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Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   18th October 2011, 01:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 22,413
Posted By gmajor
Low temps shown in OBD and coolant temp gauge...

If it is helpful for anyone to know, when my e39 M5 (now 150k+ miles) showed lower than expected temps, either by way of the coolant temp gauge being too far to the left, or the KTEMP value in OBD...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th January 2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,852
Posted By gmajor
Check Parking Lights

Just had to deal with this myself, following 'check parking lights' on the dashboard display.

I've got the first year of angel-eye lights, with the anti-tamper housing/bulb unit described by a...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   6th August 2010, 11:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,436
Posted By gmajor
Front-end clunk

To add my experiences into the mix...

I had the world's most annoying front-end clunking noise for ages and ages, and no amount of prying nor wiggling any suspension or steering joint ever...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   24th February 2010, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By gmajor
I got PSS9s

I fitted PSS9s when the originals got to 100,000 miles, a few years ago - whatever was in the box, I don't know the spring rates.

On European fast, twisty roads, with good surfaces, that you seem...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   31st January 2010, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Posted By gmajor
thx, sunny

thx, sunny
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th January 2010, 12:17 PM
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Views: 890
Posted By gmajor
thx

thx
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th January 2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Posted By gmajor
UK Question: 8" x 17" Rims Known to Fit?

Hi all, does anyone in the UK know of any non-BMW rims in 8x17 that fit our e39 M5s, please?

Many alloy wheel shops suggest Dotz Mugellos will fit, but the one place that had stock, and invited me...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   21st January 2010, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,317
Posted By gmajor
I've put 4 wheels/tyres on the back seats many...

I've put 4 wheels/tyres on the back seats many times, but I needed to tilt the front seats forward a bit to get them in.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   5th August 2006, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 659
Posted By gmajor
Brake pads

You could call Performance Braking in Monmouthshire (you'll have to Google for them, I'm afraid). They are very clever chaps and they might suggest you try out Pagid RS29 pads. They are superb pads...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th January 2006, 07:38 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,837
Posted By gmajor
I have given up...

I was quoted about GBP1000 for my renewal in December, with ever more restrictions on what's covered...looked to me like all the likely candidates were being taken out of warranty scope.

That's...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th January 2006, 08:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,004
Posted By gmajor
Thanks everyone for your replies. I didn't...

Thanks everyone for your replies.

I didn't get the information I was hoping for, exactly - viz, observable relationship between miles-per-gallon and fuel octane rating (and I certainly cannot see...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th January 2006, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,004
Posted By gmajor
Indeed, yet with an engine supposedly i)designed...

Indeed, yet with an engine supposedly i)designed for 98RON and ii) able to adapt anyway via its knock sensors and whatever else there is, I would have expected to see a difference between 95RON,...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th January 2006, 11:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,004
Posted By gmajor
Fuel consumtpion vs grade of fuel used

Hi

I have monitored my fuel consumption for 5 years and 90,000 miles against various brands and octane levels of fuel available in the UK. To start with, that meant just 95 or 97 RON fuels, then...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th December 2005, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,876
Posted By gmajor
Re: Temperature Gauge Problems

My water and oil temp gauges periodically shoot up to full scale, only coming back to normal after a switch off/switch on. Frequency from once per journey down to once per week or two. It's...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th November 2005, 09:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,318
Posted By gmajor
Re: Stumbles at 2500-3000 rpm; "beat" at 2000

most noticable somewhere between 2000-3000, in 3rd and 4th gear.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th November 2005, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,318
Posted By gmajor
Re: Stumbles at 2500-3000 rpm; "beat" at 2000

I have that "beat" noise, about 2Hz-ish (is that what is called a heterodyning noise - when two rotating things' noises interfere and produce a resultant?) that started when I got a new gearbox...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th November 2005, 09:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,108
Posted By gmajor
Re: Has anyone switched to Mobil I

On a 2001 model, that ran TWS 10-60 from new up to 82,500 miles...

Never noticed any oil loss, aside from some in first couple of thousand miles.

Switched to Mobil 1 0-40...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   3rd January 2005, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By gmajor
Re: Problem with gearbox. Need help

I can't point you to any technical information, but I remember reading somewhere that this was a particular problem affecting some earlier M5 gearboxes.

