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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 11-08-2011, 02:18 PM
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528 possessed?

Please help. I have a 1998 528I. At times when starting the engine, the brake lights stay on, radio does not operate, cruise does not operate, and the steering wheel goes up and down. After a few minutes, all becomes normal again..What in the world is going on? Thanks for your input
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:21 PM
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If your headrests start spinning in their mounts, I would call an exorcist.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:22 PM
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search for "ignition switch"
when that starts going bad, all hell breaks loose!
2000 BMW 528iA Step- 223K Miles- Aspen Silver
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by CoreyMNK View Post
search for "ignition switch"
when that starts going bad, all hell breaks loose!
+1 - had similar issues on an Accord...but the e39 with spinning headrests = Ultimate Entertainment Machine!
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