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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 11-12-2012, 07:51 PM
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When you contemplated about being done with the e39 and then as your about to pull the trigger you just can't because you love the e39 aswell as the fest for always being there to troubleshoot a problem.

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:40 PM
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When the ding for 37°F scares the crap out of you for a split second before you realize it was nothing serious.
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Also forgot to add that when you smell antifreeze while your driving your first thought is Oh $hit, not again and then you realize it's from the car in front of you.
Hahaha. That happened to me tonight. I pulled into a parking lot and looked for a leak. Glad I didn't find one.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:59 PM
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When you (due to practice) can change a window regulator in under an hour.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:17 AM
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Forking died laughing at this. I can relate with my E34.

I'll add, when you some how feel better than everyone else on the road because your car has the roundell on it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:24 AM
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When pull on the outside door handle & it comes off in your hand!
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:32 AM
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Constantly go outside and sit in her without even going nowhere.

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:01 AM
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When you buy the annoying plastic push-rivets in bulk just because you can!!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:08 PM
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when you're willing to spend $200 on some light bulbs for your 13 year old car

putting these in tonight

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:05 PM
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You know you love E39's when....

....you almost sell your 530i to buy a 911 and aren't too upset when the deal falls through (The P-Car was not up to snuff.. I can wait for a good one). Instead you invest in some coilovers, a new head unit and new tires. Perhaps it was the universe slowing me down before I did something I would regret?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:52 PM
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You know you love E39's when....

....you almost sell your 530i to buy a 911 and aren't too upset when the deal falls through (The P-Car was not up to snuff.. I can wait for a good one). Instead you invest in some coilovers, a new head unit and new tires. Perhaps it was the universe slowing me down before I did something I would regret?
What model 911 are you looking for? I love the 993 911's, so sexy.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:46 AM
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When you have a wet dream about your e39 being fast.. lol
YOU TOO? lol
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:24 AM
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You get a sinking feeling every time you see fluid underneath the car, no matter what it is.
"phew, just remembered it was wet when i parked it in the garage last night."

I have an E34 and most of these apply just as much! Especially the dread feeling just before you turn the key.

Hitler rant on E39s, best Hitler rant yet.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:51 AM
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when you have a 10 gallon tote of fluids, tools, towels and quick detailer ratchet strapped down in your trunk.

when your friends make fun of you for cleaning off bird poop with the quick detailer in your trunk as soon as it happens.

when your dad says his car is better, and always asks to take your car on road trips.

when you scare everyone that is in the garage when you start the engine. Then your dad explains that "He did that on purpose"

when you accept a 95 Grand Prix SE, for cost to trailer it from Houston TX to Lincoln NE just because you don't want to let your car sit outside at your rental house. Then you leave it in your parents garage, but feel sad when you leave it outside for a night when working on another project in the garage. (maybe that one is too specific)
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:45 PM
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When the ding for 37°F scares the crap out of you for a split second before you realize it was nothing serious.
Hah +4 I live in Michigan. This happens alot..
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:54 AM
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when constantly checking the passenger side visor while driving.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:10 PM
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when constantly checking the passenger side visor while driving.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:54 PM
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:11 PM
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when constantly checking the passenger side visor while driving.

Umm.. I dont.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:17 PM
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annoy your wife by pointing out every E39 you see.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:27 AM
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annoy your wife by pointing out every E39 you see.

Anthony
This.

Never gave a second look if I seen someone driving the same model car as mine. Whenever I see an e39, I can't help but to critique it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:16 AM
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when you have no ideal what the blue and red dot means on the center vent, and can't figure out why you get no heat out of them.
trying to figure why the temp gauge reads -40.
won't use the cup holders out of fear of breaking them.
your out side in 15 degree weather pouring hot water onto the latch so the door will close.
you want to plasti dip everything you can have a sport moldel
when your ride is broken and won't run, sittin in the same spot for months, and it still looks better then all of the other neighbors cars that do run.
and last but not least............................................. ...........................
your sitting in the drive way, playing with the sun visor looking like and idiot just to see if the ignition switch is bad. knowing no other car has this unique testing procedure.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:05 PM
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When you know the good folks on the fest and the search engine got your back when on a good Sunday your 'service engine light' turns on after just giving the car a good wash and detail.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:18 PM
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When you (due to practice) can change a window regulator in under an hour.
I almost died laughing reading that. I was pretty proud of myself for doing the driver's window repair in under 45 min. That's an hour off last week's time!

BTW, it's the rubber edge protectors for the window clamps that crack in half and fall off on the front windows.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:52 AM
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When you need a utilitarian commuting/grocery getting/dog hauling vehicle and you convince yourself another e39 (wagon) would be perfect because you have the tools and experience to fix most of the little crap that is going to go wrong, and you already have a supply of fasteners and connectors and spare parts.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:36 AM
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When you forbid anyone from ever eating or drinking in your car again......ever!

When you are aware of the possible sources of leaves, water, dirt and crap that can fall from the sky and/or neighboring parking space and land on your baby!

(which leads to....)

When you actually PAY ATTENTION to the weather forecast..........not for your own comfort, but to time your car washes properly

and last but not least....

When you actually know what a water pump with a metal impeller is!
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