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Thread: "What did you do to your E39 today V2.0."

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    Take 2 "Otto" - Toledo Blue/Sandbeige 04-25-2002 530iA Sport (CH98032). Sold 11-10-2017 at 147,743mi.
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    10-29-2001 530i5 Sport (CE92358). 200k mi+ and going strong.

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    My daily driver broke down so I dusted off the E39 and took it to work.. got a bunch of surprised reactions. I guess my daily driver is really setting off the wrong impression haha. I love the E39!

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    Quote Originally Posted by computiNATEor View Post
    Do you have a slick-top headliner ready to go?
    Nope! I wanma see the CF underneath lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullthrottle540 View Post
    My daily driver broke down so I dusted off the E39 and took it to work.. got a bunch of surprised reactions. I guess my daily driver is really setting off the wrong impression haha. I love the E39!
    Is your daily a Corolla too?

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    My daily is a motorcycle, or my e39 540.... Can't say I haven't been casually perusing for a winter beater though...

    Speaking of the thread, I shined my tires today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fullthrottle540 View Post
    My daily driver broke down so I dusted off the E39 and took it to work.. got a bunch of surprised reactions. I guess my daily driver is really setting off the wrong impression haha. I love the E39!
    I daily either my 540it or my Corvette, life's too short to daily a boring car.
    2000 540i Japanrot Touring - Build Thread | 1998 Corvette
    Living with some kind of M62tu Stockholm Syndrome

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    Figured out why so many BMW's appear to be "broken" down on the side of the road.... The wife got rear ended in her X5 this morning and apparently it triggered something on the battery terminal to disable the vehicle from restarting. Super annoying because we could have driven the car to a safe spot instead of leaving her stranded in the left lane. She's okay, but it's gonna be a road to recovery for both her and the car.

    Oh, and BTW... the dealership wants to charge $1300 to replace the battery terminal component. I'm thinking we are looking at a totaled X5
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    Part 2 finished. Made some 1.5X1X1/8th brackets. used some of the original cartridge mounting holes on one side, than 1/4" self-tapping screws on the CF side. On the rear most edge, use self tapping screws all around on part of the roof that was dual paned with a gap in between. All worked out.

    Oh, also fixed the twisty issue on my passenger M5 seat.

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    Ruski that's the assploding battery terminal. We all got that. Little pyro device blows the connection out at the terminal. Seldom triggers but when it does it does. You can hack the thing off and replace w a basic terminal AFAIK but then you'll get a permanent airbag light.

    And honestly I'd rather take the once-in-a-100-accidents slight inconvenience for the insurance of the once-in-1000-accidents against the car catching fire if the tank leaks ... It's a pretty good thing to keep. And they aren't known for false triggering so you're an outlier there. Personally I'd grab a junkyard battery cable , test it for continuity (aka not preblown) and swap it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geargrinder View Post
    Ruski that's the assploding battery terminal. We all got that. Little pyro device blows the connection out at the terminal. Seldom triggers but when it does it does. You can hack the thing off and replace w a basic terminal AFAIK but then you'll get a permanent airbag light.

    And honestly I'd rather take the once-in-a-100-accidents slight inconvenience for the insurance of the once-in-1000-accidents against the car catching fire if the tank leaks ... It's a pretty good thing to keep. And they aren't known for false triggering so you're an outlier there. Personally I'd grab a junkyard battery cable , test it for continuity (aka not preblown) and swap it in.
    I believe the term is exploding. God learn English fool


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    Quote Originally Posted by geargrinder View Post
    Ruski that's the assploding battery terminal. We all got that. Little pyro device blows the connection out at the terminal. Seldom triggers but when it does it does. You can hack the thing off and replace w a basic terminal AFAIK but then you'll get a permanent airbag light.

    And honestly I'd rather take the once-in-a-100-accidents slight inconvenience for the insurance of the once-in-1000-accidents against the car catching fire if the tank leaks ... It's a pretty good thing to keep. And they aren't known for false triggering so you're an outlier there. Personally I'd grab a junkyard battery cable , test it for continuity (aka not preblown) and swap it in.
    Thats the plan if they total it out.. ill buy it back.

    It fared up VERY well considering:

    Last edited by RuskiE39; Today at 12:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geargrinder View Post
    Ruski that's the assploding battery terminal. We all got that. Little pyro device blows the connection out at the terminal. Seldom triggers but when it does it does. You can hack the thing off and replace w a basic terminal AFAIK but then you'll get a permanent airbag light.

    And honestly I'd rather take the once-in-a-100-accidents slight inconvenience for the insurance of the once-in-1000-accidents against the car catching fire if the tank leaks ... It's a pretty good thing to keep. And they aren't known for false triggering so you're an outlier there. Personally I'd grab a junkyard battery cable , test it for continuity (aka not preblown) and swap it in.
    You can code the SRS module (the airbag module) to remove the Battery Safety Terminal, so you don’t have to have a continuous airbag light. I used PASoft to do it on my black 530iA after the replacement battery cable had a faulty BST.
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    RIP, Seabiscuit. Black Sapphire/Schwarz 03-11-2003 530iA Sport (CK39185). T-boned 03-01-2017 at 155,861mi.
    Take 2 "Otto" - Toledo Blue/Sandbeige 04-25-2002 530iA Sport (CH98032). Sold 11-10-2017 at 147,743mi.
    Take 3 "Manuel" - Toledo Blue/Grau
    10-29-2001 530i5 Sport (CE92358). 200k mi+ and going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinca540i View Post
    I believe the term is exploding. God learn English fool


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    When it comes to the BST I believe GG has the correct spelling

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    The X5s trailer hitch sure did a number on the Yota.
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    RIP, Seabiscuit. Black Sapphire/Schwarz 03-11-2003 530iA Sport (CK39185). T-boned 03-01-2017 at 155,861mi.
    Take 2 "Otto" - Toledo Blue/Sandbeige 04-25-2002 530iA Sport (CH98032). Sold 11-10-2017 at 147,743mi.
    Take 3 "Manuel" - Toledo Blue/Grau
    10-29-2001 530i5 Sport (CE92358). 200k mi+ and going strong.

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