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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 12-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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Thanks to forum members

This past Monday night I completed the dreaded cooling system refurbishment. The rad. had developed a leak around the upper hose connection area, so now was the time.
I changed the rad (NAPA-Spectra), NAPA exp. tank (both with lifetime warranties-I quizzed the salesman about the return policy before the purchase). Hepu water pump, hoses, belts, fan clutch, pulleys, etc.
I really appreciate all of the posts and advice given on this procedure. It was a bit of a chore, but not too bad. Thankfully, we recently completed building a garage, so that was also a big help.
I've owned the car for about 10 months, and have experienced some of the TLC involved of which I was forewarned (repairing the drivers-side power seat cable connection about a month ago). However, I do enjoy driving the car. It reminds me a bit of my '87 RX-7 turbo from years ago.
I'll post updates if any probs develop on down the road.
Thanks again.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:39 PM
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:38 PM
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Congrats on the DIY! Now pay it forward!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:49 AM
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Now pay it forward!!!
I agree., At least a picture of the results would be apropos.
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Your job, in return, is to read the suggested threads, where the best people will always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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