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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  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. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. 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?
  16. Infantry140

    530d 142kw terrible engine sound

    Hey guys, i have fixed rail pressure and everything around that, but here i come with new problem... When i rev the engine to around 2k it starts making this noise, up to 3k, then FUEL INJECT. SYSTEM error comes up. changed already: - regulator valve on HP pump - rail pressure sensor - pressure sensor on fuel filter - fuel filter - fuel hoses but not BMW OEMs, universal ones - fuel pump under the car PIERBURG here is the video of it: Thanks for the input
  17. V_MAX

    e39 in autumn woods 2019

    From the album: My 523i

    This picture was taken in the woods this autoumn (2019) Although this model was designed in the year 1995 it still represents one of BMW''s best designes ever after 24 years, that's my opinion.
  18. Hi, I have previously tried to find my Bluetooth unit to find the pin, I've been able to remove most of the boot cover and the spare wheel cover below it. They just pull out but I am left with another strip of cover up to the back seats. There is one torx screw in the middle you can see but that's all I can see to remove that cover. I prised it up to get to the bluetooth unit but now my air suspension is leaking which is also under there so now I need to remove it. Any ideas how it comes up, I can't find any YouTube videos! Cheers, Graham
  19. greykhan

    Speed bumps damage

    Hi all, I've noticed since getting my E39, if I drive over those speed bumps with gaps that in most cars can drive centrally over, something hits/scrapes at the bottom. I've had a look under the car and nothing appears to be damaged or sticking out. The car I believe is standard in terms of lowering/suspension and I have been ultra-cautious since it happened a few times slowing traffic (really annoying). Never had this issue on the E60. something common for the E39 you guys have experienced? Thanks
  20. BIGYIN

    LCM111b e39 530d problem

    Hi newbie here need help with LCM 111b ,got an identical numbered one.Fitted all connectors and all lights work but dash indicates right rear bulb out, there is not, was told it needs coding ,thought ok put it all back together, now with problem front right halo on left rear tail on binnacle lights on and wipers do random sweeps.No lights, indicators, god knows what else.milage reads correct.Does anyone know if coding will fix this, dont want to pull it apart again my knees, back,and possibly sanity at risk. Im in south EDINBURGH anyone nearby that do coding? or can recomend who to contact apart from STEALERSHIP!!! Thanks BIGYIN
  21. 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
  22. Here are my two E39's (kinda). Finally got some decent pictures taken and it would be nice to share with others on here some images and ownership details given the amount of pleasure I have had over the last few months looking at the threads of fellow members. The B10 was my first V8 purchase after hankering after an M5 since I was a nipper. Unfortunately I didn't have sufficient funds at the time to go solo so I had to go halves with my old man. Problem is he wanted an auto which put the stoppers on the M5 dream, although a B10 is no bad substitute! I found this example on PH with 121k miles which checked out well and had been well known on the Alpina Register pretty much all its life. It had been undersealed from new and had a rebuilt gearbox and numerous other new bits recently replaced. Since then its had a fortune spent on it to make sure its as tight as a drum including a total front suspension rebuild, all new cooling system, full brake system replacement, all arches, front sills, boot seam repainted and waxoiled along with the whole front end to get rid of stone chips along with loads of other bits. As a result she looks and drives fantastically well, as you would expect. Here are a few pics from the other day after a journey to and from York (hence she is a touch dirty). If the car looks familiar to regular visitors to PH its because the previous owner featured it on PH Carpool a few years back. Here is the link if anyone is interested. http://www.pistonheads.com/regulars/ph-carpool/carpool-alpina-b10-e39/25645 You will note that I removed the stripes! A tad controversial perhaps but I thought they dated the car and weren't factory Alpina decals. Late last year I sold my share to my old man (although I still look after it and get to drive it regularly...Bonus!) purely because my hankering after an E39 M5 never went away, in fact sampling the B10 just made me want one even more. Given prices were noticeably on the rise I decided to act fast before I was priced out of the market, so the hunt was on. I viewed a few 'minters' which turned out to be total sheds before spotting an LMB facelift in Glasgow with 107k on the clock. Initially I really wanted a Silverstone Blue car but I couldn't find a nice one so decided to get myself to Scotland. It turned out to be a lovely example and I was cruising down the M6 the same day. Its a great spec with extended leather doorcards & lower dash, sunroof, alcantara headlining and titanline trim. Here are a few pics Sitting next to the daily & track slag Clio 182 Added a Royal Steering Wheel (brilliant addition, same as on the B10), a ZHP gearknob and E90 sat nav buttons. Needless to say I absolutely love it, it has surpassed my (high) expectations and is getting under my skin in a way that only one other car has done (my 2010 Focus RS). I often get asked how the B10 and the M5 compare, well, they drive very differently despite the similarities to the uninitiated. The B10 rides amazing well and the auto box is great around town yet provides a surprisingly sporty nature when using the paddles and it handles really well indeed. The M5 on the other hand feels a lot stiffer, has quicker steering and is far more physical to drive (which I prefer) and generally feels far sportier. In terms of outright performance they are quite closely matched, with the quick shifting box of the B10 keeping it on the boil easily, although the M5 has the edge. Both are epic machines though and I would totally understand someone owning both at the same time as they deliver very different experiences. More pictures and updates to come.
  23. Found these hiding behind intake manifold should these be plugged in 2x 4 pin round connectors 2002 530i e39
  24. I am looking for a fuel pump for E39 2002 / Petrol 2.2ltr if anybody can help
  25. Eskerman

    Irish Newbie

    Hello from Ireland I have had few BWMs on and off over the past 35 years and I was recently tempted to buy one owner from new E39.. 2002 / 2L petrol. I haven't pulled the trigger on it yet... but..! Regards Paul