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Old 02-27-2015, 06:14 PM   #1
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Including myself. So when browsing Autotrader because it was better than the alternative (work), I stumbled upon a wonderful white unicorn. A 1999 528it with three pedals.





The owner also has an X3 and a Z4, so me arriving to do a test drive in my M3 showed that I was also an enthusiast. The test drive went well, the PPI showed a few items that needed to be addressed, but no show stoppers. Also, when he pulled out an inch thick folder full of records from the past 9 years, I knew I could trust his word.

So anywho, I bought it. This was early January. Since then, I've bought a few parts to replace/upgrade.



Last weekend, I replaced the Oil Filter Housing Gasket and this morning I replaced all four rear subframe bushings. Replacing the bushings were cake because I used the Koch bushing tool for the e39's.




As you can see, all four bushings were in need of being replaced. I've also replaced the camshaft position sensor, rear brakes, front left ABS sensor, and the infamous for breaking xenon headlight adjusters. Also install four new jack pads because all four were missing.

The only big ticket items left are to install the short shifter and refresh the shifter detents, replace the right rear window regulator and figure out why the rear hatch won't open and fix it so I can replace the rear gate shocks. I'll keep this updated as more projects happen.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:41 PM   #2
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Looks clean! Welcome to the wagon club!
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Installed the e60 shifter in the wagon last night, making it a short shifter. It feels real nice now. I still need to drop the exhaust to replace some of the shifter bushings and the flex disc, so I may do that in two weeks. There is also an oil leak somewhere in the engine. I cleaned off the front sway bar 2 weeks ago and it was all oiled up and dirty again when I was under the car last night. Any suggestions for where to look? I have replaced the OFHG already.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:38 AM   #6
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Great find! Welcome to the e39 club.

The oil pan gasket leaks on these engines. It's a bit difficult to replace as you either need to drop the subframe or, as I did, cut the gasket in two parts and use RTV.
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How much did you buy the bushing removal tool? A friend with an X5 needs to have the rear subframe bushings replaced.
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http://www.kochtools.com/index.php?p...&parent=9&pg=1

I paid a hair over $300, but my bushing removal tool won't work on the X5, else I'd mail it out to you.
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