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post #196 of 546
Sorry, did not know that the L had a different sport package.

I know in my E39 540i I lost about 3mpg due to a probable slow vacuum leak. It wasn't enough to throw a code or anything at first. I ended up having the valley pan gasket, intake manifold gaskets, CCV gaskets etc being replaced.
post #197 of 546
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Sorry, did not know that the L had a different sport package.

I know in my E39 540i I lost about 3mpg due to a probable slow vacuum leak. It wasn't enough to throw a code or anything at first. I ended up having the valley pan gasket, intake manifold gaskets, CCV gaskets etc being replaced.

How do you like the E39 540i? Is it the M-Sport?

I've been eyeing them for the last 6 months and wish I had just cause to buy one.
post #198 of 546
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Originally Posted by zippyh View Post

Sorry, did not know that the L had a different sport package.

I know in my E39 540i I lost about 3mpg due to a probable slow vacuum leak. It wasn't enough to throw a code or anything at first. I ended up having the valley pan gasket, intake manifold gaskets, CCV gaskets etc being replaced.

 

I just saw this message.   I really like the E39.  I would expect the 540 would be great considering the power that the E38 has with the same engine.  

 

A few years ago, I had a 1995 740iL and had the chance to buy a 2001 E39 but it was a 528.  It only had 50,000 miles and I got a great deal on it.   I really couldn't decide whether to keep the 7 Series or the E39.  Both had pros and cons.  So, I brought both of them to a friend of mine that had a small car lot where he sold a lot of BMW, Mercedes, Jag, etc.   I was planning to keep whichever one didn't sell. Then, they both sold the same day!   That was great, except then I had to find a car.  I ended up buying a Cadillac that my friend had on his lot.  I hated the Cadillac by the next day!  

 

One of the complaints about the M62 engine that your car has and mine has is the failure of the valley pan and intake gaskets.  Its a costly repair.  But, luckily it only comes up once and only after a lot of miles.  

post #199 of 546
I've had my E39 540i 6-speed since new. It's a 2001 but I only have about 69K miles on it. I think it was around $1500 to do the valley pan and intake gaskets. Also got a new MAF. That was earlier this year.
Speaking of common failures, last week I had a new reservoir expansion tank put in. I had the radiator replaced a few years ago. Had a bad camshaft position sensor so I replaced both of them. That was an easy DIY at least.
post #200 of 546
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I've had my E39 540i 6-speed since new. It's a 2001 but I only have about 69K miles on it. I think it was around $1500 to do the valley pan and intake gaskets. Also got a new MAF. That was earlier this year.
Speaking of common failures, last week I had a new reservoir expansion tank put in. I had the radiator replaced a few years ago. Had a bad camshaft position sensor so I replaced both of them. That was an easy DIY at least.

 

Yea, the expansion tank/radiator ends up being sort of a maintenance item.  The previous owner of my car had the expansion tank replaced every 50,000 miles whether it needed it or not.  After I had it for about 60,000 miles mine went out and I replaced it and it the radiator.  You are right, its not a difficult job at all.  

 

I took a picture the other night when I noticed my odometer: 

 

 

This has been such a great car.   It really surprises me how much I like it.  I am 42 years old and have been driving for 26 years and in that time I have about 41 or 42 cars.  So, I have always had a little car fever and got tired of the same car everyday.   But, this car has everything I like.   I am in uncharted territory imagining keeping this car as long as I can.    I even sold this car once to a co-worker and after a year, I bought it back because I couldn't find something I liked as much.   

 

I have a few big cases that hope to settle next year and I have thinking of getting another car.  But, I don't do car payments and whenever I look at cars I might get when I settle one of these cases, I am disapointed in any replacements.   

 

I don't like the first few years of the E65 (the E38 replacement).  So, I'll have to look at the 2005-2008 or step up to the F01 Chassis.   

 

Maybe I will just stick with the E38 and keep looking for the lowest mileage example I can find. 

post #201 of 546

Well my four year old now has a nicer BMW than his dad (me).  My father sent an amazon gift card for Christmas and I was able to find a very cool Motorized car.   My Son said he wanted a Dinosaur and a race car he could drive.  This little BMW is motorized and goes 2.5 mph.   It has reverse and forward.  It has a gas pedal, but as soon as you let up the gas, it stops, so we don't have to worry about braking just yet.  

 

 

 

 

It  is actually larger than it looks and even has a port to plug in an I-Phone or MP3 player for music.  

