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  1. Hi Guys, I'm working on a 1997 M62 540i with High Cluster and the coolant gauge refuses to come up. All wiring going into the cluster is correct, sender has been replaced. I've accessed the secret menu and KTMP on the display is giving me good temps. But the gauge needle does not move at all. Anyone experienced anything similar? I'm suspecting that somehow someone messed with the cluster coding resulting in the gauge not working. I've pulled up HEX using PASoft but have not been able to pinpoint the line which defines the temperatures and angles of the temperature gauge. Could someone maybe send me a copy of his coding so that I can compare? Thanks!
  2. Morning all, So I'm looking to return to the fold. I've been running a E86 Z4M (for weekends) and a Mk6.5 GTD (for work) I sold the F11 520d as it was too big for my work car park and London, for me. I've been looking at A6 BiTdi, or the A7 variant. Then I had a blast in my neighbours 140i and was blown away. My quest for 340i is pretty hard, the I saw the 540i and the 5 series bug is back, and it be back in plymouth. I have found a 2017 540i, with the spec I want, Full BWM SH, but it has 106k on the clock. Is this too high for a £24k purchase? Thanks in advance for your thoughts
  3. R10HWN


    Can anyone help me source a black M Sport E39 (2002) bumper with PDC and headlight washers? I’ve cracked mine (in the photo)!!
  4. Hi folks, Just picked up my first E39 540i and thought I'd share it here. I'll hopefully get my hands dirty and try to do as much DIY as I could to avoid additional costs with the help of the abundance of information in this forum. Here she is on her first proper drive. Few things on my to do list currently. Sort out squealing on cold start up(I'll try and get a video up) Steering alignment, feels lopsided to the left. Rear sun blinds, have the replacement part but need a guide on how to replace it. All the guides I've found seems to be about retrofitting it. May just have to reverse engineer those guides
  5. Hi all, Have a '98 540 that has been in the family for 20 years. It has recently started cutting out randomly, usually during low speed manoeuvring but also will give noticable jerk when driving along. The economy indicator moves around to 8mpg and then goes back to where it was during the sequence and the traction control light comes on. My (excellent) mechanic has had the car for a couple of weeks on and off, and ruled out the ABS system, throttle sensors. In the end it was taken to a BMW specialist who confirmed a DME fault. Fix requires a new DME (same year, engine, gearbox), keys, igntion, etc etc- not likely on a rare car that is now old. Also advised that reflashing the ECU wouldn't fix the problem. The alternative is to break the car for spares which I will do if there is no practical fix. Has anybody else had this problem and if so, did you manage to fix it? Thanks in advance

