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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By UsedBits
Following EdJack's suggestion, the radio issues...

Following EdJack's suggestion, the radio issues remain unchanged. But this was expected because the issue resulted from the battery going dead while with the mechanic.

In my original post, I had...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-05-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,321
Posted By UsedBits
I saw that the issue was reported in an 'X'...

I saw that the issue was reported in an 'X' forum, and almost didn't post here because of it. However, the original post's symptoms are remarkably similar to mine, so the thought is that similar...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-02-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,321
Posted By UsedBits
W3rcd, Do you realize that the issues with...

W3rcd,

Do you realize that the issues with my radio are happening *right now* and that a search of this forum turned up precious little? That the issue is 7 years old is immaterial. What is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,408
Posted By UsedBits
Regarding step #2, pressing the 'M' button and...

Regarding step #2, pressing the 'M' button and power button yields nothing ... the radio doesn't turn on. I've an '02 540i.

The radio 'behavior' recently changed after returning from the shop. The...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-01-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,321
Posted By UsedBits
The radio in my e39 (540) worked perfectly until...

The radio in my e39 (540) worked perfectly until it came home from a 5-week recovery from having water pump issues. During its time at the mechanic, the battery drained to zero and then froze during...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-17-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By UsedBits
Thanks, QSilver7, for working with me on this. ...

Thanks, QSilver7, for working with me on this.

I will review the 'car memory' with respect to locking the vehicle.

On my recent trip, while driving, the radio powers off after 20 minutes of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-16-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By UsedBits
Here is how I want the radio to operate

This is what the radio should do:

1) it should remain powered on (when the engine is running, e.g. driving down the road)
2) it should power off when turning the ignition off and removing the key...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-16-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 937
Posted By UsedBits
What's this about the speed-controlled volume not...

What's this about the speed-controlled volume not being available in cars fitted with DSP?
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By UsedBits
Quick review: 0) radio in perfect working...

Quick review:
0) radio in perfect working condition
1) car goes to shop to have water pump replaced
2) due to various failures downstream from water pump, car was in shop for 5 weeks
3) while...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-16-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By UsedBits
May we please discuss this feature, mentioned...

May we please discuss this feature, mentioned above:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-16-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By UsedBits
Radio plays 20 minutes then powers off

Regarding #2 in my list of symptoms: the power does not shut off randomly. Instead, the power shuts off *exactly* 20 minutes after powering it on.

To review, the radio worked perfectly until it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By UsedBits
Radio plays after ignition is off and keys removed

The radio in my e39 presents the exact problems shown in the original post, except that it plays for only a minute (or so) after the car is shut down and the keys removed from the ignition. The...
Forum: Southeast Regional - AR, AL, GA, FL, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN 06-27-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,253
Posted By UsedBits
Yes, there are now at least two active groups....

Yes, there are now at least two active groups. Both are 'headquartered' on Facebook. One is called 'Arkansas Bimmers' and the other is 'Ozark Bimmers'. There is also the 'BMWCCA River City Bimmers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-21-2013, 07:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,255
Posted By UsedBits
R1 Concept eLine rotors (zinc coated)

I have had R1 Concept eLine rotors (zinc coated) rotors on all four corners for just short of 2 years. They still shine, stop the car with no muss or fuss, and perform to my expectations.

You'll...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-12-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,800
Posted By UsedBits
Regarding towing hitch...

Regarding towing hitch (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...25&hg=71&fg=10) found on RealOEM.com

1. the hitch seems to be no longer listed
2. where does one find this hitch (in the USA)?
3....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2012, 07:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,159
Posted By UsedBits
Yes, the robors are still rust free. This...

Yes, the robors are still rust free. This includes both where the pad contacts the rotor and the parts that connect the rotor to the wheel.

I am very pleased ... it is *exactly* what I was after....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By UsedBits
Thanks to this thread, I have found a source from...

Thanks to this thread, I have found a source from which to purchase new lenses for my '02 e39 (540i) headlamps (HID). Mine have begun to fog. A recent 'treatment' with various sanding grits restored...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-17-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By UsedBits
I bought the 540i primarily for these reasons: ...

I bought the 540i primarily for these reasons:
1) pleasurable driving characteristics
2) provide comfortable rear-seat for passengers
3) able to haul 'stuff' when indicated

Note: pleasurable...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2012, 07:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By UsedBits
Pretty good MPG for an '02 540i upgraded with '03 sport m-tech package

No wind, flat, level road in northeast Arkansas (highway 67).
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By UsedBits
The tires on my car at the time of the photo were...

The tires on my car at the time of the photo were 235/40r18 front, 265/35r18 rear. Today they are 245/40r18 front, 275/35r18 rear. But the rear tires 'rub' when four passengers are in the car and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-07-2012, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By UsedBits
The original poster's thread is about the...

The original poster's thread is about the linkages. Made of plastic, they become brittle over time and eventually break.

Sources for replacements are easily found using the 'Best of' links in this...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-07-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,422
Posted By UsedBits
Answers #2 and #6 are true. My cousin works in...

Answers #2 and #6 are true. My cousin works in Munich for BMW. He is the engineer in charge of "interior functions". I suggested that all that had to be done was to raise the cup holder such that it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-06-2012, 02:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,474
Posted By UsedBits
QSilver is one of two of our "precious"...

QSilver is one of two of our "precious" resources, the other being BlueBee. These two folks have increased the value of Bimmerfest.com to BMW owners by thousands of percentage points.

Of course,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,915
Posted By UsedBits
See photo below.

See photo below.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2012, 05:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,815
Posted By UsedBits
After I am re-employed, one of the first mods I...

After I am re-employed, one of the first mods I want to make to my -02 e39 (540i with the '03 m-areo bumper upgrade) is to replace the fogs with those projectors. I want maximum forward light, not...
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