It amazes me that people are so suspect of BMW engineers. Hello, higher output engines, tighter suspensions, and tank-like build willalways require a little more TLC than your everyday domestic POS. My E39 has 67000 miles and absolutely no problems. In fact my only problem is deciding when to replace my water pump, which every diligent BMW owner knows will fail around 1000,000 miles. I replaced the fluid in the ZF transmission at 60,0000 along with the trans fluid filter and you what..it was free of debris and the fluid looked like new.I use Lubro Moly oil every 7000 miles instead of 15 thou like BMW says, but most importantly, I pay attention to how the car behaves on the road and I check under the hood frequently looking for leaks and worn parts. All the tranny problems I hear about are made by GM and used in the 3 series vehicles. Not that they're cheap by any means, but I guess if you bought a budget BMW you really should expect budget reliability. After all, how many other cars were built for the race track or the autobahn.