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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 06-29-2007, 06:21 PM
jsayreshepherd jsayreshepherd is offline
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Missing my touring

I haven't seen it for a week!!!

Two weekends ago I hit the 100k mark, so last weekend I dropped off the car for a little maintenance. I've been looking for a good indie since I got to DC, and have been unsuccessful so far. A friend, however, recommended a shop that's kind of a ways out, about 40 miles from town, so I decided to check it out. I'm going to pick up the touring tomorrow. The work I had done was:

Complete cooling:
-radiator
-cap
-pump
-t-stat
-expansion tank
-hoses
-belts
-tensioners
-pulleys
New pre-cat O2's

The total was about $1300, which seems pretty good (I know that it would be less as a DIY, but I lack the time, skills, tools, and space). Can't wait for the drive home tomorrow.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:56 PM
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Very nice!

I just got mine with 100k I'll be doing the same thing to her soon.

BTW: what kind of front splitter are you running?
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Old 06-29-2007, 07:41 PM
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Thanks, I'm taking a trip next week for the holiday and am looking forward to seeing if the new o2's help mileage and performance.

The front lip is OEM - it's been a while but I don't think it was much, maybe $150.....
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:32 AM
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They're kind of addictive, aren't they? Sounds like a fair price for all that work. My brother-in-law has a 3 series in the dc area. Which shop is it?
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:23 PM
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I got the car back today - it feels great. The new o2's really bring back the smoothness and grunt. It also seems like the shift between 1st and 2nd is smoother.

With the new belts, tensioners, etc., the engine is quieter at idle too. Bring on those 100 degree DC days, my cooling systems prepared!
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Old 06-30-2007, 05:26 PM
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They're kind of addictive, aren't they? Sounds like a fair price for all that work. My brother-in-law has a 3 series in the dc area. Which shop is it?
The shop is RRT in Dulles. Courteous and helpful group of guys out there, and they've got an S62 for sale in the reception room. It's kind of a drive from central DC, but the combination of service and price is worth it, and there's a cool go-kart track really close by.
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:25 PM
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jsayreshepherd,

congrats on the 100k milestone! i DO understand what you are going through. 'wagon withdrawals.' had to actually not see it for almost 2 weeks. i was so happy to go pick her up...

all the best!
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:17 PM
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The shop is RRT in Dulles. Courteous and helpful group of guys out there, and they've got an S62 for sale in the reception room. It's kind of a drive from central DC, but the combination of service and price is worth it, and there's a cool go-kart track really close by.
Thanks! I'll pass that along.
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:31 PM
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The shop is RRT in Dulles. Courteous and helpful group of guys out there, and they've got an S62 for sale in the reception room. It's kind of a drive from central DC, but the combination of service and price is worth it, and there's a cool go-kart track really close by.

I've heard only good things about them.

There is another good indie shop in Alexandria, VA "Foreign Car Service" [ three brothers and mom and pop from the fatherland]. Have used them for porsche / GMC / and BMW work. Fair price and good work. Thay have the $$$ diag computers, etc...

Also had good experience with Currys [ several locations now in NOVA] on my BWM and Porsche(s).
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Also had good experience with Currys [ several locations now in NOVA] on my BWM and Porsche(s).
I have stopped using Curry's on my E46. They DO NOT have permanent BMW techs at all locations, and in my experience they pay no more attention to your cherished BMWs than they would to a 2005 Saturn Ion. The new motto there seems to be "It's all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation."
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:52 PM
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Well ... Curry's has changed some in the past two years.

I agree with your thoughts ... have heard the same thing from several friends recently but don't have 1st hand experience in over 2 years.



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I have stopped using Curry's on my E46. They DO NOT have permanent BMW techs at all locations, and in my experience they pay no more attention to your cherished BMWs than they would to a 2005 Saturn Ion. The new motto there seems to be "It's all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation."
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Congrats on getting to 100k that is a big thing considering most people replace their car way before that mileage. I currently have over 100k on mine because I drive a lot and am in the process of doing a bunch on preventative maintenence.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:34 PM
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Next time just drive her up to Baltimore and we can get it done for free.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:14 PM
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Well ... Curry's has changed some in the past two years.

I agree with your thoughts ... have heard the same thing from several friends recently but don't have 1st hand experience in over 2 years.

Not to beat a dead horse, but I will anyway ;-)

My experience with Curry's in the last year or so has been atrocious, after 8 or 9 years as a customer at Chantilly first and then at another location since 2004. Actually it's unbelievable to me that they are so willing (almost enthusiastic) to trash their years of accumulated goodwill. Right down the toilet. Interesting approach.

I've tried Fairfax Service Center. So far so good. Maybe I'll let them do some Dinan on my iT.
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