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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 325
Posted By gtxragtop
Bought a new module for $420. Dealer needs to...

Bought a new module for $420. Dealer needs to encode VIN, steering angle sensor , Yaw sensor. Another $200. (I checked independents and 2 dealers)
Mine works when cold. heats up fails. Sometimes on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2013, 04:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,987
Posted By gtxragtop
Whats going on with the battery charger? I wonder...

Whats going on with the battery charger? I wonder if this may have been the cause. Often battery chargers do not send out clean DC. This may have caused issues with the electronics. Newer chargers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-21-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 21,117
Posted By gtxragtop
I pulled out a stock BMW pump with 105K miles on...

I pulled out a stock BMW pump with 105K miles on it. It was a plastic impeller pump. I replaced it with a stock plastic impeller pump that now has 45K on it. BMW service does the same. Me thinks the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,238
Posted By gtxragtop
If you were closer, I'd stop by when my car needs...

If you were closer, I'd stop by when my car needs fixing. :)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 541
Posted By gtxragtop
White smoke is not oil burning. It typically is...

White smoke is not oil burning. It typically is associated with burning antifreeze.
Blue'ish tint smoke is oil burning
Black smoke is excessive rich gasoline to air ratio.

When is is cold out...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,545
Posted By gtxragtop
Mine continues to work well with no rattles after...

Mine continues to work well with no rattles after 6 years after the cassette was replaced by BMW.
I don't use it ever. :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,966
Posted By gtxragtop
These days almost all parts are Chinese crap....

These days almost all parts are Chinese crap. Pisses me off to no end because of the difficulty of finding good quality parts. The Chinese manufacturers are being beat up to keep costs as low as...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,966
Posted By gtxragtop
When I bought my CPO 03 with 52K, I constantly...

When I bought my CPO 03 with 52K, I constantly had shimmy issues. BMW would balance the tires and it would be fine for awhile. From this forum I learned to look for the tell tale stains of leakage...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,883
Posted By gtxragtop
I drive 34 miles each way to/from work mostly...

I drive 34 miles each way to/from work mostly highway. EVERY winter I engine uses 1/2-3/4 QT in 6500 miles. Once it is warm outside I use nearly nothing. Bottom line, BMW's crankcase ventilation...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 315
Views: 29,036
Posted By gtxragtop
148,000 on my 03 530I. Plan to keep it running...

148,000 on my 03 530I. Plan to keep it running another 100K which will be about 5 more years
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-04-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,059
Posted By gtxragtop
I replaced mine about 18 months ago when I did...

I replaced mine about 18 months ago when I did the cooling system overhaul. It is a Behr unit but not from dealer stock. I'm constantly getting low coolant warnings typically after 5-7 miles of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-16-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,040
Posted By gtxragtop
Everything you want to know about the 5HP19 is...

Everything you want to know about the 5HP19 is here. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409201&highlight=5hp19
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-16-2012, 06:29 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 27,688
Posted By gtxragtop
Stay away from RTV here. It's not needed. I...

Stay away from RTV here. It's not needed. I replaced my VCG at 60K/5 years. About 2 years later and 40+K more miles I did the Vanos. VCG came right off
I should mention that a tiny amount if sensor...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-16-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 27,688
Posted By gtxragtop
Very expensive and it never hardens. I'm thinking...

Very expensive and it never hardens. I'm thinking he uses it to insure that the cover comes off easily next time.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2012, 12:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,283
Posted By gtxragtop
I often get 31MPG heading up to Bangor on 95...

I often get 31MPG heading up to Bangor on 95 doing 75. If I were to baby it and do 65, I suspect 33.
I've hit 500 miles on a tank and the "feed me" light had just turned on... Can't be happier with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,366
Posted By gtxragtop
White smoke; Not that I can remember but I was...

White smoke; Not that I can remember but I was more worried on what the heck was going on at the time.

Increase after pressure test; No

Overheat; Never since I've owned it as a CPO at 52K...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,640
Posted By gtxragtop
Yes, but you clearly do not put any miles on your...

Yes, but you clearly do not put any miles on your car Fudman. :rofl:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-25-2012, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,366
Posted By gtxragtop
No, but no leakage seen around cap. Usually one...

No, but no leakage seen around cap. Usually one would see a white dust like residue if a leak was present. For a long time I had a bitch of a time sealing the 1/2" top hose to the barb on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-25-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,366
Posted By gtxragtop
Hey poolman, Can't drive the Mopar in the...

Hey poolman,

Can't drive the Mopar in the rain or winter. She has all original sheetmetal with no rust and there is only one way short of moving to AZ in New England to keep her that way... Stay...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2012, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,596
Posted By gtxragtop
Idle RPM dropping and RPM surging while driving...

Idle RPM dropping and RPM surging while driving is not likely the convertor.
Clear the codes and see what codes set again. Is there more than one code?
Do you have or have access to a scanner that...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2012, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,366
Posted By gtxragtop
Slight coolant leak... Where the heck is it going?

My 2003 530 has had a slight coolant leak that got worse after a cooling system overhaul. It looses about 3-4 ounces every 3-4 weeks. I've looked at all the hose connections, water pump, expansion...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,757
Posted By gtxragtop
Clear the code, drive it to a dealer for trade-in...

Clear the code, drive it to a dealer for trade-in in 3'rd gear. Hope that in the short test drive the dealer does, the code does not set.

This is a known defect with this transmission. Mine went...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 554
Posted By gtxragtop
Not sure that using Hylomar as a sealer was a...

Not sure that using Hylomar as a sealer was a good idea. This stuff does not dry EVER. I suspect some will mix with the fluid over time. I cannot say this will happen or if it did what damage if any...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,991
Posted By gtxragtop
Cooling system replacements at this age is...

Cooling system replacements at this age is critical. Why? Because often when they fail, they don't just start leaking, they fail catastrophically which can result in a damaged engine. (head gasket,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-30-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,150
Posted By gtxragtop
Found the problem. Removed rear seat and fuel...

Found the problem. Removed rear seat and fuel pump access cover. First thing I see is a mouse nest loaded with grass other debris and acorns. The area was wet with gas. It turns out the lovely mice...
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