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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 07-17-2013, 12:16 PM
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Cool '00 530d from Europe

Hey guys
I live in Lithuania, Europe. Small country with 3 milions people populiation and ~230 miles from one side of country to another I recently found this forum - a lot of good info here, and a lot of members with e39's
I own 2000 BMW 530d. Have it only 4 months, but very happy with it. Its a diesel, which is rare in country like US, but very popular in Europe.
Mileage is 270.000km which is about 170.000 miles, but i dont think its real, because in our country most of cars are with fake mileage. Real mileage could be even 300.000 miles

Car have some little issues, but i will fix them (Airbag light is on, fog lights dont works, and AC fan needs to be replaced)
Here is options list:


Colour BIARRITZBLAU METALLIC (363)


S210A Dynamic stability control
S216A HYDRO STEERING-SERVOTRONIC
S354A Windscreen, green-tinted upper strip
S428A Warning triangle and first aid kit
S438A Fine wood trim
S441A Smoker package
S464A Ski bag
S473A Armrest front
S488A Lumbar support, driver and passenger
S500A Headl.washer system/intensive cleaning
S522A Xenon Light
S534A Automatic air conditioning
S672A CD changer for 6 CDs
S690A Cassette holder
S710A M sports steering wheel, multifunction
S202A Steptronic
S283A BMW LA wheel, BMW styling II
S520A Fog lights
S548A Kilometre speedo
S665A Radio BMW Business RDS


And some photos:










Done some things since bought - changed all filters and engine oil to Mobil1 full synth 5w40, new battery, new tyres, insurance etc..
Now thinking about shadow line - is it worth doing it or no?
Feel free to comment
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:55 PM
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:14 PM
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Nice, rare color! My previous E39 was Biarritz Blue too with the classy Style 33 rims, just like ours. This blue is one of the best blue colors next to Avus and Mauritius Blue. But that's just my opinion ;-)

"Problem" with this board is that you hardly won't get any advice on the diesel engine and associated parts in case you need help; the E39 diesel models were never sold in the US so the US user knowledge base is nearly non-existent. For that, it's better to hop over to the E39 boards based in the UK. To mention a few:

http://www.e39.co.uk/
http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/f15/
http://www.bmwland.co.uk/forums/viewforum.php?f=5

Some people will tell you to go for the shadowline. I tell you not to do it since the modest chrome lines match well with the blue color. Others will tell you to dump the current wheels and replace them with 20 inch rims, to make the kidneys black, to put 100000K xenon bulbs in it, to lower it, to put LED taillights in it and put whatever what-have-you other Chinese export crap in/on/at/under your car that is supposed to make it faster, nicer and more valuable. But in the end it's all up to you to choose to do and what not to do.

Another word of advice if your budget is tight, if you don't/can't do wrenching yourself and if you don't know the history of this car: save the money for all the expensive diesel-related parts that WILL break on this car along with the gearbox that has trouble to handle the torque of this engine. And do a search on this forum on "cooling overhaul" and "suspension overhaul". At this kilometrage some maintenance will certainly be due.

Enjoy your car!
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:27 PM
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Some people will tell you to go for the shadowline. I tell you not to do it since the modest chrome lines match well with the blue color. Others will tell you to dump the current wheels and replace them with 20 inch rims, to make the kidneys black, to put 100000K xenon bulbs in it, to lower it, to put LED taillights in it and put whatever what-have-you other Chinese export crap in/on/at/under your car that is supposed to make it faster, nicer and more valuable. But in the end it's all up to you to choose to do and what not to do.


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Old 07-17-2013, 02:33 PM
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Yes, I know. I'm warning him upfront before others chime in. On the other hand: everyone is entitled to express his/her opinion.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:07 AM
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@ Mister Drexciya, thanx for your opinion!
I like the color too, where was few choices of colours which i liked i i choose this one

Yeah i know that in US diesel cars are rare, so you dont have diesel bmw's at all?
No probs with the engine, its runing smooth, 530d could run over 500.000 mile if maintained well. Repairing diesel is expensive, but it have some its advatages - big torque, good mpg, diesel fuel is cheaper here than petrol.

About shadowline and black kidney i'm still thinking
Plans for next summer to get 17" wheels, and these leave like winter wheels. But no 20inch, i dont like big wheels I will be trying to keep car clean, no rice
suspension was overhauled with OEM parts 2 months before i bought it, so its in good condition, it costed more than 1000 dollars for previos owner.

What issues could be with cooling system?
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:57 AM
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Issues with the cooling system are multiple and are partly design-related, partly choice of material-related:

sticking thermostats
waterpumps that don't pump due to failed bearings or cracked impeller
crack formation in the plastic expansion reservoir
leaking rubber hoses and radiator
belt pulleys seizing which guide the belt for driving -among other parts- the waterpump

The gasoline 6-cylinder engine is extremely sensitive to overheating due to a cooling system failure. There have been forum reports from owners that were confronted with cracked and warped heads from within seconds to minutes after the cooling system failed. Repair of this is quite expensive and I assume that the same overheating sensitivy applies to the 6-cylinder diesel engine. For that reason the common advice is not to wait until one of the above components fail but replace them before they do. Of course, it depends on how much risk you want to take.

