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  1. Afternoon All, Now £6000! Here is my F11 520d touring for sale, due to moving to London. Just serviced and MOT till Feb 2021. Full service history BMW then independent. LED interior lights. Usual M-Sport refinements. M Sport with android full screen head unit and FSH. (Original BMW unit will be supplied) Engine repair by BMW Portsmouth at 112k / Mar 20 18. All pads & discs changed Summer 2019 at 135k, headlights and doors re sealed (inc drivers bulkhead grommet) Oil cooler gasket replaced summer 2019, rear airbags replaced 2018. New tyres in 2018/2019 (Due to the M5!) Service & MOT 22 Feb 2020, 148k. I have owned this car since Oct 18, mostly Plymouth to Portsmouth trips once a week, averaging 44 to 48 MPG. We road tripped to Copenhagen through Europe over 12 days covering 2150 miles at 50mpg (inc Autobhan) When traveling up the M5 only I get 52mpg sat at M way speeds. The car has usual age related marks, few scuffs on bumpers and slight wear on drivers seat and door card. No rips or tears. Car will be MOT'd before sale. Car is based in Plymouth at weekends and Portsmouth during the week, please contact for viewing or more detail. Any questions or suggestion please ask Any questions or suggestion please ask
  2. When it comes to sorting the suspension I've a good mind to go Bilstein. I had a chat with them and for a touring with airbags I get B8 shocks on the front with lowering springs and B6 shocks on the rear, airbags stay the same. I know Bilstein are a good quality product. Their only down side is no adjustability and I'm not willing to go to coilovers, especially as I want to keep the air bags. Koni are the only company I can find who sell a shock on its own that is adjustable, and they don't make the adjustable one for the touring, not only that the ones they do make for the touring are not compatible with SLS. Has anyone ever fitted an adjustable damper on a touring with airbags without using coilovers. I have not been able to find any. Maybe someone knows something I don't.
  3. Hi All, I will be purchasing this Meyle/ Lemforder rebuild kit soon. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Meyle-Lemförder-Suspension-Arm-Repair-Kit-10-Piece-Rear-BMW-5-5er-E39-New/192983920633 Has anyone ever disassembled and reassembled their touring rear suspension without the use of a ramp. I have an array of tools so that I can hopefully undo everything. I think I'll probably need a breaker bar. I know will need to buy a ball joint tool. Can I do this on axle stands or is it not really feasible. Am I just asking for trouble. I welcome any suggestions or advice.
  4. Hi all, long time no post... Anyway, short story version. I went to look at an E61 530i Touring 6 Speed Manual 2007 LCI (269bhp) 110k miles 2 owners (mostly London commuting), plus a few extras from factory etc. Test driving and noticed a funny low end noise, I thought it was bottom end but later (after shooting the video) I realised that the knocking went away when the clutch was pressed in. That led me to Dual Mass flywheel issues but I don't know or what specific mechanisms are envolved or how they are malfunctioning (spring weights etc.). Most noticable heavy knocking on tickover and just after a little rev. Put the clutch in and it goes away. I thought the top end was a bit tappy, more than I would expect and I could detect the engine slightly rocking around. Is this normal for these tuned 530i LCI 2007 onward setups? Can any of you guys have a listen a see what you think, enlighten me? It goes well but this is the first 530i I've test driven. Booted it in 2nd n 3rd and noticed the performance below 3k RPM quite average, though I've never been that impressed with low end torque from BMW 6 cyl petrol engines. Up through 4k RPM and the magic starts to really happen, building nicely until I bail out at 6k RPM. Edit: Since found this useful informative video: Buying a used BMW 5 series E60, E61 - 2003-2010, Buying advice with Common Issues
  5. Hi All, I've been doing some research on suspension replacement. Turns out the only Bilstein shocks I can get for my SLS sport touring is B6 for the rear and B8 for the front. Some of Facebook lot have been giving their views. I'm trying to find out what the ride quality is like over OEM sport, granted my OEM suspension will be worn out with 130k miles on it. I know some of you use Sachs which I've heard good things about. So has anyone had experience of the B6 Rear, B8 front setup on their SLS touring? I'll be keeping standard springs but will probably be replacing airbags with Bilstein ones. Any comments appreciated.
