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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-28-2016, 03:03 PM
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Posted By 540 Hammer
New 5 Series for 2018

Most of the members have seen the 2018 540I's and the M550I xDrive by now. I'm a little behind the times though. I think I have most of the details correct on the 2018 models though.

Too bad...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-28-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By 540 Hammer
Some of the first things I had checked via high...

Some of the first things I had checked via high speed balance. The problem occurs only between 70 MPH decelerating down to 35 MPH, lightly using the brakes. If I do that same speed range aggressively...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-28-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By 540 Hammer
Hit an Unmarked Construction Bump

I'm sure these things piss most people off too. I was driving in town, going about 35 MPH, and all of a sudden, BAM! I ran up and over an unmarked ~4"-5", basically 90 degree angled section; might as...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-10-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,932
Posted By 540 Hammer
^^^^Absolutely!! This is true with 90% of plug n...

^^^^Absolutely!! This is true with 90% of plug n play and hand-held tuners. They marry to the first car that it's used on. Unless that same car uses that device to restore the factory tune, it's a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2016, 01:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
If you don't know anyone that you can borrow one...

If you don't know anyone that you can borrow one from, then I think that's what I'd do. It's next to impossible to get the best results by hand, or using the "ball" on a drill.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
Yep. Somebody that actually read some important...

Yep. Somebody that actually read some important points about the service! Apparently, a few people rely too much on others to do the leg work for them.

So when it's not what they thought, they...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2016, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
IMO, it's incumbent upon each person to either...

IMO, it's incumbent upon each person to either use a "suggestion" or not. Personally, I can't vouch for them and never said it was a guaranteed service.

It's YOUR car and money! Do what YOU feel...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
It's a big mistake to spray any clear coatings on...

It's a big mistake to spray any clear coatings on the lens protectors, including U.V. resistant! Notice non say "UV Proof." It will change in time from extended UV exposure. I know from personal...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
They give you a 30 return if it doesn't work. I...

They give you a 30 return if it doesn't work. I gave them my VIN so they could verify if they had a key that's made exactly for MY 1999 540I. They also say that the key you get is an OE part.

It's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
This is as far as I got. I've not used this...

This is as far as I got. I've not used this service, so your MMV. Still the least expensive option I could find, without getting screwed for $150+ by the dealers and waiting 2 days. The locksmith I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 05:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
BTW, if your covers are in really bad shape, I...

BTW, if your covers are in really bad shape, I found that the extra super fine emery boards included with the Turtle wax kit, for wet sanding, are necessary. I'm not saying buy the kit just for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
The plastic polishers / cleaners are not quite as...

The plastic polishers / cleaners are not quite as effective as paint scratch removers. Plastic is softer and scratches easier. But they don't work well enough to fix the typical ~15 y.o. clear H.L....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,230
Posted By 540 Hammer
540 M-Sport, sorry for a long post, but some of...

540 M-Sport, sorry for a long post, but some of this you may pique your interest. I feel your knowledge of motor oils far exceeds mine and respect that. That site was of dual purpose. A media...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 10:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
I've been trying to find the 3M brand clear,...

I've been trying to find the 3M brand clear, pre-cut thick film H.L. protection. I've had the 3M brand on my 2008 Corvette since 2010. It's held up with no yellowing or hazing, even in AZ sun.

At...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2016, 10:40 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,230
Posted By 540 Hammer
The only and most up to date BMW oil specs are on...

The only and most up to date BMW oil specs are on the BMW oil selector site. It's that simple. I've always said oil is a choice! I also know that at one point in time BMW said to use 0W-X...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 09:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By 540 Hammer
Could it be something as simple as a slipping...

Could it be something as simple as a slipping belt? I've had that happen when the engine speeds up quickly. I don't understand why it would come from a wheel. Brake sensors go off all the time, or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
Fortunately, I found them in a pair of pants I...

Fortunately, I found them in a pair of pants I changed out of, duh. :tsk: I'm thinking about ordering one to have as a spare now. If I do, I'll let you know how it works out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By 540 Hammer
I've been pretty dang lucky with some cars that...

I've been pretty dang lucky with some cars that didn't have great track records. Being as intelligent about the monetary risks as I can be, but making my own decisions, has enabled me to own several...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,276
Posted By 540 Hammer
Found Cheap Keys - Program Yourself For Free

I thought I lost my main and only key for my 1999 540i. I was getting quotes from $100 to $200. I know the programmed proprietary key has a chip specific to that car, I believe. Anyway, I found a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,637
Posted By 540 Hammer
Ok, NP! If you're still considering a 335I, you...

Ok, NP! If you're still considering a 335I, you do owe it to yourself to read the unbiased review I linked in my short email reply. Edmund's is considered the gold standard of car reviewers. Has...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By 540 Hammer
Tuned E60 M5 Chained Down 3x On Dyno Run Up to 7th!

I'm posting this E60 M5 video in our section. I figured the vast majority of you guys would want to see, but mostly hear this Monster. There's no doubt that BMW borrowed a lot of parts from their...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,637
Posted By 540 Hammer
PLEASE do your self a favor and read this short,...

PLEASE do your self a favor and read this short, reputable Edmunds review. I was wrong about it almost being as fast as an M3 though...it kicked it's ass! Nothing but good stuff and a recommended...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,637
Posted By 540 Hammer
sixpot_simon, I thought I presented some relevant...

sixpot_simon, I thought I presented some relevant facts about the 335I. It's just back one or two posts. Maybe you didn't like what I had to say, but I gave some real data about the 335I.

I like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
Ding, ding, ding - you are correct! The "balls"...

Ding, ding, ding - you are correct! The "balls" aren't made of a material that's designed to bring back clarity and fix some issues in clear plastics. Our covers are either acrylic or polycarbonate....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2016, 01:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By 540 Hammer
Wgosma - read my reply above to Avu3. What...

Wgosma - read my reply above to Avu3.

What I did was copy what one of the best detail shops do to restore plastic headlight covers. Some shops charge $40-$50.

Cheers
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