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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By mr magoo
here's a pic

I posted this on this forum almost 3 years ago. Sounds like your situation.


We all get pretty good at this to survive....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By mr magoo
try this

I needed a small mirror and a flashlight beam to see better. Here is a link to the RealOem diagram.

Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By mr magoo
you are almost there

If your passenger side latch popped, you should be able to push the drivers side mechanism toward the drivers side using a long screwdriver. From below the front frame, you may be able to see where...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By mr magoo
There are 2 latches

There are 2 latches on the front at the outside edges of the kidney grilles. You might be able to hook a coat hanger on the cable that connects the 2 by reaching through the grille. If you can hook...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By mr magoo
thanks for your reply


Thanks for your input. I ended up ordering 2 OEM non sport springs. After doing so, I realized that I can pre assemble the shocks/springs/mounts before ripping the car apart. This is a big...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-24-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 159
Posted By mr magoo
Rear spring options - non sport

Happy thanksgiving.

I was set to put sachs shocks in my 2000 528i and when I unweighted my suspension, a 4 inch piece from the bottom of my spring fell on the floor. I can't say how long it was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,372
Posted By mr magoo
Do not enable

If you put up with bad grammar, you are only enabling it. We all should learn something new every day. We come to this board to learn something new. Don't make excuses for the bad 'garmmarians'. No...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 675
Posted By mr magoo

Add me to the list as well. I swapped to brass from plastic when I overhauled. I overtightened the brass screw.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 589
Posted By mr magoo
Consider ceramics

At this point you should consider Akebono ceramics. Same equal braking but very little black brake dust.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,489
Posted By mr magoo
thanks for your response SD

I brought this up because auto lock resumed after a long absence immediately after over pushing my fob. This was an exception. I never lock the car and have not needed to un-autolock for months. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-03-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,489
Posted By mr magoo
Key fob activated?

I am also annoyed by autolock, but not enough to schedule a trip to a programmer. For the autolock feature would not work for months at a time, which was nice, only for it to return and make me...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By mr magoo
Not replacing springs with strut/shock non-sport


I bought sachs struts, shocks and hardware to replace originals at 170K on my non-sport 2000 528i. I do not want to lower the car. I am ready to go, but am questioning the springs. They will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 741
Posted By mr magoo
Circulation may be blocked by frozen section of...

Circulation may be blocked by frozen section of cooling system.
Get the car into a warm building to see if thawing helps. It will take time to thaw.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,108
Posted By mr magoo

I second the failure of the Victor Reins gasket, go with BMW.
The project was a good adventure. Make sure you nave a good xacto knife to cut out the old gaskets. The replacements are soft, but the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-29-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By mr magoo
There is also an aerodynamic benefit

There is also an aerodynamic benefit
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 296
Posted By mr magoo
can you hear it

Turn the key on and press the pump lever to see if you can hear it.
When I did this, I noticed a split hose.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-30-2013, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By mr magoo
do not force

There are several posts on this topic that helped me when I had your exact problem.
You may need to pop out the kidney grille, but first, try to hook the cable somewhere along the path where it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-06-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Posted By mr magoo

I did this at approx 145K after debating for 40Kmiles if I should and reading lots of posts.
No issues at all except doubts about what is level and what is the correct temp of the fill. I did it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-22-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By mr magoo
See the Beisan DIY

On the Beisan systems website, got to the instructions for removing the fan shroud. The DIY has many pictures and it shows the pump because you have to disconnect it from the shroud and redirect the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By mr magoo
Salt water never sleeps

What's done is done, but I would not make a habit of splashing salt water on to any car.
Most people who live near the ocean feel the effects without splashing in.
Make sure you wash the bottoms...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-05-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By mr magoo
Thanks for this link

I am psyched to see the instructions for a ski bag installation. My 2000 5281 has a solid rear seat and I thought that it had to be a factory installed option. With these instructions, I can't wait...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-31-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By mr magoo
Autochondria or is everything broken?

First, many thanks to all who have helped me by directly answering my questions or for providing info that I can find in a search. I have tackled many assignments that I wouldn't ordinarily think...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,959
Posted By mr magoo

I found a mouse nest under the intake manifold when I was doing my VCG.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2012, 05:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,355
Posted By mr magoo
Steering lines

My upper lines leak at the reservoir. The Rez-to-pump line looks easy. the rez-to-radiator hose confuses me as to how to detach from the radiator. do all 4 lines have to come out of the radiator to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-28-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,184
Posted By mr magoo
Advice to young drivers....

Based on the topic, teach them to be alert to the smell of coolant.

I have gone through 4 young drivers. I have been lucky. Alertness and awareness can be stressed and they will remember you for...
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