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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 12-11-2008, 06:07 PM
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Best shop manual for diesel BMWs?

Greetings, fellow denizens!

I'm interested in opinions as to the best reference manual for my 530D. I see that the Bentley books are highly-regarded on this forum, but the Bentley E39 book only covers 525i, 528i, 530i, and 540i.

Surely there must be some reference out there with information about the M57 engine, n'est pas?

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:13 AM
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Just a heads up in case you don't get any/many responses...most here are from the USA...and we didn't get the M57 engined e39s in this market (probably the reason for its absence in the Bentley). So any reply will likely come from someone who lives in another part of the world.

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Old 02-21-2010, 03:54 PM
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:16 PM
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Check Haynes. I believe they are in the UK, and may have a manual on the diesel.

The BMW TIS covers the M57 engine.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.

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Old 02-21-2010, 09:29 PM
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Buy the TIS CD on ebay for $9.99.
It has diesel info in there.
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