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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 01-27-2013, 08:19 PM
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knocking on 89 gas

Guys, I've been running 89 in my car since I bought it. Rattles somewhat depending on throttle. I have done just about every tune up item possible. Plugs, CCV system, O2's, cooling system, fuel filter, DISA valve. What else in gods name can be causing it? I thought the car has a Knock sensor and 89 under "normal" conditions would be ok. If I run 93 it goes away. I know the answer I'm going to get... run 91+. but a stock car like this under a watchful eye and in great shape should run on 89 w/out rattle. Is my Knock sensor bad? No CEL.
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