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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 11-28-2012, 01:22 PM
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2001 525i Overheating

About 2 weeks ago replaced (car was running fine prior too)waterpump thermostat and housing, radiator and reserve tank(all parts purchased from pepboys minus reserve tank), bleed system test drove for about 20 minutes at night everything worked great. Next morning checked fluid level before taking off on the freeway(everything looked okay), about 5 minutes into the drive the temperature jumped to about 3/4 pulled car over right away opened vents to release preasure from system, opened radiator cap after system cooled a bit then started car and proceeded to add water back into the reserve tank while bleeder valves were opened, noticed once the water level was to level and the temp was at running temperature the water appeared to rise and fall (about 2 inches)within the reserve tank almost like something was opening and closing internally. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there and if so what was the true cause? faulty new thermastat?

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