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  1. 1996 528 auto alternator query?

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi all and a merry Christmas. I have a possible alternator failure or a need to upgrade, in march I fitted a new battery and in June I did an electric fan conversion. The fan is a Volvo 940 and has a fuse rating of 30 amps and also a 500 watt amp in the boot. During the last couple of months I...
  2. 1996 E39 528 left hand drive (Spanish) - with E36 328 engine

    I have a 1996 Spanish registered E39 528. I got the car from a work colleague who had numerous overheating issues with it over the years and with various local mechanics "fixing it". After the overheating returned he basically gave it to me just fed up with it. Its been in my driveway now for 3...
  3. Wanted 523,528,525i, Touring Wanted Possible Swap.

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    Hello Everyone, I have just purchased a 530i 2001 SE Auto touring . Needed something Having looked at lots of bad examples I chose this one on good condition and the last owner had it for 13 years. Everything adds up and it’s a good car but it needs the vapor seals replacing due to water...
  4. Can you drop an E39 528 engine into an E36 328 Coupe without changing the sump?

    BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    I know I should change the sump but if I can avoid it for speed and convenience then I will. I will obviously change inlet and exhaust manifolds. So ha anyone dropped one in and found it fouled and had to pull it out and change it or alternatively dropped one in and got away with it? Just...
  5. E39 Radiator Hoses and Brackets - M5, 530, 528

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi All, wonder if anyone can help. I've got a '96 E39 528i and I'm looking to fit an M5 radiator I've got, but I had a few questions on the differences. My current rad is the early style like this The M5 rad is one of these which I believe is a similar style to later E39 rads, like on the 530...
  6. Mr Muddle's E39 528 Daily/Track/Turbo Build!

    Picked up my new car two weeks ago, it's my first BMW and here it is... Car cost me the grand sum of £700 and it's a '97 528SE with electric everything and a steering wheel you could steer a boat with!! lol I'm pretty happy with it so far though, I'll admit it's fugly at the moment, but...
  7. Really need help with e39 528

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    I have a bad underlying problem with my 528 I had a head gasket go 5months ago and recently I've been getting bubbling in the coolant tank only when heating is on full if its off there is no bubbling I had a block test and it had no emissions in coolant but this was done at 16 on the climate...
  8. First Time BMW driver... problem already!

    Hello everyone! :) My name is Ed, I am 20 years old, live in Wiltshire and work as a Fleet Manager for one of the large rental car firms. I have bought my first ever BMW!! After owning a Seat Leon as my first car and having a boring VW Passat as a company car, I thought it was time to get...
  9. E39 1998 528 Reserve fuel pump

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi everyone. Im having some issues with my E39. The car runs out of petrol at about a quarter of a tank. This happened before and then after a while the issue went away, but recently its happened again leaving me stranded. I have read somewhere that there is a reserve tank at 1/4 of a tank...
  10. E39 528: possible for MAF to drain battery?

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    So I fitted a new FSU yesterday, still got a flat battery this morning. I'm getting no codes either, but I did notice that my MAF readings are about 47cfm at idle (when it should be <10), and often hovering from there up to 150cfm, and under a heavy foot it maxes at 999cfm, clearly something...
  11. E39 528: Failed FSU throw a code?

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    On Saturday morning my car wouldn't start, I thought maybe cos I had left my ELM327 for reading the OBC plugged in, so I jumped the car from the wifes (though did not need to start her car), On Sunday it was ok, on Monday morning I needed to start the wifes car to get enough amps to start my...
  12. M52 Engine into compact? Which will fit, 328 + 528? 728? auto?

    BMW Engine Conversions
    Im looking for a GOOD 2.8 M52 engine to go into a compact.... I know a E36 will go straight in, Can i use a E36 AUTO with a manual box? without any issues? Also does the 528 and 728 M52 go in? THANKS
  13. E39 528 sport vacuum pipe?????

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    In need of a little help, can anybody tell me what the pipe connected to the roundish silver part in the bottom left of the pic please? as its split so i need to order a new one. .
  14. E39 528 ATF change

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    I've had a few instances on kickdown where I get a thump as it drops down the gears. A search on here suggests that I would need an ATF change. However, I went to my mechanic on Friday to book it in, and he reckons it requires a drop of the gear box to drain it, replace some filter and some...
  15. E39 528 electrical problems

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi guys, whilst driving back from football last weekend my car started having a few issues, firstly the radio cut out and wouldnt come back on and then a short while later my headlights died down to sidelights only. I then stopped the car as it was dark to investigate the problem, when i tried...
  16. E39 528 - windscreen heater speed variable?

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Is it possible to reduce the fan speed when using the windscreen demister? If I try and reduce the speed it stops blowing on the windscreen, if I push it again it goes back to full speed blowing on the windscreen. I just want a gentle speed blowing on the windscreen constantly, rather than than...
  17. 1997 E39 528 - will not start pulse clicking when key is held on

    BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hi, this is my second time posting, I have a 1997 528I, I just put a new starter in and all I get is click, click, click . Thats when I hold the key down in start position. everything is on in dash lights, I charged battery, I pulled the starter and put a different one in, I checked...
  18. My 528 bargain..

    Thought i would start up a little thread about the the 528 i just bought, got the car for a stupidly low amount of money and needed a car to tow with so here we are: The car has done a lot of mile's (220k) but has full service history, every invoice, mot etc etc from new, and drives really...
  19. e39 528 advice on buying

    General BMW Discussions
    hi all , looking into buying e39 528 , triptronic box. 170 ,000 miles . full bmw s/history had plenty of e30/36s and know what to look out for on these. never had 5 series so is there anything i should look for . any advice please
  20. 528 E39 odd distance to empty calculation

    General BMW Discussions
    I've kept the OBC on distance to empty to this week to see how it drops and rises depending on traffic. However, I have noticed an odd trend. On Monday when I got to work my odo was at 100miles and D2E was showing about 160miles to empty, I knew I wouldn't get that much, but anyway, that night...