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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 06-03-2015, 02:25 PM
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Hello everyone, im new here, just looking for someone to talk to about my car and my mechanic friend suggested i try here for questions.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:32 PM
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Will you send us some pineapples? Just kidding.. Ask away... be sure to include year and mileage and as much detail.. remember we cant see or hear anything over here.. videos help... detail is better and if it's about engines we will always ask for scanner data and if you have no clue what that is we can explain that too!!! welcome and bring on the questions!!
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Welcome to the forum! You'll find lots of information here about your 540i, I would highly suggest looking at the best links near the top of the page. Also, I would put what year and if you have an automatic or the 6 speed in the event you have a question so we can better assist.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:37 PM
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scanner data???

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Will you send us some pineapples? Just kidding.. Ask away... be sure to include year and mileage and as much detail.. remember we cant see or hear anything over here.. videos help... detail is better and if it's about engines we will always ask for scanner data and if you have no clue what that is we can explain that too!!! welcome and bring on the questions!!
yikes, scanner data? ok well it looks like ive come to the right place. i have a 2001 540i with about 100K miles. Its an automatic with something dinan in it but i have to check. sorry im gonna sound really dumb for awhile until you can help me learn the nomenclature.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:41 PM
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yikes, scanner data? ok well it looks like ive come to the right place. i have a 2001 540i with about 100K miles. Its an automatic with something dinan in it but i have to check. sorry im gonna sound really dumb for awhile until you can help me learn the nomenclature.
We all had to start somewhere, there is no stupid question, just the question that wasn't asked. Start by reading the best links like I mentioned, and go from there!

What he is referring to is if you have an OBD II or INPA (google it) scanner, following the data "live" while you are driving can help pinpoint problems. It sounds like your mechanic has things taken care of, as usually most first posts are, "Help, something broke and I have no idea!"
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:42 PM
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thanks for responding

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Welcome to the forum! You'll find lots of information here about your 540i, I would highly suggest looking at the best links near the top of the page. Also, I would put what year and if you have an automatic or the 6 speed in the event you have a question so we can better assist.
Hmmm i also see i have to refresh my memory on forum etiquette, so bear with me, while i try to remember what im doing. lol. like answering multiple responses in just one post instead of individuals, and the then there is particular forum etiquette with the multi posters and their own expectations so hopefully i can learn quick.

sooooooooooooo its a 2001 540i with $100,000 miles. Was in great condition when i bought it a year ago, have never owned used car nor a bmw, but love the car. love the power, unfortunately its an automatic would have preferred manual.

thanks again for responding.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:43 PM
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Will you send us some pineapples? Just kidding.. Ask away... be sure to include year and mileage and as much detail.. remember we cant see or hear anything over here.. videos help... detail is better and if it's about engines we will always ask for scanner data and if you have no clue what that is we can explain that too!!! welcome and bring on the questions!!
lol, pineapples, i dont really like them.
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OH SNAP..."something dinan in it".. love it...and what is up with it?? don't worry about the nomenclature... we'll just ask more questions...as long as you respond we will help... it's fun to do!..
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:45 PM
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We all had to start somewhere, there is no stupid question, just the question that wasn't asked. Start by reading the best links like I mentioned, and go from there!

What he is referring to is if you have an OBD II or INPA (google it) scanner, following the data "live" while you are driving can help pinpoint problems. It sounds like your mechanic has things taken care of, as usually most first posts are, "Help, something broke and I have no idea!"
Thank you. My mechanic friend is not a BMW mechanic (he actually hates them) hes a Chevy mechanic (ewww) but nonetheless i think he steered me in the right direction

ok will do as suggested, thanks again
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:48 PM
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OH SNAP..."something dinan in it".. love it...and what is up with it?? don't worry about the nomenclature... we'll just ask more questions...as long as you respond we will help... it's fun to do!..
lol, well its got a cracked cylinder and the sway bar mount is cracked, they thought it had a blown head gasket but they did better diagnosis and found they were wrong. still a big job of course but not as bad as blown head gasket. lol, im just repeating what i was told, i have no idea what im saying. gosh i feel like an idiot. sorry. im really not, i promise you. but when it comes to cars its just too hard to understand.

