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    About the M62/M62TU problems

    First of all, I'm probably jinxing my 540, but that's all right.
    I keep reading about failed CCV, valley pan, O2 sensors etc. So far my 12 year old/101k beast had none of those problems other than notorious oil leaks.

    My point is this: Drive your BMW the way it's meant to be driven, at HIGH rpm. What I mean by it, once the oil temp is about 200, my car sees a lot of 3-5k rpm.This efectively doesn't allow crap to acumulate in the CCV system, cats warm up efectively whic prolongs their life etc.

    If you want to cruise around at low rpm and save gas, my suggestion is buy a japanese car which most of the engines are the designed to run lower rpms.

    This is not my imagination but it's proven and said by people smarter than me. Of course, let's not forget the idiotic BMW prolonged maintenace intervals.

    Of course my car will eventually sees all those problems, but the young age and low milleage of some BMW's with these problems is ridicilous.

    That's all I have to say about that. (I stole this line from Forest Gump)



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    Re: About the M62/M62TU problems

    Ever drive a new Camry and other econobox? The engine spends plenty of time at 3K-4K just to move the POS at traffic speeds.

    I think most BMW's fall victim to the dealerships and owners minimal maintenance schedules. A BMW, or any other German car is engineered to run on the autobahn. Building a vehicle to run at high speeds for long periods of time, safely and efficiently, leads to the German "feel" that all German vehicles, even a lowly VW Jetta has. Thats why we like them and drive them. A Camry, etc. is not engineered to "feel" like this, or perform like this. Note, I did not say the German product is "better" just different. The Japs have made good progress in making vehicles reliable and more importantly, they have won the marketing battle saying so.

    You are talking about a very complex luxury vehicle that is 8 to 13 years old, with sometimes minimal maintenance. Problems will happen, things wear out or simply fail due to age, not time in service. Take any brand, in this age range and you will find the same problems.

    I believe in USING a machine regularly. Low mileage older vehicles scare me. A vehicle that sits, like some BMW's do, is never good. I try to put at least 8K on each of my vehicles each year. If not, I sell them. I also replace/repair anything that needs it, whenever it needs it, regardless of cost. This has served me well, I've never been stranded, trust my vehicles completely, and get great resale when the time comes. The difficulty is getting past the neglect after purchasing a "new" used ride.

    Lastly, this website will attract BMW owners with problems. Folks don't join up here to simply post: "I've got 150K on my 540 and no issues whatsoever!!!" People come here to solve problems. Not exactly a representative sample.

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    Maybe you need to read again what I said,

    because you misinterpreting what I'm trying to say. A lot of problems are caused because of engine not reaching operating temperature. It's how you put the miles on car, not how many.



    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:
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    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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    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1987 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter. '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.

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    Ah ... so that's what you guys look like ;-)

    Seriously though ... my car sees 4-5k all the time right before shifts, but I don't "cruise around" town at 50-60mph in 3rd gear, do you?

    I usually find a top gear that keeps the rpm's around 2-2.5 while cruising (meaning while maintaining a constant speed in traffic). The PO always went to 6th gear during out first test drive no matter what, even in that 40-50mph range. I thought it dogged the car too much

    I rarely shift into 6th gear around town ... 4th or 5th gear tops

    What rpm range do you all use to "cruise" your manually equipped cars around town?


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    Re: About the M62/M62TU problems

    I may be wrong, but it is easier to drive in the RPM range you mention with your 6-speed manual than with a steptronic auto. With my 540iA, the transmission shifts so right most of the time and the torque is so good that I am not inclined to put it in sport mode and wind it up. With about 250k on two 540iA's, I have had zero engine-related problems while keeping the RPMs in the 2500 to 3000 range most of the time. So, your correlation between revving it up and lower maintenance issues has not been my experience.

    I don't think you need to wind up a 540 to get the enjoyment out of its refinement, power/torque, handling, braking, and overall road feel. It is more fun to drive at any speed or driving style than a Camry or other family sized econobox.

    When I had a 528 with a 5 speed manual, I drove it like you are describing. With an automatic, my driving habits have changed. That said, I would love to have a manual transmission again. My next car will have a clutch or I will keep my 540 and get a "weekend" car.


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    Steve, I agree with you on that. I don't drive 3-5

    k rpm all the time. Since I drive it on weekends mostly, I do more of spirited driving. 3.15 diff, non vanos M62 and 6 speed are match made in heaven. M62 non vanos loves 3-5k rpms, period.

    Yours M62TU has more torque at lower rpms and has a smoother torque band. I'm talking about people who do a lot of short runs and never get to operating temp and they simply don't realize of importance of running higher rpms every now a then.



    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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    Thanks for the clarification. BTW, what is your..

    What is your impression of the difference between the steering of your 529 (Rack and Pinion) and your 540 (Recirculating Ball.) Do you prefer one over the other?

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    Rack and pinion is superior, the best way to

    describe recirculating ball compared to it is that it almost feels twitcy and nervous. It just doesn't have that direct feeling, IMO.



    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: Rack and pinion is superior, the best way to

    I agree. Our other car is a 2002 530i 5/spd M Sport. I much prefer the steering feel and turn-in with the rack and would also agree that my 540iT is a little more "twitchy and sensitive" on center. Now if we had a 540 with the rack and opinion .........

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    Oh man...I got my 540 out this weekend turned

    off the traction control and had a blast!! I did forget that the hankooks need a little warming up when very cold and got a great drift out of them. But just apply more power and enjoy the slide!!

    My son is always ragging me about the way I drive the 540. I just tell him the care is well taken care of and I insist on driving it the way it was designed to be driven.

    On another note from our wonderful local BMW Dealer.

    My son just got an 06 E90 330i sport pkg car with 6 speed and his mother got an 06 525 premiun pkg. Both CPO cars.

    2 days off the lot (not the dealer lot), check engine light came on, airbag light came on. They kept the car 4 days and said they ordered the wrong part for the seatbelt and that the emission problem would not be handled under warranty because it was an evap hose and not the evap moduel and told her the repair would be 450.00 for the emissions problem and the airbag light would be repaired under cpo. We asked bryan how much for the evap line and bought it for 28.00. Bottom line is that we repaired the car in less than an hr and the cost of the part was 28.00.

    So see how much can be saved on one small item for all those out there afraid to tackle it themselves.

    And shame on BMW of Chattanooga So even if the retail price of 83.00 was charged by the dealer and 1 hr of labor at 120.00 should have made the bill 203.00 not 450.00!!

    Drive em like you stole em and your hair is on fire!!

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