jumped in my mate's V8, I was surprised at the difference. On the V8, I had to give it more turn on the steering wheel.
  3. Indeed it is! A little picture to remind you of home
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    Breakdown cover

    AA isn't all that for the type of hype that surrounds them. I've used them a fair few times with the latest one being last month. I had a bad experience. Friend's E60 broke down (Turbo went bye-bye) on the M25/A3 roundabout at about 3 am. A quick call to them and they said someone will be with you at 4:45 am. At 5:15 am I called them as I had not a single update on arrival time. The person who answered the phone then said that someone will be with you in 2 hrs time. At 5:45 am, the highway patrol towed us from the roundabout back onto the M25 and left us on the hard shoulder even though the next service was less than a mile down the motorway. At 6 am I had a phone call from the tow truck driver saying he will be with us by 6:30 am. When he arrived, he said he could only tow us to the next services where he would inform the AA to collect us. They arrived about 7:30 am but again, no update. We only realised he was there when we went back to the car after getting breakfast. Waited for about 4.5 hrs in total with no update from AA. I thought being close to the capital city, we would have been rescued sooner. I might switch to RAC or Greenflag come renewal time.
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    530d 324mm Callipers

    According to RealOEM, 324mm was offered from 09/2000 for the 530d. I think mine was from a 2001 model. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DL82-EUR-04-2001-E39-BMW-530d&diagId=34_1123
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    As BarryM has stated; 1) Prefacelift SE used the rectangular front fogs 2) Facelift SE used the round bubble type 3) Sport and M5 used the flat surface round type Just be wary that if a previous owner changed the bumper for a Sport or facelift one, it will affect the type of fog lamp you have.
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    530d 324mm Callipers

    Facelift 530d, 530i, 535i, and 540i share the same calipers. I've done the 296mm to 324mm upgrade on my 523i. I used facelift 530d calipers and carriers with 530i discs. The difference in brake is noticeable, in terms of feel and performance. Highly recommend it if you have a 520i - 528i, 525d, or a prefacelift 530d.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    There was a damp patch on the floor over night. This was confirmed when I looked at the radiator and saw coolant on the side of the radiator.
  9. Obviously today's situation has not been done before (Brexit and Covid). However, I thought when Boris, one of the driving forces behind the leave campaign, became PM, I would have expected things to go a lot smoother. It seems as if there was no real plan for Brexit, and that the leave campaign was just throwing numbers and facts that they wanted people to believe. The remain and leave campaign were both shambles. It was like watching two school children arguing. I voted to remain only because there was no real plan from the leave side. There's been so many back and forth agreements and stubbornness from both sides (UK and EU) that I can't keep track of what's happening. Listening to the news this evening looks like Boris wants to amend an agreement he has signed near the beginning of the year. What I would like to find out is with the current agreements that have been signed, how will this affect the UK positively? What changes will there be post-Brexit, and will it be worth the hassle?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Radiator replaced again. The one that was replaced lasted slightly more than 5 years (around 90k miles).
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Indeed, I have 45W LED bulbs in there at the moment and they have been okay. They are brighter than the OEM 10w incandescent bulbs. I don't think that the LED bulbs generate as much heat as regular bulbs. Thanks! Not particularly. My driving style varies between old granma and boy racer, just depends on my mood and the road. Make sure there's always oil in the engine. Don't rev past 3.5k rpm until it's at optimum temperate
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The e39 clocked over 312,500 Miles (Half a million Kilometers) last night Ordered some 60W LED angel eye bulbs as one of mine has burnt out after a few years. Old ones were 45W so these *should* be brighter. Also, ordered some matte chrome instrument cluster rings, and orange paint for the instrument cluster needles.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Bought what I can only describe as what a 80s/90s cocaine dealer from Miami would wear. Too bad it's meant to rain for the next 10 days haha
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Over the weekend: Finally sorted the aux fan....only after 7 yrs of ownership. Thought I might as well sort it out now as summer is here. Now I get cold air from the vent whether I'm stopped or moving, not just when moving.