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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I also have a Zionsville radiator which has been...

I also have a Zionsville radiator which has been on the car around 6 years now. I have heard stories on various forums of them having small leaks and such, but even if this happens it's much better...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2013, 05:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,301
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
For cars as old as these an "enhancement" or...

For cars as old as these an "enhancement" or upgrade will first be restoring things so the car drives similar to the way it did new. First I would tackle the VANOS seals like Fudman said and other...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-24-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 501
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
You really shouldn't need to use loctite on...

You really shouldn't need to use loctite on suspension components unless it appears it was used previously from the factory. I have noticed that the BMWs I have worked on have much higher quality...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-24-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 962
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
If I remember correctly it's held on with 4 bolts...

If I remember correctly it's held on with 4 bolts and you just have to manhandle it a bit to rip it off the block due to the dried on gasket. With the V8 you also need to remove aluminum air hose...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-14-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 383
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I don't like this noise either but I doubt it...

I don't like this noise either but I doubt it matters much. If you want to avoid it just pull the E-brake, then pop it into neutral and let the car drift back until it's resting on the parking brake...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
Since you're in Germany I'll assume "m5...

Since you're in Germany I'll assume "m5 suspension" on a 525i would mean the dampers are the extremely expensive M5 ones which was called the M-Technic II over here in the U.S.. The part where you'll...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I wouldn't even bother trying to diagnose this...

I wouldn't even bother trying to diagnose this problem if the car has a decent amount of miles. The sway bar end links and bushings are so cheap compared to everything else on these cars that it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
The transmission jerk when coming to a stop is...

The transmission jerk when coming to a stop is not necessarily indicative of a failing transmission and is a common problem on the 540i which no one can seem to solve (aside from having the dealer...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-25-2013, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
My advice on the ball joints: use a good...

My advice on the ball joints: use a good penetrant spray on them before you try to use the tool on them, and then when you use the tool if they don't budge just tighten moderately and let it sit....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-25-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I have used Techron many times and have never had...

I have used Techron many times and have never had a problem with it. Also Techron is no longer necessary with Exxon/Mobil gas since they recently became Top Tier...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,449
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I have the Laser 4787 tool which is the right...

I have the Laser 4787 tool which is the right tool to have if you want to do the rear balljoints with the least amount of hassle. I think I paid around $200 for it from some place in the U.K. but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
Higher octane fuel does not equal higher...

Higher octane fuel does not equal higher performance the way most people seem to think it does. A higher octane rating (also called Anti-Knock Index) allows for higher compression ratios since the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I'm pretty sure the standard thing for most...

I'm pretty sure the standard thing for most people here is to replace it with one of the universal ATFs out there, and I've been using Mobil 1 for years now and it has always worked the same. I don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
Leaking Expansion Tank

So I replaced my expansion tank last May with the (unknowing when I bought it) Chinese made Behr one and now only 6 months later it appears to be leaking somewhere at the bottom. I already ordered a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2012, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I would spend the $20 on at least the harbor...

I would spend the $20 on at least the harbor freight tool before getting into this job since that type of ball joint puller is known to work at removing these stuck ball joints. While the HF one...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-25-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,339
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I just replaced my Sachs sports (whatever came on...

I just replaced my Sachs sports (whatever came on 03 M tech II) at 103K and they both still seem alright as far as dampening go, or at least aren't completely shot. I replaced them with Koni sports...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-12-2012, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,080
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
It looks like a High Dynamic Range picture (HDR)...

It looks like a High Dynamic Range picture (HDR) but overdone to the point that it looks fake. Stupid to do this type of photography for a sale ad since the purpose is to give buyers an idea on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-12-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
That looks like a Stahlwille wrench which are...

That looks like a Stahlwille wrench which are expensive but the best you can buy. For any of us Harbor Freight would be a better value though, even though working on BMWs is more fun and easier with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,532
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
Wise choice paying top dollar for a good one...

Wise choice paying top dollar for a good one instead of just buying the cheapest one possible. Looks like you got a nice one and as long as you don't neglect it you will get years of enjoyment...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-24-2012, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,519
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
Reliability of a car is not a binary reliable vs....

Reliability of a car is not a binary reliable vs. unreliable clear cut issue. Statistically speaking from things like consumer reports they are rated as good in most areas except for the cooling...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,761
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
This thread serves only one useful purpose: it...

This thread serves only one useful purpose: it shows the full circle result of a person who shouldn't buy one of these cars. We see it every week where someone wants to buy an e39 540i because they...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2012, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
That is the indication that the brake pad wear...

That is the indication that the brake pad wear sensors have opened electrically. If they break, tear, or otherwise become loose or disconnected it will trigger that alert so check the lines before...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-18-2012, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 965
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
For cleaning the TB I would take it off so you...

For cleaning the TB I would take it off so you can clean both sides of the plate, and the best thing that worked for me was to use isopropyl alcohol (or TB cleaner) and small kimtech wipes. Clean the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-18-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
It's hard saying since you have an engine we...

It's hard saying since you have an engine we don't have in the states, but if the noise is like an old muscle car then I would start with the secondary air system like Fudman said. On the 540i at...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-11-2012, 10:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By Dr._Zoidberg
I just had my tires done by All German Auto in...

I just had my tires done by All German Auto in Escondido, which is probably an hour and a half drive from where you're at but they did a really good job and had good customer service. Unlike the last...
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