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  1. AlexGSi2000

    Mannol oils and peoples thoughts

    You have probably just asked one of the hardest questions found on any car forum! I too have seen Mannol products start appearing over the past year or so - first saw them on AutoDoc. I am in no way qualified or educated enough to give you an informed answer, but think oil choice is mostly down to personal preference. I guess I would consider myself an oil snob, in the fact that I like using brands known for their oil production (Shell, Castrol.etc), my "go-to" oil for the past 5 or so years has been Shell Helix Ultra. Prior to this, I used to use Fuchs Titan - I cant remember the exact reason for changing, but remember taking a look at the data sheets at the time, Shell appeared to be slightly better for around the same price. I guess the key details are to use the correct type (synthetic) and grade - especially if your car has a DPF and requires low ash oil. Personally, I would have said if you were changing every 6k then I cant see any issues - it is interesting as to why they seem so cheap though. If you were planning on doing 20k on the same stuff then I would maybe suggest spending a little more and going for a premium brand. The only Mannol product I have purchased to date has been glass cleaner, which was rubbish - so may be a little while before I buy any of their oil!
  2. Having seen these in person, I can vouch for the look and light-output, vast improvement over the standard units.
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    GY F1s vs Michelin PS4s

    Both very good tyres. If you were comparing a budget and premium brand, then the advice would be very clear cut! But as they are both premium and highly rated, it comes down to personal preference. I have purchased a couple of sets of PS4s over the past few years and always been impressed. The side-walls also look fantastic (is that a sad thing to notice / like?)
  4. Evening, Im looking to swap the steering wheel that came with my recently purchased e60. It has been retrimmed - not sure who by, but its a little too chunky for my liking, so Im looking to swap for a standard sport steering wheel in good condition. Thanks!
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    The cheap E60 winter car.

    Update; I no longer own the 525d. A few factors over the past few weeks influenced the decision to buy another e60 - 520d this time; Unlike the past few years where I have swapped my insurance to the e39 after the winter - I will be insuring two cars for the entirety of the year. For the point above, I will be using the e60 as the daily car, the 525d wasn't quite as economical as I would have hoped, the 520d helps with this, along with being cheaper to insure and tax. A friend of mine recently had one of the turbos let go on his e60 535d - his plan is to replace the engine and transmission with a turbocharged M54 and ZF-8 Speed (MaxxECU & HTG controller), so was after a cheap daily - the 525d was the ideal candidate. The 520d has already seen a few changes over the past three weeks of ownership, will no doubt start a new thread in the near future.
  6. Bank transfers are much more commonplace these days. I recently bought an e60 and paid via bank transfer - the money was pretty much instantly visible in the sellers bank account. One point to note, I had tried using the NatWest app on my phone, however I was limited in terms of amount for first payments to an account that I hadn't sent money to before. I was glad I decided to take my laptop and card reader with me, as there was no limitation that way.
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    12v Circuit Breaker - Advice needed.

    I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to be fair, you could argue that shutting down the car remotely could prevent them crashing.
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    12v Circuit Breaker - Advice needed.

    I can see where you are coming from, I didn't explain the scenario as well as I should have done. Correct, the backup battery in the tracker is pretty irrelevant really. The situation I am thinking of where it would be useful to "disable" the car via the 12v output is if the car is stolen with the keys for example and is being driven, by activating the output on the tracker I am hoping to cut power to the fuel pump.
  9. Afternoon all, After some electrical advice - I'm a novice / idiot when it comes to vehicle wiring. I have just purchased a tracker for the e39, I have done the basic wiring and hidden it - pretty straightforward, however the unit has a battery backup and a 12v output that can be activated remotely. I am wanting to use the 12v output on the tracker to disable the car. I have had a few thoughts already, for example - using a normally closed relay on the fuel pump wiring. I could enable the output on the tracker to open the relay and cut power to the fuel pump, however, the battery in the tracker would only be able to power the relay coil for an hour. My next thought is to use the same fuel pump circuit, but use some kind of circuit breaker, this is where my knowledge ends. What I'm thinking is having a circuit breaker in the fuel pump circuit that "trips" when 12v is applied on the tracker output - resetting it would then be done manually. Does such a product exist that will do this? all the circuit breakers I have found are the usual type (that trip when over current). Any advice welcome.
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    e39 Bodywork Thread

