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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 11-05-2011, 04:37 PM
iijuanii iijuanii is offline
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Exclamation PLEASE HELP! My car feels likes it's dying. ANYONE PLEASE!!

It's a 2000 528i. 101k miles. I just changed the oil on it. 5w30 full synthetic.
changed the sparkplugs with oem's. Fluids are good. There is gas in the tank.

I've heard a slightly different sound from the car for about the last 2 weeks. and then this last weekend, the engine started to shake really badly at a stop light. I got really scared It felt as if it was about to run out of gas.

I did the tune up, the the noise was still there. The next day (yesterday) i drove it to the store, and again, at a stoplight, the engine started to shake really bad and it felt like it was about to stop. i pulled into a parking lot. There IS fuel in the car.

In neutral and park the shaking seems to go away, mostly. In gear the shake is really really bad.

Someone please help! I can't afford to take it to the mechanic right now. I don't trust them, and i don't know what this could be, so I'd end up paying a fortune just to have them fix "the problem"
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:12 PM
occhis occhis is online now
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Go to Autozone or Advance and get the codes read. Could be many things that cause these symptoms. Anything from bad gas to motor mounts, vacuum leaks, etc, etc, etc. No one can help effectively without something to go on. Also provide any maintenance done for the last, say, 20K miles.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:54 AM
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Could mean many things. Major vacuum leaks. Specially that its winter season, the cold weather really exposes the vacuum leaks. If it was transmission issues it'd throw it right into Trans Fail Safe. But I don't suspect that. As on BimmerForums, lots more 528i owners there. Because its a 528i I think of these:

On Inline-6 motors.. its usually these hoses that crack and cause a nasty vacuum leak. But check your intake hoses. From throttle-body to intake box.. Move the hoses around, squeeze them and twist a bit to expose leaks.
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