Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags '530i'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Rules & FAQs
    • Rules & FAQ's
  • Sponsors
    • Chris Knott Insurance services
    • Cotswold BMW
    • MStyle
    • BMW Cables
  • General
    • Hello I'm New
    • General Discussion
    • DVLA and Insurance Queries
    • Picture & Video Gallery
    • Suppliers
    • Fun Stuff
    • Spotted
  • Meets & Events
    • BMW5 Meets & Events
    • Non BMW5 Trackdays
    • Other Meets & Events
  • Classifieds
    • Cars
    • Parts & Breakers
    • Wheels & Tyres
    • General Items
    • Wanted
    • Autotrader, eBay, Pistonheads etc Adverts
  • Technical
    • E12 1972-1981
    • E28 1982-1988
    • E34 1988-1996
    • E39 1996-2004
    • E60/E61 2004-2010
    • F07/F10/F11 2010-2017
    • G30/G31 2017-
    • ///M Powered
    • ALPINA 5ers
    • Audio & Navigation
    • Intravee
    • Diagnostics
    • Coding
    • Detailing
    • Projects
    • Track Talk
  • Other BMW Technical
    • 1 Series
    • 2 Series
    • 3 Series
    • 4 Series
    • 6 Series
    • 7 Series
    • 8 Series
    • i Series
    • X Series
    • Z Series
    • Other BMW Tech Talk
  • Other Technical
    • Other Marques
    • Computer General Help

Find results in...

Find results that contain...

Date Created

  • Start


Last Updated

  • Start


Filter by number of...


  • Start



Website URL





Found 30 results

  1. Hi all, long time no post... Anyway, short story version. I went to look at an E61 530i Touring 6 Speed Manual 2007 LCI (269bhp) 110k miles 2 owners (mostly London commuting), plus a few extras from factory etc. Test driving and noticed a funny low end noise, I thought it was bottom end but later (after shooting the video) I realised that the knocking went away when the clutch was pressed in. That led me to Dual Mass flywheel issues but I don't know or what specific mechanisms are envolved or how they are malfunctioning (spring weights etc.). Most noticable heavy knocking on tickover and just after a little rev. Put the clutch in and it goes away. I thought the top end was a bit tappy, more than I would expect and I could detect the engine slightly rocking around. Is this normal for these tuned 530i LCI 2007 onward setups? Can any of you guys have a listen a see what you think, enlighten me? It goes well but this is the first 530i I've test driven. Booted it in 2nd n 3rd and noticed the performance below 3k RPM quite average, though I've never been that impressed with low end torque from BMW 6 cyl petrol engines. Up through 4k RPM and the magic starts to really happen, building nicely until I bail out at 6k RPM. Edit: Since found this useful informative video: Buying a used BMW 5 series E60, E61 - 2003-2010, Buying advice with Common Issues
  2. Toughguyhuh

