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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,694
Posted By Josh P.
What sort of MPG are you getting? I've had pipe...

What sort of MPG are you getting? I've had pipe dreams of selling my E39 (with only 80k miles) and buying one of these truc....I mean, "SAVs." But it hard to justify buying something that gets so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By Josh P.
EDIT: It was NOT the VCG. The valve cover...

EDIT: It was NOT the VCG.

The valve cover itself is cracked.

This still holds:

Oh what I wouldn't give for a Honda some days...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By Josh P.
Car is in for state inspection so they are...

Car is in for state inspection so they are looking at it. Possible that it's not the VCG...it's hard to tell from above the engine bay. Will report back shortly.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By Josh P.
I would ignore it except that it appears to be...

I would ignore it except that it appears to be hitting the exhaust or something else hot and I am getting random whiffs of burned oil in the cabin when the car is at idle and the fan is on. Wife's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 451
Posted By Josh P.
How long should a VCG last, generally?

I replaced my valve cover gasket in May of 2010, or appx 4.5 years ago (and approximately 16k miles ago). It is now leaking enough so that it needs replacement. Again.

As we all know, the VCG...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,904
Posted By Josh P.
Ha ha! a few things. 1) I paid for the...

Ha ha! a few things.
1) I paid for the software update (about $100) perhaps 9 months ago. Since then: No codes at all! So, whatever was causing this imbalance in fuel/air, it has gone away. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Josh P.
Nevermind I found it on YouTube. The manual is...

Nevermind I found it on YouTube. The manual is actually wrong, the housing slides to the RIGHT not the left!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Josh P.
license plate bulb housing: how to get the damn thing out

I've put a flat blade screw driver in the notch and tried to move it to the left, as the manual states. It won't budge, and now I'm starting to maul the hole in the plastic. Is the entire black...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-07-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Josh P.
Update: The existing radiator was Behr, made in...

Update: The existing radiator was Behr, made in S. Africa. It leaked along the seam where the plastic meets the metal on the driver's side, front (as you face the car). I have no idea what caused it,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Josh P.
Some addl information on radiators. I spoke...

Some addl information on radiators.

I spoke to Autohausaz, they stock both Behr ($140) and Nissens ($123). They told me their Behrs are "OEM" and made in South Africa. He said no Behr units are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Josh P.
What's your gut say? Nissens or Behr from a...

What's your gut say? Nissens or Behr from a dealer? (which I can guarantee won't be $145).

Does it matter?

I'm on my second OEM (from dealer) water pump, it was replaced in April 2009 at 58,000...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Josh P.
It was Behr, where it was made I don't know. VAC...

It was Behr, where it was made I don't know. VAC Motorsports put it in as part of a whole front end rebuild. My guess is it was not German sourced.

Yeah I think I am gonna get a quote on a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,102
Posted By Josh P.
Well the radiator sh@t the bed...

Crack down side, opposite side of the expansion tank, coolant everywhere. For anyone keeping score this was a replacement radiator (Behr/OEM) installed in Jan 2010 after an accident. Had all of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Josh P.
What is the point of this post? If you have...

What is the point of this post? If you have advice, then offer it. If not, why waste your time typing?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Josh P.
I had a smoke test done at VAC Motorsports. No...

I had a smoke test done at VAC Motorsports. No leaks. Also a vacuum pressure test. The car idles and accelerates normally. Vanos has been replaced. Fuel filter and spark plugs have less than 5k miles...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Josh P.
I should have noted that I didn't try cleaning...

I should have noted that I didn't try cleaning the MAF. Maybe I should?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Josh P.
MAF...which one?

Autohaus AZ lists two: a VDO Siemens for $215 and an OEM "Genuine BMW" for over $400.

Here is the link...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-19-2013, 04:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks guys. Since these are separate pumps, it...

Thanks guys. Since these are separate pumps, it does seem odd that neither would work, and leads me to believe that something else might be causing this...the actuator maybe. (Unless the main pump...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-18-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By Josh P.
Question on windshield washer pump

I was not getting any fluid out of my ww nozzles (or those for the headlights), either by pulling the stalk or using the intensive wash setting. Assuming I was low on fluid (though I had no dash...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-21-2013, 04:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all. I did try duct tape. It also came...

Thanks all. I did try duct tape. It also came off. Maybe I will just buy the part. Thanks for the part number!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-20-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Josh P.
ideas on fixing tearing door trim rubber

Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this? As you can see I tried using Sugru but after a while it came loose.

Rather not replace this entire strip since it's only about two inches that have...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-08-2013, 04:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By Josh P.
Ah yes! That's exactly what it is. Perhaps the...

Ah yes! That's exactly what it is. Perhaps the clips broke somehow or the hose worked its way loose. You're right they would have only taken off the fan shroud not the bumper so it's prob just a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-06-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
Posted By Josh P.
Anyone know what this is and how it should be secured?

I noticed this tube or gasket hanging down below my bumper. I'm not sure what it is--it feels hollow--but I shoved it back under the undercarriage panel, where it stayed until I drove on the highway...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2013, 01:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By Josh P.
Close but the Conti's win by a tread! ...

Close but the Conti's win by a tread!
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=UHPAS
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2013, 12:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 631
Posted By Josh P.
Nope. 255/40ZR-17: $148 ea 235/45ZR-17: $132...

Nope.
255/40ZR-17: $148 ea
235/45ZR-17: $132 ea
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$560 plus shipping

Those 18s will kill ya man! :) Your wallet and your wheels. They do look good though!

Wow...
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