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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 01-22-2015, 12:36 PM
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Unhappy 540i Needs new engine

CEL was on so I took it to my buddies shop and they found metal flakes in the oil. He advised a new engine and I definitely don't have the cash for that. So it's up for sale. PM and we can talk price. Once I get it back from the shop today ill take some pics if anyone is interested. This makes me sad.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:41 PM
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Whooa... Flakes in the oil of a good running motor, doesn't sound like a complete over hall to me. Panic will sink your ship. Slow down, do some investigation. Check your compression, listen to the motor. There are very few thing on this motor that can't be fixed. Go see the flakes, metal, steel, aluminum, Babbitt, plastic, copper???
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:56 PM
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Is there a rattle coming from the engine? Could be that the timing chain guides have failed and the chain eaten up some aluminium. Check the flakes and then figure out what they could be. After that you can determine what is wrong with the engine.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:11 PM
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Alright Ill look into it more and go from there. Thanks HTK12
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:07 PM
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If the CEL is on, there are stored P-codes. Get them read and report back. Include any pending codes.

Your buddy should have done this already. Is this a lawn mower repair shop?
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:09 PM
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Just cause there is metal, doesn't mean it pooched yet. Get codes and investigate as much as possible about where the metal is coming from. I know its hard to find out that, but start with codes.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:11 PM
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How big of flakes are we talking here? Couple of oil changes ago, I noticed some glitter in the oil I extracted. My engine runs fine, and I don't have any knocking. I haven't seen anything glittery in the oil afterwards. What is acceptable amount?
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:32 PM
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nope.... metal flakes means death.. ill give you 1000$ tomorrow and remove it from your sight

ditch the lawn mower shop bro lol
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:38 PM
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first, Its not a lawn mower shop. this isnt the same one i took it to a couple weeks ago. They are supposed to specialize in european cars...
Second, Burning2nd I will not take that offer.

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Old 01-22-2015, 05:28 PM
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then i think we are on the same page


make your checks double check and check back with us...

how about a pic of the oil your talking about
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