    1994 BMW E34 540I - GF22093

    Hello And Welcome I'm a firm believer that somethings are just meant to be and today that philosophy come bouncing into play much like it did with the Silver Unit ( Butler HQs Original Silver 540i ) Today innocently going to view an E34 with my Poppa ( Carl-E34 ).. 100 + miles from home as you do on arrival I became strongly attached to this diamond in the rough I couldn't help but think with a little Butler HQ love It could make a very special E34 and I truly thought that maybe Butler HQ was its last hope. Shes defiantly a project make no mistake about that but what else are you gonna do on a cold damp winter weekend ? before I could pull myself away as in the worlds of the late Marlon Brando the seller made me an offer I couldn't refuse... and a deal was done. I'll be embarking on this project with one person in mind. Tomorrow will be the full fat first update with all the great and gory details. Comments Welcome.
  7. Hello. I've recently bought a 1999 540i Touring automatic (M62B44TU) cheap as I've been wanting a 540i in my life for years and my other car was written off when this came up on Ebay. 116,000 miles, NOT been meticulously maintained and hasn't been used much in the last 10 years. It has lots of niggles but priced accordingly. Since I collected it the engine management light has been on. Issues that I've noticed with the engine are: Occasionally it stalls when started from cold, unless you hold the revs above idle. It's unable to hold revs at about 1,200 rpm (fluctuates up and down on steady throttle). When slowing to a halt the revs often drop too low and the car tries to stall or does stall. It's NOT misfiring. I've timed 0-60 in about 7.5-8.0 seconds, which isn't as swift as it should be even at 20 years old and 116k miles (possibly lacking power?). Sometimes it feels like its hesitating. I changed the oil and filters etc as soon as I bought it (BMW LL04 spec) and I've added about 2,000 miles to it. I checked for vacuum leaks and I've had a go at cleaning the Mass Air Flow Meter. A friend with an OBD2 diagnostic has scanned it for me today and its thrown up a few codes, including "Camshaft Position Sensor Bank 2". I've attached a photo of the readings. Is the CPS the most likely culprit for the symptoms described above? Also, in the second photo I've attached, there appears to be two hose outlets at the back of the engine nearest the firewall (flanked by yellow). One has a hose attached and one doesn't. That doesn't appear right to me, but I don't actually know what the hoses are for. Any thoughts? I'm happy to maintain the car but I don't want to throw money at it as it's not the nicest of examples and I hope to upgrade to a nicer one when I can afford.
  8. Hi there. Can anyone help me please? I changed the injector seals on my car and put everything back together as it should have been. The problem is that the car now dosnt start. The engine turns etc, fuel pump and fuel ok. The engine turns but nothing else. Using a one tool I have got two fault codes. P0443 - POWERTRAIN- Evaporative Emission Control System PURGE Control Valve Circuit P1622 - POWERTRAIN - MAP cooling control circuit ELECTRICAL. i am not sure why this is happening? It could be that I have plugged in the electrical connectors the wrong way? Are there any diagrams I can compare with or pictures of engines where I can compare the connector locations? Any help most appreciated. Thank you
  9. jamesb2001

    M62 auxiliary waterpump price

    Hi there, My e39 540i needs a new auxiliary water pump as the current one is leaking. Please could you give me a price and whether this could be delivered by next Friday, 3rd August? Many thanks James
  10. Loadregal

    BMW E34 540i fuel lines

    Hi all long time lurker this forum provided me all the info for an m62 swap I am currently undertaking. Recently purchased a 540i as a donor for all the running gear as the body was shagged. The car runs sweet as a nut and has had no expense spared by previous owner (spent £27K since 1999) who only ever took it to BMW partridge for anything it needed (have receipts for every tyre change). Noticed a Big smell of fuel yesterday in traffic to see a lot of fuel leaking from rear. Looks to be the fuel lines which are royally fucked. I have a mint bodied 520i I am dropping the whole running gear into. The question are the fuel lines the same for the V8 and M50 E34's? The other question is it easy enough to do/worth doing? I will have everything going into the m62 car within the next two weeks. That smell all and spray of fuel was very scary. I'd rather get a new set from BMW, but want to confirm if either for the V8 or the M50 ones I will need. Any advice or comments appreciated!
  11. busmn540

    Other side of pond newbie

    Hi fellow car freaks! I'm new to this forum but not to BMWs, or even 5 series to be exact. I've owned two E28s, and two E39 540i6s including the one I still have. From what I've read on this forum, there are a ton of knowledgeable people doing some cool mods to their E39s. I'm looking forward to learning more information about cost-effective E39 big brake upgrades and hopefully helping others solve the problems I've encountered during my E39 ownership! Here are a few pics of my current daily driver. Cheers!
  12. Hey, I am currently on the look out for a 540i Touring, though I have spotted this saloon. Seems expensive but looks great in the pics. Though is this a Champagne model? The centre console is black and the wood seems too dark? What are your thoughts? https://www.gumtree.com/p/bmw/2003-bmw-540i-auto-sport-champagne-edition-ii/1289205919
  13. amebb

    540i error codes

    Hi, The other day I checked the error codes on my car and found the following issues: Error code ... 1... P0308 .. POWERTRAIN ... CYCLINDER 8 MISFIRE DETECTED 2... P0443 .. POWERTRAIN ... EVAPORATE EMISSIONS CONTROL SYSTEM PURGE CONTROL VALVE CIRCUIT 3... P1585 .. POWERRTRAIN 4... P1622 ... POWERTRAIN ... MAP COOLING CONTROL CIRCUIT ELECTRICAL The spark plugs have been changed to new ones and I have checked all 8 coils and the resistance is what it should be... 0.8 ohms I am not sure what these codes actually mean, is there any place online I can go to see what the codes mean? Thanks
  14. willshere112

