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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 01-24-2013, 08:51 PM
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I paid 3500$
I thought I got mine cheap, almost exactly like your except no nav and was 100kmile and I paid $6300.
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I am kind of worried if its a tensioner and one day the chain jumps and I ruin the engine
I did replace the guide rails at 280,000 mi. along with the tensioner but the noise didn't change. No matter what happens at this point, I feel have got my moneys worth out of it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:30 AM
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Replace the tensioner. Its cheap, only takes 30 min, and might cure the noise. No special tools needed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:54 PM
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Can anyone post the DIY link here for the tenioner I'm suppose to change
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:55 PM
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She runs really rough on a cold start
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:21 PM
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I waited to own a 530i for 31 years. All the way from the 2 E12's I either drove or rode in as a child/teenager until I fell in love with my final destination, my beautiful 530i E39

I could care less about the V8 cars. The original 5 series was and will always be a sexy six.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 PM
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:48 PM
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I waited to own a 530i for 31 years. All the way from the 2 E12's I either drove or rode in as a child/teenager until I fell in love with my final destination, my beautiful 530i E39

I could care less about the V8 cars. The original 5 series was and will always be a sexy six.
I've driven all the straight six e39s but nothing feels or sounds like a v8
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:05 PM
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I couldn't go back to a six myself. That torque is too addicting.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:55 AM
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She runs really rough on a cold start
Mine did the same, ran a couple cans of this through it and all was much better. http://www.berrymanproducts.com/prod...an-up-t-f-s-c/

Of course I did the air filter, oil change, and spark plugs first. Even did the VCGs and upper timing chain cover gaskets. Throw the CCV in for good measure. Still think the fuel system cleaner did the most towards smoothing the cold start. I figure the fuel injectors had crappy spray patterns which caused the cold start symptoms.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:56 PM
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I waited to own a 530i for 31 years. All the way from the 2 E12's I either drove or rode in as a child/teenager until I fell in love with my final destination, my beautiful 530i E39

I could care less about the V8 cars. The original 5 series was and will always be a sexy six.

So you COULD care less? So you do care! Awww, you're a softy for power after all!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:08 PM
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Mine did the same, ran a couple cans of this through it and all was much better. http://www.berrymanproducts.com/prod...an-up-t-f-s-c/

Of course I did the air filter, oil change, and spark plugs first. Even did the VCGs and upper timing chain cover gaskets. Throw the CCV in for good measure. Still think the fuel system cleaner did the most towards smoothing the cold start. I figure the fuel injectors had crappy spray patterns which caused the cold start symptoms.
So is it fixed now? Mine is acting all weird it started smoking the other day smoking blue smoke and I'm thinking it might be the oil separator but not sure
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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So you COULD care less? So you do care! Awww, you're a softy for power after all!
I'll chalk that little grammar faux pas up to a bit too much Absolut but you're right, I have no misgivings about the V8 cars. I just don't need the extra power for my daily driver.

But if I did, it would be a newer GTO or something in coupe trim.
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I've got over 22k into mine including the 10k purchase price.
$3200 in 7 months here... I don't feel too bad now.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:02 AM
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Just for future reference it was the vanos
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