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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 08-12-2011, 10:39 AM
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scanning OBD in NY

Hi,

I'm a noob to the forum, and please believe me, I did search for this, but no avail (or brains, your pick)...

The "service engine soon" light came on in my 03 530 (59k miles). I did a few standards things since (topping up coolant, inflating the tires to proper pressure, changing the type of gas/station). Strangely, all these helped for a few days, but then the light was back on.

So, I reckon, I have to get the OBD read, but if at all possible, I'd like to avoid the dealer, at least at this stage. What is the easiest/cheapest/fastest way to do this in NYC?

Many thanks!
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:48 AM
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go to any autozone, they will scan codes for free
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:51 AM
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My suggestion is to buy a scanner, I bought an Actron scanner and am very happy with it. You will get 1000 suggestions as to what scanner to buy, but the key is to buy one if you plan on keeping the car.

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Old 08-12-2011, 11:48 AM
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You will get 1000 suggestions as to what scanner to buy
Every newbie asks this question - so - there is a ready-made answer in the bestlinks:
- Cheapest CAN OBDII scanner on the net that reads DTCs, pending codes, & clears codes

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Old 08-12-2011, 11:56 AM
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Buy one from walmart for $100. It is a good scanner and shows pending codes also. After when you are done, Return it for a full refund.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:03 PM
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I would take my car to motorcepts, hands down. They'll inspect your car [15 point] for ANY and EVERYTHING free for new forum members. They're out in richmond hill queens. Im going there on tuesday and meeting up with a forum member from e46fanatics. Your welcome to come along
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:36 PM
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hows the service at motorcepts?
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:47 AM
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Like engerizedmortal said autozone is your best bet. I had to get a code read 1 time & they did it with no problem & the machine gives you a printed receipt.
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:37 AM
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hows the service at motorcepts?
Superb. Check out e46fanatics, and you will see they're immense followers. Im getting work done there on tuesday and going along with a couple people. You should call LEO @ motorcepts on day and tell him that I reccommended you.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:32 AM
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Superb. Check out e46fanatics, and you will see they're immense followers. Im getting work done there on tuesday and going along with a couple people. You should call LEO @ motorcepts on day and tell him that I reccommended you.
good stuff ty
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:49 PM
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Oops, I realized I never posted what happened.
Before checking the engine electronics, I decided to just put the highest octane fuel in the tank. And guess what, the warning sign disappeared. I haven't put anything by the high octane stuff in since and have not had any more warning signs (knock on wooed).
Many thanks to all who helped!
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lol... a bit late, but be late than....
So you still only have 2 posts?
How's the car doing?
How many miles? Do the cooling system yet?
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:09 PM
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I guess, I am not much of a poster, more a reader, but don't worry, I'll have another question coming up.
The car is doing great, but it is being driven in and around NYC, pothole heaven. So last year, after some 80k miles, I had much of the suspension rebuilt and it drives really well. No issues with the cooling system (should I expect any?).
Actually, the reason for the rebuild was that I had originally planned to replace the car with a new 5-series (I really don't like the look of the E60 and waited for the new 5 series) but when i test drove it i was so disappointed by the way and handled (a whale without any steering feel came to mind) that I chose to make my e39 as good as new. (that experience will actually be the subject of another post...)
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:16 AM
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A lot cheaper too!
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