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Dbcrd last won the day on December 6 2019

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    BMW E39 530i M SPORT TOURING AUTO 2002 52 Titan Silver

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    Air suspension / Changed No air !

    Doing the bags is much easier but demonstrates you have the right sort of skills and mindset. Bushes at least in my opinion are harder and more involved. I've done them easiky on an E28 and an E34 and the E39 is a bit harder. It's definitely a diy but I ran out of time on my driveway on axle stands on a Sunday afternoon. Got them half out and had to push them back in So I could use the car on the Monday. Make sure you allow enough time and prepare with all you need is my advice.
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    Air suspension / Changed No air !

    That's great news. My view would be subframe bushings first. Then all the arms and rose joints eta.plus shock absorbers. That is what I did on my touring.
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    E39 530 Touring - radio/cassette replacement

    Head unit and I bus from the resler give similar I think. I appreciate your concern guys. I will measure at some point. The car is in its original alternator on 123k miles. There is no noise from the alternator as far as I'm aware so bearnings probably ok but brushes probably fairly worn. I'm due a service soon and will probably change the regulator pack which comes with new brushes. They are £40. Not sure what you paid Dan paid for a new alternator would be useful to know When I get in to this I'll start a new post so as to avoid diverting from the OP's topic.
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    # plate light

    Good luck. Let us know how you get on. ATD are slightly more expensive than some but they are a real UK company not an overseas ebay seller and you can also ring them for advice, which is what I did when I bought my head unit from them..They were very good.
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    E39 530 Touring - radio/cassette replacement

    My understanding is you need to be careful with double din as you may need to modify a.c. ducting to fit.
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    # plate light

    That is a very good point. I missed that. I read that also. Probably not how I would do it. I would suggest pop the camera light fitting off and see what is in there and people on the forum can advise if you get any problems. You can always pop it back in. 5 minute job.
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    # plate light

    I read that previous post. LEDs are ok as a technology, but the ones we are discussing are sold at a low price made in China. If the other bulb holder is original then the two sides will also probably look different in terms of light output. If you really dont want leds then you could change for a conventional bulb holder to replace the led, assuming you don't have the original that was removed when the camera was fitted. Then you could use a replacement boot handle with integral camera. That is all assuming you have a saloon. This is the sort of thing you would need, subject to checking vehicle compatibility. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075MXD53Z/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_FU0jEb4W26PX0 And this https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F174070471734 To fit these it is the same sort of job as described earlier . Plugs and sockets but you would need to reroute the wires for just the camera and You might have to pop the inner cover off from the boot lid to get at the camera wires but unlikely as I expect you to be able to avoid that by poking it over towards the handle accessing through the two apertures you will have exposed when you have removed the boot handle and the light fitting as they are close together. From what i could establish, the boot handle pops out in a similar way to the light unit. You use a plastic tool or a screwdriver covered in tape to avoid scratching any paintwork. More expensive better outcome (in my opinion). However the suggestion in my earlier post is a straight forward direct replacement of a failed part whilst this is a (hopefully relatively minor) modification.
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    # plate light

    You are welcome noting the caveat that we haven't actually seen your old camera light but I'm fairly confident and in my view it's probably worth your taking the risk of the small outlay. I and others will try and help / advise of you get any issues.
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    E39 530 Touring - radio/cassette replacement

    The erisin unit from ATD came with all adapters and steering wheel controls all works with no separate module needed. It's got a one year guarantee which is why I paid more and didnt get one on eBay (polarised reports of reliability though they are much better than they once were and I've seen many more good than bad). The only hassle with these is you need to get that cage out with the piece of plastic wood that covers the cassette. Getting the old radio out takes 2 minutes you pull off the volume knob to access the latch operator. Getting the cage out is easy enough but time consuming as you have to disassemble much of the dash (or sacrifice the cage and cut it up and pull out the bits). I did the former though not sure I'll ever need the cage again. Given I've seen them on eBay for £20 to get another one if I did this again I might consider cutting and pulling out.
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    E39 530 Touring - radio/cassette replacement

    I've been putting this off for a while which is probably a mistake. Some sources say it's at the bottom end but about ok. Any recommendations for a new alternator gratefully received. Battery is fairly new and the biggest you can get in there.
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    # plate light

    Here is another link which helps to show the two separate sets of wires. I'm fairly confident that the plugs will be standard - probably a flat two pin plug for the light and a small round four pin plug for the camera. You pop out the light unit as if you were changing a bulb. Hopefully you will be able to pull out the wires until the plugs and sockets are accessible. Then it's an easy replacement. https://audiotechdirect.com/direct-fit-bmw1-after-market-reverse-camera-for-bmw-e53-e39/#PhotoSwipe1579586135064 The led and camera are all one unit so I don't think you can change just the led. You have to sacrifice a working camera probably. Personally I prefer the separate cameras or those built into the boot handle but there would be quite a lot of hassle moving to that. If you want to know about bmw bus systems this might help: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://e38.org/bussystem.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiOxYa-g5TnAhXyTRUIHdT5B84QFjAPegQIBhAB&usg=AOvVaw1yvZsTRVxHEJ2tH69FYE6C I'm not sure exactly what your 1998 model year e39 has though I think not canbus for where relevant to this issue - possibly only for DME, steering and maybe transmission. There will be wiser people on here to advise. In any case what I think the issue probably is is bulb failure warning system. These LEDs have the wrong resistance (a higher one because they draw less power than a conventional bulb). This means they can make the system think you have a failed number plate bulb when you haven't. Some LED units are "error free" which generally means they have a shunt resistor fitted to lower the resistance. There is also a potential problem with the camera side of things in that it is normally activated from one of the reversing light power feeds. If this camera power is connected directly to the reverse feed it can cause a bulb error for the reversing lights. This is usually solved with a relay. Alternatively you can code out the bulb warnings in the one but I woukd suggest not to do so. My opinion is that as long as you buy a camera / light unit similar to the existing then it will probably be ok. That is because the camera feed issue is likely to have been addressed in the original installation. Note that the camera will come with a whole load of cable you will probably not need including rca plugs etc. All you need is the unit at the end with its two short wires and the flat and round plugs. If the wires don't pull out enough to get to the plugs (If it's been considerately installed then they should) then you would need to access the back which won't be too difficult. The only other thing you might check is the connection to the led bulb but I suspect the led is on its way out. If it were me I would buy a new unit for £20 or under and replace as it should be almost as easy as changing a bulb.
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    E39 530 Touring - radio/cassette replacement

    Taken just now in the dark unfortunately. Dan1979 might tell me that my voltage is too low and he may be right . 13.8 or 13.9 charging. Second to last pic is the camera at the back - that part was more involved to fit.
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    # plate light

    Assuming all was working ok and the failure is recent then I would change out the whole unit (camera and led bulb) as they are not that expensive. Here is an example https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F183962225039 I don't think you can normally change the led separately. The unit should come with a connector for the number plate light (flat) and another for the camera (round). How you change it depends on how it was fitted. Start by prising it out and hopefully you will be able to pull the wires out enough to see the connectors.
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    Rear Permanent Power inverter

    Used to use one of these when camping some years ago. Worked ok. Whether such a device would be suitable for your load is a different matter. It had a car cigarette lighter plug so would be easy enough to hard wire with a switch. I got it from MAPLIN though of course they no longer exist. I think it was this sort of thing: https://www.towsure.com/300-watt-power-inverter I agree if you have access to the dc input of your load it would be better. Most appliances these days are actually dc with a rectifier inside if powered by a.c. mains. Often the rectifier power supply is outside in the plug or cable.