Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

  • Feedback


oldjohnny last won the day on January 31 2020

oldjohnny had the most liked content!

About oldjohnny

  • Rank
  • Birthday 03/11/1946

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Interests
    Running cars I cannot afford.
  • Occupation
    Retired Guinness Taster.


  • Garage
    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

Recent Profile Visitors

2,352 profile views
  1. oldjohnny

    BMW parts not the dearest.

    Dave. Just like you I have experienced cheaper parts from main dealers over the years which was why I checked with MB Belfast first, but with a resulting mild heart attack in this instance. The prices on ebay etc reflect, (no pun intended) that these mirrors are still in high demand despite their age.
  2. oldjohnny

    Is ebay quieter now?

    Reference my £8.00 purchase from ebay, there was no mention or indication of a 20% vat surcharge in this instance. It simply appeared in my email notification confirming the purchase, quoting it was collected based on applicable laws. I have noticed vat indications on other items I have viewed but not in this instance. Between gas, electric, food and fuel etc, every man and his wee lad seem hell bent on further depleting what funds I still have. Shower of BARSTEWARDS the lot of them!
  3. oldjohnny

    BMW parts not the dearest.

    I always smarted at the cost of large and small items at BMW but Mercedes have just taken the cake. Her indoors drives an old but reliable and mint 2004 C class estate and the drivers side wing mirror glass is foggy on the upper half. It's a heated, self dimming jobbie so rang Mercedes for the cost of a replacement glass only. Holy Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey!! £320.00 plus vat. I didn't quite catch the guys name but I think it was Dick Turpin. There are replacement types on ebay but although they are adequate for heated set ups, none of them will fit due to the dimming element on our one. Can't even put a 'stick on' in its place as the thicker rubber surround won't allow it. Hens teeth search on ebay for a used one but will keep checking.
  4. oldjohnny

    Abrupt downshifts

    I had exactly this problem last year and had the full service carried out including all seals. Fault disappeared and gearbox much more responsive and 'feels' much better. My car is Oct 2003, (18 years old this week) and I was advised not to have the adaptations reset due to its age.
  5. oldjohnny

    Is ebay quieter now?

    There is also a glitch in the ebay system at present. I have purchased a few items in the past week and one of them, which was for all of £8.00, had 20% vat added. It appears this is happening with sellers who use the ebay postage system and the address is anywhere outside the mainland, in this case Belfast. I queried this and was presented with legions of waffle but it boils down to a glitch. I won't wait up in expectation of getting it back.
  6. oldjohnny

    Space saver wheel size.

    You must be psychic. (Had to look that up to spell it right). I was indeed looking at a 3 series space saver. Cheers.
  7. oldjohnny

    Space saver wheel size.

    Many thanks Keliuss. Good to know exactly what I am looking for.
  8. oldjohnny

    Space saver wheel size.

    My wheels are 18". Does a space saver need to be the same or can I use a smaller diameter as a 'get me home' job?
  9. oldjohnny

    xenon to halogen

    Managed to obtain a really clean sensibly priced o/s xenon adaptive headlight unit, being fitted and programmed on Monday. Both of my current ones are a bit faded and the eyebrows useless so the problem now is that this one will will make the passenger side unit look like F.A. squared, so now on the hunt for another. I was just congratulating myself on how little i've spent in the last eighteen months. Here we go again!
  10. oldjohnny

    Xenon adaptive headlight.

    Trying to source a passenger side xenon adaptive headlight for a pre lci 2003 E60 530D to match up the Hella unit I have managed to get for the drivers side.
  11. oldjohnny

    xenon to halogen

    Many thanks GoNzO. I will copy that for the garage who will be doing the work, as I would know more about my next fish supper than anything to do with all this coding. . Intend to wait for a week or so in the hope that one turns up and if not, proceed with the changeover.
  12. oldjohnny

    xenon to halogen

    Drivers side headlight need replacing. Dipped and main beam is shaking and cannot be repaired. It is xenon, adaptive and seriously hard to source for this late 2003 530d. I can get halogen units in good nick for much less money and my query is this. Apart from all the coding required and the lighting being much reduced, what other perils could be encountered. I drive very little at nights nowdays. (usually in bed following an afternoon in the company of Arthur Guinness) .
  13. oldjohnny

    Dash Reflection On Windscreen.

    Many thanks. Washed it down, dried off and applied Simoniz matt dashboard cleaner. Seems to have done the trick although it will take a few goes to get an even coverage on the dash, but thankfully the giant arc has gone. Cheers.
  14. Loads of great sunny weather here this year but when driving the 2003 530d the dash reflects like an arc on the windscreen. Was this ever discussed before on the forums?
  15. oldjohnny

    Adaptive headlight.

    The BMW guys tell me, (phone call to book it in) that the adaptive unit is almost certainly gone and has probably been replaced before. They agree with you that bulb and ballast could be the culprit in the headlight, or possibly, (hopefully) just improperly fitted. I have access to an adaptive unit which is working so I can get it fitted and pay later if it works. I will keep the post updated.