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Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 03-13-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Hmmm..... ...

Hmmm.....

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2007/bmw/7_series/recalls/
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 03-13-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Considering an E65/E66.....

Hello gang!

Condisinering trading out the 02 540 Wagon for a 07 750. I've seen the write up on the major problems (valve seals and oil leak behind alternator bracket). I can do most of my own...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-04-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 264
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Checking out a '98 328 Vert...

Going out to check a '98 328 Vert.
Current owner no longer wants the car, says has electrical issue and dose not know what...
Says, battery has been replaced, pads (not electrical I know), tune...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-13-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 38,042
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
How do those M5 Rear brakes compare to what is...

How do those M5 Rear brakes compare to what is stock on a 540it M Sport? Just the cross drilling or is it a larger rotor and different caliper? Besides the cross drilling, would there be any...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2012, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
02 540ItA - common oil leaks?

Developed an oil leak. Leaving a drop of oil when parked. Checked valve covers, they look "sweaty" but not wet or drippy (yet). I see residue down in front of the engine, but not sure where it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-24-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Thanks for the info! Already ordered! :)

Thanks for the info! Already ordered! :)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-24-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 38,042
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Curious, what are the benefits? Are the pitons in...

Curious, what are the benefits? Are the pitons in the calipers smaller/larger than the non - "M"?
Hard for me to tell, are they smaller? Lighter? Aluminum vs Iron?
I see spacers, are those...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-24-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Ordered from? I've done my own upholstery...

Ordered from?
I've done my own upholstery before :) not as tough or scary as many people think.
But you better have "kung fu grip" to be able to get it done right. ;)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Are Seat Buns Available?

Are new seat buns available? Seems that the outer bolster on the drivers seat has gone flat and had knocked the cover with the seat controls off the seat.

Or..... should I just take it to an...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-28-2012, 01:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,234
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Just changed mine out on an 02 540. Spring was...

Just changed mine out on an 02 540. Spring was slightly shorter/weaker than the replacement. Other than that, the unit was identical. 86k Mi on the clock....
Still dealing with rattle at start that...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Thanks for the tip. I was planning on looking for...

Thanks for the tip. I was planning on looking for the brass replacement, but I needed today so I got from local dealer. Yes will be doing another cold fill/bleed in the morning.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Well the cracked/broken bleed screw was the cause...

Well the cracked/broken bleed screw was the cause of the whole problem. Hard to believe that a little $8.00 part failure might have lead to a multi thousand dollars worth of repairs.

Filled the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2012, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Checked the bleed screw this morning near the...

Checked the bleed screw this morning near the expansion tank, it was finger loose. Backed it out some and it vented, (or suctioned) very slightly. Went to tighten, didn't take much, and it snapped....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2012, 02:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
'02 540ITa with weird cooling issue......

Hi Folks,
did some searching and reading of the threads regarding cooling problems, but not sure what exactly might be wrong. My fear is, head gasket leak, but thus far have not had any of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 282
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
what goes here?

When I pulled up the package area to change out the air spring on the '02 wagon I noticed these two empty brackets and connectors. What goes here? Is this where the phone system would mount?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Want to say thanks to all that responded to my...

Want to say thanks to all that responded to my post about the air ride. And very special thanks and I hold up a virtual bier and salute all those that take the time to create the DIY and load the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Inserted key and flipped to the "ON" position....

Inserted key and flipped to the "ON" position. Nothing happened. Started the car and I could hear the compressor going and the car lifted very slowly then I head the leak. Went to the back of the car...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2012, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Low Ridding '02 540ITa.....

Seems I've either blown an air spring or an air line. Warning on the dash about Self Leveling Suspension Inact.
And the back end is in the weeds....

Did a search but did not find any info on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 920
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Did you ever locate your problem? I just...

Did you ever locate your problem? I just experienced the same issue. Pretty sure its air line of air spring, but could not find anything on the boar regarding repair or common problems?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-06-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
HID upgrade vs Repair

One of my headlights is stating to have problems firing up. It is an intermittent problem that is degrading with the instances of not firing starting to out number the firing up.

Did some...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2012, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
That's the one! Thanks for the link, the photo's...

That's the one! Thanks for the link, the photo's and info! You guys are great! :D
if that is a shot from the owners manual, I either have the wrong one or ????
My book shows no mention of "luggage...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-31-2012, 11:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
'02 E39 Touring Liftgate Cargo Light - Replacement

I need to replace the cargo area light in the lift gate. Didnt see anything in the owners manual on how to replace.....

Looks/feels like I might have to slide the lens cover, or squeeze it to get...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2012, 11:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,196
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Duh! Because it was a sweet car! I've owned...

Duh! Because it was a sweet car!
I've owned other "smokers" cars and have not had the problem to this degree. Usually a good wash and clean took car of the issue. This one however has me perplexed.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,196
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
any one have any suggestions to help with the cig...

any one have any suggestions to help with the cig smoke smell?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,196
Posted By BlackbirdPilot
Cabin Air Fliters.... How many and where?

Trying to determine the total number and location of cabin air filters. In the owners manual it mentions a carbon filter. I know about the two filters in the engine compartment but are these...
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