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Old 01-04-2013, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Beryxil View Post
friendliness and responsiveness of the community makes me feel much better about the car even if I have to fix things.
Thanks everyone!
Everyone has helped you as they're part of the community.

The community includes you.

Your job is to pay the community for the service it provides you in turn.

That's my job too. And the job of everyone who posted above.

That's what it means to be part of the community.

You WILL have issues to fix on your brand new (to you) bimmer. Trust us on that.

Just as you should have looked over the car BEFORE you bought it, you also should look for the answers before you post them.

The best thread to read, front to back, is the sticky thread:
- How To Easily Find Information on Your E39 Topic Before Posting a New Thread

Here's what you should do for each of your issues:
a) Search for information
b) Read that information
c) If you need more help (you will) then ask in the existing threads
d) If it's unique, or you're not getting traction, open a new thread
e) Whenever you can, ADD VALUE by posting pictures, comments, research, DIYs, etc.

Now, back to your question.
Here is a list of common broken parts and a canonical thread already linked for you:
As for the checklists of things to test, these are the official ones:
- BMW service/maintenance schedule (1) & checklists I, II, and III (1) (2) & tips for newbies for what maintenance to initially perform (1) (2) and typical 150K mile maintenance issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & inspections (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & check/replace all fluids (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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