E61 V8 Bearding

E61 V8 Bearding

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ATM

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9,954 posts

166 months

Friday 9th August
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I finally decided the 550i needed a drive. Battery was completely flat. Also the rear suspension was completely down. I'm thinking it's been 3 months since I've driven it. After about 10 minutes on the jumper cables I had enough juice to fire it up. Took it for a 10 minute drive on the motorway to get some charge into it. Fingers crossed now it starts in the morning or I'm stranded.

honest_delboy

1,180 posts

147 months

Sunday 11th August
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cerb4.5lee said:
snake_oil said:
Very interest specification inc active suspension, SMG and lots of other good stuff.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2...
I didn't realise that they did these with the SMG.
This was sold but still on AT , anyone know about it as it's 9 miles from me.

ATM

Original Poster:

9,954 posts

166 months

Sunday 11th August
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honest_delboy said:
cerb4.5lee said:
snake_oil said:
Very interest specification inc active suspension, SMG and lots of other good stuff.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2...
I didn't realise that they did these with the SMG.
This was sold but still on AT , anyone know about it as it's 9 miles from me.
The seller appeared on here to promote it.

pewe

555 posts

166 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Grabbing brakes - almost sorted...
After consulting various experts I think I've finally tracked down the reason - someone has used aluminiumised grease when re-assembling after a pad change.
Over time that's hardened meaning the sliders are coated with baked-on grease slowing their action.
It takes scraping rather than wire brushing to remove it.
One new front and one new rear caliper later and I've reached that conclusion.
All I need do now is clean up the sliders on FR and LR and it should restore things to normal!
I'm using ceramic grease as that seems the best option.
Watch this space...
Cheers, Pewe

Edited by pewe on Wednesday 14th August 12:09

ATM

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9,954 posts

166 months

Saturday 17th August
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ATM

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166 months

Sunday 18th August
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tomic

537 posts

92 months

Monday 23rd September
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Check out this ultra rare touring

https://collectingcars.com/for-sale/2005-bmw-alpin...

Wouldn't have thought a 2005 one of these with 91000 miles would have required such extensive work, but looks really nice.

JakeT

2,669 posts

67 months

Monday 23rd September
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Looking at the listing, the suggest the wrong oil filter has been used.

The H1 is usually very stout, and plenty of these have gone well past 200,000 miles with ease. This was a really magnificent ALPINA engine, and a B5 touring is super rare. Only 4 came to the UK.

https://www.thealpinaregister.com/B5/-/E60%20(05%2...

ATM

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9,954 posts

166 months

Monday 23rd September
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545i SE
Sport seats - I think

£4,490


https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201...



ATM

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9,954 posts

166 months

Sunday 29th September
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men3cac

35 posts

136 months

Monday 30th September
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Hi all.

Not sure if this is allowed, but I’ll be putting my 550i sport touring up for sale soon. 56 plate, blue, auto, just under 160k miles. Drives great, but doesn’t get used much. Spec below- it’s pretty decent. All works bar the AC- which did work until it was parked up for a couple of months, so possibly gas, possibly something else.

Drop me a message if you’re interested, I’m near Leamington Spa.

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L812A National version England / Ireland
P337A M Sports package
S1CAA Selection of COP relevant vehicles
S205A Automatic transmission
S2NPA BMW alloy wheel, M double spoke 135
S300A Emergency spare wheel
S302A Alarm system
S386A Roof railing
S402A Electric panoramic roof
S423A Floor mats, velours
S428A Warning triangle and first aid kit
S430A Interior/outside mirror with auto dip
S431A Interior mirror with automatic-dip
S438A Fine wood trim
S441A Smoker package
S442A Cup holder
S456A Comfort seat with memory
S494A Seat heating driver/passenger
S502A Headlight cleaning system
S508A Park Distance Control (PDC)
S522A Xenon Light
S524A Adaptive Headlights
S534A Automatic air conditioning
S541A Active cruise control
S563A Light package
S601A TV function
S609A Navigation system Professional
S612A BMW Assist
S620A Voice control
S633A Preparation, mobile phone, Business
S672A CD changer for 6 CDs
S677A HiFi System Professional DSP
S698A Area-Code 2 for DVD
S704A M Sports suspension
S710A M leather steering wheel
S715A M Aerodynamics package
S760A High gloss shadow line
S775A Headlining anthracite
S850A Dummy-SALAPA
S853A Language version English
S863A Retailer Directory Europe
S877A Delete cross-pattern operation
S880A On-board vehicle literature English
S8SAA Navigation access request,country-spec.
S8SMA Car ident. number visible from outside
S8SPA Control unit COP

davejfk

3 posts

101 months

Monday 7th October
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snake_oil said:
Very interest specification inc active suspension, SMG and lots of other good stuff.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2...
I bought this three weeks ago. It's an odd spec I must admit. It's an SE but with pretty much every option I can find except massaging seats for some reason. I've fixed the clogged sunroof drains and replaced the alternator. Now there is (touch wood) not a fault in sight. And I actually like the SMG. Happy days.

Happy to answer any questions. I enjoyed reading every one of the 109 thread pages!

snake_oil

2,039 posts

22 months

Monday 7th October
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Yes one question from me. When was your other post hehe

davejfk

3 posts

101 months

Wednesday 9th October
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snake_oil said:
Yes one question from me. When was your other post hehe
Good question! 24 June 2011 apparently. I was asking the organiser of Caring With Cars about bringing the 1968 Cadillac Eldorado I had at the time. My 550i is not my first V8, and not the largest either. The Eldorado had a 7.7L lump.

alistair267

141 posts

95 months

Friday 11th October
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After a year or two or lurking as a six cylinder E61 owner, I will pick up my 550i on Monday! I will get some pictures up in due course but it's a 2009 LCI car, carbon black with champagne leather. Good spec including the CIC iDrive. I am looking forward to joining the club

mondeoman

9,355 posts

213 months

Saturday 12th October
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Where can I get front brake pads for a 5501 sport, I keep getting sent pads that are too short??

helix402

5,068 posts

129 months

Saturday 12th October
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Pop your chassis no into real oem, get the part no. Put part no into eBay. Choose your pads.

mondeoman

9,355 posts

213 months

Saturday 12th October
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Didn't know you could do that - thanks!

mondeoman

9,355 posts

213 months

Sunday 13th October
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Well that didn't work. RealOEM says I need the front ones, my car says I need the big boys at the back. Part number is 34116774254, no results on fleaBay or Google, guess its a BMW dealer part only. 😕

ATM

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9,954 posts

166 months

Sunday 13th October
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I bought ebc yellow pads and they fit first time no messing. They do some more standard type pads. Could be worth a try.