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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 04:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,288
Posted By Fudman
Beisan is THE authority on the Vanos. If...

Beisan is THE authority on the Vanos. If repairing your Vanos seals/bearings is too daunting, check the Dr. Vanos website, where you can buy a complete refurbished Vanos unit. This is simply plug...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Fudman
That is a very complex question, BB. In a...

That is a very complex question, BB. In a nutshell, the intent of the crash systems are to manage the energy of impact, reduce the likelihood of injury and increase survivability of the vehicle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By Fudman
Pre-Purchase Inspection, usually performed by a...

Pre-Purchase Inspection, usually performed by a independent garage or dealer.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By Fudman
...After the car is registered & receives plates....

...After the car is registered & receives plates. If the car is not registered, it can be in any condition nor does it require an inspection. While the RMV requires inspection within 7 days after...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By Fudman
If my math is correct, the price is $2,542 USD. ...

If my math is correct, the price is $2,542 USD. The 75K miles is extremely low for a car that age. If those are KM, then they are REALLY low. If you have service records, I would drop everything...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Fudman
Post the sizes, too. Staggered?

Post the sizes, too. Staggered?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By Fudman
Here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts,...

Here in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, it is not illegal to sell a car with a CEL or any other defect. That is strictly between the buyer and the seller. However, if the new owner...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Fudman
Could simply need lubrication. Isolating the...

Could simply need lubrication. Isolating the location of the sound will tell you more.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By Fudman
All e39s are great cars, but some (the bigger...

All e39s are great cars, but some (the bigger engines) are better than others. :thumbup: The key things to consider are the previous maintenance history and your future maintenance plans. If the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By Fudman
Did you get a Service Engine Soon light? This...

Did you get a Service Engine Soon light? This can happen when the gas cap is not sealing properly or missing. See this: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=452433&highlight=gas+cap
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 290
Posted By Fudman
BB, Follow the Beisan Vanos procedure,...

BB,

Follow the Beisan Vanos procedure, skipping the unrelated Vanos steps. Easy day.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 290
Posted By Fudman
While a valve cover can wrap or crack, they do...

While a valve cover can wrap or crack, they do not always warp or crack. I believe this is not a common occurrence based on forum feedback. I have replace my VCG twice, neither time did I replace...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By Fudman
Warping of the thrust arm bushing mount suggests...

Warping of the thrust arm bushing mount suggests that the aluminum mount was overstressed after the original bushing failed (e.g. driven too hard without sufficient bushing support) causing the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 290
Posted By Fudman
The smoke is entering through your ventilation...

The smoke is entering through your ventilation system intake, where the two cabin filters are located. Clearly, you are burning oil within the engine compartment. I would look at your valve cover...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-18-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By Fudman
Good luck. It all depends upon the service...

Good luck. It all depends upon the service history (when and what was replaced). 13 years is not that old. But at 250K miles, anything original, except the engine itself, is subject to imminent...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-18-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By Fudman
Do not flush ATF, just Drain. Search for why.

Do not flush ATF, just Drain. Search for why.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By Fudman
Both are fine. I used the Castrol with no...

Both are fine. I used the Castrol with no problems. An additional drain and refill is recommended to further dilute the remaining ATF in the TC, which does not drain out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,516
Posted By Fudman
I "use any brand" of gasoline but prefer the name...

I "use any brand" of gasoline but prefer the name brands. I only "use the recommended octane rating or higher". I find I get a noticeable improvement in gas mileage (which is offset by the higher...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-16-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 151
Posted By Fudman
And the CCV.

And the CCV.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By Fudman
That's about the going labor rate for a cooling...

That's about the going labor rate for a cooling system labor charge ($700 +/-). If you combine both jobs and replace ALL cooling parts (tensioners, rollers, etc.), you'll save more than $800 in labor...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 257
Posted By Fudman
I suggest you research this issue more. The TPF...

I suggest you research this issue more. The TPF message is not triggered by dirty ATF. All original ATF is dirty. This sounds like your torque converter is beginning to fail.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By Fudman
Thrust arms, controls arms and tie rods do not...

Thrust arms, controls arms and tie rods do not have replaceable ball joints. You must replace the entire arm. This is why most just replace the entire arm if either the ball joint or bushing fails....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By Fudman
FYI: The balljoint on my right OEM control (not...

FYI: The balljoint on my right OEM control (not thrust) arm failed at 70K. At 75K, I replaced all front suspension components. The difference was night and day in terms of steering feedback and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 352
Posted By Fudman
The e39 and the e60 share the same engine (M54)...

The e39 and the e60 share the same engine (M54) and the suspensions are very similar. The primary difference are the owners. e60 owners must open up their wallets as there is virtually no DIY forum...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 352
Posted By Fudman
Answering that question without seeing and...

Answering that question without seeing and driving the car is non-starter. Also, do you mean good to drive (almost all e39s are) or good to own (many will cost you an arm and a leg). The answer to...
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