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Jameswsb last won the day on July 2 2019

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    E39 M5 Le Mans Blue, Alpina B10 V8 & Clio 182 FF

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  1. Jameswsb

    BMW E39 M5

    I really wouldn't get fixated on mileage at all. Much safer with a car at 140k ish with invoices for suspension, rust/paintwork etc than one sat at just under 100k needing £5k spending on it. Most under the 100k mile mark will attract the optimistic 'classic' price tags, and a surprising number will be dogs when you poke about. If I were you, look on the forums and sale ads for a car that has been used and loved and largely disregard mileage.
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    B10 suspension refresh

    I think our B10 V8 could do with this refresh also. Could you give me an indication of the cost? (PM if better) Thanks in advance
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Useful to know, have you noticed an improvement in the drive? Also curious to confirm if they can be changed with the subframe in situ? If so it might not be that expensive to do, which would be nice!
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    What sort of state were the subframe bushes in Rob? Contemplating whether its worth doing mine at 126k.
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    Surely if the pork chops could be made close enough to OEM standards you would sell loads!
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    E39 Auto Gear Knob

    Brilliant, thank you
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    E39 Auto Gear Knob

    Excellent, did it fit perfectly?
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    E39 Auto Gear Knob

    Hi guys, does anyone know if the E46 & E39 auto gear knobs are interchangeable? I need to get a replacement for the Alpina and the only leather one I can find lists as an E46 https://www.amazon.co.uk/BMW-Genuine-Leather-Stick-Automatic/dp/B000PM97UW Any help on this would be gratefully received! Cheers
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    BMW Parts

    Bit of a moan this one but is it just me or are BMW absolutely taking the absolute p*** with parts prices for our cars!? This has been really brought to my attention recently as a good mate has just picked up a lovely S5 V8 and encountered a few issues to sort (as you would expect of a car at that age/mileage). Firstly one of the camshaft position sensors was starting to fail, now as an M5 owner I am fully aware of the prices of these things, about £140 ish quid from the BMW stealers (i refused to pay that and went aftermarket - been spot on for years)..........Audi want £40! Next was a header tank, I though it would be around £150 (rough price for the M5 as I understand it), that came out at under £50! I mean WTF!! This is all been compounded with a genuine thermostat which I fitted almost 2 year to the day that now needs replacing again on my E39. My experience is that the notion that genuine is best in terms of quality is absolute nonsense (notwithstanding some of the tat you can buy at the bottom end of the parts market). Balls to BMW, I'm going aftermarket Rant over!
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    E39 M5 exhaust manifold seals

    Not sure to be honest, however real oem is your friend here..... https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select?product=P&archive=1&series=E39&body=Lim&model=M5&market=EUR
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    Fan clutch

    Thats interesting Rob, you mean just literally remove the fan and clutch assembly? Saves a lot of cash as the genuine ones are pricey and fans are known to explode and go through the bonnet! Do we get an extra 50bhp too....
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    Mercedes C55 AMG estate

    Really! I can kinda understand its a little bit nice but such a desirable car in excellent condition, I'm surprised. Especially with AMG's being particularly in fashion at the moment. If I didn't have the M5 i'd be on to this faster than a tramp on hot chips!
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    Mercedes C55 AMG estate

    That looks like a lovely car. Always liked these and yours looks to be one of the best out there. GLWTS it should move quickly I would think.
  14. couldnt agree more. Typical of the American 'presenters' I find, cant watch De Muro as its like he has to repeat everything over and over again seemingly to cater for illiterate muppets. Still, this lad at least knows his stuff like you say. Will watch this with interest.