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15 minutes ago, AdamB said:

Well I got a mate who works at allparts to quote me with the usual discount, and his came out pretty much the same as ECP.

 

I will say that I have been looking recently, when the current “sale” started last week, the parts I needed were £305, down from £325 the day before on the previous sale.

 

now, using the same discount code as the £305 quote, the same parts are £345... something weird going on.

 

gonna have a look at this ‘4less’ site now

£301 at CP4L...

 

not a bad price considering.

 

new front discs, pads and sensors front and rear, TRE’s and a couple of bulbs.

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6 hours ago, Pzero said:

296mm it is. Brembo discs and pads arriving Friday.

Cheers @ger and @d_a_n1979, saved me a couple of quid at least!

 

Good choice. 

I've used Brembo disc& pad sets 2 or three times across a couple of Fives (and on fast Saabs before that) and can recommend from experience.

I'd add I consider Pagid as a set in the same regard. 

 

(But if you buy OEM -quality parts from any reputable supplier, this should be your experience.)

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10 hours ago, Ray112 said:

ECP discount code is lots of crap as well, they rise start price so the discount looks more impressive as well. In the end it's approximately the same price all year round.

I need new boots for the beast too, so I put the veterans discount into Protyre here, and guess what,  Exactly the same price as before.  Buggers!

After a full army career, I should get a discount if they say they'll give one!  I get 10%  at Halfords, so Protyre should step up too!

Rant over.

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9 hours ago, AdamB said:

Well I got a mate who works at allparts to quote me with the usual discount, and his came out pretty much the same as ECP.

 

I will say that I have been looking recently, when the current “sale” started last week, the parts I needed were £305, down from £325 the day before on the previous sale.

 

now, using the same discount code as the £305 quote, the same parts are £345... something weird going on.

 

gonna have a look at this ‘4less’ site now

I have seen fair few times that with bigger percentage discount on so called "big sale", actual final price for the same part is actually higher than with less discount in other time. They must be adjusting starting price for part, that's an old marketing trick, because rarity buyers only notice actual price differences before and after sale, majority is simply blinded by the massive discount percentage and truly believes they are getting a good deal. Sad but true.

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I quite often play them at there own game, I'll buy whatever I need from my local euro car parts branch, get the job done then order the cheaper part from car parts for less and return it to euro car parts under the year long no quibble returns policy.

 

Most people probably plan their work with sufficient notice to order the cheap part online in the first place but I have a seemingly never ending stream of people who knock on the door asking if I can have a quick look at something or other and I like to get the job done and our the way. 

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Not today but yesterday...brought my beloved e39 Champagne Sport home after 5 years of sitting in a garage waiting to have an overhaul.

While handy with the spanners I'm not tackling this car, and have a good friend mobile mechanic on the case.

Engine is out, every seal and gasket being changed, along with the cam chain.

 

I've washed enough moss off it to start a gardening business - body shop (I'm now a part owner of just in time) on standby to make her look a million dollars.

 

We've been busy ordering lots of parts today, work resumes tomorrow. I'm the labourer, cleaning parts I believe. Car should be fired up next week for the first time since January 2016. I've missed this car, and it is totally surplus to requirements but I just can't bring myself to get rid - something about her I can't let go of - could be the fact that its the best all round car ever? I'm not biased - I just never found anything else quite as good.

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Drove it; got it dirty on the local country roads :mrgreen:

 

1st time it's moved in nearly 10 days :roll: 

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1 hour ago, wsn03 said:

Not today but yesterday...brought my beloved e39 Champagne Sport home after 5 years of sitting in a garage waiting to have an overhaul.

 

...

 

Car should be fired up next week for the first time since January 2016. I've missed this car, and it is totally surplus to requirements but I just can't bring myself to get rid - something about her I can't let go of - could be the fact that its the best all round car ever? I'm not biased - I just never found anything else quite as good.

 

If you have the time - this deserves a thread of its own; like @waitee with his 540.

