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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 12-18-2010, 01:46 PM
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Quiet Rattling in 4th gear

2000 540i 94k. I just recently noticed a rattling noise when the car went into fourth gear. To give you and idea of what it sounds like, It sounds like maybe a lighter was placed in the storage compartment in the arm rest and the door was slid shut. And no that is not the case lol. Car is driving great ,shifting smooth and still 18-19mpg city. The noise started the same day my windshield got cracked but I cannot find any link between the two. Any suggestions???
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:21 PM
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It may be the exhaust pipe sagging, and rattling on the crossmember just behind the cats. Mine is doing that, and I have not yet solved it, in spite of the fact that I've replaced all the rubber hangers.
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:26 PM
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Thanks, I will look into that.
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