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  1. Paj

    Paj's E60 525d SE Project

    Hi Well I thought I'd bore you to death with my E60 project. I've had a few Mini's and BMW's over the years which have all been great cars and I probably sold them too soon. I was looking for a 6 cylinder E60, ideally as new as possible but on my tight budget of £3-3.5k. Unfortunately the newer cars were either rough or had something wrong with them and then in early November 2018 I found this...... It is a much loved and well spec'd 06/06 525d SE manual pre LCI. It had a new MOT and 108k on the clock. It also had full BMW history up to 99k including new front brakes and the seller then threw in an oil change service and 6 months Platinum warranty. Main spec upgrades are full electric heated leather seats, elec steering wheel, Dynamic Xenon's and voice controlled Pro Nav. All this for £3.6k. I had to wait a week before I could pick it up from near Crawley. That was the longest week ever!!!!! The drive home was so smooth and I was already starting to plan what I would do to her. I've just got to remember I'm on a tight budget..... I've decided to keep things subtle and any changes will be bolt on, bolt off. This is so I can take any mods onto the next E60. So what have I been doing over the winter months? Mainly getting her mechanically sound and buying the parts ready to add, so here goes. Week 1 was lighting, I would say a nice and easy start but changing angle eye lamps is a right palaver. I also added silver indicators lamps to the rear and side repeaters. I've got new front fogs but still haven't fitted them. As Christmas Eve was a pleasant day (and our Turkey was cooking in the oven) I decided to give mine and my son's car a wash. This is when I discovered my scuttle drains were slightly blocked but worse than that, the tiny drain holes in the rear door were totally blocked. This caused water to run from behind the door card and into the rear foot well. I now check the tiny holes in all the doors!!! I've also found water in the boot, This was due to the boot vent rubber curling up and allowing spray through. This has been cured by warming the rubber flap and "ironing" it flat. In the New Year I found these MV2's for sale in Wells, Somerset. I met a top bloke called Darren and bought them sharpish. They are in great condition and 1 alloy is almost new with decent tyres too. Darren now has 19" Spiders adorning his gorgeous 525d MSport. Here are some before and after pic's, as you can see the back axle is crying out for some spacers.....more of that later. Once the wheels were fitted I had a 4 wheel alignment. I decided this as I had a slight wobble at 70mph and the steering wheel was off centre. She now drives straight and smooth, below is the final print out. It was almost all red before they started adjusting. A massive thanks to Autotechnic's Blandford for the mechanical support!!!! I've always been a fan of car audio. I even competed in the IASCA Sound Off's during the late 90's. My Cavalier and I did quite well and travelled the UK (from Belfast to Brighton) taking on some awesome installs in the Point Of Reference category. I finally made the UK finals at Wembley. Here are some old photos. Anyway, my E60 needed some improved sounds and by chance I saw an ad on this Forum. "Lildonut" (AKA Stu) was selling a new pair of Earthquake SWS-8's. Also he was kind enough to met me halfway and we had a great chat about all things 5, during which I said "I'm after spacers for the back axle." well I couldn't believe it but Stu had 3 12mm spacers that I could have. So I fitted the spacers as soon as possible and here are some before and afters. When I lowered the jacks the suspension looked a bit high but it has now settled to the correct height. With the improving weather I've been able to get on with my ICE install this weekend. Once the battery was disconnected and seats removed I was able to get on with running cables and install the under seat subs. The sound from these earthquakes is amazing and they will only get better as they "bed in" and I set up the sound stage. As I have the Pro Nav CCC iDrive I decided to take the sound from the old sub speaker cables. I then fed this high level signal into a Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty Line Driver. This then converts it to a line level RCA output but with lots of oomph. I have located it under the passenger seat so the high level inputs are as short as possible. The Rocky Fosgate then sends a lovely clean signal to my DLS 4 channel amplifier. The DLS is a very adjustable, flexible and powerful amp. (For info - I have piggybacked the remote power line to fuse 66 in the boot. This turns the ICE equipment off about 30-40 minutes after turning the car off. The amp location and wiring termination is temporary until I finalise my system design) The amp drives the Earthquarke Subs and a set of 10cm Vibe Components. These were easy to fit once I'd modified the (Ebay supplied) adaptor plates. I needed to machine the 3 holes slightly and cut a lug so they fitted flush. End of Part 1
  2. Hi All, it would seem that me looking for answers on here regarding issues with my car is becoming a recurring problem As I got in my BMW E60 5 SERIES this morning it wouldn’t start. It came up with a yellow (not red) symbol on the dashboard and a fault code on the built in I Drive system Saying “Electro-mechanical steering wheel lock system(ELV) is inhibiting engine start, Move steering wheel in order to start engine” however, the steering wheel is locked and doesn’t move or hardly even wiggle from side to side. This is causing my car not to start. Any ideas on how to resolve? i’ve tried bypassing this by calling a local mechanic out to try and clear all the codes on the car with the diagnostics computer but this doesn’t seem to be working thanks in advance!
  3. Horsey

