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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 11-08-2019, 07:02 AM
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Finished restoring the headlights. New adjusters from Odometer Gears. Morimoto EVOX-R 2.0 projectors with 4500k bulbs. Replaced the original amber corners with chrome euro light corners. Also added stealth turn signal bubs from Weisslicht and Sylvania silverstar ultra bulbs for the high beams. Bought the BMW headlight tab repair kit for the left headlight since the upper mount tabs were both broken. New BMW headlight gaskets as well since the originals were shot. Lastly restored the lenses with the Sylvania headlight restoration kit.

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They look like brand new. What did you do for protection glass from scratches?


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Old 11-08-2019, 07:23 AM
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Finished restoring the headlights. New adjusters from Odometer Gears. Morimoto EVOX-R 2.0 projectors with 4500k bulbs. Replaced the original amber corners with chrome euro light corners. Also added stealth turn signal bubs from Weisslicht and Sylvania silverstar ultra bulbs for the high beams. Bought the BMW headlight tab repair kit for the left headlight since the upper mount tabs were both broken. New BMW headlight gaskets as well since the originals were shot. Lastly restored the lenses with the Sylvania headlight restoration kit.

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Old 11-08-2019, 12:14 PM
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They look like brand new. What did you do for protection glass from scratches?


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I used the Sylvania headlight restoration kit. The kit doesn't specify how many coats of UV protectant to use. One coat usually isn't enough. So I applied a second coat and it's much better. But there still are some very light faint scratches you can see up close. Some are inside so I'll eventually get to that later on. I'm going to add some xpel clear film to them in the next week or so for full protection.

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Old 11-10-2019, 12:12 PM
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I used the Sylvania headlight restoration kit. The kit doesn't specify how many coats of UV protectant to use. One coat usually isn't enough. So I applied a second coat and it's much better. But there still are some very light faint scratches you can see up close. Some are inside so I'll eventually get to that later on. I'm going to add some xpel clear film to them in the next week or so for full protection.

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Sorry for tiring you for what google also knows. I hava also watched a couple of videos that shows restoring hazy lights. I added this to the list too. Thank you for sharing.
And yes some people were disappointed becuz of mis applying the protectant coat.




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Old 11-10-2019, 06:22 PM
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What have you done to your E39 today?

Valve cover grommets (a continuation of the VCG I did last Sunday where I failed to have new grommets ready but wanted to do the job anyway), spark plugs, and oil change with LM Proline flush.

Spark plug wells were not incredibly oily but a touch more so than when I did this job 31k miles ago.

Here are those 31k mike spark plugs that I just took out:



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Old 11-13-2019, 12:19 PM
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Replaced window regulator. The window got stuck one time and I thought the regulator was bad but it ended up being one of the clamps got loose. Replaced it with OEM brand anyways since I already had it open. Guess I have a backup regulator.

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Old 11-15-2019, 07:55 AM
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Spray painted passenger seat leg rest with dupli-color vinyl & fabric medium gray to get rid of a scratch.
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Old 11-15-2019, 02:32 PM
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Finally finished timing chain replacement job today, car runs smooth, feel low end torque is better, no timing code.
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Old 11-16-2019, 03:11 PM
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Finally finished timing chain replacement job today, car runs smooth, feel low end torque is better, no timing code.
Remember doing that on my old 540i. Took a couple of weeks because I was taking my time. That first start up after it was done was so nerve wracking hoping I didn't screw something up. But just like yours, it ran smooth and was so much better to drive. Felt like I threw a new engine in.

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Old 11-16-2019, 11:22 PM
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:46 PM
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Replaced window regulator. The window got stuck one time and I thought the regulator was bad but it ended up being one of the clamps got loose. Replaced it with OEM brand anyways since I already had it open. Guess I have a backup regulator.

It's funny that I ran into the very same issue this last week. Rained in the evening, froze at night leaving a bunch of ice on the driver side window. I tried to lower the window to "break" the ice but instead heard the window snap out of the rubber clamps.

Upon opening up the interior panel realized that the rubber clamps are pretty worn, so might have to go back there and replace it at some point. Tightening the clamps helped for now.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-30-2019, 05:33 AM
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Just returned home from a 870 mile vacation week, 30,5 mpg, happy with that, and it performed perfectly, no problems. Wife was surprised....
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:38 AM
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Got rid of the Yellow DSC triangle which I have had for a year. I now have no warning lights on dash and my '03 530i has 402k miles

I installed and coded a used ABS module. I was not certain the used ABS module worked. I bought it from a non-running parts car. Seller took it off in front of me.

(basic steps - feel free to search)

1. Installed ABS module.

2. Code Module using NCS Expert.

3. Code Steering angle sensor using Tool32 (load DSC57.prg and run "test_lenkwinkle")

Yellow triangle gone - Hoooray !
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:09 AM
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Just returned home from a 870 mile vacation week, 30,5 mpg, happy with that, and it performed perfectly, no problems. Wife was surprised....
Tell her to have more faith in the trusty E39!
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Old 11-30-2019, 08:10 AM
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Got rid of the Yellow DSC triangle which I have had for a year. I now have no warning lights on dash and my '03 530i has 402k miles

I installed and coded a used ABS module. I was not certain the used ABS module worked. I bought it from a non-running parts car. Seller took it off in front of me.

