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Purchased 540i Maintenance confusion

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I have just bought my very first BM. Its a 540i 99 model with around 85k miles on it. Its a Japanese model so nav and FM are both of Jap configurations. Firstly i dont know how to change them to european one. Secondly i found out that many other things need repair as i got it checked with a specialist. The details are below:

> Profile Gasket
> Gasket
> Flange Vanous
> Oil Pan Gasket
> Shaft Seal
> Suction Hose
> Fuel Level Sensors , Right & Left
> Ball Joint rear E60
> Guide Support
> Wish Bones, Right front & left rear
> Front 2 Struts ( Mine is with EDC)
> Brake Pads

I want to know as to which ones should i do first, like if i have to prioritize things with lets say one to 2 months gap in between repairs. The mechanic gave me an estimated labor charges of ~ $ 1100. Is it ok. Would really appreciate the feedback.
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I'd starty with the items that are having the most impact on your safety, driving experience and reliability. If the fuel sensors are faulty, just keep an eye on how much driving you are doing and keep topping your tank up. Brake pads are a critical item for safety, but they are something that can sometimes be flagged early, depending on how much pad material remains and your style of driving, they could be stretched out for a month or two.


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Thanks Brettski. Would settle for seals first as my style of driving is not very harsh. For other suspension stuff would change it a bit later.
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Its easier to eat an elephant in several meals rather than one, uless your budget allows for it all at once.

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May I suggest two things from past experiences with two Porsches I've owned.

* When you do the struts - use Bilstein HD. They are pure bliss. The HD's are the best Bilstein for a car that is not lowered.

* Do the oil pan gasket. Why? (a) the oil will disintegrate other components, then you get to replace them too and (b) your family and friends won't want you to park in their driveway when you slop oil all over.
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