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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2019, 06:51 PM
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Posted By 540 M-Sport
I just surpassed 300k miles on the original...

I just surpassed 300k miles on the original transmission on my 540. My maintenance has been to change the trans fluid every 30k, and every other time change the filter and gasket. Once I hit around...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
I paid around $2500 including rebuilding both...

I paid around $2500 including rebuilding both banks VANOS system (dealer wanted $6k without touching the Vanos). It was an amazing deal, as it included all new chains, new tensioners, oil separator,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Second on DUDMD Tuning. Ask for the owner...

Second on DUDMD Tuning. Ask for the owner Dima...he will have it. He can also customize it to any specific mods you left on the car after removing the SC, like intake, manifold and/or exhaust changes.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
At 260,600 they let go and it was a massive...

At 260,600 they let go and it was a massive knocking noise. Drove to the dealer for diagnosis, confirmed it was guides, picked it up and took it to a former BMW dealer tech that still does a little...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
BT is great for streaming and phone, but when...

BT is great for streaming and phone, but when using GPS apps, you really need to have your phone connected for charging, as it saps the battery. So a wired connection is fine with me, as I need to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
NP, definitely start a thread on how it works...

NP, definitely start a thread on how it works out.
With the USA Spec I can actually use the steering wheel controls to skip ahead songs using Pandora and some other music apps. And of course...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Yes, similar, but very basic operation, it...

Yes, similar, but very basic operation, it basically gives you an AUX input, using your iPhone or mini jack (with charging when using an iPhone). The big plus over Dice is the USA Spec is very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Yes, I am familiar with those, very easy to use. ...

Yes, I am familiar with those, very easy to use. But I have found they are bandwidth limited by the FM radio receiver. (Bluetooth is limiting as well, but much less so) Running a wired connection...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Hah! Thanks, but there are much better...

Hah! Thanks, but there are much better contributors here. I'm a hack, but a decent "parts swapper" and oil changer. But I do like to share my mechanic's (the real expert in the equation) when he...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
So the USA Spec is very old, bought it back in...

So the USA Spec is very old, bought it back in 2007 I think. It replaced the CD changer and allows the connection of either a 30 pin Ipod, or use phono jacks for an AUX input. I have since...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2019, 11:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 617
Posted By 540 M-Sport
2001 540 M-Sport just turned 300,000 miles today

Purchased used in 2003 with around 15,000 miles. Basically followed Mike Miller's "lifetime maintenance schedule" (technical advisor for BMWCCA Roundel magazine). Only major repairs were the timing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-15-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By 540 M-Sport
The M-Sport Suspension II as used on the 2003 540...

The M-Sport Suspension II as used on the 2003 540 M-Sport used M5 shocks and struts. That is the reason for the huge cost difference. Up to you if you wish to keep it original or not. But much of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-15-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 522
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Depends on the type of driving you do. If you...

Depends on the type of driving you do. If you like to drive "spiritedly" occasionally, then a summer tire would be preferred, esp if it is not a big deal to swap to winter tires in the fall. I do...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-12-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Use Fixels guy. We have enough threads here to...

Use Fixels guy. We have enough threads here to know that Fixels, VDO Repair or your BMW dealer will give you the best results. I used the dealer for the MID and VDO repair for the radio. Do not use...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,030
Posted By 540 M-Sport
There is no simple answer. I prefer to follow...

There is no simple answer. I prefer to follow the manufacturer recommendations, unless there is valid, verifiable documentation to show that one should do otherwise. In my case, I have used LL-01...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2019, 12:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,030
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Every example of a sludged BMW engine there was...

Every example of a sludged BMW engine there was no documentation of oil change intervals...in most cases one can assume the car never received an oil change.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-03-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 261
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Ebay purchases are all guaranteed, file a claim,...

Ebay purchases are all guaranteed, file a claim, you should get your money back
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By 540 M-Sport
I use a rubber strap wrench to tighten and loosen...

I use a rubber strap wrench to tighten and loosen the cap (mostly because I don't want a socket wrench buggering up the cap). As others stated, I only tighten until the cap is seated, no reason to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 585
Posted By 540 M-Sport
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,220
Posted By 540 M-Sport
No idea about bimmernav, but a 5S should work...

No idea about bimmernav, but a 5S should work fine. I am using a iPhone 8 with Gen 5 ULF no problem.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,321
Posted By 540 M-Sport
I made it around 240,000 miles when the fuel pump...

I made it around 240,000 miles when the fuel pump packed it in...it was intermittent and giving me surging on a trip to Portland, OR...I pulled into a BMW dealer and they diagnosed as bad and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,896
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Yes, but what makes that somewhat difficult to...

Yes, but what makes that somewhat difficult to follow, is that as described by the OP, with dirty threads...it is hard to tell when the plug seats, and you apply the extra 1/2 or 3/4 turn. That is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,321
Posted By 540 M-Sport
I gave up. At present, it only does it every 4...

I gave up. At present, it only does it every 4 to 6 months, so I haven't worried about it much. If it bothers you, or is frequent, I would start with the ignition switch. Factory ones are less than...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,348
Posted By 540 M-Sport
I buy lots of parts off Ebay, all the time. But...

I buy lots of parts off Ebay, all the time. But it does require vigilance. You need to know the product you are buying, AND scrutinize/vet the seller. I generally only purchase from longtime Ebay...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,896
Posted By 540 M-Sport
Around$75...that was two or three years ago. I...

Around$75...that was two or three years ago. I have no ideal what they charge now. For my next check, I plan to do it either at Costco, or a local instrument testing service and save on shipping...
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