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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:07 PM
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What did you do on your e39 recently?

Thought maybe this is a good post to start just to gauge what falls apart on these cars
98 523i touring 207,064kms
In the last week or so;
Replaced sparkplugs - Bosch 4 prong -$105NZD
CVV genuine BMW -$177NZD
Hoses for CVV made my own $10NZD - top hose to order genuine from Autohaus
Oil filter and Shell Helix 15/40W oil - $52NZD
Fronts disks resurfaced to well within spec - $75NZD
Cleaned and polished headlight lenses - elbow grease.
Fixed leak @ power steering hose - elbow grease.
Cleaned K&N - elbow grease
Fixed sticking hood latch - elbow grease
Ran car through 6 month inspection - $43NZD
All is good with the E39.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:42 PM
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New grommet on windscreen washer pump - leaking.

New wiper blade inserts - dealer only. Aftermarket NFG.

Set of sisal mats from CoCoMats. Perfect fit, good-looking. They have a Velcro-style patch that mates with BMW Velcro buttons to anchor the mats, and prevent sliding.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:13 AM
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Replaced my leaking VCG with an OEM one because the aftermarket one I put on after doing the vanos in July still leaked (should've listened to you cn90)

Replaced air filter
Changed oil and oil filter
New spark plugs (OEM NGK)
New timing chain tensioner
New brake fluid
New tensioners and idler pulley
New vanos oil supply hose
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:39 AM
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fixed my 'leaky' VCG...or so i thought it was......turned out to be the vlv cover having a hairline crack.fixed with a 2 part epoxy and seem to be holding well to date.

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Old 12-21-2011, 05:10 AM
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New lemmy tie rods and swaybar endlinks along with an alignment. Steering is tight like little sisters and no more clunking/knocking!

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:06 AM
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Things I have done within the last month
1. Put my Staggared 3-Piece Vellano Wheels on and Rolled rear fenders to take the 275/30/20 rear tires.
2. Changed front and rear brakes/rotors
3. Washed it up nice

I still need to replace one of the rear parking sensors that is not longer working.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:42 AM
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Dinan free flow exhaust, and soon she will be wearing some 18 inch style 5's.
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:57 AM
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Too many things to mention. Just maintain and drive it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:09 AM
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soon she will be wearing some 18 inch style 5's.
Hell yes.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:01 AM
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Next weekend I will be doing the valve cover gaskets.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:11 AM
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nothing for 2 E39
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:17 AM
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:25 AM
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Geeee, you guys are good, all I had done is a "to do list for year 2012" and here are the items on the list....those fixed cost more than my car, LOL.
Vano seal+valve cover gaskets,
replace all shocks and control arms,
tires,
Fix the leaking washer fluid bottle
twisted seat, it is the passenger seat, so this will be on the list for a while
Get the extra key
Fix the remote lock issue,
replace PS fluid, and check why the PS pump is puking PS fluid once in a while
And sort out the issue with the "missing" coolant level thing in the coolant expansion tank
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:31 AM
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@125,000km's

Front brake job: NZ$450
Swaybar links: NZ $200
Thrust arms: NZ$350
New fuel cap: NZ$47
New Cam sensor: NZ$350
Service: NZ$350
Wheel alignment: NZ$150
Repair rear blind slides: $NZ100

Did about 6 months ago: radiator - forgot costs.
Replace entire aux fan and shroud after it CAUGHT FIRE $NZ 1200

On my list:

Fuel Filter
Transmission service
Front window seal (just starting to see some cracks)
Rear brakes - interestingly my shop is against machining them...
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:40 AM
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New OEM brake lines and fluid
2nd new expansion tank and temp sensor in 20K miles!
2nd new lower left control arm (ball joint AND bushing crapped out after 20K miles)
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:12 AM
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Drilled slotted Rotors/Akebono Euro pads,
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:09 AM
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Replaced all of the speakers with Boston Acoustic SC50's.
Bought a JL Audio amp, haven't installed it yet.

Forgot, last week I changed the oil and filter to 0w-40 Mobil 1 from BMW 5w-30

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Old 12-24-2011, 06:56 AM
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Changed: oil/filter, trans, diff, PS. New shifter. New fuel filter. F&R Zimmerman coated rotors and Akebono Euro pads. New wiper inserts. Headlight bulbs (2). Put the snows on.

Coming up: CDV delete, bleed the brake and clutch systems.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:45 AM
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Mein Auto: 2003 525i
At 85,000 miles...
  1. DISA ('Fest group buy)
  2. CCV (hoses very brittle but no mayo)
  3. OFH gasket, TB gasket, PF housing hose/clamps, misc washers, chain tensioner, and drive belts (and cleaned crap out of alternator)
  4. Drain and refill ATF, oil/filter change, air filter change, clean cabin filter housing drain holes
  5. New Conti DSW tires and Hunter Hawk alignment
  6. Mounted winter wheel/tires (Pirelli 210 Snowsport)
Running and shifting smoothly, with all the annoying leaks and squeals gone.

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:23 AM
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VANOS (Seals/Solenoid/Rattle Kit), Alternator, Timing Chain Tensioner, Fuel Filter, Air Filters (Cabin/Engine), Spark Plugs, Emission Control Gasket, MAF Sensor cleaned, TB cleaned.

Allelujah, she came back to life and resurrected !!!
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Old 12-24-2011, 10:21 PM
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VANOS (Seals/Solenoid/Rattle Kit), Alternator, Timing Chain Tensioner, Fuel Filter, Air Filters (Cabin/Engine), Spark Plugs, Emission Control Gasket, MAF Sensor cleaned, TB cleaned. !!!
Why did you change these:
Timing Chain Tensioner?
Emission Control Gasket
What is the TB?

Are each an easy DIY?

Did you need to lift the car to do the fuel filter?
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:10 AM
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Picked mine up from the body shop last week. It lived there for 9 weeks, being brought back to life from the crazy hail storm back in April. I have named him Lazarus. Looks as good or better than the pic below.
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Old 12-26-2011, 01:06 AM
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Picked mine up from the body shop last week. It lived there for 9 weeks, being brought back to life from the crazy hail storm back in April. I have named him Lazarus. Looks as good or better than the pic below.
9 weeks i dont know how you did it
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CNS lightweight dm flywheel/Spec clutch,
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Eibach Rear Sway bar/Beast Power Brackets,
Drilled slotted Rotors/Akebono Euro pads,
Magnaflow 14816 Mufflers

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:47 AM
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Last few months... or last 500 miles.

1. Repaired Cluster needles via VDO repair
2. Replaced cluster trim piece
3. Oil + filter change
4. New Battery
5. OEM Aux input...worth every penny.

Soon-
1. Dr colorchip
2. Revamped stereo
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1 Set of E39 OEM Technical graphite trim (No TPMS):
1 Set of E39 OEM Matt-Chrome trim (TPMS):

For Sale SOON: [PM for info!]
2 Sets of E39 OEM Maple wood "Muschelahorn" trim (No TPMS)
1 E39 OEM Maple wood " Muschelahorn" Steering wheel (w/o airbag)


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Old 12-24-2011, 11:40 AM
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