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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

    Oil Leaks and ABS warning

    Thanks for this. I'll check out the Sachs shocks and availability of SE springs. Also, I'll talk to my local BMW Indy about doing the work, and see how all that grabs me. I'm suffering from not being able to do such work myself, and from a lack of local garages down here on the West Dorset coast being remotely interested. Shame, because I love my E39 and the old school driving experience it offers (3 litre straight six performance, no distracting iPad type technology, and a real handbrake!).
  2. Michael:E39

    Oil Leaks and ABS warning

    I’m interested in the idea of changing out the existing sport suspension for SE suspension as you suggest. Thing is, I’m unsure what components this entails, and how easy a job it is, or otherwise (I’d be using an Indy). Is there a problem with identifying the right parts? I seem to recall a thread on the difficulty of identifying the right springs when renewing them? Your thoughts much appreciated, as always.
  3. Michael:E39

    Oil Leaks and ABS warning

    Hey guys; thanks to you all for your responses. You’ve confirmed all the misgivings I had about this vehicle. I thought maybe I was being a bit pessimistic in my gut feelings about the car / price / dealer, but not so it seems. I suspect the dealer probably bought it in for a couple of grand or so, with a view to turning it around without doing anything beyond a clean and polish. You’ve also confirmed my view it’s best to seek out a good one privately from a genuine enthusiast who has put personal effort into it. Or maybe a specialist dealer with a reputation (Seymour Pope perhaps?). I’m very happy with my current E39 530i Sport Individual which I’m steadily improving with my two year refurb project, but would have liked heated seats. Plus my wife not keen on the firm suspension - hence my interest in the 530i SE with heated seats when I saw it advertised. Thanks again, all.
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    Oil Leaks and ABS warning

    Been looking online at an E39 530i SE Individual, year 2003, 125k miles, for sale by Gem Autos, Southall Middlesex (on Autotrader). It looks very tidy from pictures, and has heated front seats and rare 4/474 purple colour. The reg number is YF03FXE, and the dealer is asking £4450. Does anyone have knowledge of this car, or seen it at the dealers? The MOT history identifies on-going oil leak and intermittent ABS warning problems, and indicates that tyres are barely legal. So, I'm thinking that a purchaser might immediately need to attend to all or some of: oil filter housing gasket, camshaft cover gasket, oil sump gasket, Vanos hoses, crankshaft pulley seals, ABS module repair or replace, ABS wheel speed sensors, and four new tyres (Pirelli P Zero for example). What do you think, and how does the selling price of £4,450 strike you given my assessment?
  5. Michael:E39

    My 2003 E39 530i Sport Champagne Edition II thread

    Your’s will surely be one of the best in the country, if it isn’t already. It’ll be intriguing to know what sort of valuation you’d put on it when you’ve done ( though I’m sure this is an E39 that you’ll definitely be keeping). I was struck by how you’d had to put a lot of effort into finding a satisfactory source for doing your bodywork. Finding a garage that I’m happy with to do work on my car is proving to be a real problem, and ultimately is the thing that might stall my refurb programme (rather than the cost strangely).
  6. Michael:E39

    530i Refurbishment - End of Year Report

    Yes indeed, another one done. Groaning noise very strangely has gone (it occurred in the recent heatwave). Doesn’t add up. I’ll be keeping an eye, and an ear, on it.
  7. 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?
  8. Michael:E39

    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?
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    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?
  10. Michael:E39

    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.
  11. 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).
  12. Michael:E39

    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.
  13. Michael:E39

    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.
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