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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By Steve D
Will do as soon as I have driven my CTS-V a bit. ...

Will do as soon as I have driven my CTS-V a bit. I just got it a few weeks ago.

Steve D
Forum: Cars - Private Party 07-02-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,722
Posted By Steve D
Car is sold as of 7/2/12. Steve D

Car is sold as of 7/2/12.

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2012, 01:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By Steve D
Farewell

Just sold my 2000 540i after 12 1/2 years of great rides. Sad to see it go but is was just time for a new car. I just got a 2012 Cadillac CTS-V coupe, the first coupe I have owned:
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Forum: Cars - Private Party 06-13-2012, 12:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,722
Posted By Steve D
FS: 2000 540i/6sp - $8.5K

For sale in Clinton, NJ 2000 540i/6sp Cosmos Black with black interior. 105K miles. Purchased new from Hunterdon BMW serviced at dealer and private BMW mechanic. Has M sport package and M sport...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-30-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,718
Posted By Steve D
Yeah, there should be no woosh when the car is...

Yeah, there should be no woosh when the car is cold. Sounds like the fan clutch is bad.

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-29-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,718
Posted By Steve D
This may be normal operation. From what I've seen...

This may be normal operation. From what I've seen with my 2000 540 the fan does engage and makes a woosh at start up if the car is hot. When the engine and the ambient temps get hot and you shut the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2012, 06:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,462
Posted By Steve D
There is a gasket in the drive shaft joint at the...

There is a gasket in the drive shaft joint at the diff that should be replaced.

http://demandred.dyndns.org/temp540/diff/aah.sized.jpg

http://demandred.dyndns.org/temp540/diff/aai.jpg

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 727
Posted By Steve D
Some years ago I lost all drive coming out of a...

Some years ago I lost all drive coming out of a turn when one rear axle spline slipped out of the differential far enough to disengage the splines. I needed the clutch to get into a gear but then...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-26-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,441
Posted By Steve D
Beautiful car almost exactly the same as my 2000....

Beautiful car almost exactly the same as my 2000.

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-22-2011, 09:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 224
Posted By Steve D
Back in the drivers seat

Got my 540/6sp back last night after three weeks. Feels really good driving it again. My timing chain guides disintegrated and my indy had another 540 and a 740 with the same problem ahead of me so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,911
Posted By Steve D
I have charged my battery by connecting to the...

I have charged my battery by connecting to the terminal under the hood scores of times over the past 10 years and never had any issues. I always have the ignition off and the key removed. I have...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,320
Posted By Steve D
On consideration I decided that lying under the...

On consideration I decided that lying under the car fighting rusted studs with the real possibility of damaging the stud threads trying to get the inserts off would not be to the liking of my 63 year...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-15-2011, 08:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,320
Posted By Steve D
Here are some photos I took of the nuts. The...

Here are some photos I took of the nuts. The first is the passenger side where you can see part of the insert still on the stud. This is the side that separated. The next two are of the drivers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-13-2011, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,320
Posted By Steve D
Dgdoc, Thanks for the complement, do you...

Dgdoc,

Thanks for the complement, do you have a photo of your 540?

Perhaps that's why they used such a nut but wouldn't it be better to just go with SS and then the nut would be as corrosion...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-12-2011, 09:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,320
Posted By Steve D
Funny that I just had the same thing happen with...

Funny that I just had the same thing happen with 103K miles. I pulled out of a parking lot and suddenly noticed the exhaust noise. Both nuts and inserts on the passenger side are completely gone...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-09-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,602
Posted By Steve D
I had a small valley pan leak that only showed up...

I had a small valley pan leak that only showed up in the winter when the temps were below 40 degrees or so. I added a very small amount of Bars Leaks when I changed my water pump and it sealed the...
Forum: General BMW 08-09-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,966
Posted By Steve D
My 2000 540 is just broken in with 102K miles and...

My 2000 540 is just broken in with 102K miles and although over 11 years old I like the style better than the new BMW's. As long as nothing major breaks I plan to keep it indefinitely.

When you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2011, 08:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,522
Posted By Steve D
Redbull713, I don't have a writeup but...

Redbull713,

I don't have a writeup but here's what I did:

I cleaned the covers with brake cleaner using scraping and an old Dobie pad to get all the oil and sludge off. Then I used a power...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-08-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,522
Posted By Steve D
Here's a link to my photos of the valve covers...

Here's a link to my photos of the valve covers for my 540 which I painted in black wrinkle finish:

http://demandred.dyndns.org/540i/gallery/album19

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,370
Posted By Steve D
I have had my 540 over 11 years and am just on...

I have had my 540 over 11 years and am just on the verge of turning 100K miles. I have sampled the newest BMW's and see no reason to replace my 540 as long as nothing major goes wrong. It is simply...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2011, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By Steve D
Admiring the E39

Changed my snow tires back to new summer tires on my M parallel wheels and washed the car. I was impressed how nice my E39 still looks so I snapped a photo.

After the long snowy winter I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2011, 06:34 AM
Replies: 413
Views: 45,486
Posted By Steve D
I did mine last summer in black crinkle finish. ...

I did mine last summer in black crinkle finish. To me they look great, especially on a black car.

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-31-2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,394
Posted By Steve D
Bought it new 1/4/2000. Have 98K miles and can't...

Bought it new 1/4/2000. Have 98K miles and can't see replacing it as it drives and looks almost like new. Plus a new 550i will set me back 70K!

Steve D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-13-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,304
Posted By Steve D
My 2000 540/6sp does exactly the same thing so it...

My 2000 540/6sp does exactly the same thing so it is not related to the auto trans or any specific gear. Always did that since new and always wondered what it was. Just another peculiarity that...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-12-2011, 03:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,953
Posted By Steve D
Funny coincidence, I just walked in from changing...

Funny coincidence, I just walked in from changing my driver door inner handle after it snapped off yesterday. With the new handle I noticed that I now have to pull the handle almost all the way to...
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