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    Neil
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    E39 520i SE Auto
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    2001

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  1. That's good - I now have the official names of the parts and the product codes - the diagram would suggest they push in. Thank you Dave.
  2. I have already successfully replaced the 3 sided weather strip around the windscreen that covers the top and two sides. Whilst doing that I noticed that the windscreen cowl (the wider bit that goes along the bottom of the screen under the wipers etc) also needs replacing, which will be the next job. However I have noticed two smaller, triangular shaped pieces in the bottom right and left hand corners that seem to act a "bridge" between the windscreen weather strip and the cowl. My question is - do these cover pieces just pull out or something more technical? I just thought I w
  3. WHOOPS - MOVED TO 5 SERIES SECTION I have already successfully replaced the 3 sided weather strip around the windscreen that covers the top and two sides. Whilst doing that I noticed that the windscreen cowl (the wider bit that goes along the bottom of the screen under the wipers etc) also needs replacing, which will be the next job. However I have noticed two smaller, triangular shaped pieces in the bottom right and left hand corners that seem to act a "bridge" between the windscreen weather strip and the cowl. My question is - do these cover pieces just pull out or something
  4. I suppose I ought to add a pic of my E39.
  5. Carly appears to have Battery Registration as a feature although I haven't used it.
  6. Vauxhall Cresta and the Hillman Imp. Those were the days 🤣 - the ones where it was a 50/50 gamble whether your car would start 🤪 Having said that they were the height of sophistication compared to my Grandfather's Morris 8.
  7. I have used Premier Wheel Repairs in Holmethorpe Avenue Redhill a couple of times and they have been excellent. However this was only with 14 inch wheels for a classic car so that is unlikely to give you an idea of the cost for yours. If you give them a ring they will be able to give you an idea of price 01737 551105
  8. I attended a similar event for Jaguar owners a few years ago and it was a really good day out. Thank you for posting - one for the diary (hopefully).
  9. Maybe its only me but I've always found it frustrating trying to line up the holes in the wheels with the holes in the hubs, trying to support the wheel one handed against the weight (need more spinach). My simple solution (and maybe 100 people have already had this idea) was to cut the heads off two suitable set screws (or bolts), thus creating the right size studs, then squared off the end where the bolt head was. Now I insert these 2 studs just barely one turn in the top two holes of the hub and the wheel then goes straight on and stays there while I locate the other 3 wheel bolts. I t
  10. Compared with a Morgan, this was the very pinnacle of ride compliance 😬
  11. Dave, Your son definitely has the right idea. 800nm of torque would certainly fall into the category of "adequate" 😎 Burton engines - now that takes me back. My Caterham Supersprint had a 1700 X-Flow with the 711M block, twin 40s etc etc - only about 135 bhp but the best bit was the induction noise and the flames and banging on the overrun - not necessarily the peak of efficiency but a lot of fun at around 550kg. The thing I miss about the 7s is just the "feeling" -it's certainly not about top speed as they have the aerodynamics of a brick.
  12. Thanks Dave. I was into "just add lightness", including a 2CV at one point, but now I seem to have gone gradually lardy (not just the cars) 🤪 If I could get another 7 I would do so (I miss them more than anything else) but my budget has become the limiting factor over recent times. So, frankly, my lower end but very nice E39 was the best I could do with the money - it was either that or a very leggy Skyline 350GT import. There is a very big price gap between the 520i and the 530i and above. The cunning master plan involves me investing in the lottery. My list of previous started with a 1958 St
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