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    E39 530d (manual) & E39 M5 (2001MY) & BMW i3 (120ah)

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  1. DepthHoar

    BMW E39 M5 spacesaver spare wheel & tyre

    Continued: Carrying the spare in the M5 Bought a tyre sock thing for it made by Heyner of Germany, though I'm pretty sure it's made in China. New for £8 on eBay (Above) Good fit in the M5's boot with quite a lot more space than than the bigger alternatives. (Above) You'll also need to carry this lot to effect a successful wheel change. Don't overlook the locking wheel bolts. They require a bigger hex pattern socket than the standard wheel bolt. The wheel brace for the locking wheel nut is an old one I had lying around from a Subaru I used to own. The jack is from my E39 530d and has the correct pattern shoe on it to fit BMW jacking points. (Above) The M5's tool kit. Already has the pre-prepared slot for the wheel brace so has a more OE look. However, I might buy one of those 1/2" drive telescopic wheel braces and carry a couple of the correct size sockets. I think it would make a road-side wheel change a bit easier - a much longer lever etc. - than the BMW/Subaru mix I have at present. This hybrid temporary spare arrangement I've put together is not for everyone. Some might have issues with the insurance angle, others may prefer a bigger spare. My requirement was to create as much boot space as possible and have a functional spare to get me out of trouble and keep me mobile in isolated locations a long way from home.
  2. After several continental trips in the M5, including one north of the Arctic circle in Norway, I thought it would be a good idea to carry a space saver tyre. Just in case. Not an fan of the can of goo 'solution' to a flat tyre in this car, so a compact spare wheel/tyre combo seemed a much better alternative to the 'cross your fingers and hope' that inevitably accompanies the can of goo approach. I know some people just use a Style 65 front wheel and tyre as a spare but they are pretty bulky. Same goes for the parallel spoke Style 66, which is a little less bulky but comes with a 'winter tyre only' warning from BMW, though I'm sure you could use a summer tyre to little or no ill effect. But I wanted small, and small as possible since I tend to travel heavy, if you get my drift. There have been loads of threads on this issue across this forum and the M5board to name just two. One M5board thread I found to be the most useful, and in particular the thoughts of a British forum member who posted this:- All of it seemed to check out. The BMW steel rim he suggests was verified as a good fit both in bore size, bolt pattern and wheel offset. The tyre size choice seemed good too. But. He posted his comment back in 2014 and the tyre size and brand he recommends is no longer stocked at the moment by anyone in Europe, least of all Camskill. Same goes for that size tyre size but from different manufacturers. (However, I believe Maxxis may sell a tyre, but only available in the USA, that will work for this application). A dead end then, at least here in the UK? I gave up looking after a while but revisited the issue earlier this year. Looking back I'd become a little too focused on sourcing a a 155(mm) wide tyre to fit the 5" BMW steel rim.That size is the ideal fit but having spoken to my trusted local garage owner and tyre supplier he reckoned a 145(mm) wide tyre would be fine on a 5" rim since 145mm is 5.75". After playing around with some online rim/tyre size comparison tools I came across a 145/70/18" 'temporary' tyre manufactured by Bridgestone that seemed to fit the bill. See below:- (Above) Standard FRONT wheel and tyre size compared to the proposed spacesaver wheel/tyre combo. Diameter/circumference are within acceptable limits: +1.2% of the standard size. (Above) Standard REAR wheel/tyre size vs. the spacesaver. And +1.6% in this instance. Note the different tyre sizes at the front and rear on the M5 as fitted at the factory. That comparison results in a 0.5% difference in diameter/circumference front/back or back/front as standard. Game on then. (Above) The wheel from BMW. £61 from Cotswold when I bought it a year ago. Note that it's the spare wheel for an E70 X5. (Above) The wheel/ tyre combo as fitted. (Above) The Bridgestone model and size. Technically it's a TRR2, I think. Available from Camskill for £55.70 today (May 2020) + delivery and fitting. So, about £130 all in. My tyre was manufactured in Week 37 of 2018 so it's not some cracked & perished OAP of a tyre either. I came across several scruffy used spare wheel/tyre combos on eBay that might have worked but with DOT marks at least a decade or more old! Ridiculous prices being asked too. Proof of the pudding time. Does it fit the car and clear the brake calipers? (Above) The front. Can confirm that the bore size and bolt pattern are perfect, there's decent clearance of the calipers and no problem with the wheel arch. The standard wheel bolts work absolutely fine as well. Not sure this set up would work with a big brake kit - you'd need to research that very carefully before committing to it. (Above) Gimp tyre in my wheel arch!! Standard fitment over on the right. (Above) Holy bejasus! That is quite a contrast to the 275mm wide tyre that normally resides there. So, the temporary spare is a functional fit, clearing everything with sufficient space for normal suspension travel. If you have lowered suspension you'd need to assess this particular application very carefully, a lot depending on how slammed your stance is. Mine is an utterly stock suspension set up and it works fine at both ends. Other issues: The load rating of the new spare. It's rated as 107, which is 975kg. OE standard fitment is circa 97 to 99 load rated, which translates as 730 to 775kg. No problem there then, though you need to keep the spare at the recommended 60psi for that load rating. Car insurance implications. A bit of an unknown and will depend on how your insurance company views this. So do your due diligence. My two cents is that it's a temporary spare, limited to 50mph and will only be used to get the car to the nearest tyre outlet for a repair or replacement of the punctured tyre. Carrying the spare in the M5. (Above) The M5's massive rear exhaust boxes means the space normally reserved for a spare wheel in other E39 saloons can only accommodate the 12v battery, the tyre inflator and emergency cans of goo. (Above) By way of contrast, the spare wheel well in my E39 530d (To be continued)
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    Front windscreen seal advice

