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  1. AlexGSi2000

    N47, are they really that bad?

    My experience; Have owned an e39 530d & e60 525d (pre-LCI) and now an e60 520d LCI. As mentioned by others, the 6-pots are so much more refined, especially when it comes down to noise - the N47 is such a noisy / agricultural sounding engine, that's my biggest complaint. The older M47's sound much better in comparison. My reason for buying an e60 520d was purely down to cost savings (any repairs aside). I have the weekend / summer car that chews through funds and has the money spent on it, the 520d is the daily, so wanted to spend as little as possible without really downgrading - I regularly commute long distances, so wanted something comfortable and well built - the e60 fits the bill nicely. Its easy on insurance and road tax.etc Mine is currently sat at 230k miles and been well maintained by previous owners, I have receipts of the chain being done, however I would like to do this again come the summertime - just for peace of mind. Its had the DPF, EGR and swirl flaps removed - which I believe can contribute to the death of these engines (I bought the wifes 320d with a seized N47 - turns out the EGR had become stuck open which loaded the oil with soot and generated a lot of heat). I think they are decent engines, you can probably play it to your advantage slightly given a lot of people will actively avoid the N47 meaning a cheaper purchase? If no record of the chain being done I would factor that in. On the other hand, if I didn't have the weekend / summer car - I would have definitely opted for 6-cylinder car, no questions.
  2. AlexGSi2000

    e39 M5 Fuel Lines

    Hi Joe, Understood, thanks. Don't worry about quoting, will order from my local dealer as you are quite a way from where I am. Thanks all the same. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    e39 M5 Fuel Lines

    Afternoon, Would it be possible for a quote on the following please; (e39 M5 under-car fuel lines & brackets, reg; M5 DFP) 1x 16122228814 1x 16112228823 4x 16121182658 4x 16121178832 4x 16121182660 1x 16121118686 1x 16121155064 Many thanks.
  4. AlexGSi2000

    The E39 range is 25 years old.

    I'm currently driving an e60 LCI (20d) as a daily and using the e39 as the summertime / sunny days and high days car. I was never a fan of the e60 to begin with, but its grown on me a lot. I needed a cheaper daily and wanted to stick with the 5 series, F11 sports were well out of my price range at the time where as e60s were bargain basement! Mine is currently sat at 233k miles and still feels very solid - I think this was down to a particularly meticulous previous owner. Its had two chains on the N47 engine and I plan on doing them again come the summer. Would love to change to an F11 530d sport touring but just cant justify the price at the moment (maybe in a year or twos time!).
  5. AlexGSi2000

    Merry Christmas

    All the best!
  6. Facebook groups amuse me on a regular basis. Same repetitive questions being asked on a regular basis (which oil do I need.etc). Nothing beats a good old forum - can see many making a comeback.
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    Front Heated Seat Retrofit.

    Evening, Was wondering if anyone has retrofitted front heated seats to the e60 LCI? I currently have half leather non-heated that I am wanting to swap over to leather heated versions (half electric). I already have the switch panel, but was wondering how involved it is with the wiring? Many thanks.
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    2002 BMW 530i Sport Auto - SOLD.

  9. AlexGSi2000

    Wanted - e39 Sport Undertrays

    Hi All, I am after an engine and gearbox undertray for an e39 using sport bumpers. Car is a 530i but believe undertrays from other sports will fit (except the v8)?. Thanks.
  10. I recently had the opportunity to purchase a 2002 530iA Sport from someone who also rents a unit on the same estate I do. I have known of the car for many years, however I was contacted by the owner a few weeks ago regarding the car. The owner was looking to sell, as it had developed an issue around 6 months ago, numerous people had looked at the car, but the issue/s had not been ironed out. Normally, I wouldn't have been interested - but I have known the car was well looked after, with low miles considering its age and had one of the cleanest shells I have seen recently - I made an offer that was accepted, and I drove the car approx 500 yards to my unit. At this point, I'm pretty sure I have found the main causes of the issues - so thought it would be interesting to document in-case anyone else experiences the same. Symptoms; Car runs and drives normally for around 5 minutes, no signs of any issue. After around 5 minutes, the PRND lights will flicker slightly, the interlock on the gearbox (brake switch) activates randomly, allowing you to select gear without holding the brake After a further minute, when stationary, you can hear the gearbox (solenoids) actuating, load is placed onto the engine - sounds like gears are being selected. PRND lights are now off by now - transmission warning light illuminates - transmission continues to make noises, becomes very "jerky" as it will be in failsafe mode. When the final symptom occurs, communication to the control unit via INPA is lost, other modules show errors communicating with the transmission control unit. The above symptoms persist until the engine is switched off and on again - if the engine is started again immediately, the issues will begin again after a few seconds, however if the engine is left to go cold, then you will get 5 minutes of normal behaviour. After a lot of thought and checking connections, it looked to me like the issue was potentially heat related due to 5 minutes of normal behaviour from cold. All connections were checked - I had the sporadic thought of removing the gearbox control unit cover and seeing if trying to cool it would help. I placed a large fan in-front of the cooler and left the car run for 20 minutes - this resulted in no symptoms or issues. I removed the fan and the issues began again. So, after the car sitting for 6 months and the previous owner fitting a used gearbox, it turns out the issue was a defective control unit. Thankfully Darren Foden lives fairly close and had a spare - this was switched over and the issue (bar one) is resolved. The unrelated issue with the gearbox is that both control units report a "Steptronic-Schalter" error, which explains why the "S" light on the dash flashes randomly along with steptronic not activating when the gear selector is moved over to the left when in D. I will strip back the wiring on the shifter later, as it looks like this may be prone to wear and tear - failing that I will grab a used shifter. Quite an interesting one - first case I have ever come across of control unit / ECU failure - first time for everything. I'm wondering if I should fit a heatsink on the chip of the replacement control unit, or a fan in the ECU compartment?
  11. AlexGSi2000

    Steering rack compatability.

