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post #31 of 56 Old 2nd December 2018, 04:45 PM
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The biggest downside that comes with mileage, is the electrical connectors. After enough heat cycling they start to crumble when you try to remove them, I'm already looking at what my options are for replacing the connector vs. splicing the BMW replacement wire looms.
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Picked up a 230k 2000 Royal Red/Caramel 2 Owner car a few months ago. Been slowly getting her back out of DD shape.
Love Royal Red ... but I'm biased. I had a parking lot mishap a couple of years ago.. some dude texting ran into my left front at low speed. The replacement panel/hood look great, but alas the original RR paint has faded a bit, so there is a slight mismatch between the new and original panels. The unfaded paint is deeper and more stunning than the faded... reminds me why I loved the color so much back in 2005.

I'm the second owner of the car....150k miles now, and still on the original clutch! Recently did rear main seals and the clutch still looked pretty good so I didn't replace it. There's a history on this board ragging about the weak clutch of the e39 M5. I've never tracked this gal, so I've not had any reason to complain!


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I'm at just over 100k, and so far the must do things excluding wear/tear items are:
valve cover gaskets
oil pan gasket
power steering lines
EVAP valve
rear view mirror leak repair
cluster pixels
sun roof

I'm also doing a lot of extra maintenance work:
Full suspension
drive train bushings, etc
VANOS accumulator upgrade
shifter/bushings upgrade
Navi screen
exhaust (headers/decat left to do)
need rear tires (got 10K out of first set)
fuel filter
Vanos maintenance (seals/boards)

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2001 LMB -163K - Daily driven and ironically enough has proven to be the most reliable E39 I've ever owned. CEL light on b/c of SAI, will code it out eventually.
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I'm at 98K miles. It was my daily driver from 2004 - 2016. Overall it has been very reliable. I've had to do no significant engine work, but have been compulsive about maintenance. I've only been stranded once. At 70K miles or so the relay sensor for the gas level went out and the fuel indicator read 1/8th of a tank but I ran out of gas...which killed the fuel pump. I've done all the usual maintenance and the T-stat needed to be replaced at 60K miles. Most recently, the plastic radiator cracked and one of the two rubber brake lines near the engine sprung a leak. If anyone is close to 100K miles, consider replacing the radiator (and while you are there, the hoses, etc.) and the break lines.


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Just hit 115K last week. Barely broken-in.

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I'm at 153,xxx. Not a DD, but afraid to drive it anywhere, anytime, and oddly enough, one of the most "reliable" e39s I've owned.

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My 2001 just crossed 100,000 miles. I've put about 6,500 miles on the clock in the 13 months I owned her. Reasonable shape when I picked her up, prior documented work included some CPS and a clutch, but decided to go all in:

* PDR, paint correction
* rod bearings (while in there cylinder walls and other internals looked great)
* VANOS overhaul (had to come out anyway for a very slight oil seepage)
* thermostat
* suspension refresh (new struts, thrust arms, Dinan rear sway bar, etc.) - this made the most immediate difference in the feel of the car, magic blend of supple and tight
* Leatherique treatment last summer
* refinished wheels and PSS4S (and a separate less impressive set with winter rubber for the cold months)
* Dinan CAI, exhaust and tune
* Avin Avant 3 head unit
* Bavsound speaker upgrade
* a few hoses as I've noticed weeping or brittleness
*steam cleaning underneath and some new cosmoline in potential trouble areas (it's my daily, and while I try to stay out of the worst of it, the brine and salt that goes down on the roads hangs around for a while)

Absolute joy, and hope to still be driving her when 200,000 ticks over.

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