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Since this bestlinks thread was created ad-hoc, I will try to re-organize some of the most-often needed best links into groups.
See also the E39 wiki.

1. Go to the E39 bestlinks thread (at the top of this forum);
2. Press control+f (find) in your browser & type the desired keyword;
3. Press F3 (repeat) to find each of the links of interest, or press "Enter" to open that link in your browser.

The most common problems to check and/or repair in the E39 appear to be (1) (2):
  1. - COOLING SYSTEM CATASTROPHICALLY FAILS: brittle plastic expansion tank, radiator, & thermostat housings that blow up due to faulty plastic mostly at the upper hose neck and also faulty water pumps, hoses, and fan clutches (1) that send whirling blades through the hood and quarter panels (1) & autopsy here (1)
  2. - I6 VANOS SEALS DETERIORATE: they're made out of the wrong materials so that they harden and leak over time causing degraded performance (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) & how VANOS works (1) (2) (3) & what your options are (1) and vanos application table (1)
  3. - V8 VALLEY PAN GASKETS LEAK: poorly designed V8 valley pan gaskets that leak coolant (1) (2) (3)
  4. - CLUSTER PIXELS FAIL LINE BY LINE: press-fit pink connection tape lifts up over time on the instrument cluster causing dead pixels (1) [cluster removal instructions (1) (2)]
  5. - MID PIXELS SLOWLY DIE: press-fit pink connection tape lifts up over time on MID causing dead pixels (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) [MID removal instructions (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)] [MID pixel test sequence (1) ]
  6. - HEADLIGHT ADJUSTERS CRUMBLE: brittle PBT plastic headlight adjusters that simply crumble over time causing the lights to point downward (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) & a comprehensive list of all your available options, by price (1)
  7. - FAN CONTROL GOES HAYWIRE: poorly ventilated final stage resistur/final stage unit (FSR/FSU) modules that are practically sure to go haywire due to poor heat-sink design (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) ... Autopsy (1) (2) often causing the battery to drain overnight (1) (2) (3)
  8. - CCV FAILS: crankcase ventilation valve diaphragm tears, freezes (1), &/or clogs (1), necessitating CCV replacement (M54,M54,M54) (M52,M52) (M52TU) (M62,M62) ('99 528i) ('98 528i); raising pressures, often causing the OFH oil filter housing to leak (1) (2) (3); frequently blowing the VCG valve cover gasket (1); and sometimes the head gasket (1) (2); often causing vacuum leaks (1) (2) (3)
  9. - AMBER ABS/DSC/BRAKE LIGHTS: tack-welded steel resistance-welded Bosch 5.x ABS control module power wires that break off their gold contact because of being too close to engine heat and vibration (1) ... Abs control module autopsy (1) (2) (3) (4) ... and explanations by 540iman as to why the fancy diagnostic tools fail (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & accessing the wheel speed sensor at the wheel (1)
  10. - REAR DOOR VAPOR BARRIER FAILS CAUSING WATER PUDDLES: improper adhesive used on rear door vapor barrier seals that allow rain water to fill the rear footwell (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & sizes for the adhesive (1)
  11. - FRONT SHOCKS FAIL PREMATURELY VIOLENT SHUDDER WHILE BRAKING: OEM Sachs shocks fail causing violent shudder upon front-wheel braking on bumps (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  12. - POWER WINDOWS SUDDENLY STOP WORKING: low-quality unreliable window regulator mechanisms (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) and a repair kit (1) (2) and for other models (1) (2) (3) (4)
