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About Michael:E39

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

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    BMW E39 530i Sport 2002

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  1. Michael:E39

    530i Refurbishment - End of Year Report

    So, recommenced refurb project this month, with leaking power steering fluid refurb. Fitted new: reservoir (p/n 3241 685 1217), intake hose (3241 109 5526), return hose (3241 109 4306), gasket ring (3241 109 3596), two “O” rings for hose to cooler (1721 174 2636), cable clips (20mm & 16mm), ATF Dexron 111 fluid (1.5 litres). Sourced the parts (Meyle) from AutoDoc for £100 delivered, though I sourced the “O” rings from my local BMW main dealer for £1.61 (prices for this item on eBay were ridiculously high). Local garage charged 2 hours labour to flush old fluid, fit new parts, and refill with the new fluid and bleed. As ever, a competent weekend diy mechanic could have done this on a Sunday morning (and maybe used cheaper parts). Next job scheduled was transmission oil change, but meanwhile nasty groaning from air conditioning system now developed (last year I fitted new aux push fan and bearing, and had system re-gassed). So, could this be the air con compressor / pulley?
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    Power Steering Fluid recommendation

    Funny thing is, the replacement ring was slightly loose on my reservoir cap when I fitted it - and then the cap wouldn't screw on properly. It occurred to me sometime in the last nineteen years someone else had trouble fitting a new "O" ring , and had left the old one off for that reason. I thought about just fitting a new reservoir, but thought "while I'm doing that, might as well arrange the refurb of hoses, clips and fluids also". In connection with which, would you recommend changing the Pressure Hose Assembly also as part of the refurb? It struck me as being a pricey part (£200?), which would bump up the overall cost of refurb considerably. Worth it though, do you reckon as part of a refurb project?
  3. Michael:E39

    Power Steering Fluid recommendation

    Great you sorted it. I've got leaking Power Steering Reservoir too on my year 2002 E39 530i Saloon vin CE68000. Got fed up with wiping it every few weeks, so last week decided to investigate further. To my surprise, there was no "O" Ring fitted to the cap, so was seeping from there most likely . So, I looked up the "O" ring part number on RealOEM/BMW, and it appeared to be 32.41.1.1.128.333. On Ebay, BMW Park Lane had "O" ring for my vehicle, with same part number (32.41.1.1.128.333). It arrived very quickly, and off I toddled to fit it, and put a "tick in the box" of jobs. To my annoyance and disappointment the part didn't fit. So, question is, have I got the part number wrong, and if so what is the right part number, and where can I source it? Alternatively, if I knew the exact measurements of the right "O" ring, I could buy from online rubber ring specialists (I'd need to know, exact outside diameter, inside diameter and thickness of ring in millimetres. Failing all that, I guess I'll have to bring forward the power steering refurb I've got planned for later this year (new reservoir, two hoses, clips and replace ATM fluid, bleed and test). Don't really want to get into that just now though, so might have to just live with the wiping! Any ideas?
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    530i Refurbishment - End of Year Report

    So, next job in my 530i refurb project (transmission flush and fluid change, with new filter and gasket) is scheduled for next month, April 2021. But meanwhile another job arose. Over the winter, the bonnet badge became heavily pitted with road salt (see photo one), so today fitted new bonnet badge from BMW (photo 2). Looks great, and sets off the new radiator grills a treat. Badge was expensive from BMW, but is the real deal, and fitting was therefore very straightforward.
  5. Michael:E39

    E39 Car Tax Increases - Impact?

    What are the emission figures for your car? Are they different to mine because your car was imported from Japan and had different emissions set up for that market? My emission rating is 257 (as shown on my V5C document and on DVLA website).
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    E39 Car Tax Increases - Impact?

    Thanks Pzero. The magic asterisk and note on the separate table explains it all. Much obliged. So, my year 2002 530i goes up from £330 pa to £340. I'll settle for that, thanks. Great relief.
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    E39 Car Tax Increases - Impact?

    Got my information from Honest John: Budget 2021: Road Tax rates for used cars in 2021/2022 | Motoring News | Honest John as shown by SteveCVO above. I guess I mis-interpreted Honest John's piece (thank goodness!), but re-reading can't see where I mis-read. In any event, apologies for the scare. Remind me always to check two sources before publication. So, relax guys.
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    E39 Car Tax Increases - Impact?

    From Honest John's piece on Car Tax changes in budget announcements yesterday (Wed 3 March 2021). Got the official DVLA emission figures from the DVLA web-site (which still has the current car tax rates, not the increased figures from 1 April 2021). Haven't checked Honest John's figures yet, but he's normally reliable.
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    E39 Car Tax Increases - Impact?

