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Old 12-30-2012, 06:22 PM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
I get the horrid smell of burnt 'something' when my car idles - so I think it's the valve cover gasket or the power steering fluid. Probably the VCG since it's closer to hot stuff.

You might have the same problem.

As for the thermostat, tons of information is in this thread:
- What is the temperature of the coolant & when the thermostat opens under normal conditions (1)
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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