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About Michael:E39

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  • Birthday January 17

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    Dorchester, Dorset, UK
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    Classic cars, especially daily drivers with future classic status potential.
  • Occupation
    Retired

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    BMW E39 530i Sport 2002

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  1. Michael:E39

    E39 Aegean Blue Edition

    Hi Ray; You're right of course. To expect to spend several hours in a car with a private seller would be unreasonable and unnecessary. I guess I was simply trying to make the point that quickly checking the operation of things like windows, hazard warning, central locking, radio, 12 volt socket, air con, mirrors, electric seats, pdc, lights, horn, interior lights etc might give an indication of how well the car has been maintained, and what some immediate expenditure might be. There are increasing few E39's for sale, and so viewings might entail a considerable round trip. I wouldn't expect "it's a used car, take it or leave it" from a genuine seller. Don't see why quickly checking out the items above should make seller think that "I know nothing about cars", and to be honest I really wouldn't care if it did. Anyway, we"re agreed that E39's are great cars to own and drive, but that purchasing should be done with the usual care. Regards.
  2. Michael:E39

    E39 Aegean Blue Edition

    Hi AJL, Dorset E39 meet sounds great idea. I'd love to see your motor and swap experiences. I'm Covid-19 isolating at present, but how about meet-up, say Kingston Lacey car park, post Covid-19 restrictions? Keep in touch. Regards Michael.
  3. Michael:E39

    E39 Aegean Blue Edition

    Hi Gary: Seems to me the cost of buying an E39 is made up of two elements: What you pay for the vehicle, and what you pay to rectify things that need doing. So, £5K might be reasonable if nothing needed doing - or could be expensive if you then needed to shell out another two or three grand to make it safe, legal and reliable. For example, I bought an E39 530i in January since when I've had to pay out a further two grand on rectifying problems (gear selector switch; light control module (LCM); pusher fan; viscous fan; air intake hoses; windscreen washer pump and tubing; interior courtesy light; 12v socket / cigarette lighter; bonnet alarm etc). Of course if you're a competent home mechanic with knowledge, tools and facilities (and are prepared to shop around for suitable non-BMW parts) then this helps tremendously. If not, then even if you avoid BMW main dealers and use a local BMW specialist Independent garage, you'll be paying out a lot more (labour alone costing around £60+ plus per hour, maybe plus vat) - and you can expect to pay much more for the parts than you could buy them yourself on-line. So, bottom line is: You absolutely must inspect a potential purchase in person. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours trying out every switch and feature on the car, looking and listening to the car running when stationary, and driving it at various speeds over a reasonable distance. And be prepared to walk away. On my car, the hazard warning lights only worked intermittently (an MOT failure item) which turned out to be the LCM which cost a packet to have replaced. Regarding the vehicle you're speaking of; IMO the E39 has future potential as a modern classic - but originality will be key to pricing. So, personally, I'd avoid an E39 that had been "mucked about with". These are of course just my personal thoughts; but hope they are useful.
  4. Michael:E39

    Whine at Low Speed

    Sounds like the best approach. Local transmission specialist does re-gas; might discuss transmission oil change with them also. Mileage is 58000, so maybe good time to get it done. Thanks and regards.
  5. Michael:E39

    Whine at Low Speed

    Thanks for rib-tickler; Don't suppose you have any useful suggestions? Regards.
  6. Michael:E39

    Whine at Low Speed

    Seems logical reasoning. Checked under bonnet, stationary with engine running, and turned off aircon. Pusher fan stopped. I think the whining stopped, but difficult to tell against general engine and cooler fan noise close up. Pusher fan assembly on my refurb schedule. I'll bring it forward. Cheers.
  7. Michael:E39

    Whine at Low Speed

    Could be a relatively simple fix, and good thing to do anyway. I'll get it regassed. Cheers.
  8. Michael:E39

