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  1. Vee

    Rear door stuck closed

    Thought i'd put a post up here to reassure people who have this issue in future. My rear offside door had stopped opening from inside or outside and I assumed the actuator was FUBAR. Unfortunately the door was stuck in the closed position so I thought that getting the door card off was going to be a pain. The internet information is a little bit sketchy regarding this but actually it was pretty easy - the trickiest bit was releasing the rear quarter window blind. There's a cut out at the top/rear to access a metal release clip and release the blind (I used a thin Allen key, get underneath the clip and push up). There is loads of door card removal guides online so i won't go into too much detail. Basically remove necessary screws, release as many plastic clips at the edge of the door card as you can and unclip wires then the door panel can be removed with a bit of force (pulling out and upwards). You will probably break a few white plastic clips because you are forcing them upwards rather than straight out so get a few spares off ebay. The horizontal door blind is only attached to the doorcard not the door so will come off with it. I disconnected the battery to disable the door airbag, this may not be necessary but i didn't want to take any chances. It turned out that my exterior door handle cable had snapped and as the childlocks were on the door was stuck shut.
  2. Hello all, I'm new here and I just got my first ever Beamer, e39 Tourer 530d of all things. I have a well documented issue with the rear air suss whereby it performs as expected when the car is running and when not running the rear drops completely symmetrically on both sides, I had it up the ramp last night, air bags seem ok, no cracks, no hissing. And after the car is started they pump up quite quickly and the ride/handling seems fine during a run. Given the myriad of posts out there I realise this is old hat but I havn't managed to sift through the noise to find article that describes this exact problem and because I've never owned one I guess I really don't know the expectation from the rear suss. I'm presuming we're not talking citroen here and I am not expecting the car to drop while not powered? If so I'm thinking compressor or levelling sensor failure? I don't get any lights on the dash about levelling issues when I start the car, I also noted a you tube clip showing the same issue but the guy had just changed his air bag and needed to reset the computer. Usually with these compressor scenarios there is some sort of non return valve that prevents air coming back out of the system; looks to me like a similar component is failing cause this sag on both sides? Anyway any advice would be welcome at this stage, thanks again
  3. Does anyone know if the rear door design changed during the E39's history? I know the saloon and Touring are different. My n/s rear and bootlid are rusting quite badly so I think I'll swap them before getting them sprayed.
  4. Hi all. I'm on my 4th Beemer now and have loved every one of them. However, my latest one was brought to accommodate the family and not my comfortable speed desires! LOL I now have a late 2003 525d Tourer. It's been a total workhorse so far with very few problems. However, one such problem I do have is my rear parking sensors. I knew not long after I brought the car that there was an issue. Put it into reverse and I get one long beep and have to manually switch off the button under the climate controls. I had a mate of mine connect up a diagnostic machine and it narrowed it down to the 2nd sensor from the left (offside), just above the exhaust. I have read on hear that this can be a common fault so I thought I should get around to replacing it! I went to purchase the part from GSF but have no idea which one I need. Does anybody know the correct part part or even the OEM part number? Cheers. Jon
  5. labaras

    E38 rear seat in e39 saloon

    Hello boys and girls. I read quite few articles saying that e38 active rear seat does not fit e39. Having retrofitted e38 contour seats in my e39 530d I cannot sleep at nights because I want e38 seat in my 5er so bad.. I've seen couple of people online who have accomplished it, but they never reply to my messages and I am desparate to get this done. If anyone has any info, it will be very very appreciated
  6. jdh91

    New LED number plate lights

    From the album: Car

    Pretty bright Light up the road
  7. Good afternoon, I would like to fit a 12v socket in the rear of the centre console (under the rear passenger's air vents). I have attached a photo of what I have. Is it an easy job? Worth it? Stu
  8. Hi All hopefully someone can help save me some £'s! Late last year I had a faulty parking controller replaced under warranty. After the work the battery has drained a few times, I never put 2 and 2 together as I put it down to lack of use and cold weather. The lack of use is the same as usual and the battery has never draine before, ie my driving patters are the same. I have already removed the in car phone fues and the next step is to disconnect the traffic master unit to save more drain. The issue appears to be related to the rear sensors as I noticed that even when the ignition is off all the sensors are clicking away, in otherwords they appear to be permanently turned on. The car is booked in with BMW to have a look but unfortunately my AUC warranty has expired, I am now looking at possible diagnostic charges which may be paid under good will but I obviously fear the fact I may end up having to pay for work. HAs anyone else ever had this issue or can someone quickly look at their car and listen to see if the rear sensors are always live and clicking? If they are supposed to turn on only with the button pressed or the car in reverse, is there a simple switch to replace/check for? The last question is, if they are not supposed to be permanently live, the problem occurred after the new controller was fitted, should I really be paying anything? In my mind I shouldn't and the diagnosis costs are almost the same as a brand new battery so I would rather disconnect the sensor controller and put a new battery in myself (the current one was fitted less than 2 years ago by BMW but the warranty on that is only if the battery has a fault not relating to being drained).... Any advice greatly welcomed. thanks Mike
  9. 5Owner?

    Average tyre wear.

    Hi, My 57 plate E61 530d is close to finishing its second helping of rear tyres. The first (standard runflats) lasted 5k miles with the inside edges totally gone. I got BMW to do the full KDS tracking check which had some adjustments. Now after about 10k miles the rears are nearly done. the right rear has a little more tread than the left and both are wearing evenly across the tyre. I don't fly around the place, certainly not any more than in previous cars (FWD mondeo or 4WD celica). The only thing I can think of is that the KDS was done with my winter wheels fitted ( 225/55/17), where the standard wheels are 245/40/18 so there might be a slight size variation causing the 18 inch wheels to be slightly out of true. What kind of rear tyre life are all you other E61 owners getting?