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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Cheers gents. Intended to talk to a bodyshop ASAP, just thought I'd see what the general consensus was. Good week this, what with tyres and now bodywork. At least mechani... COUGH COUGH actually, better not jinx it.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Rare to be unhappy after giving the car a good wash, but then again I've never found a patch of failed lacquer until now. Didn't spot it at first, but after finding bits of it stuck to various parts of the car after jetwashing and not being able to figure out what these little pieces were, eventually discovered this on the rear roof. It got bigger by the time I had finished as well (of its own accord as I steered well clear for the rest of the wash). I've been fortunate enough throughout my entire motor life to not have had to deal with this before. Guessing nowt can be done to save it / stop it spreading now it's gone and more can peel off? And in terms of repair, (again, not had any paint repairs done in my life!), is a proper respray job or is it possible for a suitable skilled bodyshop to repair just that lacquer coating?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Quite a lot of vibration on my drive home from work yesterday (key worker, before anyone lynches me), which I intended to investigate today. Didn't take long, rear nearside tyre flat as a pancake on the drive, too dark yesterday to have noticed it. Thought it odd that I could have driven at 15 miles at 70MPH like that and it not have been more apparent though. Started pumping it up to see if it would take any air, whilst pump running had a look around it. Wondered why there was a earthworm hanging off the back of the tyre?! Oh. Ok. Wet and bent rusty nails look a bit like earthworms, when you can't see the head. That'll be the vibration then, and more likely to have gone flat overnight on the drive than having been driven home flat. Not holding air anymore either way. Oh well, was going to buy a new pair of rears before MOT anyway... On the subject of rubber, I see that @Ray112 has just done an SLS air bag change? Not 100% sure but think one of mine might be starting to go. Not had a touring until now so not done before... How much of a job / faff was it Ray?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    @PL523i I forgot to mention - Whilst you are at it with the door, good time to check the drain holes in it as well. Don't have a picture of them, but on the underside of the door, as I recall one at the front corner on the underside, another further back. Pair of little slits which it doesn't take much to block. Found that they were clogged when I did my barrier. Easier to spot from outside / underneath, get on your back under the open door and you'll find them. Stick something in them whilst you are there.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I can believe it. That black bit at the bottom of my pic had the consistency of a weetabix after 10 minutes in the milk. Hairdryer and left it overnight to dry fully, then reinforced it on the inside, good as new now (well, from the outside, Frankenstein nightmare on the unseen inside!)
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Aye, the one under that fiddly bastard little round cover which I always drop every time (levering out and pushing back in again).
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Part number is 51411973500. Google / ebay / amazon that. Here, 10 for less than a pint. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-DOOR-CLIPS-CARD-TRIM-PANEL-INTERIOR-E34-E36-E38-E39-E46-3-5-7-series/190691842905?hash=item2c661e9b59:g:HaIAAOxyZw5RZGYf
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    +1 vote for buying a pack of trim clips in advance, I broke one whilst doing mine, and found two already broken by previous owner. Couple of quid. Also, word to all who notice the puddle of doom signifying failed barrier - get it done sooner rather than later, because the inside of these door cards rots and breaks apart after too long being damp. Picture below is mine when I took it off a month after buying the car and finding that the barrier must have failed sometime ago, not just after I bought the car (previous owner must have known and hairdryer'd the rear carpet, it was rainy season when I bought it!) I'll say nothing about also finding that the butyl around some of the barrier previously had been removed and the barrier reaffixed with sikoflex at somepoint in its past >:(
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Had failed vapour barriers, on my current and last E39. Quick and easy fix mate, for pretty much no cost.
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    Touring rear washer wipe not working

