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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-13-2007, 06:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,840
Posted By STEVE46
My 2003 530i has "hard" leather seats. My 2001...

My 2003 530i has "hard" leather seats. My 2001 330i had "hard" leather seats. Most of the BMW seats produced recently have a "harder" type of leather on the seats (especially the fronts). It's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2007, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 863
Posted By STEVE46
I am having a mis-fire code come up for cyl #6. ...

I am having a mis-fire code come up for cyl #6. Did the same as you, coil and plug replaced but I still get a misfire. Thankfully, it's under CPO and at the dealer getting looked at (again). I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2007, 09:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,519
Posted By STEVE46
I'll chime in and say I have the same thing...

I'll chime in and say I have the same thing happening. Idle is steady, but as it drops, it feels like someone is shaking/rocking the car slightly. No CELs, no other issues. I had the dealer check...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2007, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By STEVE46
RealOEM says they switched water pumps in 1998...

RealOEM says they switched water pumps in 1998 (new part number) so that would be AFTER the plastic impellers of 1992-1997-8ish but BEFORE the composite pumps in April 2003. Pumps in between were...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2007, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,090
Posted By STEVE46
Could be the slip rings in the wheel. See here: ...

Could be the slip rings in the wheel. See here:
http://www.540i6.com/probsfixes.html
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2007, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 696
Posted By STEVE46
OK, so I checked my cooling hoses today when I...

OK, so I checked my cooling hoses today when I got home and here's what I found:

Car running, heater OFF: No noticeable pulsing

Car running, heater ON: No noticeable pulsing

Car NOT running,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2007, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 696
Posted By STEVE46
If your big, lower radiator hose is pulsing, mine...

If your big, lower radiator hose is pulsing, mine does that too. I only saw it doing it when the car was running, but I'll check tonight after my commute home and see if it does it when it's off. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-09-2007, 06:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,142
Posted By STEVE46
The LCM is on ALL E39s. It stands for Light...

The LCM is on ALL E39s. It stands for Light Control Module and is responsible for the operation of all exterior lights. It also stores your car's mileage to prevent odometer tampering. All in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2007, 06:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,142
Posted By STEVE46
Sounds like Hella has their own autoleveling...

Sounds like Hella has their own autoleveling system that includes one self-level sensor and an electronic control unit to adjust the lights. BMW's "official" way is with two sensors and adjustment...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2007, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,142
Posted By STEVE46
It's not simple, unfortunately. You need two...

It's not simple, unfortunately. You need two level sensors (front and rear) as well as the wiring associated with them. Also, your Light Control Module (LCM) either needs to be recoded to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2007, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By STEVE46
You can request for them to put the stick-on...

You can request for them to put the stick-on weights on the inside of the rim, but chances are, they put them on the outside for a reason. You'll get a better balance if you let them put the weights...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-31-2007, 03:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By STEVE46
530i Sport owners what symbol is on your springs?

I noticed today that my coil springs have two different markings on them. The rear springs are marked with a green circle while the fronts have a reddish/brown square. I find it odd that BMW would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2007, 05:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By STEVE46
I think the noise you are hearing when you hit...

I think the noise you are hearing when you hit bumps is "normal". My car does it and I just replaced all 4 shocks and just about everything else related to the suspension. Car rides fine, but yea,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2007, 08:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By STEVE46
Yup, #6 and #10. #10 has a left and right...

Yup, #6 and #10. #10 has a left and right version, so get both. www.oembimmerparts.com had a good price on both parts. The labor to take all that apart is 100% overlapping with doing shocks, plus...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-18-2007, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By STEVE46
I did all 4 struts and reused anything that...

I did all 4 struts and reused anything that wasn't damaged/worn. I didn't have to replace bumpstops, dustboots, and lower shock mounts. I replaced the upper shock mounts front and rear as well as...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-29-2007, 08:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,095
Posted By STEVE46
No, it's chrome like all the others. I will also...

No, it's chrome like all the others. I will also echo what everyone else is saying about the brakes: ALL 530i's have the same brakes as all 540i's. I'd say the choice is mainly in what kind of ride...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2007, 10:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 551
Posted By STEVE46
I had the same thing. Turned out to be a...

I had the same thing. Turned out to be a defective pressure plate and the only fix is a new clutch. :( It sounds kinda like creaky bed springs, right?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2007, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 722
Posted By STEVE46
You drove a 528i and a SUPERCHARGED 530i? Yes,...

You drove a 528i and a SUPERCHARGED 530i? Yes, the 525i will seem underpowered. :) No two ways about it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2007, 01:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By STEVE46
Update

Update!
I took some time this weekend and swapped out the rear tires for the brand new spare. Long story short: I think I found a bent rim! When I swapped one of the rears for the spare, the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2007, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By STEVE46
You may be right. The dealer called and said...

You may be right. The dealer called and said they "could not reproduce the problem". The highways around the dealer are pockmarked and broken so I can understand it's hard to diagnose. They told...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2007, 05:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By STEVE46
I can also tell you the engine seems to shake a...

I can also tell you the engine seems to shake a bit more when the car gets warm and is idling. Also, when I put the clutch in, it will shake even more. Perhaps this points to a motor mount?


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2007, 07:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By STEVE46
Sure thing: - 4 new Sachs OEM Sport shocks -...

Sure thing:
- 4 new Sachs OEM Sport shocks
- Front thrust arms (OEM)
- Tie rods (inner and outer) OEM
- Rear Guiding link (front arm) OEM
- Rear control arm (rear upper) OEM

- Tires are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-28-2007, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By STEVE46
Vibration like a massage chair on the highway

This is on my 2003 530i Sport 5-speed and that's probably the best description I can come up with. It's a very regular vibration (not just "road feel") and it doesn't matter what the road surface is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-24-2007, 06:37 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,793
Posted By STEVE46
Related question: Where exactly, should any...

Related question:

Where exactly, should any of these different lubricants go? I've convered every single rubber part on the doors and I still get squeaks. My car has outer seals with a felt-like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2007, 05:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Posted By STEVE46
Well if it is the shocks, I'd either replace them...

Well if it is the shocks, I'd either replace them with stock sports or Bilstein HDs. I've been in a car with Bilstein's and didn't find the ride too hard. I liked it. Are there any tricks to...
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