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TeddyRuxpin last won the day on July 24 2018

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    Cars and guitars. BMWs and music.
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    Current: Mercedes E350CDI Sport. Previous: 2001 525i Sport Touring Titan Silver

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  1. TeddyRuxpin

    The E39 First World Problems thread

    When I had one: - The rust/lack of aluminium and galvanised panels - Stupid painted brake pipes which will always rust when the paint is scratched off - The terrible stock stereo - I don't care too much about stereos but the basic Business one in my Touring was so terrible - A few underspec'd engines... the 525i I had was pointless vs the 530i in terms of MPG etc... why bother offering it? - Brakes seemed under spec'd on the touring at least... even new brembo pads and discs were still not as good as stopping as a 2003 VW Golf V4 that I had! Too much weight. - Lots of plastic and perishable engine parts that don't survive the heat cycles as well as some other cars, but I don't think they really care about how the care will fare in 15-20 years! - Every single issue you read about happened to mine... door seals, VANOS, etc etc. Maybe I was just unlucky but it was not the most reliable car... That's honestly it! The are/were a classic design and have aged so well in terms of looks and drive!
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    'M' Insignia on Front Door Mouldings

    As an aside, I think in 2003 they were officially called M-Sports for one year, before they were replaced? Edit: here's the door trim on my (old) 525i Sport Touring
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    'M' Insignia on Front Door Mouldings

    Do you mean the sill covers/protectors when you open the door? If so, my 2001 525i Sport Touring had them.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yes, my brother did a 360 degree spin on the motorway in an E38 due to those tyres. No more budgets again after that, for me. AVON do some really good, well priced mid-range stuff that is a lot cheaper than the 'big brands'.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Sold it (Well, on Sunday) Felt quite emotional actually, I bloody loved that car. Saw an identical one today, and regretted it! Then I remembered that the mint car I was looking at was not mine and that I needed a daily driver... I did keep something as a souvenir though....
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I know, I do love it, but I've purchased a new(er) car. I live somewhere rural that really only has car access, and need 100% reliability. As it's 18 years old, it needs an owner that is willing to tackle the rust and the issues, and I'm afraid I kind of feel like I've put enough time and money into it at this point. I don't mind tinkering with engines, but bodywork stuff is beyond my skill level. I'd love to be able to keep it and work on it when I had time - but, it isn't an M5 or even a 530 or 540i...!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Put it on eBay
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thank you! I think if I had to do it again, I could do it even better. I forgot to alternate the direction of the sanding between grades of wet/dry paper, and overall it was a learning experience. I used wet and dry paper first off - I used the grits 400 / 600 / 800 / 1200, then I used the small pads within the Meguiars One Step Headlight Restoration kit (they are essentially just even finer grades of sandpaper). Then I used the drill attachment and the polishing compound from the Meguiars kit. I was a bit crap at this. Then I sealed with: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00A3S1RGU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This UV sealant is supposed to be a bit more permanent than just wax - I wasn't brave enough to do it proper (cover the car and spray clear coat) I think my lights/car had been previously polished (I have an invoice from a previous owner that said he had BMW polish the car at least once) and the lenses were clear when I bought it three years ago. I think it was polished/sanded but it wasn't sealed, so the lights were especially bad as they had no protection.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Pics are all out of correct order... oh well!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Redid the lights (they were so yellow and cloudy) and washed, clay barred and waxed the car, ready to sell. Taken two days and still not finished! Just need to sort the interior a little now, and deal with a couple of niggles that will be a few less things for any potential new owner to deal with. Oh and bought a 2009 Merc W212 E350 CDI Sport... sorry chaps... but for the money they’re comparible to E60s instead of F10s which doesn’t make any sense to me (you can have a 2010 top spec E350 sport or F10 bottom spec 520d for the same price...) - I guess they were facelifted a year earlier.... It has full MB service history so I think I’m even gonna get the Mercedes service plan pay monthly thing. Yep, I’m that guy now. I do love the E350... I wish it were a BMW but it didn’t make sense. Actually, I did desperately try to buy a nice 2008 535d SE with an amazing/top spec, but the dealer was a bellend - the car needed over £1000 of work (that’s parts - assuming you DIY all the work) but he wouldn’t price accordingly or even sell it with a proper MOT, and fixing it all put the car into the price bracket of much newer car. I absolutely love/loved my 5 Touring and think it’s one of the most beautiful shapes ever made. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it’s really loved me back! Maybe we should just be friends instead... Need to change the wheel speed sensor and control arms, take pics, and make an ad... Farewell old friend!
  11. Great info, thank you!
  12. Hi, I have my 525i running pretty well! However, it's been running for a long time with the VANOS solenoid disconnected, with no issues - the car feels fine to me... but I'm planning on selling the car soon, and would like to get this fixed if possible/easy enough! I have a Creator C310 - currently the car obviously shows an error because the VANOS is disconnected (15 Activation, VANOS solenoid vale, inlet ), but when I wiped them, plugged in the solenoid and the car cut out, it didn't generate any codes. The car ran for about 20 seconds before cutting out - I tried for a couple of times, but I gave up as it was cold outside! However in the past, there were some error codes generated: 67 VANOS inlet camshaft, end position not reached 69 VANOS inlet camshaft, tight or jammed If I'm correct, this is not the usual behaviour of bad VANOS seals...? I spoke to a mechanic who said it was the spring in the solenoid, but how can I be sure? Could it even be an camshaft sensor? I was thinking that I could buy a used (but functional) VANOS solenoid off eBay to get the unit back up and running. I really don't want to open up the rocker cover for the 5th time!!! Cheers, Ed
  13. Hi, Thanks, I read up about this stuff, being my first diesel - but I'm really keen on keeping it as stock as possible. The car is new (to me), it's a well kept example, and I don't want to start tinkering with it and remapping it, especially not one day one. The car has more than enough performance for me in stock form, and I haven't budgeted to do all that work at the same time! Perhaps if the manifold has to come off for this, I'd do swirl flap delete as preventative maintenance, but I don't want to mess with the car too much. I'd only delete the DPF if the computer message flashed up and started having problems, but I think it's done a lot of motorway miles, so hopefully is good. I just want to know if the only problem is the quacking 'sound', or if the car is imminently about to explode... or somewhere in between. Cheers! Ed
  14. Hi all, I have a ‘58 LCI 535d, and it makes a light quacking noise when you lightly blip the throttle (check video). After some research, it seems like the EGR Pressure Converter needs to be changed (however some vids show this when idling not blipping). I’ve uploaded a video showing the pedal being blipped as we listen for the noise. Seems to come from the same area where the Pressure Converter is, but I’m still getting familiar with the engine, coming from an M54! Part is £102 from BMW (11747796634), but a Piersburg part is £54 on Amazon. I assume the Piersburg is the actual BMW part anyway?? My question is - what are the actual downsides of driving with this, other than this noise? Is it safe to drive? Does it need to be fixed imminently, is it a huge issue? The car is new (to me) and I really don't want to start tearing off the air inlet manifold just yet. It pulls well, but I have no other 535d to compare it with! Thanks! Ed
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