At least please do give us update on progress!

 

I for one really understand your sentiments; good for you; and best wishes for all success :)

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Yippee! Got the bloody airbag light sorted!!

Next is a replacement driver door mirror, and to sort out the inactive reversing lights!

I will get to the bottom of this!

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Yesterday after during my drive out I had an issue with the rear parking sensors going off, when I checked it, the sensor on the o/s moulding had fallen into the bumper. - when removed I found it attached with sticky pads ( not sure if this is standard?). Anyway, I cleaned everything up and re-attached with some jb weld, making sure it was aligned correctly. Everything has set nice and firm after sitting for a day, so I’ll pop it back on over the weekend.

 

I still need to address another on the back of the bumper that has pushed through, a previous owner appears to have had a slight knock there and the sensor has taken the brunt.

 

I also spoke to @bss who has kindly sorted me out a couple of bits, including the original mirrors (thanks again Barry!)

 

the driver side mirror has started to suffer from the usual corrosion issues, which is a shame because they’re the high-gloss shadowline type, and would let the car down.

 

luckily I have managed to source a nos mirror base unit, minus the cover, glass etc. It was from a lower spec’d model, so I’ve salvaged the parts from the original mirror to transplant into the new unit.

 

the clips on the mirror covers have all broken off on this side, and it feels like most have snapped on the n/s, but this is pretty common due to age and the plastic going brittle.

 

I have a plan to make some new metal clips and glue them on, plus reinforce what is left of old clips.

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Mine is coming with a ‘red’ cover, so I’ll need to cut it back & repaint, but at least the Beast’s wing mirrors will both power in now.

mid love to get them to do that automatically when I lock the car though!!!

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Yesterday finally understood what's the rattling on front right corner. It's bloody brake pad, apply brakes and rattling is gone. Plus noticed worn out front left upper arm ball joint. Remember those were done back in 2019 October, about 34k miles, other side is still good, so don't know if to replace both or just the faulty one. 

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45 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Yesterday finally understood what's the rattling on front right corner. It's bloody brake pad, apply brakes and rattling is gone. Plus noticed worn out front left upper arm ball joint. Remember those were done back in 2019 October, about 34k miles, other side is still good, so don't know if to replace both or just the faulty one. 

 

I'd do both; peace of mind personally 

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15 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

I'd do both; peace of mind personally 

Yes, and it's cheaper as well. Found meyle arms on eBay for £105 both, while ECP has one for around £90, and anyway need to wait until Tuesday to get it anywhere locally, so won't be able replace before next weekend anyway. 

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Got the ‘new’ mirror. It’s silver, so I’ll need to spray it the right green, but that’s not really a problem. At least it’s got all its lugs, so it’ll replace the damaged original I’ve got.

The gearbox controller is faulty I think, so I’ll have to sort that out, and my friendly Indy (ex BMW and now specialising), tells me that the steering position sensor needs replacing!?!?!? 
I can feel an email to Cotswold coming on. Mind you, I asked them for a price for the o/s yaw sensor where it joins the suspension. They told me £31 delivered!!!

For a spring clip?!!!!!!!

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I attempted the cam cover gasket. I thought I’d found the source of a leak, the difficult rear offside bolt was over tight and the gasket around it was pinched. Took the cover off, cleaned it up, new gasket and as I was carefully nipping up the bolts I noticed the real reason for the leak.... cracked cam cover offside near the bolt! Considering the age of most of the 2nd hand parts and the general degradation plastic suffers, I’ll be replacing with a new one. So in an attempt to salvage something I ripped out the trafficmaster controls and boot bits and fitted cup holders. 

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Brake discs and pads - still a work in progress, but not making progress. Car still has front offside up on stand, and work resumes tomorrow.

 

Nearside - easy enough other than the disc retaining bolt which had helpfully been rounded off by whoever worked on the brakes last before I bought the car. Drilled out, job finished.