    OEM Springs for 530i SE

    I'm planning to change out the lowering springs that the previous owner of my E39 project car fitted, front and back. I want to restore it to OEM parts but I can't seem to find the BMW part numbers. The car just doesn't look right on lowered springs, it being an SE. Also it's a real pain trying to get my trolley jacks underneath! The shocks also look aftermarket but I've got the OE numbers for those if I need to replace them too. No luck finding the spring numbers on RealOEM, it shows the springs but there aren't any numbers for them, unless I haven't found the right diagram? Does anyone have them? (It's a saloon, not touring)
  3. Hello All, I am hoping to join the G30/G31 club and am looking for advice. I have found a well optioned low mileage G30 and it is reasonably priced. My only concern is that it has had two owners in 2 years (1st owner 4mths and the 2nd owner 20 mths). The car is a 530i M Sport (PJ17 NDG) with the Tech Pack, Comfort Pack and Remote Parking at the links below. It is registered in March 2017 so on the plus side it avoids the £320 VED but on the downside it is an early build and I am unsure if there have been issues with early models. I am hoping that the forum maybe able to offer advice as to what to look for when I view it (I am 159 miles from the dealership) and maybe let me know if this car has had history (good or bad) on this forum. https://www.stratstone.com/search/vehicledetails/used-car-bmw-5 series--automatic-petrol-blue-saloon-PJ17NDG/ or https://usedcars.bmw.co.uk/vehicle/201810111410471?location=Andover SP10 3SD, UK&quoteref=cecde840-90de-4c97-9ce1-b05323f09f9f Thank you in advance for your help.
  4. Hi. My M54 is actually in an E46 330i 2003 but I'm really struggling for info... I think the crankshaft pulley / vibration damper has failed or is at least on ots way out. It has a fairly bad wobble on it at idle as i hope you can see on the video - or is this normal? Symptoms are heavy vibs through steering wheel seat and floor and will usually go away after restarting or a speed bump! I've removed AC belt and Viscous fan and 25 miles or so without it happening again. I would have had a new one on there by now if it wasn't for a) a lack of info on the net for the job and b) the holding bolt being at 400Nm scary! Only found one write up and he had engine out and made 2m scaffolding to undo it. Then there's locking the crank... Any good advice? 90k 330i that had beem poorly servuced and maintained prior to me. Had just gased the AC up 2 days before (hadn't worked since i got it) and thinking this extra new load has been the straw that broke the proverbial. Both times the vibs have started its been when steering fairly hard (junctions) which lead me to think PAS pump but then I saw the wobble. PAS pump had 1-2mm end float. All other pulleys tensioners idlers etc feel OK. 20190730_154541.mp4
  5. Found these hiding behind intake manifold should these be plugged in 2x 4 pin round connectors 2002 530i e39
  6. As above. Breaking a 51 plate e39 530i in titan silver. Rear bumper is damaged front bumper has slight damage. Bonnet is damaged, m parallels are sold. However the car does still have loads of parts including a full black leather interior with very rare, rear bench with built in booster seats. Complete 530i running gear engine gearbox both work perfectly. I bought the car to use as a donor vehicle for my 525i but have now decided to go down a different route with that car and use my V8 engine instead. Steering wheel sold sill trims sold wheels sold If you require any parts arts please contact me on 07500403008 or pm me on here i am located in in west London, UB6. thank you Sanjay Gore
  7. drpep999

