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oldjohnny last won the day on January 31

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About oldjohnny

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  • Birthday 03/11/1946

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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    Retired Guinness Taster.


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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. Need to replace the rear discs, pads and brake shoes on the E60. Anyone know the approx time to do all this please?
  2. Over the years I have had three batteries literally letting go as described above. It is not uncommon with modern day units.
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    Brown Cars

    Remember these?
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    Brown Cars

    Many many moons ago my boss took proud delivery of a Jag similar to this. When parked in the city centre one day, he returned to find what looked like a parking ticket on the windscreen. Turned out to be just a piece of paper upon which was written. 'You have been charged with being in possession of an obscene couloured vehicle. Please arrange for it's disposal as soon as possible'. You are not alone stevecvo. I am still a fan of the silver. Goes with my hair.
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    Brake Disc size.

    Many thanks. Checked the OEM properly and it is indeed 320mm rear. Cheers.
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    Brake Disc size.

    Further to my last post re; Mintex rear pads, it appears that I need the heap. (should have known better as it is an E60). Discs, pads and handbrake shoes required. My query is the size of the discs. OEM says 324mm but everything seems to be 320mm. Is this ok?
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    Mintex Brake Pads.

    Need to replace the 530d rear brake pads. Mintex set are being offered on the bay at £25 - £35. Anyone used these recently? I do little mileage nowdays and gave up the boy racer braking many moons ago.
  8. Quick question about this well read topic. My 530d will be getting this inline stat fix shortly before winter. It was carried out a few years ago using the renault 5 stat route which does not work now. My question is, should I remove this stat or replace the hose as well? It is obviously stuck open but I am wary of causing too great a flow restriction in the system when the oil cooler unit is installed.
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    2006 bmw 525d E60

    At the time the smell was like oil burning, getting through to the cabin at times. The reader was showing all six glowplugs out, with this obviously being caused by the controller. As i said, replaced the lot at the same time. This may not be your fault at this time of the year but worth a look. Have you noticed your mpg a bit low?
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    2006 bmw 525d E60

    Just after I bought the 530d I noticed a little white smoke at start up. Idling for any length of time made the problem worse. As we entered winter and the temperature dropped it began to impersonate a world war 2 destroyer laying smoke to escape the enemy. Literally huge clouds of it which stopped after a couple of miles. Mine was cured by a new glowplug controller, with the plugs themselves being replaced whilst in there. Total cure. I was advised at the time by a few folk with the 'knowledge' that this would not be the cause but the smoke was caused by unburnt fuel. Worth checking it out with diagnostics.
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    I couldn't agree more. Not only will the economic costs and job losses rise to levels never experienced before but the virus itself is by no means finished yet either. However, I sincerely believe that we will pull through this sooner rather than later. I was born just after the 2nd world war, ( someone once informed me that I was known as a war baby cos my mother surrendered) and grew up with all the hardships that entailed, yet experienced and enjoyed the continual improvement that ensued over the years in housing, employment and personal income. Nothing that was thrown at us over all those decades kept us down for too long. The people of the UK have an inherent will to succeed and prosper which will hopefully help bring us out of this current dreadful scenario we are in. And yes, I will be singing ALL the words at the Last Night Of The Proms!
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    Whistling Roof Bars.

    Used a pair of roof bars for the first time on her indoors 2004 c class Merc estate. Bought them about a year ago from lidl. Quite impressed with the fitting and build quality but anything above 40mph produced seriously undulating spooky whistling as in a bad horror movie. I have seen other cars with the pipe insulating material on the bars. Could this be the reason and has anyone any other tips to try and eliminate the noise? I suspect the underside channel gap which allows the locks to slide in and out to be the culprit.
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    Who else is considering selling there 5?

    Getting on in years now and have just been offered quite silly money for my 2003 E60 530d with 156000 miles. I have also been asked if I would be interested in a 2007 Sherman tank, namely a 2007 Chrysler 300C CDR. The car is known to me, has wanted for nothing for many years and is totally mint at 90000 miles.. The devil in me says to buy this ridiculous beastie and enjoy my remaining motoring days in grand style. Always would have loved a Bentley so at least this cruiser has the grill! Could this be the onset of senility, subsequent madness and time to be placed in a home for the bewildered?
  14. Seriously impressed. If my old faithful E60 wasn't so old, and me over 4 times older again I would be ordering now! Trouble is I am still trying to figure out how the two empty bean cans connected to a length of string works!!!
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    Hi guys annoying rattle

    Have a quick check of the strut brace bolts on the shock towers and centre scuttle drain in the engine bay. If the bolts are slightly loose the brace may rattle.