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About d_a_n1979

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    Bigger than you...
  • Birthday 08/02/1979

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    Preston, Lancs
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    Cars, weightlifting/powerlifting/strongman (training, coaching and competing), hifi, technologies
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    Company Director/owner - Niche Digital recruitment


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    2002 E39 530i Sport Touring - Japanese Import

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  1. IIRC I'm sure it's the SN that's needs to match. It's to do with dates made etc. Can't remember fully but I'm sure @Clavurion can elaborate more Re FSU, it's either Meyle or OEM BMW really. The Meyle one is c£35 on Amazon / eBay and with a 2 year warranty https://www.amazon.co.uk/HEATER-BLOWER-RESISTOR-GUARANTEE-64116923204/dp/B006X3IB90/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=Meyle+resistor+final+stage&qid=1614547624&sr=8-4
  2. SNs need to match; plug n play then. Otherwise it needs coding to the car IIRC Heater valves are just plug n play
  3. To keep it simple. Have the boot open but latch flipped so the car thinks it's locked. Have the drivers door the same, lock the car and let it go to sleep (c16 mins IIRC). Have your multimeter on the battery and see what the voltage drops to and if it keeps dropping. Unplug the HVAC panel and if the voltage drop stops, there's tour culprit. This is what I did with my touring, it was that and the heater valve draining my battery. Replaced both and anew Meyle FSU as well. No issues since
  4. d_a_n1979

    Mirror Actuator pre facelift vs facelift

    Nothing on RealOEM?
  5. d_a_n1979

    Hoping to become a 530i Touring owner

    Needs another £1500 off for it to become viable
  6. Nice little write up in this months BMW Car magazine
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    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    Fantastic work
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    Rear air bag rubbing

    Yeah; think the crux of it is that the Arnott bags are better made than the Aerosus ones also (Continental rubber etc). There is more info on Bimmerforums if you dig about; but know that it made my mind up of which bags to go for when I do the back end 'mods' (M5 rear ARB, fresh drop links and new bags etc)
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    Rear air bag rubbing

    There was something on the bimmerforums about Aerosus vs Arnott and how the Aerosus didn't sit right, but the Arnott bags fit perfectly I have tried to find the thread as someone on the FB group had a similar issue and ended up taking it all out again and fitting Arnott bags; but can't find that thread either (FB is hard to navigate IMO) Is it leaking Andy; or have you just noticed the rubbing?
  10. d_a_n1979

    Hoping to become a 530i Touring owner

    I haven't looked at the MOT history, but even still, at 183k miles, nearly £4k the price is way off... As you said, it'll need easy £1k putting into it to sort any issues and refresh suspension / cooling system as part of the course etc... Hell, my touring is nigh on immaculate, even when I bought it, but I've spent a small fortune replacing parts as preventative maintenance / peace of mind etc... Personally I'd spend more and get a better example that needs little doing to it, if you can. But finding one can be difficult. It'd be worth signing up to Facebook to join those mentioned groups IMO
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    Hoping to become a 530i Touring owner

    Nah; you don't need a dirty oil burner unless you do massive miles (25/30k plus etc); plus the E39 is a better motor Having looked at and test drove a number of E61 530Ds and 535Ds; I'd never want to own one. The E65 730D I had was a superb place to be; but the electrical niggles let it down and I'd not want to run that risk again personally There is a high miler E39 touring on eBay currently; for it's miles, it's overpriced and they're just playing on someone not knowing what they're doing to buy it.. Keep looking; they do crop up
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    My 2003 E39 530i Sport Champagne Edition II thread

    Ah; sorry to hear that, but great that it's all sorted Rarely hear of this issue, so good that they found it in no time at all... Nice full health E39 again
  13. d_a_n1979

    Hoping to become a 530i Touring owner

    That sounds about the right way to do it Very similar to what I did with my touring; albeit mine was that bit more expensive with it being a Jap import. But I've nigh on rebuilt it now; just a few 'tweaks' left to do Keep looking; they do crop up If not already; join the BMW E39 Touring club on Facebook (if you're on there) as well as the E39 Touring Buy/Sell group and stick a wanted ad up. Do the same on here in the 'Wanted' section
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    Hoping to become a 530i Touring owner

    Welcome to the forums You'll not go wrong with an E39 touring; I am biased Having owned an E38 myself; superb car, but the E39 touring just does it better IMO What kind of spec are you ideally after and what's your budget? There's a superb & busy E39 tech section further down the homepage; so you'll find all the info you need there for do's and don't's... But in a nutshell; things to check are: Rust (mainly sills, arches, tailgate lid etc) Cooling system maintenance Suspension and brakes maintenance (especially the main arms, bushes and rear SLS is working as it should) Any wobbles around 50/60mph and when braking (suspension & caliper issues generally) All electrics work as they should Oil and other engine fluid leaks (on the M54, all easily sorted)
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    Wheel spacers

    That's the one Stick with the same length all round IMO. You never know when you may change alloys And to fit them; very easy. Just need Red Loctite and basic tools. If you've got decent hex sockets; you can use them and torque them down to c25lb ft; no more. Or you can use 2 of the nuts; facing onto each other, to wind the stud in and torque it down the same I personally use similar wheel nuts to these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20x-Steel-Extended-Open-Ended-Wheel-Nuts-JMD-Style-Black-V48-M12x1-5mm/184637326218?hash=item2afd3e038a:g:1i4AAOSwhYdgEAl5 Ignore the filth