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    People, check your rear seat footwell area for

    leaks. I left my 540 outside last night at work parking lot (very rare occasion) and after it rained hard, passenger side footwell area is soaked (#$@*&^).
    It's well documented issue with fairly easy fix. I've resealed the door liner on 528 already, 540 was going to be next.



    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
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    Staggered 17" style 32 OEM wheels
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    Custom made sun blinds for rear seating area

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    +1...I've had to reseal 3 of 4 doors already...

    I decided to do the 4th door preemptively...it was only a matter of time.

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    Re: +1...I've had to reseal 3 of 4 doors already...

    Interesting, I didn't realize that front doors could leak too. I'll be watching it closely.



    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: People, check your rear seat footwell area for

    Not to seem too stupid, but being rather new to the E39, what is the fix ?

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    Re: People, check your rear seat footwell area for

    Remove the inside door trim panel
    Peel back the vapor barrier from the sheet metal of the door
    Clean the mating surfaces
    Replace using mastic or 3M Window Weld

    It's an easy job.

    There are some good writeups on the web. Search for "E39 door vapor barrier" or words to that effect.

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