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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 10-27-2015, 09:24 AM
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There, I Fixed It

What the! It's all wet!



There's your problem!



Car took a pee.



There, I fixed it.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:33 AM
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I wouldn't quite rely on that to hold to long. Lol
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:51 AM
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hahahahahaha DUCT TAPE, way to goo...
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:41 AM
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I'm currently using Magic Wrap tape on one of my cooling hoses and it's lasted over 20K miles.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:18 PM
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I always have duct tape in the trunk for a temporary fix like this.
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Old 11-20-2015, 02:27 PM
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Duct tape is all nice and good but what about the patented shoe sole pushing the thermostat back together?

Out with the old...

... and in with the new.
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:04 PM
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Is it diesel engine? First time I've seen e39 diesel engine.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:04 PM
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Is it diesel engine? First time I've seen e39 diesel engine.
A good 50% of those in Yurrip drive diesels; the fuel is cheaper, and the cars get much better mileage than those running on petrol.
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Old 01-24-2016, 02:57 PM
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The incident caused a crack along the seam in the formed plastic pipe below the thermostat... so I fixed that too.

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well lets just say it's drivable to go get parts, and beer...
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Old 01-24-2016, 04:26 PM
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well lets just say it's drivable to go get parts, and beer...
Exactly what I was thinking. If the plastic is old and brittle enough to split there, it's only a matter of time before it starts leaking elsewhere. The cooling system on these cars is one area you should never skimp.

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Old 06-13-2016, 01:46 PM
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Oh, noes! It's leaking worse than ever. You people were right. :o



I bought this weird snake as a replacement.



Here is my lazy man coolant draining method.

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I sense your sarcasm.

If your repair was so good why did you bother replacing the hose?
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Old 06-13-2016, 03:29 PM
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Too bad, zip ties are pretty good at many things, they hold my front bumber up/together.
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i was kinda rooting for the zip tie fix.. it looked like it would've worked.. time to move on to the correct fix as your time is worth money too..yes?
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I did think my one minute repair would work better. I was rooting for the zip ties with goo as well. Anyway, the thermostat was not operating correctly and leaking all over the place so I took out the whole stretch. Of course I had to drain and refill twice because I did not clean the o-rings properly the first time around.
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Old 08-15-2016, 10:00 AM
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Ugh. How am I going to fix this with duct tape? Maybe some super glue?



Or perhaps a cassette box retrofit to go with my BMW Business Cassette Player (TM)?

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Ugh. How am I going to fix this with duct tape? Maybe some super glue?



Or perhaps a cassette box retrofit to go with my BMW Business Cassette Player (TM)?

Nah time for a proper cup holder!
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Old 08-15-2016, 04:47 PM
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Nah time for a proper cup holder!
But I'm European. I find no use for them.
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Ummm... You have a euro armrest... So take that compartment out and use that as the heat transfer location (wired to the lighter?). Boom. Instant fridge and/or warmer. Orangina/caviar fridge. Or if you want switch it and you can keep you Madeleine's warm.

Edit: here is what one guy did in a Corolla, could be cleaner but conceptually there: http://www.antiyawn.com/guidetocarfridge.html

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But I'm European. I find no use for them.
Please enlighten me here. Do European people not drink anything when they are driving?

What do you'all do if you get thirsty when you are driving?

Our race cars often are plumbed for water for the driver, do your race car drivers drink while they race?

Thanks,
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Scheisse, aber so lange es klappt
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nice dude! proper!

that's freakin awesome
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:50 AM
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Please enlighten me here. Do European people not drink anything when they are driving?

What do you'all do if you get thirsty when you are driving?

Our race cars often are plumbed for water for the driver, do your race car drivers drink while they race?

Thanks,
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No we don't. And we don't have the Big Gulps, our coffee cups actually fit inside the standard E39 cup holders. I don't get the big problems you "folks" have!
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dont include me in this problem... I dont even allow drinks in my car....
and beer bottles fit perfect in the oem holders



This is a conversation for the people who carry a kerick in there back pocket
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