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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 03-03-2009, 09:17 PM
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2001 BMW 525I (e39)

Turning on heater I do not feel the heat blowing. Driving at around 40-60mph I can feel heat coming out of the vents. Does this mean the blower is busted? I had imagine the dash showing weird warning lights if things fail in bmw....won't it?
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:24 PM
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99% sure you blower motor resistor has failed. Very common failure on the E39. Do a quick search for FSU or FSR in the DIY section....15 minute repair will cost you around 75$.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:30 PM
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that is what i would like to put my bet on...that FSU or FSR is busted. I had assume that the blower motor doesn't go kaput so soon. any recommendation on where I can buy them?
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Dealer has them for $90+, Available online for around $70. Do a search at the usual vendors. You may want to do this sooner rather than later as FSR failures could lead to battery drain and a dead car.
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