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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By MHaas42
rock mafia, you are the man! I think you found...

rock mafia, you are the man! I think you found every '03 MTec for sale in the country. Looking through all the ads and comparing them to mine, I think I'm going to land somewhere in the $9K range...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By MHaas42
My assumption is that the people on this forum...

My assumption is that the people on this forum already have their E39's and are probably not in the market for another one. So, if someone on the forum is interested in the car, that would be a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By MHaas42
Thought I had forgotten to put the year, but I...

Thought I had forgotten to put the year, but I see that I actually did.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 399
Posted By MHaas42
Value Help - 2003 540i MTec - 6 speed

It is about to be time to part with my beloved 2003 540i MTecnic. I have a daughter about to turn 16, so I need to buy something that isn't quite so fast and fun to drive. (Plus, she can't drive a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By MHaas42
Thanks for the reply, Doru. I must admit I...

Thanks for the reply, Doru. I must admit I didn't follow about half of what you said. I don't know how to read the fuel trim levels, or how to check the fuel rail pressure. I don't know what...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 928
Posted By MHaas42
Codes & Plan - P1168, P1170, P0507

2003 540i 6-speed M-Tec - 125K miles

I completed my most ambitious DIY project a month or so ago by replacing the CCV and the valve cover gaskets. This was pushing the limits of my ability, but I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2013, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By MHaas42
I just checked and they are actually spec'd at...

I just checked and they are actually spec'd at 265 35-18. I attached the pic, but I haven't posted a pic before, so I'm not sure if it will show up. Maybe the spec changed somewhere down the line? ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2013, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By MHaas42
Tire Size - 540i-6 MTech - 285 30-18??

I have a 2003 540i M-Tech. It has the staggered rims with the 265 35-18 tires on the rear and the 235 40-18 tires on the front. (Not being able to rotate your tires really shortens their life, but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2013, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By MHaas42
All good advice. The check engine light senses...

All good advice. The check engine light senses that I'm about to get it checked, then goes off for 3 days. It has done this on and off for 3 weeks. I probably do need to put the hammer down...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By MHaas42
2003 - 540i6 MSport - BAD MPG?!

I bought my dream car - the 2003 Silver 540i6 M Sport a little over a year ago with 108K and it now has 120K. So far the maintenance hasn't been bad at all, but the gas mileage is awful lately.
...
Forum: Southeast Regional - AR, AL, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN 03-01-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By MHaas42
Bennete's? No The Auto Shop? Yes

I took my '03 540i to Bennette's downtown with a cylinder misfire. They told me the compression was WAY low in one cylinder and I needed a new engine. I won't bore you with the details, but I drove...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By MHaas42
Good advice - I will check on Craigslist, and...

Good advice - I will check on Craigslist, and also get quotes from some local body shops. I'm going to hold off on aftermarket replacements as long as I can.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-05-2012, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By MHaas42
M-Bumpers Cracked - Repair or Replace?

Between my wife backing into my neighbor's car, and me running into a hidden concrete stump, both bumpers on my '03 540i M-Tec-6 are shot. (See attached pics). With these ground-scrubbing front...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,868
Posted By MHaas42
I am not nearly as savvy as some of these guys on...

I am not nearly as savvy as some of these guys on the forum, but I was having a similar issue with my 2003 540i a few weeks ago. It idled roughly, died occasionally, but could be driven. Then one...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By MHaas42
At the risk of jinxing myself, the car runs as...

At the risk of jinxing myself, the car runs as close to perfectly as I could expect. It has plenty of power, idles smoothly, no smoke, etc. The rough spots seem to have been corrected by drying it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2012, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By MHaas42
Award for best advice

I forgot to mention that the award for best advice, and it was tough because there was a lot of good advice, goes to Quick99si, who suggested the compression retest. Thanks again!!!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2012, 08:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By MHaas42
CLOSURE!! MAJOR Misdiagnosis!!

Ok, here is the final chapter of this saga, and it has a happy ending. I still have my old (and very reliable) Volvo, so I just parked the BMW and marinated for a week or so, then took it to another...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-29-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By MHaas42
Delayed reply

I appreciate all of the information. I am on my way to pick up the car now and I'll be able to see what the old plugs looked like. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined, but nothing like most of you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-28-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By MHaas42
Blown engine?? Maybe not?? Help!

I bought a 2003 BMW 540i with the 6 speed manual in December. It has 110K and has been running well, until a few days ago when it stalled at a stoplight and seemed to start running a little rough,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-30-2011, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,313
Posted By MHaas42
Jun - we need to talk!

Jun, I am going to try to figure out how to send you a private message. We need to compare notes - there is a good chance we have the same problem. I do know that on automatics, there is a neutral...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-29-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,482
Posted By MHaas42
Fixed itself!

One of my two primary problems seems to have solved itself. After two days, the "Service Engine Soon" light has mysteriously gone off. I don't know how or why and at this point, I'm just grateful...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-29-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,313
Posted By MHaas42
New clue!!

First of all, the fact that the visor check is a legitimate troubleshooting method should be enough to drive us all to other hobbies. But I'm hooked like the rest of you, so I did the visor check...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-29-2011, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,313
Posted By MHaas42
The ignition switch seems like it may be on the...

The ignition switch seems like it may be on the short list of possble problems. No idea how to check the clutch switch dealy but I'll search the forum for advice on that one. I saw a thread about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-29-2011, 08:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,313
Posted By MHaas42
Just want to bump this post with one last ditch...

Just want to bump this post with one last ditch effort to see if anyone else has faced this. Car acts like I don't have the clutch pushed in - as if there is a safety feature preventing it from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-28-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,482
Posted By MHaas42
I'll give that a shot. Any suggestion on which...

I'll give that a shot. Any suggestion on which scan tool to get? I am fairly handy, but I won't be doing a lot of major work on this car myself.
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