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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-30-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,206
Posted By mda185
This is an E39 forum and knowledge here may not...

This is an E39 forum and knowledge here may not even apply to your car which is not an E39. Suggest you try You Tube and search there. That is where most of this kind of video is found. Also...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,377
Posted By mda185
I missed this when originally posted. I think I...

I missed this when originally posted. I think I agree with most of it. I am 2nd generation Italian in this country. My grandparents came over here with nothing and lived in a very poor...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,024
Posted By mda185
This is not a forum that can help you with...

This is not a forum that can help you with questions like this. Swapping the Nissan engine is possible but never done on the E39 chassis as far as I know. This means custom fabrication of engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,024
Posted By mda185
I realize this is old thread but one useful bit...

I realize this is old thread but one useful bit of information that did not emerge is that the S52 3.8 liter engine from the E36 M3 is a fairly easy swap into the early E39 with the M52 engine and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By mda185
I read the thread you linked from E90 board and...

I read the thread you linked from E90 board and this does sound very promising. $799 is a great price if this is built to the standards the vendor claims. I spent than much for a used Quaife...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By mda185
Same principle as Quaife but not a Quaife. The...

Same principle as Quaife but not a Quaife. The real thing would be around twice the price.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By mda185
If you had a cracked cylinder head, the engine...

If you had a cracked cylinder head, the engine probably should have been replaced then. That only happens with a severe overheat event. The 1998 528i engine has a cast iron block and they don't...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-03-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 583
Posted By mda185
I just sent you Private Message (PM). I am...

I just sent you Private Message (PM). I am interested.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By mda185
I just looked at the dealer's web site and have a...

I just looked at the dealer's web site and have a couple of observations. First is that it has what are obviously the previous owner's winter wheels with snow tires on it. The OEM sport wheels are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-13-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By mda185
Most of the towns around here are sleepy little...

Most of the towns around here are sleepy little towns with cops that have state of the art radar and a need to fill the local govt coffers with revenue from tickets. When I bought my 525iT 12 years...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By mda185
One thing none of us wagon fans have mentioned is...

One thing none of us wagon fans have mentioned is that the general public does not expect a wagon to be a high performance car. It means we fly under the radar much of the time and don't attract...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By mda185
IndiansFan, I could not have put it better. I...

IndiansFan, I could not have put it better. I feel same way about my E34 Touring even though it is not as refined as the E39. Mine has been in the family for 12 years and has been an amazing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By mda185
The wagon driving experience is not significantly...

The wagon driving experience is not significantly different in my experience. I regret letting some 528i 5 speed wagons get away from me in years past because they are so hard to find now. Ask him...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By mda185
Try to find a car from an owner that kept...

Try to find a car from an owner that kept maintenance records so you can see if the stuff that commonly breaks or wears out by 150K miles has already been replaced. That is going to rule out...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By mda185
I think that is a good assumption. These...

I think that is a good assumption. These amplifiers are designed with a soft turn on circuit that fades in. If the problem persists even after fixing the turn on wire, then I would try replacing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By mda185
Stock wiring is actually more resistant to...

Stock wiring is actually more resistant to picking up engine alternator noise than aftermarket wires. The technical description for it is unshielded twisted pair. Boeing aircraft did a study over...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By mda185
If I am seeing correctly, your Infinity Kappa...

If I am seeing correctly, your Infinity Kappa crossovers are wired directly into the factory wiring harness rather than running new wires to the speakers. Love that older Alpine head unit. I don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 712
Posted By mda185
i have known a number of well regarded indie...

i have known a number of well regarded indie mechanics over the years that feel this way and worked as a mechanic in a foreign car shop while in college. If these mechanics are completely honest...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-09-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By mda185
Factory installed speaker wire is good enough for...

Factory installed speaker wire is good enough for anything but a subwoofer. It is good quality twisted pair that is more resistant to picking up electrical noise than 90% of the aftermarket speaker...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By mda185
The description on the page you linked says: ...

The description on the page you linked says:

"system includes two 5-1/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, and 2 crossovers"

That is a 2 way system. There is no subwoofer. The 5 1/4" woofers are probably...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By mda185
I am an accomplished car audio installer and the...

I am an accomplished car audio installer and the tech from Crutchfield is giving bad advice. You definitely do not need to replace all the speaker wires but doing this install correctly requires...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 712
Posted By mda185
++++ to all the good advice above. Definitely...

++++ to all the good advice above. Definitely drain, change filter and refill. It may keep your tranny going a bit longer and can't hurt. If it fails after this maintenance, it was ready to fail...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By mda185
Something that has not been mentioned is to be...

Something that has not been mentioned is to be very careful and use recommended torque values when tightening the OFH bolts during reassembly. The aluminum block threaded holes are easy to strip if...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 531
Posted By mda185
7000 from a dealer sounds pretty good if you want...

7000 from a dealer sounds pretty good if you want to take the easy route. If it is sound mechanically and really only has the minor cosmetic issues, you could probably get more if you are patient...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,786
Posted By mda185
Is it possible your plastic fan exploded? That...

Is it possible your plastic fan exploded? That could cause much of the damage you describe. If would suspect that is a possible cause. The fan clutch can also cause this to happen if it suddenly...
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