    There's some interesting stuff on this and surrounding issues on Glasstec Paul's blog. (He's a Hertfordshire based automotive glass installer who specialises in Porsches, amongst others. You may have seen some of his regular postings on Pistonheads where he posts as Glassman.) OE vs aftermarket windscreens: http://www.glasstecpaul.com/dealer-part-windscreens/#comments Disparity in insurance windscreen claims: http://www.glasstecpaul.com/2019/03/ and on a similar theme: http://www.glasstecpaul.com/2019/10/ Conclusion: It's a minefield for car owners who want to be treated fairly and get the best product.
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    Front windscreen seal advice

    A lot depends on the approach taken by your insurance company. Some seem OK - after a bit of discussion - providing an OE screen whilst others insist on (cheaper) aftermarket versions. It'll help your cause if the broken/damaged screen is a BMW OE screen. I was given the runaround for a while by my insurer (one of the better brands usually known for fewer quibbles when claiming) until I pointed out that my damaged screen was OE, not aftermarket. Like for like replacement etc. etc.. I added further leverage to the conversation by asking them if they'd fit pattern body parts when repairing bodywork if I was making a crash damage claim. 'No, we only specify OE body panels', was their the reply. 'In which case I'd like an OE replacement windscreen, thanks'. They folded and I got an OE replacement screen on my M5. (Autoglass dealt with the screen replacement btw.)
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    autobox fluid

    Using your VIN number I found this page on Realoem that does list a filter and its part number. Part #8 in the diagram. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DD42-EUR-06-1998-E39-BMW-523i&diagId=24_0708 Auto gearboxes seem like the Hadron Collider to me so maybe I've misinterpreted something? Trying to assist but hope I'm not misdirecting you!
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    Power steering parts

    Hi Gents, BMW E39 M5, VIN BJ11997 Individual prices please for the following: 1. Power steering return pipe: 32412229218 2. Power steering coiling coil: 17111141819 Look forward to your reply. Tom
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    Non Starter 530i Manual

    My 2 cents:- Before you load the 'parts cannon'.......and after you've ruled out any other possible reasons for an intermittent no-start.... Buy a new BMW OE fuel pump relay (they're pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things). Run the car until it fails to start then fit the new relay. Run the car some more and if it does another no-start then it's probably time to fit a new pump. (I'd also be checking the condition of the fuel filter & fuel pressure regulator. If you're changing the pump you'd be wise to fit a new filter, too. No idea if the pressure regulator is an easy swap on a 530i but it was located right next to the filter on my M5 and was a cinch to change). The parts cannon game is fun isn't it!
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    e39 fuel pump oem or pierburg

