I couldn't just keep driving the work van indefinitely but there was no immediate solution.
A couple of texts at the weekend from a mechanic nearby who I'd dealt with before saw another X5 arrive on Monday morning.
This one was registered in ROI but half the paperwork and NOVA had been done and it was already MOT'd in the North... well, that's legal in my eyes. No wheels though but conveniently enough I'd just parked up that other black X5 which had excellent tyres on it...
I'll tell you what else, heated seats are for winners. And, as if that wasn't perfect enough, it started snowing the same evening. Yesh! I bought a half-priced 4WD on the very day the snow started, and long term readers will know that this is a repeat feat from last year as well! (Forester).
All this went swimmingly until I was driving along a country road enjoying my heated seats and quiet, dry interior...
And "check injector system" flashed up and it coasted to a complete halt. And would not restart.
Ended up towing it back to the yard. Well, that scuppered my plans! I was quite enjoying it too, even more so because it came with a quarter tank of diesel so was basically costing me nothing to run!
But other works were also underway and in a short space where there was nothing on the lift in work and no parts or cars blocking access, I fired up the blue monster and snuck it in.
Again if you're a long term fan (ha!) you'll remember the 540i was bought with a few issues, one of which was the rear beam bushes, which got worse until I stopped driving the car and self-imposed a ban on driving it until they were done.
Richard I bought it from had given me a box of spares, which has since been mixed in with other E34 spares I've had or found in other cars.
So, Meyle or ECP bushes?
The old bushes were cut out...
Pressing in beam bushes did not appeal to the guys in work so they cried a lot and insisted we use the polybushes that were bought for the 740i (same beam). Until after plenty of searching one of my buddies popped in and then revealed that he had "borrowed" them for his car! and had told me he would replace them... which he hasn't as yet.
So his penance? Well, you can fit the rubber ones then!
I've only photos of them empty hole, you will have to use your imagination, that is if you want to bother imagining what new rubber bushes look like.
And last job, as per usual the cold has sapped the life out of the battery, which in this case was a monstrous Bosch unit. I hoiked it out - difficult due to the bulk of it - and stuck a charged up Varta in, keeping it in the family, and immediately pressed it into service, so the 540i is my daily again as of right now!
At some point I'll have a proper sort-out of all the extra cars lying around, like the Range Rover, two black X5s, there's a Mitsubishi MPV and a Fiesta and a couple of BMWs are knocking around that need to go bye-bye, but right now there's too much going on, but soon maybe we will have some order restored!
Actually the van has been spot on!I love this thread and I know you break cars but I have to wonder . You bought a rangey a defender a van and two x5’s none of which have been anything but utter ball ache.
Do you never just think balls to this I’m gonna spend a bit more money and get something less bother ? Or do you genuinely just enjoy a challenge lol
Probably. Imma have to get a mate out with his INPA because I am currently sans diagnostics, but it looks like that or the ECU. Very electrical like, power cut, did not feel like a physical fuel supply problem.What do you think is the issue with the X5? Injector pump?
Probably. Imma have to get a mate out with his INPA because I am currently sans diagnostics, but it looks like that or the ECU. Very electrical like, power cut, did not feel like a physical fuel supply problem.