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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 04-22-2015, 09:22 PM
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Greetings! Back to the E39 sub-forum for a 3rd time! Pictures

Can't seem to get enough of the E39. Will include pics soon, but I just purchased another one. Been running an 03 M3 and don't let anyone fool you - great cars, but not for daily driving and definitely not if you have multiple kids.

So, just picked up a 2001 530i 5 speed. Pretty much the holy grail on these forums unless you desperately must have the M sport 540i 6sp. For me, having owned two 525i's before, however, I'm quite pleased with the stronger engine.

This has the sport package and sunroof and that's about it. Simple, daily driver and kids' bus.

Glad to be back here again!

Update - here's the ride!



And this is what I used to own



It was a bone stock 2003 525i 5 speed with sp and premium package, before I modified it.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:53 AM
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Can't seem to get enough of the E39. Will include pics soon, but I just purchased another one. Been running an 03 M3 and don't let anyone fool you - great cars, but not for daily driving and definitely not if you have multiple kids.

So, just picked up a 2001 530i 5 speed. Pretty much the holy grail on these forums unless you desperately must have the M sport 540i 6sp. For me, having owned two 525i's before, however, I'm quite pleased with the stronger engine.

This has the sport package and sunroof and that's about it. Simple, daily driver and kids' bus.

Glad to be back her again!
Or a 540iT M Sport... that's a whole other group. Enjoy the 530!
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Thanks! More anecdotal than anything else, but each E39 I've purchased has served a different purpose for me. Granted, while I've owned several of these cars my experience only dates back to mid 2010. Back then, my first E39 was a rush decision and an automatic which I quickly flipped. My 5sp 525i was really the car that introduced me to the scene and I heavily modded it and regretfully sold it when I started to get into M3's. Now onto my 3rd E39, while I'm happy to finally get the 530I I've been after forever, this one is no garage queen, questionable history, and quite frankly a daily driver. I plan to maintain as we all should, but this will be kept bone stock (cheers from the purists here I'm sure).

Again, I'll attach pictures to this thread of my recent acquistion and previous E39's hopefully by this weekend.

By the way, all E39's have some malady or another, but in taking ownership of this car yesterday, it had 3 failed window regulators and a completely missing front hood emblem. who knows what I'll uncover next.
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some cosmetics stuff and a list of stuff to get to over the next few weeks





I know very vain to start on exterior when the car does have mechanical/electrical issues, but easy enough job to tackle on a wet Saturday. I used the 3M product and my trusty drill to clear these up. Anyway, with the Hella lights all the sanding does is get rid of the UV coating. Once that's done you're basically buffing and sanding the scratches away and I put on a Meguiars UV coating which will probably have to be reapplied every few weeks.

I also relocated the 530i badge to it's proper place. This car was in a rear end accident, repairs done were amazing and included what still look like 2 brand new hella LED tail lights, but the shop placed the 530i badge too high on trunk lid, super annoying.

The list of repairs and maintenance to be done?

oil filter housing gasket - while i'm in there will also regrease all the bearings for the pulleys
3 window regulators - yes 3, only the driver side seems ok
service - spark plugs, air filter, cabin filter, oil filter, oil
buff/detail

I was able to track down some recent work which apparently did include a complete cooling overhaul. There's an intermittent DSC light, but no other dash lights - other than this work will basically drive it until the next maintenance or issue comes up which will likely be (from visible inspection)

tires - kind low and fronts have the characteristic inner tire wear
valve cover gasket - If OFH doesn't solve oil leak
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bit of a delay on the post photos, but she's been looking like this for about a month now. still chasing down minor leaks, but otherwise. all done!

My father in law owns a body shop, so he resprayed the front bumper. It had a bunch of chips/nicks over the years. She was also involved in a minor rear end collision at some point, but whoever did the repair work did an awesome job. Even has what appears to be brand new Hella LED tail lights.

I bought the front license plate delete trim from the dealership, but haven't had a chance to paint it yet, so simple primer for now. I plan to paint it myself using a basic badger airbrush kit.







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Looking good! I almost had a set of those for my 528, but the guy selling them decided to up the price by $200 from what he had them listed for.
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