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  1. SamC

    Clutch wont press down

    Hi All, I have a problem with my 520i where the clutch wont press down. It's compeltely solid so it can't be put into gear at all. Wasn't sure if there is a problem with the clutch itself or maybe some sort of blockage somewhere? Ant ideas would be great :) Cheers Sam video-1594551980.mp4
  2. My key fob (actually both fobs) have ceased to operate central locking on my e39 525i. It has been uncooperative for several weeks now, and I am less patient with opening the car via the key at this stage. I have been driving the car regularly since May (respecting the COVID-19 restrictions here in Ireland) so there should not be an issue with the charge in the fob. I did fit the Audio Grom BT3 bluetooth kit while e39 was garaged (thanks for the tip @d_a_n1979) and I am wondering if there is a connection between this and my central locking issue??? The bluetooth is working perfectly, by the way! Any troubleshooting advice for me on the key fob issue? Thanks Sid
  3. Hi! I have a BMW 523i Manual, The car has now picked up an issue. When the car is running you can move the gearstick into any gear with/without the clutch is in and the car won't go into gear. I'm just wondering if this is a small issue or more than likely a bigger issue. Any help is appriciated
  4. jonwil560115

    PDC issues

    Hoping someone can help with this! Have an issue with PDC at the rear of my 2001 E39 where if you turn the ignition to position 2 (dash lights on) and turn on the PDC and walk up to each they work fine. If I connect the laptop and view the output of all the sensors they can be seen to be working OK. However, if I start the car the sensors then go mental and start beeping away and the laptop shows they think they're detecting something - No error codes recorded Actions so far: I have replaced all the rear parking sensors All rear sensors click away fine I have replaced the PDC unit I have cleaned all the connections
  5. R44M BM

    Carbon Black ///M5

    Hi all, After years of procrastinating, I decided it was time to get my dream car (as a youth) The e39 was always a special car to me, the timeless and classic BMW looks and the "wolf in sheep's clothing" character. I had to itch this scratch and tick this off my bucket list! With prices slowly creeping up, the search had to begin! I decided to start looking for an e39 last year. I had a specific choice of specification: Black Facelift Black leather Titanium interior trim As standard as possible In October, I found one which seemed to tick my boxes in Wales and after confirming a price and arranging a deal, the seller decided he was keeping the car and did not end up selling the car to me. I was heartbroken. Many M5s have been on the market since but non caught my eye up until a few weeks ago. I set my eyes on a 2002 M5 which looked like it needed some TLC but ticked my boxes. Black, Facelift and with the interior I wanted. After seeing the car, it was clear it needed some loving as it has been parked up for some time and neglected however it was now or never and I wanted a car which needed (some) loving. After a test drive, the deal was done and I was the owner of a M5! Heres the Original Spec: Tyre Pressure Control Gradual Tint Windscreen Electric Steel Sunroof First Aid Kit and Triangle Smoker Package Individual Audio System Through Load System Park Distance Control Rain Sensor and Auto Light Activation On-Board Monitor with TV Cordless GSM Telephone BMW 6 Disc CD Changer Australia version Ski Bag Front Sliding Arm Rest CD Preparation She has some (subtle) mods - a tubi exhaust, window tints (they will be coming off ASAP!) and the previous owner ripped out most of the OEM sound system! My plan is to restore her to her former glory! I have a list of things I want to do! I have a few other cars in my Garage including a Stage 2 Golf R and Audi S5 (3.0 Supercharged)
  6. R10HWN

    I NEED HELP!!

    Can anyone help me source a black M Sport E39 (2002) bumper with PDC and headlight washers? I’ve cracked mine (in the photo)!!
  7. hunterbm

    E39 530 Touring - new wheels

    Hi all I have just picked up a 2001 530i touring. The plan is to get it serviced and then give it good clean up. I would also like to change the wheels. It currently has the original 16in turbine style wheels and would really like to fit some Alpina style wheels to it but would also like to go a little larger. Would a set of 18in wheels fill the arches up a bit more while still giving good ride comfort? What size tyres should i be looking at and do i need staggered wheels? Any advice really appreciated
  8. 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
  9. I serviced the e39 last week - but didn't replace spark plugs, as the PO replaced them 25K miles ago. I'm wondering how often everyone else replaces them? I read a US based site recommending change at 100k miles Keen to hear what's the norm here. Thanks Sid
  10. 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
  11. Hi folks, Just picked up my first E39 540i and thought I'd share it here. I'll hopefully get my hands dirty and try to do as much DIY as I could to avoid additional costs with the help of the abundance of information in this forum. Here she is on her first proper drive. Few things on my to do list currently. Sort out squealing on cold start up(I'll try and get a video up) Steering alignment, feels lopsided to the left. Rear sun blinds, have the replacement part but need a guide on how to replace it. All the guides I've found seems to be about retrofitting it. May just have to reverse engineer those guides
  12. SidMac

