Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

  • Feedback


Pzero last won the day on February 20

Pzero had the most liked content!

About Pzero

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Near Brighton
  • Occupation
    Senior datacentre stuff doing guy


  • Garage
    2003 E39 525 Sport Tourer

Recent Profile Visitors

402 profile views
  1. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Based on other peoples accounts, I was expecting it to be a fair bit of effort. Mine failed this weekend, RAC call out (full cover from work and I don't have a charger at present, so why not!), completely dead old battery which he replaced for me so I didn't get to find out first hand. From a watchers point of view though, he made it look easy, leant in through tailgate, straight out, not even a huff or puff from him Damage report please?
  2. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Have a little faith!
  3. Pzero

    Top windscreen trim perished

    Did mine yesterday morning, spookily enough. As usual though, only occurs to me afterwards that I should have taken a few pics along the way, sorry. Just used one trim removal tool with a flat thin edge to scrape along under the edges which overlap the glass, which loosens it up, pryed it up at one of the top corners enough to grab the bit tucked in between glass and body with long nose pliers, and pulled it out from there. If yours is as bad as mine was, expect lots of little bits of brittle rubber to split off and remain in the gap, make sure you scrape out and clean the gap completely before putting the new one on. Liberally spraying the windscreen edge and the groove of the trim before putting them together helps lubricate it and makes it a lot easier than forcing the rubber onto the glass dry. I'd estimate it took just over an hour, but most of that was removal of the old and the disintigrated bits which where all over the place. See attached, although the whole thing was cracked before I started removing it, it was still intact. Every little section you can see missing broke off during the removal. Make sure you have the right one, as I recall your new tourer is a Jap import so possibility of it having protective glass might be higher. FYI I got mine from Cotswolds, £35.
  4. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Swap you for an identical one in urinal cake green? Most of my E39 history was silver, but this greeny was too good to pass up on. Battery woes sorted. Was indeed dead, in all senses of the word. RAC gents computer immediately screamed replace as soon as he hooked it up to check it. Not looked at battery since I bought it, some no-brand thing of indeterminate age. Bought a new Varta battery off the guys recovery truck. Back in business Now if I can just fix the flickering screen when using android auto mode on this head unit which I've just discovered on my first test drive...
  5. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oof. That would explain it, whilst hooking up the new HU today which took quite sometime due to the butchered wiring previous owner left in place of BMW loom, I had doors and boot open countless times and for extended periods. Remembered to switch off the cabin lighting after every door opening, but from what you say, that was just removing the visible source of power drain. Sigh. And of course I had to park the car in the back garden at the end of the immensely tight drive, so no-one can get close enough to run some jump leads. Three cheers for full RAC cover including home start through my employers then, hope his jump pack is charged. Thanks all, I'll reserve my joyous outbursts regarding jobs well done in future, deferring them for a full 24 hour period to prevent premature celebration again. Edit - Just dawned on me, the new whirring noise I hear for 15-20 seconds from the heater vents probably isn't new.... Just slower than usual, normally its a brief higher pitched buzz. From looking online it's valves in the heater matrix, which are now presumably not getting enough power to operate as quickly as usual.
  6. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I misread that as a 100 year old battery! I've just been told that as well, didn't occur to me as I've only ever experienced flat batteries which still had just enough to give the starter a half hearted turn, or completely dead to the point that I don't even have interior lighting.
  7. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ah crap. Ok, cancel me feeling pleased with myself for getting stuff done. Just tried taking it for a test drive... nope. Got electric (although no idea how much as I've spent ages on ACC position today testing the new head unit)., but trying to turn her over I get no starter motor noise, just rapid clicking from the dash and the usual pre-start indicators blinking in time with the clicking. Checked all the wiring I've touched today, nothing earthing, and the only splices I applied were to illumination wire. I don't get it. Anyone had this clicking instead of turning over before?
  8. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ugh, I used to get this so regularly on my last E39, just about every time I drove over gravel small enough. I think the plate on mine was bent and more likely to catch them as a result. As the car was just a commuting work horse I never got around to fixing it.
  9. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oh such a productive morning... Plenty of little jobs which I put off until I got the MOT (in case there was no point doing them, if you know what I mean...) Up and out on the drive at 08:30, horrifically tatty windscreen trim replaced with shiny new one (cheers Cotswold!) by 10:00. Then much anticipated install of new android auto head unit, and concealing the USB cable from it for the phone under the centre console trim - round the gear level, along opposite side to handbrake, then looping back in through rear of cubby which now serves as a phone holder and way of concealing the lead when phone not plugged in. Hate trailing leads, and having phone on dash in front of cupholders would have annoyed me. Fixed my steering wheel controls too. Turned out there was nothing wrong with, it was just that the old POS head unit didn't want to listen. Cleaned out the sampling fan in the temperature control module under head unit as it was a bit clicky, now silent. But I can now hear a new whirring from the vents themselves at top of dash, when the car is started, switched off, or if blower set to off and when it's switched on again. I'll look into this shortly, but in case anyone else has come across it and wants to save me some googling, is there a motorised cover / door / whatever in the vents? Sounds like one opening or closing, and is obtrusively loud. So many more things to do, but rain stopped play
  10. Pzero

    Valve cover gasket quote please

    Paid, thanks!
  11. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Scored another 12 months of MOT with no advisories. Well done, car. I'll buy you something nice Correction! Just checked it online, got an advisory listed for 'Items removed from drivers view prior to test'. Guess they didn't like my phone holder which was in the middle of the dash then. Bah.
  12. Morning Cotswold... Valve cover gasket change to do, requesting quote for the following please. M54 525i engine. Part number is for post 09/2002 engines according to RealOEM, and VINdecoder tells me that prod date for mine was 23/09/2002 so looks like I've got the right one. 1 qty 11120030496 - Gasket 15 qty 11121437395 - rubber bolt seals Many thanks
  13. Pzero

    540i engine squeal?

    I had a tiny split on the underside of intake hose recently, last section where it joins the throttle body (on a 525 at least, not had the pleasure of a 540 lump!), only used to whistle when revved / driving, idle want pulling enough air through to make noise. I thought that was a pulley squeal at first. Worth a quick check, they are quite prone to go apparently and on the off chance it's this, saves you faffing with belts in vain. If turns out to be that, hose was less than £15 from Cotswold on here, 20 minute fix.
  14. Pzero

    Kidney grilles

    Correction to my last - bought via Amazon in case I wasn't happy with them as returns are a doddle, had all kinda strife with eBay seller returns on the past... Right, mine were - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B005BP75KC/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1 BUT I would not recommend buying them. They are certainly good enough, but god knows what's happened to the pricing for them. I paid £26 in December, checked my order history, and at that price, happy enough. For reasons unknown though, they are now listed for over £60, and I wouldn't have paid that for them, given the amount of time asks retries to get them lined up properly.
  15. Pzero

    Kidney grilles

    A fair few to be found on eBay for around 25-30 quid mark. I bought one myself as not a fan of chrome, and the grill was the only chrome in the car. I'll dig out link to the one I bought shortly. Fitting clips which wedge against inside of bonnet (on the one I bought at least) are differing design to original though, surgery that a lot of copies will be. Secure enough fit, but took a lot of redoing to get it positioned just right to not be wonky. Ended up respraying the chrome originals with Frost liquid wrap seeing as they were already off, they've come up a treat, nice matt black and seems solid enough. Will be fitting them in the near future (kids / work / life allowing)