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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 03-23-2010, 11:58 AM
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Question M62/540i Vanos problems?

hey guys recently i completed the vanos rebuild using the kit provided by Beisan Systems. After talking to my mechanic about the procedure he informed me that a dealership in texas was having problems with the driver side bank on a 540 VANOS. I've never heard of anything and neither has my mechanic about the 540 vanos failing. Have you guys found or heard about anything like this happening? i'm stumped here
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:43 PM
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:50 PM
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I thought 540's didn't have VANOS. I thought VANOS was only on the inline 6's.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:44 PM
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The 540 has a Vanos but it is different from the I6 and is not known to have the same problems. In fact, the Beisan seals are not intended for the M62 V8 so I am not sure what you are referring to.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:05 PM
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the pistons are actually the same size for all vanos systems so technically the beisan seals could be used. You are correct in saying the V8's typically don't have VANOS issues and I was just wondering if anyone had heard anything about the units failing
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:20 AM
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You should check with Rajaie on the Vanos forum. He's knows everything there is to know about the Vanos.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:19 AM
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M62TU (MY 99+) has single VANOS on intake camshaft. I believe the S62 (M5) has double VANOS.

And, yes, no reports of seal failure on the V8.
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Vanos

Got a code for vanos problem on passenger side cam timing is out and won't pass inspection Any suggestions DIY or estimates for repair?? Thanks
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:17 PM
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Contact the seal vendor mentioned above. They may have some info.
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:51 PM
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:15 AM
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hate to bump old threads, I am about to do this on my m62 7 series, how did this finally turn out?
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Hello people, got two problems which I have been told are common on 2005 bmw 6 series (E63).
1. Seat restraint waning and airbag from now where after the car wash people disconnected the socket, I tried clearing from the garage computer. but eventually comes on. : (
2. Vanos intake problem. been told its common too. my 6 has now done 103000 and now all of a sudden making knocking noise and feels like its gonna cut off while driving.
tried asking some of the so called BMW specialists all they talk is 1000s and now it has put me off even touching the car,
any suggestions fellows???
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:29 PM
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Now I have a knocking sound in front of the Engine. car runs but seriously worried.
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Old 11-10-2014, 01:34 PM
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You'd probably be better off posting this in the E63 forum. I don't even know what engine is in your car, and it may have changed from the older I-6's and V-8's. Having said that, if you have that level of drivability problems, you should be getting a "Service Engine Soon" light, with an OBD diagnostic code. I'd recommend asking your E63-owning colleagues about it.
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