  6. So, I've bought an F11 528i which ticks all my boxes, but the trade in value I've been offered on my E61 isn't so good. So, I'd far rather sell it here for a fair price - below average value but higher than my trade-in offer - meaning both I and the buyer end up with a good deal. Would be a shame to see this end up at an auction as cheap stock. I think it's "one of the good ones" so too nice for that! BMW 525i SE Touring (E61) 3.0i 6-cylinder engine - 218bhp 6-speed automatic gearbox Averages 29-31mpg 126,500 miles Cruise control, parking sensors, climate control, i-Drive, bluetooth, electric windows/mirrors/seats, auto dimming mirror, auto wipers, auto headlights, etc. 2 keys MOT until November 2020 Removable towbar Smoke and pet free! £3250 for a quick sale before trading in - see below. I bought this in late 2017 and since then, aside from some warranty work carried out by the local BMW dealer, all maintenance and work required has been carried out by my local independent specialist. New MOT a couple of weeks ago. Impeccably smooth drive from both the 6-cylinder petrol engine and the 6-speed automatic gearbox. I've been vaguely thinking of changing the car for a couple of months, but haven't found anything else remotely as nice to drive, until today Condition inside and out is good. Only real mark you'll find is a scrape on the nearside front bumper corner - was a genuine surprise to find that when washing the car recently so no idea where that happened. Other than that, the usual stone chips on the front end (none are through to the metal) and one or two small marks here and there - but I'm nitpicking now. There are some minor marks to the interior door trim on the drivers side, which I suspect are from the previous owner wearing rings or holding keys whilst pushing the door open. My intention when purchasing it was to replace that piece of trim but to be honest, you only see it when you get out - and so I've just never got around to it. The alloy wheels on the car have been fully refurbed and are fitted with all-season tyres, with plenty of tread (5-6mm?) left all around. I am also including another set of identical alloy wheels with the original summer tyres on - these are in "good" but not "excellent" condition - they were previously been painted by the dealer I bought the car from, but without the proper prep being done, so some paint has since flaked off revealing the original paint underneath. Presentable, but not as good as the ones currently fitted to the car. The summer tyres fitted to the spare set have a little bit of life left in them, I've not checked recently but I'm guessing around 3mm, maybe a little less. Whilst I'll include both sets if the car sells on here, if I end up trading it in () it can go with the old, worn set on and I'll sell the nicer wheels with 4-season tyres on here instead. If you do your research and lookup the MOT history you'll see an advisory a couple of weeks ago for a nail in one tyre. Tyre has not lost any pressure since this was pointed out, but I'll get it removed, inspected and repaired anyway, before the car is sold. Removable Bosal swan-neck towbar, fitted in 2017, with 13-pin electrics (dedicated wiring kit, rather than bypass relay). Has only been used a handful of times, so no significant additional load on the car. It's also fitted with an (invisible) Parrot mki9000 bluetooth handsfree kit which I use for handsfree phone calls and music, as the car does not have built-in bluetooth. I don't like the visible aftermarket kits, so chose the screen-free Parrot version, with a remote control which I keep in the ashtray in front of the gearstick, but can also be mounted on the dashboard if desired. It's fully wired to the original BMW stereo/speakers with a dedicated conversion harness - including hooking up to the steering wheel buttons which is not a standard part of the kit. It can also be removed in around 30-45 minutes should you wish, with no damage to the original wiring. It has a full set of service stamps in the book up until I purchased it. Shortly after I purchased it there was a fuel system issue which was repaired by BMW themselves under warranty, and I believe involved a full set of injectors, spark plugs, pressure sensors and a fuel pump being replaced. Since then no further issues - it starts and runs flawlessly throughout summer and winter. All other servicing and maintenance has been completed by my local independent BMW specialist, (almost all local ex-BMW dealer staff), and I have all the relevant paperwork. Specifically, the work I've had done includes: Front ARB droplinks, trackrods & ends replaced Full AC service / recharge / leak test (OK, this was done by the local AC specialist, rather than the BMW specialist... seemed to make more sense) Gearbox sump replaced New battery & starter motor Oil & filters Brake fluid changed I purchased it at around 98,000 miles, and it's just ticked over 126,500 miles. It drives like a car of much lower mileage - and I've never said that about any of my previous high mileage cars! No electrical faults with the tailgate etc - the glass release button did fail at one point but that was the button not the wiring - I replaced myself with a genuine part, as posted on here I believe, and have had no issues since. I've now confirmed the purchase of the F11 and put down my deposit. I collect the car next weekend - 23rd/24th November, so this will be for sale until then - if not sold then I'll be trading it in at that time. If you're willing to commit with a deposit but can't collect before next weekend then get in touch and we'll see if we can work something out. It is also on eBay at a higher price but would rather sell through here if possible!
  7. NuckingFuts

