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  1. Bigalamo

    Cannot figure out issue

    Hello, I have a manual 2007 e60 525d msport. I have had the car since August 2018 and no issues were present until this past week. In the morning I tried to start it up and the starter just kept clicking and clicking. I called out roadside assistance to come give me a jump with some leads and it started right up. They carried out an alternator and battery test. Alternator tested completely good, but the battery was pushing out half the cranking amps. I went and purchased a new battery and it started right up. The next day it started up as normal.. then I am on the motorway and the engine cuts off randomly while at 70mph and shows three faults on iDrive: -DBC Failure! Drive Moderately -Drive control system! Drive Moderately -Start Assistance inactive! I pull over and push the start button and it starts right up. The faults still displayed in control messages at the time. I make it to my destination in a parking garage and go about my day. I return 3 hours later and the starter keeps clicking and clicking but no start. I get a jump from a local and still does not start. Tried about 4 times. I call for roadside assistance and wait over an hour and try again, starts right up. I leave the car park and pull up next to the roadside assistance van and the engine cuts out yet again but cannot get it to start. iDrive shows the “Very Low Battery Charge!”, but when tested it showed full charge... They send out recovery and tow my car to my home. Now this morning I go out and the car starts right up with no faults, but does cut off after 7 minutes of idle continuously with an exclamation point displayed on mileage window, but I am able to start over and over with no issues. Sorry for lengthy post, but it shows all the details. Any idea of issue? All connections are tight on clamps of terminal of battery and assistance said charging system is healthy.
  2. 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
  3. Hello fellow members, Just wanted to say I love this forum and I quite enjoy browsing through photos posted by members here, so I decided I post some. I will soon post about the mods I did to my latest F07 purchase. See the collage I did for cars I owned since 2008... Have fun. Mo
  4. Hello there, 2005/3 E60 535d Msport automatic in Carbon Black. I always wanted to do a Project thread regarding a BM. I've seen a quite a lot of ''Project threads'' here and elsewhere mostly without any pictures or in-depth explanations or just a dead end threads. Hopefully, this should become one.... So then... I got this beauty advertised on Gumtree as a high mileage one(192k miles on it at the time of purchase), so it was a cheap one, just 3.5k. Since I am not afraid of a high mileage cars I opted for this one instead of 2008 E60 530d LCi. The guy that I bought it from used it mostly to get to work in Dublin and Belfast and since he is living near Newry, he did a quite a lot of motorway miles. Just to make sense why I chose this instead of LCi was most of the distances he traveled. Just to make sense of it: If I had a choice to buy a lower spec car from somebody out in a country and a car, that has mostly been used at the town/city with higher spec gadgets and gizmos I would choose the one that is at the countryside every time. Why? because of: 1. It's a diesel! It is supposed to be used on longer journeys to be more economical than the same capacity petrol engine. Since I do a lot of miles myself this is why I went for it. 2. It's a diesel! It clogs up if you drive like a granny on Sundays after a church mess on your way to see the relatives/friends while doing 20-30 mph and an A-class roads where the max speed limit is 60.... Since this doesn't apply to me as I am on a motorway for a most of the miles to get to work, I don't have a problem with it. Diesel needs to be driven harsh once in a while to burn off the soot and other deposits from inlet manifold and surrounding areas. If you're doing less than 8k miles a year, diesel is not for you! 3. It keeps me busy. I wouldn't know what to do If I would buy a brand new car. Changing oil is easy, but I am looking for a challenge so a new car is a no-no for me... I like to get my hands dirty once in a while and the feeling after ou get when you fix something yourself.... Those who know what I am talking about, they will understand. 4. I can fix stuff, I can change it if it needs to be changed and I am not too sure how to do it there is that wonderful thing called ''Google'', but it needs to be master as well as not everything you see or read on there is true.... 5. I always wanted a Black BM with beige leather seats! 6. A bit more about myself at the ''Hello, I am new here'' section So there it goes, a bit of intro with a story and pictures and then straight into the stuff I have done so far. At first, it looked black on the advert, but whenever I went to see it for the first time it was actually a Carbon Black. Whit a lovely beige interior, a perfect combination in my opinion. When it's dirty or depending on sunlight conditions, it looks blue-ish or gray-ish.. (camera doesn't reflect the real color) At the Terraclean Co Down Since there is a character limit per post(but it is not displayed) I will continue in next post.
  5. bullawayo