This webiste is a good source for finding the right part numbers for your car, based on the VIN of your car:
www.realoem.com

I buy the majority of replacement parts at my local BMW dealer to make sure that I get genuine parts and not some counterfeit knockoff part from China, VietNam or some other Asian country. But then I don't mind paying the occasional markups. There are many other parallel outlets like Ebay, Amazon -often cheaper but not always- but you simply cannot tell for sure what you get and from whom you get it.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:37 AM
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And what are you thinking about auto gearbox oil change?
Because my gearbox shifts a little bit rough still its cold, when it warms up to operating temperature its ok.
I dont know what to do - to replace gearbox oil or only to fill it up if its not enough.
Because some people here says, that if mileage is high it could be even worse if i change gearbox oil, it could start slipping and at the end it could need repairing.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:35 AM
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For you it may pay off visit a ZF service center. I know that in Germany (and possibly in nearby Poland) there are ZF service centers that service any ZF automatic transmission in any car. This service is not merely an ATF change: it also entails the replacement of small but important wear & tear parts inside your transmission (filter, gaskets, plastic balls) and the complete cleaning of the hydraulic valve body. Often, they service the final driver at the rear axle for free when they do the transmission service. Here's a nice write-up of an E38 owner who had his transmission serviced by ZF:

http://www.7-forum.com/modelle/e38/b...wechsel_zf.php

But first try to find out if your transmission is made by ZF or by GM (yes, that's right: General Motors). BMW put GM autoboxes in certain E39 models and model years.

ZF recommends to replace and service the transmission every 80,000 ... 120,000km. Forget about the "lifetime oil" statement from BMW; service is required in order to prevent transmission problems further down the road.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:02 AM
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Mine would be GM box, because e39 530d and 525d had only GM auto box, no ZF.
I tryed to find what oil i need to use in case of changing, but i didnt find. So i will check oil level and what exactly GM box model it is at weekend.
People say that ZF boxes are more durable than GM
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:29 AM
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Here's some homework for you ;-)

http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...mation-t58321/

http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...d-info-t56713/

http://koti.mbnet.fi/pro-ht/Kuvat/au...ikko/5L40E.pdf

I hope this will help you to figure out what exact transmission type your car has and which ATF type it needs.

I'm not sure which one is more durable: ZF or GM. But it all depends on driving style and service intervals. In the end, both will fail.

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:19 AM
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Thanx mate
I really found good info about GM gearbox there
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:57 AM
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Captured short video while riding my bimmer


Also checked my car and found that turbo is leaking oil


Saving money for repair
But there is nothing, that cant be repaired
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:59 AM
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Some changes to my Bimmer:
* Renewed front headlights, was very fogy, now shines superb
* Fixed front foglights, all wires were corroded and they doesnt worked
* Blacked out kidney grille

And there will be no Sahdowline tryed how it looks with black tape and saw that its way better with chrome



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Old 10-24-2013, 11:45 AM
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Got some tint in the front its illegal in our country, thats why so little

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Old 01-01-2014, 09:01 AM
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Me driving my bimmer on motorway


Front windows already detinted, because police gave fine when my wife was driving
Also done some suspension overhaul - 2 right side links was replaced to the new ones, cost 200 bucks, but now car runs very smooth, no noise from front suspension

And this is my work:




I am working as a transport manager in big Lithuanian transport company, mainly we are delivering new Audi and VW cars from Germany to car dealers in Russia.
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But first try to find out if your transmission is made by ZF or by GM (yes, that's right: General Motors). BMW put GM autoboxes in certain E39 models and model years.

ZF recommends to replace and service the transmission every 80,000 ... 120,000km. Forget about the "lifetime oil" statement from BMW; service is required in order to prevent transmission problems further down the road.
While I know that ATF renewal is a controversial topic, it isn't only BMW that recommends a lifetime fill. To paraphrase ZF: lifetime fill so long as the car is driven in "normal operating conditions." They recommend ATF change only for some circumstances.

This excerpt from page 4 of the attached ZF document defines the decision.
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5-, 6- and 8-speed as well as 4HP20 automatic transmissions:
ZF 5-, 6- and 8-speed as well as the ZF 4HP20 automatic transmissions are filled maintenance-free with specially developed partially synthetic ATF oils. Maintenance-free fills are intended for normal operating conditions.

Especially driving at very high operating temperatures can result in accelerated aging or increased wear of ATF oils. It is recommended, in the event of severe operating conditions, such as:
- frequent highway driving in top speed range,
- offensive, sporty driving style,
- frequent trailer operation,
being above average, oil purification (oil change) on automatic transmissions is recommended between 80,000 km and 120,000 km, or 8 years, depending on the load.
In each case, only released ATF oil may be used for oil changes. And oil changes must be performed in accordance with the relevant specifications
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So one can certainly change ATF if desired, but ZF isn't recommending it as standard maintenance for every car.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:10 AM
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steal one of these Audi's why y still drive this old car
Its too expensive for me
But if really im fully satisfied with my e39 - comfortly enough, good mpg concernig its power and not very expensive to maintain

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Waxed my BMW during Easter weekend. Satisfied with the result - color got wet effect. It took about 4 hours to wax all my car









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Saw it when coming back home from work

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Old 11-08-2014, 04:54 AM
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