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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By Josh P.
I checked engine temp per cluster when car was...

I checked engine temp per cluster when car was warmed up. (Ambient temp 72 degrees F.)

With coolant gauge registering 12 noon:

75 Celsius.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks Ed. I have the single (trip reset) button...

Thanks Ed. I have the single (trip reset) button but I have unlocked the computer in the past for various reasons, just need to dig up instructions for my car/MY.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks for the reply. It's very occasional, I...

Thanks for the reply. It's very occasional, I think the last time was a few months ago. It was cool in the morning yesterday so that's prob what triggered it. I will monitor it. The reason I posted...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By Josh P.
P0128: Prob Thermostat, replace or ignore?

I've been getting a very occasional P0128 code, which equates to coolant temp too low. It throws an SES code on the dash, which I then clear.

I am assuming this is an indication that the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-15-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,423
Posted By Josh P.
Should I cancel Collision coverage on my car?

My car (pictured below) is a 2001 with 86k miles on the clock. It runs perfectly and has lots of new or relatively new internals (cooling system, fuel pump, vanos, etc.)

That said, KBB gives it a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By Josh P.
Yeah, I think you may be right. 5 speeds are...

Yeah, I think you may be right. 5 speeds are going the way of the Dodo. After I went from a MT Z3 to my Slush 530, I swore I would never again make the mistake of an AT.

Guess not.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2016, 07:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By Josh P.
There are very few X3s/X5s with manual...

There are very few X3s/X5s with manual transmissions, and almost none at my price range with low miles. At least not near me. They are almost all $ 35-45k when they come off lease (ie with around 35k...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2016, 06:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By Josh P.
Need Advice: possible new car

Hi all, been a while since I posted (which means the car has been running smoothly!)

Since this board is very knowledgeable about cars (and not just BMWs) I'm looking for advice on a possible car...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
Yes they put them side by side. Does that mean it...

Yes they put them side by side. Does that mean it doesn't have a hairline crack somewhere (like my old one did)? Who knows. Only time will tell.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-21-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
To close this out (for the second time): It...

To close this out (for the second time):

It turned out that the first (used) replacement valve cover was very slightly warped on the side that is next to the firewall...which is why I was not able...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-12-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
OK, so I removed the engine cover. There is...

OK, so I removed the engine cover. There is plenty of dried oil in the aluminum pan..possibly from the previous leak (caused by the cracked valve cover, as above) but possibly more recent. I did not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all, I will start taking things apart this...

Thanks all, I will start taking things apart this weekend. It's def coming from the rear of the block, very hard to see back there in terms of what is going on but I'll try by feel with the engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
Duh. That's not what I wrote. I replaced the...

Duh. That's not what I wrote. I replaced the valve COVER with a used one. The gasket is (was) new. I may be cheap but I'm not stupid.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,614
Posted By Josh P.
Ok I am reviving this thread because I seem to...

Ok I am reviving this thread because I seem to STILL have a g-damn oil leak! At first after the repair I was smelling a little burning oil when the car was at idle. I chalked this up to residual oil...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-26-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Josh P.
One interesting thing (or a few interesting...

One interesting thing (or a few interesting things) now that I know that the problem was.

1) First, my observed MPG on the way back (new fuel pump) versus the way down (old one) was improved, I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Josh P.
And the culprit is...the fuel pump! Which means...

And the culprit is...the fuel pump! Which means this one lasted 14.5 years. Which is pretty respectable. Now I feel so much better. :D

The shop is open on Memorial Day(!) so I'll be back on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Josh P.
2011, at 69k miles. I certainly hope that's not...

2011, at 69k miles. I certainly hope that's not it because I'll be stuck down here until Tues to get the part from a local dealership.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all. Only recent work was replacing valve...

Thanks all. Only recent work was replacing valve cover (cracked) and gasket but that was a while ago (January). No obvious signs of loose hoses. Fortunately there is a shop nearby so I'm going to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 674
Posted By Josh P.
System Too Lean Error

Just drove 400 mi w/o problem, car sat overnight, now started it and engine hesitating, can't accelerate over about about 25mph. Code reader shows system too lean Bank 1. Am hoping this is just a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
Yeah I didn't measure but that's pretty much...

Yeah I didn't measure but that's pretty much where it is...and which is probably where it was before I began adding water and coolant to force the stupid float up. Guess at some point I will need to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
Further info. I can pull the float up, it come up...

Further info. I can pull the float up, it come up but does not stay up. The attached photos show what the inside of the bottle (exp tank) looks like, after I removed perhaps 16 oz of fluid (see...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
I too drove for at least one summer with a...

I too drove for at least one summer with a failing fan clutch (the aux fan would come on all the time to try to compensate) and my guess is this probably led to premature failure of the radiator...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
I have not pulled up on the float, just pushed it...

I have not pulled up on the float, just pushed it down and watched it bob back up to the position in the pix. I will fiddle around with it tonight. Looked to be some deposits on it so maybe it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
Excess pressure=blowing to smithereens the cheap...

Excess pressure=blowing to smithereens the cheap plastic parts that make up the cooling system of this fine German sedan. That's the main issue for me, and a major risk. Anything else is secondary.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,958
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks, that is much appreciated. I am beginning...

Thanks, that is much appreciated. I am beginning to see a bigger picture here, as my last radiator cracked after only 2.5 years of use. Perhaps the cause was that too much pressure built up in the...
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