    Exhaust upgrade help

    Dear All, Great day at Ace Cafe the other day, even if it was lashing with rain the whole time. I have a favour to ask of the forum. At some point in the future I am looking to up grade my exhuast, most likely a Cat Back system, possibly a full replacement since one of my cats seems to faulty anyway, thrown up an EML. I'm going to go for a quad exhaust but can't stomach the thought of paying c. £1-2k for something that doesn't sound right, and there's only so much convincing that can be done by the supplier that it will sound as I would want. The only way to do it is to fit it, and pray that it's right. So what I was wondering, if there is anyone out there who has a 530i with an exhaust upgrade (not necessarily a quad, but preferable) who would be willing to let me listen to it to see if the sound is what I'm after. I would come to you wherever you happen to be, and would be a good opportunity to meet some other forum members and have a good chin wag about cars, and for me to go on a bit of a drive!. If you're exhaust is the sound that I'm after, then I know exactly what to go out and buy. Any offers? Any help would be much appreciated. Regards, Dan
  8. I've been having constant issues that my private mechanic is now giving up on.. So far in the last month or so we've replaced 6 x NGK spark plugs 6 x New Bosch coil packs New Seimens VDO MAF New Lambda sensors before and after cats. Replaced some split pipes that were blanked off New inlet manifold gasket Its still giving O2 error codes and control limits breached.. It also gave misfire codes on 4, 5 and 6.. Not sure where we go from her.. He said it could be the cats, an emmisisons test would show that up, but if its running lumpy beforehand then that's a bit pointless.. Am starting to think it could be an electrical issue or the ECU? He just bought a new £2,500 hand held diagnostic device and we were using it last night.. Would the BMW software that can be bought give us some more detail to work with, or should we just admit defeat and take it to the dealer?
  9. Reluctant sale of my 530i due to lack of use and the prospect of further expense to (finally) get my 02tii back on the road this year after a very slow restoration. 4 previous owners plus current owner since August 2012 at 80000 miles. Initially registered to BMW GB, this vehicle features numerous factory options valued at around £7k when the car was new - these include black leather interior, fully electric front seats (including headrest adjustment), tilt/slide electric glass sunroof, 6CD changer, 18" parallel alloys, Communications pack - navigation, analogue tv receiver and integrated phone socket (minus handset), plus unused detachable tow bar. The car also comes with the original alloy spare wheel and a complete tool kit in the boot. This has always been my weekend car and for the first three years of ownership covered around 8k per year as I used it to travel to football matches around the country. Since the arrival of a junior member of the household in 2015, we have tended to use the missus' car at the weekend, so the E39 mileage has dropped to a few thousand a year. This all changed last December when my E61 Touring got stolen (damn that comfort access option!). As I used the E61 for work (I travel 20k+ business miles per annum), I had to use the E39. At the end of November the car had covered 109588 miles - in the next three months it covered more than another 6000. If nothing else this underlines how good these cars were and still are, as it never missed a beat throughout. Over £5k spent during my ownership, with a folder full of receipts for the work completed. Full BMW service history until I had Oil Service and Brake Fluid changed at 114980 at a local specialist in February 2018. MOT until 4th August 2018. Current mileage 115603. However, since getting the service done I have not used the car for work and with the prospect of the car going back to its more occasional use and the likelihood of some further expenditure being required (front discs and pads plus attending to the rust in the usual places), I have reluctantly decided to move it on. You will note from the photos that there is also a crack in the OSF bumper, a consequence of a glancing blow from a passing car whilst mine was parked and some lacquer peel near the OSF fog light. The car is currently on a matching set of Bridgestones, but I will replace the borderline NSR with a new tyre before sale. The OSR is okay as it was replaced 3 months after the full set following an un-repairable puncture. Having done a deal to buy a new car for work this weekend, I thought I'd post the details on here to see if there was any interest prior to chopping it in as a part-exchange this week. Price £1500 but open to offers. If any of you are interested, please let me know. Cheers Dave 07792 389933
  10. Hello everyone, Yesterday I just purchased my first ever BMW and after doing a lot of research I thought it made sense to try out the infamous E39 530i. The reason for the purchase was to have a second car that my wife and I could collectively use to get around locally but more importantly use for longer journeys and trips around the UK and into continental Europe. Historically, I am a Japanese car guy but since I don't need this second car as a daily I wanted something interesting and a Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy just weren't cutting it for me after the test drives. Now, we both don't need a daily driver since we commute via train to London for work Monday-Friday but the only car we have is my 1999 Mazda RX-7 Type RS which is awesome and has been extremely reliable as I have been very meticulous with my mods and maintenance. I use that car for car shows, Santa Pod, track days and car club events and we have tried to use it on trips to Snowdonia and Cornwall for hiking, and while it kind of works you can't put a suitcase in it as there is no room, it's cramped inside, rides hard and has pretty loud wind noise and road noise given the lack of sound deadening they put into the RS models. I searched quite a bit for the right BMW E39 or E38 to buy and this 530i seemed like the right one for the money. It's not perfect but it is basically a one owner car where the original owner in his 70s purchased it in April 2003 and owned it until January 2017. It has a full service history and overall it's running well and all of the electrics work perfectly. Paint is pretty good with some scuffs and stone chips and a bit of surface rust starting in a couple places that I need to tackle this winter before they get worse. The issues or potential issues I have identified on this 124,000 mile example include: Original cooling system (hoses have 2002 and 2003 stamps on them). Original automatic gearbox and differential fluid. Brake shimmy when braking from 50-70mph. Wetness near the oil filter housing gasket but no drips onto the floor. Brake fluid is about 7,000 miles overdue. Rust on the bootlid. A little rust bubble on the passenger side rear sill just in front of the rear tyre. Otherwise, it seems good to go and I spent nearly two hours looking the car over but will have to get it up on jack stands and get under there for a good look and to check the front bushings. The car idles very smooth, transmission seems to shift fine, no ticking on idle and pulls hard to redline, drives straight, no knocking or weird noises (no rattles inside), and on my 5 hour drive home I got an indicated 32.7 mpg (not sure how optimistic the trip computer is?) so it seems to be running right. Any tips or advice for replacement parts and what else I need to look out for and consider replacing over Christmas?
  11. SpazaB