although i will admit i felt the same way about football until my ex boyfriend taught me all about it and i love it now, i was always interested cuz it looked so complicated and now i love it! so perhaps i can learn more about my car than how to turn it on and fill it up with gas.
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Thank you. My mechanic friend is not a BMW mechanic (he actually hates them) hes a Chevy mechanic (ewww) but nonetheless i think he steered me in the right direction

ok will do as suggested, thanks again
Yeah, I'd rather do a fuel pump on my 540 than a silverado

German cars have their own quirks, but when you understand the "German" way of doing things, you'll never go back. I hate working on my wifes MDX... damn japanese
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:05 PM
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so let's start off with when you say cracked cylinder... where on the car are you thinking that is?
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:08 PM
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and at some point send us the last 7 digits of your vin so we can know exactly what engine you have.. for parts you can look here www.realoem.com. They also have diagrams that you can point too... they will tell you the names of the parts. We can tell you how they work and what is needed when they break.. simple!
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and at some point send us the last 7 digits of your vin so we can know exactly what engine you have.. for parts you can look here www.realoem.com. They also have diagrams that you can point too... they will tell you the names of the parts. We can tell you how they work and what is needed when they break.. simple!
ok will do, thanks
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Welcome to the forum. Post some pic's of your 540i
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beautiful

wow yours is beautiful, shes so pretty. love those vents on the hood. ok will do.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:18 AM
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wow yours is beautiful, shes so pretty. love those vents on the hood. ok will do.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:00 AM
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and at some point send us the last 7 digits of your vin so we can know exactly what engine you have.. for parts you can look here www.realoem.com. They also have diagrams that you can point too... they will tell you the names of the parts. We can tell you how they work and what is needed when they break.. simple!
It's got an M62tu engine in it.

Angeleyes, update your signature, change the 540i to '01 540iA then nobody will need to ask you those questions when you post.

So what is cracked? The cylinder head?
Broken rear sway bar bracket is pretty common, they are made from aluminum. Get the ones used on the 7 series E38, they fit and are made from steel. Probably $4 each and a 15 min job to replace both.
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lol, well its got a cracked cylinder and the sway bar mount is cracked, they thought it had a blown head gasket but they did better diagnosis and found they were wrong. still a big job of course but not as bad as blown head gasket. lol, im just repeating what i was told, i have no idea what im saying. gosh i feel like an idiot. sorry. im really not, i promise you. but when it comes to cars its just too hard to understand.

although i will admit i felt the same way about football until my ex boyfriend taught me all about it and i love it now, i was always interested cuz it looked so complicated and now i love it! so perhaps i can learn more about my car than how to turn it on and fill it up with gas.
I hear that. My wife was the same way, she put gas in it and just drove it. Then I started doing small things with her; oil changes, brakes, etc. She still isn't interested but at least she knows what I'm talking about.

As for the cracked cylinder, that sounds pretty bad usually a candidate for a new motor. But you mention its not as bad as doing a HG, so I think you may be using the wrong term. You think you can scan your invoice (sharpie out your personal info, of course) so we can take a look? That way we can tell you if you are being ripped off.
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Hmmm i also see i have to refresh my memory on forum etiquette, so bear with me, while i try to remember what im doing. lol. like answering multiple responses in just one post instead of individuals, and the then there is particular forum etiquette with the multi posters and their own expectations so hopefully i can learn quick.

sooooooooooooo its a 2001 540i with $100,000 miles. Was in great condition when i bought it a year ago, have never owned used car nor a bmw, but love the car. love the power, unfortunately its an automatic would have preferred manual.

thanks again for responding.
So bad, I just sold my 2002 525i with manual tranny. I posted in Craigslist and sold the next day. Welcome to the Bimmerfest.
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Thank you. My mechanic friend is not a BMW mechanic (he actually hates them) hes a Chevy mechanic (ewww) but nonetheless i think he steered me in the right direction

ok will do as suggested, thanks again
What island do you live? If your location in Oahu, I can recommend a mechanic that can fix BMW.
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