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    AdamB got a reaction from Pzero in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    literally a quick low pressure rinse with the karcher to remove the loose dust, a coating of meguiars snow-foam (it’s what was bought for me at Christmas), then a bit of a higher pressure rinse.
     
    I normally use a (clean/wiped/damp) silicone squeegee to lightly remove majority of water from roof/windows/bonnet, then a wipe over with a clean meguiars drying towel.
     
    im not exactly a detailer, and at the moment neither of the cars have pristine paint, so I try to be careful not to lift any flaking paint/lacquer/rusty spots, plus I don’t have the patience to be too involved.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave both the Touring and the Saloon a ‘contactless wash’ to take off the dust/dirt that has settled over the last few weeks - really bad in our area!
     
    I then gave the saloon a hoover and a wipe over inside, then took a bunch of pics for the for sale ad.... (currently on Facebook - I’m not a paid up member here yet, was going to see how I do with the “free ads” first)
     





    Scrubs up well for 282k miles I think!
     
    Unfortunately after weeks/months of being parked up, when I went to start the car to move it, the battery was dead as a dodo (hence bootlid being wedged open a touch), so it’s currently on charge over the weekend to see if I can bring it back to life. - it’s still covered under warranty, so if it doesn’t hold charge by Monday morning I’ll take it it back to my mate at my local Allparts and get it swapped. (A nice bonus for any potential buyer) - reason for trying the recharge first is that my friend has said that they have to put it on their proper test machine for a couple of hours before they’re able to know if it’s good or not - seemed to make sense to try charging first as if they test battery as still “good”, I’d then have to recharge anyway.
     
    After washing the touring, for the first time ever, I got a “boot open” warning (I did have boot/glass hatch open to wipe it all dry at one point) - I’ll keep an eye on this, but knowing my luck, and the age of the car, I wouldn’t be surprised if the wiring is a bit crusty. - Hoping that it can last until I get the bodywork sorted next year as boot lid will have to come off anyway.
     
    Out of interest... where does the touring tailgate harness connnect? I know people have said you have to access part of it through where the rear roof speakers are? Has anyone done a guide to repair? Is there a repair harness available?
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    AdamB reacted to Dbcrd in E39 touring tailgate loom - a cautionary tale!   
    Try this thread.  A fair bit of info in there.  I think i posted the recommended silicon harness and a pdf of the wire colours.
    Mu advice is buy the pre made harness in silicon.
     
    https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/139075-touring-tailgate-wiring
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave both the Touring and the Saloon a ‘contactless wash’ to take off the dust/dirt that has settled over the last few weeks - really bad in our area!
     
    I then gave the saloon a hoover and a wipe over inside, then took a bunch of pics for the for sale ad.... (currently on Facebook - I’m not a paid up member here yet, was going to see how I do with the “free ads” first)
     





    Scrubs up well for 282k miles I think!
     
    Unfortunately after weeks/months of being parked up, when I went to start the car to move it, the battery was dead as a dodo (hence bootlid being wedged open a touch), so it’s currently on charge over the weekend to see if I can bring it back to life. - it’s still covered under warranty, so if it doesn’t hold charge by Monday morning I’ll take it it back to my mate at my local Allparts and get it swapped. (A nice bonus for any potential buyer) - reason for trying the recharge first is that my friend has said that they have to put it on their proper test machine for a couple of hours before they’re able to know if it’s good or not - seemed to make sense to try charging first as if they test battery as still “good”, I’d then have to recharge anyway.
     
    After washing the touring, for the first time ever, I got a “boot open” warning (I did have boot/glass hatch open to wipe it all dry at one point) - I’ll keep an eye on this, but knowing my luck, and the age of the car, I wouldn’t be surprised if the wiring is a bit crusty. - Hoping that it can last until I get the bodywork sorted next year as boot lid will have to come off anyway.
     
    Out of interest... where does the touring tailgate harness connnect? I know people have said you have to access part of it through where the rear roof speakers are? Has anyone done a guide to repair? Is there a repair harness available?
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave both the Touring and the Saloon a ‘contactless wash’ to take off the dust/dirt that has settled over the last few weeks - really bad in our area!
     
