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  1. Hi All, So i have a very odd intermittent issue with my passenger side auto dimming mirror, basically the drivers side and rear view mirror both dim as you would expect when its bright behind but the passenger side does not, however, if I flick the switch over to move the mirror, adjust it down and up a few clicks, then flick the switch back to drivers side it starts working again.. does this every single time without fail.. If it was a loose connection id expect it not to work all the time, or on and off occasionally without me having to intervene.. also thought could be a dry joint, but in reality have no idea.. has anyone had similar or any ideas how to remove the cover so I can see if the connector is loose? Cheers
  2. Larkey106

    2018 530e - Gearbox slipping?

    Hello all, My first post - will spend some time exploring and hopefully become a regular viewer. over the last couple of days my gearbox appears to be playing up. i have a 2018 530e with 12k miles. On all occasions it has been driving in sport mode. first time was when going from drive to reverse to park at home and the car felt like it made a Big Bang before going into gear. today on 3 occasions it seemed to struggle when stationary changing gear - once mid way on a roundabout! not had it happen in comfort mode as yet. any one else had the issue? Dealer visit needed?  thanks  paul
  3. Steve540

    540iA transmission grumble

    My 97 540iA has decided to develop a grinding noise when under loading. When you put your foot on the accelerator at cruising speeds there is an awful grinding noise from the transmission. The revs also fluctuate slightly. Once your foot is either lifted off or pressed harder into the pedal the noise stops.It used to only happen at like 50mph in 5th and 30mph in 4th when the car needed to change gear but its not happening more often in a wider range of speeds and gears.The best way to grasp what I'm saying is by listening to the videoIn the video I have my foot on the pedal maintaining a constant speed which causes grinding. Im lifting my foot off and on to make the grinding more noticeable. Pressing too hard results in the car changing into a lower gear which is what I do in the end of the video.Thanks for your time
  4. 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
  5. Driving to work this morning as usual in my 2009 E60 520d auto, cruising along the dual carriageway around 70mph and got the dreaded 'bong' and 'transmission failure' displayed on the idrive. Car felt no different at speed but when I had stopped in the que for the work car park when pulling away it was very sluggish and reluctant to move, but once it got going it was ok. Reverse parked into my usual space, reverse worked fine, stopped the car killed the engine, waited a couple of minutes and started it again, no errors. Took it for a run around the car park and no issues. The car is still under warranty for the next week and a bit so im going to give the garage a call today and get it in but just wondering if anyone has had similar issues and what the diagnosis was?
  6. NuckingFuts

    Auto Gearbox Specialist

    Can anyone recommend a workshop that specialises in automatic gearboxes? I'm finding that when i put my foot down, the car really jerks under boost, and the gearbox light comes on, on the dash. it will go away after a while but shouldn't really do that when foot is to the floor. cold/warm starts isn't part of the problem as it happens at any time. under normal driving conditions, the auto box is fine, a bit lethargic, but otherwise ok. Will be getting it plugged in to the laptop this weekend, and do have a 'wanted' post out in the classified section, albeit not the most descriptive, asking for manual conversion bits. Thanks
  7. 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?
  8. Hello, i have been browsing for a couple of days now. Im located in Derbyshire, here is my newly aquired BMW E39 530D MSport Auto: Not the best of photo's but hey-ho! , Im looking at tidying the car up a little. First of all i will just be tidying the rust up, changing the termostat as this sticks open sometimes and servicing the car for now. I have previously owned an E36 Saloon 323i in blue and an E36 Coupe 323i in hellrot red. The car has done 160k miles with full service history, however none of these mention a gearbox service which worries me a little so i am also looking at getting this done, but overall i am really impressed with the car. If anyone has any tips or suggestions, i am all ears . Anyway i won't bore you all with anymore information about me! Cheers
  9. Tims

