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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 01-18-2014, 04:20 PM
rockstar pizza rockstar pizza is offline
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car dead

So a little confusing here, If I leave my radio on with key in the ignition for 4-5 minutes the car will just click click click....lights radio everything works. If I throw a jump on it everything is back to normal. Auto zone tested my battery as OK (holds a charge). Is there something that may kill power? ALSO just changed alternator about a month ago.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:22 PM
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what kind of battery is it ? brand wise
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:31 PM
CitizenOfDreams CitizenOfDreams is offline
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How old is the battery? Is it the same size as the original? What was the reason for replacing your old alternator?
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:24 AM
nedmon nedmon is offline
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Disconnect and clean the battery terminals.

Look at the clamp doodad with the 10 mm screw, be sure it wedges the connection tight as you tighten it.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:39 AM
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Check if your heater is still blowing when key is out of ignition .same happened to me it was final stage unit in heater.

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Old 01-19-2014, 02:46 PM
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- DIY how to test a BMW E39 battery & alternator
Note: Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
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