    So how do we E39 owners feel about the increased Car Tax from 1st April 2021? My year 2002 530i will then be liable for annual car tax of £600 pa based on Co2 emission figure of 257. Blimey! A 520i will be £585 pa (237 emissions), and 540i £600 pa (295 emissions). I've always tried to be a bit philosophical about the car tax rate for my 530i (likewise the petrol consumption of around 25 mpg), but this latest hike is eye watering (up from £330 to £600). How do we think it will affect the value and marketability of E39's registered on / after March 2001, and for E39's registered before March 2001 (flat rate of £280). I'm wondering if the many post March 2001 E39's currently on sale for £3000 and below will still look attractive if a buyer immediately has to shell out another £600 pa? Will this hasten the decline of many cheaper E39's, and result in a higher figure for good, more expensive one's in the long run? What do you think? On a similar note; has anyone experienced the post Brexit imposition of custom duty and vat on car parts ordered from Germany? I've bought lots of E39 new parts from Germany over the last year, and found the prices to be high and with high delivery charges, but have not purchased any post Brexit. Be interested to know.
  10. Michael:E39

    My 2003 E39 530i Sport Champagne Edition II thread

    You’re right, Mani. Like you I positively dislike the intrusive and unnecessary technology of today’s motors. Things like stop/start, lane control, touch screens etc. For me the pleasure of driving is embodied in the E39; a straight six, well tuned. A delight to drive. Anyway, truth is I’ve got the E39 bug. So spreadsheets and sweet reason don’t count for so much now. My aim is like yours; get my 530i as good as I can; and then keep it. So, next step for me, in April, will be transmission fluid change with new filter, drain plug, and gasket. Hope this won’t introduce any problems - but will be having it done by transmission specialists, so they should know what they’re doing and what to look for. About five years ago I was interested in getting a BMW 850 from around year 1990. Didn’t do it; and since then all the old dodgy ones seem to have disappeared from sale, and the remaining good ones have really shot up in price. I’m reasoning that same will happen with E39’s over the next few years.
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    My 2003 E39 530i Sport Champagne Edition II thread

    Great to see your project coming together so successfully. Must be a good feeling; and here’s to post lockdown when you’ll really get the benefit of your work and outlay. You’ve inspired me to keep going on my own E39;530i refurb project (see separate post). Got a bit uncertain the other day as I updated my expenditure spreadsheet with latest outlay (new BMW bonnet badge and grommets, old one damaged, by salt I think). It seems I’m approaching the point where expenditure so far on my E39 (purchase, delivery, repairs, maintenance, refurbs, road tax) is almost the same as the outlay on a brand new BMW 530e on PCH for two years would have been. Of course, I’ve still got the value in my E39, but that’s a bit of an unknown. Thanks again for the inspiration.
  12. Michael:E39

    What inspires you with your car ?

    Noco GB20 £79 max 4litre petrol engine; GB40 £99 max 6l petrol; GB50 £145 max 7l petrol. Max figures for diesel much less. Full specs and pricing on Halfords website. I‘d heard that max figures were optimistic, so thought the GB40 would be best bet for my 3 litre petrol engine. But neither Amazon nor Halfords had It for delivery. So bit the bullet and went for GB50. Nice to have the spare capacity for motors having larger engines than mine (already the case with starting my neighbour’s white van). Charge supposed to be okay for up to a year without use; so will probably check every six months. Number of uses supposed to be around six, from a full charged unit. No noticeable drop in the units charge level after the one use I’ve made of it so far.
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    What inspires you with your car ?

    Wow!that really spells it out. Seems I’ve been barking up the wrong tree with my concern about the lights, and yes I have been using the rear window delisted regularly. Thanks for the insights.
  14. Michael:E39

    What inspires you with your car ?

    Interesting, Ray. I suspect you’re right. Doing just a ten mile round trip to Tesco’s once a week is a real test of the battery, I guess. Be glad when lockdown is over. Meanwhile, I’ve fully charged the battery using my C-TEC trickle charger, and I’ve got the Noco GB50 in the boot. I like to drive on dipped headlights (safety, and it shows off the halo’s), and from what you say that should be okay once I’m able to use the car more regularly. Cheers.
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    What inspires you with your car ?

    Last week, parked in Tesco's car park. Battery flat on return. My own fault really; been driving round on main headlights unnecessarily, instead of using the "auto lights on" function. Got the car started by garage next door to Tesco's; but that evening sent off for a Noco Boost GB50 lithium portable battery pack on Amazon. Charged it up (5 hours), tried out the flashlight, used it to charge my smartphone, then put it in my car for emergencies. Blow me, today a neighbour knocks and says his battery is flat (a white van) and "do I have any jump leads?". Great opportunity to try out my new Noco GB50. Worked like a dream, and van started first time even though its battery was dead flat. Neighbour delighted, and so was I (to be able to try out the Noco without myself having a flat battery). Great peace of mind.
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