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Old 20th November 2005, 19:57   #1
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Special Project Cars
Jed's official E39 M5 Touring Build Thread
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3200lb Supercharged Widebody build thread
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Old 20th November 2005, 20:05   #2
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I think thats a very good idea.
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Old 21st November 2005, 01:14   #3
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I agree... good concept. The challenge may be getting someone to write it. Perhaps it could be parsed out. For example individuals well-informed about certain topics might contribute a section.

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

This is a very good idea, Kees!

I would suggest we get the FAQ off to a flying start by performing some board searches on each of the subjects suggested, and list links to some of the interesting threads.

Then we can add summary / consensus / conclusion text in the FAQ itself until it becomes a useful document in its own right.

I strongly suggest you make the FAQ thread "moderator post only" and that we keep all discussion about the FAQ content as such in separeate threads, and then as knowledge and consensus evolves the moderators move the most relevant parts of the texts into the FAQ.

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

For all the DIYers, a list of

1) bolt/nut sizes needed for common services (oil drain, tranny drain, diff drain, brake caliper, underbody panel, etc.)

2) Proper torque for lug nuts, spark plugs, etc.

3) An index with URLs to all known DIY procedures
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

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This is a very good idea, Kees!

I would suggest we get the FAQ off to a flying start by performing some board searches on each of the subjects suggested, and list links to some of the interesting threads.

Then we can add summary / consensus / conclusion text in the FAQ itself until it becomes a useful document in its own right.
Agreed - if people provide links to posts with clear information about particulair subjects, the information about each subject can be compiled into the dedicated FAQ thread.

Let's use this thread to compile usefull information, I will then copy/paste the finished text into the FAQ thread.

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I strongly suggest you make the FAQ thread "moderator post only" and that we keep all discussion about the FAQ content as such in separeate threads, and then as knowledge and consensus evolves the moderators move the most relevant parts of the texts into the FAQ.
Created FAQ thread here:
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

How about a link to this E39 M5 Facts thread to start?
M5 E39 Body Style S62 engine FACTS...Long
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I think it would be very useful,

consider that we already have all the required info!
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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

As a 'late-joiner' to M5 ownership, I had the benefit of this board to help answer many questions and concerns prior to my purchase since September. Having joined this board since '00, I got to learn a whole lot about the beast. The following are just some of the helpful bookmarks I collected regarding specific issues with the car.

Differential Leak
Vanos Issues
MAFs
NAV Hardware and Software Version
Oil Filter Housing Mount
NAV Status Screen providing gyro data
M5 Common Problems and Running Costs
Carbon Buildup FAQ

These are just bookmarks I thought were helpful at the time of my 'study' and there maybe better threads around. I have not posted threads relating to brakes, suspension, clutch, and many more subjects as I only bookmarked the ones with more relevance to me for the time being. So if I do find more good ones out there, I'd be sure to post them up.

All in all, it's great reading and learning about this special car from this board. Thanks to those such as DavidS who have contributed a lot of helpful info within many of those threads.

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I would be interested and even though I only know a little, I'll try to help.

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