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Forum: E39 M5 (1998-2003) 05-24-2011, 12:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,593
Posted By scott0357
you probably need a new battery to give the...

you probably need a new battery to give the engine a strong cranking. The M5 needs a lot of juice to start the engine. Jump starting may not help unless the jumper cable is super large. In the...
Forum: E39 M5 (1998-2003) 03-27-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,703
Posted By scott0357
2001 M5 grey market car for sale

My friend has this 2001 M5 shipped straight to California from Germany back in 2005. He paid ~$8 to have it converted to meet U.S. and emission standards, paid $2k for shipping and ~$7k for import...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 11,568
Posted By scott0357
If the O2 sensors have more than 100k mi, change...

If the O2 sensors have more than 100k mi, change them. Refer to the owner's manual.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2011, 09:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 11,568
Posted By scott0357
If the battery is more than 4 yrs old and it's...

If the battery is more than 4 yrs old and it's measuring 11V without load, it's time for a new battery.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2011, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,768
Posted By scott0357
If you can hear the clicking sound, then there's...

If you can hear the clicking sound, then there's no need to check the voltage at the starter -- it's there.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,261
Posted By scott0357
I would check the spark plugs, clean the idle...

I would check the spark plugs, clean the idle control valve (there's a DIY on this forum) and go from there.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2011, 04:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 11,568
Posted By scott0357
Check the battery and (have someone to) measure...

Check the battery and (have someone to) measure the battery voltage while trying to start it, it should be ~10V while starting. Or try to jump start it. If you still hear the clicking sound, most...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2011, 11:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,768
Posted By scott0357
It does not seem like a battery problem since you...

It does not seem like a battery problem since you eventually get the car started. You can do the following to rule out the starter issue: Measure the voltage at the starter's positive terminal...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2011, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,440
Posted By scott0357
I assume there are no fault codes. Clean the...

I assume there are no fault codes. Clean the idle control valve and see if that helps. There's a DIY on this forum. It's a 1-2 hr job.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-10-2011, 09:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,410
Posted By scott0357
I've read about this problem before, not just in...

I've read about this problem before, not just in BMWs, other cars have the same problem. There's too much fuel in the cylinders. To temporary solve this problem, just floor the gas pedal --letting...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-08-2011, 11:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,919
Posted By scott0357
How many miles on the car? Before purchase, you...

How many miles on the car? Before purchase, you should had taken the car to an indy BMW shop for inspection. Service history is very critical for an aging bimmer.
You should solve the problems one...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2011, 08:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,022
Posted By scott0357
There're two tensioners. Top (for the main drive...

There're two tensioners. Top (for the main drive belt) and bottom (for the AC system). Did he replace both? As I said before, this kind of mechanical noise can be easily identified w/ a mechanic's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2011, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By scott0357
I paid ~$250+shipping for a rebuilt from...

I paid ~$250+shipping for a rebuilt from torqueconverter1.com for the 2003 530i. I think I paid a local indy shop ~$650 labor to have it installed; the job took about 4 hrs. So far, it's been 5k mi...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2011, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By scott0357
It does sound like a bad tensioner or pulley. ...

It does sound like a bad tensioner or pulley. You can easily identify the origin of this noise by using a mechanic's stethoscope, which you can buy from an auto store for under $15. Just don't put...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-06-2010, 04:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,098
Posted By scott0357
I've bought tires from the local Americastire...

I've bought tires from the local Americastire store a few times and I like them. They always match Tirerack's out of the door price, i.e. including shipping and ~$25-$35 per tire mounting fee. What...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-06-2010, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,030
Posted By scott0357
I bought the new rear regulator from ebay for...

I bought the new rear regulator from ebay for ~$70 and just installed it over the weekend. It works great. The plastic clip in the original regulator broke and the cable was all tangled up in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-05-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,225
Posted By scott0357
Did you measure the voltage with the car running...

Did you measure the voltage with the car running to rule out a bad alternator? Try to scan for the code again. You may want to take a video and post it on youtube.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By scott0357
My left front and left rear windows failed on the...

My left front and left rear windows failed on the same day, just not at the same time. Both windows could move up or down a few inches. The window regulators are bad. I bought the front one online...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-03-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,518
Posted By scott0357
Most 2000 Z3 w/ 100k mi are asking $9k to $12...

Most 2000 Z3 w/ 100k mi are asking $9k to $12 depending on condition. In the past 4 weeks, I've seen two Z3 w/ ~50k mi and asking for ~$8k, and they were gone after just two days of listing. So i...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-02-2010, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,518
Posted By scott0357
Good point. The Z3 is a very beautiful and...

Good point. The Z3 is a very beautiful and desirable car. "Excellent conditions" and low-mileage ones are rare on the market these days. The asking price on the Z4 is a little higher than Blue...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 972
Posted By scott0357
The starter takes a lot of current to crank the...

The starter takes a lot of current to crank the engine. If you have a volt meter, check the voltage on the battery. Turn the key to on, turn on all the lights and measure the voltage. It should be...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-02-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,518
Posted By scott0357
Why are Z3/Z4 resale values so high?

I've been looking for a Z3 or 2003/4 Z4 but noticed that all of the postings on craigslist or autotrader are at least $1k to $3k higher than the Blue Book or Edmunds "excellent condition" value. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 972
Posted By scott0357
Did the tow truck guy try to jump start your car?...

Did the tow truck guy try to jump start your car?
If you can't get it jump started, it's very likely it's the starter.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-02-2010, 05:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,081
Posted By scott0357
It's fairly easy to check if the battery is still...

It's fairly easy to check if the battery is still good. After charging the battery, turn the key to on, and turn on all of the headlights, if the battery voltage is reading more than 11.3V (or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,225
Posted By scott0357
If you could start the car every time, then the...

If you could start the car every time, then the battery is fine. With the car running, the voltage should be around 14V. When the engine light comes on next time, scan the code right away. It...
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