    As per Dans post, separate pumps for front, rear and headlights if you have washers for those. Unless I have just had unnaturally loud pumps throughout my time of owning these cars, you should be able to hear the pump run from the drivers seat when you squirt it (if in doubt, putting your ear to the rear of the drivers wheelarch where it's located and getting someone else to activate it would make it very clear). Although a PITA that you need wheel off and arch lining out to do it, replacement pumps are cheap and swapping it out is a doddle (other than the aforementioned PITA to get to it). I still find it daft compared to previous cars I've had that I need to do all of THIS just to unclip old pump and clip new one in, which took seconds. Didn't help in my case that some previous owner replaced the plastic rivets holding wheelarch liner on with metal ones which I had to drill out
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Cheers Ray, appreciate you taking the time to have a look. Now that you've seen / been reminded how big the box is and how little space there is around it, don't suppose you recall which side of it / whereabouts the drain hole was, to attack with appropriate long thin pointy thing?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That would be great if you could Ray, I can hardly fit by baster down the sides of that leccy box, let alone see anything clearly in there. Pointing me in the right direction would save some time and probably some swearing.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Well, that's prevention rather than solution when it's already flooded... Always remove leaves when I see them in passing or during regular washes, this is either a build up of leaves which have slipped down the back over a while, or leftovers from previous owner (or of course one single bastard leaf on it's own which happens to be right across the drainage hole, knowing my luck). Given the amount of water in there, the water ingress must be slow or given recent rains, would have flooded right the way up the airbox before now. Whatever it is, that's my job for the weekend sorted then...
  14. She's a beauty, good find. Given mileage, condition, and a dealer willing to pay for defects you've highlighted, I'm guessing not cheap either As for the vibration, I've gone through three E39s in the last 10 years, and every one of them had vibration / shimmy when braking from high speed, and also whilst cruising at around just under 70MPH. Below around 65 and above 70 (not that I would ever knowingly drive above the speed limit cough cough), nice and smooth, just that 66-69MPH band. After having brakes and arms done on my first E39 to no avail, I just got used to it...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Had Autoglass round to re-do a windscreen they did for me in Feb, which was complained about in April due to wind noise. Speedy. This time around looks better by eye straight away, top edge wasn't sitting right before. Proof is in the pudding of course, but got to wait for it to bond before can give it a test run. But of greater interest to me, was the discovery of a new mobile lake, located in my engine bay. They were refitting the cabin filter airboxes after doing the screen, when something caught my eye. Under the driver side airbox is brake cylinder which is good and dry, but the passenger side - I believe (thanks Google) that the large white plastic box under the passenger airbox is a fuse / wiring housing - has it's own moat. If there is a drainhole in that enclosure, it's proper blocked. Told them to leave that airbox off and once they had gone I syphoned out almost half a litre of water, and still some at the bottom I can't reach with my trusty turkey baster. Hmm. This electrical box does not look like an easy thing to remove to clear those drain holes. I see online suggestions of clearing the holes from underneath i.e. inside the wheel arch, but all that's going to do is push blockages back into that enclosure for them to drift back into the drain holes in time. Removing this control box would allow me to clear out whatever crap (probably leaves) is clogging up the enclosure it sits in, but does not look like an easy job given the amount of wiring in/through it. Anyone else had - and resolved - this satisfactorily? I just hope that my test drive tonight is suitably wind noise free or today is going to end badly.
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    Diagnostic tool

    Creator 310+ has done everything I've needed so far. Bought it when I had an EML light on, this cost less then the initial diagnostic would have at a garage, and used it many times since. Read and reset codes, live data from engine, transmission etc. Apparently it can reset airbag lights, service interval warnings etc, but I've not had to try those bits yet!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Gotta tip my hat to you pal, had nothing but E39's for 11 years myself, but never once noticed that! Can only assume mine must be blocked too, every time I wash it I stuff some blue roll in the corner of the filler recess to soak up the water which always pools there. I'm investigating that one tomorrow!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Polar Seal - 'hydrophobic' as they claim, or snake oil? Not used it myself, is it, as their description of it would suggest - almost like a spray on wax result? I have tried used Polar Blast for pre-wash recently, not yet formed much of an opinion on it yet as only done one wash and car wasn't too filthy to begin with. Then I foam wash with Demon Foam, cheaper and always been happy with result. What with work and 4 year old, I rarely get time for a proper waxing afterwards, so curious about Polar Seal.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Wow man, that's a whole world of difference, fantastic improvement! Not had to restore any to date, but often wondered if these kits were much good... That's kinda proven that point though! Bearing in mind recent discussion referring touring tailgate lights which always go dull and mine are no exception, I've half a mind to give it a shot with this 3M kit, followed by a lacquer to delay the inevitable fading again.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Sup, slate green buddy. Wasn't my first choice of colour, but the car was right other than that so bought it. It's grown on me though, really like it now! My lenses are ok, but adjusters crumbled to dust. Between us we could make one good pair of headlights and time share them?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Automatic Gearbox Centre in Hove. Service was great, really nice guys and will be my go-to for any gearbox issues (not that I expect / want any!) for as long as I have an auto, based on yesterday. https://www.automaticgearboxcentre.co.uk/
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I had an advisory on my front bearings too, looking to get it done in the near future, will be interested in hearing how your experience with it goes Falco!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah that's about the price they've quoted me. Mine's a spring chicken in comparison, turned 111111 a few days ago. Would have taken a picture of such an occasion but was doing 70mph at the time!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A good scrub up today ready to go into an auto gearbox specialist near me who I've not used before. After replacing that split transmission oil cooler a few months back, no idea how much juice I lost before I fixed it, and to my knowledge the box oil nor filter haven't been changed changed before, so time for a freshen up. This place comes highly recommended, but is it just me who worries like the old cartoon expectant father pacing up and down outside the delivery room when handing the car over to a mechanic you've not used before! As much as I like to do my own wrenching, free time and getting the car sufficiently up in the air on my sloping driveway to drop the gearbox sump is not really an option.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

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