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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 684
Posted By vavet5308
Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big...

Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big shops, the customer does pay 2x the online price for a part and 3x the actual time it takes for the tech to complete the work. So if you pay for 3...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-03-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 496
Posted By vavet5308
If it had to be one that was actually available...

If it had to be one that was actually available for purchase where I live...525it manual trans
probably in the Topazblau that I already have or alpeinwiess.

If it could be a custom one-off -...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-02-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By vavet5308
You probably have a bent tie rod. They're not...

You probably have a bent tie rod. They're not terribly expensive. Don't try to drive it 30 miles.

The most basic suspension shop should be able to look at it and figure out what needs to be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,550
Posted By vavet5308
I thought about this and I'm always looking. ...

I thought about this and I'm always looking.
I'd love to have a pickup truck again for general household duties, but does it really make sense to drop $40K on a truck so I can avoid a mulch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 1,838
Posted By vavet5308
Here's the thing I abhor - the always-lit...

Here's the thing I abhor - the always-lit instrument clusters in some cars. Even in the daytime, the instrument clusters of a lot of cars are lit. My wife's 2011 Sonata is one example. This makes it...
Forum: Off-Topic 02-21-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 770
Posted By vavet5308
Boston culture overrides law IMHO. Sounds...

Boston culture overrides law IMHO.
Sounds completely reasonable. I would defend it by saying I was digging out an adjacent spot and that first spot is just where all the snow happened to go. You...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 347
Posted By vavet5308
Try this: turn the key to the on position without...

Try this: turn the key to the on position without starting the engine. Turn the radio on. Put down the sunvisor and slide the mirror cover open. Does the radio go quiet? If so - replace the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 273
Posted By vavet5308
I've had and seen plenty of vehicles with...

I've had and seen plenty of vehicles with original brakes at 95K. It all depends on how the car is driven and ratio of highway to city miles.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By vavet5308
I think I can suggest an important reason why...

I think I can suggest an important reason why someone would want to upgrade to M5 brakes, but I'm going to get there in a somewhat round-about way.

First, let's establish what brakes do. They...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,055
Posted By vavet5308
The stuck wheel us a result of galvanic corrosion...

The stuck wheel us a result of galvanic corrosion between 2 dissimilar metals-aluminum and steel. Totally normal. Reinstall one lug bolt at the top of the 5 pattern, then hit the lower inner sidewall...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 337
Posted By vavet5308
Beige here...I think it suits the blue cars...

Beige here...I think it suits the blue cars especially well and I even prefer it on the red cars.

From a practicality standpoint, beige is much better than black at hiding everyday dirt. Black...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-12-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 535
Posted By vavet5308
Thinking out loud here...seems strange that the...

Thinking out loud here...seems strange that the things malfunctioning are not controlled by the same module. Headlights are controlled by LCM. Steering wheel and seats are controlled by GM. Perhaps...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-12-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By vavet5308
Relay, fuses (check them again), wiring,...

Relay, fuses (check them again), wiring, switch/sensors

If the fuses are OK, then my next step would be to check the relay. I don't know if it's a power side switch or a ground side switch, but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-12-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 214
Posted By vavet5308
Try applying 12V to the compressor unit itself....

Try applying 12V to the compressor unit itself. See if it powers on. Don't forget to also apply the ground if it's not already grounded...but it's worth checking!
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-10-2015, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 406
Posted By vavet5308
Try turning the steering wheel lock to lock a few...

Try turning the steering wheel lock to lock a few times immediately after starting. That is sort of a homing routine if you will. Doing it more times will not help, but it will wear out your tires as...
Forum: Off-Topic 02-10-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 800
Posted By vavet5308
My condolences on your loss.

My condolences on your loss.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-06-2015, 10:21 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 3,911
Posted By vavet5308
FWIW, my 02 525it has latch. I have a 2 year old...

FWIW, my 02 525it has latch. I have a 2 year old son, so I'm familiar with your quandary.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By vavet5308
You obviously don't understand what non-discrete...

You obviously don't understand what non-discrete means.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By vavet5308
You need to use fewer when there is a discrete...

You need to use fewer when there is a discrete quantity and less when there is a non-discreet quantity.

Less sand. Fewer bags of sand.

I am the grammarian about whom your mother warned you.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 572
Posted By vavet5308
525it auto - that's my car. When you look...

525it auto - that's my car.

When you look at the numbers - weight, HP, torque - yeah, I agree. Pretty vanilla. It's actually better than you might think. It's not a rocket ship, but it does OK....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 564
Posted By vavet5308
Why does everyone get wrapped up in the time part...

Why does everyone get wrapped up in the time part of the equation? It's irrelevant.

Consider the total... shop rate * time = price of the labor to do the job
It's like buying anything else....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 564
Posted By vavet5308
Are you being raped? Well, it depends. Are...

Are you being raped? Well, it depends.
Are they doing a high quality job that they'll stand behind?
Are they doing what they told you they were going to do?
If the answer to these questions is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,620
Posted By vavet5308
I would love to collect some meaningful data on...

I would love to collect some meaningful data on this, but....this is a self-selecting sample population.
Here's why:
Many people in the general public are not going to invest $4K in a car worth...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-13-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By vavet5308
I think you're asking how to disconnect the...

I think you're asking how to disconnect the engine computer (DME), transmission computer (EGS), and other modules stored in the e-box under the passenger side microfilter.

Is it possible you can...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 565
Posted By vavet5308
To answer your big concern....yes, there is a...

To answer your big concern....yes, there is a place on the back of the intake manifold where the smoke machine can be plugged in to perform the smoke test.
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