 

Offside - Yeah, about that... Running out of ideas to free up the caliper carrier bolts. Seized beyond belief. No amount of wire brush scrubbing and WD40 lashing up is going to shift these. Position of these is bloody terrible for doing the job on the ground, can't get behind socket wrench or spanner enough to put serious weight on easily. There isn't sufficient clearance underneath to use a longer bar, and even on full lock, the bolts are not clear of the rear of wheel arch and there is not a clear angle to use a bar. At one point I used a second jack to lift the end of socket wrench in the hope of cracking it, but no, instead the suspension just rose until I ran out of jack extension, no turn of the bolt at all. Tried other way round too, jacked car up higher, supported end of socket wrench on a brick and lowered car, thus using it's own weight on the wrench. Again, no movement of the bolt. 

 

Tommorrow it gets a blowtorch to heat them then let them cool, before I have further attempt. REALLY starting to worry about shearing one or both bolts, and then this money saving single afternoon DIY job becomes a considerably more expensive replacement of other parts with the car up on lifts at a garage I couldn't safely drive it to with half the front brakes missing. 

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16 minutes ago, Neil o said:

I attempted the cam cover gasket. I thought I’d found the source of a leak, the difficult rear offside bolt was over tight and the gasket around it was pinched. Took the cover off, cleaned it up, new gasket and as I was carefully nipping up the bolts I noticed the real reason for the leak.... cracked cam cover offside near the bolt! Considering the age of most of the 2nd hand parts and the general degradation plastic suffers, I’ll be replacing with a new one. 

 

Exact same as mine mate, traced leak back to the cover, presumed gasket and bought one in for the job, but once I had the cover off found a crack on one of the front offside bolt holes. Same school of thought too regarding replacement. Finding a decent one which isn't also hairline cracked or warped is like finding hens teeth or snake legs. At least a new one comes with gasket (annoyingly for me as I'd already bought and opened one from Cotswolds).

 

Spoiler - new cover from BMW in 2019 was £300+ :(

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Rear brakes done today, everything went straight forward, no problems with seized or rounded bolts etc. Old discs were quite poor condition.

 

Didn't have wish to paint calipers, so I'm not getting best looking caliper award:D , but they work as should again.

 

While I was doing brakes, wife did quite impressive work with interior cleaning,  car's definitely much nicer place to be in now.

 

Front control arms next in list. 

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5 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Rear brakes done today, everything went straight forward, no problems with seized or rounded bolts etc.

 

That's right, rub it in ;)

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3 minutes ago, Pzero said:

 

That's right, rub it in ;)

Handbrake was done by myself about two years ago so discs were removed once before in my ownership. If something would be wrong this time, at least I would clearly know who to blame :D 

To be fair that car doesn't stop surprise me, so far, knock the wood, there's not even a single seized bolt, 234k on clock, at 200k I replaced few front control arms, all nice and simple, the same on back, big long rose bush bolts went out like fitted yesterday, all eccentric bolts fully moving. And some of arms nevar been replaced yet.

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1 hour ago, Neil o said:

I attempted the cam cover gasket. I thought I’d found the source of a leak, the difficult rear offside bolt was over tight and the gasket around it was pinched. Took the cover off, cleaned it up, new gasket and as I was carefully nipping up the bolts I noticed the real reason for the leak.... cracked cam cover offside near the bolt! Considering the age of most of the 2nd hand parts and the general degradation plastic suffers, I’ll be replacing with a new one. So in an attempt to salvage something I ripped out the trafficmaster controls and boot bits and fitted cup holders. 

I ended up putting a brand new cover on my 530i about 6 years ago, I’ve realised with these cars that the plastics are defo a weak point now due to age, and sometimes it’s just not worth the effort/expense of some secondhand parts that may suffer the same fate.

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2 hours ago, 832ark said:

Revived the front brakes to go with the freshly refurbed wheels. Makes a huge difference. Rears tomorrow!

 

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They look lovely. What's the paint code/colour?

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