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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-28-2011, 09:34 AM
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E39 Touring thread! What do you think!

I have been on the forums for a few months now and must have to say that the amount of information for Bimmer owners is incredibled. It is really nice to see enthusiasts, owners, and lookers all hanging out in the same place. Everyone pretty much willing to help each other out with tips, tricks and advise on how to keep their cars at their best.:

Would like to start a thread especially for us Touring owners as there seems to be many of us here on the forums. True, that alot of the info would be the same as the E39 sedans but we have the entire rear half of the car to discuss about. We could keep all of our pics, advice, helpful links, repair tips and etc. all in a localized thread.

What do you guys think? Can we do this? Touring owners show your support!




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Old 07-28-2011, 10:19 AM
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:05 PM
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More power to you if you want to do it, but the reason Bf doesn't have an E39T forum is because the T shares 99% of its parts with the sedans. All you Touring owners (and all us sedan owners) benefit more by having the information all in one place.

Of course, if you want to talk rear suspension and lift gate failures, then by all means.

Other than that, it's just gonna be a thread of Touring eye candy! (Nothing wrong with that, I often lust after the 540T!)
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:23 PM
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I think we share only 95.8% with the sedans.

So is this the thread? Or is this just a thread about a potential future thread? I'm confused.
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I gave up my 02 LMB M5 when we had our first child, and replaced it with the current 03 540iT MTech. This is as close as I could get (stock) to my M5 with a "family oriented" twist.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:29 PM
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This is the thread about why there is no thread, and whether or not there should be a thread now or in the future.

Very existential.
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This is the thread about why there is no thread, and whether or not there should be a thread now or in the future.

Very existential.
That's deep bro! Too deep. Hopefully this is the thread that becomes the real Touring thread. Thanks to everyone jumping aboard the Touring brotherhood!


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What?

Station wagons? Puh leese...

Girls car...

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I would've snagged a wagon hands down over the sedan. Always have, always will. Even E60

Seriously... I would've gotten a less equipped higher mileage wagon versus sedan...
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One can never have too many E39's.........
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Kinda like the touring thread over on BF! I'm in



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Old 07-29-2011, 08:07 AM
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Post your Touring Pics!

Thanks for jumping in on the touring thread guys. Keep posting your pics as I'm sure there is definitely some great Touring eye candy out there. Here are some more pics for touring lovers. We need to get all our ideas, tips, and tricks in this thread.

A. Newly installed Bilsteins HD's w/ Eibach Pro Sport springs and SLS adjustable links.



B. DIY Graphite Carbon Fiber Trim




C. LED Interior lights swap



POST UP YOUR TOURING PICS
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Bought the 528iTouring as a replacement car for my wife; she loves it while I've come to appreciate it. I still prefer the power & fun of the 540/6.
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I've got my 535i/6 for fun (although it is for sale so I can fund my M3 ambition) but man I loves my touring. It hauls my drums to gigs with ease, and is so much fun to drive after all the work to get her fixed back up!

And I agree, I will own at least one more e39 (M5) at some point.
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Instead of thinking about doing a thread like the Epic one on 'the other channel' !! just create one here for bimmerfest ! .. simples!

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Cool 540

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The540wgn, Nice Ride. Welcom to the Touring brotherhood.
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Here's one from earlier today...

My new favorite pic taken this afternoon...

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Carbon Fiber roof spoiler

Anyone out there looking for a CF roof spoiler? Saw one on the other forum and looks pretty descent. Posted link below if anyone is interested.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1645153
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E39it Strut bar

Installed a front strut bar on my touring. Picked it up on craigslist of all places. I know its a knock-off but looks and fits pretty good just the same. Does feel different now on the corners.


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here is mine. got it back in September. has Dinan Exhaust, Suspension (though for some reason the passenger side is correct for Dinan, and the drivers side is standard sport drop, though both seem to have the same Koni shocks and Dinan Springs). Intravee II adaptor with timeout mod. rear AC Spoiler. Hartge 19" rims.



so far have done the VCG. rear vapor barriers. swapped out rear diff for a 2.81 instead of 3.15 (this is a long range cruiser). replaced 2 expansion tanks, NPG+ coolant, replaced fan shroud, replaced headlight adjusters, vinyl wrapped interior in vertical brushed aluminum. auto-tragic level in black carbon fiber. Memphis Audio Sub installed where the old "sub" was and its amp installed on its side next to the spare tire.

plans: entire front suspension rebuild to figure out why the car does not sit Dinan ride height all around. front brake pads and rotors at some point. flappy paddle shift levers (if i do not 6 speed swap it first). M5 tire pressure monitor retrofit (have all the pieces, just not the time right now). trailer hitch and backup camera. remapping the rear tail lights, i want to disable the lower turn signals. i do not believe in red turn signals. i have he uppers yellow and do not want the lowers blinking red when turning without the brakes on. does anybody know if this is even possible?

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here is mine. got it back in September. has Dinan Exhaust, Suspension (though for some reason the passenger side is correct for Dinan, and the drivers side is standard sport drop, though both seem to have the same Koni shocks and Dinan Springs). Intravee II adaptor with timeout mod. rear AC Spoiler. Hartge 19" rims.



so far have done the VCG. rear vapor barriers. swapped out rear diff for a 2.81 instead of 3.15 (this is a long range cruiser). replaced 2 expansion tanks, NPG+ coolant, replaced fan shroud, replaced headlight adjusters, vinyl wrapped interior in vertical brushed aluminum. auto-tragic level in black carbon fiber. Memphis Audio Sub installed where the old "sub" was and its amp installed on its side next to the spare tire.

plans: entire front suspension rebuild to figure out why the car does not sit Dinan ride height all around. front brake pads and rotors at some point. flappy paddle shift levers (if i do not 6 speed swap it first). M5 tire pressure monitor retrofit (have all the pieces, just not the time right now). trailer hitch and backup camera. remapping the rear tail lights, i want to disable the lower turn signals. i do not believe in red turn signals. i have he uppers yellow and do not want the lowers blinking red when turning without the brakes on. does anybody know if this is even possible?

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Nice ride! What size is the exhaust outlet? 3"? Would like to see pics of the aluminium interior too. If you get more info regarding the lower turn signals, let us know. I want to change to the same tail lights that you have but have not done it since it does look kind of strange with on yellow and one red blinker.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:08 PM
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here is a pic of the interior with the vinyl wrap.



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Old 08-04-2011, 01:45 PM
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here is a pic of the interior with the vinyl wrap.



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Can you tell me more about the vinyl wrap process please. Some closeup photos is possible also
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the easiest thing to do is do a youtube search for 3M Di-Noc. that is the vinyl that most people use, there are a lot of videos out there showing the technique. once you pop of the trim pieces you just cut the wrap to a close fit. peel and stick the wrap to the trim piece. get a heat gun and start shrinking the wrap to the trim. it takes some minor practice, but it is not that bad. get some extra in case you need to redo a piece. the stuff comes right off if you need to remove it without affecting the finish on the trim piece itself.

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