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Norseman last won the day on May 28

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    Chelmsford . Essex
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    Classic vehicles, USAAF, gin & tonic.
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    1998 E39 523i SE auto saloon 1987 Range Rover V8 auto

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  1. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Thank you, I'll try them.
  2. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    I admire your enthusiasm, but for the use the 'phone will get (we both have mobiles & the Xtron unit will blue-tooth 'ere indoors 'phone) it's not worth bothering. I'm happy to have the GSM working as it will probably get a signal in places mobiles wont, which could be an advantage in an emergency, so I really appreciate the motivation you guys gave me when I was on the verge of scrapping the thing. nb: According to a specialist BM breaker a blue interior with my model is rare in the UK, so replacing the centre armrest with a standard version would have been difficult had I removed the 'phone.
  3. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    True enough, if you don't ask ... Thank you.
  4. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Thanks for that KD, item #2 certainly looks like the part. All I've got to do is find a supplier here in the UK, searches so far have revealed outlets in the US & Germany. nb: I suppose a used item from a BM breakers would do. Appreciate your help.
  5. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Success at last 'Phone now working, thanks to your advice. Next question > Is it possible to replace the exterior mast as mine has been broken off. I don't really want to replace the entire antenna as that would involve unsticking the base unit from the rear window. There is a knurled section that turns when I twist it, but it doesn't seem to unscrew. nb: the signal strength meter shows a good signal, it's just that I'm offended by the sight of a broken antenna !
  6. Norseman

    coolant hose

    Thank for that advice, I'll give it a try.
  7. Norseman

    coolant hose

    Many thanks for the links d.a.n The first link (diagram) is not the correct shape, but the second (ebay) link looks just like my original so I'm going to go for it. Shame I can't send the current replacement back because, in fairness, it is the part # I ordered.
  8. Norseman

    coolant hose

    That's a dead ringer for the hose currently fitted to my engine Andrew ! Much appreciate you posting the picture. All I need now is the part # OR maybe try a BMW dealer, that way I could ID the replacement before purchase. Interesting you've owned the same year/model & reassuring comments about the engine. Re. your views on power output, I can relate to that having had an E34 touring years ago & found that sometimes lacked enough 'shove' but then I was younger back then! We are both pensioners now though & find the 523i (at 146k) has ample grunt for our needs
  9. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Many thanks yet again '5' for your assistance, I too caught a distinct whiff of BS during my conversation with O2 ! I'll go to the link you've sent, update will follow in due course. Cheers N.
  10. Norseman

    coolant hose

    Hi guys I ordered a replacement top radiator hose for my '98 523i using the part # listed on real-OEM, but when my local garage came to fit it this morning the part is the wrong shape I've looked up the parts diagram for that # & sure enough the hose I ordered does appear to be the same, but at the end of the day the hose on the car is a straight forward L shape (no markings) with an outside length of 28-29cm whereas the new item has 1x 90degree bend, 2 x slight bends & an total outside length of around 36-37cm. I'm starting to worry that there might be something more sinister here, like the wrong rad. etc. but other than some repaired damage to the driver's side of the plastic fan cowl everything seems to 'look right' & fit properly into the spaces provided. Any ideas guys? nb. the reason for wanting to replace the hose (see my first post on this forum) was after purchasing the car this hose seemed to collapse when the engine cooled right down, but strangely enough the problem(?) is not present now.
  11. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Philistine I'm only putting myself through all this to try & keep the originality of the car, but I guess we all have our own agenda.
  12. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Update (already). Called O2 customer services & as to be expected they were about as useful as a chocolate teapot. First off I was informed that my top-up had bought a 'bundle' then, after a long on hold, they suggested inserting the SIM into another 'phone to try it & when I explained that wasn't an option due to the different card sizes required I was informed, after an even longer wait, that the card didn't support the car-phone. I pressed them for a refund onto the debit card used for the top-up it appears that can only be done by means of a cheque, WTF? I'm wondering if the lack of support could be that the SIM came from a trader on Ebay? I'm going into town tomorrow, so whilst there I'll go into the O2 shop & run the situation past them … wish me luck
  13. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Thanks '5', reassuring that you've experienced the same problem. I'll call O2 customer services today & post an update.
  14. Norseman

    alphanumeric dash display

    Lots of replies here, so to reply to you all my display reads total mileage / trip mileage & (I think) ambient temperature. Pressing the LH stalk brings up (underneath, in larger pixels) info. like range / average mpg / average mph. plus several others, but the pixels are too bad to read. Thanks all.
  15. Norseman

    Should my E39 have a telephone?

    Thought I'd give the bloody thing one last chance ! Having located the boot mounted module I've managed to insert the up-to-date 'standard' PAYG SIM utilising my aforementioned fishing line withdrawal method. Having experienced difficulty fully inserting I simply unbolted the retaining frame (one setscrew) & dropped the module down whilst leaving all the wiring connected. Having put £10 credit on the SIM the 'phone will now scan the SIM & lock on to the network, the incomplete antenna not preventing a good signal … the problem is that when dialling ANY number the 'phone will only connect me to the O2 SIM top-up menu & if I call the 'phone I just get a answerphone message ! I have a instruction manual for the 'phone & am working my way through it, but advice from anyone (5mithy?) who uses one of these devices would be most welcome as I'm delusional enough to think that I'm finally getting somewhere Thanks guys.