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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 04-23-2015, 09:43 PM
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I went through a couple BM's since I've joined this website and none of them ever made it anywhere worthy enough for a thread. Recently I purchased a 2002 BMW 530I from a police auction for $1,350.00 in near mint condition with 100,051 Miles on the clock. My current plan is to just stay on the forum and read my ass off and take notes! I have pretty tough skin and and very open to constructive criticism. Thanks for reading!!!

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Old 04-23-2015, 10:08 PM
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:09 PM
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Welcome! Looks like a sweet ride, and you got it for a steal! You mentioned near mint condition, so I'm assuming everything works?

The problem with buying a used a car at auction is you don't know what has been replaced and what hasn't... check your cooling system.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:21 PM
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Yeah everything works. The only thing I had to replace so far was the lower radiator hose and my right headlight was out but other then that it's in very good condition. When I'm ready to start a thread I'll have someone with a DSLR camera take some high quality pictures of the car. I'm not sure where I want to go with modding. I kinda want to go with the M5 look but not sure how I would work out the exhaust if I was to run an OEM rear bumper. I want some wide rears but I want contact rather then "Stance" (No Disrespect to the Stanced E39's). My care is Automatic so Im not sure where I can go performance wise yet... I'm still doing a lot of reading and taking notes. Opinions and suggestions are very welcome! Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:27 PM
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I would love to have my interior look like this!!!

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Old 04-23-2015, 10:37 PM
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What did you do to induce the BMs? Or were they natural?
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:57 PM
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Lol...
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:05 AM
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Welcome! I have a 530i Sport as well. Getting the interior how you like it wouldn't be difficult. Too bad my dreams are much more bolder than yours:





Having either would be so awesome....
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Old 04-24-2015, 01:49 AM
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That second one is nice! I just plan to source all the parts to completely swap my interior black then im going to pay one of you Know Hows that's not too far from me to install it all for me! But damn that second picture is nice! My interior is tan leather!
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:28 AM
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Hi AristoPei,

Alpine White FTW!

Take a look through this forum and you will pick up quite a good amount of knowledge for the car's systems and various tips and tricks etc. It's a little 'light' on modifying here, most owners preferring the oem only look. The other 'big' channel has more 'modifiers' who will push the envelope out just that little bit more which is where I think, longer term you'd perhaps want your car to be looking and performing like!

So far. what you've thought about, the M5 interior swap, quad exhaust conversion, wheels and a suitable drop without going too low have been discussed perhaps multiple thousands of times now - each is easily doable. You can then look at other more involved modifications according to what you'd like - things like SMG steering wheel, external styling choices, functional modifications both internal and external, performance and handling, braking and then power upgrades.

You'll probably get lots of other enthusiasts saying to change the external door/bumper mouldings to black! my car has the same colour coded ones as yours and I've lost count of the amount of people on forums and in real life at meets saying I should do that! instead I opted for a carbon fibre printed vinyl wrap on the entire roof and had my wheels done in a flash chrome paint with polished lips. For more contrast, I did black bonnet/hood grilles, black ACS mirrors and I have the black of the carbon fibre on the front lip I have.

My car was Ex Police, so led a very very hard life prior to me purchasing it when it was retired from active duty just after it's 3rd birthday in 2006. I also picked it up for an absolute bargain price - though not as cheap as what you have! it was around 6000 at the time, when other non Police E39 Touring's were between 16-22,000. I've of course changed a lot of stuff on the car and there's still plenty to come!

Before the rest of the members chime in, do ensure your car is all mechanically good/perfect and then start to look at modifications etc! - its one of the favourite lines on this forum !

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:07 AM
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Dennis,

Thanks for all of this info and the warm welcome.

When it comes to modding for performance I'm not planning to do too much. I figure if I want something for big power I should just get an M5. I think i'm going to keep it pretty simple. Just Intake (If its recommended), a tune of some sort and Exhaust mainly for sound. This will be more of a daily so I don't want to get too crazy you know.

Thanks for educating me on the picture. I didn't know that was an M5 interior swap. I just seen it and liked it! As for the quad exhaust that's what im currently looking into because my car has pretty good paint. Id say 8.5/10 surprisingly. But since I want to go with the M5 Look i'm currently in the market for the front and rear bumper so im also in the market for the exhaust to match it.

