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    Well I get the old 540 out for a few days and WHAM

    Not a wreck but........

    A work truck in the slow lane suddenly swerved in front of me in the fast lane and all heck broke loose. A huge tarp few out of the back apparantly tangled in shovels flew back at me, I slowed down from about 70 to 40 but the tarp went over the car and under it along with the shovels.

    Bottom line is the drivers side frame rail has a crease of about 12 inches in it and the black plastic crap (whatever else it's called is now torn and flapping against the underside.

    Put it on the allignment rack over the weekend and all is still fine and that is the only damage. The black plastic crap had already lost a fastener and had a slight tear before this from another attack on the car from an idiot in a truck.

    Anyway does any one have a spare "black plastic crap" in good shape with all the fasteners for sale? I could not find the part on real oem site but it is the plastic that covers the fuel pump and lines and other stuff on the drivers side.

    So now the 540 is hiding under it's cover waiting for the rains and the memory of this incident to disappear.

    And now I did not get the tag number as the entire car including the windshield was covered. Fortunately I am very familiar with the road and there is plenty of safe run off space. The car smelled like burning plastic for 2 days.

    MicaelMichael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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    00 540 Sport / 6 speed, SaharaBeige Metallic / SamanaBeige II Montanna Leather, 35% tint, Xenons, DSP, CD Changer, Auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers, fold down rear seat, Style 32 staggard wheels, Hankook Ventus V4 ES 245/45/WR17/95W Fronts and 275/40/WR17/98W Rears. 152,900 Smiles and climbing!

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    Bad incident with OK ending. Glad you're OK. (m)

    17 Covering outer left 1 51718176757 $58.32 for my '98 540.

    vehicle trim, mounting parts, engine compartment

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    Relatively OK outcome considering what happened!

    17 Covering outer left 1 51718176757 $58.32 for my '98 540

    It's there under Vehicle trim => Mounting parts, engine compartment

    Glad you're OK. That could have been disastrous.

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    Wow. Could've been much worse...

    Glad to hear you only got minor damage to the E39 body and not the human body.

    Did you check the fuel lines and filter for dammage, too?

    Any witnesses who can ID the truck? Maybe someone else hit the debris and reported it, too. Sometimes the insurance company will cover it if you actually see it come off the other vehicle.


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    Sorry for the duplicate. Wireless dropped...

    thought it didn't go through.

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    No other problems, we'll pull the crease out of

    the frame and recoat before Christmas. That cover actually acted as "some" pretective covering for the stuff underneath. Not sure if that is it's purpose or if it is for aerodynamics.

    Not nearly as the time the right rear style 32 separated completely around the circumference at 140 mph on the same stretch of road. The e39 540 was never out of control even under those circumstances and amazingly was easily slowed and stopped in the same median with no damage to the car. I brought it back to school and hed the welding shop weld it back together and then donated to the automechanics class to train installation of low profile tires. It does not leak air. I have never quite trusted the style 32s since then and rarely get over the posted limit.

    Thanks for the part number

    MichaelMichael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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    00 540 Sport / 6 speed, SaharaBeige Metallic / SamanaBeige II Montanna Leather, 35% tint, Xenons, DSP, CD Changer, Auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers, fold down rear seat, Style 32 staggard wheels, Hankook Ventus V4 ES 245/45/WR17/95W Fronts and 275/40/WR17/98W Rears. 152,900 Smiles and climbing!

    08 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 C Anniversary Edition Number 0064/3200 Copper and Vivid Black (FOR SALE)
    16,800 miles

    2006 GMC Sierra SLT all options

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    Other BMWs hanging around usually needing attention
    06 E90 330i sport pkg +all options
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    Thanks guys, I'll order from the dealer today

    Anybody have a spare known good LUK power steering pump? I am a "little" motivated to fix up my little hot rod after smok'n a kid in his Mustang GT last week in a drag race, then later he pushed me into a challange going around the cloverleaf exit to the freeway. The 540 powered around easily at 55 mph but the kid washed out and into the median long before he got close to that speed.

    Realize when I say "kid", you have to understand just about everyone else is a "kid" to me. To most of you he is an adult that I run every now and then for short distances when everything is noce and clear. So far he's never come up with a win. He did keep up with me once whe the 540 would not rev past 3,000 rpm until I changed the MAF.

    MichaelMichael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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    00 540 Sport / 6 speed, SaharaBeige Metallic / SamanaBeige II Montanna Leather, 35% tint, Xenons, DSP, CD Changer, Auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers, fold down rear seat, Style 32 staggard wheels, Hankook Ventus V4 ES 245/45/WR17/95W Fronts and 275/40/WR17/98W Rears. 152,900 Smiles and climbing!