    I then gave the saloon a hoover and a wipe over inside, then took a bunch of pics for the for sale ad.... (currently on Facebook - I’m not a paid up member here yet, was going to see how I do with the “free ads” first)
     





    Scrubs up well for 282k miles I think!
     
    Unfortunately after weeks/months of being parked up, when I went to start the car to move it, the battery was dead as a dodo (hence bootlid being wedged open a touch), so it’s currently on charge over the weekend to see if I can bring it back to life. - it’s still covered under warranty, so if it doesn’t hold charge by Monday morning I’ll take it it back to my mate at my local Allparts and get it swapped. (A nice bonus for any potential buyer) - reason for trying the recharge first is that my friend has said that they have to put it on their proper test machine for a couple of hours before they’re able to know if it’s good or not - seemed to make sense to try charging first as if they test battery as still “good”, I’d then have to recharge anyway.
     
    After washing the touring, for the first time ever, I got a “boot open” warning (I did have boot/glass hatch open to wipe it all dry at one point) - I’ll keep an eye on this, but knowing my luck, and the age of the car, I wouldn’t be surprised if the wiring is a bit crusty. - Hoping that it can last until I get the bodywork sorted next year as boot lid will have to come off anyway.
     
    Out of interest... where does the touring tailgate harness connnect? I know people have said you have to access part of it through where the rear roof speakers are? Has anyone done a guide to repair? Is there a repair harness available?
  6. Haha
    AdamB got a reaction from JonJon in Removing the E39, M5 badge   
    I’m happy to take m5 mirrors off your hands to save you the traffic light Grand Prix.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in small piece of rubber separated from the ignition coil   
    Bit of superglue on the end of a kebab skewer / long screwdriver
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Engine undertray - same on all models?   
    I’ve asked, will see what they come back with.
     
    im pretty certain of part number, think it’s getting confused on realoem due to the rarity of the car.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Engine undertray - same on all models?   
    Thanks.
     
    spent a bit of time on realoem and managed to work out which one I need.
     
    turns out the one listed against my chassis number is wrong... seems to be a non-sport one listed.
    (Once I did a generic 540 search it showed me both options)


     
    the correct one I need is the same as the M5 one. Part number: 51712498988
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave my wallet a spanking!
     
    Dropped car off at my mates garage on Monday to have the bits I’d already bought fitted (discs, pads, track rod ends, braided brake lines and m5 rear arb) - spiralled a bit and ended up collecting this evening.
     
    I’d asked them to drop the sump and check for bits of chain guides (luckily nothing found! They checked lower pan, strainer and filter.)
     
    They discovered the front brake callipers seized on both sides (couldn’t retract pistons enough to fit new pads) - new callipers fitted.
     
    They also found a fairly bad oil leak which turned out to be the oil level sensor (not the seal) - so a new sensor was installed.
     
    So, list of all that was done/replaced:
     
    - Front Discs, pads, wear sensors and callipers
    - Rear Discs, pads, wear sensors, handbrake shoes
    - L & R track rod ends
    - M5 rear anti-roll bar, and powerflex arb bushes.
    - HEL braided brake hoses
    - Lower oil pan gasket
    - Oil level sensor
    - Oil & Filter change
    - Auxiliary water pump / heater control valve
    - Tracking re-adjusted.
     
    Already drives a lot better, steering feels lighter, and it actually stops now! Can’t wait to get it out for a proper drive and bed the brakes in properly.
     
    The weird steering/braking clonk seems to have gone as far as I can tell, I tried some heavy braking and full lock steering and haven’t noticed anything yet.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave my wallet a spanking!
     
    Dropped car off at my mates garage on Monday to have the bits I’d already bought fitted (discs, pads, track rod ends, braided brake lines and m5 rear arb) - spiralled a bit and ended up collecting this evening.
     
