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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 08-15-2014, 09:58 PM
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Any projects to be done while they take my headliner out?

Hi everyone,

Well, the headliner on my 2000 528it went from bubbly to all-out saggy while we were on vacation. Looks like I will need to get it done sometime soon. Anyway, I just wanted to know if ther are any projects that I should do while it is out?

For instance, is there any critical roof rack weather sealing? Or any sunroof tube that need to be replaced? Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:33 AM
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I'd suggest;

Changing the tailgate struts
applying sound deadening material

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:48 AM
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You can check the tandem jobs thread, (found by typing /tandem f3 in the bestlinks); but I don't think there's anything about the headliner yet ...
- Typical tandem DIY repair jobs combined while you're already there (1)

For headliner DIYs, type /headliner in the bestlinks:
- How to clean the headliner (1) & how to fix a sagging headliner (1) & how to replace the headliner (1) (2) (3) (4) & known good headliner glues (1) (2)
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Each repair should invariably add to our knowledge base by the process of inexorable incrementalism.
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 08-18-2014, 09:39 AM
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Clean out any debris from the drains from the sunroof rails. There is a white cover at each back corner where any water/debris would collect before routing down a black tube outside the vehicle. May as well pop off the covers and remove any leaves or other junk that might be in there. I think there is something similar in the front corners. May as well blow all the lines out.
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