Specifically third gear - it would get...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   15th November 2004, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,282
Posted By gmajor
Re: Clunky Clutch

Replying to earlier question...

On pushing the clutch down, and lifting it back up, there was quite nasty clunking and backlash-type noises and feelings. To be honest, it seemed to come from...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th November 2004, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,282
Posted By gmajor
Re: Clunky Clutch

I just had my prop shaft replaced under warranty. It was the cause of significant shunt/backlash/free-play/whatever-it's-called since brand new, and I assumed it was what was meant when people...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th October 2004, 09:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By gmajor
Re: Just renewed my BMW Warranty....

Simon

What's the car's age and mileage?

My warranty is coming up for renewal at 4 years/80k miles. Last year it was GBP566.

Cheers, geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   19th October 2004, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By gmajor
Re: sparks and inspec ii

My Inspection II cost me £590 at a main dealer. I think this is a 'standard' price.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th August 2004, 10:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,464
Posted By gmajor
Re: UK M-Driving day

If you think it would be helpful, I will liaise with Don Palmer to discuss dates and prices...essentially do the organising for everyone. I would love to see three or four M5s getting it on.
...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   22nd August 2004, 03:31 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,944
Posted By gmajor
Re: Whats your mileage....?

75,000 miles since new in Feb 01.

No problems due to ageing...always had crappy transmission and various rattles in cabin.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st August 2004, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,594
Posted By gmajor
Re: Miles/km on full tank of petrol

All figures in UK MPGs

long-term average 22mpg, with mixed driving

unhappy not to get 27mpg on motorways, but seems to be very weather-dependant - anything from 23-28mpg

16-18 mpg around...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th July 2004, 10:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,464
Posted By gmajor
Re: UK M-Driving day

one option to save your expensive tyres...

do not destroy good tyres...obtain used ones from a tyre place or friendly dealer and fit them to spare wheels - I have gotten lots of freebies and...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th July 2004, 08:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,464
Posted By gmajor
Re: UK M-Driving day

Those people advocating Don Palmer in the UK have the right idea...give him a call, he has a website www.donpalmer.co.uk.

I know a couple of people who have visited him.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th July 2003, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By gmajor
no, but probably will when RMA have a day there...

no, but probably will when RMA have a day there in the Autumn
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   18th July 2003, 07:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By gmajor
can we come to your dealer and get new engines...

can we come to your dealer and get new engines too, please?!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   18th July 2003, 07:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,004
Posted By gmajor
perfect up to about 25000 miles. Then SES...

perfect up to about 25000 miles.

Then SES sometimes with emergency programme every so often up to 53,000, sometimes fault code obtaininable, sometimes "no fault code, sir".

Bank 1 VANOS changed...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th July 2003, 09:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,440
Posted By gmajor
Mine has the worst shift of any car, road or...

Mine has the worst shift of any car, road or racer, I have driven! Also worse than some trucks.

So much transmission lash and clunky shifts, Double-de-clutch needed up and down!

"They are all...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th May 2003, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By gmajor
I just got a new clutch under warranty at 50k...

I just got a new clutch under warranty at 50k miles, and interestingly


1. i got the hint that it was a newer design of clutch following the large number of customer complaints (but sadly no...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   23rd May 2003, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
Posted By gmajor
Tyre combo for fun

Cup fronts in 225 width on std wheels at the front, and worn-out tyres (anything that fits) on front-sized wheels at the back, is a splendid combination for fun.

But the cups are very expensive.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th April 2003, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,169
Posted By gmajor
I will never buy another black car!

And if I could roll back the clock, I would buy a 330 diesel coupe plus an RS Porsche instead of another M5.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th March 2003, 06:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 501
Posted By gmajor
Part Numbers for Pagid pads??

Hi all

Does anyone have the part numbers for Pagid brakepads for our standard rear calipers.

The pads were known by colour, eg Orange for 'fast road' and black for 'track' use, but I think that...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   10th March 2003, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By gmajor
I've had a vanos motor changed when it signalled...

I've had a vanos motor changed when it signalled a fault, and I've seen the bulletin for correcting the rattle on startup on a UK dealer's pc, so you've not been given an accurate picture.

Call...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   7th October 2002, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 973
Posted By gmajor
I've got the CP5555 6-pots on 343mmx32mm I think....

