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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2009, 11:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By dbruce
Just to add to this discussion, if I puked in...

Just to add to this discussion, if I puked in someones car, I'd pay to have it cleaned or clean it up myself. If I used something in the car and it broke off etc from really no fault of my own (and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2009, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 828
Posted By dbruce
BMW plastic is quite brittle as it ages (German...

BMW plastic is quite brittle as it ages (German recycling laws), so I wouldn't assign 100% of the blame on your friend. When I first got my 00, my wife pulled on the sunvisor to remove it from the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-10-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By dbruce
Pre-cat, not post. The post sensors generally...

Pre-cat, not post. The post sensors generally (there are exceptions) are not the cause of emissions issues. The order of replacement should be Pre-cat O2's...then post and then CAT and that all...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,003
Posted By dbruce
Both have similar weak clutches, which is the...

Both have similar weak clutches, which is the Achilles heal of the manual in both.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-21-2008, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By dbruce
I believe the self leveling came standard on the...

I believe the self leveling came standard on the sports suspension Tourings. I have a non-sport and standard springs in the back. I have to admit, I'm not complaining. In any case, I believe the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2008, 10:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,843
Posted By dbruce
As the other poster mentioned, the costs involved...

As the other poster mentioned, the costs involved can be substantial. The M5 diffs are true LSD's and have the clutches that wear. If the example you buy has significant mileage, the LSD portion may...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2008, 09:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,843
Posted By dbruce
Can't express emotion in a post. The reality is...

Can't express emotion in a post. The reality is that unless you going to track drive the car, the additional cost IMO will not be worth it. I've installed an LSD in a non BMW and it was an amazing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,843
Posted By dbruce
You don't just have an open diff. BMW uses an...

You don't just have an open diff. BMW uses an ESD (Electronic differential lock). In the snow, the ABS system adjusts the Open diff. Many believe it's a poor mans LSD. IMO, since Audi uses the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2008, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,194
Posted By dbruce
528it has the same feature, just look for the...

528it has the same feature, just look for the button to press under the wiper motor area.

If my struts die....it's ghetto time with some sort of stick holding it up. :rofl:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-01-2008, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By dbruce
5 will get you 10 that if the PO replaced the...

5 will get you 10 that if the PO replaced the CAT's.....they were not OEM.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-01-2008, 05:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 788
Posted By dbruce
Want 17" then. OEM and you name it pop up...

Want 17" then. OEM and you name it pop up constantly in the NY area Craiglist, search and you will find.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/pts/938659611.html
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2008, 10:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 788
Posted By dbruce
Look for 15".....no need for 16" for snow tires. ...

Look for 15".....no need for 16" for snow tires. I've seen them pop up often in my area.....but there are also a ton of BMW's running around here. Unless your in the tundra.....snows even with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2008, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By dbruce
Alternator.....almost guaranteed.

Alternator.....almost guaranteed.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2008, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 788
Posted By dbruce
Check Craigslist and Ebay for people tossing...

Check Craigslist and Ebay for people tossing their 15" and 16" stock rims. I've seen the rims go for as little as 200 with tires....many times snows. Keep looking.

People are also selling snows...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-29-2008, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,627
Posted By dbruce
These days car sales are down drastically.....and...

These days car sales are down drastically.....and BMW is no exception. Beefing up profits through the service department wouldn't surprise me in the least. "Hydo Uni"t.......gotta love it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-29-2008, 08:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
Nice writeup...thanx

Nice writeup...thanx
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 07:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
The car is a different feel.....and one that I...

The car is a different feel.....and one that I liked. I drive a bunch of cars when traveling on business. From getting my coworker a C6, to renting the GTH and any number of other cars, I started...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 03:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
The pony cars have always been about affordable...

The pony cars have always been about affordable performance. The current version hits that nail on the head. Your comment on the tranny makes me laugh, since the auto is decent overall.....but I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 03:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
I personally never noticed it when driving. I...

I personally never noticed it when driving. I just had a V6 rental in Ohio....during winter. I believe Ford had it right when they said an independent rear would have been more then it was worth in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 02:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
If I didn't need a backseat, I'd be looking for a...

If I didn't need a backseat, I'd be looking for a GT these days. I like the car. It doesn't have a BMW feel......but has a raw feel that I really enjoyed. The previous version didn't impress me in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
I've driven the GTH (Hertz performance model) and...

I've driven the GTH (Hertz performance model) and the standard V6 base. Both were quite good, with the GTH being, for obvious reasons, well above the base model.

If you believe a GT can't handle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2008, 08:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,787
Posted By dbruce
Just for a reality check, the newer GT does 5.1...

Just for a reality check, the newer GT does 5.1 0-160 and 13.8 quarter. They also handle pretty well, in the hands of a good driver.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-25-2008, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By dbruce
I'd go for the 16's.....easier to find tires for...

I'd go for the 16's.....easier to find tires for them.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,010
Posted By dbruce
Once upon a time, big wheels were the rage. They...

Once upon a time, big wheels were the rage. They then figured out that having a bit more rubber between you and the road has some advantages.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-25-2008, 08:28 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,010
Posted By dbruce
I have the Bilstein HD's on my Touring. They are...

I have the Bilstein HD's on my Touring. They are stiff shocks, so if you are looking for a more compliant ride, you may wish to go stock or koni adjustables.

I happen to love the increased...
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