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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 06-20-2014, 10:07 AM
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Exclamation Shaking at 52mph

When I first bought my '02 540i the whole car would shake pretty violently between 52-60 MPH. And it only occurred at those speeds. As soon as I hit 61 its fine. Since I had most of the motor and other parts replaced it hasn't really been happening until recently. I'm not too concerned with it, just wondering what the hell it is. Anyone else had this issue?
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:22 PM
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The infamous Thrust Arm Bushing...

Look into suspension overhaul...
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:23 PM
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yup, CN knows this all too well
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Maybe wheel blancing issue.

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Old 06-20-2014, 04:40 PM
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One of these, found by typing /vibration f3 in the bestlinks ...
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & while highway braking (1) (2) (3) & why it's not rotor "warp" (1) & severe ABS shuddering while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & how fluid-filled thrust arm bushings crack and tear causing the BMW to vibrate at speed (0) (1) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & a comprehensive TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1) (jpg) with wheel match mounting hints (1) & how a worn drive shaft, flex disc, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", aka giubo (it's not spelled guibo although it sounds like it is to some) can cause the vehicle to vibrate (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to repair the rear driveshaft seal by the differential (1) & how to repair the inner constant velocity (CV) half-drive shaft (1) & how to replace the universal joint driveshaft u-joint (aka Cardon Joint) between the front and rear driveshafts (1)
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