Other then Maintenance I think brakes and suspension are two points i'll start with for now since I need to save a mass part of my money to move back to San Diego at the end of the year! I'll probably do most of my modding out there. For now i'll just read up, keep taking notes from individuals like yourself willing to dish out some knowledge and keep my eye out on parts that I will eventually need that people are getting rid of! Thanks for the info man! Post some pics up of your car!!! The pics im posting is the look I kinda want to aim for without coppy catting detail for detail... but close!







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Old 04-24-2015, 05:22 AM
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That was a steal! You just stole from the cops! I wish I would fall on a chance like that some day. Congrats of the find and enjoy.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:52 AM
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That second one is nice! I just plan to source all the parts to completely swap my interior black then im going to pay one of you Know Hows that's not too far from me to install it all for me! But damn that second picture is nice! My interior is tan leather!
I've got some Piano Black trim for sale to start ya off, lol!

Can't wait for future progress, sounds interesting.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:27 AM
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Hi AristoPei,

I understand on your thinking there and perhaps doing things in stages when it suits etc. From what you say, and the pictures you've referenced for what you like, then it'll be relatively easy for you do achieve it. The non M5 car you've shown, I 'think' might be member Narvin's old car and If I'm wrong on that, which I could be, its another one of the regular posting members perhaps here or on the other channel - that said, it might well be a completely different enthusiasts car! I say it's relatively easy to achieve as it's only been lowered and is running 19 inch (might be 20s?) Varstoenn wheels which look very much like the much wanted, genuine BBS LM wheels which are on the M5 picture above. So quality suspension, the wheels, perhaps some rolling and pulling of the arches/fenders, perhaps a set of minimal thickness spacers and you'd be able to get that look. As it's a daily, you might not want to run as low as that, but there are owners who do.

There's quite a few threads on how ot get the quad exhaust setup on non M5's. Have a search through and then look for a local reputable exhaust specialist who can do the job properly and well and you'll be set there too. M5 or Sport front/rear bumpers can be had quite easily from a breaking car or you could go for better quality replica versions - look to forum sponsor Umnitza as a starting point.

For me, I like to push the envelope for modifying a little more, so that means things like as rare or sought after wheels that I like. I don't want wheels the 'masses' have, and although the look is fantastic, the 'BBS LM' look is way too common for me and I've never liked mesh or cross spoke wheel designs either ! I also like other rarer to find items that are oem or, aftermarket products which I feel fit well with the E39 body shape/proportions and styling. Here's a cut n paste of a signature I have in another forum

2003 Ex-Police E39 530 Diesel Touring. Alpine White, 260,000+ Miles & climbing!
Wheels;
19" Hartge Nova 5 - Custom painted 'Flash Chrome' centres & Polished Lips (set of 5)
19" Hartge Nova 5 - Awaiting custom re-finish (set of 4)
19" Hartge Classic - Custom powder coated centres in shadow chrome & diamond cut/no lacquer lips (set of 5)
20" Hartge Classic - Awaiting custom re-finish (set of 4)
Audio;
Full Custom Audio install - Arc Audio KS Mini ampliifers. DLS 5.25" 2 way front components & 4" 2 way co-axials. JL Audio 8W3-V3 subwoofer in stealth enclosure. Parrot Asteroid Smart head unit, custom door builds for DLS R5A front stage & Earthquake SWS6 flatline subwoofers, custom rear pillar speaker pods DLS 4" Co-axials. LumiDock iPod holder,
External;
H&R Springs, ExoticsTuning front lip spoiler, Sport F/R bumpers upgrade, Carbon Fibre effect printed Vinyl roof wrap, High gloss black vinyl window trim wrap, Hartge bonnet/hood & tailgate badges, rear rooftip spoiler, matt Black kidney grille, projector foglamps.
Internal;
Hartge auto gearlever, Hartge Handbrake handle, Hartge door sill strips, E46 M3 CSL Alcantara/Tri-stitch SMG steering wheel, full Black Leather Sport seats,
Engine;
Custom ECU re-map biased for more Power & Torque in Steptronic mode, EGR delete, K&N induction kit, Stainless steel de-cat, Stainless steel exhaust backbox with twin oval pipes.
Plenty more modifications to come!

