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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 09-19-2013, 03:15 PM
BeastFromCali BeastFromCali is offline
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White smoke out of exhaust? Bmw 525i 2003

So about 4 days ago I went to my car and started it and noticed a huge white cloud next to me, turns out that it's coming from my exhaust, after the car stays on a while It passes and I go home and there's no smoke, next day I start it very little smoke but goes away and I noticed when I'm coming up hills (over 45 degrees) sometimes a huge white smoke shoots out and that's it, it goes away and will smoke very little until it goes away, I check the gauges and everything is okay, my car has 81,xxx miles very well taken care of, recently changed the spark plugs (1 month ago) and I want to know what can my problem be, a mechanic by my house said it can be a clog but I Don't believe him, until my mechanic comes back tomorrow or the next day I won't know what it's from, please help?

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Old 09-19-2013, 04:20 PM
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Typing /white smoke F3 in the VERY best of E39 Links nets this, among others:
- Diagnosis of white smoke out of your exhaust pipe (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:47 PM
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i had the same problem. replace the ccv
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:49 PM
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White Smoke (coolant/water)
1) Clogged CCV /oil seperator
2) Blown head gasket

Blue Smoke (oil)
1) Clogged CCV / oil seperator
2) Valve cover gaskets?
3) Valve GUIDE Seals
4) Valve stem seals (?)
5) High oil level
6) Worn piston rings
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:21 PM
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All of the above!! but most likely it is the CCV.
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