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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-30-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,098
Posted By BrandonMag
I just replaced the starter in my 540...

I just replaced the starter in my 540 yesterday... not too bad a job, all told actual wrenching time was about three hours. Of course, actual time in the air was much more because I had to wait on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By BrandonMag
Welcome! If you decide to purchase the same car...

Welcome! If you decide to purchase the same car I have, you'll find the driving experience is unlike any you've had before. However, there are some issues that these cars have.

Follow the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-21-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,095
Posted By BrandonMag
X2!!! If you don't do this, there's a good...

X2!!!

If you don't do this, there's a good possibility you are having pressure bleed from one cylinder to the next through the valves.

Where in WA are you located?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-21-2013, 06:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 322
Posted By BrandonMag
I believe Depot 'headlights' are just headlight...

I believe Depot 'headlights' are just headlight covers. The adjusters should be the same as stock. Your factory headlight adjuster is probably just broken and needs to be replaced.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-11-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By BrandonMag
Nice wagon!

Nice wagon!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-11-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 630
Posted By BrandonMag
:thumbdwn:

:thumbdwn:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-11-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
Does anybody know if that last post I made...

Does anybody know if that last post I made contains correct information?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-07-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
I just found this: ...

I just found this:

http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/q/original/BMW%20Battery%20State%20of%20Charge.jpg

Is this good information?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-07-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
(Thanks for the links, Bluebee. :thumbup:) ...

(Thanks for the links, Bluebee. :thumbup:)

The el cheapo Radio Shack DMM that I borrowed from my dad worked. But here's the weird thing: I found NO parasitic drain out of spec at all. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-06-2013, 05:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
I have three DMMs: a Fluke, a Klein Tools and an...

I have three DMMs: a Fluke, a Klein Tools and an Ideal. The Fluke and Ideal can't perform current draw readings with their leads, AC amp clamp only. So I used the Klein. I went online and printed...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
The positive cable has been connected this whole...

The positive cable has been connected this whole time. I disconnected the negative battery cable and hooked the DMM in series between the negative cable and negative post on the battery. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
I understand what you're saying, but I can't get...

I understand what you're saying, but I can't get my car to go to 'sleep' if I disconnect the battery.



I have had my DMM hooked up in series with the negative battery post and the negative...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By BrandonMag
Battery Drain issue

Here is some background on my problem: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710237&highlight=

Last week my alarm went off at about 5:30 AM on Saturday morning... I disconnected the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2013, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
Refer to new thread: ...

Refer to new thread:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7878825#post7878825
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By BrandonMag
A very noticeable metallic clicking sound coming...

A very noticeable metallic clicking sound coming from the front of your engine. You'll know they're bad 'cause the noise they make when they are is terrible.

There is a possibility your VANOS...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-01-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 919
Posted By BrandonMag
X2 :thumbup:

X2 :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-21-2013, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By BrandonMag
Duplicate post

Duplicate post
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-21-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By BrandonMag
If you opt for the BMW six-speed behind the LS1...

If you opt for the BMW six-speed behind the LS1 you will need to get an adapter plate, and I imagine it would be close to $1K for it. Plus, the input shaft on the BMW transmission won't be the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-07-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
The FSU I got from the dealership was a...

The FSU I got from the dealership was a Sitronic/Valeo.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2013, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
I just realized I did not take a picture of the...

I just realized I did not take a picture of the sticker on the German FSU, it looks just like this one:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=238953&stc=1&d=1279599119

I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
Consider yourself lucky, that's where mine came...

Consider yourself lucky, that's where mine came from and it failed in just over a month.

I rolled the dice and didn't get lucky, so I followed this advice:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
Ok, now that I'm back from the Portland BMW...

Ok, now that I'm back from the Portland BMW dealership (with a $164.35 lighter wallet), I've got some information to share with all of you that should hopefully clear up confusion in the future.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2013, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
Here is a pic of the old (on the left) and new...

Here is a pic of the old (on the left) and new FSUs.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/101314678@N06/9672001905/" title="2013-07 Old and New FSU (1) by BrandonMag23, on Flickr"><img...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2013, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By BrandonMag
I got the totally awesome experience of my alarm...

I got the totally awesome experience of my alarm going off at 4 AM this morning... my battery was pretty much dead AGAIN. I'm thinking my Chinese FSU gave up the ghost after one month. More...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-15-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 869
Posted By BrandonMag
To the OP: I hope you've got some deep...

To the OP:

I hope you've got some deep pockets and aren't a junior in college... most of the parts on a M5 will be two to three times the price of 540 parts (or more).
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