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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 09-12-2011, 05:30 PM
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Refurbished engine head

Has anyone heard of Autoheadperformance in Moody, AL or know of them, I am thinking about getting a refurbished head from them for my 97 528, I was looking at the 400 head for $675, casting # 1738400. Just wanted to know u guys thoughts. And is that the right cast #?
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:38 PM
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Why are you shopping for a new head ? Please describe the events that led up to this.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:01 PM
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Is been in the red too many times, the Hg is bad, bought it like that as a project car.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:19 PM
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Is/was the original head cracked ? Warped ? What kind of shape is the deck in ? (the block`s top surface) If the head wasn`t cracked, you can have it and the deck resurfaced to insure a good tight seal with a new head gasket. Probably save some dough compared to buying a new head.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:27 PM
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I thought off that, but that cause is about 300-500, and the new head comes with warranty.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:46 PM
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I checked out their website....looks like a respectable operation (I`ve seen some pretty weird sh!t, like a "rebuild shop" where they use a belt sander (!) to "resurface" the heads & blocks). What are you gonna do for cams, valves, springs, retainers, etc. ? Do you know how to degree-in a cam ? BMW cams are hollow, and can be damaged rather easily if not handled with care....if you`re doing this job yourself, take your time, work clean, and *check everything TWICE*
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The OP may benefit from clicking on some of these relevant links:

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & a one-paragraph summary for the next owner with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34).
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For the cross-linked record, this advice was posted today which may be of use to others in the future:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Swap HELP!!! '98 528i w/ bad tranny, '01 525i w/ cracked head

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Originally Posted by Jimmys 530i View Post
Try Car-Part for your parts needs. You can get a 2.5 engine for about $1500, and the 2.8l transmission for about $600.
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For the cross-linked record, this advice was posted today for someone who suspected he bought an E39 with existing engine damage due to overheating:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > 1997 528i Overheating despite new parts

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I shopped around and was estimated 3-4 thousand to do head and 5-7 thousand to replace entire engine.
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My head set me back $650.00, I ordered from autoheadperformance.com.
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Personally I would keep dropping heads or engines on my own car.
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I miss my 528i dearly and can not wait for it to return from the body shop, for the price is it worth it for you to buy another used bmw or to fix it up and have it go 200,000 miles.

My advice is fix it up and put some research into mechanics who will do it right. ... My car is rock solid after the head and is an amazing treat to drive.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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For the crosslinked record, this thread has some sources for used and rebuilt M54 engines:
> E46 (1999 - 2006) > Buying a used engine online -- recommendations?
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