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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Actually, they are both in the queue, I just checked. We've got a bug we're waiting to get fixed, I'm told that should be tomorrow. One of them will go up as soon as that's resolved, sorry about that.
  • Was jump starting a vehicle with my car and it suddenly died. Went to go restart and it won't turn over at all but when I turn the key the hazards and interior lights flash on and off many times and I hear a clicking as if a switch under rear seat is clicking on and off. Any ideas what the problem may be
  • bsmartbsmart Posts: 8
    1995 540i 140000 miles.
    Starting skipping or rough idle at start and idle, upon increase in speed the skip goes away, and then sometimes it stops at idle but not for long.
    Have had the gasket replaced 2 years ago that lets oil on the spark plugs (sorry, don't the correct term). Removed and replaced the spark plugs without sign of oil this time.
    Also had it put on the computer at BMW, nothing showed up. The check engine light flickers at times, does not stay on long enough to capture code.
    Any suggestions, could it be a vacuum leak?

    2. Upon putting key in the ignition and turning, there is a whining noise in the engine that continues 5-10 mins. then stops.

    Thanks for any help you may have.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    I think you have bad battery cable connections/corrosion/tightness or funky jumper cables.

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  • Hey all- I have a 2000 528i- sp, pp, manual. Since it has gotten kind of cold here (in the 30's and 40's) I have noticed that the temp gauge never gets to the mid point unless the car sits for a long time. Once I start driving it drops to right above the quarter hash mark. I have had the car since its birth and it has always warmed up to the halfway mark and stayed there regardless of the outside temperature. IIs this a cause for concern? I'm taking a 200 mile road trip tomorrow and want to make sure this is not a problem. No check engine light or any other warning has come on. Thanks for your help.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    I have noticed that the temp gauge never gets to the mid point unless the car sits for a long time. Once I start driving it drops to right above the quarter hash mark.

    It's a failed thermostat, a very common problem for a 530i of that age. Make sure that you -or whoever does the job- replaces the plastic thermostat housing while you are at it. It's cheap insurance.

    I'm taking a 200 mile road trip tomorrow and want to make sure this is not a problem.

    It may run a tad rich, but you aren't going to damage your car. That said, I'd fix it at your earliest convenience.

    No check engine light or any other warning has come on.

    That's not unusual; when the thermostat on my 528i died it didn't activate the CEL either.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Roadburner- thanks for the info! Glad to know it won't hurt the car.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,420
    If your car has high mileage you'd best watch your cooling system on any E39. Examine the thermostat housing for corrosion and have your shop check the radiator upper neck, the water pump and the cooling fan clutch. About 80K is the magic number to get proactive on this car.

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  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    E39s are famous for radiator failures. Shifty and R'burner have some good suggestions about areas to check out. I had no cooling problems up to 100K but
    I decided to take the advice of the Indie specialist that does my car and do a prophylactic replacement of the radiator and expansion tank.

    It's not that expensive and should help you enjoy your car for many more miles.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    I'd just add that it has been my experience that in a six cylinder E39 the water pump will last @60K miles and the radiator will make it to at least 100K. The V8 cars are the ones that kill the radiators at @70K. In any event, there are now all metal radiators, and beefed up water pumps that essentially cure both problems. Needless to say, they are somewhat more expensive than the OEM parts. If I had an E39 with over 60K on the clock I'd probably go with the upgraded parts if I was keeping the car for the long haul(200K or more) or the car was going to see HPDE use.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • ny540i6ny540i6 Posts: 518
    On my E39 540 I now have around 140K on the clock. I replaced the radiator around 80K, and since I was doing that, I replaced just about all the cooling system - water pump, thermostat, hoses, and the damn cheap expansion tank. I'm about to look at that stuff again, as soon as it gets warmer, and I am seriously tempted by a radiator that is more art than science - It is a gorgeous piece from Zionsville- www.zionsvilleautosport.com. if you want to see it. Only problems are that it costs way more than a stocker, and it is the kind of thing that means I am committing to the car for at least another 100K. Of course, if I do that, then I believe that I'd have to go with a much higher flow water pump etc etc.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    Yes, the Zionsville radiator was the one that I was referring to. It's a very nice piece of work if you are planning to keep your car for the long haul.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Hmmm, I haven't replaced the water pump yet, should I do a preemptive replacement now that the car is into six figures?

    -2000 528iA, 103K.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    It's a funny thing, all but one of my BMW sixes have usually need a water pump at around 60K intervals(my 1973 Bavaria 3.0 was the outlier). Then there are guys over on the Yahoo E39 group who are well into six figures and still on their original pump. The pumps usually start to drip a bit before they let go, so if you keep an eye on it you'll probably be OK. That said, the OEMs aren't all that expensive, and if you combine the work with a coolant change it shouldn't cost too much.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Thanks for the response- I am taking the car in tomorrow to have the thermostat replaced and I'll ask about the other things you mentioned- the car only has 68k on it.
  • i have a 1998 528 the transmission is slipping bad and when its in drive it acts like its in neutral. do i drain the old fluid and add new? if so how and what type of fluid do i use and how much
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,304
    do i drain the old fluid and add new?

    How many miles on the car? Has the fluid ever been changed? I'd check the ATF level first. Here's how to check the ATF level. It's on page 2 of the PDF file.

    Here is the ATF/filter change how-to. Your car uses a similar GM transmission- the A4S 270R.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • ferozferoz Posts: 14
    Hi Guys! I see some very diffrent states on 4-6 year old bimmers. Some look like new while other have severaly details. On the milage it´s even more confusing. Can owner who want to sell their cars alter the milage?

    Thanks!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Not legally, at least, not here in the U.S.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • ferozferoz Posts: 14
    Thanks for your quick response. Is it technically possible? Can some one access the computer and change the milage??? I would think manufactures protect thei cars aginst such abuse.
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