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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 10-12-2012, 07:49 PM
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Frick so no extra horsepower or anything frick
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:18 PM
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Here's my two cents: My first car was a 1965 Mustang Fastback that I bought used in 1980 when I turned 16.
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My father owned and drove a VW 411, and my mom drove a VW Bug then. Our family later switched to Honda's, but in the eraly 1990's I drove a 68 bug as a daily driver with a 2110 stroked motor that I built myself. In 1999 I decided to buy a new BMW 323is 2dr Coupe, I always loved German cars, and wanted to own a BMW at least once in my life.

Out of high school I went to work for a performance Automotive retail chain, called Supershops, and have sold many speed parts in the seven year period I worked in Auto Parts and Tire and Wheel sales. I left due to low wages, and wanting a better life. I sold conversion kits for a Chevy 350 in a Datsun 240z-280z made by Scarab, and kits for a putting a Chevy V8 in a Jaguar. Would I do this in a BMW, absolutely not. Can it be done, I am sure you can modify the engine bay, motor mount brackets, and transmission cross member and drive shaft to swap it in, but it's probably not going to be street legal in most states, and you'll probably blow out the IRS axle's and ring and pinions now and then if you drive it hard. In California, cars no longer need smog tests after 30 years.

I love my six cylinder BMW, it has good torque, power, and good gas mileage for a six. If you want more power, buy a M5 BMW, and add a Turbo charger to it. So unless you got money to burn, and have welding and fabrication skills and or just want a BMW that's out of the ordinary at a considerable expense of time and money, keep the BMW as is and and buy a early Camero, Covette, Chevelle, etc, as second car, but remember that you'll get about 10 miles to the gallon around town, with that 4 barrel carb, and they aren't as comfortable to drive or work in every day. If I had money to burn, I would also own as a second car a new Corvette, as they have 500 plus horsepower, and the new 2012 Shelby GT500 new Mustang with 750 horsepower, top speed is 200mph.

Jose F. Medeiros
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:39 PM
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I own both BMW's and Chevy's. Each have there own place. I would not disgrace my BMW by putting Chevy parts on it, and I would not disgrace my Chevy by putting BMW parts on it. My 70 Nova SS has a 350SB with lots of goodies. Makes about 425hp and gets about 8MPG. Its loud, rough and cost a lot of $ to drive. Just buy something else with more power and fix that up.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:06 PM
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I think that's that best decision buy a 540i M Sport \(-_-)/
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:07 PM
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buy an LS1 f body if you want a cheap fast project car and keep your 528i as a DD
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:15 PM
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buy an LS1 f body if you want a cheap fast project car and keep your 528i as a DD


Yes...do this.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by josemedeiros007 View Post
Here's my two cents: My first car was a 1965 Mustang Fastback that I bought used in 1980 when I turned 16.
http://www.myspace.com/josemedeiros1...stback/3217173
My father owned and drove a VW 411, and my mom drove a VW Bug then. Our family later switched to Honda's, but also owned a 68 bug as a daily driver with a 2110 stroked motor that I built myself. In 1999 I decided to buy a new BMW 323is 2dr Coupe, I always loved German cars, and wanted to own a BMW at least once in my life.

Out of high school I went to work for a performance Automotive retail chain, called Supershops, and have sold many speed parts in the seven year period I worked in Auto Parts and Tire and Wheel sales. I left due to low wages, and wanting a better life. I sold conversion kits for a Chevy 350 in a Datsun 240z-280z by Scarab, and kits for a putting a Chevy V8 in a Jaguar. Would I do this in a BMW, absolutely not. Can it be done, I am sure you can modify the engine bay, motor mount brackets, and transmission cross member and drive shaft to swap it in, but it's probably not going to be street legal in most states, and you'll probably blow out the IRS axle and pinions now and then if you drive it hard. In California, cars no longer need smog tests after 30 years.

I love my six cylinder BMW, it has good torque, and power, and good gas mileage for a six. If you want more power, buy a 540 BMW, and add a Turbo charger to it. So unless you got money to burn, and have welding and fabrication skills and or just want a BMW that's out of the ordinary, keep the BMW as is and and buy a early Camero, Covette, Chevelle, etc, but remember that you'll get about 10 miles to the gallon around town, with that 4 barrel carb, and they aren't as comfortable to drive or work in every day. I would say that the new Corvettes are pretty awesome, and the new 2012 Shelby GT500 new Mustang with 750 horsepower would be fun to drive and own.

Jose F. Medeiros
San Jose, California
http://www.linkedin.com/in/josemedeiros
Thomas A. Edison: 'I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work."
This sounds like the best tip I don't want horrible gas mileage ill just buy a 540, thanks for all of the posts guys
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:08 PM
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How about the IRS on a M5 doesn't it handle more torque then the standard IRS with the E39 528, 525 or 530? Unless you're on a budget, I'd buy the M5 over a 540, it redlines at 7,000 RPM.rpm.

Here's several picture I found of some one named Clay Sanderson actually installing a L1 Chevy Motor with a supercharger in a E39. The thread shows the custom engine mounts and transmission cross member he made.http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1888893
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:37 AM
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Typing /engine F3 in the VERY best of E39 Links nets this, among others, intended to answer the original question before it was asked:
- What engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1)

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As for more power, see these:
- CAI 101 should I do it or not (1) and which is better, stock or aftermarket cold air intake (1) (2) & a home-made CAI (1) & the general consensus on the effectiveness of an aftermarket CAI versus the stock BMW CAI (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to reduce the risk of hydro lock (1) (2) & what about a K&N oiled air filter over the stock air filter (1) & a forced induction group buy (1) and adding nitrous oxide to your E39 (1) & links to suppliers to improve performance of your E39 (1)
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