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    2003.525i Sport. Saloon.

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  1. Busterbvi

    these chinese radios on ebay

    There is no UV sunstrip across the top of my screen. As long as the wire core of the antenna is clear of any obstruction then a few inches further down is not going to make any difference. It is important to make sure the copper foil is properly grounded to the car which may require a bit of sanding to expose bare metal where the foil is stuck.
  2. Busterbvi

    these chinese radios on ebay

    The DAB antenna was installed as per the manufacturer's instructions. The general rule with antennas is the higher, the better.
  3. Busterbvi

    these chinese radios on ebay

    I think you will find that FM will be OK on the new unit with the cars standard FM aerial, for perfect reception you will need the in line signal booster. Regarding DAB aerial placement, here is a pic of mine installed correctly, reception is shite, tempted to go for the roof option.
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    these chinese radios on ebay

    All these Xtrons, Eonon, Erisin etc all come out of the same factory in China and are rebranded. ATD use the excellent Erisin unit custom built to their own specifications. Easy to spot the brand, after installing a new unit, the start screen defaults to the Brand logo, mine is a Erisin unit. You can then change the start screen to the logo of your choice. The only grumble I have with them is the FM reception can be poor. I solved this by fitting a £7 in line signal amplifier, problem sorted. ATD and Amazon supply these. The DAB app is pre installed. I fitted a stick on screen antenna with disappointing results, signal drop out is terrible, a recent trip from Cardiff to Leicester, the dropout was such a nuisance I gave up and switched to FM. Researching this on dabonwheels website, it seems to be the norm with screen antennas. Their recommendation for perfect reception is the stubby roof mount type. I am reluctant to drill the roof to fit one of these and I am not sure if it will suit the car. The FM reception may well be fine in your area. Dan, I'm with you on the screen level thing for the Nav, my previous Nav was screen mount and easy to follow at a glance. However, I have got used to the dash mount and I like the Nav voice instruction coming through the cars speakers loud & clear, if you are listening to music it interrupts. A bit of a faf to get all the sound volumes in synch for the radio, CD and Bluetooth. Look here for DAB antenna info and review. https://www.dabonwheels.co.uk/star-rating/ Installation tips. 1/ The GPS antenna is very powerful and can be hidden under the dash. I used a bit of double sided tape to stick mine on top of the fog light switch housing, very convenient flat area and easy to reach behind the switch. 2/ The 2 side mounting brackets can be fiddly to fit. I didn't bother with them, the unit is a perfect snug fit into the dash and you can set it flush or recessed a bit, it stays there and doesn't move at all. 3/ The microphone can be routed to fit discreetly on the top left of the steering wheel shroud. The unit fully integrates with the cars Canbus system and all your steering wheel buttons will work, no setting up required. Once paired on Bluetooth, if your phone rings in your pocket while driving, just press the voice button to answer. 4/ Connect the USB cable supplied into the unit before you fit it in the dash and run the cable to the glovebox area, makes life a lot easier if you want to connect a USB device at anytime. 5/ Screen / sun glare can be an issue when using the Nav, I solved this by using a 8 inch Android Tablet ant-glare film cut down to size, a bit of a fiddle to get it looking dust free and nice but after 3 attempts mine looks good ! 6/ Buy yourself an OBD2. ELM327. V2.1 Bluetooth adapter, about £5 on ebay, this plugs in the dash OBD port on the lower right of the steering column. Pair it to the head unit and you can then use the pre installed Torque App to scan your cars electronic management systems for fault codes. Came in handy for me when the cold damp winter kicked in last year I had a misfire on early morning start up which sometimes triggered the Check Engine light. Did a scan and found a fault code that told me the number one ignition coil was going to ground, fitted a new Bosch coil, cleared the fault code, job done, been running sweet ever since. 7/ Fit an in line signal amplifier to the aerial cable when installing for good FM reception countrywide. I can't speak highly enough of these Erisin units, they are fantastic and just keep getting better, any reliability issues they might have suffered when they first appeared in the UK have been well sorted, I am aware of loads of them and not heard of any problems. As stated, the customer service at ATD is superb. At under £300 for these units, you can't go wrong, highly recommended. This is the unit I have. Have a read through the features and techy stuff incase your car has DSP. https://audiotechdirect.com/pba-bm3839b-android-8-1-after-market-radio-for-bmw-e39-e53/ Cheers.
  5. Busterbvi

    these chinese radios on ebay

    Excellent choice, pm me if you need any advice.
  6. Busterbvi

    E39 undertray

    Thanks for posting this Dan, it looks OK to me, do you reckon it will fit a 2003, 525i Sport saloon ?
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    Steering Wheel Re-Wrap

    Thanks for the reply, I ordered one from Royal Steering Wheels.
  8. Busterbvi

    M57 lumpy idling

    I had a lumpy idle when cold, I have an Erisin Head unit from AudioTech Direct with the Torque App on it, plug in the Bluetooth ELM327 adapter and run a diagnostic scan, came up with the fault code for No1 injector fault (Going to ground) Got a new Bosch injector off Ebay for £45 job done, been running fine since.
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    E39 Parcel shelf Colour

    Mine was faded purple, re coloured it black with black fabric paint / dye. Loads of choices on Amazon.
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    Steering Wheel Re-Wrap

    So summer is almost here and need to do something about sweaty hands on the wheel during hot summer road trips. Looking to get my wheel rewrapped in Napa Leather like this in the photos, any recommendations on who can do a nice job on this ? Thanks.
  11. Busterbvi

    E39 undertray

    Great, thanks Dan. Let me know how you get on with it, if it fits OK I will get one.
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    E39 undertray

    Hi Dan. Can you link me in on the gearbox undertray you ordered on ebay, I can't find it ! My 525i saloon auto doesn't have one under the gearbox, If it should have one then its clearly missing so I want to replace it. Cheers.
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    The car was registered 4 Jan 2002 reg number is ET51 BCZ. Mileage is genuine. Lovely car, awesome colour, nice example and well presented, I would be comfortable offering 20K for it but no more unless my numbers come up on the Lottery !
  14. Busterbvi

    525i Saloon rear brake pipes

    I got an advisory on the rear brake pipes at MOT time last year so going to replace them before next MOT is due. The pipes are good up to the point on the OSR where they disappear up around the arch and across over the fuel tank. Will do them all at the rear while I am at it, looks like a tank out job to me. The fuel pipes on the NS dont look to good where they pass through the mounting clamps so will replace those also. Anyone done this ? where's the best place to get new pipes ? can't see much on ebay.