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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 02-27-2011, 01:22 PM
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What BMW-DIY-related supplies are decent to buy with Costco as your supplier?

Today, cn90 posted about a good deal on Techron at Costco, which got me thinking ... what the decent deals are at Costco for purchasing E39 DIY-related supplies.

For starters, here's what cn90 wrote:
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Just shopped at my local COSTCO, they sell Techron FI cleaner 6-pack of 20-oz Techron for $16!!!
So it is less than $3 per 20-oz bottle!
I have been ripped off by local autoparts store!

Anyway, those of you with Costco membership, get the Techron from there.
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:00 PM
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For my first ever post in Bimmerfest on my first ever brake job, I used the following Costco supplies:
- 3-box set of nitrile gloves
- 6-can set of bottled air
- 6-can set of WD-40
- 3-can set of engine degreaser
- 50-pack of re-usable shop rags

NOTE: This picture is from the second brake job (after more tools & supplies were obtained).

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Old 02-27-2011, 02:10 PM
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And, from this thread:
- How not to change your E39 motor oil

You'll find another goodie at Costo:
- Case of Mobil1 10w30 or 5w30 motor oil
- Gojo hand cleaner (lifetime 3-huge-size pack)
- 24-pack of paper towels

NOTE: This picture is from the second oil change (the first was a disaster using the Motive vacuum extractor).

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Old 02-27-2011, 03:13 PM
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Good thread but I must point out that the Mobil 1 5w or 10w 30 or 40 oils are NOT synthetic and NOT BMW approved. Only Mobil 1 0w40 European formula is BMW LL-01 approved and fully synthetic
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:02 PM
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Far better deals on oil and lubes elsewhere than Costco (like walmart, autozone, oreilly).
THe only thing I buy for my e39 at Costco are fiber towels, car wash, and glass cleaner.

I used to stock TECHRON by the case, but I'm now a convert for Redline S1 fuel cleaner and that's all I buy by the case now. IT's twice the techron @ the same price.
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I just go there for the free samples.

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Far better deals on oil and lubes elsewhere than Costco (like walmart, autozone, oreilly).
THe only thing I buy for my e39 at Costco are fiber towels, car wash, and glass cleaner.

I used to stock TECHRON by the case, but I'm now a convert for Redline S1 fuel cleaner and that's all I buy by the case now. IT's twice the techron @ the same price.
Where are you purchasing the Redline by the case? BTW, the beer and wine may also be considered for after the car maintenance is completed!
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:25 PM
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No Costco here, I belong to BJs . Their automotive dept has pretty slim pickings. The only thing I get there are their large bundle of towels, generic auto wash detergent (both of which lasts me several years), sometimes motor oil (Mobil 1 or Shell synthetic, whenever I get a coupon but this is only for my other cars), and an occasional battery or sometimes tires (again, only for the other cars).
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Where are you purchasing the Redline by the case? BTW, the beer and wine may also be considered for after the car maintenance is completed!
I buy mine locally from my mechanic who then gets it delivered from worldpac.
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Good thread but I must point out that the Mobil 1 5w or 10w 30 or 40 oils are NOT synthetic [/highlight]
All Mobil 1 oils are synthetic. Mobil Clean 5000 is not.

And if you're following a shorter interval (5,000-7,500 miles), I'd venture a guess and say "long-life" oil isn't necessary.



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oils are NOT synthetic and NOT BMW approved.
It's ok. We're just in different religious camps when it comes to motor oil!

- Fundamental BMW fluids decision-making religious camps (1) and algorithms specific to motor oil selection (1), coolant choice (1), & gasoline dogma (1)

Note: The word "synthetic" is meaningless (as proven by the courts). Details somewhere in those threads.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:34 PM
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For the record, we got the scoop on Chevron "ProGuard" (with Techron) over here:
- Techron Concentrate Plus is fixing my fuel gauge

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Old 03-09-2011, 08:37 PM
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Of course, another BMW "supply" is gasoline at Costco!

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It looks like I'm not the only one buying fuel at Costco & Safeway!
> E46 (1999 - 2006) > BMW Engine preservation

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I and others have used Costco/Safeway/etc for 10 years.
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I know Sam's Club has some unheard of prices.
Here's one item I would be happy to snag from them. Locally it's aound 50 bux.

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From our very own pages,

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80476

this is a fairly old post, but they still sell this jack for about $110. It's been super useful for me and allowed me to perform my coilover upgrade, dinan exhaust upgrade and yes, fuel filter and tire rotations...
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they still sell this jack for about $110.
That's where I got my floor jack, years ago. Only mine's a prettier red.
It's so big, it barely makes it under the front of my non-sport 525i.
It must be harder for the sport team to get it under the engine.

But, once there, 15 pumps seems like the car is standing on its tail!

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