    Whine at Low Speed

    Constant whine when Driving my 2002 E39 530i at at low speed (say below 15 mph), but disappears if I turn off Air Conditioning when I hear it. The whine is additional to the usual engine note, and is unaffected by acceleration. Any ideas, or similar experiences? Cheers.
  9. Michael:E39

    Door Sill Fixing

    That seems a really good price. Pays to shop around, I guess.
  10. Michael:E39

    Door Sill Fixing

    Hi Ray112; I bought the door sills through online-parts.co.uk who get them from Germany. You'll find the part numbers for your specific vehicle on realoem.com/BMW. The prices vary depending on the insert you want, "BMW" or "M SPORT" or "BMW INDIVIDUAL" and whether you want front or back. Expect to pay around £50 to £150 each (taking account of delivery charges). And don't forget to order all the right clips and inserts (see Clavurion's reply). Hope that's helpful.
  11. Michael:E39

    Door Sill Fixing

    Hi Clavurion; That's really helpful. It solves the mystery for me. I'll order the appropriate insert part through online-parts.co.uk. Thanks.
  12. Michael:E39

    Door Sill Fixing

    I've been replacing the old door sills on my 2002 E39 530i Saloon with new ones ordered from Germany. The old ones worked by having four fixings on the underside into each of which a clip slides and the base of the clip is then bashed down into the corresponding hole in the door sill bodywork. However, the new door sills (see photo) only have three fixings into which a clip slides, and instead of a fourth fixing, there is a plastic protrusion sticking out (like a rhino horn). This protrusion does line up with the corresponding hole in the bodywork, but when I saw it I thought "how on earth will that make a firm fixing; it'll just sit in the hole with nothing to stop it coming out, and the new sill won't be firmly attached at its end to the bodywork. And that's how it proved to be; three tight fixings and fourth "no fixing". I was considering making the fixing by use of double sided heavy duty Velcro patch attached by glue to the underside of the door sill and to the bodywork. But then I thought, "Hang on, I must be missing something here; there must be some clever way of securing a proper connection between the Protususion and the bodywork via the hole". Any ideas what that might be, before I do a messy and inelegant fix-around with Velcro and glue?
  13. Michael:E39

    Door Sill Fixing

    I've been replacing the old door sills on my 2002 E39 530i Saloon with new ones ordered from Germany. The old ones worked by having four fixings on the underside into each of which a clip slides and the base of the clip is then bashed down into the corresponding hole in the door sill bodywork. However, the new door sills (see photo) only have three fixings into which a clip slides, and instead of a fourth fixing, there is a plastic protrusion sticking out (like a rhino horn). This protrusion does line up with the corresponding hole in the bodywork, but when I saw it I thought "how on earth will that make a firm fixing; it'll just sit in the hole with nothing to stop it coming out, and the new sill won't be firmly attached at its end to the bodywork. And that's how it proved to be; three tight fixings and fourth "no fixing". I was considering making the fixing by use of double sided heavy duty Velcro patch attached by glue to the underside of the door sill and to the bodywork. But then I thought, "Hang on, I must be missing something here; there must be some clever way of securing a proper connection between the Protususion and the bodywork via the hole". Any ideas what that might be, before I do a messy and inelegant fix-around with Velcro and glue?
  14. I located new kick plates (door sills) on "Online-Parts.co.uk" and bought from them (having checked part numbers on "RealOEM.com"). Came from Germany, nicely packaged. Incidentally, the "BMW Individual" door sills are around three times more expensive than the straight "BMW" ones (approx. £150 each compared to £50 each).
  15. Hi Chicaneuk; Your advice to buy kick plates new from BMW seems sound to me. I've got E39 530i Individual 2002 and want to replace all the four kick plates, but concerned used might be not much better (or worse) than existing. But can you tell me where exactly I can buy a set of four brand new "BMW Individual" door kick plates (door sills)? I can't locate a seller. Any ideas? Thanks
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