    BMW Documentation

    Hi all, Over the years I have managed to accumulate various pieces of BMW documentation from an assortment of sites and sources. I thought it time to place them all in one location where everyone can access them. They are available from my Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxDd4Jzlov8Efmg5VVVEaTZVYkplN3MzaGZLQUEzaWFjU0luMl81cW9oSGxlOENGbTlKQW8&usp=sharing The folder currently contains the following: E60 engineer training modules; M Division documentation; Various E60 manuals and guides, and an assortment of BMW presentations. As I find more I will upload them to the Drive and update this post. Mods - Bearing this in mind, perhaps it would be handy to make this pinned? Best, Horsey *Please note I do not own the documents or claim to be the author of them*
  4. Xja87

    Dynamic Drive problem

    Hi guys! Need some help with my 04 530d. Got the «Dynamic Drive failure» in iDrive. Checked for codes in Ista and it says «Supply lateral acceleration sensor». So I got one new sensor changed it, but nothing changed. I know there’s two sensors, but when I mesaure the connection going into the sensors, I read 0,04V with ignition on, and after a while I could only read 0V going into the sensors.. so it’s not getting any power. Checked fuse and it’s fine. What to check next? Controll unit? The ARS sway bar in the front is leaking and covered in oil, but I should still be getting power to the sensors?
  5. hi there Weird defect. When reversing engine shut-off. Took longer then usually to restart. When started, computer announced that car is in limp mode. Later same day I've scanned errors with simple OBD reader. Crankshaft position sensor cooked. Sensor replaced error erased and car still in limp mode and CPS error is back. Any idea what else would trigger that error? Regards Pete
  6. Xja87

    MAF question

    Hey guys! I’ve been having a rough idle and kind of jerking/stalling whilst driving. And I noticed once I unplugged the MAF, the car runs just fine. However, I now replaced the MAF and reseted the adaptions in ISTA, but the car still runs poor — and normal without it plugged in.. and I also noticed that the new MAF won’t read new values, when I enter adaptions and try to reset it again after driving for a few days it says 0.0 values... any guesses??!!
  7. Hi all, I’ve resorted to this online forum as none of the several Mechanical garages I’ve asked can locate and resolve my issue. It’s a 525d e60 and After I drive it for about 30 minutes (Possibly Just happens when the car warms up In that case ) The car start to sound like an tractor, it’s like a deep metallic kind of sound that comes from the exhaust and as the revs rise, it feels like the turbo loses power and comes in and out constantly. it doesn’t make the noise whilst the car is still either. It does that until I put my foot down and thrash the car which is the only way for it to go back to normal. - I will also add (this happens every time I drive the car) that when taking my foot off the accelerator, the car makes some of ‘Peww’ kind of noise which is the only way I can describe it a little bit like some sort of dump valve. When the car starts to sound like a tractor this odd noise doesn’t happen. Which makes me think it could be some sort of sensor perhaps? I’ve checked all of the inter cooler hoses and cannot find no issues there. Has anybody ever had any experience of this, or could know the issue of this? Thank you in advance
  8. Mantvydas