    Hello, I just landed

    Belated introduction, I joined a few weeks ago. I noted the requests for pics on other introductions - so I include a few here. I became the latest keeper of this e39 last August 2019 - and enjoyed her company for 3 months before taking her off the winter/salted roads. Originally sent to Japan from birth 2003 (06), came to Ireland in Nov 2010 - and been here since then. 525i Auto inline 6 pot. Silky smooth but comes with a few cosmetic blemishes - which, in due course, will be corrected. Can't wait to be back in the driving seat by end of April !!! All the best, Sid
  13. DerekJr.

    PDC silent treatment

    Hey guys, Looked all over the interweb for a cure, but to no avail. I've replaced my problematic PDC sensors, but now I have another problem (or one that existed along with the problematic sensors). Before I replaced my faulty sensors, whenever I selected Reverse, I would get a continuous error tone, and sometimes it would be silent (no tone, not even when getting close to things). I've replaced the faulty sensors and selected Reverse, and they worked the 1st time. "Great!" i thought. I locked the car and went back home. A few hours later, I went for a drive to the shop and when I selected reverse, there was not error tone, but there was also no beeps when getting close to objects. When I got home I selected reverse and still no sound. While still in reverse i decided to remove the bottom plug from the PDC module which caused the error tone to sound. I inserted the plug back in and it sounded the "beeps" presumably because I was standing behind the car, as I moved further away, there was more time between each beep (shows its working). I thought maybe it wasn't plugged in properly. I locked the car and went inside. A few hours later, I selected reverse and nothing. Again I unplugged the bottom plug and plugged it back it and the PDC came to life. Immediately after this, I switched off the ignition and locked the car. After a short period of time (3 seconds) I unlocked the car and selected Reverse and the PDC worked. A few hours later it didn't. Notes: There are no error codes in INPA, all the sensors are clicking (I can feel and hear them), car only has rear sensors (1999 E39) It's like once the car goes into sleep mode, I have to reset the PDC by unplugging and plugging it back it. Could the PDC module be faulty? Many thanks
  14. I have a 2001 E39 with business radio/CD. I bought the Intravee II to use it for ipod integration. Currently has firmware V6.02-7155. It looks like it maybe in UI mode 2. I can't find the extra menu or many other of the UI mode 2 options. I tried to set UI mode 2 through the radio with the on/off/</>/on/off and set CD 9-04, but don't have the scan key, I tried clock key but that just sets the clock, I also tied the soft CS key, but nothing saves the UI mode. When I go to set it again, it's back at CD 9-02. I tried setting the UI mode 4 using the command line (setui 4) with downloader-v7.50-44 on a PC w/RS232 and it took the command, but I still don't think the unit is in UI mode 4. The ipod plays music and I can use the radio and steering wheel controls for basic operations, but I thought I'd get more, including the extras menu. Maybe my E39 is too old for UI mode 4? Maybe I don't have the right radio type for UI mode 4? I don't get anything extra in the instrument cluster besides basic info like temp/mpg/avg/speed/miles left in gas tank and that's it. From what I've read, my radio is too old to be able to connect an aux in, that's why I got the Intravee II. I've had an Intravee II in my E86 with NAV for over 12 years and it has worked really well, really like the extras, especially with the NAV screen. I included a pic of a radio that looks just like mine to show which buttons I have.
  15. Eskerman

    2002 E39 2L Petrol

    I have had a couple of E39s some years ago.. including a 540 Touring .. money pit but thats another story. I was offered a one owner from new 2002 E39 2L Petrol / Auto / leather with 100k and full service history.. its been lying up for about a year. Looks spotless inside - very tidy under the bonnet and jacking points are good and no visible rust - still need to ramp it to check but it seems to be fine - tried to start it yesterday and zilch .. turns over but wont fire. I will pop a code reader on to see if it throws up any codes or faults - crank sensors or immobiliser / fuel pump all the usual suspects Any advice on what else I need to check - and what would you pay in the UK for similar car.. Thanks and regards Paul
  16. 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
  17. Hey, does anyone have or know where i can get a manual drivers side mirror in high gloss/ shadow line- don't mind what colour it is as i can get it repainted but in Stirling Grey would be ideal. Thanks.
  18. ingvaldsen

