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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 12-24-2012, 10:30 AM
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Question - -Which Way To Go? - -

- -Head gasket blew, which way should I go?



1) Replace head gasket



2) Complete rebuild



3) LS swap



236k on current I6, 1998 528iA



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Old 12-24-2012, 10:34 AM
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Used engine. There are probably many chassis parts that, if not having already been replaced, will soon need it. Not much sense in putting Big Bucks into a major engine rework.
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I'm curious what diagnostic test implicated the head gasket?
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:35 AM
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Used engine. There are probably many chassis parts that, if not having already been replaced, will soon need it. Not much sense in putting Big Bucks into a major engine rework.
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I'm curious what diagnostic test implicated the head gasket?
- -None yet, hard start, ruff idle and constant white smoke from tail pipe.- -
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:30 AM
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- -Looks like I'm going to go the route of a low mileage engine and rebuild the blown one. M52 will be staying. Looked into the turbo route of this engine and they are being done in the 3 series, why not with the 5 series?- -
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- -So I have decided to either fix my current motor or get another motor. If i keep my motor, I am looking into upgrading the cams and intake with the M3 OEM stuff. Is there a list of OEM parts that would be good upgrades for the M52 motor?- -
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