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Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:34 PM
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Hi AristoPei,

I understand on your thinking there and perhaps doing things in stages when it suits etc. From what you say, and the pictures you've referenced for what you like, then it'll be relatively easy for you do achieve it. The non M5 car you've shown, I 'think' might be member Narvin's old car and If I'm wrong on that, which I could be, its another one of the regular posting members perhaps here or on the other channel - that said, it might well be a completely different enthusiasts car! I say it's relatively easy to achieve as it's only been lowered and is running 19 inch (might be 20s?) Varstoenn wheels which look very much like the much wanted, genuine BBS LM wheels which are on the M5 picture above. So quality suspension, the wheels, perhaps some rolling and pulling of the arches/fenders, perhaps a set of minimal thickness spacers and you'd be able to get that look. As it's a daily, you might not want to run as low as that, but there are owners who do.

There's quite a few threads on how ot get the quad exhaust setup on non M5's. Have a search through and then look for a local reputable exhaust specialist who can do the job properly and well and you'll be set there too. M5 or Sport front/rear bumpers can be had quite easily from a breaking car or you could go for better quality replica versions - look to forum sponsor Umnitza as a starting point.

For me, I like to push the envelope for modifying a little more, so that means things like as rare or sought after wheels that I like. I don't want wheels the 'masses' have, and although the look is fantastic, the 'BBS LM' look is way too common for me and I've never liked mesh or cross spoke wheel designs either ! I also like other rarer to find items that are oem or, aftermarket products which I feel fit well with the E39 body shape/proportions and styling. Here's a cut n paste of a signature I have in another forum

2003 Ex-Police E39 530 Diesel Touring. Alpine White, 260,000+ Miles & climbing!
Wheels;
19" Hartge Nova 5 - Custom painted 'Flash Chrome' centres & Polished Lips (set of 5)
19" Hartge Nova 5 - Awaiting custom re-finish (set of 4)
19" Hartge Classic - Custom powder coated centres in shadow chrome & diamond cut/no lacquer lips (set of 5)
20" Hartge Classic - Awaiting custom re-finish (set of 4)
Audio;
Full Custom Audio install - Arc Audio KS Mini ampliifers. DLS 5.25" 2 way front components & 4" 2 way co-axials. JL Audio 8W3-V3 subwoofer in stealth enclosure. Parrot Asteroid Smart head unit, custom door builds for DLS R5A front stage & Earthquake SWS6 flatline subwoofers, custom rear pillar speaker pods DLS 4" Co-axials. LumiDock iPod holder,
External;
H&R Springs, ExoticsTuning front lip spoiler, Sport F/R bumpers upgrade, Carbon Fibre effect printed Vinyl roof wrap, High gloss black vinyl window trim wrap, Hartge bonnet/hood & tailgate badges, rear rooftip spoiler, matt Black kidney grille, projector foglamps.
Internal;
Hartge auto gearlever, Hartge Handbrake handle, Hartge door sill strips, E46 M3 CSL Alcantara/Tri-stitch SMG steering wheel, full Black Leather Sport seats,
Engine;
Custom ECU re-map biased for more Power & Torque in Steptronic mode, EGR delete, K&N induction kit, Stainless steel de-cat, Stainless steel exhaust backbox with twin oval pipes.
Plenty more modifications to come!



Cheers, Dennis!
Oh my
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This also troubled me. I thought someone had invented a new way to do this.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:54 PM
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Dennis,

That thing is nice. There was a wagon in my city on craigslist for $1,500.00 That needed new suspension that I was going to get but stalled on it and someone else got it. If I find one i'm getting that too! And my bad everyone on the "BM" thing. LOL... Thanks for all the advice and tips!
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:20 PM
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I've been reading and it seems like the very first thing I should get done is my Vanos Seals!!! I've researched the parts and everything... but in my search I found this Rebuilt Vanos System with Solenoid... (http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-57...x3-z4-e60.aspx)

Would it be worth it to just get this instead? Thanks in Advance!!!
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