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Old 01-24-2013, 07:26 PM
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Mein Auto: 2003 530i/5
Originally Posted by E39project View Post
Before I decide what I'm going to do with it I'm going legit and taking it to BMW dealership for a diagnose. If its the tenioners than I am selling it if it's water pump or some other related to vanos I will keep it.
It will probably be a lot more than the tensioners, both commonly replaced items during a cooling system overhaul.

Other parts include fan and fan clutch, all hoses, thermostat, water pump, temp sensors, etc.

And that's just the cooling system. Suspension parts are the next most replaced maintenance item for the E39.

Then you have chain guides, valley pan gasket, OFH, power steering pump and filter housing.

I'd estimate you'll be into the car for twice the purchase price before you have a true, worry-free runner. I've got over 22k into mine including the 10k purchase price.
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