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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-08-2015, 08:37 PM
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Views: 1,296
Posted By bobdmac
I think the statistical term for that is...

I think the statistical term for that is "outlier."
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-08-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By bobdmac
Congrats on the fix. Thanks for your post, and...

Congrats on the fix. Thanks for your post, and thanks for researching the issue and finding this thread, rather than starting a new one from scratch. Old threads like this add so much value to the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-08-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By bobdmac
To me, the rally (isn't it rallye in the UK?)...

To me, the rally (isn't it rallye in the UK?) version, as close as possible to the photo you posted, seems closer to the mark. I don't think BMW had much success with the 2000CS as a race car; in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations, and welcome. If you haven't done...

Congratulations, and welcome. If you haven't done so already, you might want to spend some time looking through the "stickies" on this forum's page. If you have a specific question about an issue,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 475
Posted By bobdmac
Have you seen my thread, "Around the M62TU in 80...

Have you seen my thread, "Around the M62TU in 80 Hours, More or Less (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806173)?"

I did both the valley pan gasket and the VANOS, as well as the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By bobdmac
You didn't say whether the cylinder 6 misfire...

You didn't say whether the cylinder 6 misfire moved when you switched coils, but from your conclusion that you had a bad coil, I assume it did follow the swap.

Still, I agree with your concern....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,296
Posted By bobdmac
Just to be clear, Doru, I wasn't taking a shot at...

Just to be clear, Doru, I wasn't taking a shot at you, and my post was intended to reinforce MKJS's response to lesguy. I was just trying to make sure we agreed on how we were making our decisions....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,296
Posted By bobdmac
Unless Doru wants to post to the contrary, I...

Unless Doru wants to post to the contrary, I think the assertion that oil change intervals and weak tensioners cause the timing chain guide failures falls under the category of "reasonable but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,296
Posted By bobdmac
In my car, after 185,000 miles, only the U-shaped...

In my car, after 185,000 miles, only the U-shaped reversing rail was in danger of breakage. The other two rails were barely worn. I can't recall seeing an account of either of the two side rails...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By bobdmac
You may be right, but it's really unusual for...

You may be right, but it's really unusual for multiple coil packs to fail at the same time, and he said he already replaced the coils. I think an intake leak is more likely to be the problem.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 18,011
Posted By bobdmac
Hah, you guys are pretty good. Thanks for the...

Hah, you guys are pretty good. Thanks for the inquiries. I still have the "brakes, ABS, DSC" warning lights. I wonder if I dislodged a connector somewhere. As for other issues, I have a noise that...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,310
Posted By bobdmac
I think Car and Driver said it looked like "an...

I think Car and Driver said it looked like "an angry kitchen appliance."
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By bobdmac
That's the beauty of Onion articles.

That's the beauty of Onion articles.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,310
Posted By bobdmac
Sorry about your misfortune; it's no fun, and I...

Sorry about your misfortune; it's no fun, and I know it's a financial strain, but it's good to hear no one was hurt.



I have a question about this. Shouldn't it be that if you keep it, you'll...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By bobdmac
"Neighbors Come Together to Watch BMW Owner Struggle in Snow"

Great post from The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/articles/neighbors-come-together-to-watch-bmw-owner-struggl,37917/):

http://o.onionstatic.com/images/28/28563/16x9/700.hq.jpg?6218


EVANSTON,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 816
Posted By bobdmac
If he files a claim against the other driver's...

If he files a claim against the other driver's insurance, there's no deductible. Also, many insurance companies will waive their insured's deductible if the liable driver has coverage. They will then...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 71,651
Posted By bobdmac
From what I've read, the ELM connector's version...

From what I've read, the ELM connector's version of Bluetooth works with Android but not with the iPhone. You have to use the Wi-Fi version with the iPhone. But I think the Torque app is Android-only.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-29-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By bobdmac
I've concluded that this is a common pattern for...

I've concluded that this is a common pattern for the 540. There's a small leak somewhere, difficult to pinpoint, and it creates a bubble in the cooling system, producing a "check coolant level"...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-29-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 250
Posted By bobdmac
Starting from a completely empty engine, I bought...

Starting from a completely empty engine, I bought 4 gallon bottles, and I now have about 2.5 quarts left.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-29-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 250
Posted By bobdmac
I just switched to Evans NPG waterless coolant,...

I just switched to Evans NPG waterless coolant, the rationale being that with a much higher boiling point, it doesn't create the internal pressure in the cooling system that the standard...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By bobdmac
How long after the other work (MAF, DISA, etc.)...

How long after the other work (MAF, DISA, etc.) did the O2 sensor code appear? Maybe something is happening upstream that the post-cat O2 sensor can't compensate for.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By bobdmac
Were the O2 sensors replaced with OEM sensors...

Were the O2 sensors replaced with OEM sensors (Bosch, I think)? If not, they may be more likely to fail. Does the code say something like "02 sensor heater, bank 1?" If so, it just means that the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 473
Posted By bobdmac
I only have the single VANOS, on the intake...

I only have the single VANOS, on the intake camshaft, on my car, but it sounds like your exhaust camshaft timing isn't retarding enough, possibly because of bad VANOS seals, judging by the symptoms...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 854
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations! It'll feel great to get the car...

Congratulations! It'll feel great to get the car back on the road again. Few things give you the sense of satisfaction that you get from a successful DIY project.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 854
Posted By bobdmac
The ball joint tool worked pretty well on my...

The ball joint tool worked pretty well on my thrust arm ball joints, but the pickle fork took car of the control arm ball joints in short order. I didn't even have to whale on it too hard, maybe in...
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