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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 03-07-2017, 08:06 AM
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Style 42 Rims for 528I

Hi, I'm going to buy a set of style 42 rims today for my 2000 528I, before I go and pick them up, I want to make sure they will fit my car with no issues and will my lug nuts work with the style 42 rims? Pic of my car is in my signature below and I'll attach a pic of the type of rims.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:58 AM
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yes all around, unless you have spacers currently on your wheels and dont plan to carry them over. if thats the case, the standard lug bolts will need to be installed. ive a 99 528i, basically same car, style 42's.
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:49 PM
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According to www.bmwstylewheels.com style 42 was never fitted to the E39 at the factory. So if they really are 42's and if you believe bmwstylewheels then you need to make sure the centre bore is correct, since the E39 is pretty unique in this regard. Also the offsets might be wrong.

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Old 03-07-2017, 11:13 PM
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According to www.bmwstylewheels.com style 42 was never fitted to the E39 at the factory. So if they really are 42's and if you believe bmwstylewheels then you need to make sure the centre bore is correct, since the E39 is pretty unique in this regard. Also the offsets might be wrong.

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RealOEM would beg to differ. E39s certainly came with style 42's.
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:29 AM
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According to www.bmwstylewheels.com style 42 was never fitted to the E39 at the factory. So if they really are 42's and if you believe bmwstylewheels then you need to make sure the centre bore is correct, since the E39 is pretty unique in this regard. Also the offsets might be wrong.

Hope this helps.

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Incorrect. Style 42s were factory for 530i Sport package for at least 2002-2003 in the USA, and even before that. I have them on my 2003 530i Sport from the factory.

Where the confusion may come from is that Style 42s were also made for the Z3 Roadsters and coupe (E36/7 & E36/8) from 2001-2002. Those have a different fit since Z3s are based upon 3 series mechanicals with a different hubsize versus a E39 Style 42.
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Old 03-08-2017, 01:51 PM
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I'd believe realoem over bmwstylewheels. However if style 42's were fitted to other models you definitely need to check the hub size is correct for the E39 - should be 74.1mm I believe.

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Old 03-08-2017, 04:08 PM
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OP they did make style 42s for the e39, but they also made them for some other BMWs check the BMW part number printed on the wheel and enter it into realoem. You will then be able to see if it is an e39 fitment or for a different car. If they are e39 wheels they will fit your car. If real oem lists a different bmw (e36/e46/e38) the hub bore will be too small and depending on which car it was for the offset may not be correct.

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Incorrect. Style 42s were factory for 530i Sport package for at least 2002-2003 in the USA, and even before that. I have them on my 2003 530i Sport from the factory.

Where the confusion may come from is that Style 42s were also made for the Z3 Roadsters and coupe (E36/7 & E36/8) from 2001-2002. Those have a different fit since Z3s are based upon 3 series mechanicals with a different hubsize versus a E39 Style 42.
You are correct. I know my 2003 530i sport came from the factory with 17" style 42 wheels.

The problem is threefold. First, BMW used the name style 42 for two slightly differently styled wheels(one was single piece design the other was a two piece design). Second, BMW used both of those wheels on several different cars. Third, the BMW style wheels website does not list all that information.

As far as wheel specific sites, in many ways http://felgenkatalog.auto-treff.com/ is a much more complete website regarding BMW wheels. It usually lists more wheels and gives lots of detail not only listing the car those wheels where made for, but usually the wheels offset, weight and factory tire size. Although this website is not laid out quite as nicely as the BMW Style wheels website.

Anyway the two piece style 42 wheel was available for the e36, e46, e39, e38, and z3 e36. The 17x8 et 20 wheels, where the ones that came standard on the USA spec 530 sport package cars. Interestingly there are also 17x9, 18x8 and 18x9 versions of the style 42 in e39 fitments. Keep in mind those other 39 versions were probably European wheels or optional wheels so they are probably very rare.