    E39 520i-530i Manual

    Hi All, I'm new to this forum, after scouring the classifieds on autotrader/pistonheads/gumtree I thought I'd try and put a wanted post out there. I'm looking for a manual 6 cylinder BMW, 3 or 5 series, under £1,500 - ideally with as few miles as possible, but I am aware the 5's particularly wear their mileage well. I'm based in Oxford and wouldn't mind travelling a little for the right car. If anyone is selling in the next month or so, or knows anyone that is, I would appreciate the feedback! Thanks, SpazaB
  12. Hi all, Seems as though we've all been having some beautiful weather these last few days, thought it'd be a good opportunity to see what this colour is all about Here are a few pics I took on my DSLR! Hope you enjoy!! Cheers Asim
  13. For sale is a brand new and genuine BMW oil supply line / tube. Part number 11 42 1 747 782 old part number 11 42 1 747 171. Ordered as a mistake and never fitted to the car, it's been sitting in my garage ever since. Will fit M60 V8 engined 5 series e34 and 7 series e32 cars - 530i 540i 730i/L 740i/L Price is £30 including P&P or collection in person from New Milton Hampshire at a discounted price. Please check my other items as well, as I'm having a garage clear out.
  14. For sale is a used rubber boot that sits between air flow meter and intake manifold. Genuine BMW part number 13 54 1 722 847 - old part number 13541708878. Will fit M30 engined e34 5 series, e32 7 series and e24 6 series. It's in good used condition with just a small crack where the Idle Control Valve sits. Removed from my own 1990 e32 735i. Price is £15 including P&P or collection in person from New Milton Hampshire at a discounted price. Please check my other items for sale as I'm having a garage clear out.
  15. As titled,the sport mode in my 530i MSport has suddenly stopped working?Works in drive fine,it's the first thing that has gone wrong with the car since I've owned it so quite gutted Is it a known problem?Or anyone have any pointers etc?
  16. A few of the crapboxes I encountered before finally finding a decent E39 last week, hope you enjoy..... https://thecarsreport.com/buying-a-used-bmw-e39-how-hard-can-it-be
  17. The Spooner

    Longer to start when hot

    Chaps, I've recently noticed that, although my car starts perfectly when cold, It's sometimes take 2 seconds of cranking when hot to fire. If it's hot and I switch off and back on, it fires pretty much instantly. If left for 30 minutes/1 hour or so it will take a little longer. It does need a thermostat (wahler item on order), but I'm sure I read somewhere this issue could be a coolant temp sender? If it is, is this a straightforward enough job? Thanks as always!
  18. alexrowe2000