I've got the CP5555 6-pots on 343mmx32mm I think. Fluid is AP's Ultra 5.1 with jolly high BP of 250 deg C dry I think. Was going to get my temperature paint out and go testing but I just got bored...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   5th October 2002, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 973
Posted By gmajor
Hopefully you can come to some winter track days...

Hopefully you can come to some winter track days at Bedford, where it will be nice and wet. It will make a nice change to see another M5 with the wheels out of line.

I've opened my brake ducts,...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   23rd September 2002, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By gmajor
If I go, I will drive there in the M5, but almost...

If I go, I will drive there in the M5, but almost certainly not book the M5 on the track, but go as someone else's co-pilot. So if I may not drive anything, or if I am lucky get to whoosh around in...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   23rd September 2002, 09:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 559
Posted By gmajor
I expect to be there with some porsche chaps, but...

I expect to be there with some porsche chaps, but probably not driving the m5.

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   31st August 2002, 08:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,061
Posted By gmajor
AP Racing

TriflowM5:

AP Racing do make a front brake kit for the standard wheels. My M5 was the prototype 'mule'.

www.apracing.com

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th August 2002, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 481
Posted By gmajor
Cheaper than my Inspection 1 (@ ~GBP320)!

Cheaper than my Inspection 1 (@ ~GBP320)!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th July 2002, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By gmajor
Gummipflege is fantastic stuff! A shame it...

Gummipflege is fantastic stuff!

A shame it doesn't stop the doors swinging shut - anyone got ideas to fix this problem?

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th July 2002, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By gmajor
A couple of questions were directed to me...

When I said "they're all like that, sir" I meant that the e39 seems to have a problem with its doors nearly always swinging back i)fully closed or ii) partially closed after you open them to get out...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   25th July 2002, 08:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By gmajor
I think they're "all like that, sir".

I think they're "all like that, sir".
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   22nd July 2002, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
  Optimax
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Posted By gmajor
Optimax in the UK is > 98 RON, according to their...

Optimax in the UK is > 98 RON, according to their website. The other number used as a measure of Octane in the US and Europe(?), called MON (?) is higher.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   22nd July 2002, 10:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By gmajor
The fuelling on mine is a bit crappy at very low...

The fuelling on mine is a bit crappy at very low rpm, like 1000rpm when tricking around town. It's worse in Sport mode. Seems to be a feature.

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   4th July 2002, 11:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,370
Posted By gmajor
UK - Anyone interested in learning this?

Any UK people who cannot already do this and are interested in learning please reply or PM me.

Maybe we will be able to give Tom a run for his money one day.

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   4th June 2002, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By gmajor
forgot gear shift knob replaced due to peeling...

forgot gear shift knob replaced due to peeling laquer

car now at 35k miles
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   4th June 2002, 10:35 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By gmajor
one big computer problem - 'limp home' mode/SES....

one big computer problem - 'limp home' mode/SES. System re-set cured VANOS faults.

Power steering (??) pipe running across front of sump replaced due to leaking.

Power steering reservoir...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   12th May 2002, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,167
Posted By gmajor
Adam It's a shame you couldn't get a drive...

Adam

It's a shame you couldn't get a drive round the Hill circuit at Millbrook - then you would have experienced the M5 more in its element than the high speed oval. Try it next time.

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   4th April 2002, 07:58 PM
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Posted By gmajor
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th March 2002, 10:08 AM
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Posted By gmajor
Adam What have you heard?...the link you...

Adam

What have you heard?...the link you posted doesn't display for me.

May be better to take this to email or PM as it's going OT.

Thanks

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   11th March 2002, 08:07 PM
Replies: 0
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Posted By gmajor
UK: BMW Owners' Club Track Day March 22nd

At Bedford Autodrome.

Don't have an email address but their tel number is 01225 709009.

The club does have an "M Power" section that may be of interest.

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st March 2002, 01:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,768
Posted By gmajor
Do these sneak-preview articles ever say how much...

Do these sneak-preview articles ever say how much the car will weigh?
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st March 2002, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By gmajor
It's based in the tech/research park (I cannot...

It's based in the tech/research park (I cannot remember the name of the site, but it might be Thurleigh Business Park) off the A6 a few miles north of Bedford. Have a look at
...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st March 2002, 11:19 AM
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Posted By gmajor
UK Track Day Bedford Autodrome April 4th

Contact Liz Bushnell on 01403 733 999 if interested.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   1st March 2002, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By gmajor
It won't be a track day, but it will take place...

