Just purchased a 530d auto 2002. Car has done 126k and full service history, car has been well looked after. Bushes have been done recently along with exhaust and some other bits and bobs...however, 1st thing i need to do is get rid of the swirl flaps which is being done by BMW, TVR and Mini specialists | Forza West | Chepstow NP16 5QZ for £120 + vat. They are also replacing the turbo boost vacuum pipe that runs from under the inlet manifold all the way over the top of the engine to the vacuum accumilator down by the turbo and the breather pipe filter for an additional £45 (ish inclusive of vat) I queried an ATF change, due to the costs of the fluids themselves and the need to keep intiial costs down, they will take a sample of the oil for analysis...will let you know about my experience with them.
The other thing i didnt mention due to the vagueness of it is that my engine is loud! when idle i also get a vibration noise. Im assuming this could be down to possibly the engine mounts or worn insulation?
anyone got any thoughts of any other work which i should carry out? I had an oil change and flush...oil used was Castrol Edge Premium 5w40.
I also got one of those aftermarket 'dynavin' style units like;
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Plenty of functionality and good quality handsfree...the ease of use and general intelligence of the software is the major letdown. if anyone wants any more thoughts on this, just ask.