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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 05-17-2014, 07:49 AM
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:56 PM
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My engine failsafe prog is on as well as my dsc light. I have loss in accelartion and power and the exhaust doesn't sound the same anymore. I start it up no lights but as soon as i drive for about 5-15 minutes the engine failsafe prog and dsc come back on. Please help, i have no idea what could cause this.

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Old 10-03-2014, 12:36 AM
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Lots of great info in the FAQ section. Just lost my E34 525i on Saturday due to stupid, inattentive, tailgating idiots. I'm debating on getting a E39 528i or 540i.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:17 AM
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Lots of great info in the FAQ section. Just lost my E34 525i on Saturday due to stupid, inattentive, tailgating idiots. I'm debating on getting a E39 528i or 540i.
I love my 528i dearly, its pretty quick and sounds so beautiful with a simple muffler delete and especially with an exhaust system
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Old 11-10-2014, 12:36 PM
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I just fixed my e39 525i engine failsafe with a simple MAF swap, but it seems like I will need a new catalytic convertor. Anyone know if straight piping is alright for bmws? I know I will get the CE light and code for it but other then that would it force it into engine fail safe?
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Old 12-25-2014, 03:28 AM
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:21 AM
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I just fixed my e39 525i engine failsafe with a simple MAF swap, but it seems like I will need a new catalytic convertor. Anyone know if straight piping is alright for bmws? I know I will get the CE light and code for it but other then that would it force it into engine fail safe?

I dont believe straight piping will force your car into engine fail. But i also have a 528i and i plan on sort of doing something like that soon. What i was gonna do, Personally, just remove the cats but still have a muffler. Maybe even just replace stock to a better performance. Cause straight pipe all the way through will sound loud and uneccessary.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:18 AM
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If you remove the cats and just place pipes that is straight piping. Your cats lower the sound and toxic fumes emission. When you remove the cats you will have to get headers as well. I already completely replaced my exhaust system with aftermarket parts for my 525i as well as new headers
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:07 PM
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I just replace new cats on my 540i they were shorter than the old ones, so less pressure gains more power but the muffler guy got the right cats universal ones way cheaper than any other cats and good quality... any way; delete the muffler but put those bull**** cats on and your car will ROAR like lion.

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:12 PM
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Scott M. where did you get your headers?? that will be super sick!

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Old 08-24-2015, 08:06 PM
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Here's a YouTube channel dedicated to E39 DIY videos!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Cr7w62HX3fXn9R
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:03 PM
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Here's a YouTube channel dedicated to E39 DIY videos!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...Cr7w62HX3fXn9R
That's actually a great link. You should add it to the "very best links" sticky.
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Old 08-25-2015, 05:16 PM
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That's actually a great link. You should add it to the "very best links" sticky.
Good idea, will add it to the list!

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Old 10-16-2015, 05:27 AM
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yes, it's a great car but NO, the cup holders work as well las LBJ's legs.

you got 4 choices:

1: get OEM so look around ebay since most dealer's price is kind of a rip though not always.

2: http://ultimatecupholders.com <-- great cup holders which holds a varity of cup sizes. my only gripe is that if you get a drink with a lid, the carpet might catch it and if you go around a turn, the drink will spill out and all over the carpet.

3: http://www.tecaccessories.com <-- again, a great cup holder but it's more of a 12 oz beer..., i mean soda, can holder. anything else is pushing it. if you drive an auto, this works great. if you have a manual, well.. it kinda gets in the way but nothing double jointed bad.

4: leave it broken and just ignore it.
Hi Chivas and thank you for all your effort and information regarding tips and DIYs. I have a 2002 5.30d automatic. It has 60.000 miles on it. I bought the car a month ago and it looks like it's in a good condition. Although it has been more than 13 years, there was only one owner of the car and he was an old man. After he died, his sons sold it to me. I am going to be doing the regular service very soon (changing the filters, oil, etc) but I was wondering the other things that I need to check and control before anything dies on me or I come a cross a malfunction. I have no ERROR being reported from the information cluster. However, I do feel the thrust control arms, brakes and brake pads have deteriorated to some degree.

I will be attaching the service parts list here and could you please guide me where to start (from the most important to least important) check-up, inspection that I need to follow.

Thanks in advance. Great forum.




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Old 12-19-2015, 02:58 AM
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weird metal plate noise in front somewhere

hi there i have this weird metal flapping or more metal panel or something noise in front omewhere on car had car on hoist and no one can find anything and when i drive my car and go over 50 km/h feels like im driving over small bumps like a vibrate shutter??

anyone any ideas??
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hi there i have this weird metal flapping or more metal panel or something noise in front omewhere on car had car on hoist and no one can find anything and when i drive my car and go over 50 km/h feels like im driving over small bumps like a vibrate shutter??

anyone any ideas??
I would not trust a mechanic that had it up on a lift and couldn't find anything. Try taking the car to a tire shop and having the wheels balanced, in case one is way off. You have noise + vibration, and vibration usually means wheels out of balance. A mechanic wouldn't see that unless they took the wheels off and put them on a balancer. Noise might be secondary, or you might have loose struts or something else loose in the suspension. If a mechanic didn't find that even though it's there, the mechanic sucks. Bouncing out-of-balance wheels will start to wear the tires in a weird pattern. That might be a clue.

Did you hit a big pothole at speed? Maybe a curb? Did you loan the car to a friend?
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Trying to put these wheels on my e39 but they won't fit so I have no choice but to put spacers on but can't seem to find the right ones can someone please help
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were does this connector go

hi today i removed the intake manifold cover and found a 2 pin connector with a brown and purple wire laying there at the rear of the engine i can't seem to figure out it's place in the grand scheme of things will try adding picture.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:27 AM
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Don"t use the things. Drivers in europe didn't understand reason for cup holders. At 130 mph I don't think you want the distraction!!!!!!
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:43 PM
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