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Mashmanu last won the day on March 10 2016

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About Mashmanu

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    Twiddling, fettling and general faffing about.
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    IT Project Manager type


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    2002 E39 530i Sport Saloon Auto; 2019 X3 M40D

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  1. Mashmanu

    faulty MID exchange ?

    I believe ve you should be ok. Based on my own experience, it won’t be an issue. I installed one with different buttons to check and that worked perfectly. The important bit is the unit above the mid and the main instrument cluster.
  2. Worst case 4 hours labour to allow for seized bolts and a stuck bush sleeve. and then wheel alignment check/adjust which ranges from £80 to £200 so all in I’d say £400 plus parts worst case. I did my rear suspension a couple of years ago. It took me two days to do and a month to recover!! These jobs really do benefit from having the right tools including getting the car at a decent height to work on. So if you can afford it, it’s money well spent IMHO
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    Any one else had a recall letter?

    That’s for your E93 mate!
  4. Mashmanu

    Trim clips, Washer bottle related.

    Try this. 51478166992. It’s under Bodywork, Front Body
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    Track rods / ends

    I believe the steering rack for the v8s is completely different hence the different tie rods. The first picture is for the 6 cylinder engine.
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    What inspires you with your car ?

    The empty tray behind the drivers side headlight is normally occupied by the left bank air intake filter for the V8’s. Take a look at the engine bay pictures of M5s or 535/540’s.
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    What inspires you with your car ?

    Wow that’s fantastic, what an inspiration and a unique perspective on the UK motor industry. My passion/inspiration stems from a far less interesting source and may even be considered snobby but I’ve always loved anything with wheels and making them work well and fast. It started with bikes and living on a steep road in Lancashire was able to go really fast with little effort. However my father had little interest in cars. They were just to allow him to get to places. He didn’t have a lot of money with a growing family and having had to move to a bigger house during the recession of the 70’s left no money for luxuries such as a better car. He had family cast offs, old Vivas, a Zodiac (which I thought was amazing) which I loved cleaning. I too was limited to second hand bikes which I would do up so that they ran well. However my real love of cars was sparked by two cars. My fathers best mate was a builder and he bought a brand new bright red Triumph Stag and my Uncle (who nowadays would be called a millionaire) bought a Mercedes W116 350SL. They seemed like things from a different planet in comparison to our hand painted green Vauxhall Viva. I never knew cars could be that luxurious, that fast and so comfortable. In a weird twist of fate, my first car was a Dolomite 1850 HL inherited from my Grandfather in the late 80’s. I did a full restoration on that to get it like new. Sadly I had to trade it in for an Escort 1.6L Ghia as I needed something reliable for my daily commute across the Pennines. I’ve had many cars, always looking for comfort and power, budget allowing. After the Escort I had a 2 door Astra then an Audi 2.2 Coupe Quattro before getting my first new car, a VW Polo 1.6. That was followed by a new Golf GTI Mk 4 and then an Audi S3. I fully loaded both the Golf and S3 but whilst they were quick, they weren’t comfortable especially on long journeys. When I bought my E39 new in 2002, it took me back to that first experience sitting in my uncles 350SL. It was luxurious, quick but so comfortable and it’s so easy to maintain and keep looking and running like new. Having something that is well designed and made and being able to maintain is what inspires me but also the feeling, to me, that I have something special. Last year I bought an X3 M40 which is stupendous but you don’t feel as involved in the experience as I feel with the E39 and I can’t see the missus allowing me to get my spanner’s anywhere near the X3.....well not for a few years !!!
  8. Mashmanu

    Engine Management Light

    The great thing about these cars is that the majority of warning lights aren’t terminal and the car isn’t overly dependent or ruled by the electronics so mostly they just annoy us especially those of a more perfectionist nature. They are also getting old so wear and tear both mechanically and electrically comes with the territory so some issues have to be expected. It also helps if you are handy with garage tools too, or have a healthy bank balance. I’ve always loved tinkering with anything so find these cars allow me to tinker easily and safely but also such fun to use. And I just love finding out why something doesn’t work and you get a lot of opportunity as it gets older
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    Engine Management Light

    As D_a_n says MAF is one cause but most common reason for EML light is usually associated with emissions and fuel return vacuum so I second the take it for a spin to see the if it clears. Next step check fuel filler cap and make sure it’s properly tightened. If that is ok check the seal on it. Make sure it’s not cracked. Otherwise you need to get the error codes read and see what is flagged. The fuel return purge valve is also a common culprit which is cheap and easy to replace. Lots of YouTube videos on that subject (E39 P0444)
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    Another one saved

    Looks good, top marks to your body shop. And your lights look like new, did they polish those for you?
  11. Mashmanu

    Am I being fleeced

    Seems reasonable on the labour side. Quick check on eBay and prices range from £18 to £920 !!!!! There are some around £40 mark but you need to get the part number. Go to RealOEM.com and key in your VIN number and search for the part via the various diagrams. I would guess the part is overpriced but sadly unless you are handy with tools and and have the confidence to do the job yourself this comes with the territory of owning and running 20 year old cars. Investing in the tools necessary to do the job is the other approach but that could more than equal the cost of having to buy overpriced parts. Ask the mechanic for the part number and see if you can get one yourself.
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    Another one saved

    Ok thanks. I need the bonnet doing too but that’s an interesting price. Were the surprises on the sills?
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    Another one saved

    Well done cant wait to see the result i am planning doing the very same myself this year but not got as far as getting quotes yet but would you mind saying how much that set you back?
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    Purge valve / Vapour canister

    Hi, ive had similar symptoms to what you describe and here is what I found on my car. EML Light came on a couple of times and turned out to be the fuel filler cap not fully tightened. My cap was a bit perished so replaced. Cleared the EML and P0444 code. Not returned. Fuel Smell Issue was exactly as you describe. Checked under the car and no leaks but I thought I’d check the basics before resorting to the canister and return circuit. I removed the underside trays to see what was going on and discovered a drip coming from one of the hoses where it connects to the fuel filter. I replaced the filter a few years ago and must’ve not tightened it up enough. So tightened it up and the drip stopped and no more fuel smells. The drips just evaporate off the underside trays hence why I could never see any leaks. You can test the purge valve via INPA btw
  15. Mashmanu

    Used Front Seats, Collection

    You can seperate the back from the seat. It’s fairly simple and takes about 10 mins per seat. Practice on your current seats first then you know what to look out for. If they are manual you won’t have the internal wiring to consider for the head rest. There are several YouTube videos showing you how to do it but this one shows you the way. Obviously it means taking a few tools with you but will ensure you don’t damage them or your car. One other option is to remove your front passenger seat before you collect.