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Marc_C last won the day on May 7 2018

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About Marc_C

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  • Birthday 01/20/1960

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    South West London.
  • Interests
    The quiet life.
  • Occupation
    Website Owner Video editor/ photographer/front end web development.


  • Garage
    E39 2003 530i M-Sport Touring auto. Alpine White Japanese Import

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  1. Marc_C

    Door wont open

    This happened to me not long ago and the guys who do the work on it told me partial cutting of the door card would be necessary. As I was I was in a bit of a rush at the time I left it a week before booking it in then, mysteriously, the fault cleared itself and the lock started working again.
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    Water pump

    I fitted this waterpump to mine https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Performance-Water-Pump-EMP-STEWART-BMW-E36-E46-E39-X5-Z3-6-Cyl-M50-52-54/142105853213?hash=item21162b3d1d:g:-yQAAOSw5cNYLVD- Not the cheapest I grant you but I wanted to prepare a base for very long term ownership. Its been on now for 2 years and no issues.
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    The E39 First World Problems thread

    Damn airbag warning light keeps coming on every time I drive over a pothole or speed hump.
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    MStyle Gallery

    Very nice. Will come and pay you guys a visit to discuss requirements.
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    E39 Touch Screen Head Units

    Hi Chris I purchased my head unit from audio tech direct, you can see their android units specific to the E39 here https://audiotechdirect.com/oem-style-units/bmw/?search_query=&page=1&limit=20&sort=featured&BMW=5 Series&category=1333&is_category_page=1 I purchased the Direct Fit BM7161B and I have to say its an absolutely cracking piece of kit and cannot recommend it highly enough. The unit arrived with all the relevant connectors and cabled needed to slot it in while there was excellent customer service when I had reason to phone them to inquire about the updating of the satnav. hope you get it sorted whatever you plump for.
  6. Hi all I hope your all getting ready to have a nice Christmas with your loved ones. I have been packing the wagon and fitting the roof box as Im taking the family to Amsterdam to spend the Christmas week there. Recent expenses have included a new starter motor and ignition switch as well as stone chip repair and respray of the bonnet and a car park trolly dent on the drivers door. During the work at the bodyshop the guys mentioned the underside of my wagon was immaculate and I might consider getting some rust prevention treatment in early to keep it in said condition as currently its completely untreated as Im led to believe is par for the course for Japanese imports. Iv'e done fair bit of reading and research on the matter but Im no closer to making a decision on which product to choose. Back in my mk1 Lotus Cortina days we used to get an old oil can fill it up with waxoyl and soak everything with a D.I.Y spray gun, obviously things have moved on a tad since then and I'd like to get it done professionally once I decide on the best product. I have had quotes of around £500 to do the entire underside of the car including removal of all undertrays and cleaning and preparations and that price is pretty much the same with either Mercasol, Waxoyl or Dinitrol. Deferring to the considerable knowledge base here I would like to ask is it a case of there not being much to choose from between the three products ? or perhaps one might be better for all year round use? Thank you in advance for your thoughts. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. Marc.
  7. Hi ad touring they're from 3sdm.co.uk. Forged style 3.62 https://www.3sdm.co.uk/forged-wheels/forged-3-62/
  8. Hi Dennis I do have a KY 'street comfort' Coil Over kit as the next on my To-Do list along with a BBK, and I anticipate a 20 or 30mm drop to go with that. I have also taken delivery of a rooftop boot lid spoiler too by coincidence. The wheels are 8.5 x19 on the fronts and 10 x 19 back, Im not sure the lip sizes, I have to check that out. Due to the quite hefty cost of them further modification of them will have to wait a few months :-) and , no, Im not getting them diamond cut. After I've done the coilover Install I'll look at changing the Gold to gunmetal. Thanks again for all your advice btw.
  9. Hi Loadmaster I had a set of BBS Le-Mans replicas before, the spokes were gunmetal. I kind of wish I had gone for the Driftworks version now. Oh well I'll go back to 360 Wheels in the Spring and get the basket weave centres replaces with something along the lines of the Le-Mans finish.
  10. yes, damn, thats it, its the bloody colour, the gold. I kneewww it was too pimpish! what was I thinking. Ok, I shall take that on board, The basket weave mesh style I think has something going for it, but your right, its those damn gold centres.
  11. Ok so after much soul searching and some very helpful advice from a chap here called Dennis ( thank you Dennis!) I finally plumped for a new set of wheels to replace my fake BBS Le-Mans which had suffered badly from last winter and need a refurb that was more than their value. Now, I've tried to go for a not too modern, not too old school but kind of something in the middle look that is flattering to the quite conservative styling - but still quite handsome - Touring - and in keeping to the era in which it was made. The thing is Im not so sure I made the right decision now they're actually on the car. Im preparing myself for a slating as I know there are some quite strong views and opinions on wheels on this forum and I respect them all, hence my asking you all for your thoughts. Im erring on slinging them in my lockup and putting on a set of Alpina softlines So what do you gentlemen think? Oh, ignore the Jack Russell trying to steal it, he'd just had a tear up with Staffie on Parsons Green and got me into a bit of bother with the owner.
  12. Marc_C

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took the old girl to Chelsea today, thought she looked right at home parked up on the Kings Road amongst all the modern metal. Got a couple of issues that need addressing at the next service due next week though Air bag warning light stays on while the Air-Con (being severely tested these past days) is cold but not as cold as it was last year so maybe a re-gas is needed? I also have an occasional warning light coming on saying "rear self levelling suspension not working' though, strangely, when I turn off the engine and turn it back on the light and fault clears immediately. We're planning to drive the Trans - Fagarasan highway in Romania and I don't fancy getting a collapsed rear suspension doing that so need to find out why its doing that. Also I wanted to ask an opinion, back when I had my E30 M3 I used to drain out the coolant mixture out of the S14 engine every year and replenish with fresh mixture. Is there any benefit to changing out the coolant on my M54 engine every year? or is it overkill? otherwise I hope your all enjoying the lovely weather. Marc
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    Lake victoria behind driver's seat

    Great, thank you, yes I did a search for the vapour barrier on here amd found some useful stuff. Thanks for the tips guys!
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    Lake victoria behind driver's seat

    Oookaayy .. erm whats a vapour barrier and where should I look for that? I was always pretty handy with car mechanics as a youngster, I could tear down a lotus cortina engine and rebuild it with my eyes closed but today's car nomenclature is just beyond me