    Breaking 1999 E39 535 Auto

    1999 E39 535 Auto in for breaking, with an option's list as long as your arm, see below. The sport bumper's are in a bad way, apart from that it is all up for grabs Transmision HECK Gearbox AUT Colour BIARRITZBLAU METALLIC (363) Upholstery STANDARDLEDER/GRAU (N6TT) Prod. date 1999-10-28 Order options No. Description 261 SIDE AIRBAG FOR REAR PASSENGERS 265 TIRE PRESSURE CONTROL (RDC) 302 ALARM SYSTEM 337 M SPORT PACKAGE 339 SATIN CHROME 354 GREEN STRIPE WINDSCREEN 416 SUNBLINDS 428 WARNING TRIANGLE 430 INT/EXT RR VW MIRROR W AUT ANTI-DAZZLE 434 INTERIOR TRIM 441 SMOKERS PACKAGE 481 SPORT SEATS F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER 494 SEAT HEATING F DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER 500 HEADLIGHT WASHER SYS/INTENSIVE CLEANING 508 PARK DISTANCE CONTROL (PDC) 522 XENON LIGHT 694 PREPARATION FOR CD CHANGER 705 M SPORT SUSPENSION II 710 M LEATHER STEERING WHEEL 715 M AERODYNAMICS PACKAGE 761 INDIVIDUAL SUN PROTECTION GLAZING 775 INDIVIDUAL ROOF-LINING ANTHRACITE 785 WHITE DIRECTION INDICATOR LIGHTS 788 M LT/ALY WHEELS 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 210 DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL (DSC) 473 ARMREST, FRONT 520 FOGLIGHTS 534 AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONING 555 ON-BOARD COMPUTER 665 RADIO BMW BUSINESS 853 LANGUAGE VERSION ENGLISH
  10. I used this car as a stopgap runaround, and I'm going to be completely honest in that I think it's too far gone to realistically bring back to a sensible standard but it's still too good to scrap and could make a decent winter snotter. It does have a fault, the engine will cut out after it's been running for a while and will then refuse to restart until it's been sat for half an hour or so at which point it restarts easily on the first turn of the key. When actually driving it seems to be fine, but when the revs drop off it's more likely to do it. This can take anywhere between an hour and a half to twenty minutes to show up. I thought it was probably the usual E39 fuel pump or fuel pump relay, so they've both been swapped out but the problem is still there. We're now down to sensors. I've not got easy access to a code reader but a mate cleared the codes off for me a week or so back and the only one that persisted was the inlet cam sensor. While I think that could cause the stalling issue I don't think it would cause the no-restart problem. I have a new replacement for it but it's not fitted yet. Could be one of the other cam sensors, could be the fuel filter needs replacing, could be........ ? Basically it's beaten me, I can change easy parts but I'm no mechanic and I just don't have the time, space or facilities to fix the old girl up. We have three other cars in the family so we're out of space and she really needs to go. Other than the usual dings and scrapes the bodywork is basically sound. It's taken a scrape to the front of one of the wings which is down to the metal but not rusting yet, there's a ding in the top of the boot lid. The paintwork is pretty tired, It's swirled and there is a dinner plate sized scab of lacquer peel on the bonnet. At one point this was clearly a cherished car, the service book is stamped on the dot up to 150k miles and there are tons of supporting invoices. MoT history shows that it's failed on various wear and tear items over the years since which is an odd thing to point out perhaps, but the thing is that they've all been fixed so you can track what's been done to it. Current MoT until August with no advisories. 215k on the clock, no service history since 150k miles but the MoT history backs up the mileage. Gearbox shifts smoothly and goes through all the gears as it should, tiptronic works. Decent set of Style 50 wheels, tyres are el-cheapo budgets but have decent tread left, the tyres are out of shape however so at 70 they put a vibration through the car. I was in the process of sorting out a set of winters for it but not being able to correct the fault put a stop to that. M steering wheel with working cruise. There is evidence of recent maintenance, air filter looks new, radiator looks recent, brakes look recent. No warning lights on the dash. Brakes in a straight line with no juddering. Steering is a bit vague so I suspect some bushes or arms would be needed when the MoT next rolls around but it's in no way dangerous or wondering around the road, it's just not as sharp as an E39 can be. Comfort seats in brown leather, obviously well used but not ripped or torn. Exhaust is noisy but sound, it's got a cheap system on it. LPG system works perfectly, however there is a whiff of gas when the car comes to a halt so I suspect either a joint needs tightening or there is a perished/damaged rubber pipe. I drove it for 200 miles on gas before noticing the smell, but obviously I'd recommend getting it sorted! In case you don't know how these things work, when the LPG system is not active the pipework is isolated by a soleniod in the tank so there is no risk of a gas leak when the system isn't in use. There is a large (70l I think) cylinder tank in the boot so still room under the floor for a spare wheel. Personally I think towing would be advisable. I took it out for a test drive yesterday after replacing the fuel pump and it ran for about half an hour before eventually cutting out while idling on my drive but I just can't say when it's going to do it again. If you're local you might get away with it, or you might not. It also has the torch in the glovebox and the boot tool kit is present and correct - that's got to be worth the asking price on it's own Given the LPG system, the decent alloys and the steering wheel someone could easily make the asking price back by breaking the car or if you can correct the fault you could probably turn a profit on it. Has 1/4 of a tank of petrol and 3/4 of a tank of LPG so there's over £50 of fuel to use up too! I also have a set of Style 48 wheels in decent nick with a mix of tyres but they're all legal, one is down to 1.6mm on one half of the tyre with 2-3mm on the rest of the width but the others are all 3mm+. It is what it is, £350 takes it or £450 with the Style 48's. I'm based in Thatcham, Berkshire which is just outside Newbury and close to Reading.
  11. Rafeabrook

