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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 11-25-2011, 06:29 PM
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GMB water pump

I just want to share with you what happened to my baby a month ago. I heard over intervals of time while waiting at a red light a noise like metal scraping metal. I thought for a moment that the fan was hitting the cover. I looked at the instrument panel, no light turned on, nor was heating up. I park and I noticed that the water pump bearing was broken. You could see the shaft of the water pump going up and down.
I bought the car just over two years ago with 84k miles on it and now has about 120k. The previous owner had done the cooling system so I decided to change the water pump only. I love DIY so I change the water pump myself with a cheap one I got from Advance Auto. $ 45 for the GMB water pump and $ 24 for the original BMW coolant.
I know some will disagree but my point is that the work is very easy to do and only took me an hour an a half. If it happens again I will use the Stewart EMP. I wonder how much the mechanic would have charged for it?
Already drove it for about 1k miles and everything has been fine.
Thanks for all the water pump threads Especially Bluebee.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:29 PM
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You probably already saw this ... but ... for others who happen upon this thread, see also:
- What brand of waterpump to buy (1)
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:10 AM
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There was no review in any of the threads for the GMB-WP, so I decide to try it because it was on the list and it was available right away at the Auto Part Store.
The impeller is metal.
"lower tier" ...probably, it's made on china. (nothing againts them)
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