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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 04-27-2014, 05:38 PM
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I have had my '98 528i, 5 Speed Sport Model for 14 years and I am embarrassed to tell this story. I was having some work done on it a couple of weeks ago and the Mechanic made reference to it being an Alpina. It knew it did not have the typical Alpina emblem on the trunk so I wasn't sure what he was talking about. When I got home I opened the hood and looked and there was the emblem. Fourteen years and I had never noticed it. Thats the embarrassing part. Here is a picture. Can anyone tell me anything about this car or the modifications?
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:55 PM
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Looks like someone placed the sticker. Do the wheels say "Alpina?"

Does it look like this? http://www.alpina-automobiles.com/en...eries/e39.html
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:02 PM
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No. I am certain it is not a factory Alpina. I was just thinking that it might have an Alpina chip or?
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:30 PM
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Would a vin decode tell?
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:17 PM
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To my knowledge, Alpina does not sell "chips."
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:48 PM
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To my knowledge, Alpina do not put emblems on the hood and trunk. Alpina's still have the BMW emblems.

I agree with edjack. Best guess is that the sticker was placed there by the P.O. I can understand your embarasement, if it has been there for 14 + years.......

VIN search would most likely identify it as a BMW, with the various '98 equipment. Alpina's have there own VIN plate, as they are a recognized automobile mfgr. in Germany. They even X out the BMW VIN on the strut tower and stamp their own VIN.

Lastely, edjack's knowledge is correct. KSK Distributing only sell wheels and cosmetic enhancements.

This is from the Alpina website FAQ's:

Do ALPINA offer any aftermarket tuning or modifications to increase the power of BMW automobiles?
ALPINA, as a manufacturer, only sell complete factory built automobiles. ALPINA do not offer any aftermarket kits, tuning chips or modifications. ALPINA strongly advise against chip tuning which may negatively affect the life span of the engine and other components. Any aftermarket engine modification voids the balance of the BMW ALPINA automobile warranty.
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