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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 03-17-2014, 08:58 AM
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My car is running perfect, What should I do?

I can't resist, I remember looking at this site before I bought my BMW thinking maybe it was a bad idea to buy a Bimmer due to all the negative posts, but all the old info I found on the 2002 530's (when they were 3 or 4 years old) told me they were really good cars so I set out to find that exact car and I did, since then I have replaced ALL the fluids with Amsoil products (because I'm an Amsoil dealer) upgraded the stereo system and detailed it. So let me answer my own question, I'm gonna drive it like I stole it.......
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:02 AM
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:05 AM
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:07 AM
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A;continue to be an Amsoil dealer.

Sounds like good advise...
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:07 AM
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ah yes I was thinking about that, luckily I'm not superstitious...knock on wood....lol..
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:46 AM
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Hi greybeard!

I say.. Modify it and make it your own example !




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Old 03-17-2014, 10:49 AM
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Hi greybeard!

I say.. Modify it and make it your own example !




Cheers, Dennis!
And I say, Smashing Idea
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Replace the entire cooling system, of course. After all, the car is over ten years old.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:19 AM
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Replace the entire cooling system, of course. After all, the car is over ten years old.
Already Done by the PO
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If the car you speak of is the one in your sig then; not a dam thing, very nice styling, clean, and I commend your taste on the aesthetics of the factory design. I could suggest a fresh coat of wax but you've probably already done that.
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My car is also running perfectly and has been for a long time. So, I'm drinking good wine while it lasts because some day it will force me back to the screw caps.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:22 PM
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If the car you speak of is the one in your sig then; not a dam thing, very nice styling, clean, and I commend your taste on the aesthetics of the factory design. I could suggest a fresh coat of wax but you've probably already done that.
yup I sure have, buffed, glazed and waxed, carpet cleaned, seat leather cleaned and conditioned new fuel filter, engine, trans and rear axle oil all new, new air filter...need I go on I'm a maintenance junkie, it sure helps to have a hoist
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:44 PM
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A hoist...Di! K. Now your really rubbing it in. J/k.
LMFAO, I know huh
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:13 PM
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When you can't spend the money on needed repairs,
there is always still.... (drum-rolls) Preventive Maintenance!!

(commercial voice
How about a new set of rubber bushings all around?! Those door seals might develop a leak... reseal the vapor barriers! Rust will eat your car up in dark and tight places, so remove all trim and covers and find that last speck!
Your car will run much smoother on new bearings! Your dash vent motor is much more silent when replaced with a new one.
Did you ever remove the crap between the coolant radiator and the air conditioning radiator? How about the fuel radiator? All these radiators almost make us forget about all the drains!! Clean them out tomorrow for even better.... draining!

Personally I would put money aside to lessen the pain when it is suddenly needed. When it is needed, it is often needed in large quantities.

Enjoy the fun, good luck with the car!
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:27 PM
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My car is also running perfectly and has been for a long time. So, I'm drinking good wine while it lasts because some day it will force me back to the screw caps.
Screw caps? I consume straight out of the box.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:43 PM
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When you can't spend the money on needed repairs,
there is always still.... (drum-rolls) Preventive Maintenance!!

(commercial voice
How about a new set of rubber bushings all around?! Those door seals might develop a leak... reseal the vapor barriers! Rust will eat your car up in dark and tight places, so remove all trim and covers and find that last speck!
Your car will run much smoother on new bearings! Your dash vent motor is much more silent when replaced with a new one.
Did you ever remove the crap between the coolant radiator and the air conditioning radiator? How about the fuel radiator? All these radiators almost make us forget about all the drains!! Clean them out tomorrow for even better.... draining!

Personally I would put money aside to lessen the pain when it is suddenly needed. When it is needed, it is often needed in large quantities.

Enjoy the fun, good luck with the car!
cheers,
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Wow your a kill joy...lol..
I think its all good, I'm just gonna drive the hell out of it and next winter I'll start all over again
Oh BTW, it was a rhetorical question
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Ok, it runs perfect you say? Now make it look and sound perfect (update stereo, wheels, bumpers etc). Or are you already there too, not quite as far as I can see?
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:57 PM
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Ok, it runs perfect you say? Now make it look and sound perfect (update stereo, wheels etc). Or are you already there too?
Oh hell yes...lmao...I really don't believe in Perfect, but it's as good as it's gonna get.
I am getting a kick out of all these suggestions, I'm still waiting for some real good humor tho
I thinks I'll do some maintenance on these now.
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Oh humor you want alright. I can send my ex-wife over and take your perfect no needs car for a test drive that will keep ya busy for at least a couple of months.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:32 PM
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Oh humor you want alright. I can send my ex-wife over and take your perfect no needs car for a test drive that will keep ya busy for at least a couple of months.
She's a little hard on em is she???
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Obviously you must drive it to Munich to show it to BMW AG. Maybe they'll give you a cookie for keeping it alive and well. Or a Schnitzel.
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