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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 04-25-2012, 12:05 PM
Big Chaze Big Chaze is offline
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Trifecta......Cured!

Yes, its gone. No more three yellow lights. It turns out I had a bad ABS Module (bba reman repaired it) AND a bad front passenger side wheel sensor. However, the sensor seemed in excellent condition which led me to believe it was connector. Sure enough, one of the prongs on the vehicle side of the connector was broken and rusted out. I spliced and connected wires sans the connector. The trifecta immediately disappeared.
My symptoms and details of my issues are here..

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Old 04-25-2012, 01:13 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. Many never bother.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:55 PM
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Glad to hear it. My experience with BBA Reman was very positive.
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what did the abs fix cost you
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:02 PM
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Sweet. I'm pretty sure my sensors are bad because my trifecta only comes on when I hit a hard bump.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:45 AM
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what did the abs fix cost you
click the link for full details and pricing..
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:33 AM
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Very good. I need to diagnose the cause of my trifecta too. Haven't found the time in the last month or so since it has shown itself.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:47 AM
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well...now im getting a traction light by itself. Inpa says its code 103 "steering angle sensor initialization"....
It's always something..
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:13 AM
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Just wanted to add my story about the trifecta here:

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Old 09-28-2016, 04:26 PM
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Just wanted to add my story about the trifecta here:


Any issues with adding miles to your car without the odometer recording them? I have my abs out for repair but have to drive my vehicle to work and back for the mean time. It seems weird to be putting miles without the odometer registering them.
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no issues...and even if the abs module were out for an extended period of time and the mileage racks up, the abs unit will not set the tamper dot.
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The ABS module relays the wheel speed sensor information to the DME/EGS/IKE, so you shouldn't see any issues with mileage. Your auto box may shift oddly, and obviously the speedometer/odometer/cruise control/trip computer/mileage/range/average speed computations won't be accurate. But no tamper dot; the car's computers don't "know" that it is moving.

So if you want to drive a lot without driving up the mileage, remove your ABS module! XD
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