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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 01-31-2013, 08:30 AM
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Exclamation Philadelphia Area Need BMW Mech Vanos Repair.

HI,

Not new to BMW. I have had the vanos issue in my 2000 528i. That was a simple rebuild unit and slapped in at BMW.

Now I have a 2003 540i and need the updated seals put on the unit and cant find a shop. I even called an indy BMW specialist koltz in NJ and he told me to use thicker oil.

If someone near by could point me in the direction of a shop that knows whats going on.

thank you
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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I have never been to this shop but have heard nothing but good reviews, couple of people from work have deal with them and love them! Here is the link to their site. GL
http://www.autobahn-motorsports.com/
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:01 AM
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I have never been to this shop but have heard nothing but good reviews, couple of people from work have deal with them and love them! Here is the link to their site. GL
http://www.autobahn-motorsports.com/

You are the man! I called and they had more info then using thicker oil.
sounds good.

thank you!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:05 AM
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Am glad i could help man! report back if you get the job done thru them and share your experience.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:20 AM
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There's also Steve Vicari over in New Jersey. He's been around a long time.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:30 AM
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Am glad i could help man! report back if you get the job done thru them and share your experience.

Will do thanks again
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:16 AM
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  • What to tell those who haven't yet bonded with their E39 who feel they don't have time, money, expertise, or tools to DIY & why the tools are free when they do so (1)
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:22 AM
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There is a forum member named bimmertec. You might want to try to contact him (not sure you can PM him yet). He's a certified master mechanic for BMW and has a shop in the Philly area.
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