Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #226  
Old 07-27-2012, 09:10 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
I've had some good luck on EBay recently....managed to pick up this storage center console for $100. Luckily i had a new handle just waiting around for this purpose. I'll be installing it tomorrow...









Also started rewrapping my interior trim with 3M 1080 Brushed Titanium Wrap....looks good so far.







It's coming along nicely....
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #227  
Old 07-29-2012, 10:17 PM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 715
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
That's border line artistic work right there, nice job!
__________________

Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #228  
Old 08-01-2012, 02:20 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Got lucky on Bimmerforums. A Southern California (SpeedSource) company request for local E39 owners to volunteer for test fitment of some new DEPO Smoked Headlights. Lucky me...I happen to see the thread shortly after they posted it and was the first to reply. As compensation for my time and travel I got to keep the new headlights. Took my car over to them this morning and here are the results:

Old:





New:
















I wasn't sure about smoked corners at first, but it's grown on me in the couple of hours that I've had them now. Seems to flow well with the black grills.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.

Last edited by Albo; 08-03-2012 at 01:03 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #229  
Old 08-03-2012, 01:43 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Installed this Trunk Storage Compartment today...it'll be the perfect spot to store my little electric tire inflator:

__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #230  
Old 08-03-2012, 01:46 PM
AnotherGeezer's Avatar
AnotherGeezer AnotherGeezer is offline
Hofmeister Kink
Location: ManchVegas, New Hampster
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3,786
Mein Auto: 2003 530i/5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Albo View Post
I wasn't sure about smoked corners at first, but it's grown on me in the couple of hours that I've had them now. Seems to flow well with the black grills.
I like.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #231  
Old 08-03-2012, 02:11 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnotherGeezer View Post
I like.
Can't beat free!
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #232  
Old 08-03-2012, 08:48 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Spent the last few days with my cousin looking at E39's for his daughter. Came across this nice clean 1998 528i after a few 525's and 530's let us down (as did their owners).

He bought this car with 73,000 miles on it for $6,700. Clean body and interior. Dealer replace a belt tensioner, front and rear cupholders, front rotors and recharged the AC free of charge. Picked it up today and drove the 40 miles home. This car, totally unmolested, reminded me about the inherent goodness that is instilled deep within each one of these cars. In a sense, I was jealous on the ride home. My car will EAT this thing on any twisty road and run and hide from it in a straight line, but I had forgotten the serenity of a bone-stock E39. Smooth, responsive, peaceful bliss on the road.

I love these cars..... Here it is:












I HAD to drive my car along one of the twistiest roads in the area on my way home to remind myself why I made the compromises I did to the inherent goodness of my car. I am a performance junky, but at heart...I just love BMW's!

Now, we'll see if my cousin will actually let HIS DAUGHTER drive the car :-)
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.

Last edited by Albo; 08-03-2012 at 08:50 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #233  
Old 08-03-2012, 11:43 PM
NoWayJose's Avatar
NoWayJose NoWayJose is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: RI
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 779
Mein Auto: 00 528ia Sport
Quote:
Originally Posted by Albo View Post
Can't beat free!
wow really free!!! lucky you.
__________________
00 BMW 528ia Sport
M5 F+R Bumpers, M5 Mirrors with OEM setup, M5 rear sway bar, Cluster Rings, 03 Business player with AUX input, HID fogs slim, OEM 01+ Hella headlights, Euro Lens, EAC Aluminum Adjusters, FX-R low beam retrofit, Umnitza Orion halos, Hella Euro Celis Retrofit Kit, Koni yellow shocks with H&R Sport Springs, 19" M6 Reps, Full LEDs.
Reply With Quote
  #234  
Old 08-03-2012, 11:59 PM
teklord69 teklord69 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Irvine, CA
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 733
Mein Auto: 1993 BMW 318i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Albo View Post
Spent the last few days with my cousin looking at E39's for his daughter. Came across this nice clean 1998 528i after a few 525's and 530's let us down (as did their owners).

He bought this car with 73,000 miles on it for $6,700. Clean body and interior. Dealer replace a belt tensioner, front and rear cupholders, front rotors and recharged the AC free of charge. Picked it up today and drove the 40 miles home. This car, totally unmolested, reminded me about the inherent goodness that is instilled deep within each one of these cars. In a sense, I was jealous on the ride home. My car will EAT this thing on any twisty road and run and hide from it in a straight line, but I had forgotten the serenity of a bone-stock E39. Smooth, responsive, peaceful bliss on the road.

I love these cars..... Here it is:












I HAD to drive my car along one of the twistiest roads in the area on my way home to remind myself why I made the compromises I did to the inherent goodness of my car. I am a performance junky, but at heart...I just love BMW's!

Now, we'll see if my cousin will actually let HIS DAUGHTER drive the car :-)
Agreed. I am tempted to do buy a second E39, this time a totally unmolested bone stock 528i non-sport model.
__________________
2003 E39 530iA Titanium Silver w/ Sport Package
Reply With Quote
  #235  
Old 08-04-2012, 01:18 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by teklord69 View Post
Agreed. I am tempted to do buy a second E39, this time a totally unmolested bone stock 528i non-sport model.
Not an e39 for me, but i will be looking shortly for an unmolested E36 to use as a Daily Driver.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #236  
Old 08-06-2012, 04:05 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Had these Blue/White Carbon Fiber emblems sitting around for a while so I finally decided to install them.