 

I'm totally jealous.  

post #202 of 546
I3/8's for everyone!
post #203 of 546

Cross post from the Thrifting Thread

 

If anyone here has dealt with vehicle importation I would love to ask just a few questions. My case if pretty cut and dry (over 25 year old car, from UK to USA) but would still like some input from someone with first hand experience.

 

Deetz for anyone interested: I've been ogling over a 80's Land Rover 90 and 110 models for a while. Problem is the numbers are so scarce in the US you're paying a nice chunk even if the car has significant problems, loose use of the word significant. I'll be travel to Europe in July and part of that trip will be my (then to be) sister-in-law's wedding in Taplow England. After looking at some cars in the area it has me considering importing as prices are drastically cheaper. Good example, found a 110 model near me recently with transmission issues, electrical issues (could still run and drive), and dents/dings for $13,000. I'm looking at a 90 model (more preferable in my eyes) in England with some minor engine smoking (not very concerning to me, comfortable in working on it) for the equivalent of about $3,000. I likely wouldn't have everything in order by July to execute anything, but I am pretty close with the guy she is marrying and bet his family would help in facilitating any deal I come across From the sounds of it his father might be a bit of a car guy as well.

post #204 of 546
I haven't done it, but know a few guys who have. Should be pretty straightforward. The main thing is make sure that you have either proof that it was titled at least 25 years ago or that there is a manufacturer affixed manufacture date on the vehicle somewhere. Also, I believe there is a 2-3 percent import tax but I can't remember.
post #205 of 546
Hi car guys,

Does anyone here have experience with Mercedes? I'm not a car guy, but I'm more than willing to work on this one as it's (relatively) user-friendly to me. There are tons of videos and forum posts about it that include a lot of photos. Here are a couple of details:

1999 Mercedes C220 Cdi on the W202

About 6 weeks ago I noticed the mono-windshield wiper was not "fluid," or that it would unnaturally arc at various spots, normally somewhere around the center position. After watching it for a day or two, it went away. Fast forward to yesterday when it suddenly nearly gets stuck in the middle. I can hear the motor running it, but it's essentially non-functional. I know this is one of those parts that a mechanic will have to charge quite a bit to fix. Over the summer, I had to replace a broken window motor in the back seat (common problem). Cheap part, but labor intensive.

My question:
Obviously there is a problem and I need to order some parts. If you're familiar with this system, you'll know that you can replace it in part or entirely. I can find the motor itself for around €40 + shipping OR the entire assembly for €100+. Any advice on whether I should just replace the motor or should I spend a bit more and replace the entire unit?

Sorry if this is vague, but my main problem is that I can't pinpoint the exact problem of the wiper.

Thanks for any help or advice you can offer!
post #206 of 546
Thread Starter 

@HansderHund , if you can hear the motor, but the sweeping is intermittent. you can try removing the wipers, checking the thread on the blade mounts, and refit them tighter.  how hard it will be to swap the complete unit, depends on access. it's not a terribly complex system.  

 

i have the same job coming up. already got the parts. just keep putting it off. :embar: 

post #207 of 546
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post

@HansderHund
, if you can hear the motor, but the sweeping is intermittent. you can try removing the wipers, checking the thread on the blade mounts, and refit them tighter.  how hard it will be to swap the complete unit, depends on access. it's not a terribly complex system.  

i have the same job coming up. already got the parts. just keep putting it off. shog%5B1%5D.gif 

Thanks for the quick response! I may just try to remove the cover and lube it/check it out. Since it's critical to have in the rain and, as of now, I wouldn't drive in the rain with this car, I need to get it done ASAP. That's what is pushing me to just swap out the entire unit...I don't want to spend the time waiting on the part and replacing it only to have to order something else.

As for access, it's not complicated but just a pain in the ass. You have to remove the leaf cover (5-6 clips, some of which are difficult to access) and then you can remove the entire thing by unplugging the cable harness and removing 3-4 nuts and/or bolts.

Thanks again!
post #208 of 546
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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post

Cross post from the Thrifting Thread

If anyone here has dealt with vehicle importation I would love to ask just a few questions. My case if pretty cut and dry (over 25 year old car, from UK to USA) but would still like some input from someone with first hand experience.

Deetz for anyone interested: I've been ogling over a 80's Land Rover 90 and 110 models for a while. Problem is the numbers are so scarce in the US you're paying a nice chunk even if the car has significant problems, loose use of the word significant. I'll be travel to Europe in July and part of that trip will be my (then to be) sister-in-law's wedding in Taplow England. After looking at some cars in the area it has me considering importing as prices are drastically cheaper. Good example, found a 110 model near me recently with transmission issues, electrical issues (could still run and drive), and dents/dings for $13,000. I'm looking at a 90 model (more preferable in my eyes) in England with some minor engine smoking (not very concerning to me, comfortable in working on it) for the equivalent of about $3,000. I likely wouldn't have everything in order by July to execute anything, but I am pretty close with the guy she is marrying and bet his family would help in facilitating any deal I come across From the sounds of it his father might be a bit of a car guy as well.