    I'm pretty certain the Pierburg one will be the pump insert only with no other ancillaries. You'll need to check though. I bought a Pierburg one for my M5 and it came 'bare' so I'm guessing it'll be similar set up for the 530i. (For reference, the actual pump part of the BMW complete assembly is Pierburg). In my case it was no big deal inserting the pump into the cage etc once I'd got my head around it, but had a bit of a faff getting the correct diameter hose ('Oetiker') clamps. Eventually bought the clamps at little cost from BMW. The tank seal I bought from BMW was quite stiff and wouldn't fit so got them to send another one which seemed to be made of more pliant rubber and fitted really well. The complete pump/ancillary package for BMW also includes the float which measures the fuel level - so I guess that too can wear a bit, too, though I've never heard of one wearing out. If I were to do it again I'd probably just bite the bullet and buy the whole thing from BMW.
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    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Range is dependent on temperature. Less range in winter. Did an 800 mile road trip in November - when it was cold ie. 0 degrees C. - driving at 'normal' speeds eg 70mph on M-ways and found the range to be about 120 miles on one charge. Would have been further in summer conditions. 'Rapid' charger (50kW) took us from 12-15% charge to 95% charge in about 40 minutes. 'Rapid' chargers are what you should be aiming for when on a long journey. At your destination you can plug into a 240v 13amp ordinary 3 pin socket with the OUC (the 2.3 kW Occasional Use Charger supplied with the car) and will recharge from 10% to 100% in 12-13 hrs or so. Just bimbling around on A & B roads + in town should see at least 150 mile range in winter conditions, more in summer. Experimented with driving faster than motorway speeds to see how that affected range. Big difference! Really chews through battery capacity when "making progress". (Actually, the car cruises really well at 70 to 80, though the range suffers of course above 70).
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    Anyone swapped an E39 M5 for a Golf Gti?

    Bought a brand new i3 at the end of October 2019. Quicker to 40mph than my M5. But won't be selling my M5 any time soon. Great cabin in the i3 and a surprisingly good drive. I like it. The only downside is the poor appalling charging network for longer journeys. Tesla holds all the cards when it comes to charging networks. An i3 would be ideal in London. The looks are a bit Marmite but I think it's cool. Feels like a car from the future. Partial carbon fibre construction means it's a lightweight too, weighing in at just over 1300kg, which is 300kg less than a Leaf. That means a lot when it comes to performance.
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    Why I've ended up with an e39.

    The summer of 2008. It all started when I was in the fruit & veg section of the local supermarket and struck up a conversation with a bald man wearing a wig....... Yes. Seriously. I'd been told he had a small business importing and re-selling binoculars so approached him for a bit of bino-buying advice. Some time later I went to his house and actually bought a pair of his binos. The binos are pretty good and I still use them to this day. Could not get over the rug on his head though. I was transfixed by it when talking to him. It seemed to have a life of its own and would shift slightly if he smiled or laughed. Frankly, I was a bit unnerved by this but he was super knowledgeable on optics and the eventual purchase was an easy transaction. Anyway.... On the way out of his house I commented on the strange co-incidence of 3 BMWs parked right next to each other in the road immediately outside his gaff. This is where the car conversation started...... They were all his, all older models - a couple of E36s and an E34 if memory serves. I mentioned to him that I was thinking of buying a used, big wafty car for motorway work and asked him what older BMW might suit. Owners of multiple BMWs are never short of opinions, are they! He turned out to be an inexhaustible mine of detail but after a while I just couldn't shut him up (I wanted to get home and play with my new binos....plus I wanted to escape from this unnerving wig-wearing mega geek). Turned out he had his own BMW website, 'Unixnerd', and appeared to know everything about older BMWs. Anyway, he tried to warn me off E39s as, in his opinion, it was in most ways inferior to the E34. Too heavy, too complicated, electronic-nightmare-waiting-to-happen, massive appetite for suspension components...yadda, yadda. You know the script! I just kept staring at his wig while he waxed lyrical about swirl flaps or something and felt compelled to get away....NOW! A month later I bought my E39 530d. Since it's a well know fact that badly fitting head rugs frighten small children and horses (as well as buyers of leggy diesel cars, apparently), all potential wig-wearers should apply for a special licence from the police and/or magistrates courts before unleashing them on the public. Yeah, y'know, like shotgun owners have to. Ergo, anyone who wears a wig and speaks ill of the E39 has be ignored, surely? So I did. Optics and wigs are obviously better suited bedfellows than wigs and Bavaria's finest 5 series. Don't we all agree? Just to rub it in, a few years later I bought another one, my E39 M5. One day soon, when I've plucked up enough courage, I'll drive around to the front of his house in my M5 and unleash some V8 thunder to remind him of his folly and wrong-headedness (pun not intended). If he comes to the door though I will run and keep running....because I know the wig will take no prisoners. (True story. Though some of it may be made up. Probably the bit about going round to his house and revving my engine. That would never happen. I'm too much of a coward.)
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    BMW Parts