    Morning Guys, Been a little while since I have posted on this forum - I'm currently having a small "situation" on a friends e60 LCI 520d with steering problems. Long story short, the car went in for bodywork a few months ago - when he went to collect the car, the rack failed and drained all the fluid - this is where the escapade started. The paintshop agreed to sort it out of goodwill, but ended up going back a few times, whereby the car would be fine for a few days and then feel like there was no power steering assistance - especially when turning to the left. Since the issue, the power steering had gone "heavy" and was never as light as it was before it went in - at times power assistance is not there, but will happen randomly and without warning. Anyway, since they were unable to repair the issue, my friend has asked me to take a look - I recommended replacing all power steering components (pump, lines, rack.etc) with correct items as I am unable to tell what may or may not have been replaced by the bodyshop. The parts that I ordered arrived last week, so set to work with the car yesterday - lowered the subframe and removed the existing rack. Comparing the rack side-by-side with the one I ordered, it was evident the one I ordered had different part numbers to the one I ordered (I orderd a rack with the part number 777537 as listed on RealOEM). I was reluctant to fit it as it was dated 2004 and appeared to have run on ATF rather than CHF11s, the part number also referenced the 530d (501 902) so didnt want to risk it. I ended up re-fitting the existing rack and changing all other components - the result was the same, so think it definitely has something to do with the rack. Supposedly the bodyshop had replaced the rack (it looks like a recon unit as it is painted black) and has the part number; 7853 501 233 - when looking at RealOEM, this part number isnt listed for the 2009 LCI 520d. I have contacted the seller of the incorrect rack and order another - hopefully that will sort the issue. I was wondering if someone could confirm that the part number 777537 is the one I should be going for - when taking a look on RealOEM shows the following data; Are they really that critical? Could I have fitted the rack with the different part number? Many thanks! 32106777537 Exch. hydro steering gear Servotronic From: 04/02/2007 Supersedes: 32106780945 (11/02/2006 — 04/16/2007), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106775426 (02/03/2006 — 01/17/2007), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106773772 (08/01/2005 — 03/06/2006), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106770314 (09/01/2004 — 01/17/2006), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106769302 (09/01/2004 — 12/06/2004), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106768061(12/01/2003 — 11/04/2004), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106766656 (09/01/2003 — 12/09/2004), Exchangeable retrospectively 32106762449 (03/03/2003 — 10/04/2005) Part 32106777537 was found on the following vehicles: 5' E60   (12/2001 — 02/2007) 5' E60 LCI   (11/2005 — 12/2009) 5' E61   (10/2002 — 02/2007) 5' E61 LCI   (11/2005 — 05/2010) 6' E63   (06/2002 — 07/2007) 6' E63 LCI   (04/2006 — 07/2010) 6' E64   (09/2002 — 07/2007) 6' E64 LCI   (04/2006 — 07/2010)
  12. AlexGSi2000

    Mortgage / House Move Advice.

    Afternoon, When it comes to house moves - I am a complete novice and know next to nothing! At somepoint over the next year, we would like to move home - we have been in our current first home since 2013. During this time we have saved a small amount as a deposit for the next place, the property value looks to have also increased by around 20% (based on an online valuation). The biggest unknown for us at the moment is to try and find out what we can realistically afford for the next place. When using online mortgage calculators, they don't seem to take the current property into consideration. Based on our combined income the sites typically advise a mortgage amount around the value of our current home. At this point should I be seeking independent financial advice, or can the mortgage lenders offer guidance? We both like to think we live fairly lightweight according to our combined income, the only fixed outgoings are the mortgage, bills, phone contracts.etc - we have no car payments or other loans. Once we have ascertained what we can afford, I guess the next step would be to have the valued agreed in principal, so offers can be made on properties that are for sale? In regards to advertising the current property, I guess this can be done at any point? I suppose if the property is advertised before an offer made on the next place, there could be a chance we would be moving in with our parents for a while! Next concern for me is the property market, values are continuing to increase due to demand and short supply. A few properties I have seen on the market previously would now be unaffordable. - I wonder if this is artificial inflation, with the likelihood of this receding over the next 12 months or so? I am fairly clueless when it comes to all this - so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  13. AlexGSi2000

    E39 M5 meet UK

    Looking forward to it now - first meet I have been to in around 10 years! Hopefully the weather is kind to us.
  14. AlexGSi2000

    2003 E39 540i Sport Auto - Dead Gear Box - Free to Collect

    Was a pleasure helping out with this one. Drove really well considering it had been laid up for a while, I didnt want to give it back - that V8 torque combined with the auto box is lovely, seems to pick up very well compared to the 98' 540 I used to own (vanos / non vanos I assume?). Diamond in the rough at the moment, but I know Darren has plans - after seeing the rest of his work, I'm sure it will be back to its former glory before long.