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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 09-26-2017, 02:06 PM
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03 530I M Sport ( E39 ) 5spd manual

Hey im looking for options as to what I can do safely for mods to my car.

Ideas I've had :

Resonator delete

Ram Air intake factory air boxs replace with air cones

Audio system upgrades ? New amp or upgrade existing

Any ideas that people have done successfully I'm all ears.

My car has full audio with tweeters and 6 disk CD changed from factory business class dash no touch screen

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:16 PM
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Most of us here eschew modding the factory CAI.

There are literally 100s of posts on audio upgrades on this site. Spend time searching.

You have a 14-year-old car. You need to put money aside for repairs, unless you have extensive records of repairs and maintenance. Don't waste it on upgrades just yet.
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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Get a GROM kit. It's cheaper than an Eonon/Dynavin and works wayyy better. I had an Eonon for 3 months and during that time it didn't fit in my dash, would randomly play a loud screeching noise, had no radio reception, would sometimes play audio (I'd have to cycle power 4 times to get it to work) and sometimes the steering wheel controls worked. GROM was easy to install they actually have a company YouTube channel that shows how to install it on the E46. Plus its cheaper like I said earlier, works ALL the time, fits behind the radio in the dash so you can keep the stock MID and keep everything looking original and from people I've known that removed resonators they say there's a constant droning noise thats pretty irritating.

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Yeah for sure I've owned it for about a year now and have put some work into it myself already I'm a mechanic back yard but I don't have much experiance with the tuning side of things just repairs parts exchanges etc and this is the first time I've owned a BMW as well love the car though amazing ride for being as old as it is

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:21 PM
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You mentioned eschew and cai could you elaborate more on that? And thanks for replying !

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:25 PM
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Get a GROM kit. It's cheaper than an Eonon/Dynavin and works wayyy better. I had an Eonon for 3 months and during that time it didn't fit in my dash, would randomly play a loud screeching noise, had no radio reception, would sometimes play audio (I'd have to cycle power 4 times to get it to work) and sometimes the steering wheel controls worked. GROM was easy to install they actually have a company YouTube channel that shows how to install it on the E46. Plus its cheaper like I said earlier, works ALL the time, fits behind the radio in the dash so you can keep the stock MID and keep everything looking original and from people I've known that removed resonators they say there's a constant droning noise thats pretty irritating.

I saw this sick picture of an E39 but Bimmerfest wont let me use it for a signature
Perfect thanks Il look into the grom kit and thanks for the heads up on the resonator delete I might not do it if that causes an irritating noise lol

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:29 PM
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Gonna have to agree with edjack. Limit what you do. I did the 2 most necessary (imo) mods and everything else is gonna be focused on fixing whatever goes wrong because well.....its an old German car and lets be honest they tend to have problems left and right as the electrical system gets up there in age

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:33 PM
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Gonna have to agree with edjack. Limit what you do. I did the 2 most necessary (imo) mods and everything else is gonna be focused on fixing whatever goes wrong because well.....its an old German car and lets be honest they tend to have problems left and right as the electrical system gets up there in age

I saw this sick picture of an E39 but Bimmerfest wont let me use it for a signature
What are the two most necessary mods you did or recommend? Il definitely take that into advice

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:37 PM
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What are the two most necessary mods you did or recommend? Il definitely take that into advice

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That GROM because i like listening to music not ads and facelift headlights. Mine is a 2000 so I didnt have angel eyes.

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Old 09-26-2017, 02:49 PM
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I have angel eyes factory in mine but I find them very dimm I've sanded and cleared coated them so they're better then before but still not great any ideas?

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It's probably because they're the old CCFL bulbs. Just do a quick E39 LED Angel Eye upgrade and you should find a youtube video somewhere. I've seen one for The E46 by ShopLifeTV I think

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Nice thanks I figured it was something like that

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If you look and examine the stock airbox, it's a cold air intake. It pulls air from the fender and from inside the front bumper.

As for the exhaust many first do a muffler delete. Hack off the muffler and bolt on a tip or pipe to extend past the body. Try it out for a couple days and if you dont like it replace with a muffler. If you search YouTube using keywords like 'e46/e39 muffler delete' , 'e46/e39 magnaflow' and other similar words. I used e46 because we have the same engines and there are much more results.

Maintenance is always the best mod. You already own a very well built car that needs 'zero' mods to make it better. Keep an eye out for coolant and oil leaks and your good to go.

But just to list some things you can do are a bumper swap to the MTech bumpers or maybe get the front valance which also looks nice, m5 or thicker sway bars, ebay headers, the 140psi expansion tank cap to replace the 200psi one, Aux input mod for your car and you should only need the cable, rimz, led lights all around maybe even the e38 lighted door handles, underdrive pulley kit, m5 spoiler, definitely better audio (my POS Honda has a better range than my e39s), wrap or paint the interior wood trim, wrap or paint the roof if your car is not black, fender vents, turbo, built block, Lithuanian lsd kit, meth injection, radiator mister, nos, stickies and skinnies, dogbox, etc. lol
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:57 PM
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Okay awesome thanks I was going to do the muffler at first but then I was worried about back pressure and o2 sensor issues if they would arise from the the delete did you have any issues and how did it sound?

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Okay awesome thanks I was going to do the muffler at first but then I was worried about back pressure and o2 sensor issues if they would arise from the the delete did you have any issues and how did it sound?

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Nope just hack off and go. Don't worry about anything post cat. Cats alone provide the back pressure.

I did a delete for 5 mins till I had a muffler put on lol. Might do a res delete or replace with something not as heavy. Again go on YouTube and search. Hundreds of vids to listen too. Here's a couple.


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Great thanks I'm probably going to do it

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Great thanks I'm probably going to do it

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Do it. If you have a shop do it they may charge around 100 bucks tops if they add a tip in. Don't like it ask for a free flow muffler.
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I've got a shop welder with argon everything I need was just worried about electronics but I'm definitely gonna do it now dam dude the car sounds amazing!

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I might take it a step further and weld a chrome tip my bumper is the notched out sport version with a tip coming out from the muffler so easy to have the pipe come straight the back after the muffler is cut

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Do you know any decent sites for finding new bumpers? I have the m sport package but my bumber is a mess from hitting a racoon needs a replace

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