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About Quavey

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    E60 M5

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  1. Quavey

    E60 M5 finally bought

    More than two years after the last post, my E60 is still here and about to go for her 4th MOT under my ownership. The mileage has dropped away, something like 800 miles this year. What with the C word and a busy life but I still can't bring my self to part with it. It has largely been OK, although this year it had to have a throttle actuator and I also had the injectors replaced as preventative maintenance plus a service. Currently I need to replace an angel eye bulb, which is annoying has the headlamps pretty much have to come out. But they need polishing anyway, every cloud, so I have some genuine ones on the way to replace the aftermarket LED units. It also needs a wheel refurb and a set of tires as they are looking a bit scruffy. Which leads me to a crossroads, throw some money at it in the hope I use it or sell it needing a little bit of tidying to someone at a lower price. Officially now the longest time I have ever owned a car, I just wish I had a garage to keep it in!
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    6 Appreciation thread!

    Oh I do miss my 650i (at the top of the page!) an awful lot! What a wonderful car it was.
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    TV Tuner connectors

    Hi Guys, Bit of a strange one here but I'm currently fighting a problem on a 2004 Range Rover, now electrically they are very similar to an E39/E46/E53 etc Basically I have some corrosion inside the blue connector which on a Range Rover goes to the TV tuner (they have a loom to connect the navigation via the whiteplug on TV tuner etc). I think on an E39 the blue plug first goes to the navigation computer but either way the connector is largely similar. My question is, where can I get the pins/terminals from that are in the blue plug to replace the ones that have some corrosion? I have found a selection at BMW but I can't tell which I need does anyone know what size they are and where I might be able to get several?
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    E53 Sliding load floor parts

    Thanks, have sent payment!
  5. Hi guys, I have an E53 3.0i at the moment with the quite rare sliding load floor its missing the support rod (like a bonnet stay) to keep it in the upright position if you wanted to remove the spare wheel. I think its these bits that I need: Support Rod - 51477028549 Damper mount? 51477028550 Although I'm not quite sure what the damper mount does?
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    E60 M5 finally bought

    I thought I had replied to this but obviously no! Mr Vanos in Darlington did mine and a very good service he offers as well. The car hasn't put a foot wrong in the last 12 months, the only fault I've had is PDC. Its always had an intermittent sensor but now since having the front bumper painted and some other body work to tidy it up I've now got a front one that isn't working. More than likely just a bad connection but in the grand scheme of things I can just look out of the window rather than relying on the car to tell me where a wall is! I did initially thing it was the module but as 6 sensors are working and ive got one at each end not working that points more towards those two sensors.
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    E60 M5 finally bought

    Bit of an update, I had the rod bearings replaced back in October and some paintwork in December to get rid of a tiny rust bleb, a bad scratch and a scruffy front bumper - it now looks brilliant and I'm much happier with it. Coupled with the all clear from rod bearing failure (they wernt too bad when removed but were ready to be changed) makes for a much less stressful ownership experience. Ownership over the last 10 months has been basically painless, a small issue with some water ingress into the boot turned out to be a tail light seal but sadly this appears to have finished of the PDC module so that is currently the only issue. I've now done around 3000 miles in it.
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    E60 M5 finally bought

    All good so far! Apologies for the delay I hadn’t seen the reply. PDC has actually resolved its self. The rear left sensor is the culprit I think in the winter months it got a drop of water in it. I think I’ve done 1100 miles or so in it and no issues to report. The only strange thing is that it hasn’t used any oil according to the dash display. I’ve made it recalculate twice and it’s come back at the same figure. However I have to say my usage of the car is probably not typical of many owners. I tend to use the car once a week and we go somewhere for a day and then come back more often than not with the family so I don’t drive it hard. In fact it’s not even that bad on fuel, I’m a little bit ashamed and proud at the same time to admit that the dash display a combined of just over 20mpg! I still need to get the paint work sorted out on it but finding an evening when I and my tame bodywork guy are free and we can both be bothered is not easy!
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    E60 M5 Kickplates

    Thank you! Are they a specific M5 part? I will have a closer look at how bad each of them are and get back to you.
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    E60 M5 Kickplates

    Hi Guys, Would it be possible to get a price for the kick plates/trims from inside the door for my 2005 E60 M5? One or two look to have water damage could you give me a price for all 4 but individually please? I'm assuming they are different to an Msport one? Thanks
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    E39 M5 market

    Things have changed dramatically over the years. Back in 2012 I bought an 02 in 118k for £6900 and sold it in 2014 for £7500 on 127k. Asking prices have been raising in a big way but the actual money changing hands for cars? I'm not so sure. As mentioned above its a 160k example so its getting up there and whilst its had a large amount of work done its quite a large amount of money for a private buyer to stump up for what is a higher mileage car. I'm not saying the lower mileage ones are any better but dealers these days offer more protection than ever due to the new rules that came in fairly recently where as buying privately still carries all the risk. The other problem again is now so many people have 10k in cash knocking around, many many people would need to buy on a loan or with a card etc and dealers can offer this. I will echo your thoughts on autotrader though, its dead for the private seller IMHO. I had my Range Rover Supercharged on there on a £60 advert and not a single call or email I couldn't believe it! Eventually sold it through Facebook! Ebay full of the half price brigade, but more specialist websites such as pistonheads can be good for cars like an E39 M5. Its all been said above but take some new pictures with the little bits tidied up, perhaps take it for a full detail it is amazing how good they look after that and it really makes a potential buyer the car has been kept in a showroom like condition all its life. Lastly the wording in your add, in all honesty I could cut the waffle out. There is no need to explain about the lack of notchiness in not having a short shift kit. Just say "Upgraded Genuine F10 Illuminated gear knob" and also the list of work done on that big service. "Extensive preventative maintenance performed, rod bearings, timing chain guides etc etc by renowned specialist phil crouch. " The problem is people just don't read the wall of text.
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    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    At first glance I thought the screen was aftermarket with the chrome. To be honest the interior looks to have a considerably number of scuff marks etc which I think a good detailer should be able to sort? Plus the leather does look quite tired in the front I'm sure with the right knowledge and products that can be vastly improved and you'd expect it on a car of this "value". It might not have done many miles but it appears to have done quite a few hours!
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    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    They got rid of the parrot and changed the gear knob! Also is it me but what is going on with the stereo volume knob and the menu selection knob? They look massive and chrome?
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    E60 M5 finally bought

    It was in at the main dealer on Friday for a small recall job and they couldn't fault the car in any way. (Very unusual!) I've not really used it much this week or weekend with the snow etc any journeys have been reserved for the Navara. I can't wait for the weather to improve. Currently still have the PDC fault, annoyingly the sensor I ordered turned up as an exhaust flexi pipe from something so that was very helpful! That has been returned and I am waiting for the actual sensor to come so I can fix the bong of doom.
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    E60 M5 finally bought

    This is it, that is with Dr Vanos in Darlington and they are a well respected M specialist. At the risk of tempting fate, there will be cheaper options to complete this job its just trusting someone to work on a mighty S85! I'm going to do the oil analysis soon and see how it stands and then consider my options. Not that I want to spend that money on it but I have factored in the case that I might have to. I think it would add to the value of the car as further peace of mind etc. The worst bit about the s85 is that it sounds rough as old boots when it starts and at idle, it could easily be a 530d! Touch the throttle and the change in engine tone is unbelievable! I looked at 5 cars and all sounded just as rough as one another - certainly nothing like a V8!. The cars I viewed varied from 40k to over 100k and all sounded just as bad as the rest!