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Jan 31, 2013 (10:48 am)
After a year of ownership, I think I've had nearly every common E39 problem, and a few less common ones. I just got my car back from an indy in Louisville and had the thrust rod bushings and front brakes replaced. They also diagnosed a valley pan gasket leak. My regular shop will perform this repair much less expensively, so I declined to let the new place repair it. Other issues they noted:
*Engine oil leakage from valve cover (I just had these done, what the heck?) and upper timing cover gaskets. Vanos solenoid seals and oil dipstick seal also leaking.
*Transmission pan gasket leaking (I just had the transmission fluid changed a few months ago, but do notice something that appears to be an oily fluid on the garage floor coming from that area--again, what the heck?)
*Idler arm slightly loose.
Kind of thinking about replacing it with a 2008-2011 335i--surely that would have a few years of low maintenance before it starts vomiting all its fluids on my concrete. It seems like the more things I fix on the E39, the more things break.
#29751 of 35274 Re: 'Lectric [michaell]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2013 (11:01 am)
There is a character limit and after all these years, I still don't know what it is. Hardly ever see posts too long to fit in one post. And yeah, I think we could park a link up top.
#29752 of 35274 Re: 'Lectric [steve_]
Jan 31, 2013 (11:05 am)
There is a character limit and after all these years, I still don't know what it is. Hardly ever see posts too long to fit in one post.
Hmm, that surprises me...I know I can get pretty long-winded sometimes, but I don't remember any of my posts getting truncated.
#29753 of 35274 Re: 'Lectric [andre1969]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2013 (11:19 am)
About the only time I've seen it is when people try to cut and paste entire articles. It's a pretty big number.
#29754 of 35274 Re: E39 woes [corvette]
Jan 31, 2013 (11:28 am)
I absolutely love the power and torque of the V8, but the inline six is definitely a better long term proposition. The most I've ever done to a post 1985 BMW six is R&R the water pump, the VC gasket, the t-stat, or the oil filter housing gasket. At over 140k miles the X3 has only needed the filter housing gasket, while my wife's E39 528i only required a water pump and a t-stat in over 130k miles.
I'd still be sorely tempted by a 2001-up 530i with SP, CWP, and three pedals.
#29755 of 35274 Re: . [tifighter]
Jan 31, 2013 (11:29 am)
Correct, it's an 18 month lease, ends January 14, 2014 and it's the G37x, so AWD.
I do like the car, for me it's the right mix of comfortable, powerful, sporty, etc. It's not the driver's car nyc's 328xi is for sure, and after 10k miles I can already tell the steering has loosened up more than I like. The engine is also a bit noisy for my likes, but I can live with it. Overall I'm pretty pleased with it, enough to where keeping it at the end of the lease is an option if nothing else out there really strikes me and is in my price range.
#29756 of 35274 Re: 'Lectric [corvette]
Jan 31, 2013 (12:30 pm)
Google Docs might be a good way to share it. If he can get that set up, is there a way a host can put a link at the top of the discussion?
OK, I've copied my MS Word document on my laptop to a Google document that is in the cloud.
Just need to know who to share it with. Here is my email address; please send me your email address so I can add to the 'share' list:
mlogue dot 1263 at gmail dot com
#29757 of 35274 Re: . [jpp5862]
Jan 31, 2013 (12:31 pm)
The engine is also a bit noisy for my likes, but I can live with it.
I test drove a late model G coupe and agree with you about the noise. I think it was an "S" model, so the ride was a bit stiffer than I think I could live with.
Jan 31, 2013 (1:01 pm)
My 328xi thanks you for the compliment:)
17,550 + miles and it is still (as it should be) rock solid.
#29759 of 35274 Re: Disney Vacation - OT [nyccarguy]
Jan 31, 2013 (1:06 pm)
Driving is half the savings. There are a billion hotels, so competition is stiff and rates are low. last month, we used a timeshare, but when the wife and I went many years ago, the Amerisuites right on International Drive was a great location and quite cheap.
If you are going to the parks, buying the tickets in advance from undercovertourist was the best option I found.