    BMW 530i SE E39 2003 VGC

    Hi all, I have decided to put my lovely 530i up for sale. I purchased an E60 550i back in January and had intended to keep both cars but my other half is not a big fan of that idea and has decided now is the time to put her foot down! Any questions or if you need further photographs please do contact me. Best regards Alex BMW 530i SE AUTO, 2003Mileage: 100650 Price: £1,995 OVNO Location: Westerham, Kent (close to J5/J6 M25 and Oxted Railway Station)Bluewater metallic (code 896) with Black Leather upholsteryComprehensive specification including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Damper Control (S EDC), Front & Rear Park Distance Control (PDC), Rain Sensor, Automatic Air Conditioning, Navigation System (Professional), Voice Input System, Bluetooth, CD Changer (6), BMW Parallel Style 37M 18” Alloy Wheels plus the very desirable BMW High Audio System DSP (option 752)I have for sale my 530i SE which is in a very good condition with low mileage for the year and maintained to a very high standard.Power for the 530i is provided by the extremely smooth and refined straight-6 DOHC M54 engine which provides a very respectable, even today, output of 231bhp. My particular car is fitted with the ZF 5HP five-speed automatic transmission that provides a smooth and seamless driving experience.Built in February 2003 and first registered in April 2003, it has a well recorded history of regular maintenance with the most recent “Inspection 2” service being carried out only a couple of hundred miles ago at the well-respected BMW specialist ETA Motorsport.Proactive maintenance and remedial work in my possession includes:ETA Motorsport, 20/04/16• Inspection 2 service (using Castrol Edge Titanium 0w-40 FST A3/B4)• Replaced radiator• Replaced fan couplingLepsons Alloy Wheel Refubishment, 16/04/16• All 4 Alloy wheels refurbished• Replaced all 4 centre caps with genuine OEM replacements• Replaced all 4 “M” wheel badges• Replaced all 4 valves with genuine OEM RDC tyre pressure controls valves and capsETA Motorsport, 21/01/16• Replaced front lower control arm bushes• Replaced intake hose• Replaced thermostatETA Motorsport, 08/01/16• Renewed MOT• Replaced screen washer tubing/wiringETA Motorsport, 17/08/15• Replaced front brake discs• Replaced front brake padsHankook Ventus tyres are fitted all-round The MOT is valid through until January 2017 and given the recent, thorough service there are five green lights showing on the service indicator meaning you will be able to complete many miles before the next service is due (and even then it will only be an oil service).Thanks to it being well maintained and having covered a relatively low mileage, the engine & gearbox are superb and the car is a fantastic to drive, hence it feels substantially newer than its years. The engine and gearbox are extremely smooth giving plenty of power and shifting up/down cleanly and quickly. Sliding the auto lever into sport or steptronic mode gives the car a more sporty nature making those cross-country drives even more fun.The BMW owner's wallet is present with the owner's manual and stamped up service book. It is finished in rare Blue Water metallic with black leather upholstery and this combination really suits the iconic and handsome styling of the much loved E39 5-series.The interior is in a very good condition and totally original with barely any signs of wear at all, complete with original tailored BMW over-mats. The driver and passenger seats are in a very good condition and the rear seat looks as though it has hardly ever been used. Like many E39s there are some pixels missing on the LCD display although as visible from the photos this is relatively minor. The only electrical items not working is the Tyre Pressure Control (RDC) system which has had replacement RDC valves but requires replacement RDC sensors plus the TV function within the factory-fitted Mark 4 Navigation System which requires a digital tuner. It rides on genuine BMW M Parallel (style 37) alloys with Hankook tyres fitted all-round which are near new with only a couple of thousand miles on them. The alloys are essentially as new given the recent refurbishment at the highly renowned Lepsons refurbishment specialists.As can be seen in the pictures, the bodywork is generally in a very good condition. There are a few areas of paint bubbles with the most substantial of these being on the bottom of the o/s/f wing and some around the wheel arch and a very small amount on the n/s/r wing. There is none on the usual issues in the troublesome places in and around the boot. Both bumpers are in a very good condition although the rear bumper has a small mark probably just visible in the photograph. I can provide additional photos of this if requested. I am being thorough about the bodywork as compared to 95% of other E39s out there, I am confident this car is superior. It drives very well. The gearchanges are smooth and the engine sounds and feels really strong. The brakes are in great shape having only been replaced last August with genuine OEM parts at ETA Motorsport.Until recently I was using this car on a daily basis. However, I have recently changed to an E60 550i and I’d like to see this classic old girl go to a good home.If you've got this far and require more pictures (I have lots!) or details please e-mail me. I have endeavored to provide as accurate a description of my car as possible.Order options fitted to my car: 210 DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL (DSC) 216 SERVOTRONIC 223 DYNAMIC DAMPER CONTROL (very rare option)249 MULTI-FUNCTION FOR STEERING WHEEL 261 SIDE AIRBAG FOR REAR PASSENGERS 265 TIRE PRESSURE CONTROL (RDC) 302 ALARM SYSTEM 428 WARNING TRIANGLE 431 INTERIOR RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-D 441 SMOKERS PACKAGE 470 CHILD SEAT ISOFIX ATTACHMENT 500 HEADLIGHT WASHER SYS/INTENSIVE CLEANING 508 PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC) 521 RAIN SENSOR 534 AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONING 601 TV FUNCTION 609 NAVIGATION SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL 620 VOICE INPUT SYSTEM 644 PREP. FOR. MOB. PH. BLUET. INTERF. 672 CD CHANGER BMW FOR 6 CDS 752 INDIVIDUAL AUDIO SYSTEM 773 WOOD TRIM 780 M LT/ALY WHEELS PARALLEL SP.MIXEDTYRE 785 WHITE DIRECTION INDICATOR LIGHTS 812 ENGLAND VERSION 850 ADD FUEL TANK FILLING FOR EXPORT 863 EUROPE/DEALER DIRECTORY 877 DELETION CROSS-OVER OPERATION 880 ENGLISH / ON-BOARD DOCUMENTATION 202 STEPTRONIC 520 FOGLIGHTS 853 LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH
  19. Richard Williams


    From the album: Richard Williams

    Just love this BMW, its 10 years old in great condition and was purchased in Dallas Texas from the original owner.
  20. I found these pics of my brother's 530i taken the day he had it delivered back in 2003 (ex dealer demo car). At the time he didn't realise it was one of the very last E39s. Fully loaded with champagne leather and all the toys! Still one of my all time favourite looking cars, especially in that colour/wheel combo. I thought it would be interesting if somebody on here now owned it, but nothing comes up with a DVLA check so it might have gone to the scrapyard in the sky (unless it's now on a personalised plate).
  21. winshent

    E39 530i Manual

    Hi Fellas I bought my E39 530i Manual in late 2012. It took me ages to find a manual, but it was worth it. I've put 10k on it since and its now on only 88k. Its completely original. The only changes I plan to make are to fit the shorter weighted gear knob and maybe look at replacing the stereo system for one with DAB. I do love the ride.. For me it feels like a sporty rolls royce lol. It compliments my modified MK1 Focus RS very well.
  22. I_sidhu

