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Saw this animated GIF in a thread today, and figured it would be useful in the future over here:
And next time



The topic had been covered many many times.
 

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Just for the record, the position of the forum stickies changes depending on which thread has last been updated - but - since there are only 3 stickies overall - it shouldn't be too hard for people to find 'em! :)

Refer to the stickied thread (3d thread) when you open this forum. It gives explicit directions for searching for anything you would need about e39s.
Refer to the stickied thread (2d thread) when you open this forum. It gives explicit directions for searching for anything you would need about e39s.


EDIT: By way of example, this post brought the sticky back up to the top of the three:
 

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Just for the record, by now, most topics are represented in the bestlinks, so what I've been doing strategically, to maintain the links with new information, is:
a) I choose one thread on bimmerfest to be 'canonical' (this is a subjective decision which is not infallible)
b) The reason the canonical thread must be on bimmerfest, is so that we can cross reference to all the other existing threads
c) If the canonical thread is not on Bimmerfest, then I CREATE a thread on bimmerfest, referencing the canonical thread elsewhere <=== in practice, this rarely happens simply because Bimmerfest has most topics covered by now
d) In addition, as new information comes in, I cross reference BACK to that canonical thread.
e) I make sure, at least in the canonical thread, that all links (e.g., to Ebay or Amazon) have persistent SCREENSHOTS
f) So, that way, at least that one thread references all other threads, and the important things are captured for posterity.
g) In the event that the one thread wasn't the BEST, it soon becomes so, simply because it has everything easily linked to it.
h) In general, that canonical thread is the FIRST in the list of references in the bestlinks (e.g., - How to do blah blah blah (1) (2) (3) <=== The canonical thread is (1)).

Note: In the past, when new links came about after the 60-day editing period expired for a post on the bestlinks, I merely reproduced the reference with new numbers [e.g., the reference grew from "- How to do blah (1) (2) (3)" to "- How do do blah (1) (2) (3) (4) (4) (6)"]; but repeating links grew too repetitive and cumbersome over time - so that's why I implemented the new system described above, which eliminates the need for new links.
 

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Google searche

If a person honestly can't google searche a specific malfunction/desire/question than they really need to learn what "keyword" search is. PLEASE! For the life of us all, learn KEYWORD SEARCH. Whether it is on google or within a forum. :mad:
 

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This sentence was posted today by a new user:
Hey guys. New to the site and posting on a phone so it's hard to search. ...
My first question is:
Q1: Is it actually true that it's too hard to search using a smartphone?

My second followup question depends on the answer of the above:
Q2: If it's too difficult to search with a smartphone, what can we do to make it easier?
or
Q2: If it's just a "different" use model, then what hints should we put here to point future smart phone users to for efficiently searches?

PS: As an aside, we should probably also list the most recommended smart phone applications for use on Bimmerfest. I'll open a separate thread on that topic.
EDIT: Thread opened:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > What smart phone applications should we recommend for efficient E39 searches?
 

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do your research

3rd e39 just picked up today,
thks to you all - lots of info, finally found the right one.
2003 540i msport in mint cond. looking 4 a long time
last one was a 2001 530iA
sold with 300 well earned K's
frequented this forum as I searched for this one (i'll post pics soon)
thanks to all
I look forward to sharing stories and info.

Cheers
JCB
 

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I just belatedly realized that the Chrome browser has a NICE FEATURE that is useful when running the typical control-F keyword search in the best links.

Firefox will step from keyword to the next keyword when you press F3 (or back when you press shift+F3), but Firefox won't tell you where you are on the sequence.

Chrome will visibly count down (1 of 15, 2 of 15, 3 of 15, ... 15 of 15) as you press the down arror, or press the F3 key (and count up as you press the up arrow or shift+F3) - and Chrome will color-code the results (shown here for the keyword "trifecta").

This counting-sequence & color coding & arrow buttons are nice keyword-search features that I don't think Firefox has.

Using this Chrome counting procedure, you can easily tell which is the latest keyword-rich line as you seek the best articles to read.


EDIT: There is this one minor problem with Chrome ... that I hope other Chrome users can help me with:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > How can I get Chrome to paste links from the E39 bestlinks the same way Firefox does?
 

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I've been reading this forum for a couple months now and have used it to: found a PDF of Bentley repair manual Vol 1; swapped out hood & trunk emblems; restored headlight lens'; changed the oil, oil filter; flushed power steering & replaced PS reservoir; reset my 'service engine soon' light by unplugging the battery; reset the oil service bars using a paperclip; cleaned the MAF. But it all started when my windshield wipers stopped working in a rain storm. I didn't know what to do. I had my iPhone, found this forum, started reading like a coked up phonix monkey and found a 'wiper relay' potential fix. Using this forum I was able to pop the hood, pull sh*t out, cleaned the wiper relay and got the wipers to work. My GF thinks I'm MacGuyver now.

I'm going to:drain and fill the automatic transmission; install aux output for an MP3 player; and currently trying to figure out an option for my daytime running lights - either have dealer turn them off, replace the current 9005 bulb w/ a cheap blue/white bulb, or go LED w/ resistors (it's just the DRL and highbeam to pass lights so not terribly important to me at this time).

My point to all of this is I F*CKING LOVE ALL OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTE. You guys would feel like proud parents watching me fumble bumble and stumble my way (thru your guidance via this forum) to 'successful' DIY car jobs.

