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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 03-24-2013, 03:02 PM
k3r6m k3r6m is offline
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2003 530i tons of problems!

Problem 1 - Well my car has been running rough for months now. It all started with a code for camshaft position sensor for the intake side. I replaced it and it ran fine for a day. The next day, however, the car started running rough. Since then it has only gotten worse. The car always idles rough, especially on cold start. Will sometimes stumble to the point of dying. This includes a dramatic loss in power while accelerating. The RPMs will shoot up way higher than before. By the way, my engine shakes like crazy and makes some weird whoosh noise.

Problem 2 - Started around the time that my first problem started. The car has trouble shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. My RPMs will go up high and not shift until I left off a bit, then will shift to 4th then 5th rather quickly.

Problem 3 - Clunk noise coming from (I think) under the gearbox area. Happens only sometimes. Especially at 25mph. Seems like driveshaft.

Problem 4 - Car starts to shake rather violently at 40-50 mph.

Got my codes checked - P0313, P0300, P1345, P1343, P0455

Hoping these are just several moderate repairs and nothing crazy so I can do it myself!

I would appreciate any help..I really don't want to sell this thing!
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:07 PM
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How many miles on the car? Are you the original owner?
Has the transmission fluid been changed?
Has Vanos repair
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:14 PM
k3r6m k3r6m is offline
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118000 miles. I've had the car since 90k. I have not yet done transmission fluids or Vanos seal repair. Both are on my list. I know vanos seals can cause loss of power, but this is really dramatic power loss. Could it really cause that much loss?
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:41 PM
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Mein Auto: 525i station wagon
Read the following post about vacuum leaks and then start looking fo the ones you have--that will start you on your way
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:42 PM
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Mein Auto: '04 525i
Problem 1-i suspect you hv a vacuuk leak somewhere.chk yr inlet hoses.
Problem 2-one of yr wheel speed sensors is busted.me remember correctly....rh rear.....plse chk.one of em controls the gearbox shift
Problem 3-yr propshaft support bearing or yr rubber coupling aka guibo is shot....

Good luck......

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:42 PM
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Mine was doing the same thing. Replaced CCV and intake gaskets. Made a world of difference. Good luck.
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