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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,045
Posted By esilvas
I put the Michelin AS/3s on last week and have...

I put the Michelin AS/3s on last week and have been happy so far. I know most of the positives at this point are from replacing old tires, but the quiet ride is definitely appreciated. It has not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-08-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,045
Posted By esilvas
Looking to put Michelin AS/3s on my 540 in the...

Looking to put Michelin AS/3s on my 540 in the next week. The PO put Kumhos and they are crumbling. Looks like others are happy with Michelin's.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,135
Posted By esilvas
As I mentioned, I did the same thing. Once he...

As I mentioned, I did the same thing. Once he found the leak, I just gave in.

If I can get to 300K on my engine, I will be very happy. Lot's of work to maintain, but a joy to drive.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,135
Posted By esilvas
I did not know the upper timing cover was leaking...

I did not know the upper timing cover was leaking until the shop told me. I just did not know what to look for.

As for a DIY, I found this in the best links:...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,135
Posted By esilvas
I don't recall specifically because I had other...

I don't recall specifically because I had other things done at the same time. But, I think it was about $300 for that alone.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,135
Posted By esilvas
In my case, I had a pretty regular oil leak of...

In my case, I had a pretty regular oil leak of 2-3 drops each time I turned off the car for the day. Since I had already done my valve cover gaskets, I assumed it was something else. I had a local...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,135
Posted By esilvas
I had a similar problem. It turned out to be my...

I had a similar problem. It turned out to be my timing cover.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 606
Posted By esilvas
Buying Another E39

+1 on the low mileage and service history. My 2001 540 has been fun driving, but more history would really help when determining what to address next. Getting a full set of keys is really great.

...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-12-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,689
Posted By esilvas
It turns out that my CCV was bad. It had gotten...

It turns out that my CCV was bad. It had gotten so difficult to drive that on the way to get my smoke test, it would stall at each intersection. Thankfully, I had already bought the CCV. So, when my...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 634
Posted By esilvas
+1 Where? That's cheap.

+1 Where? That's cheap.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2013, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By esilvas
Did you mange to maintain steering wheel controls?

Did you mange to maintain steering wheel controls?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By esilvas
1998 E39 540i Stalling

I see. I should have researched before responding. Thanks for the info.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2013, 04:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By esilvas
1998 E39 540i Stalling

I believe it has two Cam Position Sensors (CPS) like my 2001 540. There is one for each bank, i.e. each side of the engine. I would start by replacing whichever one threw the code. Bank 1 is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-12-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 722
Posted By esilvas
My 2001 540i fuel filter was $65, how much is it...

My 2001 540i fuel filter was $65, how much is it on yours?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2013, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By esilvas
My Car still does not work :(

It was just a wrong part. The code is now gone. On to my next project.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2013, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By esilvas
edjack, you are correct about the camshaft...

edjack, you are correct about the camshaft position sensor. I have no idea why I put crankshaft. It happens more and more after forty.

I am also looking into a smoke test this weekend.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By esilvas
You really need to get a code reader that will...

You really need to get a code reader that will point you in a direction. For example, on my 2001 540, I also replaced my valve cover gaskets and grommets. It cleared up my oil leaking. But, my car...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By esilvas
leaking antifreeze / water help

Mine did not make noise, but did leak quite a bit just before I replaced it. I would look in the Best Links for a DIY.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By esilvas
I had a similar issue and it ended up being my...

I had a similar issue and it ended up being my water pump. It ran down the front of the engine and eventually off the oil pan. I would start there.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,494
Posted By esilvas
At 17, I did not even own a car. Finally, at 42,...

At 17, I did not even own a car. Finally, at 42, I bought my first BMW. Great job on your repairs as they definitely would have given me pause. With every new code or weird sound, I find out a little...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,191
Posted By esilvas
State Farm is great insurance - until you need to...

State Farm is great insurance - until you need to make a claim. I have had one of their associates tell me that and I was surprised. They told me if I was in an accident, even in my own driveway...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,998
Posted By esilvas
+1 mularkey.

+1 mularkey.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 364
Posted By esilvas
upper radiator hose

I have spent way more than $10 on my 540 and have only had it six months. Save yourself the heartache, get another car. These are great to drive, but maintenance is not for the faint of heart.

...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By esilvas
I would tow it back and fix it myself. They...

I would tow it back and fix it myself. They already have the valve covers off.

What is the code?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 21,053
Posted By esilvas
Thanks. I missed that when I searched for...

Thanks. I missed that when I searched for possible solutions. One more reason I enjoy reading this forum.
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