    BMW E61 Rear fog lights as drl

    Hello, im newbie here, found that this forum is very friendly and helpfull, already got a bunch of help for coding and etc. I would like to ask some question, one day i was looking at mine e61 (pre-FL) and decided that rear look of the car looks much better when rear fog lights is on. It is possible to somehow code them to run all the time with drl? Also by lowering voltage by bit, so they wont blind people behind me. Was searching all over the internet to get my answer without a luck, sorry if there is already answer to my question in the forum. Will wait for replies!
  9. I have a BMW e60 520D M47 that suddenly lost power when driving and start aggressively shaking, suddenly then power would come back and did this a few times. By the time i got home the car was stalling trying to pull away and was idling really badly and eventually it would stop starting all together, it tries to start bud shakes the whole car aggressively and puts out a lot of black smoke out of the exhaust. I have scanned the car with Inpa and dis and no codes are being stored apart from glow plug errors. I have changed injectors to a known good set and checked fuel pressure while starting and this seems fine. I have moved the turbo actuator by hand to make sure this was not seized. I have been told it could be a timing chain issue but i didn't know what to think as apparently these engine are not prone to the same issues as the newer N47 I am now stuck and would really appreciate your guys advice before i decide to strip the car or get the engine replaced. I have attached a youtube video of the car trying to start. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqw6mzgp848
  10. Evening guys, I'm just gonna lay everything out here and hope that someone has had something similar. E60 '08 525d LCI (142k Miles) I wrote off an F10 and decided to go back to the E60, so I got one from a rated dealer. When I test drove the car nothing was amiss other than the usual rubber donut and gearbox could benefit from a service, aside from that felt slow but was convinced it was going from a 310bhp ZF8 box to a 197bhp ZF6 that was making it all in my head. So bought it thinking that was the case. Obviously I was right and wasn't in my head, went to map it the next day and surprise surprise it made 164bhp. Tuner showed me the diagnostics and only errors was glow plugs x2 and the MAP sensor. Straight forward fix? You would assume so. Anyway he just put one of his base maps on there in the mean time and said to bring it back to finish it off on the dyno when it was changed. Following day had it changed, no difference at all. Only difference was now there was only glow plugs left on ECU. Took it back to the tuner no less than a week later thinking again maybe it's in my head and haven't noticed the gains. On the dyno it made 194bhp but this was only from him mapping it previously, we're only just about standard power at this point. Now the ECU was showing DPF back pressure fault and the readings showed the DPF starting to block up. Both agreed that was probably the next route to go down so I had it gutted, along with doing both thermostats to elimate it running cold and rich which in my head thought maybe affecting the fuelling. Anyway, DPF and stats done, went back to dyno. Still 194bhp no change. At this point there is no codes in the ECU only the glow plugs, so i'm scratching my head. Took it to a german repair specialist and they was scratching their heads too. Thought it must be something mechanical to not throw a fault so cheapest place to start was fuel filter as hadn't been done 2012 so within the realms of needing changing, obviously still no change at all car felt the same. Started to poke around in the engine, done a smoke test and no leaks so all lines are intact etc. Had a look at EGR valve but was hard to move so the actual valve is fine, I can't remember exactly how they got to it but the solenoid was failing so they blocked off the vac line? and turned it off in ECU. Change was negligebale only a bit more responsive down low in rev range. They was then out of ideas without getting their ECU technician involved, think he was like their mobile diagnostics etc. so he popped in and molested it for a bit, the live readings was showing the intake temp was 60deg so that was changed and honestly I thought they had it, car was eager to go, responsive and had power all through rev range. Bingo. No, of course not. Me thinking yeah finally that's that sorted, went back to the dyno today and it made 199bhp with 440nm up from 400nm the last time. What the hell is going on?! Car has no errors, all live readings are correct, boost pressure and fuel rail pressure is bang on, all temps are bang on, recent services less than 4k miles ago etc. 2 people have mapped it and neither can get it running anything over standard power! This is like a mechanics worst nightmare. Praying someone has known something like this or had it before. Any ideas is greatly appreciated, sorry for the long read just thought would probably be helpful to have everything from start to finish.
  11. Hi Guys, I have a '08 525d, can't find the exact info i'm looking for. Is the DPF/CAT one unit in the LCI? I had a DPF delete last week, just curious if they took the cat with it if it's all the same unit? Any info appreciated.
  12. Hi I think my thermostat is stuck. So i switched on the digital temp and it took around 15mins to go up to high 60s, then in traffic it reached the high 70s and after 30mins it reached around 85 in traffic...then when i started driving it went down 70-71 again... As far as i know it should be around 90 and it should reach it fast for efficiency. What do you think? Am I wrong or should I replace it? This was triggered as i am having poor mpg...mostly city driving here in malta..but should be more than 23mpg! Thank you D.
  13. Irish535d