    Stage 2 E60 530D

    Hi Gents, I'm Matt, an automotive and systems engineer from Hampshire. I'm also an admin on E60/E61 Owners Club UK's facebook page. Been browsing for a while so thought I would post some pics of the current beater, my 530d. This is slightly disjointed but i'm not very good at documenting/taking photos as I do stuff - hopefully I will be better now! So, I bought a 530d SE on a 53 plate 2 years ago. FBMWSH and 90k, for the mighty sum of 4k. I do about 30k a year so needed something that would eat up the miles whilst still being a bit fun. Originally I planned on keeping this standard and having a toy seperately, but the more I drove this thing the more I fell in love with it. Bought it, got it home. Gave it a clean, chucked some spare wheels on as the 16s weren't cutting it The following day took it to my mates just over the Welsh border for a remap and so I could sort my swirl flaps out. Had pre-ordered the kit as I knew I wanted this model So swirl flaps deleted, EGR blanked, remap done. No DPF as pre-dpf. Instantly 100% better to drive!! Wheels were awful, 2 had cracked. Got rid and got some (similar) Japanese lightweight equivalents. BMW wheels are the worst for cracking. New wheel specs 19x8.5 and 19x.9.5 - 20mm front spacers 10mm rear. Chucked the wheels on, replaced the crank pulley as it was shot. Bought some prosport coilovers, used them before. Always been the best out of the "cheap" units available. Chucked them on The wheel colour wasn't doing it for me, gave them to my mate who powdercoated them. Colour is his own blend of hyper silver. Looking sorry for herself on the original wheels got the tyres on... Better! Painted the brake calipers, cleaned them up and regreased all 4: then just drove it for a while and did some maintenance bits (new brakes & fluid, full service etc)..I go all over the place with work! Some random pics... A guy I know came out and mopped the whole car. Did a sterling job - paintwork is suprisingly good! Missus drove the car once and scuffed the bumper....had it sorted by another friend Then I lost a load of recent photos.... I've since had all the window trims off and used BMW shadowline tape to black them out. Next step is hybrid turbo as mine is slowly dying. I also want to tint the windows and might end up throwing some money at it (new bumpers/wheels etc). Some of my previous cars:
  6. Hi all, Ever since @GoNz0 mentioned his too frequent DPF regens I've been monitoring mine and I've found pretty much the same thing. I've been using Torque to observe a few different readings while driving for the past few months to try get a better feel for what's going on. Pretty much every time I use the car I'm looking at the live data. First off, some facts about my car: Auto gearbox Mileage: ~127000miles/205000km DPF life remaining ~35000km Ash mass: 68.8g (90g is considered full I believe) Recurring faults: Glow plugs 1 & 2, ( I changed all 4, fault remains, assume it's controller). DPF near end of life. Back pressure readings are good: One small discrepancy I've found is my back pressure and charge pressure readings are about 22-24 mbar too high, compared to atmospheric which is within tolerance but I'd be happier if they were closer to each other. This test is done with engine off and all three values should be similar: At this sort of mileage on the DPF there are probably adaptations to trigger automatic regens at shorter intervals but I reckon I'm getting them before that kicks in. Soot mass is observed going from 0g to 43g and then triggers a regen, where it generally falls back to 0g before completing. Soot mass hitting 43g is what triggers my too frequent regens but it's the manner in which it gets to 43g that is interesting (and a mystery to me). I observe soot mass increasing in two different ways. What I've started to call stable and volatile modes. Stable Mode In Stable mode soot mass increases steadily by 0.1g every couple of kilometers or so ( I've not measured it exactly) but my 46km commute sometimes adds about 2.3g give or take a bit. I don't think I've ever observed the car staying in stable mode from 0 to 43g which would give me about 860km between regens. At some random stage it always goes into the nasty volatile mode. Volatile mode In Volatile mode the soot mass increases very fast. For example: I could be on my commute with soot mass at 10g when I notice it shooting up. Back pressure does not seem out of normal range. I continue my commute and arrive at work with the soot mass at 30g. I switch off the engine and the soot mass drops immediately to 10.5g (exactly what I would expect if it had stayed in stable mode). So I consider the 30g reading to be a false high reading. I have experimented with this: restarting the engine at this point brings it back up to 30g instantly, turn off again, back to 10.5g. I assume the car needs to go to sleep for this 10.5g to be "saved" as I've also tried getting out and locking then unlocking and restarting and it goes back to 30g. I go in to work and return later and it's still at 10.5g and back in stable mode on my commute home (or maybe not, as the random case may be). So it could potentially do a regen, drop to 0g, regen completes, then soot mass shoots back up to 43g over next 10km and triggers another regen, although I have not observed this extreme case yet as I've never done a long enough journey. The other unusual thing is during volatile mode, if I switch the gearbox to manual mode, drop a gear or two, and rev the hell out of it the soot mass can stabilise or even start to come back down a bit. Over 3000rpm usually works. Obviously this is experimentation and not a fix but sometimes I tried this if close to my destination and the false high soot mass was close to 43g in order to prevent a regen. This is a battle I always eventually lose. The best interval between regens I've observed was about 400km and the worst was 40km. Volatile mode seemingly starts at random and I would love to know what causes it, so if anyone can shed some light on it, please please please do! 1. Does anyone know of a way to calibrate the pressure sensors or change it's offset? I've come across a german site discussing it using Tool32 but with google translate it's beyond me and I've not used Tool32 before. 2. Would updating modules be of any benefit? Is this a diy job? Keliuss
  7. MStyle

