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  1. d_a_n1979

    535D M Sport - Newbie - advice

    welcome to the forums IMO looks a nice motor, but basic spec and I’d personally want xenons and heated seats at a minimum... There are a few of them out there, worth looking around and consider travelling further for the right car. As already said, any specific E60/61 question, please ask in the relevant E60 tech section
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    Bluetooth music

    For which car/year?
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    FS - Hankook winter 235/45 r17 tyres x4

    I was asking for my info as I’m looking to sort winter wheels/tyres and may settle for a set of Style 66s, if I find them at the right price. However, at their ages, I’m not interested sorry. Rubber/tyres deteriorate over time and it’s a high asking price for such old rubber, IMO
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    FS - Hankook winter 235/45 r17 tyres x4

    5 and 8 year old tyres; is that correct?
  5. Looks a well looked after motor. Some decent 19” alloys on it & it’d look spot on: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-550i-2006-HUGE-OPTIONS-V8-E60-ULTIMATE-DRIVING-MACHINE-VERY-GOOD-CONDITION/273949389947?hash=item3fc8a7f47b:g:NXMAAOSwjOtdQITB
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    winter wheels

    You asked for reasons why... No need to go all arsey about the replies you get. This isn’t a thread to start an argument, thank you You have your opinion, others will have theirs. Leave it at that please
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Time for an MFactory or Quaife LSD now
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    winter wheels

    Really?! Winter wheels aren't just for snow and ice; they're for the colder temps that we DO get and the rain/standing water that we DO get, every year For me personally; they allow me to not run my summer wheels & tyres as a) I don't want to damage them and b.) they've got summer tyres on (the compound gets hard in cold temps; making grip less and that's just not ideal). Running winter wheels (for me I generally run 16" alloys and tyres) lets me have decent winter tyres on, that aren't silly in price as they're smaller than my 18" tyres and they give me that peace of mind that I've got the right tyres on for the weather. Winter tyres have a softer compound; makes for better grip but also their tread design aids better water dispersion I drive up/down B roads daily (very windy roads that aren't kept well at all); they have a lot of standing water on them when it's been raining and then up 2 junctions of the M6 to training and back. Bad weather, cold temps, busy traffic etc... Winter tyres in those conditions give me better grip and better stopping distances We also travel up to Dunkeld every Feb; 9/10 times its cold, snowy/icy and/or very wet too and the jaunt up the M6/74/80 and then A9 can be interesting to say the least; again, winter tyres give me better grip and better stopping distances I can understand that if you live down on the South areas or city centre etc; winter tyres are probably not worth it; but for me and what I've said above and owning a RWD car, I wouldn't be without them
  9. One owner car; looks a really clean example & low miles. Can see the bids going closer to £4K https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-51-BMW-530I-Sport-i-AUTOMATIC-Silver-One-Owner-87k-Miles-TOP-CONDITION/254314230106?hash=item3b364f315a:g:gxUAAOSwJ6JdP0Wn
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    E61 545i touring

    Looks like a lot of car for not a lot of money; fairly good spec too: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-5-Series-4-4-545i-SE-Touring-5dr-low-mileage/293163192258?hash=item4441e34fc2:g:SvIAAOSwOjxdOE8I
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Used it for the first time to do proper tip runs Back seats folded flat; huge tarp in to protect the inside in and a load of wardrobe panels in; old decorating supplies and wallpaper in, old printers in, various bits of car junk in (although forgot to take an old back box off the wifes car and some car fluids typical)! It can swallow a lot of stuff However, got sawdust everywhere; so just hoovered the car thoroughly, wiped all the surfaces down with Autoglym Rubber & Vinyl Care and doused the interior in Chemical Guys Citrus in-car freshner Been lashing it down here though, so had to time it in between downpours
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    Welcome to the forums I've just dropped you a PM with information how to become a fully paid Trader member to the forums.
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    Advice on facelift

    Welcome to the forums Nick I'll move your question to the relevant F series tech section; you'll get better coverage and answers there; this is just the noob section to introduce yourself and say hello
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    Non-Genuine Wheel Centre Caps - eBay, etc

    They're ok; as is with anything like this, if they're made well they'll last ok But IMO OEM BMW ones really aren't that expensive and they last much longer; so personally I'd stump up for those
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    E60 530i SE '54 plate

    I think with those low miles and if all works as it should and it's just in need of a little TLC to make it a clean example; then £3k is a bargain! It's got the M54 engine, so still bullet proof, but still needs to have the same maintenance as the E39 does (so cooling system is paramount); if that's not been service/refreshed then budget a minimum of £500 for parts and labour I'm always against buying cars with no service history; but if you can give it a good once over and a good test drive and all seems to be ok; then it could be worth a punt
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    Marc's Project 2003 E39 530i Sport Saloon

    They're not that low at all; 10-15mm lower than OEM Mtec II springs; I've just lowered the fronts on my touring with the Eibach springs and for me, the ride height is now perfect (it's in my projects) The Eibach Sportline springs give a more serious drop, around 50mm and for me, that's too much. So definitely stick with the Eibach Pro-kit for your E39 If you still feel that's too low, then your option is to source all new OEM Mtec springs from BMW, they're the only place you can get them - I fitted all brand new ones from BMW Cotswolds back in April/May time; they're now surplus and sat in my garage. So if they're of interest to you, drop me a private message
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    E60 530i SE '54 plate

    Moved to the relevant E60 section for you
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    winter wheels

    If you want to go for top end; I personally think the Michelin Alpin tyres are very hard to beat But, as already mentioned, the Petlas Snowmaster tyres get rave reviews and they're tried and tested. They're what I'm going to go for this year I think via Camskill/Tyreleader However, I do limited miles; but down B roads and motorway sections daily to training and back, so they will get run over different surfaces and routes etc... If tyres get decent real world reviews from real, every day drivers and not just 'magazine tests' then they'll get a good viewing from me; this is what the Petlas tyres get
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I need to do this. Passenger side is fine, drivers side sounds like a dentists drill I'm impressed with thr Bluetooth adapter, but going to order the Grom Audio set up too and see if that kills 3 birds with one pebble etc
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Well you can leave it in situ Keith; but can't have them both plugged in at the same time
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I didn’t have the changer pal, but the plugs were taped up, If you’ve got the CD change, unplug that and then plug the plugs into the Bluetooth receiver and that’s it done. Remove the CD changer the, weight saving
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    E60 - electrical issues

    Welcome to the forums I've moved your question to the relevant E60 tech section for you; it'll get better coverage and answers in here
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah; quite impressed. There was no CD changer in the touring, but the plugs were taped up and easy to find. Plug n play... What'd make it perfect is if it worked with hands-free too! But looking into that also. Cannot be faffed with spending £hundreds on aftermarket stereo parts when for me, it's all fine as it is and if I want audiophile; I'll listen to my systems at home
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    winter wheels

    Can be quite a bit cheaper too!
  25. d_a_n1979

    Newbie, South Wales

    Welcome on in What's that funny small knobbly thing in the middle of your car in front of the dash?!