Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

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Ngy
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Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Ngy » 07 Jan 2018, 18:53

Got a new job, 120 miles from home and have to live away from Monday to Thursday, got a car allowance of 4k per year and bought this little beaut! Toss up between a 3 series E91 and 5 series E60, the E60 was comfier and generally better spec'd that E91 for my price range. I wish I could have found a blue E60 but again at around 4k it was either silver or black.

2009 (Lci) 520d business edition in carbon black with black leather. Automatic transmission with 160k but FSH. Condition wise exterior, she has a few small chips on the car, a scuff on the front bumper. Wheels are heavily kerbed and one tyre is low with about 3mm left. Interior is mint bar the I-drive control knob which is slightly worn, leather looks hardly used for 160k.

Issues detected;

- Parking sensors are intermittent - fault on I-drive
- rear reg plate light is out - fault on I-drive but bulb is functioning
- I-drive button is worn
- no nav disc
- airbox cover is loose causing a rattle on idle, rattle stops when I put pressure on the top of the box

The car drove amazingly on the way home from picking it up, felt solid and the engine strong, enjoyed the auto box more than I thought I would. Picked up a set of Style 172 reps on the way home for cheap!! Although they are reps they are staggered and one rear was cracked in 2 places but welded.

After only 3 weeks on the job I got xmas holidays so did a little work to the car;

Ordered a new nav disc from ebay, sorted with 2018 maps.

Bought a new rubber bushing for the airbox to stop it rattling, haven't fitted it yet but managed to use some foam to prevent it temporarily. The engine seems to vibrate more than normal and there is a service bulletin out regarding a badly designed exhaust bracket which causes this.

I drive button was coloured in with a black sharpie - problem solved lol

Reg plate light is a broken wire due to the wiring being fed through the boot hinge and stretching every time the boot is opened and closed - a common problem apparently. Have bought wire to extend them and will hopefully do that next weekend.

Parking sensors - untouched so far.

Got style 172 reps refurbed and new rubber all around.

Fitted the wheels yesterday and immediately noticed a wobble from 50 mph onwards. Noticeable shake on the steering wheel and seat. I then realised that I may require spigot rings as they are reps! Going to take the wheels off again tonight and measure them to see if they require spigots plus I won't be able to handle the commute with the shake tomorrow so I'll stick the MV2s back on. Also ordered new centre caps as the ones on the MV2s were ebay specials and falling apart.

Some pics since we all love pics!

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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by RayB » 08 Jan 2018, 10:02

Looks like a nice addition to the stable mate.

I'm the same, working away during the week, you get used to it after a while!

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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by theguvnor » 08 Jan 2018, 12:08

Nice motor, always liked the E60 in M Sport especially with the 19". If there is no record of a gearbox oil change id suggest that to add longevity to the gear box.

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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Ngy » 08 Jan 2018, 15:47

RayB wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 10:02
Looks like a nice addition to the stable mate.

I'm the same, working away during the week, you get used to it after a while!
It's decent. Happy with it for now.

I've been doing it for 3 weeks so far not so great. At least I'll have my own cottage next week lol

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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Ngy » 08 Jan 2018, 15:48

theguvnor wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 12:08
Nice motor, always liked the E60 in M Sport especially with the 19". If there is no record of a gearbox oil change id suggest that to add longevity to the gear box.
Had to get the 19s, greatest bmw wheel ever made, maybe with exception to the throwing star.

I have no record of gear oil change, will look into that thanks. Also there was talk about an update at the main dealer for the auto box so i need to look into that too.

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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Ngy » 08 Jan 2018, 15:50

So my front wheels have metal spigot rings attached which i assume were glued in as they didnt come out when coating. The rears don't have any and measured 73.9mm id so i have ordered metal spigot rings for the rears. That should stop the wobble!

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Post by Metroreg » 08 Jan 2018, 19:31

Looks a good motor you got there mate,
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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Gus247 » 09 Jan 2018, 10:41

Nice addition bud... :)
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Re: Ngy's E60 520d carbon black

Post by Ngy » 09 Jan 2018, 19:17

Cheers lads. Car is decent, if anything, it makes me want to drive the m3 more! Which is good.

Wish it had heated seats mind you, maybe something for the future.

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