    BMW e39 Webasto

    Hello guys ! i have a problem right now..... my webasto circuitboard was damaged so i have sent it to france to get repaired but this will take its time since its christmas and i live in Norway and i need it for christmas. so i am wondering if i can use a ecu from e46 webasto in an e39 ? i see that many people list their webasto for sale and write that they all are combitable with e38, 39, e46 and e53..... they have different number but they should do the same job or am i wrong ?? i hope some of you know any facts about this
  19. Autofold but not heated in Sapphire black. Not OEM, not sure what make. It works but clicks a few times when folding out/down. £25 posted?
  20. 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.
  21. Dbcrd

    Android Mounting Bracket

    I'm posting in the e39 section rather than audio as my question is model specific. I'm looking into installing a Chinese OEM fit android head unit. I've read the forums extensively and have a formed a view of the risks. I think I've established much of what I need to know to start on this though I may need advice later. While I build up the bits I need I'm looking for advice. My existing unit is a one piece radio cassette and I will be dismantling the dash and removing a cage that looks like this: Once I do that it appears that I could mount the android unit with no frame at all and I also read that the brackets that come with them are not much use. I'm thinking of adding the OEM Nav Bracket 7044008: Has anyone any advice or experience please? Wil this work and will it achieve anything?
  22. I'm in the middle of fitting an android head unit to repalce a BMW business cassette in a 2002 touring. I removed the radio and the cage and disconnected the quadlock. Across the two rows of larger leaf contacts were two blue blanking plates just as in the picture I found on the internet. I've removed them and plugged in and all seems to work. Can anyone tell me what these blue plates are for as there were pins in both the old and new head unit that it would seen these get in the way of. Thanks
  23. Hello, this is my first post on this forum; I've found lots of answers here previously, but can't find the answer to this one. My car is a 2003 E39 530D Sport Touring, and I'm having quite a few electrical gremlins at the moment. The battery was on its last legs so I've replaced that, but still have several issues to track down and want to check/clear some errors using INPA. The problem is, I can only read and reset errors on some modules on the car, other modules return the error: 'IFH0009 no response from control unit'. I'm using an old laptop running XP and INPA 5.02. I bought a USB-OBD EDIABAS cable which came with INPA and other BMW software. The installation worked for several modules and allows me to read and clear faults etc., but for other modules it won't connect. I did a lot of searching and found some guides which mentioned using a VAGCOM cable with FT232RL chip, so thinking the cable might be causing the problems, I bought one of these and installed a new driver for it. I still have the same problem, I can only connect to some modules. I also found online a later (mainly German language) version of INPA (5.06) and installed it under Windows 7 on another laptop. It also only permits access to some modules (I think the same ones) using either cable. Modules I can't access include the Airbag, Air Suspension unit, AC, Immobiliser EWS, Rain & Light sensor RLS, Cruise Control GR2 and Central Body Electronics ZKE3. I'm pretty certain all of these are fitted to the car. Does anyone else have similar problems, or can you access all the modules on your car using INPA?
  24. Hi all, new here and looking for advice, please. I bought an E39, 2002 BMW E39-530i sport LCI facelift last weekend, never had one before. Some pictures attached. I previously had a 2006 BMW E60 525d M sport (my first bimmer) with DPF issues; the car is now gone...(long story) This E39 has done around 76k miles and drives beautifully. I want to keep the value of the car; I don't drive much, mostly on weekends out with the family here and there weekdays sometimes. The advice I would like is head unit related, please. should I change or keep original - does this affect value? The mid-unit has pixels missing. I was thinking of getting an eBay replacement (£120+), as replacing the screen will cost about the same or more on the current unit. I am not confident in doing this job myself. However, there is no AUX or Bluetooth, so hoping I can fit the AUX if my car is a late 2002 production into the current system. or I buy an OEM looking head unit with the android system (with all the buttons) or an all-screen one. This costs more. I want to be able to connect my phone audio really, maybe answer calls as secondary, I can use my phone as a sat nav, but not sure what could affect the future value of the car. Also, the mid-unit has this phone/tel button not sure what even does? Thank you in advance. Imran
  25. I'm pulling together parts for a new project that includes a head unit and reverse camera in a 2002 touring. I've bought a reverse camera and wireless kit to avoid taking video cable from the boot to the front. I plan take a reverse signal via a relay from the loom in the back (in the roof by the speaker probably) and that will feed the camera and transmitter so they are not on all the time. So the work at the back I am probably ok with. At the front by the head unit another relay for the receiver and the trigger wire for the head unit was the plan. The problem is picking up a reverse light power signal at the front. I've done a fair amount of searching and it looks like either run a wire to the reverse switch by the gear stick or another forum said there may be wires associated with the auto dip rear view mirror somewhere in the dash or in passenger footwell (US forum) so maybe on the right. Any ideas please where to find a wire live when reverse is selected?
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