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  1. d_a_n1979

    Why I've ended up with an e39.

    For me it was all down to spoiling myself with an E38 728i as my first ever BMW and then had to sell that due to some rust attention it needed and I wasn't prepared to pour any further £££ into it... That was replaced with a 1999 Honda Accord Type R in Pirates Black and an MG ZT 190+ (the ATR was sold on after 3 months as it was just too raw for what I wanted, great drivers car though IMO) and the ZT was an 'in-between' car until I found what I wanted next... Joined these forums and decided it was an E39 525i/530i that I wanted next; saw the slate green 530i that Scott 'Zion' was selling; fell in love with the colour and all the positive feedback that E39s got from on here, PH forums and other car forums I was on and ended up buying that and that, as they say, was the start of a very bad habit
  2. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    How bad is the crack? Do you not feel it can be repaired?
  3. d_a_n1979

    E61 m5 priced a bit low?

    Something inside me says there'll be a big bill with that unfortunately (ie. vanos, gearbox, bearings/shells etc)... Looks lovely, but it's close to £10 under-priced compared to what others have been selling for (and that have had the above work done)... Very right to be cautious
  4. d_a_n1979

    Digital dashboards!

    Good to see you back on here & that's a cracking car Really like the alloys too
  5. d_a_n1979

    540iA limp mode help please.

    If codes point to cam sensor then go with that. Just make sure that you use an OEM BMW one from somewhere like @cotswoldbmwmini so you get the forum discount. However, these cars also don’t like poor electrics, so make sure the battery & alternator are in full health
  6. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2002-02-BMW-5-SERIES-530I-M-SPORT-TOURING-AUTOMATIC/324026540290?hash=item4b717ca102:g:0rUAAOSwBq9eCMUB Looks a clean enough example. A £2k car every day of the week IMO; just needs some TLC, so room for negotiations IMO
  7. d_a_n1979

    Alpina B5 S Touring

    That's lovely; as close to an M5 touring as you'd get but with more power and torque IIRC
  8. d_a_n1979

    New (to me) G31

    I'd allow it seeing as its home from home for me
  9. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Might do Keith; they're not expensive, so may get both and see how they look. Thinking the standard plate would suit best though
  10. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thanks Keith Found the OEM BMW Jap plate plinth here too: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ORIGINAL-BMW-E39-Sedan-Wagon-License-Plate-Base-Primed-51112694214/303413723414?epid=1409328492&hash=item46a4de0116:g:FCsAAOSwD9Jd~-Ax
  11. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thanks pal, appreciated. Why did you go black and not body colour?
  12. Parts being built up slowly for it's front end refresh come early Spring 2020 Thanks to @stu08 I've got a full set of the M door trims, OEM BMW chrome kidney grilles. I've also ordered the US/Jap spec rear number plate plinth insert and will sort an OEM plinth for the front. Will probably buy the MStyle electric/heated/folding wing mirrors too (I haven't the skills or patience to try and fix the gears in the current OEM wing mirrors) and get them painted & fitted at the same time Also sorted a set of 18" OEM alloys, which will be fully refurbed and shod with all new tyres; will reveal them close to the time
  13. d_a_n1979

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Immaculate as always Keith Your front number plate plinth, is that OEM BMW? Looking for something similar for mine for when I get the front bumper resprayed etc
  14. d_a_n1979

    E39 Touring sunroof drain holes?

    Reading through this: https://www.m5board.com/threads/sunroof-drain-holes.196076/ it seems they might be routed through the C pillars
  15. d_a_n1979

    E39 Touring sunroof drain holes?

    I know you say you’ve done the vapour barrier, but it takes 5 mins to pop the base of the door card off to check and I’d do just that... I did the barriers on my previous 530i and one hadn’t stuck as it should and didn’t seal and still let water in... A quick replacement of the sealant and it was all sorted. Just a thought
  16. d_a_n1979

    2003 e39 525d touring towbar wiring

    Welcome to the forums Ask this in the relevant E39 tech section, further down the homepage, you'll get better coverage and answers there from fellow E39 members in the know This is just general chat and not really car related
  17. d_a_n1979

    Hid conversion kit

    Balls Too pricey to fix? Yeah; if you can remove them easy enough to get it through an MOT that's probably opk; have you looked into retrofitting OEM xenon headlights or is that just too costly?
  18. d_a_n1979

    Hid conversion kit

    Aren't aftermarket HID kits an automatic MOT fail now? IMO I wouldn't even consider it on that basis; but it's your car
  19. d_a_n1979

    £60k E34

    At that price I can't see it having had any of the essential/preventative engine and box maintenance. If it has though, that's a steal!
  20. d_a_n1979

    2002 E39 2L Petrol

    IMO it’s not sinking money at all, more preventative maintenance etc... Due to their low costs, it’s kind of whilst one things out, do the others around it etc But horse's for courses, not everyone runs their car the same
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    2002 E39 2L Petrol

    Both Wahler and Hella Behr are OEM, so you'll not go wrong IMO, if you're doing the stat, it makes sense to do the water pump too and maybe the top/bottom hoses. Meyle is more than adequate for the water pump and Febi Bilstein for the hoses. The link for the stat I've given above is the reseller BMWmotormec; they should have everything you need, so worth getting the necessary part numbers via RealOEM and sourcing the parts through them However, C3BMW and 'd2pautoparts' are solid re-sellers also. They're not expensive parts and in the long run, worth doing as you don't want to cook the engine!
  22. d_a_n1979

    2002 E39 2L Petrol

    @Eskerman For stats; I always stick to Hella Behr or Wahler: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-520i-523i-525i-528i-530i-Thermostat-09-98-on-WAHLER-11531437040/392239875538?hash=item5b535185d2:g:L0EAAOSwizpcbqui - This should be the right on for your 520i; but check on RealOEM for the part number and go from there As for MAF (or other important sensors like cam/crank etc); I'd personally always go OEM BMW via @cotswoldbmwmini as genuine ones always work; most aftermarket ones are crap at best. However, someone on these forums discovered that Siemens / Delphi (or whomever make them) can be found and they've just not got the BMW stamp on them... Worth doing some research on them
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    £60k E34

    IIRC from looking at E61 M5s over the last few months on eBay, PH & AT, they’ve been selling for c£25k & upwards, but that’s the decent/looked after & well documented ones The E34 M5 looks stunning, great colour and condition, but like you, I cannot see it selling for anywhere near that price, that price IMO is more stupid than Seymour Pope or Hexagon would put on it and we all know their prices are laughable at the best of times ...
  24. d_a_n1979

    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Great job on the suspension. I’m a huge fan of the Sachs Sport spec dampers with the Eibach pro kit springs I fitted. The OEM Mtech II springs are great, but the Eibach’s offer a better drop/ride height IMO. Like you mentioned, a sod to fit the springs as you’ve to really compress them and it’s seriously nerve wracking! The fronts especially due to their shape! Must be great to have such a good workshop to use
  25. d_a_n1979

    New (to me) G31

    Welcome on board; lovely looking touring Where in the NW are you?