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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-13-2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 701
Posted By mda185
Most of the towns around here are sleepy little...

Most of the towns around here are sleepy little towns with cops that have state of the art radar and a need to fill the local govt coffers with revenue from tickets. When I bought my 525iT 12 years...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 701
Posted By mda185
One thing none of us wagon fans have mentioned is...

One thing none of us wagon fans have mentioned is that the general public does not expect a wagon to be a high performance car. It means we fly under the radar much of the time and don't attract...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 701
Posted By mda185
IndiansFan, I could not have put it better. I...

IndiansFan, I could not have put it better. I feel same way about my E34 Touring even though it is not as refined as the E39. Mine has been in the family for 12 years and has been an amazing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 701
Posted By mda185
The wagon driving experience is not significantly...

The wagon driving experience is not significantly different in my experience. I regret letting some 528i 5 speed wagons get away from me in years past because they are so hard to find now. Ask him...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By mda185
Try to find a car from an owner that kept...

Try to find a car from an owner that kept maintenance records so you can see if the stuff that commonly breaks or wears out by 150K miles has already been replaced. That is going to rule out...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By mda185
I think that is a good assumption. These...

I think that is a good assumption. These amplifiers are designed with a soft turn on circuit that fades in. If the problem persists even after fixing the turn on wire, then I would try replacing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By mda185
Stock wiring is actually more resistant to...

Stock wiring is actually more resistant to picking up engine alternator noise than aftermarket wires. The technical description for it is unshielded twisted pair. Boeing aircraft did a study over...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By mda185
If I am seeing correctly, your Infinity Kappa...

If I am seeing correctly, your Infinity Kappa crossovers are wired directly into the factory wiring harness rather than running new wires to the speakers. Love that older Alpine head unit. I don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By mda185
i have known a number of well regarded indie...

i have known a number of well regarded indie mechanics over the years that feel this way and worked as a mechanic in a foreign car shop while in college. If these mechanics are completely honest...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-09-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By mda185
Factory installed speaker wire is good enough for...

Factory installed speaker wire is good enough for anything but a subwoofer. It is good quality twisted pair that is more resistant to picking up electrical noise than 90% of the aftermarket speaker...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By mda185
The description on the page you linked says: ...

The description on the page you linked says:

"system includes two 5-1/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossovers"

That is a 2 way system. There is no subwoofer. The 5 1/4" woofers are probably...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By mda185
I am an accomplished car audio installer and the...

I am an accomplished car audio installer and the tech from Crutchfield is giving bad advice. You definitely do not need to replace all the speaker wires but doing this install correctly requires...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 599
Posted By mda185
++++ to all the good advice above. Definitely...

++++ to all the good advice above. Definitely drain, change filter and refill. It may keep your tranny going a bit longer and can't hurt. If it fails after this maintenance, it was ready to fail...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 418
Posted By mda185
Something that has not been mentioned is to be...

Something that has not been mentioned is to be very careful and use recommended torque values when tightening the OFH bolts during reassembly. The aluminum block threaded holes are easy to strip if...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By mda185
7000 from a dealer sounds pretty good if you want...

7000 from a dealer sounds pretty good if you want to take the easy route. If it is sound mechanically and really only has the minor cosmetic issues, you could probably get more if you are patient...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 529
Posted By mda185
Is it possible your plastic fan exploded? That...

Is it possible your plastic fan exploded? That could cause much of the damage you describe. If would suspect that is a possible cause. The fan clutch can also cause this to happen if it suddenly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By mda185
A pristine one with flawless paint and interior,...

A pristine one with flawless paint and interior, rebuilt suspension and subframe bushings, and engine with all maintenance kept up to date, sold for $12,500 on the other big bimmer forum 2 years ago....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Posted By mda185
The only problem with that is lousy dealers that...

The only problem with that is lousy dealers that charge way more than list price for new keys like the 2 closest to me in NJ.:mad: Scott's repair service sounds like a bargain for folks in my...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 418
Posted By mda185
Good question. I can't see why it would be...

Good question. I can't see why it would be necessary. I have pulled the intake manifold on my S52 engine and it has a similar air/oil separator. It is a simpler design than the M54 but in the same...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 418
Posted By mda185
I did something different and replaced that hose...

I did something different and replaced that hose with a piece of reinforced silicone hose rated for vacuum applications. I reused the BMW end fittings and replaced the middle section with the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 822
Posted By mda185
They don't get the respect they deserve from most...

They don't get the respect they deserve from most folks. That engine produces same HP per cubic inch as the M3 of its day and they are good for a reliable 350 HP with relatively minor modifications....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 822
Posted By mda185
I have done 4 BMW clutch jobs and about 30 on...

I have done 4 BMW clutch jobs and about 30 on other makes over the years. The hardest by far is my 92 Celica All Trac Turbo. It has tranverse engine with a tranny and transfer case bolted on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 822
Posted By mda185
The trick to getting this clip and bushing out is...

The trick to getting this clip and bushing out is to have the car supported on one jack and the tranny supported on another. Then, you unbolt the tranny mount bolts and lower it a few inches. It...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By mda185
Are they available new again or are you...

Are they available new again or are you harvesting them from old wheels like i did?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By mda185
The disturbance if you get it, is total inability...

The disturbance if you get it, is total inability to tune into any broadcast signals that are not from towers really close to you. The interference raises the noise floor so high that all you get is...
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