  13. - TRUNK WIRING FRAYS ATROCIOUSLY: a badly designed trunk loom wiring harness certain to chafe causing all sorts of light and fuse blowing and locking problems (1) (2) & opening the trunk with the key when the car battery is dead (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  14. - THRUST-ARM BUSHINGS TEAR: fluid-filled thrust arm bushings that crack and tear causing vibrations at speed (0) (1) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  15. - IGNITION SWITCH FAILS: ignition switch that fails causing electrical problems (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)
  16. - AMBIENT TEMPERATURE SENSOR BREAKS OFF: low mounted ambient temperature sensors in the passenger side front wheel well cover is practically designed to be ripped off on a parking curb (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
  17. - SEAT & STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER BREAK OFF: seat covers that don't protect switches for both the steering wheel tilt & driver's seat control (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  18. - SEAT CABLES BREAK: seat cables that fall out causing seat twist (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) & accidental airbag light fix (1) (2)
  19. - WINDSHIELD WASHER LEAKS: windshield reservoirs prone to leaking due to an ill-fitting pump o-ring gasket (1) (2) or to hose disintegration (1) (2) or to leaks in the main reservoir (1) (2) (3) or leaks in the intensive wash system (1) (2) or the pump itself goes bad (1) (2) & debugging hints (1) & adjusting nozzles after repair (1) & windshield washer fluid (1) and intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
  20. - POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP LEAKS OILY MIST: constantly wet power steering reservoirs due to poor O-ring design (1) (2)
  21. - POWER STEERING HOSE DRIPS ATF ONTO ALTERNATOR: power steering hose clamps practically guaranteed to leak (1) (2)
  22. - ALTERNATOR FAILS PREMATURELY: most say this premature failure is due to power steering leaks just above it so do a rebuild BEFORE your alternator fails catastrophically on you (1) (2) & how to prevent leaves in your alternator air-intake duct (1) (2)
  23. - WINDSHIELD MOLDING CRUMBLES: heat labile rubber windshield & back window molding that crumbles in three years due to poor choice of recycled materials (1) (2)
  24. - JACK PADS FALL OFF: plastic jack pads that fall off the underside of the frame due to poor latch design causing jack failures & wind noise (1) (2) (3) & good jack stands (1)
  25. - AIR CONDITIONING ODORS: poorly designed cabin-filter housing drain hoses to clog which leaves causing gym-sock smells from the AC (1) (2) (3)
  26. - BMW ROUNDEL PAINT CHIPS AWAY: cheaply painted BMW emblem roundels that wash away in the car wash over time (1)
  27. - CUPHOLDERS BREAK EASILY: front and rear (nearly useless) cupholder replacement strategies (1)
  28. - WOOD TRIM CRACKS SPONTANEOUSLY: wood trim whose varnish cracks and whose cd cover doors rattle (1) (2) (3)
  29. - PLASTIC VENT TRIM CRACKS SPONTANEOUSLY: plastic trim around the air vents which invariably crack at the corners (1) (2) (3)
  30. - SAP CLOGS or FREEZES (1): the secondary air pump (SAP) valve (aka diverter valve) clogs, taking out the SAS (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  31. - MAF CLOGS: the mass air flow sensor (MAF) and idle control valve (ICV) require periodic cleaning (1) (2)
  32. - DISA VALVE FLAP BREAKS: the DISA valve flap breaks, sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & recommended parts (1) (2) & brand selection (1)
  33. DOOR EDGE PROTECTION MOLDING SEALS neoprene rubber crumbles prematurely (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
Here are some bestlinks to issues that aren't necessarily something that breaks on all the E39s:

