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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:19 PM
Replies: 60
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Posted By bobdmac
I'm glad you posted this. The interdependency of...

I'm glad you posted this. The interdependency of the various electrical and vacuum systems on this car continues to surprise me. In other news, I'm glad to see you've joined the Church of Smoke...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By bobdmac
Since this thread is from 2012, I doubt the OP is...

Since this thread is from 2012, I doubt the OP is still interested. You might try posting in the forum's classified, however.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By bobdmac
I found out about this cable only because I had...

I found out about this cable only because I had to replace my driver's side seatbelt latch, which involved removing the seat. Somehow, I didn't keep track of the cable when I took the seat out, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By bobdmac
Another photo: ...

Another photo:

http://i1288.photobucket.com/albums/b495/goofyboy65/Mobile%20Uploads/20140111_103609_zps4b0df8c4.jpg
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 05:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By bobdmac
If it's the small, retractable cable, it attaches...

If it's the small, retractable cable, it attaches to the underside of the seat. See this thread: Seatbelt Height Adjustment Fix...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By bobdmac
If you're able to notice play in the suspension...

If you're able to notice play in the suspension when you're putting the wheels back on, you should be able to track it down by having somebody move the wheel while you examine the suspension. Don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 304
Posted By bobdmac
And include some ///M badges, while they're at it.

And include some ///M badges, while they're at it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
That's what your sig pic should be. Besides, you...

That's what your sig pic should be. Besides, you lie: "slightly" tweaked is nowhere close to the truth.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 94
Posted By bobdmac
Check out this thread: E39 540i A/C compressor...

Check out this thread: E39 540i A/C compressor replacement (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=525280)

It's a pretty thorough investigation of the A/C compressor and should at least...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By bobdmac
Another possibility is the air conditioning...

Another possibility is the air conditioning compressor. I don't know whether this is the same model compressor as yours or not (Denso, I think), but listen to Flug540's video of it. He actually shot...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By bobdmac
I think checking the oil pressure is a good idea....

I think checking the oil pressure is a good idea. Has the car ever run low on oil? Problems with the internal bearings are pretty unusual in this car.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 181
Posted By bobdmac
If FedEx admits they had the package but can't...

If FedEx admits they had the package but can't prove delivery, it's on them. However, because you bought it through Amazon, I believe they should credit you and get their money from FedEx.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 181
Posted By bobdmac
FedEx recently delivered my box of suspension...

FedEx recently delivered my box of suspension components to the wrong address, a block up the street.The address was off by 100. I only found out because the resident of that house saw my telephone...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
A failed sensor doesn't necessarily produce...

A failed sensor doesn't necessarily produce drivability problems. Here's a thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7320454&postcount=1) on Bimmerfest about the same error, with no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
Here's what I found on this site: Deutsche Auto...

Here's what I found on this site: Deutsche Auto Technik (http://www.datsc.com/tabid/122/OBD-Error-Code/P0345/Diagnostics/bmw/Default.aspx)

Generic OBD Error Code Details for P0345
Camshaft...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 289
Posted By bobdmac
Smoke test for the win! It probably also helped...

Smoke test for the win! It probably also helped to replace the hoses that were in bad shape.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
I hope you have a local shop available to do a...

I hope you have a local shop available to do a thorough pre-purchase inspection. This is probably the most important element in buying a used BMW. The forum is filled with tales of problems that were...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By bobdmac
See this thread: What exactly does the KSB...

See this thread: What exactly does the KSB solenoid do? (http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/89-93-powertrain/12280-what-exactly-does-ksb-solenoid-do.html)

Although it's from a Cummins Diesel site,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
A couple of points-- First, a dealership...

A couple of points--

First, a dealership will see a lot fewer timing change issues than an indy shop. After the car's warrantee expires and the owner has paid out thousands of dollars in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By bobdmac
Cool. I've never heard that sound from a...

Cool. I've never heard that sound from a catalytic converter before, but it makes sense, I guess--probably just the loose internal parts getting buffeted by the exhaust stream.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By bobdmac
KSB= "Kalt Start Beschleuniger"--literally, "Cold...

KSB= "Kalt Start Beschleuniger"--literally, "Cold start accelerator."
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By bobdmac
Just a guess, but I'd imagine that if the system...

Just a guess, but I'd imagine that if the system was incorrectly thinking that the fuel temperature was 15-20 degrees celsius, it was warm enough that the glow plugs wouldn't need to turn on, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 366
Posted By bobdmac
When parking straight in, I make a point of...

When parking straight in, I make a point of avoiding spots flanked by 2-door coupes. In my old car, a 1963 Porsche 356, I once parked next to a Camaro, which I regretted. Those suckers have long,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 569
Posted By bobdmac
He has lots of photos of the install on this...

He has lots of photos of the install on this forum, but I'll let him tell you all about it. When I was in Boston on my road trip, I got to see it up close. Jim has an exceedingly clean, tight, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 662
Posted By bobdmac
I think it's 290 or so, but road tests have...

I think it's 290 or so, but road tests have listed 0-60 times in the sub-6-second range, 1/4 mile in 14.1 sec or so, and a top speed (governed) of 155. And it just sounds and feels effortless, with a...
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