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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-13-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,376
Posted By tomjrau
Thanks to everyone that's contributed to the diy...

Thanks to everyone that's contributed to the diy posts on changing out the oxygen sensors. I was experiencing occasional stumble at idle on startup intermittently without the EML light. It felt like...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 10-28-2013, 07:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By tomjrau
The vibration from the rear of the car in...

The vibration from the rear of the car in reaction to bumps is much like that of riding in a pick up truck with a solid rear axle. I'll have to double check that the rear anti roll bar hasn't been...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 10-27-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By tomjrau
Rear chassis flex from 530Xi wagon

Just picked up an '06 530Xi wagon auto with about 104k miles. Seems to have been well maintained, previously owned by BMW dealer manager and then subsequently owned by a mechanic (though not BMW...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2013, 09:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 965
Posted By tomjrau
Both my 330i and 540i are 6 speed manuals. The...

Both my 330i and 540i are 6 speed manuals. The 330i will average about 26.5 mpg and the 540i about 22 mpg in my mix of city and highway driving.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 965
Posted By tomjrau
I have both a 330i and 540i 6 speed. The 3 series...

I have both a 330i and 540i 6 speed. The 3 series consistently gets 20% better fuel mileage than the 5. Parts cost for the 3 are cheaper, and overall is less maintenance and easier to wrench on than...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-04-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 148,305
Posted By tomjrau
My turn to do the CVV this weekend. Agree with...

My turn to do the CVV this weekend. Agree with others that it was a PITA. I performed the install because my vcg started leaking after replacing just 15k miles earlier suggesting that it had blown...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-01-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By tomjrau
I run 18 x 9.5 " m par reps with 265/35/18 tires...

I run 18 x 9.5 " m par reps with 265/35/18 tires at all 4 corners. They have a 20mm offset. Due to the wheel width, I need 5mm spacers up front and 3 mm spacers in the back for clearance.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By tomjrau
Or in my case, I didn't replace any components...

Or in my case, I didn't replace any components and just did the throttle reset procedure which solved my issues.

Glad it helped you out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-12-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By tomjrau
I struggled with the engine failsafe mode too...

I struggled with the engine failsafe mode too where the throttle pedal would become unresponsive as the engine would oscillate between 800-1500rpm. I tried replacing, then cleaning the MAF without...
Forum: 5 Series DIY 12-22-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 85,645
Posted By tomjrau
Also check that your brake caliper mounting bolts...

Also check that your brake caliper mounting bolts are tight. I've had similar front end shimmy under braking twice because this has happened to both my left front and right front bolts. Feels just...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-09-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,232
Posted By tomjrau
I had looseness of my left front wheel when...

I had looseness of my left front wheel when wiggling the wheel at the 3 and 9 positions traced to the inner tie rod at the center track rod. Replaced the track rod with TRW and outer tie rods. Used...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-23-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,757
Posted By tomjrau
About $1230/year Full coverage with safeco. Age...

About $1230/year Full coverage with safeco. Age 33.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By tomjrau
I have h&r springs with bilstein sport shocks on...

I have h&r springs with bilstein sport shocks on my e39 540i and believe it's too stiff for daily driving here in Colorado. It constantly bottoms out on bumps that my e46 with Koni fsd glides over....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-15-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By tomjrau
Price increase and new battery designation

The battery in my e46 finally died after 7 years. Interesting to note that the "eye indicator" is still colored green showing how poor it is as a prognostic indicator.

Was shocked to find that the...
Forum: Wheels and Tires 07-04-2012, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,350
Posted By tomjrau
PM sent.

PM sent.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2012, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
Posted By tomjrau
A bad thermostat within 9 months of replacement?...

A bad thermostat within 9 months of replacement? Can you share with us details about the failed component? OEM? Any noticeable defect? I think BMW OEM components are warrantied for the first 12...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-08-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,014
Posted By tomjrau
I try to match revs whether I up shift or...

I try to match revs whether I up shift or downshift to save the clutch, spare the gears and synchros, and give myself and passengers a smooth ride. This requires heel toe technique for downshifting....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,279
Posted By tomjrau
If you're looking on the discount tire direct...

If you're looking on the discount tire direct website then yes their tire prices are comparable taking into account all taxes, shipping. However, the retail discount tire store prices are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,279
Posted By tomjrau
I'm pleased with the DWS tires in terms of...

I'm pleased with the DWS tires in terms of performance in the dry, wet, and snow as well as its quiet ride. Tire wear has been acceptable as well.

I bought them from discount tire as well but I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-04-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,279
Posted By tomjrau
The DWS tires in 265/35/18 are rated Y (186mph)...

The DWS tires in 265/35/18 are rated Y (186mph) with a 97 load rating. i'm not sure the extra torque of the 540i has as much to do with sidewall damage as the weight of the car and road condition....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-04-2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,279
Posted By tomjrau
Continental tires sidewall problems

Anyone here besides me having issues with Continental tire sidewalls? Within this last year, I have developed sidewall aneurysms in both my winter tire set (extreme wintercontact) sized 235/45/17 and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-03-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,020
Posted By tomjrau
Advanced auto parts is offering 25% off Mobil 1...

Advanced auto parts is offering 25% off Mobil 1 oil when you buy 9 quarts and add the mobile 1 filter. No tax, ship it to a local store, and it comes out to about $60. Total savings of $25.

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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2012, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,071
Posted By tomjrau
I suffered similar issues with my 540i going into...

I suffered similar issues with my 540i going into engine fail safe mode randomly on startup with the gas pedal being nonresponsive and engine rpms fluctuating. My code reader returned about 15 codes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,715
Posted By tomjrau
Great, thanks for sharing your experience. I've...

Great, thanks for sharing your experience. I've seen many DIY writeups where the Center Track Rod was replaced along with the tie rod ends and wondered if that should always be replaced along with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,715
Posted By tomjrau
I'm having a similar symptom with my 540i at 114k...

I'm having a similar symptom with my 540i at 114k miles with looseness of my left front tire when grasping and wiggling at the 3 and 9 positions. Did you have to replace the center track rod as well...
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