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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,462
Posted By bobdmac
Also, see my post above and make sure the power...

Also, see my post above and make sure the power adapter itself isn't causing the outage.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 349
Posted By bobdmac
It's worth more to a buyer that's looking for a...

It's worth more to a buyer that's looking for a manual, but those buyers a minority and harder to find. So it's a trade-off, depending on how long you're willing to hold out for someone looking for a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By bobdmac
edjack nails it again.

edjack nails it again.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-18-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 520
Posted By bobdmac
^^Worst analogy ever.

^^Worst analogy ever.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By bobdmac
it's not my area of knowledge, but it sounds like...

it's not my area of knowledge, but it sounds like the key's lock button is broken. Does the internal lock button on the center console lock the doors? If so, I'd say the problem is with the key...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By bobdmac
If you lower the sport suspension, I hope you...

If you lower the sport suspension, I hope you don't have potholes, speed bumps, steep driveway entrances, or frost heaves where you live. You risk dragging your undercarriage. I have the stock 540...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By bobdmac
Transmission--Unless you or your spouse have some...

Transmission--Unless you or your spouse have some objection to shifting, you're probably better off with a manual. Setting aside the question of responsiveness, sense of control and other esthetic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 33,227
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations, man. I get the feeling you've...

Congratulations, man. I get the feeling you've landed a pretty good woman, one who's down with your passion for things automotive. Best wishes for all three of you.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 413
Posted By bobdmac
I agree. There is no code for "bad cam bearings."...

I agree. There is no code for "bad cam bearings." It's probably the cam position sensor. You need to get the code. If it's something easily repairable and you're still interested in the car, have a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-15-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By bobdmac
BMWs at 24 Hours of LeMONS

Well, while Flug 540 was enjoying his track time at Laguna Seca (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8587907&postcount=2349)...
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 456
Posted By bobdmac
Excellent contributions to the forum. Nice job.

Excellent contributions to the forum. Nice job.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 244
Posted By bobdmac
I guess that includes doru, right?

I guess that includes doru, right?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By bobdmac
At the risk of putting too fine a point on this,...

At the risk of putting too fine a point on this, a brittle radiator nipple could be susceptible to damage from excessive hose movement because of a failed motor mount.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know whether you're right or not, but...

I don't know whether you're right or not, but you're not crazy--just suffering from "VANOS fascination syndrome," a malady affecting primarily long-time owners of I6 e39's. People suffering from this...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 551
Posted By bobdmac
One more link, to bmw2002faq.com...

One more link, to bmw2002faq.com (http://www.bmw2002faq.com/), for some shots of body and paint work that might appeal to you:

Sharing some vintage race shots...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 551
Posted By bobdmac
By the way, here's the earlier iteration of the...

By the way, here's the earlier iteration of the Alpina fender flares--I think 2nd generation, from about 1969. I actually like these a little better from an esthetic point of view.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 244
Posted By bobdmac
Actually, the info (or lack of it) that you...

Actually, the info (or lack of it) that you provided in your original post makes the inferences he draws and questions he asks pretty reasonable. If I were posting about a sound like that, the first...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 551
Posted By bobdmac
I remember when Burkhard Bovensiepen debuted the...

I remember when Burkhard Bovensiepen debuted the Alpina 2002 in 1968 in Germany, campaigned by Dieter Quester, and the sensation it created. The fender flares evolved into this in the 70's:
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 195
Posted By bobdmac
Both good questions, I think. If it were my car,...

Both good questions, I think. If it were my car, I'd probably try to pressure test the cooling system to see if I could pinpoint the source of the leak. The water pump area is certainly suspect,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
Posted By bobdmac
One other thought. If you cleared a misfire code,...

One other thought. If you cleared a misfire code, it might take a couple of drive cycles for it to return. Do you remember if there was a code like "P0135?"
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
Posted By bobdmac
I can't imagine any scenario where this would...

I can't imagine any scenario where this would make sense.



Replacing eight coils and their connectors isn't a trivial expense. I'd only do it as a last resort. My car has 184,000 miles on it....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
Posted By bobdmac
A failing coil will produce a noticeable...

A failing coil will produce a noticeable hesitation under acceleration--at least it did in my car--that seemed to smooth out at higher rpm's, but it never felt like a vibration. At any rate, it took...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
Posted By bobdmac
Bluebee, I didn't click on any of those links...

Bluebee, I didn't click on any of those links because the OP's post says the vibration occurs when the car is in park, which seems to make your links irrelevant.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-09-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 63
Posted By bobdmac
You probably have a turn signal bulb out on the...

You probably have a turn signal bulb out on the left side.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-09-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By bobdmac
Amen. Without this kind of support, I wouldn't...

Amen. Without this kind of support, I wouldn't have dared to buy my 540.
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