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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 10-30-2013, 03:14 PM
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Ok so after a no call from the shop yesterday, I was very worry. So I decided to give them a call, and I am happy to say that my head is good and will be ready for pick up tomorrow. #3 valve and seal was bad, from carbon buildup. From what I have read online this seem to be a common problem with m54 engine. A word of advise to m54 owners, I would do a treatment at every oil change.


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Old 10-30-2013, 04:07 PM
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What kind of treatment did the shop Recommend?


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Old 10-30-2013, 08:25 PM
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Thanks for the pics and update. My car at 132k is losing oil every 4-5k and am not sure where it's going.(CCV done) No nasty noises so far and oil changes every 7.5k miles. Good to hear the head is fine. Numbers 1 & 2 piston tops look really clean though. Maybe too clean? Hope it all ends well.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for the pics and update. My car at 132k is losing oil every 4-5k and am not sure where it's going.(CCV done) No nasty noises so far and oil changes every 7.5k miles. Good to hear the head is fine. Numbers 1 & 2 piston tops look really clean though. Maybe too clean? Hope it all ends well.
No problem, as for the clean piston, 5 and 6 were also clean. Could be due to the fact I spray Pb blaster on all piston a week ago. As for your car is it smoking on start up?


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Old 10-30-2013, 11:41 PM
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No smoke at startup. Did noticed a few puffs of white smoke after 4 min while idling at a stoplight especially when it's cold outside. Goes away after awhile.

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Did the shop happen to mention what could have caused the noise you heard?


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Old 10-31-2013, 01:27 AM
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Well my friend Jbonly21, your problem is my problem. No oil burning or losing oil but-shaking at cold start up only with no codes. After being checked over by 4, yes 4 indy's 2 of them work only on BMW-Mercedes models. ALL told me i have carbon buildup on the valves and i need to take the engine apart for cleaning. Going to try some additives and the ITALIAN tuneup method first. 1996 528 with 165000 KM
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No, they didn't, but from what I have read could be stick lifter, some says its normal on m54s.It goes away after warm up.


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Old 10-31-2013, 02:03 AM
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Well my friend Jbonly21, your problem is my problem. No oil burning or losing oil but-shaking at cold start up only with no codes. After being checked over by 4, yes 4 indy's 2 of them work only on BMW-Mercedes models. ALL told me i have carbon buildup on the valves and i need to take the engine apart for cleaning. Going to try some additives and the ITALIAN tuneup method first. 1996 528 with 165000 KM
Sorry to hear that, but like I said common problem with these engine. Some things to do that might help, try to avoid short drivers, change oil at 5000 mls, also try to go for a long 1 to 2 hours driver at least once a week. These are just base on what I have read.


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Got the head back today, looks good. Installed cams, head goes on tomorrow.
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Got the head back today, looks good. Installed cams, head goes on tomorrow.
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Looks brand spanking new! What did they do? Is it expensive?
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:48 AM
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$275 plus parts, they take it apart, clean it and replace what ever is bad.


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Old 11-02-2013, 06:28 AM
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Good luck on the install..hope all goes well. Thats a big job--my hats off to you.
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:11 AM
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Good luck on the install..hope all goes well. Thats a big job--my hats off to you.
Thanks Poolman, almost done hope to finish by tomorrow.


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Got of work at 4 pm, might be coming down with a cold. That didn't' stop me almost there.
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On other note, been driving a 2013 base civic this past week, man those those things sucks, slow ass ****. No passing power, you give it gas on the freeway it just sits their. Lmao, sorry just thought I share.


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Go look for them lol.

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I put her all back together today, and she fire right up. So far she runs great, no shaking and no more engine noise.
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Glad you didn't have any problems tourqing the head back down...that's where most have problems with this job.
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Glad you didn't have any problems tourqing the head back down...that's where most have problems with this job.
Thanks guys, the only thing that was a pain in my ass was the headers.
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That was quick.
Lol, yep this is my dd can have her just sitting there.


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Adda boy! Great work. That's pretty crazy that a valve seal could cause all those issues. You work damn fast!


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Adda boy! Great work. That's pretty crazy that a valve seal could cause all those issues. You work damn fast!


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Thanks, I know and at only 136k. Wells is not that bad when you have all the right tools, I also had some experience from the HG I did on my old 528i.


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Yeah I've looked at mine and thought it wouldn't be too bad if I ever need to do it. Certainly looks easier than a sideways V6 in allot of other cars!


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