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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 06-22-2006, 06:35 PM
moesonex moesonex is offline
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EML light

I have a 2000 528i and recently I have a light that comes on that reads EML and when it lights on, my car loses power and seconds later when the light goes out, the car resumes power. for about a month, the error light for the airbag has also been lit. It has been on since I got the car back from the body shop...Can someone help?
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:40 PM
Rsavory Rsavory is offline
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Why was the car at the bodyshop and what did they do to it?
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:29 PM
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Just a little body work..not a collision. It's just ironic that since then, The EML light turns on occassionaly and also the ABS light has been on without goung out. When the light goes on for the EML, the car loses significant power. I've owned the car for about 2 months and it has about 189000 miles on it.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:45 PM
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re EML, Have the codes read so that you know what you're dealing with. This can be done by an independent bmw shop or at Autozone, or another auto parts shop with the capability. A good bmw shop will have a gt-1 computer that will get right to the heart of the problem.

On the airbag, if this was not a problem before you took it to the bodyshop I would take it back and see if they can correct it for free.

Good luck.
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:46 AM
moesonex moesonex is offline
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The codes I got from Autozone are
P1580 Electronic Throttle monitor PCM override
P430 Catalyst System Efficiency below Threshold Bank2
As per the airbag light, do you think that when the body shop heated up the rear bumper to fix and patch, they burnt or ruined something? I also had the drivers seat out for repair, Do you think that may have caused a proble?
I appologize for all the questions but I appreciate you taking the time to help me.
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Old 06-26-2006, 06:47 AM
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Autozone also told me that the P430 code means that the Cat is blocked..are the right?
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Old 06-26-2006, 09:43 AM
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I don't think the cat would be affected by heating the bumper. In the 2000 models I believe it is located close to the exhaust manifold. At 189k miles you might need a cat if it has never been changed.

Sounds like you have multiple issues that cry out for a good bmw mechanic. Good luck.
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Old 09-08-2006, 04:18 PM
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Angry Bmw Eml 2002 M3

Hi, My BMW m3 2002 EML light came on and went to Limp mode. It would only run up to 40 miles an hour and when i turn off the engine, it would reset and i will be able to drive normally but not push the gas pedal to its limits or the EML light would come on again.

I brought it to the dealership and they said after two days that it could be my throttle or catalytic converter. They are not sure. The service rep said the converters are bad and would cost me 3000+ dollars and they are still going to look at the throttle which who knows how much they are going to charge me.

It seems they are not sure. My car has 91K miles.

Any ideas? What should i do? thanks in advance for your help guys.
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:00 PM
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The throttle position sensor is not a huge deal - I've had that happen exactly the way you did. Not too expensive.

The deal with the catalytics is exactly what he's telling you. The OEM cats run right around $3000 installed. I believe that everywhere except California, you can put in aftermarket cats. If you have the work done PROPERLY, guys have had good success installing the Magnaflow 43005 OBDII compliant aftermarket cats, and the whole thing shouldn't cost you more than about $600 with installation.
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:20 PM
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Thanks Hotswimmer

thanks Hotswimmer. you just made my day. i will let you know what i did. My friend was telling me to buy the borla and see if it comes with the catalyctic converter.

Hey, thanks again and really appreciate it.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:55 PM
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EML Light

I have a 2001 525I. Every week or so, my EML light will come on and I will lose power. My ASC(DSC) comes on a stays on until I stop and turn my engine off. Power resumes after this as normal. Any help would be appreciated....
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:25 AM
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same thing is happening to me on my 2000 528i please let me know if you figure it out
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:27 AM
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did changing the catalyc converter fix the problem please let me know cuz ive got the same thing happening with my 2000 528i
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:38 AM
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Was this issue ever resolved?

I am having the same thing, EML comes on along with ASC, then loss of power but then the lights shuts off and car drives fine. I am having this issue on take offs only, not while driving.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:49 AM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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If the battery was not disconnected before the seat was removed, the airbag light will come on. Not a big deal, but the light needs to be reset.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:00 PM
Alika808 Alika808 is offline
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I am trying to buy this 2000 323i (automatic) with the same EML illuminated. At first, the car won't start but when the car start, the EML illuminates and no power at all and it shut off the engine when I put into reverse gear. Does anybody of you guys figure out what is the cause of this. I appreciate for the input. Thank you all.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:44 PM
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EML light was resolved with getting the throttle body a good cleaning
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