Got gifted a 2000 E39 (528i) a few months ago. I've never owned a beemer before, it's an all new experience for me! Put it thru an MOT last month, just trying to work thru the fails...it'd been laid up for at least a year before I got the car so there's the usual bits and pieces to sort out.
Main problems atm that I'm struggling with are the front anti-roll bar drop link dust covers [needing replacement] and the lambda reading. I hear the former is a pretty straight forward job, but I can't seem to find any decent explanation of how to do it. The latter is apparently a problem with the inlet manifold - the guy that gave me the car reckons that I have two options - replace the inlet manifold with an exact copy, either new or via ebay/breakers etc or replace it with the inlet manifold from a 3 series which will remove the 197 BHP restriction. Does anyone know if this is actually true? Apparently a leaking inlet manifold is a common problem on this model cos it's only plastic and warps over time - is this true?
Any views/ideas/comments would be welcome.
One other thing - I've just bought a BMW Scanner v1.4.0 as it seemed like a good idea at the time! Seems like it'll only work with Windows XP, not Windows 7 which is what I have. If I do get it working, which software should I be looking to use it with? Someone suggested that for the sake of the MOT I might be able to coax the ECU into producing a mixture that'll pass an emissions test, is this likely or advisable?