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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 06-23-2014, 08:25 PM
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New here and new to the BMW 540i

Bought my very first BMW a little over a week ago. Lots of mile on her @ 190k. First thing I did was take her to a local shop and had them put new tires all the way around and replace the bad inner tie rods.

Don't really know anything about the car. I ran a vin check and turn out the ///M steering wheel is factory, it has a full sport suspension, #33 rims, and about every option you can toss on it.

It had the Dinan chip/programming? It also has the stickers for Dinan cold intake and MAF, but they are missing from the car. PO said she got water sucked up and had to have them replaced.

Car is really strong. no smoke nothing odd, and almost everything works. The only issues so far are the LED display in the dash. And all the buttons below the climate control, (heated seats and all the other buttons have no power) I'm almost wondering if someone didn't exchange them at one point with a different unit cause I don't even see a fuse listed where there should be one?

Anyways, here are some pictures of her...
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:00 PM
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:41 AM
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Looks clean. I think the PO might have swap out and sold the Dinan stuffs separately from the car.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:25 AM
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Welcome to BFest.
Looks clean. I think the PO might have swap out and sold the Dinan stuffs separately from the car.
Maybe, I asked her about it and the water ingestion was the story I got. I would love to find the parts and put them back on of course, but the car runs fine without them.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:46 AM
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You'll need the Bentley E39 service manual to troubleshoot the electrical problems.

Contact Dinan for replacement parts.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:13 AM
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I have the Dinan software and I dont have the sticker on the diagnostics port.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:49 PM
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You live dangerously -- that's quite a car to buy without knowing anything about it. Hope it all works out -- this forum will be a big help. Tourings (wagons) are fairly rare -- enjoy it.

You can go here -- www.realoem.com -- enter your VIN, and see diagrams of every bit of your new car.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:32 PM
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What's that little knob to the right of the shifter in your second pic?
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:09 PM
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Nice ride!

As for the seats, I would check the fuses, and insert a new one if it's not there.

If nothing on the panel is getting power, I suggest popping it out to see if it's even connected.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:08 PM
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What's that little knob to the right of the shifter in your second pic?
Nice car.
Just a mount for a phone or something someone stuck there. Just going to leave it for now adds I don't want to chance hurting the wood underneath it.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:19 PM
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Nice ride!

As for the seats, I would check the fuses, and insert a new one if it's not there.

If nothing on the panel is getting power, I suggest popping it out to see if it's even connected.
using the vin, I found the part that does not currently have any power... none of these butting have power.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...34&hg=61&fg=35

Mine looks just like the one in the picture, with every switch... dcs etc. Though I have no idea what they do yet other than the heated switch buttons of course...
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:25 PM
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You live dangerously -- that's quite a car to buy without knowing anything about it. Hope it all works out -- this forum will be a big help. Tourings (wagons) are fairly rare -- enjoy it.

You can go here -- www.realoem.com -- enter your VIN, and see diagrams of every bit of your new car.
I got the car at a fair price, it's in great condition. but with the miles I'm sure I 'm going to have to replace things. The new inner tie rods made a big difference, but I'm feeling a slight shake at 55-60, and heard a slight cluck today when I went to back up while turning out of a parking spot... first time I've herd that and have not been able to repeat it...

Wife still likes her 99 E320 wagon better, but only because of the 3rd row seating.

Going to also have to look into a local restorer for the rims. They have been left dirty for some time and will not clean up nice. all in all, no real surprises yet.

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Old 06-27-2014, 10:31 PM
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Used this tool http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

And was able to find out some more information on the car.
GN91295

Code Serienausstattung Standard Equipment
S202A Steptronic Steptronic
S210A Dynamische-Stabilitäts-Control Dynamic stability control
S302A Alarmanlage Alarm system
S354A Frontscheibe grün Grünkeil Green windscreen, green shade band
S431A Innenspiegel automatisch abblendend Interior mirror with automatic-dip
S438A Edelholzausführung Fine wood trim
S441A Raucherpaket Smoker package
S473A Armlehne vorne Armrest front
S520A Nebelscheinwerfer Fog lights
S534A Klimaautomatik Automatic air conditioning
S555A Bordcomputer V mit Fernbedienung On-board computer V with remote control
S645A BMW US Radio BMW US Radio
S676A HiFi Lautsprechersystem HiFi speaker system
S845A Akustische Gurtwarnung Acoustic belt warning
S850A Zusätzl. Tankfüllung Export Additional Export tank filling
S853A Sprachversion englisch Language version English
S876A Funkfrequenz 315 MHz Radio frequency 315 MHz
S992A Steuerung Kennzeichenbefestigung Control of number-plate attachment


Optional Equipment
S204A Kürzere HAG-Übersetzung Shorter final drive ratio
S227A Sportfahrw.+Tieferleg.+Niveaureg. Sport suspension+lowered+ride-height
S339A Shadow-Line Shadow-Line
S363A BMW LM Rad Radialspeiche 32 BMW light alloy wheel, radial spoke 32
S386A Dachreling Roof railing
S403A Glasdach elektrisch Glass roof, electrical
S413A Gepäckraumtrennnetz Trunk room net
S417A Sonnenschutzrollo Tür hinten Roller sun vizor, rear door
S459A Sitzverstellung elektrisch mit Memory Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
S481A Sportsitz Sports seat
S508A Park Distance Control (PDC) Park Distance Control (PDC)
S521A Regensensor Rain sensor
S522A Xenon-Licht Xenon Light
S640A Vorbereitung Telefoneinbau universal Preparation f tel.installation universal
S694A Vorbereitung BMW 6 CD Wechsler Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
S710A M Lederlenkrad M leather steering wheel
S818A Batteriehauptschalter Battery master switch
S925A Versandschutzpaket Transport protection package
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:11 PM
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Working to fix little issues as I find them. Last night was the first time the car has been driven at night... lets just say the headlights leave a LOT to be desired. I had to drive with the brights on just to have light.... Took a look this morning to see what the issue was/is

PO at some point swapped out a pair of aftermarket headlights. I'm guessing they are pretty old considering when you touch the plastic on the body it literally crumbles... The lenses looked like crap anyways, you can tell they where very cheap. Anyways, have a line on a nice set of original xenons with bulbs but missing the ballasts for 180 bucks and also found a set of used oem hella ballasts for another 160... seems to be the best way to go and at least returns the car to stock.
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Old 04-16-2015, 05:40 PM
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Been awhile, Car's down at the moment as I sort out an injector issue. Was able to find a nice set of xeon headlights off an m5 that went halo, and some new ballasts for them, headlights are wonderful now. Started to have a code issue pointing to a misfire on cylinder 7, replaced the coil, and it seemed to go away for a couple weeks then came back, pointed to the injector. Car has 200K on it and original injectors. So I pulled them out, and have a kit to rebuild them that came this evening. Need to find a 5cc syringe and build the injector cleaning rig... Also, going to have to replace the ccv, and the hose that come off it, and the host from the fuel rail as they are crap. Since I'm already this deep into the engine, might as well replace the leaking valve cover gaskets as well and take a look at timing chain guides etc... I was told they have been done, but I want to see for myself. Also, found a broken vac line, that runs under the injector rail on the drivers side. goes to the rear of t he engine... not sure where the other end is suppose to goto yet, as it was broken off right at the rear of the motor... hard little bugger to see, and didn't even know it was there until I pull the rail.

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