Keep this in mind.
http://jalopnik.com/why-are-the-feds-obsessed-with-seizing-these-peoples-ol-1672381729

I know they managed to overturn the case and some of them got their cars back but I'd still be very careful.
http://jalopnik.com/meet-the-badass-lawyer-who-saved-the-land-rover-defende-1711970519
post #209 of 546
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

Hi car guys,

Does anyone here have experience with Mercedes? I'm not a car guy, but I'm more than willing to work on this one as it's (relatively) user-friendly to me. There are tons of videos and forum posts about it that include a lot of photos. Here are a couple of details:

1999 Mercedes C220 Cdi on the W202

About 6 weeks ago I noticed the mono-windshield wiper was not "fluid," or that it would unnaturally arc at various spots, normally somewhere around the center position. After watching it for a day or two, it went away. Fast forward to yesterday when it suddenly nearly gets stuck in the middle. I can hear the motor running it, but it's essentially non-functional. I know this is one of those parts that a mechanic will have to charge quite a bit to fix. Over the summer, I had to replace a broken window motor in the back seat (common problem). Cheap part, but labor intensive.

My question:
Obviously there is a problem and I need to order some parts. If you're familiar with this system, you'll know that you can replace it in part or entirely. I can find the motor itself for around €40 + shipping OR the entire assembly for €100+. Any advice on whether I should just replace the motor or should I spend a bit more and replace the entire unit?

Sorry if this is vague, but my main problem is that I can't pinpoint the exact problem of the wiper.

Thanks for any help or advice you can offer!

 

 

LOTS of experience with Mercedes.  The Monowiper does not move in a slow arc.  It is supposed to move up and down in its path.   That is what makes the Monowiper unique and also allows it to have a normal size wiper.  It it didn't move up and down in the center, you would only have a small half circle of clearing.   Its a weird design.  

 

See if you can slide the wiper arm off the little gear.  It could have just slipped out of its groove.  The gear thing does wear after years of use.   SOME Mercedes (and I'm not sure which) the little gearhead thing is built into the motor and the whole part has to be replaced.  We don't have a the 220CDI here in the US, so I have never seen one.   If the motor is running, then the arm has simply come loose (best case scenario) or the gear is worn enough it will have to be replaced.   

post #210 of 546
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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 

Cross post from the Thrifting Thread

 

If anyone here has dealt with vehicle importation I would love to ask just a few questions. My case if pretty cut and dry (over 25 year old car, from UK to USA) but would still like some input from someone with first hand experience.

 

Deetz for anyone interested: I've been ogling over a 80's Land Rover 90 and 110 models for a while. Problem is the numbers are so scarce in the US you're paying a nice chunk even if the car has significant problems, loose use of the word significant. I'll be travel to Europe in July and part of that trip will be my (then to be) sister-in-law's wedding in Taplow England. After looking at some cars in the area it has me considering importing as prices are drastically cheaper. Good example, found a 110 model near me recently with transmission issues, electrical issues (could still run and drive), and dents/dings for $13,000. I'm looking at a 90 model (more preferable in my eyes) in England with some minor engine smoking (not very concerning to me, comfortable in working on it) for the equivalent of about $3,000. I likely wouldn't have everything in order by July to execute anything, but I am pretty close with the guy she is marrying and bet his family would help in facilitating any deal I come across From the sounds of it his father might be a bit of a car guy as well.

 

Engine Smoking?   Minor?   Do you mean using/burning oil and you are seeing bluish smoke from the exhaust?  Or oil seepage from something like valve cover gaskets that is landing on exhaust and smoking.   

 

I don't think using could ever a minor issue on a Land Rover.  But, I will admit I don't have much experience with a Land Rover specifically.  Assuming you mean using oil and that you are comfortable working on it, do you mean you can rebuild the engine?   I would think that would make the purchase not worth it.  Yes, you will save tons of money on labor.  But, parts to rebuild a Land Rover are going to be prohibitively expensive, aren't they? 

 

To answer your question directly, I have never imported a car.  But, I researched it several years ago.  The modifications that have to be made aren't that big of a deal and there is some extensive red tape to get through.   I was comfortable with all that.  The thing that stopped me was the cost of shipping.   It cost so much, it didn't make economic sense for me.  

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