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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 05-23-2007, 02:09 PM
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COOLING System Overhaul Info for V8 folks

Last year I wrote the Cooling Overhaul Tips for Inline 6-cylinder engine (1998 528i):

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/199986

For V8 engine, it is very similar in concept in belts layout, see this diagram that I just prepared for you folks with V8 engine. When combined above link and this picture, V8 folks should be able to do cooling overhaul themselves

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Old 05-23-2007, 03:11 PM
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This is a rookie question, but is it safe to assume that there arent any differences in V8 layouts from early to late model E39's as far as the cooling system goes?

BTW, thanks for the info...Bookmarked for my next car.
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Old 05-23-2007, 05:14 PM
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at some point (98 i think) the alternator became water cooled, so the uper rad hose has a connector off of it to connect to the alternator.

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Old 05-23-2007, 10:07 PM
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Another source is realoem.com

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This is a rookie question, but is it safe to assume that there arent any differences in V8 layouts from early to late model E39's as far as the cooling system goes.
Another source is www.realoem.com
Check different years to see the layout yourself.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:18 PM
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at some point (98 i think) the alternator became water cooled
It was '99. My '98 alternator is air cooled.
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:22 PM
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Your I6 tips have been hugely helpful. I ended up using an independent mechanic, but it was nice to know what needed to be done.
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