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Pzero last won the day on March 3

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About Pzero

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    Near Brighton
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    Senior datacentre stuff doing guy


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    2002 E39 525 Sport Touring with headlights which are no longer crap

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  1. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Drove my cat to the emergency vets in it twice today. 03:00 - Parked nose in and bumped a stupid foot high bollard which, like a stealth bomber, avoided PDC. Chipped the bumper. Crap. 17:00 - Reversed in alongside a gent in some kind of SUV thing with his window down, presumably waiting for someone inside the vets. Warned me when I was about to hit a stupid foot high bollard, so I didn't this time. Then he said he had to appreciate the condition of my car. Best thing which happened all day, depressingly enough. I will be driving it back to vets tomorrow to pick up said moggy, and be faced with a bill for him higher than the amount I paid for this car, I fear.
  2. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Aaaaand now I've got another job which I didn't know I wanted to do added to my list! Massive improvement!
  3. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Mind sharing the wisdom? I'm close to Gatwick, and although am not in critical need of body work right now, there are a few bits which might need attention in the future! Thanks in advance
  4. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Man... That's beautiful. Question though - Had a quick google after looking at yours and noticing the lack of roof rails. Wasn't sure if the Alpinas didn't have them by default, but see quite a lot of pics of some which do. Did yours come without rails, or did you carry out (or have someone carry out) removal for them? Nice clean look, considering losing the ones currently on my non-Alpina touring. Speaking of which... Been a while since I had more exciting to report than I cleaned it, but I did. Again. Gave it a damn good polish too. Or maybe I just got a mural of a Karcher and a human leg painted on the side to look like I did.
  5. Pzero

    Tailgate Struts

    Another vote for Stabilus here, two years in and still strong as day I installed them.
  6. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    One of the first repairs I had to do on my current ride, used the X8R kit as well. Two years and 15k miles in, not a single issue with it, a good peace of mind job to do
  7. Pzero

    Shall i DIY it?

    Cooling system is a breeze, just be sure to bleed it properly, these things are bastards for trapped air. And I'd not done rocker cover either, until I did That was two years and a couple of thousand miles ago, not a single issue. Just don't drop anything, and look up the tightening sequence and torque settings. These plastic rocker covers can crack around the bolt holes if overdone (as previous owner found out but kept quiet about, which is why I had to replace the cover as well as the gasket), and I'm sure you can imagine the result of that cover not being bolted down enough... Oil housing gasket I may well have to do, think I have a leak from mine but not had time to strip enough stuff off to have a look. Be interested to hear how that goes for you!
  8. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Same here, I gave mine a few hours of attention two weeks ago, hardly driven it since but it's covered in dust. Looks like an abandoned car in Dubai. What does your 'contactless wash' entail? Standard procedure for those on non-bake lights, my first one took over four hours (swearing breaks and stopping skinned knuckles bleeding into my headlights), second one about 45 mins. Bastard job! Said goodbye to an old family friend on Friday, as it went on its final voyage to the knackers yard. My dad and I both drove this car for the last ten years, but it's had a hard life, and needs more attention than he (retired and never did much of his own wrenching) nor I with my own E39 to maintain can give it. So long old friend. Still, if anyone is looking for Alpine White body parts or a set of staggered style 32's in horrific need of a complete refurb, give Rotrip a call shortly. Maybe give any engine or gearbox parts from it a miss though!
  9. Pzero

    Wheel wobble

    Many things that can cause that distinctive E39 wobble which I've had on all of mine through the years. On previous cars I never got to the bottom of it despite replacing various things, but for my current touring which had it from purchase, it disappeared completely after I changed front brake discs and pads a few weeks ago. Still not sure how the brakes would have caused it only around a certain speed range and not all the time, but I'm not complaining!
  10. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oh well, the car I needed it for is the white saloon in my post above, which from having a better look at it over the last few days may well be heading off to the great scrapyard in the sky shortly anyway, found so many issues by eye that an adaptor is halfway surplus now! Out of interest though, any chance you could dig the link out from your Amazon order history if you have a moment? read about more than a few which don't work / weren't wired properly, so a proven one such as yours might be worth a go for that price.
  11. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A rare weekend with nothing needing doing on my car... But then my dear old dads 523 developed cooling problems. Oh well... I loved this car, had it myself for a year or so waaay back, but it's seen better days. As for the cooling issue, weird symptoms but pointing to the thermostat, so replacement bits on order for that seeing as it's jacked up and cooling stripped out already, see if we can buy this ailing beauty a short lease of life whilst he shops around for something more sensible i.e. NOT an old Beemer in need of regular attention. And if my thermostat port looked like this when I replaced mine last year, I'd not have been happy. And I won't mention the sludge which came out of the rad...
  12. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Mine just sat there being lightly snowed on, whilst I took several phone calls from me dear old dad. His '97 E39 is having a myriad of problems. Would love to get INPA hooked up but it's the old 20 PIN engine bay connector, my k-line cable no good. Been onto Cable Shack (where I got my K-Line), out of stock of the 16-20pin adaptors and unlikely to restock as trade cost now exceeds retail apparently. Anyone got an old Cable Shack 16-20 pin adaptor which they no longer need knocking around which they would like to make a few quid on?
  13. After the adaptor for K-line 16 pin to the old round 20 pin OBD connectors. Bought the K-Line cable from Cable Shack for my car, now my dads '97 E39 is in serious need of some diagnosis but Cable Shack are out of stock. Been in touch with Jimmy, but apparently current trade price for it now exceeds retail and he is unlikely to restock them. Plenty of no brand (and probably mostly Chinese) jobs on eBay, but from reading up here and elsewhere, high chance of it not being wired correctly or just general DOA and hence being a waste of time and money. Hoping that maybe someone here has moved from an older E39 to something newer and may have the old adaptor still knocking about? Happy to pay Cable Shacks currently listed new price & P+P for your old (confirmed working!) one...
  14. Ahhh flashbacks to my old 528... Good times. No smells from this though, and the temperature gauge meant that this one wasn't a mystery. Water hose which runs under the manifold had perished at the back of engine end. Enough slack on it that I just cut the tatty last half inch of it off and reattached it. Well, and then had to replace blown rad caused by this. And the 'stat. And some other hoses. And then got a new E39... And did them all again on that as a precaution when I bought it
  15. Pzero

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Cut myself a rubber drivers footwell mat to protect the carpet one (I like the carpet so don't want to replace them all, but my boots get pretty messy and I want to preserve my carpet as best I can, BMW rubber mat price is daft). Just hoping that the incredible chemical stink of the rubber sheet I used dissipates one day... Also had my first experience of INPA today, having bought cable from Jimmy recently and finally found a purpose for that old laptop I've not used in years. Found a couple of airbag fault codes which explain the recent intermittent airbag warning light I've seen. And then spent far too long faffing around with my air suspension for fun with it in the works car park. Must have looked like I was trying to re-enact early 90's hip hop videos but reeeeeally slowly.