(basic steps - feel free to search)

1. Installed ABS module.

2. Code Module using NCS Expert.

3. Code Steering angle sensor using Tool32 (load DSC57.prg and run "test_lenkwinkle")

Yellow triangle gone - Hoooray !
Hmm, I have had no lights on the dash for two years, must be something wrong here!
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Old 11-30-2019, 10:49 AM
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Replaced the throttle body and housing gaskets. The housing gasket was fossilized. I decided to leave the vacuum hoses attached to the intake pipe and the smaller one broke where it clips on to the engine. After doing many searches here I realized it is the vacuum line to the fuel pressure regulator on the filter. I sleeved the pieces together. So far so good and the car seems to be running better.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:40 AM
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Replaced the throttle body and housing gaskets. The housing gasket was fossilized. I decided to leave the vacuum hoses attached to the intake pipe and the smaller one broke where it clips on to the engine. After doing many searches here I realized it is the vacuum line to the fuel pressure regulator on the filter. I sleeved the pieces together. So far so good and the car seems to be running better.


Did the exact same thing a few months ago, also after replacing the throttle body. Vacuum hose fix with a sleeve is holding up just fine.


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Old 12-01-2019, 07:09 PM
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Not today, but over the past few weekends, I got the 2003 E39 530i (130k miles) back together & started! I think my problem began as a leaky power steering system that caused the serpentine belt to slip/shred, resulting in the water pump/power steering pump/alternator to stop turning, and the radiator tank connection at the upper hose burst.

I'm probably forgetting something, but over the past few weekends ended up replacing the following. Most parts were purchased from FCP Euro in four shipments - no crushed, damaged or loose parts or boxes, and quick free delivery in 2-4 days to VA:

radiator, expansion tank, temp & level sensor/sender
coolant & heater hoses & pipes
water pump & thermostat
power steering reservoir & hoses
valve cover & intake gaskets
oil filter housing gasket
VANOS oil line
fuel injector & air distribution piece O-rings
vacuum plugs
CCVC valve & hoses
belts, pulleys & tensioners
spark plugs
SAP vacuum lines
fuel lines
intake boots & F-pipe
oil change & brake fluid flush
air & microfilters

I ended up with two leftover U-shaped metal clips. I believe they may go on the passenger's side of the valve cover to hold the SAP system vacuum line & cylindrical connectors in place, but don't remember exactly! Realoem says there are three of them. Does anyone have a photo or description of where they should go? Thanks in advance!

#10 in this diagram:




EDIT: The clips are fitted vertically on the fuel rail to hold the oxygen sensor connectors in place.





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Old 12-02-2019, 12:07 AM
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Got the heated seats working. Had to replace a missing fuse. Next up is sorting the frayed wires on the trunk harness. Won't that be fun...not!

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Old 12-02-2019, 08:40 AM
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Welcomed the newest addition to the garage - 2000 M5 in Le Mans Blue, 123k miles!

Came with some nice goodies!
* Dinan cold air intake
* Dinan stage II tune
* Dinan exhaust
* Dinan front strut tower bar
* Supersprint X-pipe
* New LUK clutch and dual-mass flywheel
* New Akebono brakes and OEM rotors
* New guibo, rear and front main seals
* New transmission & differential mounts
* New clutch slave cylinder
* New power steering lines

This weekend I did the following:
* Wash and clay bar exterior
* Full paint correction with Rupes Bigfoot lhr15 mkIII & Meguair's/Rupes compounds
* Avalon King ceramic coating
* Replaced secondary air pump - original was toast
* Sorted out the aftermarket audio system - wire issues

Can't wait to drive it when the weather gets better!
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:01 PM
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:16 PM
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Finally replaced my trunk struts. And thanks for the DIY since on the first I oriented the top wrong.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:56 PM
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Had to replace the battery safety terminal again on my wife's e39 as the power wire was getting hot again while driving. I thought it was the alternator not pushing enough power to the battery, but when unplugging the + terminal from the battery, the power wire completely separated from the safety terminal.. Good thing I had a spare one laying around from the junk yard from a couple months ago. Installed new safety terminal, connected the power wire as tight as I can and been running nice and the wires remain cool. Thank goodness..

Now my wagon has some creaking up front when I lock the front wheels in either direction, so I have to see what's going on around there.
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:34 PM
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Old 12-06-2019, 01:59 PM
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Been having a long cranking issue since I changed the fuel pump on the beast. I figured since the old pump was due for replacement when I got the car, the fuel filter was right behind. Decided to do the pressure regulator as well, as a "While I'm in here" thing. Did the pump last week before I put the interior back together, then finally got to the filter and regulator last night.

Wasn't hard at all removing the plastic trim piece and the filter/regulator assembly itself. Weirdly the filter was dated 2014 and was clean when I dumped the fuel out from it. Though the last idiot who changed it, lost one of the clamp bolts and used 2 large zip ties instead. Luckily I had a spare bolt that worked perfectly so now it's mounted properly.

Annoyingly though I still have the long crank issue. But to be fair I still have some work to do on the car. Like the spark plugs, 02 sensors, air filter, thermostat/expansion tank and other maintenance items.

Although I did read on one thread from the M5 board that a guy had cranking problems after changing his pump like me. And it turns out the clamp for the supply suction hose that connects to the sender was not tight enough. I may be in the same boat so I'll have to look into that before doing anything else.

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