    E60/E61 *SPECIAL OFFERS*

    Hi all, We've got some fantastic special offers on the following products for a limited time only. Check out the below. Prices are valid until the 30th March 2019 and include free delivery to mainland UK. We also offer a painting and fitting service at our large workshop in Romford, Essex. If you would like to redeem an offer, call us on 0208 598 5119 and mention the forum. Happy motoring! MStyle Team E60 E61 Twin Slat Gloss Black Grilles WAS £49 NOW £29 E60 E61 M Sport/M5 Look Side Skirts WAS £186 NOW £99 E60 E61 M5 Look Front Bumper WAS £239.40 NOW £169
  8. 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*
  9. MStyle

    E60 Makeover

    Hi all, We've had an E60 535d in for some performance and styling mods so thought we would share -ECU Software Update -Remap - 363hp/553ftlbs -Sprint Booster V3 -Carbon Fibre Quad Diffuser -Custom Quad Exhaust Conversion Check out the before and afters
  10. e60530dirl

    E60 530D Owner Ireland

    Hi Colm here in Dublin Ireland own a 2005 E60 530D Have had a few 5 series over the years and absolutely love them,this has been my first diesel variant. Cheers
  11. e60530dirl

    E60 530D issues

    I have a few issues with my e60 530d M Sport at present and I am hoping to resolve them so I am starting this thread and hopefully it can help people in the future once I have it resolved due to not finding a exact answer to my faults or threads across the internet leading that way and going unanswered bye the end ,hopefully it will be of benefit to somebody and I will learn some of the common faults and fixes etc. along the way. E60 530D 208 BHP model i.i.r.c. (early model anyway) car is unmapped all original with cat,egr and dpf. I was driving the car and it suddenly lost power as if it lost boost (turbo not working at all ,no smoke and happened in city driving at slow speeds , it may be limp mode) I have so far replaced the insides of the electronic actuator as that was the code I got when I checked the codes with INPA refitted it and it ran worse so we just disconnected it and left it alone for a few weeks and drove it with out it connected Also at the same time cleaned the DPF and EGR which were absolutely filthy We have now gone at the car again (Me and my Friend) and have done aqua cleaning of the inlet manifold swirl flap blank kit fitted and now can hear the turbo with a kind of slightly louder noise a whooo kind of noise but not really loud (but sounds like a split intercooler pipe to me but have seen on line its turbo blades) this may be the Turbo that is the problem but we are not replacing that yet and doing the other bits first Having taking everything apart to inspect the Turbo we have discovered that the seal on the intercooler to turbo pipe is shot and before we dissembled there is some oil at this point weeping / leaking from that join also noticed was some cracks in the manifold although it may not have been leaking yet we have fitted a ebay cast version on there now upon inspection of the Turbo it does not look oily or any play in the shaft I tried to be smart and bought a used turbo that was refurbed 1k miles ago of a breaker with out seeing it and it turns out the 2006 turbo and actuator are different so we are fitting my original turbo back on and hoping for the best again this may end up been the Turbo but we will see We are going to fit both thermostats tomorrow , and fuel filter also have cleaned out the DPF and CAT Clear codes and drive it and see what happens I have read online that keep clearing the codes over a certain amount of driving (we may do all this on the ramp) and then also force a dpf regen via software I own the car 2 years and have never replaced the thermostat so i think this is a issue The car doesn't seem to rev past 2.5k - 3k RPM ,im not sure if this is a limp mode the car has 115k miles on it and is in general good order and wasn't abused in its life the exhaust isnt very smokey either the exhaust was quiet hot on the pipes previously and the car inlet manifold and egr were extremely built up with carbon as was the DPF but I do short mileage generally so I assume that is the cause of that The breather has also been updated so it is not a gause issue MAF cleaned and tested etc. the