DIY Headlight threads:
- Broken headlight adjusters (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21)
- How to buy new headlight adjusters (EAC E39 prior to 9/2000) (EAC aluminum E39 after 9/2000) (EAC plastic after 9/2000) (odometergears) (UK)
- How to make your own headlight adjusters (0) (1) (2) (3)
- A list of your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1)
- Headlight aiming DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Headlight replacement H7 bulbs (1) (2)
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3)
- Headlight autopsy DIY (1) (2) (3)
- What's the flat spot on the USA spec headlights (1) (2)
- Explanation of HID versus conventional and why the high beam is always a halogen H7 bulb (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace your headlight bulbs (1)
- DJ Auto or Depo headlights (1) or OEM (1)

Some of my favorite headlight adjuster threads:

Recommendations for the dozen fluids in your BMW E39:
- BMW E39 fluid summary printout for your glovebox (1)
- Manual & automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4)
- Power steering fluid (1)
- Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1)
- Brake & clutch hydraulic fluid (1)
- Lubricants & fluids used for a typical brake job (1)
- Engine lubrication, i.e., motor oil (1) (2)
- Air conditioner refrigerant & PAG oil (1) & condensation drips (1)
- Differential hypoid gear oil (1)
- Battery electrolyte (1)
- Engine fuel, i.e., gasoline & octane (1) & "The Gasoline FAQ" & top-tier gas stations (1)
- Windshield washer fluid (1)
- Intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
- Tire pressure, although not technically a fluid (1)
Others:
- Recommended E39 brake job "fluids" (1)
- Best product for cleaning wheels (1)

Cooling system overhaul DIYs:
- Pictorial look at typical E39 cooling system failure modes (1) (2) (3)
- Complete cooling system overhaul recommended parts list (1)
- Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1)
- Bleeding the cooling system (1) (2) (3)
- How to refill M52/M54 coolant DIY by cn90 (1)
- Cooling system DIY (cn90 1997-1998 M54TU) (cn90 V8) (aioros '99-03 M54) (Ågent99 '01 530i) (pelican 3-series)
- E39 Fan shroud removal DIY (Besian) (M54)
- Removal instructions for the alternator & drive belt system of a 2002 525i
- Removal instructions for the fan shroud of a 2002 525i
- Tools necessary for a cooling system overhaul
- Cooling system overhaul tips (fan clutch nut removal tools) (cn90 fan clutch nut replacement trick) (bb hose removal trick) (o-ring replacement parts)
- Cooling system overhaul mishaps (broken radiator nipple) (crooked fan clutch nut) (broken bleeder screw) (thermostat loom misplaced) (broken expansion tank nipple & cn90 repair) (expansion tank fell apart inside)
- Expansion tank floating mechanical coolant level sensor height (1) (2)
- High instrument cluster check of the cooling system temperature KTMP (1)
- Cooling system date stickers & radiator date codes & markings (1) (2)
- What brand of waterpump to buy (1)
- Fan clutch failure modes (1)
- Fixing a head gasket coolant leak (1) (2)
- What is the temperature of the coolant & when the thermostat opens under normal conditions (1)
- Modifying the cooling system (pressure cap) (zero psi fluids) - Zionsville (BlackBMWs) (William) (ohmess)
- Understanding the AUC automatic air recirculation (aka stink) sensor (1)
- Behr radiator and Behr expansion (aka surge) tank autopsy (1) (2) & request for another autopsy (1)
- Debugging overheating problems not related to low fluid levels (1)
- How to install and remove an Oetiker clamp (1)

Window Glass & Regulator DIYs:
- Window regulator and door panel removal DIY pics by Agent99
- E39 rear window regulator repair kit available
- Tips and tricks for replacing passenger side window glass in 2002 E39
- Replacing your rear window regulator
-Front Window Regulator DIY on a 2000 528iA Sport (with airbags)
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Front window regulator replacement on a 2001 540it
- Window Regulator And Motor Replacement DIY on a 1993 325is
- DIY:: Window Regulator and Wind/rattle Noise Fix on Highway on a E46 323Ci
- Front window regulator DIY on a 2001 325I
- BMW 1999-2000 3-Series Rear Window Regulator Replacement Instructions
- DIY: Coupe Window Regulator Replacementon a 2002 325Ci -
- Driver's side door panel removal question

Basic Tools:
- Basic tools needed for working on the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3)
- Where to get the BMW Bentley shop manual (1)
- Where to get a cheap OBDII DTC scanner (1) (2) or a better scanner (1) or the best diagnostic tools (1) (2) (3)

