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    gearbox

    Usually it's clutch, that's having biggest stress, especially if high mileage. Another important thing - how good it map. Nasty torque spikes at low RPMs give biggest stress to transmission and components, so use someone who's well known. And actually you posted this in E39 section, not E60.
  2. I started to get some vibration again, maybe ~5k miles been done since new discs/pads were installed. Removed discs, cleaned inside of disc, where it meets hub and bearing hub as well, there was some deposits on both surfaces. After putting back together did couple runs with heavy braking to get any pad deposits clean of. First few were with really bad vibration, but it reduced with every next attempt and for my happiness it has definitely sorted vibration. It's very important that surfaces where brake discs meet wheel hub are absolutely clean without any deposits on them. Upper wishbone bushings can cause really bad vibration under braking as well. And those bushings are fully covered with engine undertray, so even being damaged most likely they won't be spotted by MOT tester.
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    Autobox clunk when engaging reverse

    Once you get things inspected, could you throw some feedback in here about what is making that sound.
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    Autobox clunk when engaging reverse

    Propshaft doughnut, propshaft U-joints, propshaft bearing, internally worn diff (but it should be making whining noise), diff mounts, worn driveshafts. Basically everything between transmission and wheels can cause it. Problem is that exhaust and heat shield is in front, obstructing view to inspect propshaft and components. I'm sometimes getting single metallic clunk when selecting R or D, but not always, and there are absolutely no vibrations or noises when driving, so I'm just ignoring that clunk. On mine it's definitely not coming from inside of transmission, most likely doughnut or U-joint.
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    Autobox clunk when engaging reverse

    It might not be coming from gearbox. It can be propshaft/diff related.
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    ULEZ 2021 - Goodbye E39

    Prices will definitely fall, because more and more people will be trying to sell their cars, and only way to attract buyers attention is to lower price. Those, who think that random 520i or 530d with miles to moon will rise in value just because they are called modern classic, need to think twice. Government is/will be pretty much affecting used car market with taxes, restrictions etc, so people will look what suits to them and doesn't cost fortune to keep running. Like you said, only true enthusiasts will keep those cars, if they have ability to do so. But why would enthusiast buy a 520i, if there are 540i as well. 90% of those cars will be falling in value, not going up. And by end of next decade 80% of current E39 will be scrapped. Anybody don't believe this? Proof is e34, ten years older car, most of them are scrapped, only very few driving around.
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    ULEZ 2021 - Goodbye E39

    Some petrols get luckily through while others are affected by ulez, but all diesels fail requirements, that's why I thought it might be diesel.
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    New turbo v2!!!

    Overboost shouldn't give smoke plumes out of exhaust, sounds more like boost leak somewhere. Are you sure intercooler isn't split somewhere? Fault scan should be a must have to start there, and couple runs with INPA connected, to see what actual boos you are getting etc. About sound when cold, all my diesels always have made whistle noise when cold. Non of them suffer from any other turbo problems, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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    2003 E39 touring glow plugs

    Well then I'm wondering if OP actually has early E60 model, not E39.
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    Camber bolts Position question

    I believe it's done correctly but I will better point to first possible suspect. If any bushings were tightened with wheels hanging in air, not in rest position, this might cause one side to be higher than other. And it will rapidly reduce lifespan of bushings, due to them being twisted and under stress all time.
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    2003 E39 touring glow plugs

    I'm using INPA as well, and on 2002 m57 engine it's only showing "13573 gluehanlage" and nothing else. It can be relay, or one glow plug, or all 6 of them. Maybe very last E39 models are more advanced.
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    3rd brake light on 2003 E39 touring

    Might be corrosion on contacts then.
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    2003 E39 touring glow plugs

    Is your car E39? Because I can't remember E39 ECU reporting errors about exact glow plugs, usually it's just an error about them and doesn't mention exact plug/plugs. Thought it's E60 thing to report error about each glow plug failure.
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    3rd brake light on 2003 E39 touring

    Voltage will be anywhere around 12-14v depending if engine is running or not. If you get no voltage, it's wiring (I believe it's touring we are talking about). If you get voltage reading, something wrong with high level brake light. First check if it's plugged in at all, maybe someone else took boot lid apart and forgot some connectors to plug in.
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    2003 E39 touring glow plugs

    If you can't remove engine covers, then it is too difficult for you. No offense, but removing intake manifold will be 10x harder than removing covers. Anyway if you are in UK, you really don't need glow plugs, temperature nevar get that low here. Those engines are starting with faulty glow plugs in -15°.
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    Is it worth it?

    I believe not many will buy RHD car in France or elsewhere in Europe.
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    Is it worth it?

    With those miles and on french plates I can't see much interest about it. On UK registration with MOT you most likely would be looking at price tag 1500-2000£, but bare in mind that ulez is spreading around London and some more biggest cities will follow, and 530d E39 doesn't fit in emission limits, so a that will keep a lot people of. Most likely some will buy it and just part out, but that will be a £500 sale then. Decision is yours, but I wouldn't expect any big money there.
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    96,528i overheating when turning heaters on

    Fingers crossed it's not head gasket, because that's most common reason for never ending airlocks. Is system heavy pressurised when running?
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    E39 530d died

    My next step would be injector test, and if there isn't massive amounts of fuel returning, then inspect fuel rail sensor/wiring. Did you checked is there any faults immobilizer/EWS related?
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    ULEZ 2021 - Goodbye E39

    Is yours diesel? Prices will drop rapidly in nearby areas for those cars. I bought my 525d from London back in September 2018, prices around there was about £1k cheaper then around east Yorkshire where I live. So couple hours traveling after car was still well worth it. But it's truly sad, when you are pushed to sell car when you don't want to. Another fact which annoying me is that all those cars with gutted DPFs are polluting the same much or even more, but on paper thay are more environment friendly. Where is fairness these days...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ok but from where was coolant leaking then if old radiator hold pressure?
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    E39 530d died

    You need to crank it yourself. There's a lot of useful things you can do/check with INPA, of course need to get little more confident, but we all started from beginning some day. Fuel supply pressure should be anywhere between 3.5-4 bar. Not sure what rail pressure must be while cranking, obviously it will be lower than with running engine, but I can check tomorrow what numbers I'm getting on mine.
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    E39 530d died

    Did you check what fuel supply and rail pressure you are getting while cranking? Another thing you can look at is injector leak of test. Just remove return lines from injectors and check that you don't have massive amounts of diesel coming out from any injectors. And check with INPA maybe there's any errors at EWS, might be immobilizer related issue.
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    engine oil

    It's never been thinner - better, but there's simply some viscosity for what engine is been built for. A lot of newish engines run on 0w20, just to reduce emissions, but those engines are built to run on so thin oil. Running 0w20 in E39 engines wouldn't be good idea. And actually first numbers mean cold viscosity, so 15w40 or 10w40 will be the same thin at 100°c as 5w40. For daily use I would use anything else than fully synthetic 5w30 or 5w40 LL-01 or LL-04, if it's modified engine, with a lot higher power output than stock (mostly turbo converter) and getting used for track days, 10w60 or similar can be considered.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took her to Peak district, then decided that I want to see Lake district as well, so fair few miles, A class roads done with 70+ mph and that car always brings smile on face. Couple funny pictures taken on the trip.
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