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  1. d_a_n1979

    Parts return

    Yeah, they’re good too as are d2autoparts (think that’s their name)
  2. d_a_n1979

    Aftermarket Climate Control Aircon Button panel

    IIRC it’s only a clip off/clip on fascia. So can’t see there being any issues
  3. d_a_n1979

    Front Central Jacking Point

    Never actually inspected it myself; but used it lots of times. Could you not just use a trolley jack and hockey puck on the jacking point as to not cause damage/risk damage? What about drilling through and using a proper bolt and washer maybe?
  4. d_a_n1979

    Parts return

    This is why I'll only buy from C3BMW and/or BMWmotormec via their eBay stores. Have been faultless and when contact was needed, zero issues and immediate refunds I feel your pain, hopefully you won't have this hassle again
  5. Just a quickie Do saloon floor mats fit the touring, or are they different slightly? Cheers
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    E39 floor mats - touring vs saloon

    How do you stop them sliding about? 2 sets of mats, on top of each other, is nothing something I'd do, I've size 12 feet, so more thickness wouldn't help with the foot/pedal positioning
  7. d_a_n1979

    Lacquer coming off :-(

    See if a local 'smart repair' bod can sort that for you; it could be that they just flat it back and re-lacquer/feather it in... Otherwise your local body shops will soon sort that for you. But, it could be that you need to do the whole spoiler etc. IMO you don't want it fixed 'cheap', you want it done right for not silly £££
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    E39 floor mats - touring vs saloon

    I've got the original OEM BMW beige mats from my previous 530i sat in the garage. They've been used for all sorts, not in a car FYI, and they are very hard wearing They were sat between all the Style 37s I had to stop any damage to the wheels; they've been used to drop my atlas stone on, no damage etc But, even though they're well made, I could not justify £113 on interior car mats! The ones I linked to and bought are very well made and very hard wearing and if I damaged them in any way, they'd soon get replaced with the same ones...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    They do that Keith... Until you get close and they're black With mine being a touring, it gets caked along the back edges and the tailgate; more so with driving up & down the local country lanes!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Full first wash of 2020 A good few hours with pre-rinse, rinse, snow foam, rinse, hand wash with Chemical Guys 'Citrus wash & gloss' :https://www.chemicalguysuk.co.uk/shop/exterior/soaps-car-wash-products/chemical-guys-cws_301_16citrus-wash-gloss-concentrated-car-wash-16-oz/ I just managed to towel dry the glass to negate water spots when it start to mizzle Anyways; it's clean and shiny under the rain, so it'll do for now
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    E39 floor mats - touring vs saloon

    I got the premier deluxe ones; really well made and hard wearing The thin ones, for me, end up breaking up & you leave heel marks in them too. worth spending a bit more and getting a thicker pile IMO
  12. d_a_n1979

    Going up or not

    IMO the cars that keep their value or go up in value are the ones that are very well maintained, have decent history and have basically been looked after, meticulously The 530i and 530D models are generally the ones that you see the most & are the most popular, with the 540i being the pinnacle to some, but not everyone. The M5, IMO, is in its own category. But yes, I’ve sold my previous cars for more than the one before it and the cars out there, like my touring, or Keith ( @Loadmaster ) 540i saloon, for example, are ones that I feel will always command a higher premium due to their fairly rare condition, that they’re corrosion free etc
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    IIRC most require your car to be 60k or less Nest to look on Google and see what’s said re this etc
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    BMW E39 540i Engine Failsafe Prog

    What are the voltages with the new battery? If they’re still low, it’s time for a new/refurbed alternator Re the MAF, if the car runs better without it, it could be the starts of that failing too, you can get specific MAF cleaning sprays, so that’s worth a try. But is still,advocate getting the codes read properly ASAP and see if that pinpoints the niggles Worth asking on here if anyone is local enough to you with INPA and the likes
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    BMW E39 540i Engine Failsafe Prog

    Those voltages are low really, should be 12.4ish when engine off and ideally mid 14s when running Personally if stick a new battery in; the big 019 Yuasa from Halfords c£140 is perfect, but see what offers ECP have currently on their batteries etc... I'd personally go for the Bosch 019 https://www.eurocarparts.com/p/bosch-s4-car-battery-019-4-year-guarantee-444770197 With End80 as the code, its £126
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    BMW E39 540i Engine Failsafe Prog

    @ijshave - Welcome to the forums As you've already said, you need to get the codes read, it could be all sorts from a duff cam or crank sensor etc However, these cars can play silly buggers when it comes to weak batteries and poor alternators. How old is your battery and do you have a multimeter to see what voltage the battery is when the car is idling and also when the engine is switched off? Deffo worth checking this as one of the basic first ports of call etc You can access the hidden menu in the dash also to get voltage readings; you'll find the instructions on Google easy enough
  17. No idea pal; I don't use ECP for anything TBH; I do use the TripleQX oil and Mann filters, but that's always bought via their GSF or Carparts4less shops on eBay ECP on their website and in-store prices, IMO, take the piss at the best of times, then you think you get a great deal with the discount code etc... Pays to shop around, Moog is available on eBay and probably through your local motorfactors etc
  18. d_a_n1979

    Digital dashboards!

    That I can understand I avoid them like the plague & that’s even on my 17” winter alloys & tyres!
  19. Personally, I’d get all the drop links done, peace of mind etc... Others will just change them in singles. I’m a firm believer in doing things like this in pairs Re tyre wear, get the suspension bits sorted & then get your car in for a Hunter tracking & alignment. That will sort any uneven wear Re bump stops, depends how bad they are. If they’ve crumbled away, get them replaced but if they’re fairly solid still, leave them be for now
  20. They’re all easy jobs for a DIY to do or a local, decent indy garage Source the parts yourself (get the part numbers via the RealOEM website by entering the last 7 digits of your vin into the box at the top of the page and it’ll bring up your exact car) Drop links are easy to get, but stick with the likes of Meyle, Lemforder or Moog and source from the likes of C3BMW or BMWmotormec on eBay or your local motorfactors Bump stops you’re probably best to source on eBay, again, part numbers available on RealOEM Rear prop, sounds like you’ve a diff leak, so that needs to be checked over with the car on the ramps. Personally, I’d get the parts and get the car into a decent mechanics and get them to sort the bump stops out, drop links and check the rear diff over and see what else needs to be sorted etc
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    Odd water leak in Touring boot

    That grey hose with the red connector is the battery breather pal You'll see a small hole on your battery where it needs to be collected too, on one corner, on the side IIRC
  22. d_a_n1979

    Happy New Year

    Merry New Year folks
  23. d_a_n1979

    Grom install using OEM microphone

    I've got the BT3 kit pal and it's absolutely fine with me, could it be worth speaking to Grom and getting a replacement mic just in case it's a fault with the one you've fitted? Re the OEM mic; they asked me if I had it fitted in the touring (which I still don't know TBH; although my VIN breakdown does say my car has phone prep); so it looks like it could work with the BT3 kit... Personally I'd speak to the guys at Grom, I found them really helpful when it came to me asking various questions re their kits and capabilities etc