How to make your own E39 specialized tools:
- How to make your own BMW cooling system overhaul fan clutch nut counterhold tools (1) (2)
- How to make your own BMW thrust bushing tool (1) or buy them (1) (2) or improvise (1)
- How to make your own BMW car ramps (1)
- How to make your own BMW subframe & differential bushings tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW oxygen sensor removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW single-VANOS solonoid socket tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW camber & toe-in alignment tools (1)
- How to make your own BMW hella headlight adjusters (1) (2)
- How to make your own BMW rtab removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW upper timing chain locking tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW flywheel locking tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW cylinder head bolt removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW cam locking nut tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW crankshaft holder tool (1)
- How to make your own alignment tools to adjust toe-in and camber (1)

Common questions which need to be answered BEFORE you do an alternator and/or drive belt system overhaul:
- 1st: Physically, determine what type of tensioners you have (1)
- 2nd: Physically, determine exactly what alternator you have (1)
- 3rd: Determine which parts you need to buy for a complete drive belt system overhaul (1)
- 4th: Do the alternator and drive belt system DIY (belts, tensioners, pulleys, rollers, alternator) (1)

Alternator and Belt Drive DIYs:
- Removal instructions for the alternator & drive belt system of a 2002 525i
- Removal instructions for the fan shroud of a 2002 525i
- Alternator and Belt Drive DIY (1) (2)
- How to tell if you have spring-drive or hydraulic belt tensioners or both (1)
- How to diagnose noises coming from the drive belt system (1)
- One users' example of total electrical failure (AAA towed away) alternator repair (1) (2)
- Video of cold idle engine squeal (1)
- Recommended parts list for a complete belt drive system overhaul (1)
- How to make your own BMW special cooling & belt drive system counterhold tools (1)

cn90 fluid change DIY for the rear differential and I6 manual transmission.
What brake pads are recommended for street use on the E39 (CANONICAL SUMMARY)

Wind noise (whistling) due to missing jack pads:
- Jack Pads? Pillar A? Wind Noise
- The Darned'est Thing... No Jack Pads = Wind Noise
- Do the four frame jack rubber blocks do anything?

Links for newbies who need a free OBDII CEL SIS scan:
- Which states make OBDII scanning illegal by the auto parts store? Why?
- In California, what establishment do you use to read OBDII codes for free?
- Cheapest CAN OBDII scanner on the net that reads DTCs, pending codes, & clears codes
- OBD II PC freeware & $15 J1962 cable for the BMW E39

Articles discussing the myth of warped brake rotors:
- Avoiding Brake Judder at the Track, by Dave Zeckhausen
- Brake Rotor Shake Demystified, by Dali Racing
- The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System, by Carroll Smith
- 8 Myths ... Holding You Back from Performing the Best Brake Job, by Andrew Markel
- Brake Roughness and Vibration: Causes & Solutions, by Dave Mann
- There's no such thing as 'warped' brake rotors, by Michael Block
- Raybestos Brake Tech School, Part One: Rotors Don't Warp, by Police Fleet Manager Magazine

Removing brake pad uneven deposition:
- How to Bed-in Your Brakes, by Dave Zeckhausen
- Removing the Mystery from Brake Pad Bed-In, by Matt Weiss

Golden procedure for avoiding brake pedal pulsation:
I. Bed or rebed your pads to your rotors to create an even pad-deposition layer (or turn the rotors, and then rebed);
II. Then, forever after, consciously modify your braking habits so as not to leave uneven pad deposition (i.e., imprints) on your otherwise smooth rotors!


What to do when you experience brake-related pedal pulsation at highway speeds (1)
What to do when the lights all work, the key turns, solenoid clicks, but the engine won't start (1) (2)
What to do when you have low oil pressure (1)
Help! The dealer is charging $500 for a brake job! (where to buy) (what to buy) (price survey) & labor rates (1) (2) (3) & how to find a good mechanic (1) (2).