    Just bought my first E60

    Just bought my first E60.. Had a E46 330d sport. Loved the car however I thought a upgrade is due. I always thought I would buy 535d sport. Always looked at them, but due to my 330d letting me down I had to buy a car. I ended up with a 2003 53reg 530i se. I must admit a complete opposite to everything I wanted. But this just looked right. A 1 owner car with FBMWSH and 86k on the clock.. Drives tight kick down was there and good response. After doing my fuels sums this car just was better for me to than buying a diesel. It's quiet, refined and good spec... However it won't be like this for long. I've bought a ALPINA splitter, a rear boot spoiler and a roof spoiler. Which are being prepped and ready to be painted. I'm currently looking for 19" ALPINA wheels. Which I'm struggling with. I have found one set on ebay however I think seller wants a bit too much for them. So if anybody selling any please let me know. Pics will be up soon and thank you for having me
  23. Rafeabrook

    530i V8 Touring Manual

    Hi folks, Just returned to this message board having ran a magazine featured E28 525e with a Fritz manual conversion a couple of years ago. I'm never far from my next BMW purchase despite having dalliances with 2 Porsches (944 and 928) and a (knackered) Alfa 3.0 24V 166 in between. Having left my full time job of 15 years to set up my own Wedding and Portrait Photography business http://www.rafeabrook.co.uk, I needed something practical, interesting and relatively cheap to buy and run, so the 928 had to go! Great car though, and would have gone up in value had I held onto it. So it needed to be a Touring, and as good as E39's are - they're still too common a sight for me and not the classic good looker that the E34 is. I wanted something 20+ years old so I could take it to a few local classic car shows come summer, and condition needed to be such that I wouldn't embarrass myself doing so! As much as I would have loved the 540i engine, I wanted a manual, and it needed to be a Touring. The one E34 540i Touring Manual for sale looked like it needed serious ££££ committing to it and wasn't exactly being given away as the owner clearly knew how few were left. So at the same time, my 530i Touring Manual was up for sale privately in bloody Aberdeen of all places, so I booked a one way flight from Luton and bought it sight unseen. The car drove me home 507 miles without any problem and the description on the eBay ad was honest enough, with the bodywork being the best I've seen on an E34 Touring. It needed the front ant roll bar reattaching, and it's now booked in for an Inspection 2 service as it hasn't been used much this past year (123k from new, full service history, and 1 owner up to late 2013!). There are so few unmodified cherished examples of these cars and I feel blessed to have one of them, despite having only paid £1450 for it! Yes the power of the 540i would have been nice but I couldn't afford to restore one, and the good ones are no doubt being kept by their owners. Rafe
  24. Morning gents (and ladies), It has been a while! I'm currently running a clean W202 C250TD Sport (OM605 Engine, 5 Cylinders) which has and is still being a bloody good car, enjoyable to drive, and has been the first car I've actually bonded with and 'got along with' since my E34 which is certainly saying something! However, I would like a bit more space so an estate is looking increasingly likely to come onto the scene. I'm looking at E39's, mainly 525i's, 530i's and 530d's. I would love a 530d but after reading and seeing reliability issues I know I would have to put in a substantial amount of time and effort even after buying one with FSH. I'm also familiar with the M54's weak points, mainly the rocker cover gasket leaking (My mum's E39 needs its' one doing soon), and the ABS module throwing a wobbly (done on my mum's one last year for £340 at BMWBitz Ltd). What else should I consider when looking at these motors? I realise that they are 'old' vehicles now so I'm not going to get a concourse one unless I pay a LOT of money, however I can't help but thinking I could pick up an M54 engined E39 which would be in better condition than many 530d's which will have been fiddled with but will be overpriced. Cheers, H
  25. Hi guys I am in the process of replacing the steering box on my 540i. I found a lot guides before I started how to do it. Unfortunately all of them seems to be for R6 engine. As you know on the V8 there much less space to work with. Where I am know: All the heatshields off hoses off box fixing bolts off pitman arm disconnected. I have everything undone with the box loose I am just not sure which way to remove it. I started to undo tie rod arm to try to move it towards back of the car and down but I am not sure is this the right way. I went through plenty of threads but everybody mainly focus on adjusting the box. Replacement instruction on e34.net is not very accurate. Have anyone done this before on the v8 and can recall how to the the box off the car ? Any advice welcome. Cheers.