    E39 Touring LavendelGrau Seats

    I have for sale, a seemingly rare interior, so much so that i can't even find the details on RealOEM It's a touring front and rear seats, as the rears have the catches on the top corners and have carpeted rears. They are heated and Electric comforts (16 way electric adjustment). I do have a retrofit wiring loom for it too, made by @3drstretch They are aout 6.5-7 out of 10 quality in that they need a clean which i may attempt over the weekend, but there are NO RIPS or tears. They've been stored in my shed, and wrapped in plastic from when i got them and not been mounted in my ownership. I do not have any door-cards, or centre console items or memory/dash buttons. In my opinion, they would suit cars of a similar or dark coloured cars/interiors. The lighting is horrendous, but i'm disabled and at risk of a hernia at the moment, so brilliant photos may take a while. Since I'm doing the M5 Touring project, the M5 seats will be coming over, therefore these are surplus to needs. *I really have no idea what to price these at*, bearing in mind there's a few bits missing to make it completely plug and play, so in the interests of following the rules: Price: £750 o.n.o Location: Heathrow/West London - due to weight, shipping will be at purchasers discretion and no liability will be held once they leave my hands - collection preffered - this will also allow people to see them first hand, as opposed to photos. Photos:
  8. I've had a BMW E23 735i before. No one else bid on it on eBay, had a great little adventure picking it up from central London and driving home to Manchester via visiting family in the Cotswolds. Great trip to Le Mans in it too. Had it a few years, but new baby and other classic cars forced it's sale. My daily was an E46 323i My previous Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagen was trying to bankrupt me so a friend let me have his spare 323i for what he paid for it, £350. Brilliant car, so nimble and the engine was glorious. Did a whole house renovation with it. There was a lot wrong with it though. Passed the MOT, but only one window went down and had various cooling issues, fuel gauge didn't work. Have new baby, so needed something a bit more reliable. I've always admired the E39. My mum's neighbour has had an very clean one for the last 14 years. I always thought it looked great. Last summer I finally got round to knocking on his door with the 'If you ever decide to sell, give me a shout' line. His 523i looked a little dustier than normal... and there was an immaculate E46 325i parked next to it! He just bought a 28K mile 3 series and wasn't sure what he was going to do with the 5 series. He wasn't so bothered about the hassle of eBay etc. He let me take it for a drive, and we did a deal there and then! He couldn't believe sale was so easy, and I'm extremely happy too! I sold the 323i the next day on Facebook for more than I bought it for, and got the train to Stratford on Avon to pick up the big green beast! 1997 523i SE Touring. 134K mile and really clean. Black leather and some fancy wood trim. It was serviced at a main dealer until a few years ago. I have a huge pile of invoices. He'd really looked after it. First BMW I've ever owned with a complete unused toolkit too! I plan to keep it completely standard. Just sort out a few little things. It passed the MOT. Really happy! I love green BMWs if you hadn't noticed. More photos and lots of E39 questions from me to follow...
  9. Countryboy Chris

