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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 05-30-2016, 07:36 AM
JoemanA320 JoemanA320 is offline
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VF engineering SC interior noise?

I'm in the process of refreshing my 2000 528i, all new suspension, hoses, seals, gaskets, etc, thanks to this forum I've been able tackle any problem over the years without regret. I looked into buying something newer but this car has 115k miles and I really enjoy it. No thanks on the new BMWs. Being a aircraft mechanic I know where it's at mechanically too. So I live in Colorado and this car needs air as it just dogs in the mountains badly, so I'm considering the VF Eng. SC. I just watched a YouTube video and it's one clanky sounding thing - typical of this style SC but wow is this loud.

Does anyone know if this noise is loud inside the car? It would drive me nuts, a little whirring is ok but ....
And no I'm not trying to make this a 540 or M5 killer, that won't happen and I know it, I really just want my normal power back here in the Rockies. I've got a 03 540iTA w/ Msport package that I rescued from a nasty used lot here for next to nothing- it's a solid car now (again thanks to all on this forum!) but it'll be a sleeper next year when I "refresh" it with a LS3 swap.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:34 PM
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Mine does make a whirring noise but not the sounds that are coming from this one. Either there is no oil in the SC or there is something very wrong with the serp belt (idlers, pulleys, etc.)

BTW-I installed mine in the Summer of 2011 and VFs software, and other things, were horrible at that time. I finally got the car professionally tuned and it's been perfect ever since. VF's knowledge of the M52TU motor was horrible at that time.

You'll get a MUCH better system from Active Autowerke in Miami, FL. You'll pay more but not more than you'll eventually have to pay to get a good running system.

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Old 05-30-2016, 04:43 PM
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Looks like one of the idler/tensioners need replacing.

When I'm driving I'll hear a nice whine all the way up to 3k. Then it's just a loud whine/hiss combo and then the steering wheel and dash get all moist and slimy. I'll usually get tired after a few minutes so I stop pretending and the noise goes away.

Sorry I wish I was of help.
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Old 05-30-2016, 05:07 PM
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Re: 540iT w MSport..LS3 swap .... nice .... envy ...
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:49 AM
JoemanA320 JoemanA320 is offline
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Thanks! Good to hear it's not loud inside, and yeah there might be more wrong w/ that engine in that YT vid, I'm considering the AA too, I agree it has solid reviews.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:32 PM
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Mine makes noise at idle. When the RPM increases the noise is gone and all you hear is the whine of the supercharger. No noise in the car. All superchargers make a rattling noise at idle, Some more then others. VF engineering support was bad, Mine was tuned at RDP Motorsports in Ohio. I'm very happy with it.
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