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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 09-22-2012, 08:01 AM
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How clean is it under the hood?

I saw the 7 series guys had this thread, so why not the 5 series guys too? How clean is it under your hood? Mine is kind of dirty, but still cleaner than most... and yes it was raining when i took this pic... lol
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:11 AM
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Mines not bad. I've been doing 1000+ miles a week.

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Old 09-22-2012, 10:56 AM
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:46 PM
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:53 PM
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Nice bays guys! Just a quick question, my platic fan shroud (Don't know if thats the proper term but its the platic piece that is covering the fan) is broken and I have tried looking on ebay for replacements but they are all used and I don't know any good OEM part suppliers and I don't want to overpay and buy it at a dealer. I don't have much experience buying OEM parts for my lovely E39 and I'm looking for suppliers that people use that have good customer service and sastisfaction records (and will ship to Canada)

Apologies in advance not trying to jack the thread, I just wanna have a pretty bay like you gents!
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:00 AM
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There is a company that sells new ones for $50. I'll have too look when I get back home to my personal computer. I have a link saved on there. Mine is broken as well. My overflow tank is zip tied in plac

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:45 AM
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Good excuse to give the bay a wipedown.

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Old 09-23-2012, 03:53 PM
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Terrible Pic because my S/C aint in... and my valve covers arnt painted but hey...

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Old 09-23-2012, 04:32 PM
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:02 PM
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Looks like I have some engine cleaning to do next weekend! I'm very jelly of how clean your guys engines are
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:03 PM
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:14 AM
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:47 AM
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Looks like I have some engine cleaning to do next weekend! I'm very jelly of how clean your guys engines are
Well get to it!!! Lmao

Great pics guys. Keep em coming.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:33 AM
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I know... Looks cluttered, but the red wire was only temporary. At least I don't have crappy gold paint on my valve covers.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:17 AM
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:58 AM
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Some of these pictures would be perfect for this thread:
- Getting to know your M54 engine, a photo & identification guide to every visible part in the engine bay (1)
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:19 AM
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:49 PM
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I know... Looks cluttered, but the red wire was only temporary. At least I don't have crappy gold paint on my valve covers.
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I know... Looks cluttered, but the red wire was only temporary. At least I don't have crappy gold paint on my valve covers.
omg !
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:44 PM
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What are you masters using to clean under your hood? (Guy trying to get on that level of cleanliness)
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:03 PM
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:17 PM
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What are you masters using to clean under your hood? (Guy trying to get on that level of cleanliness)
+1 My engine bay looks pretty gross in comparison with these pics. How do you do it without messing up your electrics with pressure spray?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:19 PM
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and when i was changing my spark plugs

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:37 AM
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Jeeze louise your bays are making me feel embarrassed, how do I get my cabin intake arms to be clean, it's always dirty looking even after I wipe it down.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:04 AM
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Wow.....just gorgeous. Loving the VF supercharger!

I've always wanted clean engine bays but I'm terrified of pressure washing. How do you guys do it?

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