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makeshiftuk last won the day on July 10 2018

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    2002 BMW E39 530i Sport Touring / 2010 Maserati Quattroporte 4.7 Sport GTS

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  1. makeshiftuk

    E39 - Broken ash tray cover (I am an idiot)

    Thanks Dan. I couldn't quite get it flush in the picture above, but I suspect more time and patience will help - and I'll use Araldite as suggested. Any pictures of your ride in your signature?
  2. Evening gents, facelift E39 touring here... I foolishly tried to store my 3x USB port cigarette lighter charger in the ash tray compartment, and in forcing the lid down it came off... it looks like the plastic locating lugs have snapped off (see below). Bo*****s. Had a look on realOEM, and it seems that the cover itself cannot be ordered separately. Neither can I find any replacements in the right try (steel grey) on eBay. Should I try prying out the stuck plastic lugs with long nose pliers, and then supergluing the lid down? I figure it should work (in theory) if I could also slide the cover back onto the 3 black plastic tabs to locate it into place. I'm traumatised, because my interior is so lovely Thanks in advance.
  3. makeshiftuk

    E39 floor mats - touring vs saloon

    Hi droverunner, your post got me thinking... I have a grey leather interior in my E39 like yours (with aluminium/silver trim) and I bought it 5 years ago and it came with genuine OE black mats. In my fastidious quest to keep everything original, do we know if the sport touring e39s had contrasting carpet and mats?
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    E39 floor mats - touring vs saloon

    But they're the real thing! The only time I ever saw them discounted was around/just after Black Friday... by about 10/15%.
  5. You've lost me fella..
  6. Hi gents, Just noticed yesterday that when turning the steering wheel at slow speed/first gear, I get a quiet but audible whirring noise from the front-end of the car - immediate thought is the power-steering pump, but when I check the power steering fluid fluid it's actually over the max fill line (so I got a pipette and reduced the fluid level to between the max and min fill lines). My only other observation was the fluid colour - cloudy, and dark red/black. Any ideas? Oh yeah - E39 530i Sport Touring, 2002 with 205k on the clock. Thanks in advance! Dan
  7. makeshiftuk

    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Update: topped it up to the maximum point on the dipstick last Sunday. Since then, I've driven it around town and on the motorway - with a lead foot as well to see if that produced plumes of blue smoke upon heavy acceleration... about 70-80 miles since last weekend. Checked the oil level this morning, and it hasn't used a drop. I don't get it? I'm not alarmed as I was before, but she's due a coolant flush and brake fluid change in March - I'll take the opportunity then to properly inspect for oil leaks and change up to some 5w40 instead. Thanks for all your thoughts/inputs, gents.
  8. makeshiftuk

    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Fairly sure I have no oil leaks - unless it's all welling up in the belly pan in a massive pool! I got the CCV pipework sorted when I first bought the car around 5 years ago. I'm getting the oil/filter change booked in, and after that I'll report back with my findings and take a view of things. Thanks for all the responses.
  9. makeshiftuk

    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    Thanks Dan... I know right. March 2018 I had an inspection one (198,884 miles), including oil service - had a few gaskets (sump and oil filter housing) changed as I was leaking back then, but since the driveway has been clean. I can't see any blue smoke from cold, or any plumes under heavy throttle - but I'll be checking religiously now. I also added 1.25L back in August. Mostly small journeys, but I took it for a long 500 mile run over 2 days a few weeks back. I'm with you on the oil filter/filter/5w40 idea. Would you suggest I stay away from long trips >100 miles for now?
  10. Hi all - where has 2018 gone... I topped up the oil in my ‘02 530i tourer today. It needed 2.5L of 0w40 (Castrol Edge BMW LL01) just to get to the minimum level mark on the dipstick. I’m going to drive it later today, but assuming that’s accurate it’ll need another 1L to bring it to the maximum level mark. No oil pressure warning light seen at all, and I know the light works. I also heard a slight rattling noise when driving away from cold this AM during small throttle input, but this didn’t happen again. Its a 203k mile engine, so I know it’s going to use oil - I just hope I haven’t let it get the past the point of no return, and irreparable internal damage? I doubt there’s anything else I can do right now other than keep an eye on it. Thoughts very welcome, thanks in advance.
  11. makeshiftuk

    My old girl...

    Thanks for all the kind comments... ...will revive this thread when I'm at 300k!!! Might be a few years though...
  12. makeshiftuk

    My old girl...

    ...is 200k miles old! 16 years since she left the production line (and the last 4 years in my care), and she still looks great on our roads. Some bodywork/rust challenges to sort, but what a machine... Long live the M54B30!!
  13. makeshiftuk

    Hi - Finally got a BMW worth talking about again

    Lovely motor you have there! I've always wondered what a manual touring would be like to own... but then again after several years of M25 hell I <3 my auto box lol. I'm on 199k with my 530i Sport Touring - most reliable car I've ever owned - although I am having some electrical gremlins surface around central locking, which appear to be an isolated and rare incident having posted up here/scoured through old threads. Hopefully it'll just go away... I use Castrol Edge 0W40... BMW Longlife01 as per the owners handbook. But considering I'm on 199k, is it wise to switch to 5W40 at the next oil change?
  14. makeshiftuk

    Rear Door Wont Open

    WRussell... I think I have the same door handle symptoms as you. Just sent you a PM...
  15. makeshiftuk

    PLEASE HELP - Central Locking Madness

    Thanks Dan/Chris. Door card off today to try and fix the o/s rear door handle - nothing obvious that I could see, so I'll post up on a separate thread. I also disconnected/reconnected the battery as suggested, so I hope that'll help. @Chris - can you direct me to somewhere I can do some reading around the general module, and the relays it houses? It's frustrating as it's only happened twice in the last 18 months, rest of the time I have no issues.