current codes i seen after i reset the codes are (only reset once) dme/dde 4203 = glow unit error 4212 Glow Plug Cyl 1 - Activation Interrupted 4222 Glow Plug Cyl 2 - Activation Interrupted 4232 Glow Plug Cyl 3 - Activation Interrupted 4252 Glow Plug Cyl 5 - Activation Interrupted 4262 Glow Plug Cyl 6 - Activation Interrupted 480A DPF -Bank 1 4530- charge air pressure small turbo control deactivation I plan to replace the glow plugs soon also but im reading conflicting reports about whether dpf will regen with this fault or not battery went dead while working on it so not sure if some faults are from that either my biggest wonder is is the turbo gone or is it all the cause of a blocked dpf and although it has been cleaned is it because it is not doing a regen due to the thermostats so hopefully this will be answered over the next few days anyway sorry for the long winded post I will update when we get to the next part and see what we find. outside of that it has been extremely bulletproof except for mulf failing ,radio sound cutting in and out and cant connect to blue tooth were the symptoms to that (currently disconnected with a fibre optic loop attached until I decide what way to proceed) radio and cd player work again perfectly and MV2 wheels that are bent I assume due to run flats (I have purchased a fresher set to be fitted) water in area below battery (reason been to be found yet although I just heavily power washed the car so not entirely sure ) 2 parking sensors gone (not been done this time as want colour coded replacements) also have 2 front arms with a slight bit of play so we will replace them tomorrow air filter pollen filters oil and filter I plan to keep the car I have had e39 525i M Sport E34 525i 24V M sport E34 520i E34 520i Touring and a few 3 series trough the years 323i,320i,318i compact (all e36) I have had lots of other brands and cars but the 5 series has always been my favourite car and plan to keep this one as I always regretted any I sold on Cheers Colm
  12. RayLuca523

    Suspension kit

    Do 523i & 525i the suspension kit same? Year made 2005.
  13. Hi guys, looking for for some info or a good thread on small things with big return to look at an a 520d e60. Not huge like turbo or timing but things that make up a cars life if addressed, like ; thermostats, coolant pipes, seals, bushes, belts and pulleys. Really just a to do list that combined can help big time with the cars longevity. For instance regular oil change and back pressure can increase the life of a turbo....so change the oils and keep your DPF healthy and your turbo will more likely be sweeter for longer. My e60 seems like some random unicorn car that’s engine isn’t on any threads, or at least common ones. Haven’t checked the engine number but it’s a late 58 plate 520d facelift e60. so far it’s had; remap new dpf fill service tranny fluid disk and pads air intake all new lights on anything that lights up still to fit; glow plugs clutch and flywheel so any help would be great. I genuinely couldn’t be happier with the car at 100k. Sounds like a modern petrol, no smoke, no gear change issues and never lets me down. Thanks guys
  14. Gus Alpine e60

    E60 520d Remap Results

    Hi guys, This was back when I first got the e60, just fancied a remap to see how the car felt afterwards. Im pretty sad so my joy in life is MPG over BHP but I gave the remap a bash. Ended up around 400 torque and 200HP, totally standard and still with the cars original DPF sitting at 100k. Only upset is now my MPG has went from 64 (yup, that's right) down to 52 and it will not f*cking budge an inch. Even on my 3/4 hour cruise control drives it just its at 52 forever now. I know what you're thinking and no...I dont no drive harder now that its remapped. My game is smooth and slow, dont have road rage or anywhere to be on time as I work for myself, loving life basically. Taking the car back soon for a carbon clean. Since the remap its had a new DPF, K&N intake and new glow plugs so maybe see what the scrip with its numbers now! Carlton Tuning in Yorkshire are the guys I used. Not expensive and a quick and easy service. ALSO, how the F do you add a video to this site?!?!?
  15. Gus Alpine e60

    Spider Wheel f*ck up actual WORKS!