Some of my favorite informative threads:
- How and where to jack up the BMW E39 with pictures of jack pads & jacking points (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & jack stands (1)
- QSilver7's location of an online BMW TIS for the E39 (1)
- BMW E39 technoterms, acronyms, glossary, definitions slang, technical terms, abbreviations (1) & the latest update (2)
- How to diagnose a BMW E39 engine misfire (1) & a cold-engine intermittent misfire (1)
- Most often recommended brake pad thread (intent is to be canonical) (1)
- Why so hard to price Axxis Deluxe Advanced brake pads (1)
- What is the difference between the BMW basic, sport, M models (1) (2)
- How to post, shrink, modify, edit, annotate, merge, & upload pictures for posting here (1)
- Motor/engine mounts and transmission mounts (aka holders) for the I6 (1) (2)
- Buying a replacement MAF cheaper than the BMW MAF (RangeRover MAF) (VW MAF)
- Cn90 explanation of why you want to rebuild your own alternator (1) & hard-to-get parts (1)
- Tips for newbies on what maintenance to perform on an E39 (1) (2)
- Questions for e39 DICE Silverline users ( 1 2 3) by Fudman
- BMW Glovebox Flashlight Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (1) (2) (3)
- Where to point a newbie after their first errant post to read up on forum search rules & etiquette (1) (2) (3)
- BMW part numbers (1) (2) labor rates (1) (2) (3) & where to find a good repair mechanic (1) (2)
- Battling vacuum leaks (1) and P070/P073 DTCs (2)
- Changing automatic transmission fluid ATF (0) (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How to bleed your brakes (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Rear shock DIY (1)
- Spark plug application charts (1), deciphering key (1), replacing spark plugs (1) (2) (3) & the truth about torque (1)
- Where it's illegal for auto parts stores to lend you an OBDII scanner for free (California, Hawaii) (1) (2)
- What to look for when your coolant temperature gauge indicates overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
- CHECK COOLANT LEVEL is lit on the instrument cluster (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)
- How to repair & reset the sunroof (1) (2) (3)
- DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- DIY for testing (1) and replacing the fuel pump (1) & your available options (1)
- Why not to use the 3-dot AC setting for your air conditioner (1)
- Meaningful (i.e., performance) differences between E39 base, sport, and M packages (1)
- Typical tandem DIY repair jobs combined while you're already there (1)
- How to remove and replace the windshield (1)
- DICE Silverline radio-mount instructions (1) (2) (3) & how to remove just the MID (1)
- What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change it (1) (2) (3)
- The dozen alignment specs and which are adjustable (1) & cn90's alignment DIY (2)
- How to DIY your camber & toe-in alignment (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- How to make your own alignment tools to adjust toe-in and camber (1)
- How to add hands-free OEM ULF/TCU bluetooth or Parrot or cellphone pairing to your E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & Hualigan (1)
- How to test the cooling system auxiliary electrical aux fan & the infamous fuse 75 (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How not to install rain sensors on windshield glass (1)
- How to remove the instrument cluster (1) (2)
- How to reset the oil service interval light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to unlock the low/high OBC on-board-computer cluster for diagnostics (1) (2)
- The first modifications to do to a manual shift transmission E39 (1)
- How to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1)
- How to remove and replace the oil pan and oil pan gasket DIY (1)
- How to replace the VCG valve cover gasket (1) (2) (3)
- How the E39 already has a cold air intake (CAI) & hydro lock problems (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to remove the IHKA air conditioning control panel to clean the circuit board (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace and repair the seat belt & pretensioner (1)
- Adding the first aid kit under the drivers seat (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- BMW E39 rear ski-bag arm rest pass-through retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- BMW E39 rear folding seatback/folding seats retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & arm (1) (2) & motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- BMW speedometer reads higher than actual speed (E39) (E90) (X5) (6-series) (MINI)
