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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) Yesterday, 06:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By EconoBox
How much does it usually cost to have a shop fix...

How much does it usually cost to have a shop fix the typical convertible top problems?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-11-2016, 04:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By EconoBox
A friend is considering a $2500 E36. What's the market like?

How would you respond? He's never owned a BMW, but has owned old cars his whole life.

For this particular car, I pointed out the ghetto fabulous body repair in the rear right.
Also, the seller...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Posted By EconoBox
RDL, your photo didn't attach. Why is 12.22V bad?

RDL, your photo didn't attach. Why is 12.22V bad?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-07-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Posted By EconoBox
Measuring voltage from the battery does have a...

Measuring voltage from the battery does have a purpose.
You're right, with a low reading, you can't prove the alternator is the culprit (bad connection, as in your case)
However, if you do get 14V,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-04-2016, 03:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Posted By EconoBox
Just buy a multimeter at Sears or HF. Get a...

Just buy a multimeter at Sears or HF.
Get a digital one, if you can spend $20 or so.
Here's how you do it:
Should be 12V when off, 14V when running
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtqJBg5f0D4
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-03-2016, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By EconoBox
Which parts store? ...

Which parts store?
http://www.autozone.com/external-engine/oil-filter/bmw/540i/2003/8-cylinders-4-4l-efi-dohc?filterByKeyWord=oil+filter&fromString=search
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-03-2016, 03:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Posted By EconoBox
You're not going to get very far with a battery...

You're not going to get very far with a battery light. Car will eventually stall and leave you stranded.
Do you know how to get a multimeter and verify the voltage at the battery while the engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-31-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 40,386
Posted By EconoBox
Yea, I agree, I don't think it's the Uro part. ...

Yea, I agree, I don't think it's the Uro part. Basic metal doesn't deform without a reason.
Something else is wrong with your window and creating a huge amount of stress.
I predict your window...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-23-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By EconoBox
Just hit 150,000 miles. Any advice from the over 150k miles club?

Any advice from the over 150k miles club?
http://i66.tinypic.com/a138fq.jpg
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By EconoBox
I got it out tonight. For my car, you don't...

I got it out tonight.
For my car, you don't even need to lift the console.

Here is the procedure:
http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1898794-Airbag-ECU-replacement
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By EconoBox
cn90 still kicking ass with the best write-ups of...

cn90 still kicking ass with the best write-ups of any car....on any forum...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-01-2015, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By EconoBox
Need to remove Airbag Module. Must remove entire center console??

http://i68.tinypic.com/nq6242.jpg

Airbag fault code:
F0 Internal Control Module Fault

For now, I simply want to access my airbag module so I can verify the part number to order.
For my car,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By EconoBox
I think it's an M- sport. It's not my car, just...

I think it's an M- sport.
It's not my car, just heard about it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By EconoBox
Under 100k manual 5-speed 530i? Hard to find? Expected price?

I know someone selling their E39 530i between 60k to 80k miles and with a 5-speed manual.
What price range should I expect? Does a car like this sell fairly quickly?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-24-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By EconoBox
Craigslist

Craigslist
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-24-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By EconoBox
$5900 is too high. A 130k mile E39 sells for...

$5900 is too high.
A 130k mile E39 sells for more like low $4's.

Broken sunroof is not a reason to pass on a car.
You get it fixed. Sounds like OP is not a buyer, but is just shopping. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-23-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By EconoBox
$5900 for 130k miles seems high, right?...

$5900 for 130k miles seems high, right?...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-22-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,427
Posted By EconoBox
CN90, your high quality write ups are a big...

CN90, your high quality write ups are a big reason I felt the confidence to try wrenching on an E39
My E39 is still in active duty, and years later, that has led me to buying other hobby cars and a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-22-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By EconoBox
Wobbling when braking was a warped rotor for me. ...

Wobbling when braking was a warped rotor for me.
I'd start with tire balance.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-22-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 759
Posted By EconoBox
Buy from the more responsible looking owner. ...

Buy from the more responsible looking owner.
Service records speak volumes.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-15-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By EconoBox
Maybe open the door panel and see if something is...

Maybe open the door panel and see if something is obvious.
Search around for door lock actuator DIY.
Careful about locking your door.
They might lock and then stay locked.
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 10-14-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By EconoBox
Thoughts on this car? ...

Thoughts on this car?
http://www.luxuryhaus.com/web/used/BMW-X3-35i-xDrive%2c-2011-Little-Ferry/21168658/
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 10-14-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By EconoBox
Friend looking for CPO X3. Any posts he should read?

Friend looking for CPO X3.

Any FAQ posts he should read?
Buyer's guide? Common issues?

Thoughts on extended warranty?
Forum: General BMW Questions 09-23-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By EconoBox
Wait, touchscreens are bad, but iDrive is good? ...

Wait, touchscreens are bad, but iDrive is good?
What exactly is iDrive ?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 84,575
Posted By EconoBox
5 mins. per bolt? Would this be faster using an...

5 mins. per bolt? Would this be faster using an impact wrench? Zip zip zip on most of the bolts?
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