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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 12-04-2012, 03:38 PM
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jetpilot10 jetpilot10 is offline
Location: Frisco Texas
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Mein Auto: 2000 BMW 540I
Just past 200,000 miles

I just rolled past 200k the other night in the 540i, also just ordered and received the Besian Systems Vanos repair kit for the V8 Vanos'. I am literally so tired of this car sounding like a freaking Russian Tractor on a frigid Siberian morning when I pull up to a stoplight in traffic. I am sure folks look at our cars with the rackety sounding Vanos and wonder WTF!?

I will tackle this repair in the next couple weeks and will report back to folks how it went, and if the noise subsides with the repair. That THUCK, THUCK, THUCK vanos sound is annoying as hell, and for a luxury sedan to make such a noise is embarrassing.

I did the timing chain guides, and all the other associated vanos specific repairs (minus any actual vanos wheel work) outlined in the Besian documents in early 2012 and have be waiting for Besian to work out the kinks in their Vanos repair process. Now that the V8 kit is available I'm hopeful the noise will disappear.

Wish me luck...

2000 540i Sport
Corporate Pilot / Aerobatic Instructor
Competition and Airshow Pilot
WestWind II (IA-Jet) & King Air 350 (BE-300)
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:17 PM
Jase007 Jase007 is offline
Wrenchin' fool ...
Location: nova
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 774
Mein Auto: e39 528it
Good luck.

Just passed 207k on my touring.

Did my dual-vanos seals on 2/10/08 with 161k miles.

4 winters and 46,000 miles later and they are going strong.

(no hiccups, idle jolts, stalling, etc...)

2000 528iT Sport 5M (mfg. 5/1999) ~ 1990 325iX 5M
BMW CCA member #130075
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:10 AM
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Mein Auto: 2013 535
nice just turned 171000 in my 540it and I just did mine and all the gaskets in the block, and she runs like a cahmp
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:00 PM
dbelardi dbelardi is offline
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Location: San Jose
Join Date: Mar 2011
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Mein Auto: 2000 540I Sport auto
jertpilot10, I have a 2000 540i. 232k. did the chains, tensioners, guides and all related seals in june 2011. Car runs perfect. "check engine" light wont go off. codes say it is the position sensor on bank 1-4.. all sensors are new. Am debating the Beisan fix as well. Need to smog for CA. by march 2013.. I'll watch for your post after you have doe the work..

David in ca.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:10 AM
yoman793 yoman793 is offline
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Location: NOLA
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Mein Auto: e39 530i
200k! Impressive. Good luck with the repairs. Been thinking of tackling the job on my 530 here soon.

Checked out your site. Looks like you have quite a bit of fun at work! Any chance there's a FO position open for that westwind your flying.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:44 AM
helpmyfive helpmyfive is offline
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Hey JetPilot: The Vanos repair is well worth the time and minimal effort. But now for a more serious matter; do you attend Oshkosh? We are one of the 5 apparel vendors for them. I have quite a stock of aviation apparel. I'd be happy to send some out. em me
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:06 AM
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Mein Auto: 2003 530i/5
You rolled past 200k or you passed 200k?

Now there's a mind teaser if there ever was one.
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