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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.
  15. Hey Guys, I'll be refurbing (New adjusters and lens covers) my facelift headlamps soon. While I have everything apart, I might as well upgrade the projectors. I was just wondering if anyone has fitted a different set of projectors to their headlamps? I know a fair few have done it to their LHD cars in Europe/USA but it would be no good to us RHD owners in the UK. I've been looking at e46 bixenon projectors, I've also seen an F10 bixenon on eBay. What about other car brands like Honda S2000 projectors, or Vauxhall Omega projector? The fitting looks similar to e39 ones. Thanks
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    The left-hand beam was aimed slightly higher than the right beam. You can adjust the beam using the screws on the headlamp. I just didn't fine-tune it by the time this picture was taken. Still working like the first day I fitted them. I've had no problems with it. The company brought out the next gen projector shortly after I fitted mine, with a more European slanted kick. It was fine during MOT and passed the 2019 and 2020 MOT with no issues regarding the headlamps. I bought a Y splitter so that my high beams still work when the dipped beam is off and I flash my lights.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not today, but last Sunday: Fitted a replacement bootlid and reverse camera
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    E39 retrofitting, what have you done...

    My e39 was a standard UK prefacelift SE spec when I bought it. These are the following things I've added over the years starting from front to rear: Custom facelift headlamps with bi-xenon projector for the low beam and LED high beam bulbs LED angel eye bulbs USA sidelights coded Sport front bumper with M5 lower grille Yellow fog lamps Universal bumper rubber splitter Gloss black double slant kidney grilles Larger front brakes from the 530i/535i/540i/facelift 530d BC Racing coilovers Folding mirrors switch pack Changed to Salberk folding mirrors, then changed to M5 style folding mirrors e46 M3 SMG Steering wheel (functional flappy paddles) Android head unit that looks like the widescreen nav Heated sports seats Black headlining and associated bits and pieces Rear power sunshade with black suede parcel shelf Sub and amp Facelift tail lamps Reverse camera that is built into the boot lid handle. Sport rear bumper Twin exhaust backbox exhaust Colour coded bumper and door trims AC Schnitzer boot spoiler BMW style 81, then ASA AR1 alloy wheels Gel 3D plates ModLight 2 install (welcome/goodbye lights, mirrors fold/unfold with key etc) Tinted windows Coded doors to lock once traveling over 16km/h Of course, on top of this, I've replaced things that need fixing and normal maintenance items
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Retrofitted heated sports seats a few months back. While doing research, I found out that if you have heated or active seats, you'll only need two wires for a power rear sunshade (and the switch pack obviously). Bought a parcel shelf with the power rear sunshade but it had no fabric. Recovered the shelf in black suede, and retrofitted it to the car. Now my switch pack is looking more populated compared to when I bought the car (ASC only vs Heated front seats, ASC, and now Rear Sunshade). Also, I bought one of those ModLight modules so that the angel eyes illuminate and the mirrors unfold/fold when I unlock/lock the car via the key fob, giving it that modern feeling. I've also activated flashing high beams when I press the lock button twice for no reason what so ever. I feel like activating the cornering lights but I'm on the fence at the moment. Tomorrow, I will tackle replacing my boot lid and fitting a reverse camera that's built into the handle. Therefore, I still keep the boot handle function.
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    My mother works for the NHS and she recently had an antibody test which came back negative. I remember she was ill with flu/common cold like symptoms in Dec 2019 and I was ill in Jan 2020. This mean either; a) we have not had Covid 19, or b) the antibodies do not last a very long time (less than 5 months).
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    E39 set of Birch Anthracite trim £offers

    Shouldn't be. Piper is a well-known member here.
  22. 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.