    F11 Touring Dog Guard

    Guys Help needed with dog guards. I have just bought a BMW 520D (190) SE Touring Step Auto, registered September 2016. I bought an official dog guard which did not fit (bracket did not allow rear seat to fully engage with the seat bracket). Dealer tried it with another 2016 car and it did not fit. Dealer thought it was a bad batch. Bought a genuine BMW F11 dog guard second hand from another dealer who confirmed it fitted in a 2010 and late 2014 car (LCI) but again it did not fit my car. Dealers and BMW are stumped. So, any ideas as to why this is the case? Thanks
  10. Hello all and hope you are all enjoying an extended weekend of sunshine. I have taken the plunge and put a small deposit on a very nice (well from pics and description) 2013 F11 with 3.0 D engine. I am told its just had EGR recall and had new intake manifold too. 100K on the clock and full BMW SH. I have checked MOT history and everything seems to stack up, the only fail was 2 years ago and it was only due to tyres so all looks good. Test drive on saturday and if all is OK will be taking it away. Its a private seller so I need to make sure its all 100% On another note, I am selling my 2006 E61 2.0D -what should I do if I still have it when I pick up new one? ie, will need to keep old one insured for test drives etc, already got 2 cars taxed and insured, cant really have 3 on the go! If anyone can advise on what I could get for the 2006, I would be grateful. I put it on ebay and have had some stupid offers. Its an SE with 164K full SH up to about 120K and self serviced by me since. Has had all the rear looms rewired, swirl flaps etc done. Very tidy with leather interior. Been offered £1200 which I have declined but I need it shifting before I have to change insurance.
  11. Price drop and new tyres. Here we have my F11 2011 BMW 520D M Sport £8200 ono. I have a mini blog going (via my username, what have you done today etc) But I need a smaller car and want a 3.0 6 pot. It is advertised on Ebay (full of choppers) and Autotrader. It has the usual equipment but with added shadow line trim, black head lining and sports gear box with flappy paddles. It has business Nav with DVD playing enabled. It has extras and all gadgets work from heated seats, auto lights, auto wipers, high beam assist, voice activation, remote folding rear seats, auto boot load cover, front & rear sensors to name a few. This August (at 122k) the chain snapped and BMW repaired and rebuilt the engine. This has a 2 year warranty from BMW. I have a print out from BMW Plymouth detailing the repair work. BMW Snows carried out the work. Since I have owned the car I have: Added black front grills to match the shadow line trim. Upgraded the screen to a full size Android unit. It runs the BMW system and the Android system side by side with all wheel and centre controls active. Updated the BMW Maps to 2018. Replaced the interior lamps and rear plate lamps to LEDs. Had a full service carried out (Oil, Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Coolant and brake fluid check) 4 wheel alignment New wiper blades The original front chrome grills can also be fitted. Service History 123399 14/10/18 Full service 122223 29/08/18 BMW engine re build (2 year warranty) 119900 11/05/18 Rear brake pads & sensor 110352 18/01/18 off side air suspension unit (£310) 106523 15/11/17 Service 78090 08/11/16 Service 74800 14/03/17 Tyre service 73726 03/02/17 Brake fluid service 67659 16/06/16 near side air suspension unit (£310) 62054 15/03/16 Service 47824 26/01/15 BMW Service 30480 30/01/14 BMW Service 15229 26/03/13 BMW Service 30560 01/02/14 BMW Warranty check The car drives really well, pulls well for its size (especially in sport mode), no noises or clunks, the Nav system also indicates on to the dash, the android unit has DAB it also has a rear parking camera but I have not gotten round to fitting that yet. The interior is immaculate, the drivers seat has the expected wear nothing to mention. All controls work as they should heat/AC, seats etc. There are a few scratches on the body work in line with the mileage. The car is regularly waxed and washed and has a deep shine. The alloys have minor scuffing and are fitted with Rim Blades, the rear bumper has a small crack in it and a boot lip protector fitted. Proof of driving licence and insurance will be required for a test drive. I live in Plymouth, I will be in Portsmouth from the 19th till the 21st when I return to Devon, I will be in the US from the 22nd till the 28th. Please feel free to ask any questions, and feed back is welcome.
  12. drpep999

    Touring SLS failure

    Hi everyone, One of my air bags has just popped and the car is sitting on its arse. I can hear it hissing as its trying to pump it up. What I need to know is, can I drive it like this or will it damage things. Presumably its sitting on the bump stops which are meant for occasional use. Would it sit at 50 on the motorway OK. Got to get back to London this evening. 70mile drive. Thoughts/ experience appreciated please. I'll probably delete the SLS after this.
  13. drpep999

    Beautiful! INCREDIBLE!

