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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 10-14-2008, 04:31 PM
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Unhappy Starter Location

Hello can someone tell me where the starter of 2000 bmw 528i located? Thanks
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:53 AM
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Looking at the engine (driver side is on your right) the starter in under the manifold on the driver side of the engine block. It's hard to see but look near the firewall and you'll see the red wire going to the front side of the starter. I can take a picture later today or tomorrow and post it for you.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:16 AM
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Directly in the center of the image, can't actually see the starter in this image, look for the thick red wire in this area of your engine compartment.
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:17 AM
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Old 11-12-2010, 07:49 AM
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:45 AM
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I post info in the DIY subforum.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:02 AM
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I had no idea where the starter was when I began my transmission replacement. When I had the new trans in and began to rotate the engine (for access to the torque converter bolts) I began to hear a ratcheting sound. Each rotation the sound got louder until the engine seized. Fear sat in until I realized I had removed the bolts holding the hidden starter in. With no bolts it allowed the housing to set on the flywheel causing the sound. Hell of a way to find the bugger.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:01 PM
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I post info in the DIY subforum.
Thanks cn90.

I just added this line to the bestlinks to help the next guy looking for a starter motor DIY and location:
- Starter motor R&R DIY (1) and location (1)

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Old 07-25-2011, 08:02 AM
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For the record, a newbie complained he couldn't 'find' any starter motor DIYs, so, today, Takechan and I provided a few dozen (including this one) over here:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Starter replacement
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:48 PM
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For the cross-linked record, there are some nice pictures of the 540i starter motor here today:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > bad starter

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:08 AM
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For the crosslinked record, today I was working on the ICV and dipstick guide tube when I snapped a picture of what I 'think' is the location of the starter in the M54.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:25 PM
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:26 PM
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look for the thick red wire in this area of your engine compartment
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