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    e39 front calipers

    Or...
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    Got It from a wreck at SD european, with wiring module etc.
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    The Westfalia bar i got (genuine BMW) for my E61 had a seperate steel plate bolted behind it with 2 attachment points for safety chains, it was laser cut and folded 8 mm plate and looked professionally made.
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    S65 rod bearing replacement -parts and a workshop

    I decided on the BE ones because they use a similar compound to the original BMW recipe so any wear will show up with oil analysis (which i will do at every oil change) they also have a non stick coating which was one of the things BMW did to reduce the wear on the bearings and i believe they also have a slightly larger clearance which allows for more oil between the crank and bearing, which should also reduce wear. I would have stuck with BMW but the new part number is a harder compound so doesn't wear the same and won't show up in oil analysis until it is too late. There are other options out there, but i had to make a decision and that's the way i went. I ordered from Turners because they offer a kit that allows you to order all the parts you need to do the job, most of which were genuine BMW, i didn't get the oil from them because it blows the shipping cost out and they offer the new Shell BMW oil. I am sticking with Castrol to keep my analysis reports consistent.
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    Cooked Motor Question

    I once drove a car that had a blown head gasket, it eventually stopped when the cylinder head got so hot the distributor cap MELTED and started drooping onto the rotor! It takes a lot more than 5 minutes to do that.
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    SPOTTED! The official thread

    E39 528 touring towing a trailer with an E39 540 sedan on it heading out of Auckland this morning, I figured there's a good chance it was someone on here....
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    They should have one that will work for you, I bought direct from Dension website. Mine is a gateway 500 something....
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    S65 rod bearing replacement -parts and a workshop

    I ended up using Bavarian motors in Glenfield because I supplied the parts including BE bearings from Turner. Ended up costing about the same as what CCBMW quoted me.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Finished installing a Dension Gateway in the M5, gives me bluetooth streaming and ipod connection and lets me keep the cd changer. Uses Idrive controller and steering wheel buttons but loses voice control, i have never used that so no great loss. Disconnected and removed the original TCU, I was going to remove the original bluetooth aerials but they are a complete ballache to get at so they can stay for now.
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    e39 front calipers

    From memory i don't think they had any part numbers on them, i tried to find some so i could list them on Trade Me, but i can put up some photos.
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    e39 front calipers

    I have a couple of sets, one set that i bought for my 540i and fully rebuilt but they didn't fit, off set wasn't quite right so i suspect they may be for a 6 cylinder e39, and another set that i bought , which should be for a v8 e39 but are quite second hand and need a rebuild.
  12. BMW did mine and it was $5K approx, i assume they did everything required at the time, i know it was clutch plates, pressure plate, flywheel and release bearing at minimum. Mine is a UK import but all the servicing in NZ had been done by Team McMillan BMW so i rang them and the guy in the service department told me everything they had done to it. Mine has also done wedding car duties with an M5 sedan.
  13. Good effort, sounds like you need to book it in for a new clutch though, mine had similar symptoms before it got done, it will just get worse until its sorted.
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    I am getting ready to have the rod bearings replaced in the M5 as i am on borrowed time with them (157000 kms), looks like there are plenty of options for getting the parts at a reasonable price, but i doubt BMW will be interested in doing the work if i supply the parts, so i am hunting for a reputable shop to do the deed. I have seen Taylor automotive mentioned a few places and am wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with them good or bad? PM me if you don't feel comfortable mentioning here. I have also asked BMW for an estimate for the whole job. I am probably going to use the BE bearings replacements as i will be monitoring them with oil analysis at every service and they use a copper/ lead bearing surface which gives plenty of warning of impending doom, the new BMW bearings are aluminum/ tin which don't. I am also going to try and sneak a power pulley kit past the accountant at the same time....
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    It's just the crank pulley so everything is slightly under driven, less than 10 %, i can't see it being enough to actually damage anything considering the rev range of the S85 anyway. My main concern would be the water pump being under driven, but it doesn't have a temp gauge so it can't overheat can it!
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    Two written off i3's up for auction

    It can be recycled but not into new cars, the fibres get shorter every time it is recycled, and the resin is heated up to remove it and doesn't get re-used, not sure what they get used for next but you could make a few of them from an i3!
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    I ran it in for about 600 Km, then did an oil and filter change. I haven't noticed any difference in power, but we are talking about the difference between 507 and a few more than 507 so i'm not sure if it would be noticeable, and to be honest when you are using all the powers there are more important things to concentrate on!!
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    Two written off i3's up for auction

    I wonder what scrap carbon fibre is worth these days?
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    I ended up spending about 7 Including a power steering hose that was leaking, Earnst at Bavarian motors did the work.
  20. Continental BMW quoted me about 5k for rod bearing replacement, I doubt you could get it done properly for less than that. I spent about 7k but did other stuff at the same time. Mine had 150km on it and it was bordering on damaging the crank, I certainly wouldnt buy one with that sort of mileage that hadnt had them done.
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    having a clean out

    Clearing out the garage, finally selling bits from cars i no longer have... can arrange shipping at buyers expense. E36 M42 a/c compressor, unknown condition $1 E26 M42 p/s pump unknown condition $1 This part $1 This EDC strut $1 (new and unused, dusty from storage) E36 (NOT coupe) clear front indicators $15 (with bulbs!) SOLD E39 540i flex joint, brand new, never fitted $40
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    having a clean out

    A few more bits and pieces... E46 compact left rear window seal $5 brand new old stock. E39 silver trim centre console, missing the latch that holds it open / closed, free to a good home. E36 318is coupe M42 factory air box, even has an old filter in it! free to a good home. E34 headlight, indicator lens damaged, has adjuster motor, free to a good home. Brake cooling duct, i believe for E39, new old stock $5
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    Buying e90 320i - Anything to look out for?

    "we're going to clear more cookies than a fat kid at a birthday party" Never thought i would get to use a line from Big mouth on a BMW forum, but there you go...
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    e60 M5

    Yeah, i figured. It was still painful to watch.
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