    https://www.autoevolution.com/news/this-bmw-e39-m5-touring-is-not-your-ordinary-forbidden-fruit-117155.html If anyone has not seen this please take a look. This is my perfect car. If you need some time to kill, just stare longingly at this for a while! Comment please! Anyone ever seen/ heard of/ touched/ licked one in the UK?
  14. Hi All! Its been sometime since I've been on here. Namely because I sold my E39 and got a series of seriously dull cars. Anyway, I've now got myself a nice 530i Touring Sport Manual, and I had a good excuse! The Ultra Low Emission Zone in London will be extending to the North and South circular in a few years, and my E46 320d is subject to the charge. The M54B30 is not however! So I did some of my best man maths and my better half is happy to roll with it. Anyway here are a couple of pics. 115k miles, loads of receipts, interior looks brand new, new clutch needed (guessing this is why the last owner got rid of it), a few body work blemishes, £3k from a dealer with new MOT and new pads fitted. Interesting colour. Anyone else got one like this? Who else has a touring, and how are you getting on with I?. I liked my e46 touring, even though it was a diesel, but my last E39 was a saloon. Does anyone else have a scuttle shake type feeling/noise going over bumps? It sounds a bit thuddy. I've got it booked in for a check over in a week or so, just wondered if its a touring thing.
  15. So unlocked the car as usual this morning, took it for it's MOT which it passed. Got home and tried to lock the car, nothing. Tried a few times but it just wasn't having any of it. I then tried putting the key into door lock and locking the car that way, but it only locked the drivers door. I have then changed the fuse for the central locking (53) but still it won't work. I can't even reprogramme my key as central locking isn't working. I have no idea why it would suddenly just stop working, does anyone have any ideas? I have a 2003 touring if that makes any difference to the answers!!
  16. Parvus77

    Collection day!!

    Pretty terrible weather in the UK... but snow cannot stop collection day!!
  17. Morning BMW5, Yesterday as I was leaving work I felt a crunch from some ice on my wheels, then my ABS and Traction Control warning lights both flashed up and my speedo, MPG and mileage counter have all also stopped working - my best guess from a quick skim on the forums is that the wheel speed sensor has gone - although the fuel gauge is also being temperamental. I rang a local independent garage, who I trust, who said it's likely the wire has come loose or the sensor has broken which is a big job to get it out and replaced (something about drilling the sensor out?). He suggested to check the cable and leave it as it may clear itself, otherwise he wont be able to see the car for a week or so. However, I had a look last night and the wire to the sensor is still secured in place as far as I can tell. Without a full diagnostic I cant be sure if the sensor does need replacing, does anyone have any suggestions as to ruling out any other causes before sending the car to have the "big job" done? E39 520i Touring SE.
  18. Nice E61 touring, quite local to me actually, I think I've probably seen it driving around in fact https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-525d-3-0-M-Sport-Touring-6-Speed-MANUAL/182917925168?hash=item2a96c20930:g:GWgAAOSwCQlZ8kUn Presumably quite rare being a sport with a manual gearbox?
  19. Hi, looking for a replacement front door as title. thanks mike
  20. I have ordered The G31 530D xDrive M Sport Touring Exterior Price [2] Alpine White included Change exterior colour 20" BMW Ind V-spoke style 759 alloy wheels included Change wheels Interior Price [2] Black Nappa leather with exclusive contrast stitching/piping £ 775.00 Change upholstery Poplar Grain Grey interior trim with Pearl Chrome £ 250.00 Change interior trim Packages Price [2] M Sport Package included Change package Package components LED foglights, front included Details M Steering Wheel included Details Adaptive Drive £ 2,435.00 Details Exterior trim, High-gloss Shadowline included Details Headlining, Anthracite included Details M Sport braking system included Details M aerodynamic bodystyling included Details Comfort seats, front included Details Price M Sport Package £ 2,435.00 Price [2] Comfort package £ 1,995.00 Change package Package components Comfort Access included Details Parking Assistant Plus £ 800.00 Details Comfort seats, front included Details Exterior Mirrors - folding with anti-dazzle included Details Price Comfort package £ 2,795.00 Price [2] Premium package £ 1,820.00 Change package Package components Ceramic finish for controls included Details Air conditioning, automatic with four-zone control included Details Ambient Air package included Details Massage function, front included Details Comfort seats, front included Details Price Premium package £ 1,820.00 Price [2] Visibility package £ 1,295.00 Change package Package components Adaptive LED Headlights included Details Headlight wash included Details High-beam Assistant included Details Price Visibility package £ 1,295.00 Price [2] M Sport Plus package £ 1,995.00 Change package Package components Sun protection glass included Details Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system £ 2,855.00 Details Price M Sport Plus package £ 4,850.00 Price [2] Technology package £ 1,495.00 Change package Package components Head-up Display included Details WiFi hotspot preparation included Details Display Key included Details Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging included Details BMW Gesture Control included Details Price Technology package £ 1,495.00 Optional equipment Communication Change optional equipment Price [2] BMW Gesture Control included Details Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system £ 2,855.00 Details Concierge Service £ 240.00 Details Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging included Details Head-up Display included Details Online Entertainment £ 160.00 Details Rear seat entertainment - BMW Professional £ 1,995.00 Details Remote Services £ 60.00 Details TV function £ 890.00 Details WiFi hotspot preparation included Details Exterior Equipment Change optional equipment Exterior Mirrors - folding with anti-dazzle included Details Exterior trim, High-gloss Shadowline included Details LED foglights, front included Details M aerodynamic bodystyling included Details Panoramic glass sunroof £ 1,250.00 Details Sun protection glass included Details Towbar, electrically folding £ 855.00 Details Interior Equipment Change optional equipment 12V power sockets £ 45.00 Details Air conditioning, automatic with four-zone control included Details Ambient Air package included Details Ceramic finish for controls included Details Comfort seats, front included Details Extended luggage features £ 285.00 Details Headlining, Anthracite included Details M Steering Wheel included Details Massage function, front included Details Seat heating, front and rear £ 325.00 Details Seat ventilation, front £ 510.00 Details Soft-close doors £ 435.00 Details Steering wheel heating £ 185.00 Details Sunblinds - rear side windows £ 185.00 Details TV function £ 890.00 Details Safety & Security Change optional equipment Adaptive LED Headlights included Details Driving Assistant Plus £ 2,250.00 Details Dynamic Safety £ 280.00 Details Headlight wash included Details High-beam Assistant included Details Night Vision with pedestrian recognition £ 1,595.00 Details Technology Change optional equipment Adaptive Drive £ 2,435.00 Details Apple CarPlay preparation £ 235.00 Details Comfort Access included Details Display Key included Details Driving Assistant Plus £ 2,250.00 Details Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging included Details Parking Assistant Plus £ 800.00 Details Remote Control Parking £ 395.00 Details WiFi hotspot preparation included Details
  21. dave100

