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    E39 530d (manual) & E39 M5 (2001MY)

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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
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    Front disc guards

    Maybe we should be calling them heat shields? Bear in mind that one of the most important jobs of these so-called "dust" shields is to protect the steering and suspension components attached to the hub carrier from the heat generated by the brakes. There are 3 ball joints, with exposed rubber boots, in very close proximity to the front brake discs. Wouldn't be surprised if constant heat soaking of the ball joints induced premature failure. If you're doing a lot of open throttle work on motorways then this is probably less of an issue, however the engineers at BMW specified these heat ("dust") shields for a reason, not a whim. When I beat on my M5 the brakes can get stinking hot and I'd certainly want to make sure the heat shields were in place and in good shape.
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    Power steering

    Hi Gents, Prices, please, for the following:- (Vehicle VIN: BJ11997) Hose - 32412228873 Hose - 32412228868 Hose clamp (x2) - 32111131345 Hose clamp - 16121180242 'O' ring (x2) - 17211742636 Cheers. Tom
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    E39 M5 - steering vibration on braking

    Nipple Therapy is what you need. No, really. It's a proper repair procedure.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Q_5F1o_wY Here's his website: http://www.fraserbrowneng.co.uk/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=51
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    E39 M5 parts

    Hi Guys, VIN: BJ11997 Prices for the following, please:- Valve cover gasket for cylinders 1 - 4: 11120001269 Valve cover gasket for cylinders 5 - 8: 11120001278 Rubber seal (x6) : 11121721879 Rubber seal (x20) : 11121437395 Look forward to your reply. Best Tom
  8. Was approached by a French guy in Verona airport car park who'd ogled my M5 for a minute or two then approached me to chat about the car. He was waiting for an airport transfer to arrive and I was parked up waiting for a few members of my family to arrive on a flight from the UK. He was really knowledgeable and we discussed the finer points of the car before asking if he could buy it. He said that E39 M5s were very rare indeed in France. Turned him down of course, but he'd have to have had a really thick wad of ready Euros to 'do the deal' in the airport car park!
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    Well thats annoying TCAs replaced but still a rattle

    The crack was in the alloy that surrounds the steel insert. Was visible once the alloy was carefully cleaned up and then examined in good light. I reckon there was enough movement to allow the steel insert to move a little and then rattle. My 530d is on it's 3rd set of TCAs and I reckon that the crack formed by, either, the (repeated) force required to remove the arm/ball joint from the hub carrier, or, accidentally over-torqueing the nut when a new TCA is fitted, maybe, a combinaton of the above? Interestingly, the steel insert fell out the last time the TCA was replaced. The rattling started some weeks before the final set of TCAs (and one hub carrier) were fitted. (There are many other components that can induce a rattle but I had eliminated all those suspects (by replacing them) and narrowed so it down to the cracked hub carrier.)
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    Well thats annoying TCAs replaced but still a rattle

    Is it a rattle only over lightly broken surfaces and at quite low speeds? I had this on my 530d, turned out to be a cracked steering knuckle/hub carrier. This, #2: https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DL72-EUR-06-2000-E39-BMW-530d&diagId=31_0255 The crack was quite small (you need to look very carefully) but allowed enough movement for one of the arms to vibrate/rattle. The crack was located in the thin circular surround where one of the arms terminated on the hub carrier. Only noticeable at low speed though. Hope this helps.
  11. Haha! He certainly likes the sound of his own voice. Seems to use five sentences when one would do. Hasn't yet realised that the cars are more interesting than he is. He's a Mercedes Master tech, so knows his shit, but definitely has a bad case of verbal diarrhoea....
  12. Will be following this project with interest!
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    E39 no crank fault

    Yes, you should hear a click from the EWS:- https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/108244-e39-525i-ews_rejected-error/?do=findComment&comment=1162214
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    E39 no crank fault

    The EWS can fail so you're right to suspect that as the culprit, though there are other components that may also be to blame, too. No crank with all keys? If only one affected then you may have a transponder problem in that key. I'm chasing an intermittent no crank, no start issue on my M5. Lights always come on etc when it doesn't crank, and it always starts like a startled rabbit at second attempt. Like some others I suspected the ignition switch so replaced it with an OE but to no avail. Ditto the ring antenna that energises the key transponder and reads its signal: replaced to no effect. When the no crank issue first appeared it occurred at the same time that my ancient (read as: the one originally fitted in the factory) battery was failing a couple of years ago. The issue seemed to go away for a time but returned soon after fitting a new BMW OE battery (and system tested for parasitic draw, just to be sure). Battery ruled out as culprit. Ruled out the keys as they all work most of the time and all occasionally fail to start the car. So I'm going to be reloading the 'parts cannon' for one final fusilade, this time aiming at the EWS. I know yours is a persistent fail to crank so may be a different issue to mine but the EWS unit does fail. FX323i on these two threads sheds some light on how our EWS units can fail: https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2328617-97-540-Intermittent-No-Crank-No-Start-EWS-issue https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2298967-E39-530iA-2002-EWS-3-3-Not-Recognizing-the-key-all-the-time Hope this helps!