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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 09-18-2014, 06:29 PM
pamachief pamachief is online now
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radio fade

2000 528i, when I bought this the 6cd cartridge would not eject, now the radio fades out,,,i have figured out when this happens,,,,if I turn on ac or heater blower it fades out,,,,turn it off it comes back on,,,,if I turn on the headlights, it fades out,,,turn them back off it comes back on,,,hit the brakes,,im assuming its the brake lights,,,,the radio fades out,,,,let go of brakes radio comes back on,,,with car off batt sits at 12.2 volts,,,,with car running it sits nicely at 14,,,,turn headlights on it sits at 13.8,,,,i did not have this problem for the first two weeks I had the car,,,,,any suggestions?
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:54 PM
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Under the lift arms
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bad grounds...
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:27 PM
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is there a wiring chart somewhere, to assist me in locating the grounds,,,or where would you suggest I start,,,,,first time doing anything with a bmw
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:27 PM
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there is in the bently manual, id start looking for the chasis grounds first,
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:30 PM
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At 12.2 V, the battery is on its way out, at about 50% charge (a fully-charged battery measures 12.6V overnight). Get it load tested. These cars are very sensitive to battery voltage, and funny things can happen.
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