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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-09-2013, 08:36 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
You must not have dug too hard, since the fist...

You must not have dug too hard, since the fist result in a Google search for "Disa Repair Kit" was his company - German Auto Solutions
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2013, 12:14 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
Good luck finding a car without a lot of plastics...

Good luck finding a car without a lot of plastics (especially since 2000). What you are experiencing is not necessarily cheap plastic (it's actually pretty high quality plastic), but old plastic. The...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-05-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By MJLavelle
I can beat that! I seem to have original brakes...

I can beat that! I seem to have original brakes at 128k miles. I have all the PO's records, and found no mention of brake pad replacement. I also had the dealership records pulled, and again, no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-14-2012, 11:24 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
What sort of update are you looking for? There is...

What sort of update are you looking for? There is an entire website selling the repair kit and completely new DISA's with the upgrades installed. There is a 5 year warranty for your DISA after you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-20-2012, 01:44 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
I suspected it may be an iPad issue, which is why...

I suspected it may be an iPad issue, which is why I mentioned it. Those pages are fairly hard on the memory needed to load them properly, and the iPad does struggle with such things. There are always...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2012, 10:02 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
Gary, Just as an FYI- the instructions for the...

Gary,
Just as an FYI- the instructions for the DISA repair kit on the GAS website seem to be screwed up. The text does not align with the pics displayed. This could just be an iPad issue, and not a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-18-2012, 12:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,794
Posted By MJLavelle
This is a Zombie thread, back from the...

This is a Zombie thread, back from the dead....Necroposting.
I wanted to see if anyone who posted in this thread, and actually bough one of these aluminum thermostat housings would like to chime in...
Forum: Site Sponsors & Bimmerfest Group Buys 05-25-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,615
Posted By MJLavelle
So, no discount for us loyal BimmerFest...

So, no discount for us loyal BimmerFest customers/members? Not even free shipping maybe? I am tempted, but I could use a little incentive. :)
I promise to post some nice comments once it is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-24-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
If you go back in the history of the forums, the...

If you go back in the history of the forums, the DISA has been an issue since cars started hitting the 40k mile mark. This is not the DISA scare of 2012, it has been an ongoing weap spot. And there...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-24-2012, 12:32 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
Good luck, depending on engine crud to hold a...

Good luck, depending on engine crud to hold a part together. There is a reason why someone has devoted so much time and effort to designing a permenent fix for this part. They are failing at a very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2012, 08:04 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
You can't base such statements on your own...

You can't base such statements on your own personal experience. A sample size of one means nothing. So, yours has not failed. Good for you! I have read about 15 others that have failed, and have...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
I thought I had read every page of the tread, but...

I thought I had read every page of the tread, but it is possible I had missed one, so, sorry if I had asked something that you had already answered. I will go back and look for the posts I obviously...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 448
Views: 67,348
Posted By MJLavelle
In the interest of throwing things out there that...

In the interest of throwing things out there that could be a problem with this solution, I will ask - what is the weight of the replacement piece, v/s the original piece? This leads directly to my...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By MJLavelle
You are right that you don't NEED to replace the...

You are right that you don't NEED to replace the sensor. My thoughts are that it is better to go ahead and do it, while you are there. But, like anything else, the budget is the deciding issue. But...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2012, 04:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By MJLavelle
I would be inclined to stick with OEM or at least...

I would be inclined to stick with OEM or at least original supplier for all of the cooling system parts, except for belts and pulley's. The aftermarket is flooded with poor quality Chinese replica...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2012, 04:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,254
Posted By MJLavelle
This is pure speculation on my part, but could it...

This is pure speculation on my part, but could it be possible that the pin that extends out to lock the fuel filler door is bent, and therefore it does not always engage properly? Mine got bent when...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2012, 03:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,110
Posted By MJLavelle
I will be installing the Stewart water pump when...

I will be installing the Stewart water pump when I do my refresh, which will be soon. This place has the lowest price I have seen for one, at $170:...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2012, 02:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 437
Posted By MJLavelle
If the car did not have BMW blades on it when you...

If the car did not have BMW blades on it when you bought it, then BMW inserts may not work in the blades you have. You would need to buy the entire BMW blade, not just the inserts. But, you could...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-02-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,076
Posted By MJLavelle
Fast Bob is right. You never had a timing chain...

Fast Bob is right. You never had a timing chain problem. If you were charged to fix a timing chain, then I would ask for the invoice for the parts they bought, and confirm that they actually bought...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-14-2011, 07:12 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,786
Posted By MJLavelle
A fourth option would be to buy a used...

A fourth option would be to buy a used transmission. Like the first three options, this one has some downsides. You do not know for sure how long the used trans will last.*
You did not mention the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-13-2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,076
Posted By MJLavelle
This is just my advice, so take it for what it is...

This is just my advice, so take it for what it is worth. Don't get offended, but it seems like you have a limited knowledge of cars, and BMW's in particular. You did the right thing by posting the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2011, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,076
Posted By MJLavelle
You have not posted much lately, but I wanted to...

You have not posted much lately, but I wanted to add a few things. Several people, including me, asked about a crashing sound, and you replied that it has been noisy on startup lately. But the sound...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-08-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,544
Posted By MJLavelle
I agree with most of these posts. Unless you like...

I agree with most of these posts. Unless you like spending large amounts of money for what are really simple, cheap maintenance, then you need to start reading up on the DIY articles on this site,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-08-2011, 10:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,961
Posted By MJLavelle
@Llando88 - I have some Harbor Freight tools,...

@Llando88 - I have some Harbor Freight tools, because sometimes the prices are just too low to resist. And their basic hand tools are pretty good. I have never broken a combo wrench, or even one of...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-08-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,076
Posted By MJLavelle
Saying that the cost of re-timing the engine is...

Saying that the cost of re-timing the engine is as much or more than a replacement engine does not sound right at all. I do not know if BMW engines are interference type engines (meaning that the...
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