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Old 07-10-2018, 08:23 PM   #1
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BMW E64 650i

Hi Guys, it has been a while since I posted here. I thought I would share the latest project, a 2008 650i Convertible, which I purchased back in March.

Here is my Jaguar Super V8 thread:
http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=389735
The Jag is still with me, I really need to update that thread!

The below is copied from another forum, a bit backdated, so please bear with!

Had put a £250 deposit for a 2006 Red convertible from a dealer down in Brighton - however, this 2008 Lci turned up, I made a good offer and he accepted!
So loosing the non-refunable deposit and the extortionate £540 tax still made it a cheaper buy for a more valueable car.

Collected it yesterday from Milton Keynes after taking the train from Lancaster. The seller kindly collected me from the train station and I drove it back to his house. The car drove very well, very smooth.

Spent most of today cleaning and assesing areas that need attention, very pleased with the paint condition, just some stone chips and minor scrapes to deal with. Gave it a clay, then Poorboys Black Hole and wax. My neighboor misread the number plate and thought it was 2018 model!













The interior looks great, but the drivers seat bolster needs attention, dont like beige carpets though! The BMW Dakota leather is not a patch on the nappa leather in the Jag.


The Lci gearshifter is pretty cool, cupholder is metal and well made, but looks a bit aftermarket.


iDrive is very complicated, yet to figure out half of it, but way more advanced than anything Jaguar had at the time! DAB too


To do list:
-Find out why Logic 7 sound system sounds off, possibly amp failure
-Belt (hopefully) squeel when cold
-Refurb drivers seat
-Refurb rubber coated steering wheel plastic
-Machine polish
-Touch up stone chips
- Replace drivers side indicator, as it has strange cracking all over the lens. £260, ouch!
- Fit white LED bulbs to replace filament bulbs
- LED Angel Eyes, recomendations please!
- Oil change (only done in December)
- Refurb front diamond cut wheels, double ouch!
- Buy personalised number plate and fit
- Fill number plate holes in front

Enough to be getting on with? I will be taking the BMW and Jag to the local Cumbria Car show next month...



So 2x V8s, 9 litres, 16 cylinders and around 820bhp for the price of a new Fiesta, these cars are motoring bargain imo.
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My old bean, you've alot to post!

Cars come along way
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I will try my best to fill in the blanks up to the present

A dodgy indicator lens


Headlights wetsanded & buffed


Replacement steering wheel trim


Tatty driver's seat


Damaged wheels


PPF removed from sills




PCV valves replaced


Nice, wheel looking wheels, new center caps & bolts. Calipers painted OEM Blue


Machine polished the paintwork, small scratches & scuffs corrected



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Is the whole forum out to buy older BMWs?

Looks good.
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Paintwork looks stunning, keep the posts coming
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I noticed quite a bit of water in the spare wheel well in boot, it turned out the drains were blocked for the roof. I took the boot linings out and cleaned out the piping. I noticed a rust scab around where the pipe exits behind the rear arch liner. I sanded this back and liberally applied red oxide primer for protection. The carpet was wet behind, thus creating a moisture trap, hopefully it will be ok now the drains are clear.




It was time to get that interior looking good


Digusting carpet


Cheap 2nd hand black carpet, scrubbed up ok


The drivers seat had a fair amount of bolster wear and some stiching had pulled apart, creating a hole. I partially dismantled the seat and re-stiched it, using the original needle holes





I used Furniture Clinic re-finishing kit to apply a new finish to the leather, mostly on the bolster.


All cream plastics are now satin black, it took a while to sand off the annoying soft touch rubber coating. I sanded off the paint off the seat belt support and polished it for a bit of shine




I got the electrical upgrades out of the way. I made a little wiring loom to power the x2 USB charging socket in ashtray, featuring a handy volt meter, also a 12v socket for armrest.


I removed the phone cradle from the armrest, as it took up a lot of space and my phone is connected in my pocket via bluetooth anyway...
There was an unsightly gap left behind, so I made a cardboard template to fill the gap:


Once I was happy with the fit, I cut one of plastic and covered it in suede material. 12v Power socket fitted.


Brand new handbrake cover fitted in perforated leather


Brand new mats fitted, I ordered them from www.officialcarmats.co.uk. I went for the highest quality ones they make (Prestige) with Nubuck trim. Happy with the quality and other places were charging almost double for the same carpet pile.




Handy USB sockets & voltmeter


I Retro-fitted the iPod MOST interface, alowing control of music off my iPhone. I already had the AUX in fitted from factory, but no way of choosing tracks, ect...
It fits in place of the CD changer and is accessed via CD menu. I bought a module for £5 (untested)! The cable cost me £10, plus a genuine 30pin lightning adaptor I had.



I had a strange issue, when I placed the module in the CDC slot, I noticed sparks arcing and it did not show up on the menu the first time...
I opened it up, the ground pin was burned out for some reason


Cable tied in place, not the neatest, but access was tricky. I am looking for a blanking plate to cover the hole left


Tested and works well, but annoyingly lists tracks by name, but not artist.


A bargain for £15!

I replaced the waterpump pulley, which was damaged at somepoint by some careless mechanic probably...
New pulley & belt installed




Created a new V8 badge out of vinyl to replace the chrome badge in engine bay. I created a vector of the outline of the badge used on the E92 M3




Tested out the cars sotck performance to 60mph


The little things eh? The spanner was missing from the toolset, thankfully correct BMW branded one purchased for £2!


The Logic 7 amp got replaced with 2nd hand one for £190, finally, I have the full effect of the DSP. Sounds fantastic!!


I am trying and failing to get the Lane Departure system working reliably. It works great for about 4 miles, then shouts at me "Lane Departure Warning System Faulty" on nav screen & dash... I cleaned the camera mounted in windscreen as it was dusty, no joy


I brimmed the tank and put about 45miles motorway driving, got a range of 500


The orange lines are for the lane departure warning, once over 40mph it activates and vibrates the steering wheel if you dift out of lane.

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Can't stand beige carpet, ironically both my projects have them!!!

Nice to see some black carpet..
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Great to see another older beemer look forward to updates, I think Andy has started something here
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That looks so much better with the black trim and carpet, i would have gone with painted wheels though as machine cut never lasts. Great work though !
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