    Touring Rear Light Problem

    I have both nearside back lights out (touring so has tailgate and outer) No dash warning. All other lights working including those in same cluster. These are original celis lights. It's a supply fault as I have tried swapping a working spare celis in and that doesn't light either. So I am getting no power to either of the nearside tail lights. Can't be earthing as all the other lights in the clusters work. I have checked the two fuses to the lighting module in glove box. Any ideas? I guess I could temporarily bodge it by running a wire from the offside tailgate feed to the nearside celis to at least get me a working light to satisfy legality for the time being but that'd probably confuse the system. Any suggestions welcome. Dave
  22. nottmbantam

    Newbie Here - E39 or E61?

    Hello All, New member here, but not new to BMW 5ers. Previously had an E39 520 saloon, E39 528 Touring and also an E38 728. Im about to move back to the UK after several years away and am looking at another touring. I'd first thought about another E39 (maybe 530d) but then got to thinking about the E61 ( probably the 520d) . If it's the E61, would go for a later model , 2008-2010. Something ideally with sub 100k on the clock. Would be looking to spend under £10k. So, looking for some advice and re-assurance I suppose, that the E61 would serve me well. I'd be looking to keep it for about 5 years. I'd love one with a DAB system but understand this will only come on the current generation of 5ers. Any advice / tips what to look for and which diesel model is best out the E61s? Thanks in advance. Edited to add: As I'm relatively familiar with the E39, the E61 is totally new territory for me so know nothing about them. I suppose the real question is- how do they compare? Cheers.
  23. SpazaB

    Possible fuel tank leak?