Thank you thank you thank you. Bluebee, my local Stealership Kuni BMW is probably trying to hunt you down at this very moment for all the money you've cost them by helping me ;)
 

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Having been a member of this forum for awhile, I have noticed that many newer members post up a thread regarding their issue, question or problem without doing any research on their topic. Often times, these topics have been repeatedly addressed in the past and the responses are well documented (see the wiki). Long-time frustrated forum members often respond to these same questions/topics :banghead: with a sarcastic or curt response (Do a search!), which then makes the new member feel unwelcomed :cry: and may hinder future contribution. This is counterproductive to the long term quality of this forum which relies on contributions from anyone to reach the "best" answer, which often is not the same for everyone.

What I would like to do here is to provide some short, clear guidance for new members on how to best search for the information/answer they are seeking. If these methods do not result in a satisfactory result, then feel free to post up a new thread. While these tips may seem to be common sense for most folks, I suspect that many new members are unaware of how to best find information on the e39. Given that I have somewhat limited computer skills, I invite everyone, especially BlueBee, to add to this thread to provide their tips and tricks for others to find their answers.

1. Searching this Forum - Pretty much every topic regarding the e39 has been addressed in one form or another already. Much of this information, including DIYs are located in the wiki. Top search this forum:
a. Click the search tab arrow on the black bar above.
b. Click on Advanced Search
c. Identify any specific keywords you want to find in the Keyword box. Use "quotes" to find a specific phrase like "secondary air pump" or "Vanos seals".
d. If you know the user name associated with the thread or post, input that under User Name box.
e. In the Search In Forum box, scroll down to E39 (1997-2003) and highlight it.
f. You can limit your search by specifying constraints in the Find Threads With or Find Posts With boxes.
g. Click Search Now and it will generate your results.

2. Searching the Web - Google is your friend. A search will yield other BMW forums that may provide a better answer to your question. I personally think the 'Fest is the best, but that's just my $0.02.

I would like to ask that folks do not post any comments (good or bad) on this thread other than adding to the list of ways to find an answer. This will keep the thread shorter and more focused and efficient. If you have any comments or criticisms to what I am doing here, please start another thread and flame away :flame:!

Thanx! :roundel:
I am a new member thank you for the FYI. I am computer illiterate sorry, but I will keep trying to find what I need before I post. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
 

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  • I wish people wouldn't put non-related topics in this sticky thread!
    (Note: I suggest we kindly PM that guy just above me to ask him to contact a moderator to remove the post so that it doesn't clutter up this thread). Then let me know so I can delete this comment

For the record, I want to let folks know that lately I've found there is less need to add new topics to the bestlinks as most topics have a keyword-rich entry already.

However, lately, I've been replacing all the #1 links to non-bimmerfest threads with #1 links to bimmerfest threads, and then, crosslinking all subsequent related threads to that #1 bimmerfest thread.

That way, we can continue to cross reference to the single #1 thread, which, even if it doesn't start off as canonical, becomes canonical, over time.

By way of example ...

1. Today a nice DIY was posted for the trunk latch:
- 97' 528i Trunk Latch Repair

2. Typing /trunk latch F3 in the best links found this:
- How to repair your frayed trunk wiring loom (1) & an easy fix for your trunk latch (1) ...

3. Normally, I would simply open up the #1 link, and cross reference this new DIY from today, to that #1 link.

4. However, that #1 link actually referenced a non-bimmerfest thread.
The problem with non-bimmerfest threads is that we can't easily add cross references to them.
Nor sometimes, can we see photos in those threads, and often we won't have the member settings to easily view them.

5. Given that, I unilaterally made the new bimmerfest DIY the #1 link, and then re-arranged the links so that the #2 link was the previous #1 link.
- How to repair your frayed trunk wiring loom (1) & an easy fix for your trunk latch (1) (2) ...

6. The good news is that, with the bimmerfest link being the #1 link, we can now easily crosslink future trunk latch threads to that now-defined-as canonical bimmerfest thread.

Note: Canonical only means it's the one thread everyone should go to first. By definition that is the latest #1 link for the topic keyword in the bestlinks. Even if that #1 link doesn't start off being truly canonical, like any cn90 DIY would, that #1 link can still become canonical, simply by the incessant process of what Bobdmac calls "incrementalization" - and which I would refer to as constant cross referencing back to that single #1 thread - with the result (over time) that this one thread eventually has all the information a user could need, at the click of a mouse (i.e., one-stop shopping).

7. The one con of this process is that I'm forced to create a new post (every 60 days) in the bestlinks with the new references, and that a user needs to hit the F3 button (with the control panel preferably set to 80 posts per page) until the user finds all the references - because only the latest have the most recent corrections. Luckily repeatedly pressing the F3 key to go forward (or the Shift + F3 keys to go backward) only takes a second or two - so hopefully, the resulting pointer to the #1 canonical thread on the topic is worth the extra button presses. [If not, there's always google!]

Comments, suggestions, process improvements are always welcome.
 

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Today, someone noted that they couldn't find their own threads, so, I repeat here what I wrote so that others can find their own posts, since the standard search often doesn't find them...

Hey I thought I'd posted here problems I had with alarm falsing when I first got the car last year. Thought I'd update it and well I don't seem to see it. There are plenty of old threads on the forum so it didn't just fall off. I can recall some of the comments just wonder where it went?
Many times I can't find threads that I know exist.
Who knows how the basic search algorithm works.
One way, that I use to find my own threads, is the following:

  1. Press "Search->Advanced Search"
  2. Change "Find posts by user" to "Find threads started by user"
  3. Put your username in that field
  4. If warranted, change "Search entire posts" to "Search titles only"
  5. Put your keyword in that field
  6. If warranted, change "Search all open forums" to "E39 (1997-2003)"
Doing that, I get all the threads I've started, with that keyword in the title in the E39 forums, for example.
 
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