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    '01 E39 525i Manual
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    '06 VW Touran 3.2 VR6 6M
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    '72 VW Beetle 1200 ORANGE

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  1. Thanks - especially for such an "unloved" type of car. It's really a slightly taller MK5 Golf, it's only 100mm longer - so it still handles a lot like a Golf - great for most of the driving we do. They're a really good family car - amazing space for the size, and quite nice to drive. The Touran is rated to tow 1500KG braked too, so now it might actually be able to move something There were a few loooooong nights sitting in the engine bay with pages of wiring diagrams... I can tell you! Lots of hours with paper spread over the lounge floor. Andrew made the amazing fuel tank for me, made some subframe modifications, and sorted out several other parts for me. I'm not a welder... unless it's big, thick, chunky stuff... like me! I did the driveshaft loops, the spare wheel well and the exhaust mods... but that might fall off yet! It also probably needs another exhaust mod, the sound isn't quite right at high revs and load. I don't want it loud, loud. I'm glad I did it, but also glad it's (basically) done, over! I don't think I'll ever do anything remotely like it again - I've done manual conversions and engine conversions, and that's fine, but the engineering involved in this swap (with the 4WD) is a whole 'nother level! It's not just bolt in. There is a good chance the other Touran will get a manual conversion and/or and engine swap one day (the FSI petrol and 09G trans both have some "issues"), but that's a simple job - a long weekend, or a week off work to complete! Once it's legal, I'll get some more vids, but it's funny watching people; they don't believe the noise is coming from this car. They hear it, double take, then appear to look around for something else
  2. Still have one ABS fault to clear (I may just need a large flat carpark to perform the plausibilty test), and tidy up a couple of spots... then off for the cert! Andrew... I'm not doing the 4WD bit again - just so you know . Just days after buying the Blue one, there was a V6 EOS at Manheim - perfect for a FWD V6 Touran I didn't go there though. yet.
  3. Once I get myself proper sorted... there might be a factory manual E39 525i for sale We have a pair of VW Tourans, the "other" one for the Mrs.... ...and this one for me! about 2 years in the making: It's a 7 seat VW Touran, with a Golf R32 3.2 VR6 6 speed manual 4Motion 4WD drive train I have to make a special "THANK YOU" to Andrew, aja540i - without him, I'd never have finished this, or at least spent sh*t loads more money! He did some serious engineering work, carried parts up and down the country, got special jobs done I couldn't sort out my slef and really made the whole thing possible! Thanks Andrew
  4. I wish they'd hurry up with the next episode... ... otherwise I'm going to have to finish my OWN project!
  5. Pretty sure the fans are mostly independent of engine temps, more to do with radiator returns temps - once the ECU determines the return from the radiator is climbing too high, it cranks up the Fans. Certainly, the M54's with Map control thermostats do that.
  6. I went Beisan, no anti rattle kit, at about 120k. the seals were 100% rooted - the o-rings could be snapped by folding them. It was much smoother afterwards, and it's propensity to surge and be really easy to stall while parking disappeared. My wife and I would both regularly stall it backing out of the garage. There was a much improved feeling of low end torque, and smoothness. If it wasn't more torquey, then it was at least much more progressive, instead of a sudden increase at about 3000 or so.
  7. Well done Glenn, and good luck! There's probably a number of things you'll be glad to see the back of, and I'm sure a bunch of really good people you'll miss. Overall, I'm sure you'll feel awesome, once the initial shock wears off! I'm happy for you! Enjoy it!
  8. Actually, I found the thread about it: It's piss easy to do, but you need BMW SCANNER 1,4: Those top temps are highert than I thought actually! Highly recommended mod.
  9. I'm not disagreeing with the idea at all - I've done the same thing, as I said... just the details are different You can get the E46 OBC to tell the coolant temp, like you can with the E39 too. The temp gauge on them is a waste of time - it looks like a proper gauge, but it works like those stupid blue and red lights on new cars - not really any help at all! I seriously suggest modding the EEPROM to make it read more realistically.
  10. The electrical heater is to allow the engine to run cooler under load, controlled by the ECU. It runs at 97 on an M54 (due to the mechanical thermostat setting, M44TU are 105C), but the heater can heat the wax thermostat (to open it) to cool down the engine when more power is required, as low at the mid/high 80's. The idea is, that running it hotter means better economy, because more heat is used to make power, instead of being fed into the cooler engine. The main problem with them, is the element burns out, so it runs at 97C ALL the time, and can't cool itself down when required. It also doesn't warn the driver, but does log a code. If the car isn't scanned, nobody knows it's faulty. any cooling issue, and it's already hot. I think you'll find 82C makes it run rich and hungry as hell. There is no need for a bleed hole either, on a otherwise standard system. I fitted the Zionsville adapter to our M54, with a fixed 92C thermostat. It came with a bleed hole drilled in it, and the car took forever to warm up - also fuel consumption around town was about 20% more!!! I dumped it, and fitted one without a hole, and it's much better gets up to 90 really quick, and gets to 92 eventually, and stays there. I also reprogrammed the cluster EEPROM, so the gauge reads properly. Mine will move from straight up and down after about 105C, and peg hot at 115C. Standard, they don't move up until over 115C, and don't peg until something like 125 or 130C! WAAAAY to late!
  11. D'oh!
  12. You don't get 10km/L from an E61 M5 either.... ESPECIALLY with Andrew driving it
  13. It should sit directly above 4th, under 3rd. If it does, its in the right place.If it has increased resistance moving across to the reverse or 5th plane, there is nothing wrong with the detents. If all that is fine, and it leans to the right, it's been dicked with - It's common it the shifter parts or trans are wrong for the car - was it factory manual or dodgily converted?
  14. E39 HALOGEN low beams are complete crap! My '72 Beetle is better - the Xenons are OK: I have had both brand new in the same car. I replaced the original water pump preventively at about 130K... and the replacement only lasted about 40K... then the GMB I got from REPCO in an emergency only last about 3 weeks and is noisy now! It's had a suspension rebuild at about 120K, new ABS(DSC) module, all brakes at 165K, clutch very nearly due at 175K, pixels all done at 120K, rocker cover has a small crack now too. And I had to replace the 13+ year old battery, too! Shocking!
  15. Plan on buying a new (proper) clutch and maybe flywheel, before you transfer it over. Sorry.