It won't be a track day, but it will take place on a track somewhere, just a group of M5s and a coach...maybe Bruntingthorpe proving ground, maybe a wet-grip handling course (but these latter are...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   28th February 2002, 04:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By gmajor
UK :- Coaching in limit-handling

I am thinking about organising professional coaching in limit-handling skills for UK M5 owners.

What I am envisioning is one or more days for a group of say 5 to 10 M5 drivers in their own cars,...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th February 2002, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By gmajor
There are (or were) some on the M6 a little north...

There are (or were) some on the M6 a little north of Birmingham. The Geodecy appears to know about them.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   20th February 2002, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 665
Posted By gmajor
Already booked...see you there. Hope it rains!

Already booked...see you there. Hope it rains!
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   16th February 2002, 09:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By gmajor
BMW sell a custom fit cover for that protects the...

BMW sell a custom fit cover for that protects the back seats and the back of the front seats, designed for transporting pet dogs, whch will allow you to put four wheels on the back seats safely.
...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th February 2002, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 991
Posted By gmajor
Adam Maybe, I've no idea - call Liz and ask....

Adam

Maybe, I've no idea - call Liz and ask. I only get to see the forthcoming track days run by Palmersport (the owners). Other track day companies use the circuit as well - the only one I can...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th February 2002, 06:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 991
Posted By gmajor
To answer all questions in one go... It will...

To answer all questions in one go...

It will be various cars (probably only one e39 M5 - mine), various skill levels (first-timers to absolute masters), open pit lane (as opposed to...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   14th February 2002, 08:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 991
Posted By gmajor
UK - Track Day Bedford Autodrome Sat March 9th

Contact Liz Bushnell on 01403 733999 if interested.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th February 2002, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By gmajor
Ian I take coaching on an ongoing basis from...

Ian

I take coaching on an ongoing basis from Don. You'll need to give him a call yourself to check prices.

See if you can find the Feb 2002 edition of CCC (Cars and Car Conversions) for the...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th February 2002, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By gmajor
ps forgot to add...

...that Don Palmer is a particular fan of M5s, currently only owning one having recently sold a mint e28. Both are in pictures around his web site.
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   13th February 2002, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By gmajor
On-limit handling coaching

UK owners unused to 400hp and/or driving on the limit would do well to call Don Palmer on 01628 784911

or check out
...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   30th January 2002, 02:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,375
Posted By gmajor
Andy Who is your dealer, please? I use...

Andy

Who is your dealer, please?

I use Bates Harold Wood, as I live near Brentwood.

Cheers

geoffrey
Forum: Owners Gallery   30th January 2002, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,527
Posted By gmajor
Andy Who is your dealer, please? I use...

Andy

Who is your dealer, please?

I use Bates Harold Wood, as I live near Brentwood.

Cheers

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   29th January 2002, 05:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,670
Posted By gmajor
Reply to M=bliss

Frame, rear wheel and forks from 95 model.
Forks worked on; shock Ohlins
Front wheel CBR600 97 model for 17" fitment. No spacers needed.
Head from original engine. Lots of work done on head....
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th January 2002, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By gmajor
Fuel Consumption with Sport on/off

Has anyone already done any real testing to compare fuel consumption with the Sport button set off and then on, using like-for-like driving conditions and the same gas both times?

Thanks
...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   27th January 2002, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By gmajor
Ashok Telephone and speak to Liz to find out...

Ashok

Telephone and speak to Liz to find out the details. Their own dates seem not to get on the site. I was there last week and it cost £195 I think. Your real cost will be the petrol at 8mpg!...
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   26th January 2002, 09:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By gmajor
UK Owners: Track Day at Bedford Autodrome Feb 11th

It will probably be an open-pit-lane format. I plan on going along.


http://www.bedford-autodrome.com/

Contact telephone number: 01403 733999.

Regards

geoffrey
Forum: E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion   25th January 2002, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,297
Posted By gmajor
Various replies...

Adam: Yes, I plan to be at the Ring with Wheeltorque

Gus: Do you mean Pembrey?

Lonman: Was it you with your GT2 at Bedford last Saturday?

geoffrey
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