- Why you should post using a well-formed title, good sentence structure, and proper spelling & grammar (1) (2)
- The most recommended products for cleaning BMW wheels (1)
- BMW diamond key opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- Trunklid open, check licplate light, and other trunk wiring loom woes (1) (2) (3)
- How to do a gravity feed oil change (1) & vacuum or drill extraction oil change (1) (2)
- How not to do a gravity feed oil change (1) and how not to do a vacuum extraction oil change (1)
- How to make or buy car ramps for your BMW E39 (1) (2) (3)
- Low oil level, the oil level sensor sends a signal to blow fuse 15, so you cannot start the car (1)
- DIY to replace suspension components, control arm (1), and complete front suspension overhaul (1)
- Starter motor R&R DIY (1) and location (1)
- HVAC (IHKA) sampling fan check - a cn90 15 min DIY project! (1)
- Removing the HVAC (IHKA) panel (1)
- How to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) & replacing the oil pan & BMW E39 oil pan gasket DIY (1)
- Helicoils (1) vs Timeserts (1) for stripped oilpan (1) & head gasket thread repair (1) & Metric/SAE bolt conversion factors (1)
- Another E39 brake pad replacement DIY (1)
- Timing Chain tensioner and rail guide replacement for M62 & M62TU (1) (2)
- Diagnosis of white smoke out of your exhaust pipe (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- How to remove a stuck 6mm brake rotor set screw (1)
- How to replace your differential bushings (aka seals, mounts) on the E39 (1) & on the E46 (1)
- Description of Carsoft, GT1, INPA, DIS, EDIABAS, & Peake (1)
- How to replace chrome exterior window trim with shadowline matte black trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to remove interior cockpit trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cracks in the wood panels (1) & in the plastic vents (1)
- Hualigan installation DIY with removal of MID, HVAC/IHKA, Business CD player (1), & dashboard trim (1)
- How to remove the trim and bracket holding the MID & HVAC/IHKA panels (1) (2)
- How to add an aux input auxiliary audio port for iPod/MP3 retrofit input to the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- The difference between a red versus yellow oil sensor light (1)
- How to replace your camshaft position sensor (CPS) in the E39 (1) (2) (M62) & E46 (1) & ('99 740iL)
- Mechanical fan delete (switch to electrical fan) (1)
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (1) (2) (3) (4); while highway braking (1) (2) (3); and while slow speed braking on bumps (1)
- How to choose tires (1)
- How to turn off DSC traction control (1)
- Drive shaft, including the Giubo, commonly misspelled as Guibo, & center bearing DIY (1) (2)
- Rear axle suspension & wheel bearing installation DIY (1)
- Front axle suspension & wheel bearing installation (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Clutch DIY (1)
- BMW or BBS hubcap wrench, aka wheel cover wrench or center cap socket (1)
- Most popular E39 shocks/struts (1) (2) & an E39 suspension survey (1)
- Changing the car memory settings costs about $100 at the dealer to modify basic user settings, e.g., automatic door-lock settings (0) (1) (2) & Easy-DIS unlocking (1)
- Replacing the nearly useless console for a better arm rest (1) (2) (3)
- Removing the manual transmission clutch delay valve (cdv delete) (1) (2)
- Did I just fix my E39 or am I feeling the Placebo Effect (1)
- Should we warm up the E39 engine in cold weather or just start and go (1)
- M5 rod bearing DIY (1) M5 clutch DIY (1) M5 propshaft center bearing DIY (1) M5 chain tensioner DIY (1)
- M5 ABS wheel speed sensor DIY (1) M5 clutch line DIY (1) M5 waterpump DIY (1) M5 diff sealing DIY (1) M5 cam timing DIY (1)
- Automatic to 5-speed manual transmission conversion retrofit (1) & your first subsequent modifications (1) (2) (3)

Power Steering:
- Fixing the always-wet reservoir cap (magnum, others)
- Power Steering noise (bbmw528i, bluebee,maxout2008,
- Power steering leak (nc530i-2003)
- Cloudy power steering fluid (yknotsail)
- How to debug power steering problems like hard steering (steering rack and/or pump) (1)

Note to self:
- Lots of good E39 DIY links on bimmerdiy.

BASICS: The less people know about something important, the more they substitute subjective emotion and Bro Science for objective logic and tested statistically valid facts. Here are logically oriented replacement selection threads:
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