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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 09:38 PM
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Posted By bobdmac
The V-8 is the 540. If you're thinking of...

The V-8 is the 540. If you're thinking of long-distance pleasure driving, it's just a sublime cruiser, great for passing slow traffic on two-lane roads, with a suspension that keeps its composure,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By bobdmac
In town, of course, it's more like 12-15 mpg. I...

In town, of course, it's more like 12-15 mpg. I try to be judicious in using the acceleration because it loves to suck down the gas at full throttle.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By bobdmac
I wasn't looking for a V-8 when I bought my car,...

I wasn't looking for a V-8 when I bought my car, just a stick shift. I drove a couple of 6-cylinders but didn't like their condition or maintenance history. Then I drove the V-8 with the 6-speed, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 229
Posted By bobdmac
Square= same size, back and front, vs staggered...

Square= same size, back and front, vs staggered (wider rear tires)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 229
Posted By bobdmac
You might try upping the front tire pressure a...

You might try upping the front tire pressure a couple of pounds. It's a cheap, reversible experiment.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:38 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
Oops, KKlop, I overlooked your question. This was...

Oops, KKlop, I overlooked your question. This was in Southern Maryland--a town with the unlikely name of California, MD. Here's a link to an article about it:

Calvert County Man Offers Bi-Plane...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:06 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
Indiansfan, Flightmedic, and KKlop, thanks for...

Indiansfan, Flightmedic, and KKlop, thanks for your comments. Flightmedic, if I were headed your way, I'd definitely look you up, but I've been back in Oakland CA for a few months now. I'm just...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By bobdmac
FYI--"moulding" is actually the British...

FYI--"moulding" is actually the British spelling.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
Jim and IndiansFan, thanks for the comments. Jim,...

Jim and IndiansFan, thanks for the comments. Jim, did the Stearman you flew in also have a flywheel start?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
Dang! I think I went right through Parker. As I...

Dang! I think I went right through Parker. As I recall, I took CA 62 out of 29 Palms, into AZ, and then AZ 95 down to US 60, and I stayed overnight in Wickenburg. I hate missing beers!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By bobdmac
How did I not realize that?

How did I not realize that?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By bobdmac
Okay, here's another try. See #3 on this diagram...

Okay, here's another try. See #3 on this diagram (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=DT63&mospid=47587&btnr=64_1136&hg=64&fg=45)? It's listed as "actuator for ventilation flap." If you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By bobdmac
You're right, it looks way different. That's what...

You're right, it looks way different. That's what I get for trying to look at a diagram with the sun behind me, shining on the screen. As far as the "R" goes, I'd go with "right" since it probably...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By bobdmac
Check number 7 in the diagram at this link...

Check number 7 in the diagram at this link http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=DT63&mospid=47587&btnr=64_0674&hg=64&fg=05
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 227
Posted By bobdmac
It looks like a ventilation door. Note one side...

It looks like a ventilation door. Note one side has a square hole to fit over some sort of drive mechanism.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By bobdmac
Nice to hear a good wrap-up of your problem.

Nice to hear a good wrap-up of your problem.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
After hearing about the biplane ride...

After hearing about the biplane ride (http://biplaneairtours.com/page4.html), I called the guy up and made an appointment for a ride. $110 bought me 30+ minutes in the air. The pilot is an ex-Navy...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 8,121
Posted By bobdmac
So, back to my West Virginia stop-- Here are...

So, back to my West Virginia stop--

Here are some shots underway, through some back yards as well.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5335/9450352998_a696e4f296_b.jpg
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By bobdmac
Check out this thread: 540i low compression...

Check out this thread: 540i low compression (https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518917&page=3). Flug540 simply installed new OEM bolts when he put the heads back on, and he's running...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By bobdmac
Amen.

Amen.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By bobdmac
Unless I'm mistaken, a code result that reads...

Unless I'm mistaken, a code result that reads something like "sensor heater, bank 1" (as an example) will lead you down a completely different diagnostic trail from a vacuum leak.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 167
Posted By bobdmac
On the driver's side, back (closest to driver) to...

On the driver's side, back (closest to driver) to front (closest to radiator), 8-7-6-5.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By bobdmac
Typically, leaks appear in cold weather and...

Typically, leaks appear in cold weather and disappear as the engine or the climate warms up. Autozone probably has a code reader you can use for free, which should at least get you pointed in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 591
Posted By bobdmac
I agree with Flug540--the "turbulence" vs....

I agree with Flug540--the "turbulence" vs. "smoothness" argument is bogus because the intake air still has to bounce around a complicated intake system once it gets past the MAF before it finally...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By bobdmac
If the head has to come off, you might want to...

If the head has to come off, you might want to start shopping around for used engine prices vs. repair cost comparisons.
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