    08 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 C Anniversary Edition Number 0064/3200 Copper and Vivid Black (FOR SALE)
    16,800 miles

    2006 GMC Sierra SLT all options

    1988 GMC Safari 400,000 miles plus and still going

    Other BMWs hanging around usually needing attention
    06 E90 330i sport pkg +all options
    98 E36 328i 5 speed Sport/Premium PKG
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    04 X3 sport/premium 3.0 six speed (back again)


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    Sorry to hear

    where did this happen at? I'm down in Dalton if you remember. I know the work on 75 just below Chatt was interesting for quite awhile. Narrow lanes, a major shift, work trucks and no lines plus all the snowbirds always made that journey interesting. Glad it isn't any worse that it was.

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    Forgot to mention

    Call Ed at German Auto Repair, he has quite a few BMW's he scraps parts off of. His number is either (706) 866-2151 or (423) 994-6884.

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    Sorry to hear about that...

    Luckily, you're ok, and it sounds like the 540 only suffered minor battle scars.

    As others said, it could've been a lot worse, one of those shovels could've flew right into your windshield...that would've been disasterous.

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    Michael, if you haven't already ordered the part

    from the dealer, check with Strictly German out of Braselton, GA. A while ago I've got a used one from them in excellent condition for $50 including shipping.
    I'm glad to hear you're allright after that incident.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    Re: Michael, if you haven't already ordered the part

    I've just realized you don't need the big cover directly under the engine. It'd still probably cost you way less than $50 for the part you need.



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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    is that the place just down from the track?

    The last time I was there, sadly 15 years ago, they were swapping and M60 4.0 and a 6 speed into an old E28. I dont remember a bunch of parts cars lying about though.

    I had better try something as I cant seem to reach Bryan or Mike at the dealer or get a return call from them either. A shame as up until I bought my e39 and my son and ex bought an e36, and E46, I rivaled some small repair shops in items purchased at the dealer.

    But those were the good ole days when you could park outside the parts counter and walk right up and talk to Bryan. Now Bryan runs the wholesale parts and shipping for the dealer and the faces change so rapidly around the parts (I mean "Boutique Counter"), you just dont have any relationships there any more. Perhaps that is the SONIC mentality. If you are not buying new, get the hell out of here!!

    Do you have there number? I suppose I could call Vines as the ZE39 is now old enough to be showing up there. I used to gety alot of E28 and e34 parts there.

    Michael - Chattanooga Tennessee
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    00 540 Sport / 6 speed, SaharaBeige Metallic / SamanaBeige II Montanna Leather, 35% tint, Xenons, DSP, CD Changer, Auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers, fold down rear seat, Style 32 staggard wheels, Hankook Ventus V4 ES 245/45/WR17/95W Fronts and 275/40/WR17/98W Rears. 152,900 Smiles and climbing!

    08 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 C Anniversary Edition Number 0064/3200 Copper and Vivid Black (FOR SALE)
    16,800 miles

    2006 GMC Sierra SLT all options

    1988 GMC Safari 400,000 miles plus and still going

    Other BMWs hanging around usually needing attention
    06 E90 330i sport pkg +all options
    98 E36 328i 5 speed Sport/Premium PKG
    00 e46 323ia Premium Pkg
    04 X3 sport/premium 3.0 six speed (back again)


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    Re: is that the place just down from the track?

    I've never been there, but I had very positive experience. They have 2 locations and are very popular on e-bay as well.Their number is 706-654-9103. About our dealer, I agree with you totally. I've dealt with Mike (big guy) several times and he gave me some really good deals.

    http://stores.ebay.com/Strictly-German-inc



    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
    Arctic silver, M sport suspension (euro delivery), prod. date 05/98, non VANOS
    Staggered 18" style 32 OEM wheels
    3.15 open differential
    Remus exhaust
    AFE CAI with improved heat shield
    Z3 shifter
    VDO oil pressure and temperature gauges in place of headlight/fog switches
    Powder coated valve covers-satin black
    CDV delete
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module (aftermarket daytime running lights)

    1997 BMW 528iA
    Alpine white, premium package, prod. date 04/97, single VANOS
    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
    Debadged
    AEA DRL module
    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

    2000 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner, AKA "The Work Horse"

    Garage aids:
    Direct Lift Pro Park 8
    Campbell Hausfeld 28 gallon oil lubricated air compressor
    Newair ACP-1400H portable air conditioner and heater
    Auto Enginuity scan tool with BMW enhanced option
    Actron 9135 scan tool-for quick readouts



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