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Old 03-29-2018, 02:34 PM
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New Here? June 12, 2018: At the bottom of this post is a pdf document. Read it first.

Jay Arras invited me over here to publish the attached doc. Version 4.8 of "So You Just Bought an E60". Note that new items (but not typos and so forth) will be highlighted in grey in new editions. This doc has evolved since 2013, and has had more than 30 versions. It's not perfect, and a bit messy, but there's a lot of useful information in here. Been downloaded 35,000 times.

BUT FIRST, if you want a useful answer from the membership:

1. Include the year, model, mileage, systems that appear to be a problem. All these make a big difference in your answer.
2. Include the BMW module codes and indicators that were displayed. You MUST use a BMW compatible code reader. What you get on a "standard" OBD code reader is mostly useless. Just don't use one. Use Carly, or INPA, or ISTA+ for your code data -- there are other good ones, but these are the most commonly used BMW compatible readers/software.
3. Describe your problem thoughtfully. What happened? What have you done already? Any expert opinions from experienced mechanics?
4. Be articulate: use punctuation and complete sentences, because no one wants to decode incomprehensible descriptions. If English is not your primary language and causes you difficulty, just say so and people will work harder to understand you.

Changes from 4.7: NewTis as a source for repair data and easy access to torque data. OEM parts usage on BMW’s. Fluid comments: PS, Transfer case, differentials. Comment on crank gasket damage in serpentine belt fail. Please check for the most recent version before reading. As always, typos get corrected when I see them and are not generally noted –banglenot

Thanks to all for finding typos etc. Please comment if you have additional ideas.

Goal is to summarize most of the issues and comments for the new, less experienced E60 owners or potential buyers who are showing up.

Work in process, and it will get additions/changes. Edited versions will always appear in this message.

Thanks to the many contributors for corrections and guidance.

Glad to help out 5Series.net as we've been helping E60 owners on Bimmerfest. We hope it helps you as well.

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ZF Fluid: And, since it's a critical difference between what ZF and BMW say, here's a link to the ZF fluid change procedure and schedule. Hint: it's a whole lot less than BMW's "lifetime" (or 100Kmiles) nonsense.


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Old 03-30-2018, 07:14 PM
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Thanks for posting this, banglenot!
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Thanks for this!

I just got my E60 a couple weeks ago. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the car and it's maintenance, performance, etc. Looking forward to checking out what the forum has to offer.


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Old 10-12-2018, 06:03 AM
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Here's a group of really useful files for those wanting to understand their E60's ops.

This data is for various models, release levels and years. It may not apply to your vehicle.

Provided for educational purposes only.

You use any file information provided at your own risk.
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03_N62 Engine Update.pdf (514.3 KB, 30 views)
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05_NG Engine Technology.pdf (1.67 MB, 20 views)
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BMW Night Vision.pdf (610.3 KB, 17 views)
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High Beam Assistant_web.pdf (487.5 KB, 20 views)
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04_N52 Engine.pdf (2.21 MB, 29 views)
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04_E60-E61 Model Update.pdf (345.0 KB, 41 views)
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03_5 Series Bus Charts.pdf (933.3 KB, 24 views)
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02_USB-Audio Interface.pdf (204.5 KB, 30 views)
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07b_DSC8_plus.pdf (335.0 KB, 20 views)
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03_IBOC Update.pdf (71.2 KB, 19 views)
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01_Lane Departure Warning.pdf (721.0 KB, 20 views)
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07a_ACSM.pdf (1,002.2 KB, 19 views)
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07c_E6x Model Updates.pdf (1.26 MB, 25 views)
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E61 Sport Wagon.pdf (1.95 MB, 28 views)

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Old 10-12-2018, 06:06 AM
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And some more.
The more you learn about the car, the better you can manage it.
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04_E60 Driveline.pdf (520.6 KB, 25 views)
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02_E60 Engines.pdf (726.5 KB, 31 views)
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03_E60 Engine Management.pdf (1.40 MB, 29 views)
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01_E60 Complete Vehicle.pdf (1.32 MB, 44 views)
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12_E60 Driver Information.pdf (1.07 MB, 23 views)
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07_E60 Dynamic Drive.pdf (560.7 KB, 24 views)
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08_E60 Climate Control.pdf (680.2 KB, 25 views)
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05_E60 Chassis Dynamics.pdf (376.0 KB, 17 views)
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And some ISTA, INPA and ZF stuff
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ZF6-053-Vac-Locations.pdf (604.7 KB, 17 views)
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ZF6HP21_28_34_Gen_2.pdf (1.31 MB, 17 views)
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GUIDE TO ISTA+ (1).pdf (2.36 MB, 22 views)
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ISTA_UserManual_en-GB.pdf (2.83 MB, 21 views)
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ista_user_guide_us1.pdf (4.01 MB, 17 views)
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ZF6HP19-VBL-Gen1.pdf (811.1 KB, 22 views)
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ZF_Adaptation procedure.pdf (176.8 KB, 27 views)
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DIY Mechatronics.pdf (1.12 MB, 37 views)
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Auto Transmission Theory 2.pdf (1.22 MB, 23 views)
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Sonnax Manual.pdf (3.06 MB, 20 views)
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