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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 05-15-2012, 01:00 PM
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Unhappy Check Engine Soon...

I was driving around just fine today. Excited that I purchased my registration and plates. Stopped at the BMW dealership to get my plates put on. Started the car to leave and BOOM: the check engine soon light came on...

Help!
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:05 PM
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What are the codes?
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:12 PM
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Don't know... I thought I might take it to Advanced Auto and get them to do the free diagnostic check... Not sure if they can do it for a BMW...???
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:35 PM
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Check your gas cap.. if its not tight you will get a CEL..
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:05 PM
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Yes they are able to scan your codes then come back here or google. Also, pick yourself an ObdII scanner or better, I bought a simple obd reader from eBay for about $25 shipped.

Edit: I see you have an x5, check in on the X5 sub forum. Good luck sir
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:11 PM
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If you need to have the dealer put the plates on, you probably don't have the skills required to DIY.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:59 PM
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If you need to have the dealer put the plates on, you probably don't have the skills required to DIY.
+1, nothing like jumping into a DIY feet first.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:24 PM
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If you need to have the dealer put the plates on, you probably don't have the skills required to DIY.
Ouch.
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