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We do have some electrical system issues, but nowhere near as bad as the E38 7 series is rumored to have.
Common electrical gremlins will include pixels going out on your cluster's display, finicky alternators, and a few other things, but they're generally ok.
Final stage unit replacement involves taking apart most of your dashboard, so it's pretty labor-intensive, but I don't think the part is all that expensive.
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1999 E39 540i/6-VF Stage 1 S/C, Dinan exhaust, Dinan strut+shock braces, Dinan ltwt flywheel + clutch, Dinan Brembo BBK, Dinan monoball, H&R Springs, Koni Yellows, M5 sways, Dinan forged 18" wheels, &c.
1995 E38 740i. Highly modded. Faster than you.
Sold 2-28-07: 1997 E36 M3/4, 8-30-05 RIP 1997 528i
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