    Hi guys, this is May come in handy for someone or may not but still an interesting one. back when I got my e60 the first thing (obviously) was hunting down a set of spiders. When the rims arrived I realised the guy had sent me 4 front alloys, so 8.5 all round, instead of 2 front and 2 back 8.5/9.5. I kind of cared and kind of didnt so I though f*ck it. Got some rubber and slapped them on. They fit pretty perfect all round. No speed issues, no breaking or cornering issues and after 3/4 months the are still wearing evenly all round. Looking at camber and any offset issues will be in the future when I fit the new springs but for now (3/4months down the line) it’s been perfect. I’ve never been a fan of trying to space them out to achieve a ‘wider more aggressive stance’ as I feel like that’s an obvious crap give away of trying to look more like a beast and just makes the car look like it’s a tractor. Low and sleek is the name of my game with this one, not pretending to be and RS4. Yes the offset will be a ballhair out but really not worth losing sleep over as I’ve tried it, I’m currently running it and it works. Also chose 35 profile for the back instead of the ‘reccommended’ 30 as I reckon it just looks better and may help in keeping those rears from cracking up easily. So maybe this will help someone out if they struggling to find the perfect set (I searched for a looooooong time) and need to mix and match. Just DONT buy odd ones, I refused to settle for all the sales of 3 replicas and 1 original etc. set up is 4x8.5j all round 245/35/19
  16. 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
  17. waynesmith880

    Service Parts

    Good morning. Please can I have a quote for the following parts: BMW 535d E60 (286BHP) (Reg. GU57 XYK) Service Kit (Air Filter, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Cabin Filters) Main Engine Thermostat EGR Thermostat inc. O Ring seal Please let me know if you need any further info eg vin/chassis numbers Many thanks Wayne
  18. d_a_n1979

    2006 730D maps update

    Thought I'd post this in here in case anyone knows I'd like to see if there's a 'latest' version of maps that I can update my system to; it has the Navi DVD unit in the boot and on the iDrive screen etc. As far as I can tell; it's the OEM original version Wondered if the iDrive unit and Navi system in mine is the same as the E60/E61s; so hoping from answers from that crowd
  19. Hello everyone, There's loads of DIY's on the interwebs showing how to refurb the peeling interior trims on E46/E9x/E6x's etc - but very little showing OEM(ish) finishes (i'm not a fan of carbon fibre wraps!) So i thought i'd share my experience with my 'fixing' my peeling steering wheel trim on my E60 and trying to keep it looking as OEM as possible. As i've just got my steering wheel re-trimmed by Jack at Royal Steering Wheels (Highly Recommend!) - The only thing that let it down was the lower trim, which costs around £52 from BMW (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182218158095 ) - i wanted to try something different. Before: After: Here's how i done it... I popped down to Screwfix and picked up at can of Plastikote - Matte Black Paint for £4.55 (http://www.screwfix.com/p/plasti-kote-super-multipurpose-spray-paint-matt-black-400ml/33732) I then removed my steering wheel trim, airbag off and two screws holding it on. Peeled off all the remaining rubberized coating, until i had a smooth surface to work with. Then throughly cleaned the trim with alcohol wipes. Masked up around the M badge and the steering control buttons. (cleaned again with alcohol) Then started to apply thin coats, slowly building up the layers, leaving 5-10 minutes between each coat. (In total 4 coats) Until i was left with this finish.. I'm very pleased with how this turned out. IMO pretty close to OEM! Hope this helps someone out there! Cheers!
  20. Vlady

    E60 items for sale.

