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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 06-24-2013, 02:52 PM
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Ha! Manuals are hard to come by and more expensive in New Zealand. Would love a manual conversion but for $6K there are other things I'd do to the car first. Was thinking of sending my EGS over to Dinan in the US to get the performance auto trans s/w. Sounds like it might be a good compromise and a helluva lot cheaper than a manual conversion.
That's crazy! Here in the states, my car was less expensive because it's a manual! Guess it helps that most people here don't know how to drive one.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:03 PM
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That's crazy! Here in the states, my car was less expensive because it's a manual! Guess it helps that most people here don't know how to drive one.
NZ is a small country so the demand for luxury new cars is pretty small. Most of the cars on the market are imported from Asia (particularly Japan and Singapore) and are virtually all autos. As a result the demand for manuals has dropped so most cars on the market are autos like the States. I think a lot of people even learn to drive in autos so never learn how to drive a manual (I'm an expat from the UK and had never driven an auto until I emigrated!).
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:43 PM
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The previous owner spilled coffee and left me a nasty mess under my console. Took it all apart and cleaned it up. Can't believe how easy it is to work on the interior of this car!
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:39 AM
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The previous owner spilled coffee and left me a nasty mess under my console. Took it all apart and cleaned it up. Can't believe how easy it is to work on the interior of this car!
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lol yea.. I did my banner the other day... (10"@25%) i was kindda like lounging in the car tinting...
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:11 AM
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lol yea.. I did my banner the other day... (10"@25%) i was kindda like lounging in the car tinting...
I meant like taking apart the interior.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:40 PM
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Sealant testing. Sealed and washed 1.5 months ago. Still shining. Cell phone pic but you get the idea.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:54 PM
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Menzerna sf4000 sealed with HD Poxy. I have been using Duragloss AquaWax 951 and Finish Kare 425 to maintain the shine. DuraGloss 111 is next then I will test Menzerna Power Lock.
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Menzerna sf4000 sealed with HD Poxy. I have been using Duragloss AquaWax 951 and Finish Kare 425 to maintain the shine. DuraGloss 111 is next then I will test Menzerna Power Lock.
Came out great, I'll have to look into it
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:08 PM
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Appreciate it!! The e39 is my DD so I am experimenting to find a solid combo to keep her shining without taking up too much time during the week. Regular wax attracts too much dust.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:10 AM
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:54 AM
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:11 AM
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:33 PM
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Looks great!
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:03 AM
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:25 PM
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My 540i / 6 just got done doing a massive amount of work on it. Just washed

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