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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 453
Posted By mhobryan
Probably when they stopped making full framed,...

Probably when they stopped making full framed, rear wheel drive sedans and switched over to uni-body construction. lightly loaded trailers as seen in the above pics, or a light pop up is fine with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-15-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,140
Posted By mhobryan
I'll try to separate objective from subjective: ...

I'll try to separate objective from subjective:

FACT:
- BMW's are more complex than their American and asian counterparts of the same era, and most midgrade imports (e.g. VW, volvo, saab).
-...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 404
Posted By mhobryan
Hi Orazio, welcome to the fest. high-level, the...

Hi Orazio, welcome to the fest. high-level, the stuff you need to check into are:

- cooling system
- vanos
- front and rear suspension
- SAP
- window regulators (esp the rear ones)
- CCV
-...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-07-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By mhobryan
okay then...dumb question....as I understand how...

okay then...dumb question....as I understand how the single vanos works; simple on, simple off based on oil pressure, and the fact that we aren't really opening up the timing system, e.g. chains stay...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By mhobryan
Getting ready to do this project myself. I see...

Getting ready to do this project myself. I see how one can build the lock blocks, and repurpose nails, screwdrivers, etc for lock pins. But how does one get around the need for the sprocket turner?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By mhobryan
What he said. I do my changes with synth, and top...

What he said. I do my changes with synth, and top off with conventional (typically one quart at the 3k mark) in between for economic reasons. I use synth in my Harley's and my wife's Yukon w/ 170k...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By mhobryan
If your leather is black (looks like it in the...

If your leather is black (looks like it in the photos) I use a product called "Boot Black" Although I can't remember the commercial name, and google is turning up nada. When I get home, I'll post it....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,980
Posted By mhobryan
hey Ed - Missed your post previously ......

hey Ed - Missed your post previously ... actually, after doing further reading on this site, I'm pretty confident that it is a an issue with the vanos seal. It has diminished torque at low rpms, it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,825
Posted By mhobryan
Just as an update, after doing more reading, I...

Just as an update, after doing more reading, I have a fairly high level of confidence that my issue is my vanos seal. The reason it is bucking when cruising 45 mph in 4th or 5th is a lack of low end...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By mhobryan
With the car idling, you should be able to stop...

With the car idling, you should be able to stop the fan fairly easily with your finger.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 102
Posted By mhobryan
if you just did the brakes (i'm assuming pads and...

if you just did the brakes (i'm assuming pads and rotors all 4 corners) did you put anti-squeal on the outside of the pads (metal part). If not, you may want to.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 853
Posted By mhobryan
$2k - $2.5k is what will cost you for a mid sized...

$2k - $2.5k is what will cost you for a mid sized sedan of almost any make that is in decent shape mechanically and not all rotted out. Kinda the price of admission for decent transportation. So it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 681
Posted By mhobryan
I also have the Bifecta sporadically. It's become...

I also have the Bifecta sporadically. It's become progressively better (lights would come on for a few days, then go off for a few days. Now it will be fine for a week, then come on for an hour or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,980
Posted By mhobryan
Thought I'd update at the two year mark... as of...

Thought I'd update at the two year mark... as of march of last year I've:

- replaced rear struts, and some other stuff...think the parts bill was $200-$300

- replaced two rear window regulators...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-12-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,100
Posted By mhobryan
Maybe off from what the OP posted, but think it...

Maybe off from what the OP posted, but think it is relevant to what has been posted...

First, my props to anyone who serves our country in the armed services, or puts their selves in danger in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-10-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 627
Posted By mhobryan
Head gasket and the head for 97 and 98's that had...

Head gasket and the head for 97 and 98's that had the cast iron block. Starting 99 they had aluminum blocks so those models and later the whole engine becomes a boat anchor if overheated. Although...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 627
Posted By mhobryan
Def. do some lurking on here.... lots of good...

Def. do some lurking on here.... lots of good info. You didn't say what your budget is. As already said, if you are not a DIYer, find yourself a good indy mechanic. IMHO I would stick with an Inline...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-01-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 432
Posted By mhobryan
Mine is my DD - 65 miles round trip everyday to...

Mine is my DD - 65 miles round trip everyday to the office. If I had snow tires, instead of half worn Falkens she would be awesome. Been loving the super quick to heat heated seats and LOVE the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 449
Posted By mhobryan
I 'inherited' #2 about 4 years ago, and must say,...

I 'inherited' #2 about 4 years ago, and must say, it is da' bomb! Have used all other variations for 25 years and would always slop a little oil out when moving, or drop the drain plug in and have to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-26-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,630
Posted By mhobryan
If you are doing the work yourself, I would say...

If you are doing the work yourself, I would say "is the juice worth the squeeze?" Has the suspension been refreshed? How is the clutch/trans? Any idiot lights? tires? brakes? If everything else is in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 555
Posted By mhobryan
If it is only the vertical surfaces that are...

If it is only the vertical surfaces that are peeling, I think you might be happy with the $1k partial job. The risk in that is that as the paint fades the new paint will be a different color than the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,825
Posted By mhobryan
Thanks for the reply. I have similar symptoms,...

Thanks for the reply. I have similar symptoms, however, from reading other posts it might be the engine/trans mounts. I had my wife sit in the car and engage the clutch while I watched the engine,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,825
Posted By mhobryan
Know this is an old post OP - Did you replace the...

Know this is an old post OP - Did you replace the DMF, and did it fix your issues/symptoms? I have very similar issues; would be nice to know if this is a strong possibility or I need to look for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By mhobryan
Agree with the above, however, my options are: ...

Agree with the above, however, my options are:

- Spend $50 to expedite the same chinese part so I can have it on friday
- Drive all the way to downtown Detroit to get it at a junkyard for $50 for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 255
Posted By mhobryan
cheap Chinese rear window regulators...

The ones you find off of ebay for $30 or less? As usual you get what you pay for. Replaced the right rear on mine about 18 mos ago, and it failed already. Not sure how many cycles it went through,...
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