So I picked this 1999 528iA M Sport up over Christmas as I wanted to get rid of the 320d and fancied a petrol because I don't do very many miles again.
Its a bit old and I don't really like red cars, but its pretty nice to drive.
Crappy pictures of a dirty car(not stopped raining since I got it!):
And the latest in 90's tech!
There is some trouble with the lacquer on the front and rear bumpers as well as the N/S/R quarter panel, which I will get my paint bloke to have a look at if I am going to keep the car, but not to fussed at the moment. The wheels need a referb, but apart from that I don't think there is much wrong with it...
So first job was to replace a rear tyre, then I ran over a nail so that changed to two new tyres.... Now I am to tight to pay someone to fit them so did it myself:
My awesome(although maybe oversized) bead breaker :
So I noticed the temp gauge never got near the middle so used the OBC menu to check the actual temp and it was only getting to 50c so suspected a open thermostat. Bought that and a fanbelt from ECP as I like to change the belt when I get a new car to be on the safe side.
Was a pain in the arse job because of all the hoses clipped onto the fan shroud, the fan came off easily though which was good.
It was pissing down with rain including hail, thunder and lightning and I got soaked so not many picstures of this:
32mm spanner for fan nut:
You can see here the old housing has been damaged:
New belt on:
Finally all back together after a lot of struggle:
Do you think a new belt was needed? :
There is a very small amount of play in the idler and tensioner pulley, but not bad at all and the water pump had a very small bit of play as well. The bottom of the rad has bowed a bit like they love to do on the M52/54 engines so if I keep the car I will save up a bit and buy a new rad, pump and pulleys.
Not really sure what my plans are for his car yet, but want to keep it standard really.
I am going to drop the oil soon and give it a good wash and polish/wax(so I can get some proper pictures!).
Cheers for looking