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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By Fudman
Did you have any codes before you did your...

Did you have any codes before you did your service? Or did you perform your service in response to the symptoms you experienced? This will help to troubleshoot your issues.
PO141 is your O2...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By Fudman
I also have LED angel eyes. These are now six+...

I also have LED angel eyes. These are now six+ years old and work fine except for a bit of blinking at startup. Mien were about $20. More expensive LED AEs do not have this issue. Here's the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By Fudman
As a point of reference, I had my indy replace my...

As a point of reference, I had my indy replace my rear shocks about 6 months ago: Labor $288, parts - $200 shipped from BavAuto
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2017, 04:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 50,565
Posted By Fudman
Here are the DIYs for the front and rear dock...

Here are the DIYs for the front and rear dock lock actuators:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648959&highlight=
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-22-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 574
Posted By Fudman
I also got the letter even though I had the work...

I also got the letter even though I had the work done last year at the dealer.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By Fudman
The e39 AC is very sensitive to the freon level....

The e39 AC is very sensitive to the freon level. You may have a refrigerant leak. Too much or too little will result in no cold air. While the pressure level can indicate the condition (low or high),...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By Fudman
The cost to buy an e39 is always affordable but...

The cost to buy an e39 is always affordable but the cost to maintain an e39 is affordable if you DIY or if you get extremely lucky. If you send it out for work, have a fat wallet available. If your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-15-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 770
Posted By Fudman
The e39 is hands down the right choice if the...

The e39 is hands down the right choice if the mileage is accurate and $5K is plenty for maintenance. If your labor is really only $60/hr, this is a great deal.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-15-2017, 05:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 770
Posted By Fudman
Any e39 is subject to an unexpected expensive...

Any e39 is subject to an unexpected expensive repair. But a well kept e39 is typically very reliable. Rubber or plastic parts are subject to degradation and failure in a 15 year old car, especially...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 457
Posted By Fudman
Are these ceramic pads? Do your symptoms vanish...

Are these ceramic pads? Do your symptoms vanish after a few applications of the brakes? A grinding noise/feel is very unusual. Rotors usually take awhile to develop surface rust after getting wet....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-06-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By Fudman
Your problem appears intermittent as you say it...

Your problem appears intermittent as you say it runs great after a difficult startup. Given you have done some significant work on your engine, you may have inadvertently loosened an electrical...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Fudman
If this is the original HU, plug the VIN into...

If this is the original HU, plug the VIN into RealOEM and get the build date.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 50,565
Posted By Fudman
You can close it but you cannot lock it. If you...

You can close it but you cannot lock it. If you lock it, you may not be able to unlock it. You have a failing door lock actuator. Replace it. Search for my DIY.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By Fudman
You should inspect all front suspension...

You should inspect all front suspension components. Your symptom ("play") is not necessarily limited to your tie rods. Your play could be due to failing ball joints in the control or thrust arms. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2017, 04:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By Fudman
+1 on Vanos seals (~$100 DIY) for engine M5...

+1 on Vanos seals (~$100 DIY) for engine
M5 rear sway bar (~$150) for suspension
Armrest subwoofer (~$200) and replace speakers (~$200) for audio
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,311
Posted By Fudman
+1, This job is easier to do with the wheels on. ...

+1, This job is easier to do with the wheels on. Block the front wheels and then use ramps or jack up each rear side and place blocking (e.g. 10 x10 or a cider block) under the rear tires. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2017, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By Fudman
Nice car. Looks like my previous e39. Here is...

Nice car. Looks like my previous e39. Here is some recommended service:

1. Right rear outer door handle is stiff - Ignore
2. Needs New wipers - Replace DIY ASAP, safety issue
3. Rear quarter...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By Fudman
Clean your ICV first before randomly replacing...

Clean your ICV first before randomly replacing parts. Cheaper!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2017, 06:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 521
Posted By Fudman
Did you buy this off eBay or other 3d party...

Did you buy this off eBay or other 3d party source or from the dealer? E39s are very finicky regarding the CPS. A dealer-sourced CPS is the only reliable way to go.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By Fudman
Do you have power upgrades? If yes, what do you...

Do you have power upgrades? If yes, what do you have? Your original post suggested that your engine was stock. If yes, stick with the normal one. If you have upgraded to FI, get the high flow cat.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By Fudman
Normal is fine, a used one will work if $ are an...

Normal is fine, a used one will work if $ are an issue.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By Fudman
+1, All good recommendations. Some of the things...

+1, All good recommendations. Some of the things you can do are very expensive, others not so much. Assuming everything on the car is original parts and it has 100K+ miles on it:

Keep in mind...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2017, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By Fudman
+1

+1
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By Fudman
Are you using an ODB scanner to read your codes? ...

Are you using an ODB scanner to read your codes? An ODB scanner cannot read tranny codes. You need a GT-1, INPA or similar to read and clear tranny codes.

And yes, wet weather and BMW trannys...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By Fudman
No, a standard ODB scanner will not work. You...

No, a standard ODB scanner will not work. You need a computer based system (e.g. GT-1) to pull tranny codes. Creator may work. Search for more info.
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