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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 03-20-2013, 02:40 PM
E60black E60black is offline
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Bought a '99 528i....overheating, pulled codes

Got my hands on a cheap '99 528i, car was smoking white thicker than average smoke...overheated on the way home. Needle didnt completely hit the end of the red however it remained in the red. I'm thinking blown head gasket or cracked head...
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:45 PM
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These cars really dont like to overheat -- if it gets in the red you need to shut them off ASAP.

Have it pressure tested but coupled with the white smoke it does sound like a head failure.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:47 PM
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Vacuum leak can cause a lean mixture.

At very least, do a compression measurement and/or cooling system pressure test.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:55 PM
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Ya it's hard to say how long it's been overheating since it was at an auction but I'll assume the worst for now. Hoping for a non-cracked head after my Indy tears it down tmrw.

Car is pretty solid otherwise, sad to see it overheat.

Any other components/parts I should replace while its apart? It's a 1999 528i with 160k, no leaks as of yet...
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:19 PM
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Entire cooling system.
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/199986
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:12 PM
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Suspension - front and rear.
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