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Forum: Cars - Private Party Yesterday, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By vavet5308
If you can lower yourself to a 2002 525it, we...

If you can lower yourself to a 2002 525it, we should talk.

The 525 will never be a 540 if that's what you really have your heart set on, but the horsepower/torque/weight numbers don't tell the...
Forum: Parting Out Yesterday, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 846
Posted By vavet5308
Still have 2 E39s? I need a passenger side...

Still have 2 E39s?

I need a passenger side A-pillar trim in sandbeige.

I also need the connector that connects to the front turn signal bulb and a few inches of the wiring - 2 of them.
Forum: Cars - Private Party 02-06-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By vavet5308
Do you have limitations of the area from where...

Do you have limitations of the area from where you're willing to purchase?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2016, 10:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,058
Posted By vavet5308
Lifetime fluid means you can't reuse that fluid...

Lifetime fluid means you can't reuse that fluid in a new transmission.

I've never been a believer in the idea that old fluid holds transmissions together. If that was the case, your transmission...
Forum: BMW Dealer Ratings and Feedback Forum 01-17-2016, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,983
Posted By vavet5308
So they made you an offer to perform a defined...

So they made you an offer to perform a defined task for you at a certain price and you agreed with those terms? And they did exactly what they promised? Those ba5tards!!!
Forum: BMW Dealer Ratings and Feedback Forum 01-17-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,107
Posted By vavet5308
I think it's common knowledge that dealers are...

I think it's common knowledge that dealers are more expensive than chain stores for both parts and labor.
I believe the SAs are dangerous because of their incompetence rather than dishonesty. It...
Forum: BMW Dealer Ratings and Feedback Forum 01-17-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,429
Posted By vavet5308
I would give them the benefit of the doubt and...

I would give them the benefit of the doubt and say they test drove it several times to make sure the malfunction did not happen again after the software update. Techs don't get paid when they are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-11-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By vavet5308
E39 wagon pricing help

I'm thinking of selling my beloved Bavarian steed. This is not a for sale post, this is merely a post asking for pricing help.

She's a 2002 525itA, that's an automatic touring (wagon).
Toledo...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-11-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,391
Posted By vavet5308
The obit mentions she earned a teaching...

The obit mentions she earned a teaching certificate in 1973. If she was 22 at that time, that would indicate she was born in 1951, making her 64 in 2015...
20-50 is a wide range, but 64 it is not.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-06-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By vavet5308
There's a slight amount of what feels like play...

There's a slight amount of what feels like play under normal conditions, that is actually the ball-stud in the tie rod end rotation. If you're sure its in the rack...well, there shouldn't be any play...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-03-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By vavet5308
That's a fantastic idea. I wish I would've...

That's a fantastic idea. I wish I would've thought of that!
Forum: Site Sponsors & Bimmerfest Group Buys 01-02-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By vavet5308
FCP Euro - 1st time a winner

I seem to have a knack for finding dishonest or unresponsive vendors and salespeople.
FCP Euro is the exception. I ordered a few things for my car earlier this week.i paid for fast shipping so I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-01-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By vavet5308
I ordered a new carrier, which included the...

I ordered a new carrier, which included the cable. It was 6x as expensive as the cable, but I was afraid I would mess up the slider when I removed it, and I did. I over bent the catch prong when...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-28-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By vavet5308
rear door exterior handle sticking

The rear passenger door on my 2002 525it is difficult to open.
It started about a month ago. I thought the weather stripping was sticking and just figured it needed a little silicone. About a week...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-26-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,778
Posted By vavet5308
I was a BMW dealer tech and partsman for several...

I was a BMW dealer tech and partsman for several years. My wife's Altima was getting up in age and miles and I'd decided f we bought a BMW, it would be a e39 or e46. She ultimately decided on a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,906
Posted By vavet5308
How much of the wiring is plug and play? Does it...

How much of the wiring is plug and play? Does it look factory or is it obviously aftermarket?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-14-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 640
Posted By vavet5308
I think 13 psi is adequate. The old school rule...

I think 13 psi is adequate. The old school rule of thumb is 10 PSI per 1000 RPM.

The only other thing I can offer you is the thought that gauges do not read linearly, especially at the ends of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-14-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 642
Posted By vavet5308
Unknown type replaced with Nissens in Dec 2012....

Unknown type replaced with Nissens in Dec 2012. Still good 3 years/27K miles later. I6.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-14-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By vavet5308
Be careful of the foam pad sandwiched between the...

Be careful of the foam pad sandwiched between the metal door and the interior door panel. This is called a vapor barrier. Remove it carefully. Do not rip it.
The best way to remove it is to peel it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-14-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 640
Posted By vavet5308
I don't know why the switch is opening at a lower...

I don't know why the switch is opening at a lower than specified pressure.

If you're interested in boosting oil pressure, I have some thoughts.
Do you know the type and viscosity of the oil in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-12-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By vavet5308
Facebook is a great time saver. Do you know how...

Facebook is a great time saver. Do you know how long it would take me to call everyone I've ever met to tell them what I had for breakfast this morning?

But the time I finished doing that, it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 624
Posted By vavet5308
open letter to all vendors

Dear Vendor:

I am your customer. I am likely a normal working guy who is not home for most of the day when UPS makes deliveries. I work hard. I do not have time to chase down packages, redirect...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-09-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,562
Posted By vavet5308
Y'all be a bunch o'freaks!

Y'all be a bunch o'freaks!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-09-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 754
Posted By vavet5308
I don't like riding men...so all my vehicles have...

I don't like riding men...so all my vehicles have been female.
My current ride, my 525it is Nadia....short for Not-a-van.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-07-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 22,210
Posted By vavet5308
I just read this entire post. I have some...

I just read this entire post. I have some thoughts:
1. I drove a 2000 VW Golf tdi for 100K miles with no fuel-related problems. I'm also a former BMW dealer tech/parts man.

2. I think you might...
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