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Pzero last won the day on May 2

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    Senior datacentre stuff doing guy


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    2003 E39 525 Sport Tourer

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  1. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I was kinda enjoying the science of it all Thanks, I'll give that a try.
  2. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Bought her a new outfit. I'm not furloughed or otherwise off the road, on the contrary I'm keyworker and haven't stopped since the apocalypse began. Used to have 1-2 work from home days a week previously, lucky if I've had one a week since March. Problem is that there is a new housing estate being built about a mile from me here on the South Downs, and they dug up hundreds of tonnes of chalk when they started. Trucking it away was slow to begin with, even more so in recent weeks, and the wind carries loads of it from this giant white temporary mountain over the whole village. Every time I clean my car, 24 hours later it's coated in the stuff. It's even worse if there is rain or condensation forming overnight on the car, which then dries off and leaves nasty chalky deposits, looks shocking. Proper vexed about it, cleaned the car today - twice in the hope of reducing them a little - with little effect on the countless spots. . So it's this tasteful off the shoulder number (with matching car sponge with hole in on the roof around the antenna to spread the weight of the cover) until this building crap is over. I'll put up with the ballache of getting it off every day at half five in the morning over watching it get worse and worse. So, anyone know any sure fire ways to get rid of water stains? I've heard limited to mixed results for vinegar. Also, I hate the smell of vinegar
  3. Pzero

    E39 Touring Tailgate needs more oomph

    Careful taking the plastic hinge covers apart, there is a tiny pin on one half and a slot on the other half at the bottom end of them. It'll make more sense when you do it and see, just take them apart carefully.
  4. Heh, no problem man. Checked the handbook for the car, no mention of the double stage locking for that glass section in there either. Wonder why they did it. The second press required ensures it's sealed good and tight against the rubber surround, like when I close the tailgate and it latches then pulls itself tight automatically. Maybe they omitted the auto part for the glass section to keep costs down, or avoid complexity / space taken up by components behind the tailgate trim? Whatever the reason, glad you got it sorted
  5. Taken a while to get around to this, actually installed it last year. Kenwood DMX7018DAB. Note that the lower front inside of the opening for the headunit requires slight modification, as per Dennis' post above regarding a DMX125. Maybe all Kenwoods? Shame about the silver surround of the screen, but that's Kenwoods fault! Infinitely better than the terrible plain blanking plate this car came with and other such surrounds that I've seen on others, good job D.
  6. Same type as shown in the last couple of pictures in the guide which Rosie linked to above, referred to in same document as version 3
  7. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah, dealt with them before, and was expecting to find them this time. As a result I had already got a dozen new ones before doing this job as I expected to lose at least one pin or have one of them break. Oh well, at least I know that if I have to go in there again then that time will DEFINITELY be plastic ones to remove.
  8. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That's bloody annoying that. Having to drill out the metal ones - and going off course with one of them, nicking the side of the hole in the wing for it, and needing to get some Hammerite on that before putting it all back together again made this trivial job waaaay longer than it should have been.
  9. Pzero

    Got wood?

    I'll have a dig through my emails and get back to you ASAP. All I recall is that both the sample and full roll of the stuff both were via ebay, and they came from France. For some reason had trouble finding any in the UK too. Edit : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182247845982 is the one I bought. this is 1080 stuff though, if you're looking for 2080, you'll need to do some searchign of your own. I thought 2080 was only flat, non textured stuff, but I may well be wrong.
  10. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Rear washer pump. Wasn't pumping. Now pumps. Thank god it wasn't the hose, don't want to think about having to re-run the rear washer hose unless I have to. Did the front hoses on my last E39, piece of cake, but all through the body on a tourer? Hopefully never for that job, the ends of the hose by the pump were nice and supple still. Hmm. I expected plastic rivets too. So how have I ended up with metal...
  11. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    See if you can guess what mundane 30 second job required this much effort to actually get access to Also a question : Anyone who's taken your front wheel liner out some point, the three rivets which hold the rear outer edge to the body in the rear of the front arch - were yours plastic or metal? Ordered a few plastic ones in preparation, expecting them to be plastic based on RealOEM part numbers, found the existing ones were metal and had to drill them out (making this job even longer and more tedious than it should have been for what it was!)
  12. Pzero

    Got wood?

    Gearknob now done as well, thanks gents for pointing out how easy it would be which forced me to get off my lazy ass and cross it off of the 'meh I'll get round to it one day' list. So now an up to date, previous owners crappy stereo gone, fully matching trim picture at last, hurrah. Also illustrates what I meant about how this stuff catches the light - See the drivers side trim in the shade, versus direct sunlight right onto the passenger side? This is why it's important to get samples, as it's very hard to get an accurate picture of this stuff due to lighting having a big difference.
  13. My glass panel definately goes through two positions of locking, although mine is a later model than yours and doesn't have the same lock as yours did. When closing, it latches about 5mm out from the tailgate, then requires a further press to close it fully which is when it locks properly into place, which would be the second latch. Didn't know this when I bought it, thought the first latch was it closed, until I saw the bootlid open warning and heard it bumping around as I drove it. Could it be that the replacement lock you've obtained is from a later model?
  14. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not had to try it with a rear door, but on my last E39 saloon the drivers door lock failed, preventing the lock from operating by either interior or exterior door handles. Trim clips along the bottom of the door card sandwiched against the door by inside of the frame, so couldn't unclip bottom, swing it away from door and lift it off as usual. Ended up having to cut my way in through the softer airbag section and trashed the door card. Finding a single replacement door card wasn't possible, had to buy a full set of all four from ebay. Got three spare cards as a result, just hope that if it ever happens again, it's a door other than drivers this time!
  15. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oh man, I had a cable break a few years back with my last E39 saloon. Did you get the door card off on one piece with the door closed?