    E34 525i Sport Auto Valuation

    Hi folks, Anyone hazard a guess as to the rough value of a 1994 Avus Blue E34 saloon 525i Sport Auto with 120k on the clock? Service history, and assume everything works, and clean bodywork with a few minor bodywork marks but no dents or serious rust. I believe the car sits on Para's and has sport leather seats as well. Am going to go for a proper look tomorrow. I may have the opportunity to pick one up locally very cheap and fix it up for resale (needs a small dent fixing and alloy refurb). I know manual would have more value than Auto but the rest of the spec seems bang on. Thanks! Rafe
  12. Hi, Purchased an E39 540 Auto yesterday, quite pleased with it but there's a gearbox issue that I only discovered after handing over the cash... The box snatches 1st and reverse when warm, it feels like it's slipping for a second or two first, otherwise it seems fine. I'm told it developed this fault after it had an oil and filter change and going through the recipts it looks like they've used Carlube XTU001 universal fluid.. I'm assuming this oil doesn't meet the required spec? My question really is will this have screwed the gearbox or can I still save it by changing the fluid and filter again with the correct stuff. Car is a 2001 and has done 150k Cheers
  13. Hi guys i have a 57 plate 520d auto m sport, and i believeit has a M47 engine init. I have read that alot ofnpeople talk about swirl flaps and removing them. I have a few Q's regarding them: 1 - what are they and what do they do? 2 - why should i remove it and what are advantages/disadvantages 3 - what size blanking plates do i need 22mm or 32mm? And where do you recommend me going 4 - approx how much should a indy charge to do the job? Thanks
  14. Hi im wondering if anyone can help me with this problem I am having - I recently upgraded my headlights to H7 HID kit on my 520d Msport Lci Step Auto - everything was going fine but then I noticed when I switch the HID lights on I get a little jerk in my car. It does not happen all the time, just on the odd occasion. If I am driving in Manual mode, it either automatically drops my gear down or if i am slowing down/standstill in traffic and I switch the light on I get the jerk and it changes the gear to DS Or if i am driving in D the little orange light on the gearbox goes out for a split second and lights back up, also this results in my gear to drop down automatically (only notice it as my revs increase). Its a bit hard to explain so sorry if i have confused you all - its like whenever it happens its like theres an extra volt that goes through the car to initially power up the H7 bulbs and thats what is causing the issue - but i may be wrong. I know bulbs have nothing to do with the auto gearbox, but as that auto gearbox also gets some sort of power supply from the battery, thought this may all be interlinked. Any one experienced this before? Or any advice on what i can do? I really like the HID upgrade I have got and do not want to get rid just coz of this jerk issue I am having. Also dont know if the problem is interlinked, I have 10w CREE LED AE bulbs in which flicker when the car is initially started and I have also got white LED number plate bulbs with a built in resistor (these have never flickered though when the car is started or AE or H7 bulbs are switched on)
  15. Bennybear