    I’d asked them to drop the sump and check for bits of chain guides (luckily nothing found! They checked lower pan, strainer and filter.)
     
    They discovered the front brake callipers seized on both sides (couldn’t retract pistons enough to fit new pads) - new callipers fitted.
     
    They also found a fairly bad oil leak which turned out to be the oil level sensor (not the seal) - so a new sensor was installed.
     
    So, list of all that was done/replaced:
     
    - Front Discs, pads, wear sensors and callipers
    - Rear Discs, pads, wear sensors, handbrake shoes
    - L & R track rod ends
    - M5 rear anti-roll bar, and powerflex arb bushes.
    - HEL braided brake hoses
    - Lower oil pan gasket
    - Oil level sensor
    - Oil & Filter change
    - Auxiliary water pump / heater control valve
    - Tracking re-adjusted.
     
    Already drives a lot better, steering feels lighter, and it actually stops now! Can’t wait to get it out for a proper drive and bed the brakes in properly.
     
    The weird steering/braking clonk seems to have gone as far as I can tell, I tried some heavy braking and full lock steering and haven’t noticed anything yet.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Gave my wallet a spanking!
     
    Dropped car off at my mates garage on Monday to have the bits I’d already bought fitted (discs, pads, track rod ends, braided brake lines and m5 rear arb) - spiralled a bit and ended up collecting this evening.
     
    I’d asked them to drop the sump and check for bits of chain guides (luckily nothing found! They checked lower pan, strainer and filter.)
     
    They discovered the front brake callipers seized on both sides (couldn’t retract pistons enough to fit new pads) - new callipers fitted.
     
    They also found a fairly bad oil leak which turned out to be the oil level sensor (not the seal) - so a new sensor was installed.
     
    So, list of all that was done/replaced:
     
    - Front Discs, pads, wear sensors and callipers
    - Rear Discs, pads, wear sensors, handbrake shoes
    - L & R track rod ends
    - M5 rear anti-roll bar, and powerflex arb bushes.
    - HEL braided brake hoses
    - Lower oil pan gasket
    - Oil level sensor
    - Oil & Filter change
    - Auxiliary water pump / heater control valve
    - Tracking re-adjusted.
     
    Already drives a lot better, steering feels lighter, and it actually stops now! Can’t wait to get it out for a proper drive and bed the brakes in properly.
     
    The weird steering/braking clonk seems to have gone as far as I can tell, I tried some heavy braking and full lock steering and haven’t noticed anything yet.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in E39 touring - sound deadening   
    Let us know your findings, the touring is certainly less refined than the saloon.
     
    ive found bass/volume to be lacking in comparison to my saloon.
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    AdamB got a reaction from Sir Anthony Regents-Park in BMW Independants - e39 specialists - West London?   
    I thought the “West London” in the Title of the thread was fairly self-explanatory?
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    I ended up putting a brand new cover on my 530i about 6 years ago, I’ve realised with these cars that the plastics are defo a weak point now due to age, and sometimes it’s just not worth the effort/expense of some secondhand parts that may suffer the same fate.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    I ended up putting a brand new cover on my 530i about 6 years ago, I’ve realised with these cars that the plastics are defo a weak point now due to age, and sometimes it’s just not worth the effort/expense of some secondhand parts that may suffer the same fate.
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    AdamB got a reaction from sharkfan in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    I swore less today, even smiled a bit, I seem to have fixed my locking problem
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    AdamB got a reaction from Mashmanu in Help needed - electrical problem when refitting battery   
    Checked voltage today after it’d been sat for approx 24hrs, meter showed 12.4v so not a huge drop.
     
    I've now sorted my central locking problem that I think might’ve been related, so will watch it over a few days
     
    im also still gonna borrow a clip-on ammeter from someone at work later this week to check the current when it’s asleep, just incase there’s another underlying issue I’ve not found yet.
     