    2002 E39 540i Sport Touring for sale. 172k

    Hi It's sadly time to sell my 2002 540i sport touring in azure blue. The car runs and drives very well for the age and miliage and has been a joy to own. I have spent a small fortune over the two years I've owned it in maintenance a lot of major work has been carried out over the last 5000 miles including an entirely new coolant system, new cam chains and guides, new alternator and battery. New rear suspension airbags and carrier bushes, gear box service and upgraded bm54 amp. Mechanically the car should be good for a long time to come. Bodywork wise the panels are all straight, no dents or scratches, the front bumper is a genuine BMW e39 sport bumper and was replaced last year, it has fog lights fitted but no surrounds. There is however some rust around the front arches and the skirts at the rear wheels. Having this sorted was next on my list but unfortunately the I've run out of time and funds to get it sorted. Interior is in very good condition for its age and mileage. Black electric leather sport seats with driver side memory settings. Electric steering adjustment, widescreen mk4 nav with 2016 maps and speed cameras, 6 disc cd changer, parking sensors front and rear, cruise control. Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. And dual zone aircon. The aircon Is currently not working due to a split in one of the pipes, easily repaired. There are also the standard dead pixels on the dash but they never bothered me enough to have fixed I would be looking around £3000, I'm not overly sure what the car is worth as there aren't many around so would obviously be open to any suggestions and offers. I think I've covered most of the details and have tried to be as honest as possible, any questions just ask on here or call me on 07535807721 car is located in Banbury Oxfordshire. Many thanks, Dan.
  15. RoaringTouring