    'Pork chops' part #s 51712498989 & 51712498990......Those stupid bits of trim you have to get down on your knees to see at the front of the vehicle. .....Price in 2014? £58 each (discounted by Cotswold BMW & delivered to my door). Price in mid 2019? Over £220 each. (Schmiedemann BMW prices so somewhat discounted.) Scandalous. There should be a law against this sort of profiteering.
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    wind noise ?

    You could stick tape around the screen as has been suggested in another post but if you want the clean factory-original look you're almost certainly looking at removing the screen and starting again. There's not much that can be retrospectively fitted/adjusted. If you look at the TIS you'll see that the screen has to be pre-tensioned first using foam blocks of particular dimensions. Then there's the offset at the top of the screen which has very little dimensionsal tolerance. Add to that the installation of foam tape, rubber buffers and glue in very specific locations & dimensions. Re. rust repair. My M5 has a minor rust blemish in the area at the base of the screen covered by glue. I was allowed about 10 minutes to descale, prime and protect the repair before the window tech wanted to crack on and fit the screen. Fair enough, he's got a screen to fit and bodywork isn't his gig. Luckily the screen was fitted at home where I had the wherewithal to do the simple bodywork prep and heat gun to dry everything so that the glue could go on top of it all. Ideally, the screen would come out whilst the car was under cover, carry out the bodywork repair and allowed to dry overnight, with the screen fitted the following day. I'm not 100% confident of my rust repair (even though it was tiny) and am sure it will need to be done properly......some time, sooner or later. Windscreen replacement Top Tip: If you still have the original screen in your car (it will have the BMW logo on it) and it needs replacement then insist they replace it with another BMW OE screen (from a BMW dealer). I was given the run around by the glass fitting company to start with....'the aftermarket screen is just as good as BMW OE', and, 'we only fit aftermarket screens'.... 'our replacement screens are actually better than BMW OE' (that last one cracked me up!)....'they all come from the same factory in Turkey anyway'. I resorted to speaking directly to my insurance company and informed them that since the damaged screen in my car is BMW OE then I want an actual OE replacement, like for like. BMW keep a wide and deep back catalogue of parts for our cars so OE screens are still available (or were when my screen was fitted a year or so ago). I eventually won the argument but my particular insurer is known to be pretty good and co-operative when settling claims. Yours may not be and maybe has you tied up in small print exclusions. If your screen has been replaced before with an aftermarket one and needs changing again, then you'll be in a weaker position to demand OE. There's was a long thread on Pistonheads about the quality of OE and aftermarket windscreens led by username Glassman, an independent glass fitter who does a lot of high end work. Glassman is aka Glasstec Paul and has a revealing personal blog posting on this issue: http://www.glasstecpaul.com/dealer-part-windscreens/
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    wind noise ?

    Could be many different things, but has it had a new windscreen recently? I ask because if it has, windscreen fitters need to follow a fairly precise procedure, carefully documented in the BMW TIS, when fitting a new screen in order to avoid creating the wind noise issue on an E39. When I had a new windscreen fitted to my M5 I provided the fitter with the printed TIS document. I thought he might be a knob about it "telling me how to do my job" etc etc but he was quite grateful, did a great job fitting the screen and asked if he could keep the document, so proper professional (always learning etc.). Edit. (BMW E39 windscreen replacement TIS for those interested):- R&R Windscreen.pdf