    Gearbox issues fixed

    Hi all, Just thought I'd share my recent good fortune in fixing my cars gear box. In the hopes it may be able to help someone else out there looking at the prospect of paying £1500 for a box rebuild on a car worth £4-5k I'm running a 530 sport auto at present, the car hasn’t skipped a beat. Ever. Apart from, starting a few months ago, almost every time I started the car from cold the gear box would go into limp mode with the cog appearing on the dash. Every time this happened a quick turn off and on again would remedy the problem. It occurred to me that this only happened after the car had been switched off for a while and therefore made me wonder if it could be battery related? I recently returned home from holiday and found the car‘s battery completely flat, so I went and bought a new one. Since fitting the new battery problem has completely stopped. I've waited 3 weeks and many time driving the car to report this incase it was just a coincidence. Just wondering how many people may have had a box rebuild when possibly they didn’t need it? Hope this helps at least one of you! Ben
  16. Hi gang, For those of you that tow a decent sized trailer regularly, have you had to make any other modifications to your e39 to make sure it's reliable? Specifically, adding an aux cooler for the trans, or do anything to the OEM cooling system? I recently purchased a towbar from a member here to mount on our 2000 540it. For whatever reason BMW didn't offer them for long in the States, probably to pus the X5 instead. So finding anybody Stateside that tows with an e39 is rare. We'd like to tow a 1000-1500 kg travel trailer around for a few weeks this summer, and I'm worried about overheating her, or blowing the trans. Our touring is a 540it with the self levelling rear suspention, and the towbar is a witter fixed ball model rated to 2000 kg. I'm mostly worried about heat killing the engine or trans. Any other suggestions / tips/ tricks welcome too! Thanks! Ian - Portlandia, Oregon USA
  17. After much deliberation and family confusion as to why I was giving away a mechanically perfect BMW that's been given to me, I've decided to get rid of the E39. It's not been an easy decision, but poking around on eBay for lightweight seats and on forums for "the weight of an E39 sunroof", I hope you will all agree, has made passing my car on to the most responsible driver in my family, and one who is against modifying any aspect of the car, the best thing to do. At least for the car! My dad's going to take it over for a while. Who knows after that, but it will remain in our family. I've switched the lamps back to standard, never fitted the new interior, but have kept the 16" alloys (15" ones gave it scary handling round tight corners). What am I going onto now? A slightly ropey E36 328i. A sum total of 186,000 miles (but had the engine replaced around 80k ago due to nikasil issue and has had new suspension brakes and serviced week before I picked it up). Has the M50 manifold already on it and it cost me, with 3 days tax and 6 months (ish) MOT, £601! Not a bad find afterall. I've started a thread on E36coupe if anyone wants to keep up. As for the E39. I'll be updating the mileage register as my dad goes along and will update pics on my thread when I successfully convince him to sort out the scratches on the leather and on the outside. And, for that last drive, what did I do you cry? Well I did my longest ever drive. After a 9 hour day at work, jumped into the car and drove from South London to Sheffield and then went past Birmingham to South West Wales. A mix of town driving, evening cruising, license-losing A-road beating and country road nosing around. The car managed around 440 miles before the fuel light came on, which I thought was exceptional. It still reckoned it could go another 40 miles. That was two days ago. I've just completed a 240 mile journey back from Wales. So 680 miles in one long weekend. Unfortunately that Journey has reminded me just how good the E39s are at doing this stuff, you might see me again in an E39, probably a fully loaded manual 530i or perhaps an M5. I may have only about 200 posts but thought I should post a conclusion to my E39 ownership. It's been epically comfortable.
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