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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 11-11-2006, 10:40 AM
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:58 AM
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Originally Posted by ketchup View Post
speaking of fuel filters, I haven't been able to find a DIY on it! I've read that it's a "no brainer" but the idea of messing around with something extremely flamible worries me...somewhat.

So are there any DIY or tips (besides not smoking while changing the fuel filter) before I burn down my garage?
For as decent a writeup as you need, go to bmwforums and do a search for "the elusive fuel filter" by jamaican 71. You should probably keep a fire extinguisher handy. When I replaced my filter yesterday, I did not have one handy, but I have replaced five or six fuel filters on different cars, so I think I know what to expect.

One thing to watch out for is the fact that the gas is under pressure. I keep a rag handy for when I am loosening the first line. For some reason, I did not have a spillage from pressurized gas this time. Be prepared with a pan for gas coming out of the filter when you take it out. I also ran my car nearly out of gas before starting, so that there would be less pressure from gravity pushing fuel through the line.

It takes about an hour and a half if you take your sweet time. I do not think that replacement of the filter is part of the standard BMW Inspection I or II service, therefore it is likely worth the piece of mind to do it if your car has more than 90K miles.

My car has 102K miles, and before I bought it, the former owners took it to the stealer for everything. The filter I took out was the original one, per the date on it. Incidentally, it was a Kayser. I replaced it with a Mahle, which I got from Zygmunt Motors for about $18. Again, well worth the piece of mind, IMO.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:45 PM
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Guys, for those looking for a DIY writeup w/pics, here it is
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