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Forum: Cars - Private Party 02-09-2016, 07:14 PM
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Posted By gtxragtop
FS: 2003 530i M Sports Package, Navigation, sterling gray,black interior

FS: 2003 530i M Sports Package, Navigation, sterling gray,black interior, excellent condition
Selling my 2003 530.
Lancaster, MA.
207,000 miles
Second owner. I bought 8 years ago as a CPO with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 05:03 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 92,610
Posted By gtxragtop
I bought my 2003 530 8 years ago with 56K miles....

I bought my 2003 530 8 years ago with 56K miles. Had to replace the valve cover gasket due to a leak. With the cover removed, I found the recommended BMW oil service intervals (of which I had BMW...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 04:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,035
Posted By gtxragtop
When replacing the thrust arm bushing or the...

When replacing the thrust arm bushing or the complete assembly you MUST add weight to the seats to simulate riders in the car, roll the car back and forth about 5 feet on level ground then crawl...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 04:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By gtxragtop
The window regulator uses a cable and the cables...

The window regulator uses a cable and the cables are run through cheap plastic cable guide wheels that deteriorate over time. My passenger side regulator failed and this was the cause. In my case,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 04:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 925
Posted By gtxragtop
At 100K miles I did a cooling system overhaul...

At 100K miles I did a cooling system overhaul which included the waterpump. The pump I removed (original factory) had plastic impellers. It looked perfect. I installed an OEM pump with plastic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 04:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By gtxragtop
What C90 stated. Buy OEM hoses. I would replace...

What C90 stated. Buy OEM hoses. I would replace any other hoses that you installed that are not OEM hoses. Is is worth the risk of another letting go? I've been bit once by purchasing a non OEM part...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-14-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,247
Posted By gtxragtop
2003 530IA, 206,345 miles and going strong. 5K-6K...

2003 530IA, 206,345 miles and going strong. 5K-6K miles per quart of oil, original engine and transmission.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-23-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,571
Posted By gtxragtop
Good points. I suspect many folks do not...

Good points. I suspect many folks do not regularly check their suspension components and if not, better to be error on the safe side. Any data that can be shared describing symptoms and what may be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-23-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,571
Posted By gtxragtop
206,000 miles on all the original front...

206,000 miles on all the original front suspension components except for the thrust arm bushings which I replaced at 60K miles with a HD bushing due to constant vibration at speed. The original oil...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,723
Posted By gtxragtop
I'm guessing about $3500 total. My labor on...

I'm guessing about $3500 total. My labor on everything except the torque converter and programming the DSC/ABS module that I bought new.

I was recently looking at a 2013 528I that has nav and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-15-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,256
Posted By gtxragtop
I had this issue and it drove me crazy for...

I had this issue and it drove me crazy for awhile. Thought it was the fill host to the tank. Tightened all the clamps to no use. Finally pulled the rear seat and the pass side cover to the fuel pump....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,084
Posted By gtxragtop
My low oil warning came on. Down a quart with...

My low oil warning came on. Down a quart with 5000 miles on the last oil change. Engine has 203,000 miles. At first I was mad since in warmer weather barely 1/2 QT in 6500 miles.
After reading this...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-24-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,723
Posted By gtxragtop
Added a few photos

Added a few photos
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,265
Posted By gtxragtop
Nav radio aux input?

I have a 2003 with NAV. Does anybody know if the NAV radio has the AUX input?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-04-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,723
Posted By gtxragtop
200,000 miles and loving it

I recently turned 200,000 miles on my 03 530I. I still love driving this car every day.
Still get 6000 miles to quart of oil (in summer)
Everything works including no lost Pixels.
Original...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,090
Posted By gtxragtop
Make sure that when you tighten the bolts on the...

Make sure that when you tighten the bolts on the the traction struts and the control arms on the bushing end that you...
- Install the parts
- Leave the bolt on the bushing end slightly loose so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 509
Posted By gtxragtop
Bought a new module for $420. Dealer needs to...

Bought a new module for $420. Dealer needs to encode VIN, steering angle sensor , Yaw sensor. Another $200. (I checked independents and 2 dealers)
Mine works when cold. heats up fails. Sometimes on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2013, 04:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,698
Posted By gtxragtop
Whats going on with the battery charger? I wonder...

Whats going on with the battery charger? I wonder if this may have been the cause. Often battery chargers do not send out clean DC. This may have caused issues with the electronics. Newer chargers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-21-2013, 05:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 28,313
Posted By gtxragtop
I pulled out a stock BMW pump with 105K miles on...

I pulled out a stock BMW pump with 105K miles on it. It was a plastic impeller pump. I replaced it with a stock plastic impeller pump that now has 45K on it. BMW service does the same. Me thinks the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,383
Posted By gtxragtop
If you were closer, I'd stop by when my car needs...

If you were closer, I'd stop by when my car needs fixing. :)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 615
Posted By gtxragtop
White smoke is not oil burning. It typically is...

White smoke is not oil burning. It typically is associated with burning antifreeze.
Blue'ish tint smoke is oil burning
Black smoke is excessive rich gasoline to air ratio.

When is is cold out...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,470
Posted By gtxragtop
Mine continues to work well with no rattles after...

Mine continues to work well with no rattles after 6 years after the cassette was replaced by BMW.
I don't use it ever. :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,584
Posted By gtxragtop
These days almost all parts are Chinese crap....

These days almost all parts are Chinese crap. Pisses me off to no end because of the difficulty of finding good quality parts. The Chinese manufacturers are being beat up to keep costs as low as...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-09-2013, 06:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,584
Posted By gtxragtop
When I bought my CPO 03 with 52K, I constantly...

When I bought my CPO 03 with 52K, I constantly had shimmy issues. BMW would balance the tires and it would be fine for awhile. From this forum I learned to look for the tell tale stains of leakage...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,280
Posted By gtxragtop
I drive 34 miles each way to/from work mostly...

I drive 34 miles each way to/from work mostly highway. EVERY winter I engine uses 1/2-3/4 QT in 6500 miles. Once it is warm outside I use nearly nothing. Bottom line, BMW's crankcase ventilation...
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