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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 07-18-2010, 11:28 AM
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Unhappy Problems with my 2000 528i

Hi guys,

I just got a 2000 528i with around 80k miles that was a bit scuffed up from a wreck. We fixed up the body and it ran great so we figured we were getting a good deal. Yesterday, the car started shaking weird and so I cycled the key and it was running fine again. Still wanting to check the error messages, I went to a friend near me that owns a BMW repair shop. I had a check engine light, an airbag light and another light that was because the car needs an alignment because the steering wheel is crooked.

Long story short, he printed me off a list with problems that have to do with the check engine light. Here's what I got: Misfires on Cylinders: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; Fuel trim bank 2 and 1; Fuel trim bank 2 and 1 control limit; Signal, ox. sensor before cat. converter bank 2, min. value undershot.

I was wondering if you guys had any ideas what could be causing these problems before I go running off to a mechanic/garage. I read online that the Fuel trim problems could be caused by the MAF. As far as the misfires, I haven't tried replacing the spark plugs yet but I was wondering if it could be since all of them misfired except 2. Also, in the week that I have had the car it only misfired that one time so it's not frequent. The car had been sitting for awhile after the accident but the engine looked immaculate. There are some other errors with the airbag sensor but I'm mainly concerned about the engine, if you guys could help I would greatly appreciate it.

I'm upgrading from my 1995 BMW 325i and before that I had a 1991 BMW 530i. I only had one other car besides my BMW's and I didn't keep it for long as I traded it for the 325i.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:51 PM
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Why didn't you get your friend to give you a quote on repairs, or at least a diagnostic (for which you should pay him)?

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Old 07-18-2010, 08:51 PM
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I guess I shouldn't have used the term friend, he's more of an acquaintance in that he has fixed some of my cars and my parents cars before. Basically, I want to know, somewhat, what could be the problems so I don't run in there not knowing anything and him tell me that there's so much to replace (because he still wants to make money even though I know him) and me just take the bait and be out more money. Plus, I sort of want to try and fix it myself if it's not too much trouble or at least diagnose it more than it already is to save me money if I do have to bring it to him.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:40 PM
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A bad MAF can cause many of those faults as will a vacuum leak such cracked hoses or intake seals.

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:13 AM
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Ok, I figured I would have to replace that but should I go ahead and replace the whole MAF unit (body and sensor) or just replace the sensor, based on the problems I'm having? Also, would that MAF be causing me the misfire every once in awhile as well or could that be something else?

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Old 07-22-2010, 05:30 PM
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Check for air and vacuum leaks, particularly aft of the MAF. Look for hidden cracks in the corrugated rubber that branches off the large rubber tube that comes after the MAF.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:33 AM
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What grade of gas are you using? I would look at my filters, plugs, gas cap, and make sure everything you removed is reinstalled properly. Like you said its been sitting a while.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:52 AM
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Like others said. Check the maf, it could be dusty, also check for vacuum leaks. Start the car and hear for any hissing.

Di. He give you any printouts and/or readings of the ox sensor values?

Bad fuel will also give you problems.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:28 PM
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What were the codes? If you're going to keep the car or get it fixed then invest in a cheap obdii code reader. It will help pinpoint any problems
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Hello??!!! five year old thread. lol.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:40 PM
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If he's helping to diagnose and repair your car, whether you pay him or not, he's a friend.
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