    Hi everyone, I have the following items for sale: 1. 2-off Logic7 rear tweeters (65.13-6 919363A/01), I would like £50 for these ono. 2. 2-off Headlight Bulb access cover OEM(175 179-00) brand new 3. 2-off Headlight Bulb retaining Spring (brand new) 4. 2-off MTEC Halogen bulbs (4350K light color) For items 2-4 I would take £35 ono I will add photos shortly.
  21. My BMW E60 530i AUTO with the M54b30 has been experiencing some problems recently, Revs fluctuate and car bogs and hesitates between 1500rpm-3000rpm, and it only does this in 3rd and 4th gear. (runs fine when cold, only starts to do this 10 mins into warming up) For the past 3 weeks, a white cloud of smoke has been bellowing out the exhaust when you let off the accelerator from driving hard , and it also smokes on inclines and declines. (also had blue and black smoke when revved hard at stand still, but stopped doing that now) oil smells like its mixing with fuel, and a liquid of some sort is coming out the tailpipe. (Also a strong smell of fuel) But car isnt loosing/burning coolant? The car is almost on 172,000 miles, but I thought these last longer! I hope that it isn’t the end of the line for this car, as she has aged very well for being 14 years old, and the 3.0 straight 6 is one of the Supposed to be one of BMW’s most reliable units. Any suggestions on whats going on will be very appreciated…
  22. I've owned this car since October 2014. I do not sell the car because something is wrong with it, I just need a little change. Some of the Spec .... - 66500 miles - will increase slightly - I'm the 3rd owner - MOT until 29th October 2018 (only rear tyres advisory and now changed – all 4 tires are Kumho KU39) - FSH History - 4 BMW stamps, 3 Lexus Glasgow - Superb Beighe leather seats, Front seats heated and semi electric. - Car comes with 4 rubber mats of very good quality thick rubber. - Rear/Front genuine mad flaps - Electric boot lid that opens/closes from the key & button inside the car - - Widescreen Sat Nav, Bluetooth phone, - 18" Alloys with 4 almost new tyres (new rears fitted at 65100 miles, front ones covered about 4000 miles) - The car comes with 2 original keys Some of the work that has been done by me - Upgraded Angel eyes – Baus creation - Headlights upgraded to Xenon HID - Remapped to 223bhp by E-Maps Scotland (massive improvement) - The car has all windows tinted, front ones are very light, just to prevent the sun coming through. - Rear twitters - Logic 7 - Glow Plug control was changed end of last year. - Front bumper/Bonnet and both front wings were re-painted in 2016, due to stone chips. - Main thermostat & EGR thermostats were changed about 2 years ago - Both front springs were changed last January - Installed a new battery – about 2 years ago. - Summer wheels (R18) were fully refurbed at the end of the winter and have no scratches. - Service is duo in October 2018 I have almost all the receipts for what I have done to the car, if you need to see them or confirm when any repair work has been done let me know and I will find out. I think mechanically the car is great condition, if I had any advisories during MOT I would get them fixed – thanks to my OCD! Cosmetically the car looks in very good shape, apart from one scratch on front bumper, I will get a picture of it., it is one of the most reliable cars I have had! Bad Point/s...... - CD player does not work, never had a chance to get to it – can’t insert any CD in it. - Can’t think of anything else everyone, the car is really in good condition and any inspection is welcome! ALSO … I also have a very nice set of 4 x 18" fully refurbished Alloys fitted with Nokian 245/45/18 Winter tyres and these could be part of the sale depending on price agreed. The car is located in Glasgow, if you have any questions please call or text Vlady on 07881603230. Please leave a message if I don't answer as I can't always use my phone at work during the week. Cash or Bank transfer on collection. £7999 ono please. I know how many people like to comment/criticize someone’s advert so I apologies in advance if I made a mistake or did not put enough information about the car but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, thank you. More Pictures to follow - when I get a lunch brake!
  23. Andy85

    ELV Toolset 32

    Hi All, New here - wondering if there is anyone local to Guildford, Surrey that owns a ODB to USB cable that I could possibly borrow? I've got the ELV red steering wheel warning on the dash which wont allow me to disengage the steering lock or start the car. So up sh*t creek without a paddle!! I've got the software needed, but can't a cable for a few days and need to be able to drive the car. Green Flag couldn't do anything either. Any tips, or indeed someone willing to let me borrow a cable would be amazing. Thanks all.
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