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Everything posted by d_a_n1979

  1. I like that Do you have a part number/link and how does it fit? I take it it's designed for the Mtec bumpers etc?
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    Drilling straight

    In all seriousness; why does it need to be perfectly straight; what is it you're fitting/hanging? Personally, I'd pilot hole drill first, or use a big set-square against the drill and see if you can guide it in carefully
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    Stereo head unit recommendation - E39

    Do you have the amp in the boot on your car (would have thought so if you've got the widescreen sat nav head unit)? If that's the case, you've to feed the wiring from the head unit to the BM53/54 amp that's in the boot. Both Xtrons and Eonon do the necessary wiring loom that's needed to do this etc However; they don't support CarPlay; you'd have to get a specific head unit to do that (Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer etc) Personally; I've read too many horror stories re the Chinese head units (crap sound, not very good functionality, no support if they go wrong etc); I wouldn't touch them
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    To be fair; I'd say your £££ and use the dealer you bought it off to suss this out. That's what the warranty if for
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    Hello from Portugal!

    Welcome on in Another E39 owner from Portugal; is that 2 we have on here now or do we have a few more?
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    Stereo head unit recommendation - E39

    Moved to the Audio section @danielpm For your info; I've just fitted a Grom Audio BT3 connection set to my 530i touring that has the widescreen Nav head unit and it works brilliantly. I looked into replacing the whole lot, going with a nice touch screen head unit but TBH; the silly costs and faffing with wiring from the front to the rear put me off and for me, I'm just not in the car that much to warrant spending c£500, if not more. More so I don't want audiophile level sound in my car, IMO it's not possible, more so when you've got audiophile level stereo at home, if that makes sense?! What I did want was hands-free Bluetooth calling and Bluetooth music streaming, for c£120, the Grom Audio unit does all that and it was literally plug n play (and feeding the hands-free mic into the cabin, which again in a touring is very easy). I use my Note 9 for sat-nav and prefer it at eye-height, so in a good holder attached to the screen; saves having to constantly look down at the head unit to see the map etc Unless you want all the Nav mod-cons etc; that's a good alternative IMO
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    You've bought this off a dealer haven't you? If so, you should have at least 3-6 months warranty with it unless you wavered that?
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    Can you take a video of it running the next time you do a cold start? There's something not right, that's obvious. A video will give better clues/ideas as to what the sound could be But, as already said, squeaking sounds, on a cold start, generally points to tensioners/pulleys that need to be changed
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    Did he check for any play in the water pump?
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    Getting sick out of seatbelts...

    Like you're already doing @535i Andrew; other than that, a thin clear vinegar and lemon juice solution should neutralise it once you've rinsed it of the soapy suds etc A good scrubbing won't go amiss either...
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    Thinking of moving on.....

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    E34 520i

    Welcome to the forums John Put your question in the relevant E34 tech section, further down the home page; you'll get better coverage and answers there. This is just the noob section for folk to introduce themselves and say hi
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    Parts for my silver E39 touring needed

    If you're on Facebook @CountryGents it's worth asking on there as there are quite a few folk that break these cars on the various E39 pages I think there's a while 523i touring for sale around £800 too, full MOT/driveable as well!
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    Thinking of moving on.....

    Did you even look https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-550i-M-Sport-Manual/113808918181?hash=item1a7f8a46a5:g:WyAAAOSwXlFdIJc~
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    Just buy the ones I linked to on Amazon; they work fine and from experience, don't fade. I've had eBay ones that fell apart, or the tangs weren't right and snapped when fitting them etc OR, as I said to begin with, buy OEM ones from BMW Cotswolds on here, get the forum discount and they WILL last longer, but by how long, no one knows... A very complicated thread for such a simple thing really
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    Thinking of moving on.....

    IIRC there's one on eBay currently; unless this is it?
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    '99 e39 M5

    @Simon_B - Looks a nice car pal; low mileage for it's age too Please can you put your price on the advert so folk can see straight away what's being asked? I'm assuming the service you're using to sell the car will want their cut too?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Could be as simple as the bowden cable has pinged off; hopefully just that and it hasn't snapped
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    Parts for my silver E39 touring needed

    Moved to the wanted section @CountryGents Probably best to say which silver your car is, it’ll tell you on the plate in the engine bay @Tims - can you help at all?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Rear alloy all repaired
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    E39 M5 Evolve charger kit

    Thought I'd leave this here
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    When it's first running; spray some WD40 onto the pulleys/tensioners; if one goes quiet suddenly, you know it's that one that needs replacing
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    Bluetooth music

    Just fitted the Grom Audio kit for my E39 and it works superbly. I'd highly recommend it
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    BMW E39 - Grom audio

    Has anyone on here got the Grom audio Bluetooth kit (music playback and hands-free) fitted to their E39? If so, how do you find it and do you rate it? Where did you fit the mic for the hands-free and how did you feed it through the car from the rear etc? Cheers
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    BMW E39 - Grom audio

    Bought one, fitted it, works great. Highly recommended and easy to connect/feed mic through to the drivers side