    Hard to unlock

    Hi Guys, My 2006 E60 is really hard to unlock. Can really only unlock it if I stand by the back aerial on the roof. Sometimes touching the car (to create a ground?) helps. I've found there is one corner of the key button to press that is particularly effective. And to lock. I have Comfort Access which I think means I have a non rechargeable key (and only the one key!) And some of the boot wiring has replacement aftermarket connectors some of which have come adrift and need replacing. Where do I best start please? Thanks
  14. Hi All, 2006 E60 535d - My internal boot release button is not working. Was working, now stopped. On inspection the boot loom looks like this. Someone's been in there - yellow wire come adrift from connector, and there is 2 other wires unidentified - kind of grey with yellow stripe. On looking at it it seems like someone's added some 6 core wire of different colours. Has anyone a wiring diagram or know what colours in the boot loom do what please? Thanks, Nick
  15. Hi all, Had to replace the battery today. Bought the car in April. Has consistent SOS call failure and PDC warnings since I bought it - Doesn't worry me since I know how to reverse a car! But have been getting the occasional left rear number plate light failure warning - it works but PO replaced them with LEDs. Also boot button doesn't work because the yelllow (?) wire in the boot loom is severed (separate topic) Battery died a month ago after 2 days sitting in the sun and had to be jumped. Battery died last night after being sat since Saturday evening (2 days) in the rain - so I put it on a charge using the under bonnet connectors. It didn't take anything in the end after the initial boot up. Battery is/ was a Varta G3 80Ah. P/N 595 402 080. Battery compartment, fuse panel and boot was bone dry. No sign of corrosion, dampness - looks brand new. My indie was doing his books today so couldn't run a diagnostic so just advised me to buy a new battery - which I did - a 90Ah one. Fitted it and car runs fine. Perkier too. Questions: What would cause a battery to go dead? Would the SOS and PDC message cause it? Would the bulb failure light cause it? I don't often lock it because the remote key is a bit dodgy - has a short range - would not being locked cause a drain? / keep some circuits on and running? Can my indie find out if there is a current leak/ slow parasitic drain? Thanks, Nick
  16. GroveMan

    M5 brake conversion!

    Hi, I'm new to this site and although I know alot about cars I'm no expert or mechanic, so hence why I'm on here and hoping you guys can help me with my query. I've got a 2008 520d Msport, running the best part of 300bhp, stage 2 map, with bigger turbo, bigger injectors, upgraded intercooler, full s/s system, air filter etc, my the brakes let it all down as they weren't the best to start with before I modified it. Now I've got a chance of buying a set of e60 M5 brakes (calibers, discs, pads) and wondering if they would or could be fitted to my car without too much modification and hassle?? Not sure if this has been asked before or if I'm going over old ground but I've looked online and can't find much on this, as I know I'll get ribbed for doing his and the above work to a dirty diesel, but I like it and it doesn't half shift and still great mpg. Thanks.
  17. GroveMan

    M5 brake conversion!

    Hi, I'm new to this site and although I know alot about cars I'm no expert or mechanic, so hence why I'm on here and hoping you guys can help me with my query. I've got a 2008 520d Msport, running the best part of 300bhp, stage 2 map, with bigger turbo, bigger injectors, upgraded intercooler, full s/s system, air filter etc, my the brakes let it all down as they weren't the best to start with before I modified it. Now I've got a chance of buying a set of e60 M5 brakes (calibers, discs, pads) and wondering if they would or could be fitted to my car without too much modification and hassle?? Not sure if this has been asked before or if I'm going over old ground but I've looked online and can't find much on this, as I know I'll get ribbed for doing his and the above work to a dirty diesel, but I like it and it doesn't half shift and still great mpg. Thanks.
  18. Hello, me again... Today my 530d acted strangely. It is like there was a power cut...so i noticed that the interor lights were flickering...but than when i opened the door to start, nothing lit up...however it still started. Than i noticed that the car lost the time and the on board computer was showing 7mpg instead of 30mpg. Also the CD/DVD was spinning and the car was like reseting...is this trouble?? this is my 1 month of ownership so all new to me. Something else i noticed is that the car is like Christine form Stephen King or a Transformer...and sometimes all of a sudden in the garage it starts to make like mechatronics noise and releys...or whatever... again, is this normal? Thx D,
  19. tallman85