    I’ll keep an eye on the IHKA over the coming weeks to see if it freaks out again or not.
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    AdamB got a reaction from Pzero in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    I presume there may be attachment points for the roof rails?
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    AdamB got a reaction from Pzero in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    I presume there may be attachment points for the roof rails?
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    AdamB got a reaction from Adrian1662 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Have you checked fuses?
     
    try swapping the ballasts from left-right? See if problem moves?
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    AdamB reacted to Jay_w in V8 Touring - Front Coilovers & Rear Shockers - Decided To Go With BC Racing Coilovers   
    @AdamB

    Yeah the BC's have been fine ever since fitting, it did take me a couple of months of driving on different road surfaces & playing with the damping adjustability to find the sweet spot for my liking.
    Would i fit them again well thats a Yes & No answer, Yes due to the adjustability they offer and the price of them, No due to having been in a Touring with the Bilstein B12 kit fitted & a good friends car been fitted with Bilstein B8s / KAW lowering springs, i'd say that both of them ride that little bit better than the BC's also i'd say your better off having the same branded dampers / shocks all round.

    I did / have thought about fitting the Front anti roll bar & steering box from the E39 M5 as the front anti roll bar is thicker than the one that comes on the 540i Sport & the E39 M5 Steering box is a quicker ratio meaning less turns lock to lock and from whats i've read it also makes the steering heavier, but for the type of driving i do i've decided its just not worth it in all honestly.

    Now onto my Rear setup : 
    Bilstein B8 Rear Dampers (Re-Valved To Match The BC's On The Front),
    Arnott Rear Air Springs (Self Leveling Air Bags),
    E39 M5 Rear Anti Roll Bar (RARB),
    Beast Power RARB Brackets,
    Polyurethane RARB Bushes,
    Complete Refresh Of All The Suspension Arms & Linkages.
    New MeyleHD subframe bushes,
    Rear Self Leveling Height Adjusted Via AutoLogic Software

    Before i done the above the Rearend used to have this little wriggle going on over uneven road surfaces and just generally felt loose if that makes sense, which i think was down to the old bushes being worn / way past their best. However since i've fitted the parts listed above it feels like its planted to the road and is confidence inspiring  when pushing on.
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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Couple of interior bits today before it gets too cold tomorrow.
     
    I swapped in a couple of new led interior lights in the hope to stop the flickering that a couple of them were doing.
     
    I then installed my freshly cleaned sliding armrest with a new grip piece.
     
    I then decided to locate my alpine 420i unit so I can send it to @RichardP for the wake up mod.
     
    Whilst in the footwell, I installed the correct e39 storage net. It’s a handy place to tuck a few bits.
     
    On the subject of storage, I saw a thread about a similar net from an e60 that can be made to fit in the rear of the touring.
     
    I sourced it via cotswolds, and have now fitted it, it’s not perfectly straight, because it has a weird pre-formed shape to fit the e60 trim, however I got it as square as I could and again will be a useful little place to stop little bits flying around the boot.
     
    having done it, if I were to do again, I’d probably just buy a cheap version off eBay, it’s probably be easier to mount, and they’re already square.






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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your E39 today ?   
    Couple of interior bits today before it gets too cold tomorrow.
     
    I swapped in a couple of new led interior lights in the hope to stop the flickering that a couple of them were doing.
     
    I then installed my freshly cleaned sliding armrest with a new grip piece.
     
    I then decided to locate my alpine 420i unit so I can send it to @RichardP for the wake up mod.
     
    Whilst in the footwell, I installed the correct e39 storage net. It’s a handy place to tuck a few bits.
     
    On the subject of storage, I saw a thread about a similar net from an e60 that can be made to fit in the rear of the touring.
     
    I sourced it via cotswolds, and have now fitted it, it’s not perfectly straight, because it has a weird pre-formed shape to fit the e60 trim, however I got it as square as I could and again will be a useful little place to stop little bits flying around the boot.
     
    having done it, if I were to do again, I’d probably just buy a cheap version off eBay, it’s probably be easier to mount, and they’re already square.






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    AdamB got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Alpina E39 B10 Touring Switch-Tronic   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203269813513
     
    looks nice, and not a bad price at all.
     
    it’s a more subtle colour combo than some
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