    Hi all, I noticed a leak at the rear end of the car, a week or so ago, after running the engine for roughly 10-15 minutes. It was only small drips, maybe one every 30 seconds or so. I returned to the car a couple of hours later and it had stopped and dried up. When I tried to repeat the problem the other day, the leak didn't reoccur - although from the stains, it looks like it's been going on for a while. The tank is about half full at this point. I've attached the best pictures I can take, the hole looks small. Can anybody confirm this is the fuel tank, and if it looks like it could be repaired with a fuel-safe epoxy, such as JB Weld? Cheers SpazaB
  24. Good evening all Sadly for me, but luckily for another enthusiast - the time has come to part ways with what has probably been the most reliable and driveable car i have ever owned. In the two years i have owned this car, it has rarely needed anything with the exception of small wear and tear parts. I travelled to buy this car as it was such a good example, and to this day i consider it to be one of the very best E39 Tourings available for the money, and reading on you will see why. This car needs to go to another enthusiast to be appreciated, and i would love to see someone else look after it as much as i have. The only reason for selling is that i have purchased an E60 M5 and cant justify keeping them both. In all honesty - i think part of me enjoys driving the E39 more than the M5 at times as it is just such a good, balanced, effortless and solid car to drive. Anyways, down to the all important stuff, and details. The car is a February 1999 BMW E39 540iA Touring with Steptronic Gearbox. 4.4 litre V8 Engine M62/TU Speclist from factory was as follows:- M62/TU COSMOSSCHWARTZ METALLIC (303) STANDARDLEDER/LICHTGELB (07LG) 302 - Alarm System 339 - Satin Chrome (dechromed) 352 - Double Glazing 386 - Roof Rail 428 - Warning Triangle 431 - Interior RR Veiw Mirrir with AUT Anti Dazzle 441 - Smokers Package 481 - Sports Seat Driver / Frt Passenger 500 - Headlight Washer Sys / Intensive Cleaner 508 - Park Distance Control (PDC) 609 - Navigation System Professional 670 - Radio BMW Professional 672 - CD Changer BMW for 6 CDs 710 - M Leather Steering Wheel 773 - Wood Trim 812 - England Version 850 - Add Fuel Tank filling for export 863 - Europe Dealer Directory 877 - Deletion Cross-Over Operation 880 - English / On Board Documentation Optional Extras 202 - Steptronic 210 - Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) 220 - Self Levelling Suspension 280 - LT/ALY Wheels Spoke Styling 473 - Armrest Front 520 - Foglights 534 - Automatic Air Conditioning 540 - Cruise Control 555 - On Board Computer 853 - Language Version English I have the Original Quote and also the original genuine Bill of Sale from Sytner totalling a staggering £49936.63 complete with all options added pre delivery. The car has a full service history, a mix of SYTNER, HR Owen, and some other BMW Specialists. There are 3 overflowing folders full of receipts and invoices and the amount of money spent on this car by the first and second owners is staggering The car has wanted for nothing all of its life, and receipts for £1200, £897, £1289.40, £1089.89 are commonplace within these folders. THE most important receipt which any prospective V8 E39 Owner should look for is one for £1933.37 which was only 3 years ago for the timing chain replacement. This is a VERY costly job and the fact this was done only a few years ago and only 20k miles ago, is a huge peace of mind for anyone buying this car. Parts included and changed include:- Timing Chain Gasket Seal V Belt Guide Rails Gasket Sets Rails x 2 Chain Tensioner Breather Block etc etc This played a huge part in me myself buying the car as it had only been done a year before me buying it, and a £2k bill and the peace of mind its been done are a huge plus. The car has so many receipts its impossible for me to list them, brake pipes, belts, tyres, radiator, oil cooler, air con rad, bushes, brake pipes, mountings, and absolutely stacks more, there are approximately £17000 of receipts and invoices in there. All original handbooks, manuals, original sales brochure with dealer card, radio card, and 2 keys are present. First aid kit is present and complete Fire extinguisher etc. The car itself:- The car i believe (correct me if i am wrong) is an SE Spec The M Sport front bumper, kick plates and updated LED rear lights with proper control module were added by a previous owner. Facelift Angel Eye headlights Semi tinted windows from pass rear windows back Black carpets Leather door cards with full leather interior. Vavona wood trim has been wrapped with 3M Carbon Dynoc wrap which looks miles better and compliments the black paintwork (modern) (Ignore the wooden gearknob trim this is now black) Style 37 Parallel Alloy wheels 8x18 front and 9 x18 rear Self levelling fully functional air suspension at rear (professionally lowered 15mm with BMW Software by BMW Master Tech) Eibach front springs which level the car out perfectly The car bodywork is impeccable. Dont get me wrong there are a couple of marks here and there, and if i am being hugely fussy there is a TINY spot of rust at the back passenger wheel arch where it meets the bumper about the size of your pinky fingernail, and a small spot about a 20p piece size inside the inner edge of the bootlid. Other