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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 06-14-2017, 01:02 PM
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Id like to take a moment to recognize all the cheap parts out there that work just as good as your over priced oem parts

So this thread is for recognition of china parts that work for a fraction of the price

like my 15$ cam position sensor for my 328 from amazon.

Like my cam position sensor(S) from amason for my m62...

Like my newest edition to the family

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111641269556...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Ive been tackling lean bank 1 and 2 for years, I was feeling pretty confident after the last vacuum repair that i had it all.... and while the car indicated that i was lean both sides, nothing indicated o2 sensor's and nothing indicated maf... i did the research.. compared the SKU number's and found my self thee cheapest maf i could fine, *of course for diagnostic purpose only


So with great ado... Id like to present CHINA air mail's 27$ maf air sensor...


she runs like a rap date again, and while im really eager to clear the codes.. ill report back when and if they clear them self


*in other news, i was able to pin point some specific behavior of a maf that might of been bad but wasn't indicating a maf
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:30 PM
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:48 PM
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lol
not even gonna correct it...

But seriously... almost just got my self a ticket,
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:24 PM
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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017AC5KEG..._RKAqzb8JEAKAC
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Old 06-14-2017, 03:45 PM
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:42 PM
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This is going to be a good thread! I totally agree on the cup holders!

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Old 06-14-2017, 06:54 PM
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I bought 4 ABS Wheel Sensors for $68 bucks made by KARL and they seem to be good.....yea, I cheaped out.
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I bought a 2.81 ratio 540i diff for $278 delivered from the USA to Australia. And it got here within a week.
Also a 420G 6 speed conversion kit including pedals, tailshaft, clutch, and flywheel for $1200, (+ another 1000 in freight and import duties)
Heaps of small interior parts.... And I've just ordered a DME from Lithuania for $130 delivered.

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I bought some Chinese outside air temperature sensors (the one that goes in front of the right front wheel) for a couple of bucks and they've worked like a charm.

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:45 PM
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The other half and I were using the cycle method for a couple of years, and now we have an 8 month old baby?

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actually i wanted to report back the fact that ive been running lean... but showed no signs of maf... And while i wanted/knew i had to replace it... It was like the last little part of your not gonna break me

i drove 31 miles the light cleared... pending codes where lean 1 and 2, and muli misfire *which happend the other day when the air temp was 100degree on a cold start.. she missed for a few miles....

I started noticing some random weird events, that were atmospherically related (when it was humid, or raining, or dry )

I took bosch's maf number and found the manufacture number then cross reference that... but i figured this would be a good place to have some fun and share all the crazy cheap stuff that you can get

I did my cd53 conversion and aux install for less then 100$ and installed subs that i already had...

total cost of putting 2x12's and 1000watt amp in the trunk of the e39.... 100$
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:26 AM
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*been thinking what else have ive bought

6.99$washer pumps
162$ 4 wheel 4 crossdrilled rotor and front and back pad sets for my wifes x3 (this is probably the best ive ever ever gotten) Approved performance e6676
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license plate led

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/bmw-e39-license-plate-light

Mat sensor bypass has also worked great for a few years now:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bypass-BMW-E...JWTMC1&vxp=mtr

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Back in 2009, I bought this generic fuel pump, for $59, shipped.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Fuel-Pum...FYpSem&vxp=mtr

I used this as a sacrificial fuel pump to suck out all the stale gas mixed w/ moisture and debris at the bottom of the tank, and then I'd put back the Pierburg pump.
Thing is, I never got around to putting back the pierburg.
So, it's seen ~40k miles use, and is still pumping away.
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yeah boy!! 50$ fuel pump says wut wut!
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The other half and I were using the cycle method for a couple of years, and now we have an 8 month old baby?

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LOL....meant to be!
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Coil set, most of my special tools, rad pressure tester, rear ball joint tool, bmw obd 2 reader, fuel presser tester I know there's more I just haven't thought of.

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Old 06-16-2017, 02:53 PM
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Back in 2009, I bought this generic fuel pump, for $59, shipped.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-Fuel-Pum...FYpSem&vxp=mtr

I used this as a sacrificial fuel pump to suck out all the stale gas mixed w/ moisture and debris at the bottom of the tank, and then I'd put back the Pierburg pump.
Thing is, I never got around to putting back the pierburg.
So, it's seen ~40k miles use, and is still pumping away.
I bought Chinese 70$ LPH 255 on 2014 lifetime warrenty still working
Till the date

Also maf sensor 25$ Chinese crap not working at all was a crap

Bought crank and cam sensors is ok till now

Fuel filter still ok

Rear shock absorber still nice
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