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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 12-04-2013, 02:18 PM
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Ticking sound, lower drivers side of the engine...

My car sat for about 6 weeks without starting... when I finally got around to starting it of course it ran rough for the first 30 seconds or so. Once if smoothed out there was still a noticeable tick that was never audible before it sat. I drove it around the block a few times to let it get up to temp but the ticking remained. It's louder under the car than above and louder on the drivers side than the passenger side.

Any ideas of what this could be?
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:48 AM
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She's for sale.... time to upgrade the old girl.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:00 PM
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I believe that gen is know for sticking lifters.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:13 AM
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How long could a lifter be stuck....?
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:23 AM
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Drive it in a lower gear to allow for 4-5000 RPMs for a minute or so. If it's a lifter, it should pump up.

How often do you change oil?
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:19 AM
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i run mob1 0-40 and change every 7500.... car sat for a while though.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:25 PM
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still for sale?

Do you mean the 540 is for sale? I'm also in Richmond, and would love to check it out...
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:17 PM
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Do you mean the 540 is for sale? I'm also in Richmond, and would love to check it out...
Yep, I am going to sell her but haven't listed it yet.... I'm thinking $2,000 is the price.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:21 PM
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Let's talk, pm on the way
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