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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 12-14-2012, 05:17 AM
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I am new to the forum and was just wondering about reliable Mechanic's in the Ann Arbor area. I have several minor problems going on with my car and I would love to find some cheap answers. My passenger side rear lights are not working and I replaced all of my bulbs also my key is no longer opening my doors plus I want to learn how to program the key, so I can use it full capabilities.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:43 AM
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www.bimrs.org is the web site for a group of independent BMW shops that pride themselves to be a cut above the rest. Go to their website and search for member shops in your area. As for being cheap, they are not. You have purchased a $50K+ car and they are not cheap-hate to use this but "you get what you pay for.". It's your choice. Doing repair work yourself (DIY) will lower your costs.

Right rear lights are plagued by corrosion due to their proximity to the battery. Make sure that your battery vent is hooked up to the vent tube. Then remove the RR light assembly, take it apart and look for/cleanup any corrosion.

For remote key coding:


Look for post on new type key. Some key functions need to be programmed to the car using a scan tool-Autologic, GT1, INPA, etc.

Just remembered that fuse #53 (I think that's the correct number & it's a 7.5 amp fuse) in the trunk located above the battery blows because there is a short in the gas door lock actuator. Unplug the actuator and replace the fuse. If you need the gas door to lock, you will have to replace the actuator. That fuse also supplies power to the remote antenna that receives signals from the key.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:17 AM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
Generic answer ...

- BMWfans phantom diagrams (1) & realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning prices by part number (1) labor/labour rates by zip code (1) (2) (3) where to find a good mechanic (1) (2) joining BMWCCA (1) (2) & finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2) & the most often recommended parts suppliers (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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