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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:24 PM
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New to the site .. And new to bmw's switched from vw

I bought a 2000 528i a few months ago from the original owner with 119,000 miles on it.. Love the car! So far got new wheels for it. Planing on swapping the front bumper to the m5
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:29 PM
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Welcome! Be sure to search to find all the threads on M5 bumpers before pulling the trigger, there is a lot to know.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:54 PM
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Dam I didn't even know. Thanx
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:03 PM
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Before you waste money on Bling, save it for maintenance. The car is 13 years old, and will need major not cheap repairs.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by edjack View Post
Before you waste money on Bling, save it for maintenance.
What he said.

Start here:
Behr cooling system leaking
Plastic DISA valve breaking & destroying the engine
Cluster pixel tape lifting
MID pixel tape lifting
Hella PBT headlight adjusters breaking
Power steering cap & hose leaking
Trunk wiring loom fraying
CCV clogging
Bosch ABS control module frying
Cupholders breaking
I6 VANOS seals deteriorating
V8 valley pan gaskets leaking
GKR/BMW/Valeo FSU/FSR dying
Thrust arm bushings leaking
Ambient temperature sensor breaking
Window regulators breaking
Vapor barrier adhesive leaking
Jack pads falling off
Windshield cover molding crumbling
Driver's seat control switch breaking
Rear center brakelight socket melting
Seat cables fall out causing seat twist
Windshield washer tanks & pumps leaking
BMW roundel paint chipping
Vent trim corner cracking & wood trim varnish cracking
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Your job, in return, is to read the suggested threads, where the best people will always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:55 AM
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Welcome.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:34 PM
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And, there tend to be less hop-up parts for e39s compared to the factory turbo VAG cars.
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Waiting for some pictures...!
Welcome!
And, this thread is a good reference to check out as well...
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=895713

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:26 PM
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Pictures will be up soon hopefully when I get some good shots in
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