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LukeH last won the day on July 31 2019

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    E39 530d & E46 M3, E38 750il, Fiat Coupe 20vt

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  1. Mine does this occasionally, I’ve never gotten to the bottom of it. I believe the car can remember the settings on different keys that the car was last used with, but don’t quote me on that. As I’ve only got the one key I just put it down to a quirk of an 18 year old car!
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    Mk6 golf gti or e92 m3

    V8 M3’s are actually very reliable, bar throttle actuators and rod bearings. Both can be sorted fairly cheaply - rod bearings are around £1500 for preventative maintenance at a decent Indy, and throttle actuators £500 ish if and when they fail. DCT boxes are pretty much bomb proof, as are the manuals. Sure there’s going to be usual wear and tear bushes and things but on the whole not a bad buy I’d say. Real world economy will be late teens if you can live with that.
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    E39 Topaz bonnet & Sport bumper

    Brilliant, thanks. PM on its way to you.
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    E39 Topaz bonnet & Sport bumper

    No I’m not on Facebook I’m afraid - but thanks for the reply. I don’t suppose I can access it without joining?
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    E39 Topaz bonnet & Sport bumper

    After a small incident I’m in need of a Topaz bonnet & sport bumper. Will travel for good condition parts.
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    This is getting ridiculous

    That’s actually the best looking new bmw grill arrangement I’ve seen!
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    Had a couple of new screens over the years and have never experienced any odd sounds like you describe. Bonded screens can expand and contract at will as the “glue” is slightly flexible to allow for this.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Swapped out my one ruined B8’s for a nice new pair, they only lasted 7 years and 70ish k, finally one let me down on my Boxing Day outing with a sudden complete loss of damping & very limited travel. I must say I just love these dampers, they’ve taken an incredible amount of (ab)use over the years and still come back for more.
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    Interesting. My old shaft measures 38mm, and my replacement from an auto measures 31mm.
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    I know the manual one is larger in diameter than the auto for my 530d manual. I had to replace one recently as it didn’t survive the OSR wheel bearing swap. Having said that I’ve now got a 530d auto one fitted (all I could get at short notice) which is noticeably thinner than the manual one, but no issues so far.
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    My e39 photos

    I get the passion you have for Park Lane. I was fortunate enough to own a 750il that was supplied by them and for me it made the car that little bit more special. Your E39 looks like it’s been very well cared for, it’ll be interesting to see how you get on with it on track. I can recommend the BMW car club track days if you’re new to it, they’re well run and everyone is very friendly. You mention Eibachs & Bilsteins - I presume you mean the B12 kit? I’ve had this set up on a couple of E39’s, I think you’ll be very happy with it given your intended use. I will say though having used SE & Sport seats that the Sports are definitely more supportive, the base doesn’t look like it’ll make much of a difference, but it does!
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    2007 525d

    2007 525d should be an M57 engine - timing chain at the front and issues are fairly rare but not unheard of with big miles. The ones with the chain at the back (and more prevalent issues) are the N47 & N57. Power wise it depends what you want from it and what you are used to, 520d feels ok but I think I’d get bored quickly personally. Auto boxes, in all honesty are pot luck, you might get one that goes on for 100’s of K having never been serviced or one that fails early on in its life. You can change the fluid & filter, bridge seal and sealing sleeves to alleviate the possibility of failure but the reality of it is you still might be unlucky.
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    530i Manual Clutch Swap

    Be prepared for possible seized bell housing bolts, I’ve seen the block completely fail whilst trying to undo them.
  14. No worries mate. I’ve noticed over the years that most of my good ideas are born out of pure laziness and making things as easy as possible while still giving a good end result