than that the paintwork is outstanding for a car 17 years old. Dont expect a brand new car, it has small blemishes here and there but nothing at all that detract from the car and i am confident enough to say it is one of the best around at this price, and you can see from the photos that compared to almost every other E39 touring on the market just now it is outstanding. I recently a week ago had the car into the bodyshop to have the front bumper removed and completely resprayed (stone chip rash) at the same time i also had the side sills resprayed as they were also stone chip rashed. Both now are absolutely spotless and i drove the car home at 20mph to avoid stone chips! The bootlid is a weak spot on these, and the very lower edge was showing signs of rust a few months ago so before it got too bad, i had it stripped down, rubbed back, and fully treated primed and resprayed also. New 540 badge added to bootlid at the time. Other than the two small spots mentioned above thats pretty much it bodywise. There is a very minor scratch on the wing which has been touched in but again thats me being fussy. The car runs faultlessly. No issues, no lights, no rattles or bangs, no smoke, doesnt burn excessive oil and doesnt use water, everything works as it should including the elctric mirrors, windows, and central locking. The undertray was a bit tatty when i got the car so i eventually tracked down a V8 one on ebay (different shape and mounting points) and fitted. It even has the small metal support bar beside the oil drain hatch!! Ignore the speaker in the rear boot panel this has been removed and replaced with a new genuine inner boot trim panel. There is so much more i have probably forgotten about this car but its late at night so any questions please feel free to ask. In a nutshell, other than a few blemishes the bodywork is outstanding. Not like new.... but outstanding. Three of the wheels could prob do with a refurb if i am honest as they have the usual water under the lacquer, and some light scuffs to the edges which were there when i got the car. To be honest i planned to have this done in addition to all the paintwork at the bodyshop, but where do you stop spending when you are selling?. I am selling the car and a wheel refurb isnt the end of the world if the new buyer sees the need but the uk weather we get i didnt ever feel the need to have the wheels re diamond cut and only ever intended to have them powder coated in high power silver once i got round to it. Diamond Cut just doesnt last on UK roads. I have a brand new front Diamond Cut (boxed brand new unused) Style 37 parallel wheel which i will give to the new owner for free if i get as close to the asking price as possible. Brand new and boxed. Only other thing i can possibly even think of being 100% honest is the front window rubber is looking a little bit brittle at top, but doesnt leak or anything, but again thats me being niggly and picking up on everything i can mention. The tyres at rear have just been put back on for winter, Vredestein Wintrac which have about 5-6mm on them Front tyres are good, Eagle F1 if i remember correct with about 3mm on them. Brakes are all good, and all fluids are fairly recent. The current mileage is 161k, but i genuinly assure you that the car drives and looks like it has 61k on it. The car has to be seen to be believed and appreciated, anyone who comes to see the car will realise it drives like it is only a few years old. No rattles or creaks or bangs, and it has been meticulously looked after all of its life with receipts to astonish at the amount of money spent on it through main dealers and specialists. MOT is until end of march next year. Condition wise i have not seen a better one for sale currently that isnt priced at £8/9/10k ! This is an honest car with honest history and all receipts to back it up as far back as day 1 with its original bill of sale and invoice. Copy of original reg document and Sytner Paperwork and Brochure. I will have forgotten loads that i havent mentioned, but please feel free to ask. Car is located in Aberdeen, 15mins from Railway Station and 25mins from Aberdeen Airport. I can collect buyer from either. Photos show how good a car it is. But anyone who drives it will appreciate it drives like its a quarter of its age. Probably one of the most reliable and best cars i have ever owned in terms of simplicity, comfort, and it has good power from the 4.4 V8 to boot. I am looking for £3995 or as close to it as very possible, I would love to see the car go to another enthusiast who will touch up the small bits and keep it in great condition. I am open to sensible offers around the asking price Thanks for looking.
  25. Hi All, I've found myself a lovely E39 Vermont Green 520i Touring! Picked it up on Friday for £750, 120k on the clock - it drives like a peach and I'm really happy with it, even has the green leather interior. The headlights are the standard pre-facelift halogens, front right headlight has some condensation and there are small patches of rust on the bodywork, but none on the wheel arches. The seal around the windscreen has deteriorated quite a bit, so I will be replacing that along with the headlight(s) when I next have the chance. I'm not sure how common Vermont Green is, but it's definitely growing on me! Cheers, SpazaB
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