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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-16-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2,586
Views: 281,222
Posted By brc5
Good grief we are at $500 e39s already? I spent...

Good grief we are at $500 e39s already? I spent way more than that on parts this year!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2,586
Views: 281,222
Posted By brc5
After trying many different products, for me,...

After trying many different products, for me, nothing works better than a good sponge, car wash and plenty of effort. And don't leave it too long between cleans.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2,586
Views: 281,222
Posted By brc5
Dirty Wheels? We don't want no stinking dirty...

Dirty Wheels? We don't want no stinking dirty wheels!

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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 364
Views: 44,773
Posted By brc5
Those are indeed BBS Style 42s. They were an...

Those are indeed BBS Style 42s. They were an original optional extra. However, BMW NA sold down a big inventory a few years back and so lots of cars had these fitted. They cleaned out all their...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-07-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,910
Posted By brc5
Just did the job

For a special tool I used a bit of box steel that was lying around, wrapped in duct tape to prevent scratching. It fit over the top of the glass strut, which is what you need.

My tips are:
-...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2013, 02:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,829
Posted By brc5
Ironically I just got back to this. I have...

Ironically I just got back to this. I have replaced the fluid reservoir and the two hoses that attach to it (one goes to the pump and one goes to the PS cooler). I have also replaced all clamps.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,234
Posted By brc5
6 months later and the air is still working...

6 months later and the air is still working perfectly. Dealers really are pieces of work.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2013, 06:21 AM
Replies: 261
Views: 59,582
Posted By brc5
Yes, you remove the bolts and slide out the old...

Yes, you remove the bolts and slide out the old gasket.

The oil pan will sit on the crossmember.

You slide the old pan back in, and seal where the cut was, replace bolts and done.

There are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-12-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,375
Posted By brc5
Yes, do it yourself next time, and don't go back...

Yes, do it yourself next time, and don't go back to that shop!

I wouldn't bother asking for a refund or anything like that. You'll just aggravate yourself. Get it behind you and enjoy your new...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-12-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 59,582
Posted By brc5
Yeah I updated that bimmerforums thread because...

Yeah I updated that bimmerforums thread because there seemed to be a lot of 'don't even try doing the cut/RTV method, it will never work' type of comment. Which in my experience is pure BS - it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-12-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,106
Posted By brc5
18. brc5 Can you also just post what it...

18. brc5

Can you also just post what it normally costs to have the cluster repaired? How long does it take? My problem is the odomoter and warning cluster, not the MID
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-12-2013, 04:24 AM
Replies: 261
Views: 59,582
Posted By brc5
From memory when I did the job is was 20Nm...

From memory when I did the job is was 20Nm torque. Not sure on the ft/lbs. I know that my torque wrench didn't go down that low and if you're doing it in-situ, there's no space to swing a torque...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-13-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,234
Posted By brc5
Wow, thanks guys for all the informed responses. ...

Wow, thanks guys for all the informed responses. This is for the '00 touring.

Re : the parts prices - BMW Australia routinely charge 3-4 times the US price for parts. Us dollar to australian...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-12-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,234
Posted By brc5
More info, just drove the car, very hot today, 38...

More info, just drove the car, very hot today, 38 deg (high 80sF) and air on worked a treat. Still wondering how a diagnosis of a new receiver dryer was made...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-12-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By brc5
If you have a sunroof I would still check the...

If you have a sunroof I would still check the drain channels. The sunroof is the highest point on the car, so the water will show up in all sort of weird and wonderful places once gravity does its...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-11-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By brc5
The sunroof drains are probably blocked. When...

The sunroof drains are probably blocked. When this happens the tray surrounding the sunroof fills up with water and overflows, and the water just finds it way downwards, ending up wherever gravity...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-10-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,234
Posted By brc5
E39 Air Conditioning - high pressure valve and receiver/dryer?

My local BMW dealer advertised a special : $99 and they will test, top-up and report on the Air Conditioning system in any BMW. I figured this was a good chance to get an expert (!) opinion on why...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-10-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,384
Posted By brc5
I recently got drafted in to pick some friends up...

I recently got drafted in to pick some friends up from the airport. So I took the E39. Part way back, after advising them to fold down the rear-seat armrest, they commented that it was probably the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 22,006
Posted By brc5
Quote for me was north of $1k. Even if that is...

Quote for me was north of $1k. Even if that is 10 hours worth of work under the car, it's like paying yourself $100/hr tax free. Plus you get the satisfaction of doing it yourself. It's one of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-30-2012, 03:46 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 22,006
Posted By brc5
JayMac - the M52 gasket has a steel rim that...

JayMac - the M52 gasket has a steel rim that spaces the rubber properly and allows you to torque the bolts down correctly. If you're going to go to the trouble of taking the oil pan off, then I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-10-2011, 07:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,212
Posted By brc5
Question for the Australian E39 crew. Does...

Question for the Australian E39 crew.

Does anyone have the CD version Navigation. This is navigation before the widescreen, and the disk is a CD not a DVD.

Because I imported my car I don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-08-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,064
Posted By brc5
Well it's decided then. B it is. ...

Well it's decided then. B it is.

Surprisingly enough 2x e39's and neither has a shimmy.

A+ for the humor thrown in for good measure.

Round my parts we'd just say vibrating steering wheel. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-07-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,064
Posted By brc5
What do you guys mean by 'shimmy'

So I endlessly read about 'shimmy' caused by worn bushings or other problems.

I realise that, maybe it's a language/cultural thing, but I actually don't know what you're describing. I thought it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-07-2011, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By brc5
That said, expect a lot more pee on your carpet...

That said, expect a lot more pee on your carpet before the love flows.

The good news for you is that all these problems have been found and diagnosed before hand. All you need to do is order the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-07-2011, 07:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By brc5
Flat battery in the key for sure.

Flat battery in the key for sure.
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