    Hi All, I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread relating to e39 bodywork repairs. As the e39 platform is ageing, I have noticed a lot of members are now having repair and preventative work carried out, especially corrosion. I am hoping this thread could be a location where members could share the work they have had completed and make recommendations for bodyshops.etc I know most of us on the forum are meticulous over work carried out on our pride and joys - so would be a good place to share good experiences. Personally, when I have had bodywork carried out on previous cars, I have sometimes been disappointed with the quality and finish for the price paid. My car will need work (particularly around the jacking points) in around 24 months time, I would like to go somewhere reputable that know their way around an e39 can carry out the repair to a good standard, even if it means travelling further. If any of you have had work carried out, it would be highly appreciated if you could share some information regarding the repair and share some photos if possible (list of questions below that could be copied and answered). Bodyshop used; Work carried out; Parts replaced (if any); Cost of repair; Time taken; Other notes; Many thanks!
  11. Evening All, Currently looking to gauge interest in e60/61 halogen to Bi-Xenon conversions and offer my services (oh err!) to forum members. After owning an e60 with Halogen headlights for a few years, I decided I wanted to improve the light output and try and modernise the look of the car. Naturally I looked at purchasing a set of OEM Xenon headlights, however as they appear to be sought after, the prices for factory Xenon headlights were quite high. I thought I would see what I could do with my existing headlights, the results were quite surprising. In a nutshell, I cut open my halogen headlights, stripped them down, added a set of aftermarket Xenon projector units and carried out some other small changes. The results were better than I expected, the Xenon projector units spread an even amount of light, along with a sharp cut-off. At present, I have converted three sets of pre-LCI halogen units with good results,. I would be looking to offer this service on an exchange service. I can offer the same modifications as below at a set price, or could carry out work according to your specification for an agreed price. The standard units I have modified (photos below) have the following modifications; - 2.5" Bi-Xenon projector lens with dark surround - 6000k Xenon bulbs - 35W Xenon ballast's - White Halo LEDs - Chrome Halo ring surrounds darkened - Side chrome darkened - Indicator lens tinted The lights are used Hella units, so the lenses are wet-sanded and polished, however there may be one or two small imperfections. The cost for a pair of headlights is £350 exchanging your standard halogen units, this includes all bulbs and Xenon ballasts. If you do not wish to exchange your halogen units, the cost will increase by £50. Fitment instructions are provided, however I am happy to fit if you can collect. Dipped Beam; Main beam with Bi-Xenon;
  12. AlexGSi2000

    The cheap E60 winter car.

    After a few weeks of driving in the darker months, I decided to see if I could do something about the headlights. I am used to the output of the Xenon's on the other car, so thought I would see if I could improve on the halogens on this car - especially since its the only car I use during the winter months. I did toy with the idea of purchasing a set of OEM xenon headlights, however they seem to command a decent figure, so I decided to modify the current halogen units by fitting Bi-Xenon projector lenses. The modification took me a good few hours in total, but I can say for certain that it was definitely worthwhile - the light output is greatly increased, more focused and has a great Xenon cut-off. The headlights on the e60 use a permaseal rather than the butyl sealant on the e39 headlights, so the usual method of warming up / baking the headlights doesn't work on the e60 units. Surgery is pretty much the only way of opening these headlights, other people have managed to remove the lens as a whole, however it takes much more time, I took the dremel approach! Lens unit cut from the housing (excuse the Snow White slipper ); Indicator / Marker inner lenses were then removed for tinting; Angel Eye rings were darkened, along with the inner lenses; Angel eyes fitted back into the inner housing; Dipped beam reflector sprayed black - this wont matter as the halogen reflector is not used with the xenon projector unit; Inner lens fitted back to the outer lens, the outer lens was wet-sanded and polished; Bi-Xenon projector unit before it was mounted inside the headlight; Projector unit mounted, without the surround/shroud; Projector shroud added and Xenons levelled, ready for the outer lens to be re-fitted; Headlights sealed back up and fitted back to the car; Decided not to use the angel eye ring surrounding the dipped beam, I prefer the look; The outer side of the lens was polished, however there were a few imperfections on the inside which show when the dipped beam is lit - the next set I do will have the inside of the lens polished too; Sharp cut-off; Spread of light is much better; I used a 35W H1 HID kit with these projector lenses.
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    The cheap E60 winter car.

    Switch is in the glovebox, couldn't really find anywhere else suitable at the time. Its a little inconvenient when you want to change the temperature setting - but it just gets left on level 3 all the time. Will re-locate it at some point I think.
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    Pubs shut, takeaway recommendations

    Like going to a brass house for a hug!