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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-21-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 438
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all for the replies. While the key did not...

Thanks all for the replies. While the key did not work to lock the car after being in the ignition for 30 minutes, when I went back last night (after it had been sitting all day) lo and behold...the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 438
Posted By Josh P.
Right, thus...new key. That's why I was wondering...

Right, thus...new key. That's why I was wondering if others had experienced this, since many on the board have cars older than mine.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 438
Posted By Josh P.
Remedy being what? It was in the ignition with...

Remedy being what? It was in the ignition with car running for 30 mins this morning and still didn't work after that.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 438
Posted By Josh P.
Yeah that is what I am thinking at this point....

Yeah that is what I am thinking at this point. The connection has gone bad or something. I guess this may require ordering a new key from $tealer.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-20-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 438
Posted By Josh P.
Help! REALLY odd key problem

This is a first for me:

The middle (lock) button of one of my keys will not lock the car/arm the alarm. The front (unlock) button works fine (unlocks car, interior lights turn on). Using this key,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-16-2017, 07:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 775
Posted By Josh P.
Wow I didn't realize Classic was only 15 years!...

Wow I didn't realize Classic was only 15 years! Maybe I should get them. My car is not a DD. Plus the commonwealth of PA needs as much money as they can get!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-14-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 775
Posted By Josh P.
Sweet 16!

Actually...17 years old in December. Hard to believe. Just thought I'd share.

Still the best BMW ever built, and it's proven each day!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-01-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By Josh P.
Test 7 works on the 530 and the 540 so I would...

Test 7 works on the 530 and the 540 so I would assume also on the 525 (not sure about Euro cars of course).
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-01-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks EdJack. What are your thoughts on...

Thanks EdJack. What are your thoughts on replacing the water pump while in there? The current pump was put in in 2009, it is OEM so not a Stewart or likely one with a metal impeller. No obvious...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
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: 12
Views: 499
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: 12
Views: 499
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: 12
Views: 499
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: 1,564
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: 398
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: 398
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: 398
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: 1,745
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: 1,745
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: 1,745
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: 1,745
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: 1,745
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: 1,745
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: 701
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: 701
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...
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