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About AlexGSi2000

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  • Birthday 03/28/1988

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    Liverpool
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    E39 M5

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  1. AlexGSi2000

    e39 324mm Front Brakes

    I have a set of 324mm brakes removed from my 2002 530d Sport. Offside caliper was replaced a couple of years ago, nearside has a slight tear in the outer dust seal, but this is easily replaced. Kit comes with the caliper brackets and brake lines, ready to bolt on. I will include discs and pads if required - there is plenty of wear left, however they have been sat a couple of months (dry) so would recommend new. Asking £50. Thanks, Alex.
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    Looking to view this E39 M5 - bad idea?

    I also went to view this car (and actually made an offer) earlier this year. I'm not exaggerating, but the initial car in question is worth £5k tops, maybe even less. I was shocked at the state of it when I went to see it. All rubbers perished, badly repaired corrosion and a very low quality spray job at the rear. Front end has had a knock at somepoint as the wing / Bonnet and bumper don't line up. Interior is very well worn. I think the fact the car has been for sale for well over a year speaks volumes. I offered a trade sale at £5k knowing I would need to spend a few grand repairing the repairs. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  3. Quick heads up, ECP appear to be clearing their stock of Gulf oils. My local branch are selling 4l bottles for less than £18. I grabbed a few 1l bottles for topping up. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  4. Afternoon, I purchased my 2004 e60 525d last year, since then I have never been too impressed by the fuel consumption. I am averaging around 37mpg on motorway at around 70mph, town driving I can achieve 20mpg. When I purchased the car I corrected a few things I thought would affect the MPG, such as replacing the thermostat that was stuck open and two injectors that had fallen out of tolerance. The temperature sits around 88c and injectorvalues are all similar and within tolerance. The only changes to the car are the fact it has an EGR / DPF delete and have been removed from the map. I did originally think the map may have something to do with it, however I flashed a standard/factory file to the car - which made no difference apart from to attempt a DPF regen and throw the EML. The car is high miles (215K) but appears to be running normally, no smoke from the exhaust and performance is good. I have no boost leaks.etc Im beginning to think this consumption is just a characteristic of the engine, I know the LCI 535d's improved on fuel consumption somewhat - is this the same case for the 525d? Im wondering weather it may be worth changing the car and finding an LCI 525d/530d as I seem to be throwing a significant amount of fuel through this thing! Cheers.
  5. AlexGSi2000

    Oil specification

    At this price I would select a Gulf oil. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    Coding randomly reverts back.

    Bit of a niggle that has happened a few times for no apparent reason - every now and again, say every other month, the CCC will lose the ability to play MP3. When I bought the car, it wouldn't play MP3's, I coded this using NCS Expert & Dummy - all was fine for around two months, it randomly decided not to play MP3s anymore - so I needed to code it again. This has happened a couple of times and for no apparent reason. Is there an extra stage I may have missed out when coding? Cheers.
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    The cheap E60 winter car.

    Thanks, I struggle to keep still! It's not true bangernomics or a shed for that matter, as I still wanted a nice car to drive that was going to be reliable. Unfortunately, you are correct - I wish it was the other way round. As far as body panels and sills go - there is nothing showing on this car, having covered over 200k. There are areas underneath, such as the floorpan and mount points where there is some surface rust - but nothing out of the ordinary I would have said (I was under a 2014 S-max the other day that had way more). Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    The cheap E60 winter car.

    Its almost time to get this car back on the road after using the e39 since March. The e60 was mothballed for most of the year until September when my brother used it for a month whilst I replaced the engine on his 320d (N47 engine). The e60 did me well last winter, I carried out some more maintenance and minor repairs throughout the winter months to keep things happy - worth doing as it may well be the winter car for a few more years to come. The car needed a thermostat as it was stuck open and not allowing the engine to warm up, along with the EGR thermostat leaking, so this was replaced too. Before the car hits the road again this weekend, I decided to tidy up a few areas of the bodywork that had been bugging me since I purchased the car. There were a lot of scrapes on the front and rear bumpers, along with a nasty gouge on the offside rear quarter. I have done some spray work here and there over the years, the technique seems to be getting better, so thought it would be worth a shot - it surely had to come out better than it was! A few photos before I started; The bumpers were prepped, filled where necessary and taken off the car to paint - the rear quarter was filled ready for paint; Once the paint and clear coat was sprayed, it was a case of flattening with 1500 & 2000 grit, followed by a polish with heavy cut compound, then glaze. The finish isn't perfect, but has certainly tidied it up a little, its not obvious the work has been done either, which is a bonus; I then polished the rest of the car and added a set of new numberplates; Overall, pretty happy with the result - worth a go for £30 painting materials and £12 for numberplates. Whilst I was carrying out the work, I also took the chance to carry out an oil change and inspect everything else, all was well apart from a worn front droplink - fingers crossed for the MOT in a fortnights time. Ever since I purchased the car, I always felt it was missing some low down torque/power. The EGR & DPF had been removed previously - no engine management light was showing, so I figured the ECU had been remapped to account for this - by the way the car drove I suspected something wasnt quite right with the map, due to the rest of the mechanicals appearing ok (no boost leaks, injectors within tolerance.etc). I copied the map from the car and had a professional look over it, it was confirmed that the DPF and EGR hadnt been mapped out properly along with a few other tables changed. A standard 525d file was then obtained, the DPF and EGR mapped out properly, along with a few other tweaks for a tad more power. After flashing the file to the car the difference was obvious, the engine seemed much happier low down - less smoke, and much quicker than it was previously. So - I should be good to go for the next 6 months, roll on spring 2020 when I can get the e39 out again!
  9. AlexGSi2000

    TRIPLE QX red or blue antifreeze?

    I'm sure either will be fine - just don't mix them. I have been using Miller's extend in everything for the past decade or so. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  10. AlexGSi2000

    TRIPLE QX red or blue antifreeze?

    Red is longer life I believe, suitable for most cooling systems, including aluminium. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  11. AlexGSi2000

    Fresh tarmac on my car

    If I remember correctly I used a blue bilt hamber medium clay. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    Fresh tarmac on my car

    This exact same thing happened to me a few years ago. I ended up using a clay bar on the car to remove it all. Never bothered persuing it with the builders as I know I would have needed to jump through hoops - I just couldn't be bothered, in hindsight I should have done, however they would probably have just arranged for a "valeter' to wash the car. Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    Headlights replacement

    In my opinion, genuine stuff is the best, the aftermarket "Depo" Headlights just look too tacky in my eyes. Maybe go for a set of genuine facelift angel eyes with xenon? Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
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    Rear subframe tool recommendations

    I'm going to need one soon too! Fancy splitting the cost? Sent from my BBF100-1 using Tapatalk
  15. Replacement engine arrived today, so will be starting the prep work tomorrow evening and start moving over the ancillaries. New timing chain, gaskets.etc are still in transit so there isn't a massive rush. As for the M47 conversion, it did cross my mind - however, we would probably need to purchase other items such as the loom, ecu.etc and also deal with other conversion headaches, so we are sticking with the N47. I have been running an n47 as a daily for the past 9 months, despite the agricultural feel compared to the 6/8pot BMWs, I think once all the bits are removed that can hinder the engine such as the dpf, egr & swirl flaps its good enough, returning 60mpg+ on a run and an acceptable amount of shove with a remap.
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