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    E39 525i I SE Saloon (Titansilber Metallic 354), Subaru Outback SE Estate 2L TD

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  1. SidMac

    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    At some point last year I restored the headlight (P/side) D/side - in good shape and didn't need it this is the after of the P/side - trust me, it was a lot worse 'before'
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Fitted those new roundels too - no need for a photo of those. Pixels dying this summer tho' - this time last year they went a bit awol, but when the cooler weather arrived, pixels appeared to recover. Currently they have downed tools again, so will address this soon. _ I got the instrument panel fixed on Friday this week, all sorted now !! no need for a photo, and I don't have one here anyway. I am now turning my attention to the very minor scuffs and scratches on the leather - for example the pitted marks on the small well under the handbrake handle, and the drivers bolster. I ordered some coloured leather balm from the Furniture Clinic - it arrived on Friday and I'll try it during the week ahead when the young fella returns to school and I have some quiet time. The leather is in really excellent shape/condition - to the extent that the few minor blemishes stand out (to me !). IThe furniture clinic seem to have a large range of products , so rather than a full assault on the leather I'll go easy and see how/whether the coloured balm does the trick ..
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Steering wheel trim (lower section) Before After
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    In order to recover some ground and be at peace again, I manned up to the task of fitting the s/wheel trim (lower section) I bought early this year. I was encouraged elsewhere that this is a straightforward task. So I returned to youtube for some further guidance (e39 source and bimmermerchants for e.g.). I then waited till late in the day when distractions are limited. After disconnecting battery I followed the straightforward process outlined in various sources - remove airbag, remove trim (upper and lower sections are connected - go easy, BMW plastic is not cheap), separate trim, replace trim, reverse procedure.
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    I then had to treat the old one to some cleansing, and conditioning with Autoglym leather care products. Before I conditioned this old one I coloured in the scratch with a felt pen and then treated it and buffed it up..... resulting in me further questioning my decision to buy a new one. So I have kept that old one as a spare ... in very good condition. I'm shaking the head here as I type this. No photo of that - I have admitted my excess in writing, lets leave it there.
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    I should have taken a 'before' photo of that boot/gaiter... here's the finished job Then I wondered to myself if that was necessary at all, could I have just snipped the cable tie holding the neck of the boot and removed it? probably.
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    I know we are still in August - but I also got to do a bit more on the interior. Some of the interior leather trim had begun to draw my attention - namely the handbrake boot/gaiter. there was a noticeable scratch that stood out... so what did I do, apart from considering touching it up with a felt pen, sharpie etc, - I bought a new one. Top dollar ffs. But, I argued it was deserved.
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Here's a nice pic from one of my usual routes on a therapeutic drive
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    By August, I had the CCV/ breather system replaced and some new rear discs and pads (pagid). Car running very smooth now and no signs of excessive oil consumption!
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Most of the body work was completed in April 2021 - and the posts above cover the period of my ownership since Aug 2019. I have taken the detail from another forum - so hence the multi-post approach here today In May this year (2021) I took her for a health check to Dave in East Coast Autos last week. I suspected issues with the breather system / ccv / oil separator - she was drinking a bit of oil and wasn't as silky smooth as she should be. I also though I was hearing an air leak ... anyway- Dave smoke tested her and subsequently replaced a perished small vacuum pipe. No leaks found. But We had a chat and I decided it would be worth it to replace the breather system - they can be problematic/prone to failure - so doing so could eliminate one reason for the oil consumption. This is booked in for Wednesday. New rear discs and pads while she's there also. Also - forgot to mention that I had ordered half arch/corner guards for the underside of the corner sections of the front bumpers (see the top item in the photo ) - not sure of the part name, but they sit proud of the corner of the bumper and therefore prone to being clipped by kerbs etc
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    The rear arch on the d/s had the beginnings of corrosion, which looked like it had been partially tended-to previously, have been dealt with - although just taken back to metal and primed/painted - no welding. As we know, E39s have long-running battles in this area against rot. At one stage I had contemplated a full respray but when I got a quote and considered the cars worth and my budget - it was more wise to take the approach of targeted repairs and paint. Maybe in the future I will take the plunge..
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    And the wheel arch now corrected..
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    The rear quarter also turned out well -
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Quick update to document the body work completed recently. Previous posts showed the state of the front and rear bumpers - which turned out to be heavily filled, a bit more than could be seen. I had priced up originals in the M-trim to replace the old set, but tbh I had to curtail that to fit my resources. I sourced replicas from pro-tuning and, acknowledging that they were not going to be perfect, I lined up someone to paint and fit them. Results were good - some minor fitment issues with these bumpers but I'm happy with them - in an ideal world I would splash out on OEM M trim bumper set etc - anyway;
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    Sids E39 (Jap Import) thread

    Of course, there's a bit of project scope 'creep' at this point and me and t'internet cooperated on several occasions to contribute to the project with some trim bits and bobs, including a set of original e39 mats all the way from Rhein BMW a large dealership in the motherland. When ordering them I actually got excited and ordered a slightly different set which where LHD - however, before shipment, they kindly emailed me to correct the order (German quality control / customer service impressive on this occasion). The mats duly arrived a week later (no photos - they are black...). I also ordered new roundel for the bonnet and a set of centre caps for the alloys (they were on special!!!)I also found that the trim for the M-sport steering wheel can be sourced in parts - this dealer had a replacement m-trim for the (worn) lower section of mine, the top section with controls is also available but mine is in good order. The new piece will really lift the appearance - if I treat the wheel itself with some care and attention.
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