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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 01-30-2013, 08:25 AM
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Mein Auto: BMW e39 540i '97
Broken rear spring, Removing rear shelf to get to strut

Ok i've finally found whats been making the noise at the rear suspension the last 2 days:

I changed the other side over last year and the time has obviously come to do the offside as well. Such a **** to do though. Gonna be a long day to fix it...

However I am also having pretty severe shuddering throughout the entire car. Passenger seat shakes a lot! Also steering wheel shakes quite a bit. This happens most between 70 and 80 km an hour +/- 45-50MPH.

I've checked all bushings, pulled on every piece and can't really fault anything.
Ballanced all wheels again, changed rear wheels to front, tried a different set of rims. Doing this changes nothing.
I did a full allignment front and rear about 3 weeks back because I placed new track rods. This didn't change anything either.

I really can't imagine a broken spring (bottom coil) is causing this much shaking.

Anyone ideas?


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