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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 01-01-2013, 09:57 PM
gwest2863 gwest2863 is offline
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autostarter

what's a good autostarter for a 1999 528i
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:33 PM
gomolka30 gomolka30 is offline
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I don't have one to recommend, though I have my own theory on why remote starters are bad for your engine. From what I remember (definitely applicable to the m20 engine), BMW recommends that you do not let your engine idle during the warm-up period. There is not enough oil pressure to sufficiently lubricate the head components. They recommend you start your car and drive it without using full throttle. On top of that I would keep the revs under 3k and use 1/4 throttle max until your coolant reaches operating temperature. Then increase to roughly half throttle and 4k RPM max. Once there, your engine internals and oil temp are still not at full operating temp for another few minutes. Once your coolant has been at operating temp for about 5 minutes, then open her up.

Sorry for the tangent, but I'd just like to warn about the potential for increased engine wear from using remote starters.

Another bad time for engine wear is on a hot day, with your AC running, and being stuck at a stand still for too long. Never turn your engine on just to sit in your car to use the AC, very bad idea.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:43 PM
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If gwest2863 wants warm buns on the way to work, he should go to the local car stereo shop, and have a remote starter installed.

With any luck, the morons will be able to wire it up w/o screwing up the electronics.

Then all he needs to worry about is the sludge he'll be generating by idling the car until it heats up.

He's probably not interested in engine longevity, anyway. Keep those buns warm!
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:11 PM
gwest2863 gwest2863 is offline
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thanks for the info guys learn something new thats why i'm here no autostart for me
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