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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 275
Posted By 540nj
How do you gap four electrode (stock) plugs? ...

How do you gap four electrode (stock) plugs?

I feel like I made the godaddy puppy killer commercial.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 275
Posted By 540nj
Beginning 1999, no gap given (non-adjustable). ...

Beginning 1999, no gap given (non-adjustable). Before that, 0.7mm, but still not supposed to need adjustment.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By 540nj
I use the same one, works great, my town has a...

I use the same one, works great, my town has a barrel to dump the oil in, so very convenient to DIY.

No loud noises at idle, I guess can wait a bit before I look, at least until spring!

dave...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By 540nj
I hand tighten the oil filter cap (and loosen),...

I hand tighten the oil filter cap (and loosen), never had any problems.

Use a top-sider to drain oil, so no worries on the bolt. Next oil change I will drop the pan to check for timing change...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 238
Posted By 540nj
Make sure your jack pads and underbody trim is...

Make sure your jack pads and underbody trim is attached also.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,693
Posted By 540nj
I like your thinking! Congrats on the new...

I like your thinking! Congrats on the new purchase.

Owned my 03 540i6 since new, keep thinking it's time to change, but it still runs so nice at 124K miles, hard to justify a replacement, unless...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 2,685
Posted By 540nj
Replaced mine with a kit from Sears maybe 6 - 7...

Replaced mine with a kit from Sears maybe 6 - 7 years ago. Plastic gear had worn to nubs. Likely time to do it again soon.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-15-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 295
Posted By 540nj
+1, P1357 was my first symptom, looked at the...

+1, P1357 was my first symptom, looked at the spark plug well to find oil sloshing around. Replaced VCGs to stop the oil leak, and replaced the coil to fix the 1357. Other coils soon followed...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-24-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By 540nj
One other difference - BMW offered a $4000 -...

One other difference - BMW offered a $4000 - $5000 rebate on the 540s at the end of 2003 MY. That's when I bought mine. Ended up getting a price $4000 below invoice, which was very difficult to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-19-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By 540nj
Unlocking the doors unlocks the trunk, put...

Unlocking the doors unlocks the trunk, put shouldn't "pop" it (open it, like pushing trunk open button). Never heard of this issue.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-15-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,485
Posted By 540nj
Love that car! I was looking for one all over...

Love that car! I was looking for one all over before I bought mine new.

Are wheels stock? - are they 18s? Weren't original mpar 18 staggered? Web site says 16". Did you use separate snows?
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By 540nj
Bluebee, Call me a stealer lover, I don't...

Bluebee,

Call me a stealer lover, I don't mind! I still buy oil and filters at my local BMW dealer, who gives me a 30% discount on most anything. Last purchase was $6/quart, $5 before that. Glad...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By 540nj
Is that a plastic impeller? I replaced my...

Is that a plastic impeller? I replaced my original OEM WP with an Autozone special last year, metal impeller vs plastic original (original looked OK at 120K miles). Surprised it failed catastrophic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 244
Posted By 540nj
I thought about going there, but retreated.

I thought about going there, but retreated.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By 540nj
Maybe, but BMW specifically says not to do any...

Maybe, but BMW specifically says not to do any hard stops for 250? miles after new brakes, which would preclude bedding. Maybe if you're on the track with performance pads, but I think no need for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By 540nj
I had a similar situation a few months back, and...

I had a similar situation a few months back, and the spark plug well had about a cup of oil in it. First one coil was bad, then a few weeks later another, than a month later another - ended up doing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By 540nj
If you're going OEM, no need to bed. I...

If you're going OEM, no need to bed.

I recently installed OEM rotors and pads on the front, happy to get back to smooth braking. Had Stoptech pads previously, always needed to bed once shimmy...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By 540nj
2001 530 w/ Sports Package has Shadowline (Black)...

2001 530 w/ Sports Package has Shadowline (Black) trim around door windows.

If it has Chrome trim, no sports package or M-tech suspension. Assuming Stock, of course.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-24-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 415
Posted By 540nj
There's a reason they call them "garage queens". ...

There's a reason they call them "garage queens".

Once I get my first door ding on a car (which is usually first month or two of ownership), I get a lot less worried about things.

Parking at...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-29-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,220
Posted By 540nj
Manual 6 cylinders are 1 second faster 0 - 60. ...

Manual 6 cylinders are 1 second faster 0 - 60.

New autos can be quicker than their manual counterparts, but e39 manuals are faster.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,577
Posted By 540nj
I think its more for pollution when stuck in...

I think its more for pollution when stuck in traffic, or tunnels.

At least that's when I use it.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By 540nj
$2300 trade in, $4300 private sale. dave ...

$2300 trade in, $4300 private sale.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-23-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By 540nj
2003 540i6 Valve Cover Gasket, P1357 and P0491 and P0492

I finally got around to replacing my VCGs. 2003 540i6, 120K miles.

About a month ago, had P0492 and P0491 codes, Secondary Air Injection system. Came and went a few times, I did some research,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-31-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By 540nj
Mine got knocked off in a car wash eight years...

Mine got knocked off in a car wash eight years ago, breaking off some tabs. Refastened with double sided tape, no problems since.

dave
03 540i6
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By 540nj
Did it happen when you braked while going over a...

Did it happen when you braked while going over a bump?

dave
03 540i6
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