    LSD conversion for E39 540iT6

    Hi guys I appreciate this is a reasonably discussed topic across the various forums, but the information is a bit dispersed and some of it slightly old. I was hoping to perhaps collate the different options and people's experiences together on this subject. Essentially I'm looking at an LSD conversion project for my '97 540iT. Reasoning for which, is in part, to prepare car for a SC install. Just to add that I'm currently unable to carry out any of the work myself so I'd be relying on either my indy or diff specialist garage. There are, from my research so far, three obvious options available. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts/experiences on having carried out any of them, or indeed any other options: 1. Swap internals of OEM open diff for those from an E36 M3 EVO LSD. 2. Swap diff for E39 M5 LSD. This requires a little more work, including modifying the driveshaft, which will need rebalancing. https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1767892-E39-M5-limited-slip-differential-swap-into-an-E39-540i 3. Purchase a third party torsen type LSD suitable for the E39. For example: Quaife - UK based company, with a good reputation, from what I've anecdotally heard. Takes less than a day to have the unit swapped. https://shop.quaife.co.uk/quaife-bmw-limited-slip-differential-kit-for-5-series-e39-540i-manual Wavetrac - Based in the USA, so hassle, buying, customs, etc. OS Giken - Japanese based. As such, much more expensive. Bit overkill perhaps, unless you're die hard track enthusiast; I may do the odd hill climb in my touring, but it's not going to get a roll cage and go on the track every week. I guess option 4 is to do both, swapping the final drive for an Msport E36/E39 AND replace the diff for a third party torsen type LSD. Pros of swapping in an E36 or M5 diff: You're swapping the entire final drive unit, so beefier parts, which may well be useful putting the extra horses to the wheels, and you're getting the Msport ratios. Cons of swapping in an E36 or M5 diff: Old LSDs will have an uncertain history, and will often have been taken out of their original cars for a reason. Granted it can be reconditioned, but old ZF design LSDs with only half a dozen clutch plates aren't a great design, compared to more modern variants, and will require a reasonable amount of work to fit into existing subframe and shafts. Even newer BMW LSDs (E46 and upwards), which use the M-variable diffs, which have many more clutch plates, have known issues with weak spur gears. Pros of putting in a new third-party LSD: You know your final drive is working and probably have a history of its use and maintenance. Still able to replace output bearings if damaged (although unlikely). Torsen type LSD, uses gearing rather than clutch plates to provide power. ASC/DSC guaranteed to still work (albeit less likely to kick in as the LSD will be doing a lot of the work). Cons of putting in a new third-party LSD: Retain original crown wheel and pinion and therefore original non Msport ratios (although I imagine this isn't too noticeable - would appreciate any experience of this). I guess I think I've already made up my mind, but I would be interested to get people's thoughts on the forum. Thanks in advance.
  16. Hi there I need some help please with my car. My car is a BMW e39 540i - R reg - Auto. The issue is that when i start the car sometimes there is a cloud of smoke from the exhaust - a greyish white colour. This dosnt last long...... and then dies away. Sometimes i can get the smoke whilst driving too. The engine feels eratic..... its not smooth. I have changed the spark plugs and they were ok. I also checked the water and oil to see any signs of a blown head gasket. The oil was fine and so was the water. All the levels were acceptable. There are no error messages on the dash or using a computer etc.. Someone told me that there is something on the back of the engine that needs to be changed as this tends to go sometimes..... Can anyone give me ideas as to what else i need to be looking for to fix this issue ?? Thank you
  17. For sale is a brand new and genuine BMW oil supply line / tube. Part number 11 42 1 747 782 old part number 11 42 1 747 171. Ordered as a mistake and never fitted to the car, it's been sitting in my garage ever since. Will fit M60 V8 engined 5 series e34 and 7 series e32 cars - 530i 540i 730i/L 740i/L Price is £30 including P&P or collection in person from New Milton Hampshire at a discounted price. Please check my other items as well, as I'm having a garage clear out.
  18. Hi, I am having some issues with my bmw 540I, e39, 1997 reg. Last week the car was fine. I was driving it ok then a few days ago I parked it on my drive. Today I tried starting it. It just wouldnt start. When I turn the ignition key the starter motor turns the engine but dosnt stop the starter motor when I let go of the key. To stop the starter motor I need to turn the key back myself. Check list... The spark plugs have been cleaned and are ok. Fuses are ok Engine turns Can smell petrol etc Fuel is fresh etc and not contaminated. There is no sign of anything unusual in the engine bay. The water is fine and so is the oil. Would this issue have anything to do with a faulty ignition switch? Any help much appreciated. Thanks
  19. Whilst changing the hoses that go from the back of the engine to the aux heater I broke the bracket that supports them. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE62-EUR-04-1998-E39-BMW-540i&diagId=11_4228. Have searched realoem with no luck. No support for these hoses + pot holes means that there is a possibility that the hose(s) would / could come loose....and the consequences Would appreciate if you can take a look at the attached pic of the bracket and let me know what the part number is...any other suggestions on how to secure these hoses are welcome. Thanks
  20. 3V8

    540i Auto diagnostics

    Hello all, I noticed that when I shift to P or N the RPM goes upto 2K and stays there for a few seconds - however if I gently tap the accelerator pedal it goes back to idle rpm. This issue only started today. I would appreciate your opinion on what could be causing this sort of strange behavior. Many Thanks
  21. I would like to have the Autobox on my 04/98 540i serviced (i.e oil & filter change) and perhaps a software update by an independent Automatic transmission specialist. The car has 74k miles on the clock. Are there any who do a complete oil change ( i.e including the torque converter ) ? I have looked up on Fedauto website - but would appreciate members suggestions / recommendations. Thanks
  22. amebb

    BMW 540i M5 alloy wheel

    Hi everyone... Just wanted to see if anyone has an alloy wheel for slae like the one in the picture ? either one or a set will be considered... Thank you
  23. Can anyone please tell me if the 740d thermostat is a direct replacement for a non-vanos M62 ? Thanks
  24. Can anyone please advise me on an Independent Garage and / or mechanic around Peterborough who is familiar with BMW V8 engines I am looking to have complete cooling system refurb on my E39 540i as preventative maintenance.
  25. Would like to treat the Autobox in my E39 540i to a Hot Oil Flush, Fresh Oil and a new filter :). Any recommendations please ? I am based in Lincoln. Thanks