And if you think the style 42 wheel situation is confusing check out the four slightly different versions of the style 5 wheels that were available for twelve different body styles of BMWs. In addition some of those cars had various optional sizes.
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:22 PM
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I didn't buy the rims, the polished parts of the rims were chewed up pretty bad, no way to sand it out, maybe weld a bunch of divits and try to fix and then polish but, he wanted way to much money for the condition they were in and he wasn't budging on the price. It was a waste of time. Anyways, the rims came of a goldish-silver 530I.
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Incorrect. Style 42s were factory for 530i Sport package for at least 2002-2003 in the USA, and even before that. I have them on my 2003 530i Sport from the factory.

Where the confusion may come from is that Style 42s were also made for the Z3 Roadsters and coupe (E36/7 & E36/8) from 2001-2002. Those have a different fit since Z3s are based upon 3 series mechanicals with a different hubsize versus a E39 Style 42.
I actually have some wheels that may work for you. I sent you a pm.
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^ The style 42s are known for corrosion on the 'barrel'. The water, often salty from winters, sits right in the mating gap (not that kind of mating gap...) between the centers and the barrels. You'll often see these wheels reconditioned with the barrels painted or powdercoated. Those that recondition by re-polishing the lips of the barrels report having to re-polish a few times a year to keep them in good condition and do not recommend spraying a clear or any coating on the aluminum, for various reasons (google is your friend here), though I've heard clear anodizing as an option but haven't vetted it.
I have a set of style 42s I picked up for a song a few months ago and while I'm waiting to find the time to do so, I am debating on how to refinish them. My current style 42s were painted by the previous owner and the paint is showing more and more cosmetic 'bubbling'. I'd like to have a polished aluminum lip, but it seems like more work than it's worth when I could just pay to have someone anodize them. Some people that have reconditioned these have run a bead of clear silicone caulk around the 'mating gap' to some success, which should prolong a traditionally painted lip, but would prove problematic if the lips were polished and one had to go back and re-polish multiple times a year.
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Such a beautiful wheel, too bad the two piece was so high maintenance. @Solo12 -- knew some 42s came on Z3s, but not stock E36s. You sure on that one?

Had them on an 01 530. Reconditioned after purchase but couldn't bring all the way back, so turned them into snows.

Sizing wise, similar situation with Style 37 M-Pars. Great looking wheel on the E39, but also fitted to some E31 and E38s. Need to verify specs prior to purchase.
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You are spot on re the style 42 bubbling problem. They all do it, although some worse than others. Some you can strip the clear coat, and polish them, while others have severe pitting that would really require a professional refinish.

The consensus seems to be that corrosion issues are multiplied by this particular two-piece design. I think the mating area is actually kept free of any paint/coating at the factory. Since there is not water/airtight seal between the barrels and centers, over the years, water, brake dust, and salt exploit that area and peel up the clear coat.

Yeah if you strip then re-polish and don't spray clear or clear powder coat you will have to periodically re-polish them. Even if you keep them very clean and dry they will tarnish, as you just have unprotected aluminum at that point. Sounds like some sort of protection is in order since you said you don't care to have to polish the wheels several times a year.

I would think clear powder coat would be the most durable. I have not heard much about clear anodizing though. And I would think the silicone trick or some sort of way to prevent things from getting between the barrels and centers is what is really going to make whatever finish you choose last.

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Edgy, no I am not certain about the e36 I was just going by the list felgen provided. I think there are various wheels that BMW made and could be special ordered, but did not necessarily come equipped from the factory on a car. For example I know seven or eight years ago I think ECS or EAC had a sale on a bunch of e39 spec 18" Style 42s. Now I don't think those wheels ever came equipped on any package from the factory at least on US e39s, but they do exist (in small numbers anyway).

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It seems the style 42 two piece wheel was available in several sizes for the e36 although when you cross check those sizes they all show European fitment for the e36. I am not sure if you would have been able to order those wheels from a US dealer or not.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=36_2182
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