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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 01-05-2011, 09:25 PM
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How many miles on the car?

In The Olden Days, new Guibos were supplied with a steel strap around them. Don't know if that's still true, but, if it is, leave the strap on until all bolts are tight. The strap serves to compress the rubber in order to get the bolts in.

When the nuts are nearly tight do not turn the bolts, but just the nuts. This will prevent twisting the steel inserts.
257,000 KM - excluding the 20,000 + that don't show up due to a non working speedo

Flex disk removed was the original - no steel straps - all bolts slid through like a knife through hot butter
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:49 PM
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Wow all this about how to properly name the part and nothing on how to actually fix it. I enjoyed the read, but need to move on to figuring out how to actually repair my car.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:49 PM
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I think this will be a project for me sometime down the road (pun intended) ;-)

Ebonix stated, "Suffered severe vibration under heavy acceleration a few weeks ago." Mine is more light to moderate under moderate to heavy acceleration and goes away once at speed, or if I let go of the gas. Under light acceleration--nothing. It could be a million things including drive shaft, trainy mounts etc. But is my description more indicative of the Flex disc?
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by edjack View Post
How many miles on the car?

In The Olden Days, new Guibos were supplied with a steel strap around them. Don't know if that's still true, but, if it is, leave the strap on until all bolts are tight. The strap serves to compress the rubber in order to get the bolts in.

When the nuts are nearly tight do not turn the bolts, but just the nuts. This will prevent twisting the steel inserts.
This is quite helpful, thanks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:05 PM
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is my description more indicative of the Flex disc?
I don't know, but typing /vibration in the bestlinks nets these, which may help:
- 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); and severe shuddering while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1) (jpg) with match mounting hints (1) & due to worn drive shaft, flex disc, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", namely the giubo (pronounced sort of like jew'eebo), and sometimes unknowingly misspelled as "guibo" (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to repair the rear driveshaft seal by the differential (1) or the inner constant velocity (CV) half-drive shaft (1).
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:11 PM
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So if this is bad would my car vibrate like a u-joint was bad. This is my first drive shaft issues with my car. I've only owned it for six months.....
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:16 PM
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So if this is bad would my car vibrate like a u-joint was bad. This is my first drive shaft issues with my car. I've only owned it for six months.....
Uhm, you do realize this is the E39 5 series forum not the E46 330 forum, right.

Generally speaking, vibration can come from a variety of sources like wheels, engine, drive shafts, braking.

Would help to be more specific your description as to when it vibrates.

Answers may be limited here unless an E39 owner happens to also have an E46.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:31 PM
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530 Flexdisk replacement

Have only seen posts on e39 V8s. Do you have to drop the exhaust on the i6 E39s to replace the flexdisk/guibo?
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