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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 04-18-2013, 04:46 AM
kutcht1 kutcht1 is offline
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Have you ever had the car running? Since it will not run with the wires reconnected there was a reason they were not and that is where you should focus your efforts. Finding out why it will not start with those wires connected and what components those wires are going to.
2002 530iA Sterling grey Metallic 97,000 miles
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:19 PM
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I had an indie mechanic tell me BMW is not going to provide 1" more wire than they need to. so stretch the wire out as far as it goes and you will find out where the plug goes. Each one has a different connector, so there is no way you can plug one in to the wrong socket. Sometimes you really have to hunt to find the corresponding plug.

Good luck!
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by JimLev View Post
you don't have enough posts to post a pic.
Hi Jim,
I don't think that restriction applies to posting pictures; AFAIK, it just applies to avatars.
- How to avatar on bimmerfest

For posting pictures, see this:
- How to post, shrink, modify, edit, annotate, merge, & upload pictures for posting here (1)

If the OP wants to see tons of pictures of the I6 under the hood, they can simply do an image search, or a reverse image search, or simply look here:
- Getting to know your BMW engine, a photo & identification guide to every visible part in the engine bay (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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