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pidgeonpost last won the day on November 3 2019

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  1. Thanks for the heads-up on the easy/not-so-easy fixes. Yes, the fuel pipe had me wondering. At present I've just asked if it's still for sale. Then I've got plenty of questions to ask.
  2. Thanks - that's helpful. I can live without the memory seat, though unheated leather seats are almost literally a pain in the @rse. It's MOT'd til June, but the MOT done in December '20 came up with 5 advisories* which are not mentioned in the June MOT. Your guess is as good as mine whether they will have been fixed, but could be a bargaining chip IF I take it further. Maybe I should've grabbed the 528i of @velvetmonkey when it was advertised here. * Oil leak, but not excessive (8.4.1 (a) (i)) Fuel Pipe/s corroded () Nearside Front bumper Front Anti-roll bar linkage pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Nearside Front Brake hose slightly deteriorated (1.1.12 (b) (ii))
  3. I'm confused, and not for the first time. I'm not doubting your word Dan, as my E39 knowledge ain't great and I'm just looking for clarification. The top line of the ad describes the car as a Sport, while the detail below describes it as having 'all the usual M Sport extras' including M Sport alloys. What are the other differences? What should I be looking for? The steering wheel has the 'M' logo too, but there's no view of the kick-plates. I've had a brief trawl on the forum and opinions seem to differ here too on what features the SE and Sport models have. Anyone care to give me a few clues please?
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    Electrical gremlins

    Hi Darren... try a search on here for electrical gremlins associated with a failing battery. If your battery is on its last legs it can manifest itself in a range of weird electrical symptoms. Good luck with the E60. Sold mine 2 years ago - and regret it still.
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    DEPOSIT TAKEN E39 528i touring vermont green

    It's bloody lovely, w-a-y too salty for me at that price though - and it's 130 miles away. Wonder what he's done to justify that price hike apart from take a few more pics?
  6. Thanks. I thought when I first spotted it that it was £3495, though it looks like I was mistaken - I've seen a few ads recently. The advert is a bit light on detail, though I can always ask for more. Not having all the toys isn't as important to me as it being 'sound in wind and limb' as they used to say.
  7. After selling the E60 a couple of years ago I still regret it and have the itch to get another BMW. I spotted this E39 on Autotrader and thought I'd ask on here if anyone knows the car or has an opinion on it, or knows the dealer. Obviously body rot is a big concern on a car of this age, but there's plenty more that can go wrong too. The MOT history shows the usual stuff like weak handbrake, ARB bushes. Rusty brake and fuel pipes are mentioned too. And why do people put cars in for MOT with tyres that must be obvious fails? It'll be a second car and not a garage queen. It's some distance from me but I don't mind going to have a nose around it if the vibes are reasonably positive.
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    DEPOSIT TAKEN E39 528i touring vermont green

    PM'd you.
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    DEPOSIT TAKEN E39 528i touring vermont green

    Seriously tempted by this - now sold I see. Regret selling our 5-series 2 years ago.
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    Prospective F11 buyer - should I?

    Thanks Andrew - helpful as ever! I feel slightly reassured about the Yellow Peril. It must be mighty frustrating for owners to discover such a potentially damaging problem, particularly when it's a grommet that would not normally be disturbed once the car is off the assembly line. In terms of performance it's likely a 320i would be exciting enough for an old git like me, though I do like the rumble and reliability of the 6-pot. And I don't know the timeline of timing chain problems on the 2.0 engine, and which models were affected. The 3-Touring, being a bit smaller than the 5, might be bit more wife-friendly. She never gelled with the E60, but that was more to do with the variety of bells and whistles than the size of the thing. I'll try to keep an open mind for now - keep reading, watch the ads and see how things shape up. Viewing and driving cars for sale isn't so easy during The Pestilence, and my Mrs has to be very careful, but hopefully things will ease up before too long. All the best to you and the regulars - I'll keep you posted. p.s. thanks for the DM - will reply later. I'm going to keep looking and reading for now and see what pans out.
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    Prospective F11 buyer - should I?

    Hello fellas. Not been around these parts since exchanging our E60 just over 18 months ago. The replacement (a VAG one) has proved comfortable, reliable, and economical to run, but the itch for another BMW has returned. Problem is, should I scratch it? A 330d Touring 2012-2014 might fit the bill I thought. Not too many around though, which naturally led me to browsing the 530d Touring ads. After owning the E60 I'm reasonably familiar with some of the things to look out for on an E61 - though chances are I'd be looking at an F11 unless the E61 was really exceptional. That's what got me to this thread - and The Yellow Grommet Experience! Jeez, I'd forgotten that! But with a car on a forecourt how can you tell if it hasn't had the problem (but will fail within a week), or if it's already had the problem and been resolved? Obviously if the car smells like a pond it's a clue. Any other F10/F11 nasties to avoid - tailgate wiring maybe? And returning to the 3 Series Touring (2012-13), are there any ex-owners on here with the knowledge? Does it have a Yellow Grommet equivalent in some shape or form? I've yet to find a decent 'buyer's guide' on 3-series of that vintage. Any clues appreciated.
  12. Well folks it'll be a sad day tomorrow as I'll be saying goodbye to our E60 525d after 4½ years of ownership. During that time I've enjoyed it every time I've driven it even if I haven’t enjoyed every journey. It's been such a hugely capable car and has largely avoided the problems often associated with the E60. It really has been one of the good ones. I shall miss all that lowdown torque and the rumble of that 6-pot diesel engine. I've put heart and soul (and a bit of money!) into keeping it in as good a condition as I can, but circumstances change. My wife has always been strangely nervous about driving it and we now need a main car that she's happy to drive. I considered selling it privately but time was a consideration, and I couldn't cope with a string of whining nit-picking tyre-kickers. The dealer offered me more than WBAC so that was an easy way out. If anyone in the Glos/Hereford/Worcs/Avon area is looking for a very tidy E60 I can post a link to the dealer. The replacement will, for the time being, be a Eurobox. I'd like to return to the blue and white roundel again at some point, but I can't disappear without saying a big thank you to everyone on here. It's such a good forum. It has been a great source of help and entertainment these past few years, and you might still spot me with my nose pressed to the window from time to time. Anyway, as the title says - 'So long and thanks for all the fish'.
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    Hi I'm new!

    Welcome along! I really like that colour of paintwork on the E60. We'll done for rescuing it.
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    Third Party Warranty

    I'm pretty wary of them and certainly wouldn't cough for £1500/year. When we bought the 5 series we had a warranty with The Warranty Group as it seemed like a good deal when buying the car but the only occasion I tried to claim it didn't work out. The only time a warranty has worked in the past is when the one-man specialist acted as an intermediary. He got the claim through every time.
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    Flood in the battery well

    You could try placing a few wads of kitchen paper in strategic locations to see which become damp or wet? Not very scientific, but has been known to work,