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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 02-27-2013, 08:58 PM
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Bluebee,

Don't bother with the belt because although the whiteout looks good now, when it rotates, the smooth surface (yes the smooth and not grooved surface) rolls over the idler and the white-out will be gone in a week.
Belt is usually easy to inspect with a flashlight to look for cracks, so you don't need to "engrave" it.
Documentation documentation!! I keep all paperwork for anything I have ever done to my vehicles. That's how I know when my last oil change was done. Tells me how many miles I got on the last and second to last set of tires ect !

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:07 PM
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I have a 97 528i looks like still have the original cooling system working at 124K mile. I got the car 3 and half years ago at 99K without knowing much about it. The car had three POs and no service record. It has been problem free for more than 3 years and recently the starter failed and also some oil leak from valve cover. I started to read in this forum and was able to replace the starter and the valve cover gasket myself thanks to the information here. Now the cooling system is making me awake at night. The more I read this forum, the more I worried. The car does not overheat but all components of the cooling system appears to be original. The radiator label does not have a date on it, but I appears still to be original based the information I read here. The upper radiator hose has a 97 marker on it. I have no idea on the thermostat and water pump but the coolant in the expansion tank is very very dirty. It is cloudy and looks like brown or rusty. I plan to do a complete system overhaul when the weather getting a little bit warmer.
I bought mine at Christmas with 191 k kms on it and the only thing I could find from the records that was changed was the t stat and pump. After reading all the posts on cooling issues I had all the remaining cooling parts changed. As one poster said, change them as they WILL fail. The only vehicle I have ever owned in 35 years where I pulled into a shop and said. This rad etc ? The stuff that's working fine? Rip out out and replace it! Now I sleep well!

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:09 PM
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Documentation documentation!! I keep all paperwork for anything I have ever done to my vehicles.!
I document the part.

Here you see where my expansion tank failed in a year and a half!


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Old 04-01-2013, 01:44 PM
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mine does not have the big factory sticker, just a smaller BEHR sticker with a smaller sticker with 'G', so apparently, mine has been replaced sometime in the past. Since there is no room to see anything, I am cleaning everything that is not clean, and am going to look for new spots and drips, if there are any. I am curious about spots of old red fluid under the power steering area. And caked dirt. There is no fresh oil under the power steering unit. It looks like several parts have been replaced on my engine and other.

The valve cover gasket looks like it was replaced. The radiator looks to have been replaced, that big factory sticker is not on it. And maybe some power steering leak may have been fixed, as the hoses and connections are dry even though there was prior fluid under it on the engine. Very hard to hand clean, doing it in small stages with simple green, and paper towels. The Alternator looks original, or at least if ever replaced was with factory part, as it has the BMW sticker on it.

What joy to drive after al those years in an old economy car.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:15 PM
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At least you can breath easy knowing the rad has been replaced. Now I wonder about the expansion tank, thermostat, water pump etc..etc..etc..
That rad is almost 7 years old, not exactly a newborn.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:45 PM
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Apparently there is a test sticker on the bottom of some radiators ...
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My radiator appears to be leaking on its side up top where the black plastic meets the aluminum.

I did some looking around and found a sticker on the bottom. Behr leak test performed 20/01/11. I'm guessing that's jan20th of 2011? Is that the build date?

I'm going to assume the cooling system has been replaced already as the car has 130k on it. If so that rad isn't very old.

Where can one get this repaired and what's the warranty on it? How do I contact behr? Says made in South Africa on it.
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:40 AM
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For the crosslinked record, the question came up as to how to tell the BRAND of the radiator from the stickers:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Behr Radiator ?

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I recently purchased a 2000 e39 with 134k. Everything is great but knowing from past experience and lack of a complete history on the car, I was looking at the cooling system. It looks like it's had some work on it and was wondering if there is a way to tell the difference between an aftermarket Behr radiator and an original BMW radiator?
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Old 05-27-2014, 05:43 AM
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This has been an immensely helpful thread. Lots of great pics, too.

Does anyone know where the date code on the radiator hoses is? I just want to make sure I'm looking at the right thing.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:16 AM
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My Behr radiator on my 2000 540 is dated June 2004. All other cooling system parts save the water pump have been replaced (I'm pretty sure). Should I start thinking about replacing the radiator?
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:24 AM
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That's a great question. I just looked through my system, and everything in there is manufactured 2005 or later. I can see why parts were wearing down in the car's early life. It spent its first 7 years in South Florida, which puts non-stop stress on cooling systems. Even when the engine isn't running it's almost 100 degrees! Since all the replacements, the car has lived in the relatively cooler North Carolina mountains.

Still, I think I'm going to start quietly collecting all the expensive parts in my garage, and plan on doing the upgrade later this year.
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