Trunk:





Steering Wheel:









Hood:



__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #237  
Old 08-08-2012, 01:13 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Finished installing my rewrapped interior trim. Much happier with the finished product. I used 3M Brushed Titanium 1080 vinyl...excellent stuff:











Excuse the headunit....I've got more adjustments to make.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #238  
Old 08-09-2012, 07:37 AM
tmvE39/E53/Z32's Avatar
tmvE39/E53/Z32 tmvE39/E53/Z32 is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Seattle --> Atlanta
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,879
Mein Auto: 03 540, 06 E53 4.8, Z32TT
Good job Albo. Send me your old emblems if you dont want them. I have the blk CF from the PO, that I don't like.
__________________

01 //M5 (soon to be For Sale)
2000 Dinan S1 //M5 (my DD) 06 DINAN E53 4.8iS (wife's DD), 90 Straman Z32TT (my pride & joy ride)[/B]
Gone, but not forgotten: 01 E53 3.0i, 01 525i Sport, 03 DINAN 540i MSport and 91 Z32TwinTurbo
Reply With Quote
  #239  
Old 08-09-2012, 11:02 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmvE39/E53/Z32 View Post
Good job Albo. Send me your old emblems if you dont want them. I have the blk CF from the PO, that I don't like.
Sorry bud, but all I have is the trunk emblem. The hood one was toast (clearcoat peeling and oth posts broke during removal). The steering wheel emblem is an aplique that goes over the OEM emblem.

If you want the trunk emblem, PM me your addy and I'll drop in the mail tomorrow. That way you only have to buy the hood.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #240  
Old 08-10-2012, 08:37 AM
Ktaylor757 Ktaylor757 is offline
E39 540i Sport
Location: Virginia Beach
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 42
Mein Auto: 2003 540i w/Sport Package
Nice car. Conversion is flawless. I have the same Pioneer head unit, PO installed it a few months before a bought the car. 540i sport looks with v-6 gas mileage sounds like a winner to me, good job.
Reply With Quote
  #241  
Old 08-10-2012, 09:54 AM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 715
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
@Albo what sort of cup holder set up do you have? I've been searching for a proven set up that works well and holds up over time.
__________________

Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #242  
Old 08-10-2012, 05:37 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ktaylor757 View Post
Nice car. Conversion is flawless. I have the same Pioneer head unit, PO installed it a few months before a bought the car. 540i sport looks with v-6 gas mileage sounds like a winner to me, good job.
Thanks for the compliments, but I assure you the car looks better in pictures than in real life. There are a few fit and finish items that need addressing.

I'm not really happy with the Appradio as-is. I would like to see if I can hack it to gain better functionality.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #243  
Old 08-10-2012, 05:49 PM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by DinanBimmer View Post
@Albo what sort of cup holder set up do you have? I've been searching for a proven set up that works well and holds up over time.
I've tried everything. I've settled on this cupholder I bought off of eBay along with a set of Ultimate Cupholders for bigger items (Smart Water, etc)











__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #244  
Old 08-11-2012, 12:16 PM
kofibmw kofibmw is offline
Registered User
Location: Accra Ghana
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 25
Mein Auto: E39 520i
gooooooooood work done how i wish to get mine to this status
Reply With Quote
  #245  
Old 08-12-2012, 05:33 PM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 715
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
Cool thanks!
__________________

Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #246  
Old 08-13-2012, 07:56 AM
Ktaylor757 Ktaylor757 is offline
E39 540i Sport
Location: Virginia Beach
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 42
Mein Auto: 2003 540i w/Sport Package
ordering that cupholder today. Broke one of my originals within 2 weeks of owning he car.
Reply With Quote
  #247  
Old 08-13-2012, 08:40 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ktaylor757 View Post
ordering that cupholder today. Broke one of my originals within 2 weeks of owning he car.

I like this one because it privde more lateral support then some of the other cheap options out there. I used to have the one with the open sides and my drink would tip over fairly easily. This one holds things in place pretty well.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
  #248  
Old 08-20-2012, 08:51 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
Started installing the AMG Paddle Shifters in my car yesterday. Ntt quite done yet, but here's a step by step of how I did it:

Mercedes AMG Paddles:







Start by removing the sheathing on the two wires attached to the paddles:







Mark an outline of the shape of the paddles base on the back of the steering wheel:





I decided to use a rotary tool instead of a bladed instrument to cut out the holes. Not a great idea, but then again..I'm not as praticed with using a Dremel-type tool. Those with more experience may do better.



Start cutting to expose the metal backing plate that runs behind the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions:







Drill two holes in each metal plate. One for the mounting hole on the paddles and one to run the wires from the paddles into the steering wheel.

Looks like a hackjob, but at least it won't be visible with the wheel mounted back on the car.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.

Last edited by Albo; 08-20-2012 at 09:24 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #249  
Old 08-20-2012, 09:20 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
I started out by removing the steering wheel to gain access to the clock spring. Here you can see the old CS with the blank connector in the upper left had side of the connector cluster. We will be replacing this with the CS from a heated steering wheel so we have two pins in that location so we can pass the actuation signal for the paddles.





Start out by removing the four (4) Torx bolts on each corner and unplugging the four (4) connectors on the back of the CS.



Remove the control stalks from the original CS and transplant them onto the new one. I didn't document this, but it should be fairly intuitive.
__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.

Last edited by Albo; 08-20-2012 at 09:23 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #250  
Old 08-20-2012, 09:28 AM
Albo's Avatar
Albo Albo is online now
Der Ursprüngliche....Albo
Location: Southern California
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 896
Mein Auto: OO=[][]=OO
I then spent some time mounting up the paddles to the steering wheel. this require a little trial and error until you get them to sit and function just right. I had to trim the out border of the cutouts I mad a couple time with an exacto knife to get fitment 100%.







__________________
Want to learn about your E39 5 Series?

Click Me

Albo's Official Upgrade Thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=532572


2003 530iA - Mumbo Jumbo

Quote:
Originally Posted by edjack View Post
If you don't want to do nothing, you must want to do something.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms