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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By EconoBox
I used a DA polisher as the (new) final step, and...

I used a DA polisher as the (new) final step, and it polished out the last bits of haze in the clear coat.

Postmortem on this one:
I probably didn't get enough paint on the very top edge...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 04:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By EconoBox
I can, but I don't think any gear really engages...

I can, but I don't think any gear really engages while just idling with brakes on.
The entire thing is overridden by the TCU to prevent incorrect gear changes.
You can't just put it into 5th and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By EconoBox
Thanks for the clarification. I only have P,...

Thanks for the clarification.

I only have P, R, N, and D.
I generally refer to to "gears" as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By EconoBox
I used Spray Max paint. These are cans but...

I used Spray Max paint.
These are cans but they supposedly have "pro" quality spray nozzles that are a step above hardware store rattle-cans.

I got it from a local auto supply paint shop. You...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By EconoBox
A lot cheaper too!

A lot cheaper too!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By EconoBox
Thanks and yes.

Thanks and yes.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By EconoBox
My DIY experience with flaking paint repair.

The paint was flaking on my door, and this was an opportunity to try paint work.
I'll document my experience as encouragement for anyone who wants to try their luck.

One mental big hurdle is that...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By EconoBox
Sorry, I still do not understand what you're...

Sorry, I still do not understand what you're saying.

I have read every single ATF change thread,
and not one of them has described this process clearly.

Do you understand what "cycle through...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By EconoBox
That switch is like $300, so be careful popping...

That switch is like $300, so be careful popping off the buttons.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By EconoBox
What does this mean? Was the car up on...

What does this mean?
Was the car up on jackstands with you spinning the wheels at 60 mph?
This sounds dangerous as hell.

Please spell it out. Exactly what this "did every gear backwards and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By EconoBox
I wedged 1 pick tool to create outward pressure ...

I wedged 1 pick tool to create outward pressure
and a second one to pop it. Thanks.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By EconoBox
How do you remove the seat control buttons on the side of the seats?

I popped one of with my hands, but the other one doesn't budge.
I'm afraid of cracking it if I try to use a pick tool to pry it up.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-08-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 636
Posted By EconoBox
This might be a stupid idea. Next time you...

This might be a stupid idea.
Next time you arrive home, can you take a look underneath while the car is idling?
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 04-21-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By EconoBox
$10k for a valve job !?! 50 hours? LOL

$10k for a valve job !?!
50 hours? LOL
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By EconoBox
Searching will always refer to jack points. ...

Searching will always refer to jack points.

I am trying to avoid the jack point, since they are now 15 years old and rusting out.

It's time everyone learned an alternative to the jack points.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,524
Posted By EconoBox
MY 530i sport package came with 235-45-17

MY 530i sport package came with 235-45-17
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By EconoBox
Where do you put jack stands in the front and back?

First, for once, I don't feel like searching, so save your breath.
I just want someone to tell me.

In the front, I jack by the center block.
Where do you put the jack stands while the jack is in...
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 04-18-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By EconoBox
I already did a huge search. I only found...

I already did a huge search.

I only found a couple of threads talking about the 3 issues above. (valve stems, coolant pipe, etc)
Are they really that expensive to fix?

Top end job for valve...
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 04-17-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By EconoBox
Just how common are those common N62 issues ?

Just how common are those common N62 issues ?
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 04-17-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By EconoBox
Advice for first time BMW owner thinking of buying 2005 645ci (90k miles for $15,000)

Friend is considering this car. What advice would you give him?

I told him to read the old threads, but in 2015, it's a 10 year old car,
and the advice may be different than buying advice from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 982
Posted By EconoBox
I guess it's time to stop using the jack points...

I guess it's time to stop using the jack points on a 15 year old car.
We all knew this day was coming.

I jack the front from that center block, but use the jack points on the rear.
Anyone have a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,672
Posted By EconoBox
If I remove the cabin filter housing, and stick...

If I remove the cabin filter housing, and stick my fingers down into the brake booster cavity, I should be able to feel a drain hole?
Just clear it with my fingers? Can this drain hole be seen from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By EconoBox
Yea, you need the long screwdrivers to get the...

Yea, you need the long screwdrivers to get the boot attached to the throttle body, right?
All the various parts are also annoying to get all seated properly.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 25,951
Posted By EconoBox
http://germanautosolutions.com/diy_tech/disa_repai...

http://germanautosolutions.com/diy_tech/disa_repair_kit/m54_disa_kit_diy.php

One reason people may not bother with the $100 GAS repair kit is b/c the installation has 48 steps.
For some, it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By EconoBox
Yea, you need to replace the window regulators. ...

Yea, you need to replace the window regulators. Or just put the cables back on the guides.
Do some searching, time to open up the doors. Great project for a beginner
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