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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Richmond VA
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I'm not aware of any rod bearing hysteria for the E39s. I thought that was all on the V10s.
Anecdote: I've had my E39 for 6+ years & 65k+ miles. Just passed 150k. Blackstone oil analysis in 2017 showed normal wear. I use Mobil 1 full synthetic, monitor the oil level, and baby the motor when it's cold. No motor issues whatsoever for me.
02 M5 - ZHP shift knob, powdercoated satin black wheels
09 Flex - my better half's ride (the "swag wagon")
67 Mustang - driveable but waiting on restoration
(sold) 99 Mustang GT - s/c'd fun - 1st baby
(sold) 02 C32 AMG - pulleys, cosmetic/interior mods
a few others not worth mentioning