Bear in mind, these forums attract the "lunatic fringe," so you will be exposed to many off-the-wall things that the average E39 owner never experiences, or doesn't bother to report.
The GOOD NEWS here is that this place is a catalog of the marque's foibles, and can be a great resource for your troubleshooting exercises.
THe E39 is definitely NOT a lemon, but it IS a German luxury/performance car, with a sophisticated chassis very much advanced from your '57 Ford Ranch Wagon. It is NOT a maintenance-free ride.
Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
Last edited by edjack; 01-25-2013 at 10:56 AM.