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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. Yeah if you know your way around NCS Expert, it's pretty straight forward. You can also use NCS Expert Dummy which simplifies it for you and translate it into English. If you love geeky stuff and learning, you'll find it interesting. If you are a hammer bashing bloke like Jeremy Clarkson, you might find it a little in depth and boring.
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    When BMW Raced a 7 Series

    Yeah, the turbo engine of the Euro 745i couldn't fit in the RHD cars. I'm guessing BMW South Africa wanted a more powerful model than the 735i. During this period, a 325i S (different from the Euro 325i) with a 2.7 engine fettled by Alpina and a 333i with a 3.2 engine was offered as the M3 was not available in South Africa. Again a LHD to RHD issue. Due to the engine size in the 333i, owners had to choose between A/C or Power Steering. Most owners chose A/C because of the heat in South Africa.
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    When BMW Raced a 7 Series

    Correct! It differed to the European 745i that had a turbo M102/M106 engine.
  4. You'll need to code the cold check off to stop them from flickering. You might need to code "reporting" off as well because the car might think the lights are broken and give you two jellyfishes in your dash. LED rearlights is another parameter for coding. But I think this is to drop the voltage going to the CELIS to stop them from burning out.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Hey Dan, Yeah I had them sprayed. It took longer than I expected because I wanted gloss black bases and colour coded caps. The mirrors are good and the quality feels good. Everything works as it should....foldings function, power adjustment, and heating. However, I think they are for LHD, well, the driver's side at least. It is adjusted fully to the right(outer position), yet the rear of the e39 still covers 1/4 of the mirror. Not a massive issue for me as I look over my shoulder anyways before merging/changing lanes/pulling out. I have no problem with the passenger side.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    1) Finally got around to fitting my M5 style power-folding mirrors. 2) While the door cards were out during doing the above, I replaced some of the plastic clips to eliminate some of the rattles I heard from the door going over bumps. 2) Test fitted my AC Schnitzer 3 piece boot spoiler. Now I need to paint it before fitting it.
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    £100 Auto dimming Rear view mirror from e39 m5

    Are the mirrors with the built-in compass plug and play?
  8. DerekJr.

    Who's on Instagram

    Mine is Derek.Gray.Jr
  9. DerekJr.


    I heard about a car that was pulled over for no tax or insurance. Turns out the driver just bought the car from a Facebook ad and were on their way home. The driver was fined for no tax/insurance and for breaking the lockdown rules. His buddy in the other car was fined for breaking the lockdown rules. I laughed when I saw that post. I've noticed this evening that most takeaway shops, of which there are a lot in Portsmouth, are closed. The only places that are opened now are the supermarkets, convenience stores, fuel stations, and Dominos (delivery only).
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    E39 Style 81 Alloys & Winter Tyres - £100!

    Definitely a good deal. I sold my turbines a few years back for the same price, but these are bigger and look better!
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    New BMW logo

    It's growing on me. When it first came out I said "oh, it looks incomplete" but now I think it looks modern.
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    I believe that the lockdown will be extended for another 2 weeks at least...or when we see the peak of this virus.
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    People are taking it seriously down here in Portsmouth which is surprising for a populated city. Fewer cars & people out and about. People are keeping social distance apart especially while queuing to go into shops.
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    Worrying hearing all these countries having lock-downs...Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, now France. How long until we do it? I work for a local authority and our department is busy working on a contingency plan of working from home. Year-end is basically around the corner so I do know how that's going to affect work/finances. We are also in the middle of changing one of our payment systems, so working from home might prove difficult. I was planning on going to South Africa later this year but decided to put it on hold for now. South Africa has imposed some restrictions such as banning tourists from high risks countries such as UK, the USA, most of Europe, China, and South Korea. Local shops have run out of toilet paper and some tinned foods. I believe this Corona Virus may have been around for longer than what they've told us. I felt rough for approximately 1.5 weeks in January when I had a "cold/flu". Definitely the worst cold I've had in my 28-year life. I am not the only one to say this. A few of my colleagues and people in my city felt this way in Dec 2019/Jan 2020 time. Some of us may have already had it without realizing it because it wasn't fully known to the media at that time. Still, I'm not taking any chances. Mom works at the local hospital and I heard that they had a patient who tested positive over the weekend before she did!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Another year's MOT granted. Put up a fight this year....failed on the rear drivers jacking point and handbrake. They had to remove the tank to do the welding. but got there in the end