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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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,
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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*
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. So for the past month I have the BONG! Going off saying the right side number plate light is not working so last night I thought I’d investigate. Firstly I noticed when the boot lid was moved up and down the interior boot light flickered as well as the right number plate light. So..took all the right hand side interior out to get the wiring loom and the pulled out the l shaped rubber that holds the wiring loom it then runs through the hollow boot support tube, when I moved the wiring loom it flickered on and off. Here’s what I found after removing the insulation (this pic was nicked off a another site as didn’t have my phone with me but was exactly the same) Obviously there’s movement on the joint, but I would of thought a better design would have been made by bmw with a floating wire harness or something?? This is a stress point that is used every day. Now I know there’s not much current going through, BUT seriously seeing cracked insulation and bare wires was a bit worrying as could start a potential fire/shorting later on down the line with bare wire on wire touching. Apparently this is a common fault on 5,3 Saloons. I repaired 2 clean breaks (after moving around and removing insulation) with mini JB for the time being but will solder it at a later stage, also I had to re-insulate another 5 wires that were damaged cracking and showing bare wire about to start touching one another! So if I was you I’d pull out your loom and have a look and repair or protect if necessary just be on the safe side and stop any nasty accidents occurring.Stay safe. Gib
  21. Help ! I am ready for pulling my hair I have got left out. Air con not working and fault code 41f2 electric fan activation. Had a new a/c pump plus gassed still not clicking in, cooling fan not running on slow speed! Tried another fan still no joy ??? What else can it be to stop me chilling in my car
  22. 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.
  23. Hello there new to this so all help is appreciated please i have a bmw e60 2005 525i and on the lights both take normal 501 bulbs but have built in angel eye rings so the 501 powers the angel eye ring what im confused about is that only side of either light is lighting up not both i have changed the 501s on both lights but only one ring lights up on both of the lights which i find weird as i have seen both rings on different cars.
  24. 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
  25. 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:
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