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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 09-06-2019, 02:10 PM
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identify this noise (2001 540i)

This diesel-like chugging started after replacing the driver's side upper timing cover gasket to stop an oil leak, but without a mechanics stethoscope I can't say for sure that it's louder there than anywhere else. Apologies in advance for the dirty engine bay and portrait mode.

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