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what's up everyone? Had this 540 for almost a year now. Just recently banged up the front bumper; pushed in the front spoiler on the driver's side (sad) below and left of the fog light. I need to know where to buy a new spoiler/bumber for my E39? Thanks!

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what's up everyone? Had this 540 for almost a year now. Just recently banged up the front bumper; pushed in the front spoiler on the driver's side (sad) below and left of the fog light. I need to know where to buy a new spoiler/bumber for my E39? Thanks!

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That's a little off-topic!? Thread hijack? Many vendors, including forum sponsors, seel those parts. Do a search. or, In fact start your own thread with your needs in the title and some will respond.
 

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shouldn't the oil dipstick be yellow? When I first got my E39, I checked the "transmission fluid" (red dipstick) with the engine running...duh.:p
Consider yourself lucky we even have an oil dipstick... BMW first did away with transmission dip sticks (lifetime oil... HA), now new BMWs dont have an oil dipstick (dont need that, go to the stealer for an oil check)...

The transmission "check" is the fill plug accessed from under the car, there is a procedure for it being at a certain temp, car running, etc. the Bentley manual has a good discussion on it.
 

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Transmission fluid Check/change

With no dipstick hard to know if you tranny fluid needs to be changed. Therefore how often are you suppose to change the tranny fluid and filter (assuming it has a filter)?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
 

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It's a lifetime fill. Don't replace the fluid, replace the transmission :roundel:

However, most of us prefer to replace the fluid at regular intervals. Use common sense. Sometime around ever 30-60k miles seems sensible.

It should be noted that the E60 engines are dry sump so it's impractical to have a dipstick. The oil can be checked via iDrive. Actually, a lot of the car's functions can be checked via iDrive, while on our cars it would require a trip to the stealer.
 

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With no dipstick hard to know if you tranny fluid needs to be changed. Therefore how often are you suppose to change the tranny fluid and filter (assuming it has a filter)?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
If you drink the BMW Kool-Aid, it`s "Lifetime Fill" (which, interperted into real-world-speak, means "while covered under warranty"). A more sane interval would be every 30,000 miles or so. Some believe if it`s never been done in over 100K miles, it`s best to leave it alone. The prevailing thought seems to be "Change it regularly, or not at all". YMMV....
 

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For the record, how to check the transmission fluid level was asked today here:
- E39 (1997 - 2003) > Transmission Fluid

How do I check the Transmission fluid level... I have looked everywhere on the engine compartment and find nothing like a transmission level... Please help. I know This might be a dumb question but Honestly i just need to know how to.
There were good answers in that thread.
 

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For the record, this was asked today:
[/B]I had a coil change last week, the guy who did my oil change told me the ATF is very dirty. After I come home and tried to see how dirty it is, but I couldn't find the dip stick for the ATF.
I wonder how he checked it, I took his word and took my car to the European Car Specialist to drain and fill the ATF today and will pick up tomorrow afternoon, which costs me $362.00. It included drain all ATF as much as they could, replace the Filter & Gasket, Clean up the ATF Pan, they will approximately use 8 quarts of ATF.

First of all, could someone please tell me where I should check the ATF,
Second, you guy think it is reasonable to pay$362 to do this job.

P.
 

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For reference, today someone was looking for a transmission dipstick retrofit DIY, over here:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > E39 trans dipstick
Ik that they dont have one and the procedure for checking and changing the fluid has been overkilled on here. Im wondering dose anyone make an aftermarket dipstick that i can add or has anyone tried to make there own
 
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