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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 10-01-2012, 01:19 PM
james44 james44 is offline
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Loud knocking noise

While driving BMW 318iSE R-reg, there was either a pop or bang and then I lost power and pulled over. Upon restarting the engine, there is a constant loud banging noise, the car seems to be shuddering, and there is a smell of exhaust fumes within the car. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? Thanks.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:28 PM
jaladham jaladham is offline
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did you find out what was the problem?
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:28 PM
mbell666 mbell666 is offline
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Sounds like something fairly serious. Timing chain jumped?

this e39 forum (5 series) you'll probably get more help in the correct 3 series forum....
An e39 is like a beautiful wife, needs constant attention, lots of money, lets you down at the worse times but you’d never be without it.
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