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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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    1999 E39 523i, 2004 E66 760li

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  1. DerekJr.

    Engine Replacement (M52TU)

    Update: The old engine has now been removed from the car tonight Hopefully, the new engine will be up and running by the weekend.
  2. DerekJr.

    Engine Replacement (M52TU)

    I thought I would post an update on this: Firstly, thank you for your insight and ideas. Really appreciate it and it has helped me! Secondly, progress is being made albeit slowly. I'm tackling the engine transplant after work on weekdays and on weekends, mainly on my own. Nevertheless, progress is progress! The engine was delivered 1-2 weeks ago and the car was moved from the street to the underground parking last Friday where I am tackling the job. I managed to limp it to the location with the engine ticking away. In my head, I thought: Friday: Move the car to the underground parking after work, and get started removing items and loosening bolts in the evening. Saturday: Remove the old engine and fit the replacement engine. Sunday: Tidy up and take the e39 to an E39 meet at Ace Cafe However, this is the first time I'm tackling a job this large on the e39 so I'm taking it easy. So an engine transplant over a weekend didn't go as planned. Due to me removing the engine from the transmission while in the car, I had to remove the intake manifold, to gain access to the gearbox bolts on the top. This added more time to the process. However, the silver lining to this is that I can remove the starter motor which gives me access to remove the torque converter bolts. It is easier compared to using the access port by the exhaust side of the engine, especially if you are planning on leaving the gearbox on the car. Most people use this access port by the exhaust once they have the engine + gearbox combo out of the car. So, what is the progress so far? - Engine hoist delivered and assembled - Remapped (claimed 207 bhp and EWS deleted) 528i DME delivered - Separated the exhaust from the manifold (thankfully none of the bolts snapped or seized) - Loosened all gearbox to engine bolts, ready for removal (thankfully none snapped or seized) - Loosened engine mount bolts - Intake manifold removed - Starter motor removed - Removed torque converter bolts What's left to do? - Drain coolant and oil - Disconnect some coolant pipes - Remove all relevant bolts and nuts - Remove bonnet - Lift engine It's a learning curve but I am enjoying it so far. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like my e39 knowledge is getting bigger and bigger! Hopefully, the old engine will be out by this weekend and the replacement engine will go in. I can't wait to have cold A/C again. My other car needs its A/C condenser replaced so these past few days have been a nightmare with this heat. The other issue is that its average MPG is currently sitting at around 12 lol.
  3. DerekJr.

    Engine Replacement (M52TU)

    I think my engine has finally given up after +320k miles. I think I hear a rod knock but I will investigate it further over the weekend. My engine is the M52TUB25 found in the later pre-facelift 523i. A friend who breaks E39s has an M52TUB28 found in the later pre-facelift 528i. I know the engine will be a direct fit (replacing an M52TU with another M52TU). However, is there anything else that I will need to know before swapping them over? > I've heard of EWS delete etc and using keys from the donor car. Can I just remap my existing engine software to a 528i map? > Would you recommend removing the transmission with the engine and then splitting it, or splitting before engine removal? > What other items will I need from the 528i donor car? I'll appreciate any other advice you can offer if I have missed something out Thanks in advance
  4. Most were probably 2litre diesel, so I would guess snapped timing chains... the same story with the e60 520d. The straight 6 petrol engine suffered from a ticking noise coming from top of the engine. The 4 cylinder petrols are slow. The 330d/335d/335i seem to hold their values. Engine issues even plagued the M3 and suffered from a similar issue to the e60 M5.
  5. Most of the cars that were popular 1st cars when I got my licence are rare now. Probably due to a shift from cheap bangers to financed cars that young people are buying. Off the top of my head, the following cars were popular amongst young people looking for their first car but you hardly see them on the roads now: 1. Citroen Saxo 2. Pug 106/206 3. Vauxhall Corsa B (Corsa C is still around) 4. Rover 25 5. VW Polo (mk3) 6. Ford Fiesta (mk4) 7. Ford KA (mk1) 8. Pug 306 9. Nissan Mirca (mk2) 10. Renault Clio (mk1 and mk2) I guess people just move to newer models when their old one becomes a financial burden, rotten, or expensive MOT repairs. I know the e36 325i was loved by the drifters because apparently, the engine was stronger than the 323/328i. They might have been fitted with an LSD, but I'm not sure. I've always loved the look of the e36 sport. Personally, I think it looked better than the e46, especially pre facelift e46.
  6. DerekJr.

    Rear fog lights not staying on

    Do you know what year the LCM is from? I think pre-late 98 models had a different switch (Off > Front only > Rear only > Front and Rear) as opposed to late 98 and onwards (Off > Front only > Front and Rear)
  7. DerekJr.

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    Crazy really. He definitely has dictator vibes.
  8. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Someone with a brain the size of an Amoeba chucked an egg at the car last night when I was in the shop. I used the jetwash to clean it when I came out but the wing mirror has a scratch on it now which is slightly annoying.
  9. DerekJr.

    The E39 range is 25 years old.

    The E39 has a timeless design, especially the facelift with CELIS rear lights and halo rings upfront. Possibly one of the first cars on the market that has a designed sidelight, which modern cars are heading down that route. Interior wise, it doesn't really look like a 90s car until you look at the instrumental cluster which models after the e39 still looked outdated (e6x/e9x). One of the first European cars with widescreen as a radio/sat nav, granted no iDrive controller. The E39 is easy to futureproof to make it feel more modern by adding a few things here and there. E60 are okay. A lot of choice to choose from engine wise. I don't think an e60 looks better than e39. It definitely had more toys as optional extras. I have noticed that the paint/laquer doesn't hold up well on E60s compared to E39s. It's the same story for E90s. I've seen an awful lot of e60/e90 with laquer peel or spider web cracks in the paint, especially on the darker coloured ones. Personally, the things that make the e39 feel it's age is the rust found on many, performance (relative to todays cars), and the fuel economy.
  10. DerekJr.

    530d 324mm Callipers

    The larger one if it's after 09/1997
  11. DerekJr.

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Installed new pollen filters. Easy job. I haven't changed mine since I bought it over 7 years ago (+120k miles).
  12. V8S were available in RHD, too. I had the pleasure of driving one when my mate bought his. It's fast, especially compared to my 523i.
  13. 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.
  14. DerekJr.

    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.
  15. Indeed it is! A little picture to remind you of home