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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By bobdmac
I'm far from a guru here, but I've had a 1990...

I'm far from a guru here, but I've had a 1990 K75s for the past 11 years. The older "airhead" BMW twins were, or are, legendary for their longevity. The newer twins, not so much, based on what I've...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By bobdmac
Thanks for further documenting why we should...

Thanks for further documenting why we should stick with the BMW cam sensors.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-29-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 949
Posted By bobdmac
In addition to the pleasure of being in total...

In addition to the pleasure of being in total control of the manual transmission, I'm with Smoothops on the reliability issue, which is important for cars of this vintage, since most have more than...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-29-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
How did you get rid of it? Everyone in this forum...

How did you get rid of it? Everyone in this forum benefits when we share our experience, so let us know what you did.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
Well, the "sweet" smell is pretty characteristic...

Well, the "sweet" smell is pretty characteristic of coolant vapor--probably from a leak in the heater core. Another tell would be a film accumulating on the inside of the windshield after using the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
Ah, okay. It's hard to tell from the OP's...

Ah, okay. It's hard to tell from the OP's description of the smell, but if it smells kind of sweet, then I'd suspect the heater core.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know exactly how the ventilation system...

I don't know exactly how the ventilation system is routed, but it may possible you're smelling mold in the A/C evaporator even though you're not using the A/C. There was a thread on this recently by...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 34,613
Posted By bobdmac
Hah, Jim. I haven't had to worry about a "Honey...

Hah, Jim. I haven't had to worry about a "Honey Do List" for a long time. In fact, I think it was back before we started abbreviating everything. I'm at the cholesterol-conscious age now where all I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 34,613
Posted By bobdmac
At the risk of sounding ignorant, Jim, what the...

At the risk of sounding ignorant, Jim, what the heck is HDL?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 292
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know how sensitive the motion detector in...

I don't know how sensitive the motion detector in the cabin is, but maybe if your phone vibrates when you get a call, it could set it off. Kind of a longshot, I know, but I can't come up with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By bobdmac
The short answer is yes, but if you have the...

The short answer is yes, but if you have the xenon headlights, there are two types of adjustments. One is the standard screw-type adjustment. As I recall, there are three screws that adjust the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 34,613
Posted By bobdmac
Wheel hop should be solvable, it seems to me, but...

Wheel hop should be solvable, it seems to me, but I'm not a drag racer and have nothing other than a general understanding of suspension dynamics on which to base this opinion. Surely someone has...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 34,613
Posted By bobdmac
Glad the car is still intact. With some good...

Glad the car is still intact. With some good tires and a little more practice, you might get into the low 12's, maybe even high 11's. What RPM are you shifting at?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-23-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,573
Posted By bobdmac
I glad you figured it out. This was exactly the...

I glad you figured it out. This was exactly the issue I had and that I was talking about in my two posts, above. I still don't understand why any power adapter would have a metal ring that could...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,573
Posted By bobdmac
Also, see my post above and make sure the power...

Also, see my post above and make sure the power adapter itself isn't causing the outage.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 442
Posted By bobdmac
It's worth more to a buyer that's looking for a...

It's worth more to a buyer that's looking for a manual, but those buyers a minority and harder to find. So it's a trade-off, depending on how long you're willing to hold out for someone looking for a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By bobdmac
edjack nails it again.

edjack nails it again.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 578
Posted By bobdmac
^^Worst analogy ever.

^^Worst analogy ever.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By bobdmac
it's not my area of knowledge, but it sounds like...

it's not my area of knowledge, but it sounds like the key's lock button is broken. Does the internal lock button on the center console lock the doors? If so, I'd say the problem is with the key...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By bobdmac
If you lower the sport suspension, I hope you...

If you lower the sport suspension, I hope you don't have potholes, speed bumps, steep driveway entrances, or frost heaves where you live. You risk dragging your undercarriage. I have the stock 540...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By bobdmac
Transmission--Unless you or your spouse have some...

Transmission--Unless you or your spouse have some objection to shifting, you're probably better off with a manual. Setting aside the question of responsiveness, sense of control and other esthetic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 34,613
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations, man. I get the feeling you've...

Congratulations, man. I get the feeling you've landed a pretty good woman, one who's down with your passion for things automotive. Best wishes for all three of you.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 443
Posted By bobdmac
I agree. There is no code for "bad cam bearings."...

I agree. There is no code for "bad cam bearings." It's probably the cam position sensor. You need to get the code. If it's something easily repairable and you're still interested in the car, have a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-15-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By bobdmac
BMWs at 24 Hours of LeMONS

Well, while Flug 540 was enjoying his track time at Laguna Seca (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8587907&postcount=2349)...
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 464
Posted By bobdmac
Excellent contributions to the forum. Nice job.

Excellent contributions to the forum. Nice job.
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