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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-07-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By Spencercat
I would check the floors to see if they are wet....

I would check the floors to see if they are wet. Also look under the passenger seat for the panel that resides under the foam insulation, it may be water-logged. Also check the DME box under the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 469
Posted By Spencercat
With all due respect to Edjack and Ms. Bluebee, I...

With all due respect to Edjack and Ms. Bluebee, I side more with Mr. Burning 2nd's recommendation. Aside from looking at the usual things I would check whether the clutch and flywheel ($$ component)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 913
Posted By Spencercat
For example: ...

For example:

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?2099817-2000-BMW-540i-6-SPEED-SPORT
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 913
Posted By Spencercat
I don't think that's anywhere near a $9k car,...

I don't think that's anywhere near a $9k car, more like a deal at $6k, but I might be willing to pay $7k if I really liked it. If it were an '03 540i, then maybe, but not with the run of the mill...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-16-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,480
Posted By Spencercat
Hello, Bluebee! Hope everything is going well...

Hello, Bluebee! Hope everything is going well with you, you have been a great source of inspiration to me.

But after reading through this thread, I only want to know: how is your tire wear now,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-10-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,158
Posted By Spencercat
Just did a check on my car, and after replacing a...

Just did a check on my car, and after replacing a faulty lower radiator hose thermostat, my aux fan comes on once the engine reaches 108 deg. C according to the OBC. Runs briefly and then turns off...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-10-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,158
Posted By Spencercat
Wow, what a saga. Just read through looking for...

Wow, what a saga. Just read through looking for inspiration on a similar issue I am having. Did you ever get a chance to use the infrared gun to confirm the temperature readings?

I think there...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-10-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,158
Posted By Spencercat
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 06:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 928
Posted By Spencercat
Though your symptoms could be the thermostat, you...

Though your symptoms could be the thermostat, you should also suspect the heater control valves, located on the driver's side of the engine bay, next to the power steering reservoir. These have...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-26-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,470
Posted By Spencercat
There's little about newer cars which interests...

There's little about newer cars which interests me, esp. depreciation and electronics. I answered this question last fall by buying another E39, in better condition. What other German V8 can you buy...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By Spencercat
Also check connections at the battery, could also...

Also check connections at the battery, could also be bad battery itself.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By Spencercat
? Where are you guys getting your numbers, or are...

? Where are you guys getting your numbers, or are you leaving out replacing the flywheel? Sachs clutch kit is $370, plus LuK Flywheel is $640, plus other ancillary parts for another $100 or so, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,192
Posted By Spencercat
I was in your boat a couple years ago, facing a...

I was in your boat a couple years ago, facing a P0011 code in a car that I had just spent $$ to R/R and upgrade its suspension and various other bits. I ended up biting the bullet and having a shop...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,470
Posted By Spencercat
Welcome to the club. Unless you have unlimited...

Welcome to the club. Unless you have unlimited funds to spend, go easy on what you replace. Doing all the "while you are in there" items can get very spendy.

Good that the PO updated the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 153
Posted By Spencercat
Check for threads on the center support bearing...

Check for threads on the center support bearing or CSB, which is located in about that location.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-07-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 683
Posted By Spencercat
You can gain 10-15 HP at the high end by using...

You can gain 10-15 HP at the high end by using the Dinan manifold, which is the same part as the earlier 740i manifold. You also lose 20 torques midrange, which is why I went back to stock on mine....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Spencercat
Don't be too hard on yourself about that. I had...

Don't be too hard on yourself about that. I had it done a few years ago and only got about 10-15 HP, all at the very top end, while I lost about 20 torques in the midrange. Ended up going back to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,552
Posted By Spencercat
Had the pump bracket break on my '99 540i6, it...

Had the pump bracket break on my '99 540i6, it does seem like a weak point in the serpentine belt system, and is the point most likely to fail when there is added stress/tension on the belt. Mine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-06-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 837
Posted By Spencercat
OP: Two other places to check for voltage leaks...

OP: Two other places to check for voltage leaks would be in the junction box underneath the passenger seat (esp. if it is filled with water), or in the DME box under the passenger cabin filter in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 401
Posted By Spencercat
panfila: Ebay is your friend on this job,...

panfila:

Ebay is your friend on this job, assuming the back end of your lights isn't busted.

Truck: You probably have different, later headlights which do not have removable front sections like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 685
Posted By Spencercat
If those other suggestions don't pan out,...

If those other suggestions don't pan out, disconnect the battery and check the wires leading to the starter. One of them may have worn out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,383
Posted By Spencercat
My advice: read the responses so far. And don't...

My advice: read the responses so far. And don't go to the dealer.

It could be the LCM, but before you throw parts at the problem, make sure it's not a low battery. Unlock the cluster, and check...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By Spencercat
Not sure how to get the seat out without moving...

Not sure how to get the seat out without moving it :(

More info/pics here:
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 07:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By Spencercat
You should check for water in the passenger seat...

You should check for water in the passenger seat area, there is a fuse block under the floor there that gets wet if the door weatherstripping fails. +1 on checking the battery, even a new one can be...
Forum: Parting Out 09-09-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,559
Posted By Spencercat
I need the following parts for a black/black '99...

I need the following parts for a black/black '99 540i 11/98 build date:

interior C pillar covers (all tabs intact)
pre-facelift DS headlight bucket/rear (not lens/cover)
black plastic surround...
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