    BMW E61 530D M-Sport - NEW

    Hello, I am new and this is my first BMW as well. I posted a couple of post with trouble shooting, but i never did a proper Hello. So this is my 2008 BMW, 77K miles, 530D. The reason for the Touring was because of baby number 2 [plus it does look good!]. Car was shipped from the UK and now is in sunny Malta. Fully serviced and ready to go. Car is nicely equipped with SAT, adaptive lights...and some crazy horses under the bonnet. The only thing I am considering is changing the interior trim to Bamboo Wood....Opinions? I think it will match nicely with the light interior. Here are a couple of pictures before it left to Malta. I hope it will be a reliable car. Regards D.
  20. Riverside98

    Bmw e61 tv tuner

    Hello, i bought an e61 a couple months back with some issues. Stumbled upon a tv tuner i didnt know i had that was unplugged, i found the blue connector hanging loose behind the tv tuner itself. Any idea why the sound, radio etc works even though this is unplugged? Its my understanding that the radio etc would not work without an optical bypass loop connected to the blue connector. I have tried plugging it in but my idrive is freezing as soon as it is plugged in. I can see a red light coming out from the plug so it got signal. I cant find a plug that goes to the white connector on the tv tuner aswell, any thoughts?
  21. Irish535d

    How to register battery?

    Hi, Installed a new 90 Ah battery today in the 2006 E60 535 diesel. Took a while to figure out the right amperage so I wouldn't have to code the battery to the car (old battery was a Varta 80 Ah and wasn't sure it was right. Went on to Real OEM and it seemed the only correct listing for a non-AGM battery was local motor factor brand (Prestige) 90 Ah. What is coding the battery to the car all about? Why do you have to register the battery to the car? - never had to do this before. How do you register the battery to the car? I found the following instructions for ISTA: Service functions/ body/ voltage supply/ register battery replacement/ test plan. I tried doing something on iDrive but couldn't get anywhere. Do I have to register the battery to the car? Car drives fine - took it for a 325 minute drive to check it out. Still have the SOS and PDC warnings tho. But the yellow car on a ramp warning symbol is gone (what is that?) Thanks, Nick
  22. Hi All, Time to do an oil change - and probably trans fluid also. 2006 E60 535d with 120,000 miles. What engine oil and filters do people recommend please? Any better suppliers? And transmission fluid and filter recommendations? Is it easy to change the trans filer on these. On my old cars I just dropped the trans pan and pushed on a new filter. I understand you have to suck the trans fluid out on these? And what diff oil would all recommend please? Thanks, Nick
  23. Hi All, I need to replace my left rear shock it's leaking - so I guess the other one also. Car is a 2006 E60 535d MSport auto so I guess I need to get the right ones for that model (and they're bound to be pricey ) It also looks like it has a round cylinder at the bottom of the shock that is as long as it it round (kind of a square cylinder?). It's behind the rear disc in the photos here so unfortunately you can't see it. What would people recommend - I read Sachs in posts and see them all over ebay. Best vendors that would post to Ireland? Thanks Nick
  24. Msportseries5

    Puddle lights stopped working

    Hello, Just hoping to get some help please I have a 2008 series 5, Yesterday I went to do ambient lighting, did one door trim at a time, started at left rear, then right rear trims then drivers door. Each time I disconnect the battery, rears I had no issues at all but when I cut the puddle lights (the ones under the door trim) the front two lights stopped working All the other lights are working apart from the driver and passenger side, all the fuses glove box and in boot are all working. Any help would be great as it's driving me nuts Thanks
  25. Hi guys, Haven’t seen many many of these kicking around so let me know what you guys think! Ill be uploading all my to-do list and updates on ramp time so far but I don’t do things by the book, as such. First BMW after moving from TypeR’s, just wanted a cruiser that makes me look like a drug dealer really