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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 05-07-2015, 05:23 AM
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2003 525 Spark Plug Boot Source

I am sourcing the parts needed for a tune-up, valve cover gasket change and vanos rebuild but cannot find spark plug boots for my 03 525. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:35 AM
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Not a bad idea to replace the spark plug boots after 100k to 130k miles. I have noticed occasional threads of ignition issues related to them at around that mileage. I bought mine a few years ago from www.autohausaz.com part number 12139067831 I see they are on sale right now for $6.36 each, with free shipping on orders of $75 or more...so get some filters, etc. They have great prices on Mann charcoal cabin filters ($19.08 for the pair!), so get a set of those too.

I will be due for a set of plugs and new boots by fall and will be doing mine too.
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I am sourcing the parts needed for a tune-up, valve cover gasket change and vanos rebuild but cannot find spark plug boots for my 03 525. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I don't have a source, offhand, for the boots, but if you need it, I wrote up a detailed spark plug R&R DIY for a 2002 525 over here ...
- One user's pictorial DIY for replacing the BMW M54 engine spark plugs (1)

For the VCG parts, this may help...
- How to replace the E39 V8 valve cover gasket (1) & how to replace the E39 I6 VCG (1) & which VCG brand to buy (1) & what VCG lubricants to use (1) & what can go wrong when replacing the VCG valve cover gasket which may cause subsequent plastic engine cover leaks (1)
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:37 AM
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Thanks for looking and the suggestions but Spark Plug Boots for a 2003 525 are not listed at any site. The 2003 uses a different coil pack as well as a different plug boot.
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:24 AM
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I don't belive that you can buy , just the boots for our 03 model's. I looked years ago and couldn't find the either. I haven't tried to remove one of the boots from the coils ,,not sure if that can be done.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:38 AM
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PartsGeek.com has them in stock.

Part Number: 1033.071225750

Price: $9.38 each
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:03 PM
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Good searching five.two.five! That must of been one of the few sites I missed. This is why you join a quality forum!

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:51 AM
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Ebay has some Bosch for my 99 528i for about $4 each if I remember correctly.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:53 AM
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Thanks, I'll look there too
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