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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 02-24-2013, 09:45 PM
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New guy. What else should I change?

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:26 PM
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If you want to spend money on mods, these are the first mods to consider, IMHO:
----- repairs -----
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
----- maintenance -----
150K mile maintenance checklist & parts to periodically clean
Check and replace all fluids
Common engine misfires diagnosed & cold start misfires identified
The most recommended brake pads and rotors purchased & installed
Battery tested & the most often recommended battery & installation
Spark plugs bought & replaced
Check & align & mount and balance wheels
O-rings & gaskets & bulbs & vacuum hoses & fuses & wiper blade inserts & belts & bearings & oil filters & cabin air filters & engine air filters to stock
----- tools -----
Common tools needed for the E39 & an obdii DTC scanner & an SRS reset tool & accurate measurement tools & specialty cooling system tools

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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:26 PM
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damn. like the AEs! and the AW.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:55 AM
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Get lighter weight wheels, well my opinion lol
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:02 AM
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^Yup. Those gotta go. They don't "fit" on an E39
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:57 AM
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You can't mod a E39. It's impossible. There is so much repair and refurbish it's not even funny!!! You'll go broke first.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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Thank you for your opinions.
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