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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 03-25-2011, 12:32 AM
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What advice should we provide when a newbie asks for help with a blown E39 engine?

In responding (yet again) to a blown engine thread today:
- 2001 528i engine

I got to thinking that we should be more efficient about helping these people.

It seems, lately, about once a week, someone writes to us with anguished stories of a potentially 'blown' E39 engine (or, more often, a blown cooling system which they want to fix piecemeal for cost reasons).

What should we tell these people that will help them make the major decision they're facing?

The intent of 'this' thread is to POINT people to it for a comprehensive answer.

Hopefully, we can provide:
  • Test procedures (heads, block, valves, cooling, gaskets, etc.)
  • Cost analysis for repairs (sell, junk, rebuild, repair, etc.)
  • Suppliers (rebuilt engines, parts, tools, etc.)
  • DIYs (head gaskets, resurface heads, replace engine, etc.)
  • ? anything else they need ?
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