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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 08-04-2011, 07:56 PM
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here is mine. got it back in September. has Dinan Exhaust, Suspension (though for some reason the passenger side is correct for Dinan, and the drivers side is standard sport drop, though both seem to have the same Koni shocks and Dinan Springs). Intravee II adaptor with timeout mod. rear AC Spoiler. Hartge 19" rims.



so far have done the VCG. rear vapor barriers. swapped out rear diff for a 2.81 instead of 3.15 (this is a long range cruiser). replaced 2 expansion tanks, NPG+ coolant, replaced fan shroud, replaced headlight adjusters, vinyl wrapped interior in vertical brushed aluminum. auto-tragic level in black carbon fiber. Memphis Audio Sub installed where the old "sub" was and its amp installed on its side next to the spare tire.

plans: entire front suspension rebuild to figure out why the car does not sit Dinan ride height all around. front brake pads and rotors at some point. flappy paddle shift levers (if i do not 6 speed swap it first). M5 tire pressure monitor retrofit (have all the pieces, just not the time right now). trailer hitch and backup camera. remapping the rear tail lights, i want to disable the lower turn signals. i do not believe in red turn signals. i have he uppers yellow and do not want the lowers blinking red when turning without the brakes on. does anybody know if this is even possible?

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Jayster & Reefin -

It is possible to flash just the top portion of the turn signals from what I have been told. I have a GT1 I am plugging into tomorrow. I was told when accessing the LCM there is a EURO and US option. The vehicle is obviously defaulted to the US selection now, when selecting the EURO option the tail light is to flash just the yellow portion of the tail light presently in Reffin's 540iT.

I am not sure how true any of this may be as I energized and wired my rear fog light circuit through the LCM years ago and have done nothing to change to the EURO setting for the tail lights. When I know for sure either way I will repost.

If anyone knows of some good non celis Euro Wagon tail lights with the Yellow Indicators, not clear with Yellow bulbs, shoot me a message.
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Old 08-05-2011, 05:21 AM
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Hi,

I will post up some of my pics and background for my car on this thread soon! some of you already know me and the car anyway

When I first got my car, it had orange indicator facelift Hellas for the headlamps and being an 03, Celis orange indicator topped rears. UK tastes are for clears and I couldn't wait to change them! The headlamps were changed first and I put the orange ones up on ebay and they sold within 20 minutes to an enthusiast in New York! I then sorted out a very very good friend in LA with the rear Amber celis to put on his rather famous (in modified circles!) widebody Touring. I've just recently sold another set of Amber rears to another US enthusiast as well! leading from that, I now want the USA way of the rear lights to work!! and you guys want the Euro way for them to work! I'm sure there is a way of getting this achieved without having to resort to programming, but it may well turn out that coding is the only way to do it.

4haulin dogs - I'm sure I can easily get you a set of the 'early' non celis orange top rear touring lenses - whenever those come up on UK ebay, they're cheap as no one really wants them. I don't mind picking a set up and sending across to you, and even to the extent as they'd be so cheap, perhaps have two sets as then you can fiddle around with one for testing etc.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:46 AM
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Hi,

I will post up some of my pics and background for my car on this thread soon! some of you already know me and the car anyway

When I first got my car, it had orange indicator facelift Hellas for the headlamps and being an 03, Celis orange indicator topped rears. UK tastes are for clears and I couldn't wait to change them! The headlamps were changed first and I put the orange ones up on ebay and they sold within 20 minutes to an enthusiast in New York! I then sorted out a very very good friend in LA with the rear Amber celis to put on his rather famous (in modified circles!) widebody Touring. I've just recently sold another set of Amber rears to another US enthusiast as well! leading from that, I now want the USA way of the rear lights to work!! and you guys want the Euro way for them to work! I'm sure there is a way of getting this achieved without having to resort to programming, but it may well turn out that coding is the only way to do it.

4haulin dogs - I'm sure I can easily get you a set of the 'early' non celis orange top rear touring lenses - whenever those come up on UK ebay, they're cheap as no one really wants them. I don't mind picking a set up and sending across to you, and even to the extent as they'd be so cheap, perhaps have two sets as then you can fiddle around with one for testing etc.

Cheers, Dennis!
Thanks for the heads up again Dennis, keep us posted on the info you find. Sort of funny how everyoned over here wants what you guys have and visa versa.

Thanks Again, Jay.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:39 AM
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Dennis -

If you come across a set of those early Euro Touring tail lights on UK eBay that are nice pick them up. Let me know how to get the money to you and I'll get it taken care of. I greatly appreciate the gesture.

Most guys over here driving old cop cars are rednecks in Crown Vic's with pillar mounted spot lights, yours is a diesel Touring. We are so screwed up over here.
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:34 AM
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4 Haulin- keep me posted on the GT1 thing. i would love to have my tails flashed to Euro so that only the tops flash yellow.

there are a few other things i need to make list to GT1. i need to find someone around me who has access to one.

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:09 PM
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There's a number of early (non Celis) E39 Touring Amber top rear lenses on ebay right now!

One pair (they're listed individually) would come to £28 delivered to me if no one bids. There's a few sets/items at £15, plus £5 delivery, so around £40 for a pair delivered. The last two sets of these lenses I sent across came to around $50-60 USD to send, so perhaps for around $100-150 USD these would be landed at your door.

Good thing is they're always listed, due to as mentioned above, no one really wants them, so anytime any of you are ready to want a pair, it'll be relatively easy for me to sort out - so just drop me a PM !

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:39 PM
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Hi guys! Finally got my Mtech rear bumper painted and installed today. Changes the way the whole rear of the touring looks. This is the next to last piece that I wanted to change. Last item would be the exhaust muffler and tip. What do you guys think? Probably will go with a stainless magnaflow muffler. Not quite sure which tips would look better. Either a 3.5 single stainless or a 5"x3.5" stainless oval?

Dennis, thanks for checking out the tail lights for us. Got a link so I can just see what they look like? Definitely interested as well. Price seems right. Looking to hear from you soon.

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Old 08-06-2011, 09:31 PM
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:35 AM
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It looks good Jay!!!!!!

What wrong with the tip you have on there now??? It looks perfectly subtle to me.

Your car is a statement of your personality. Just please don't make it look like some Fast and Furious rice mobile with a big fart pipe.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:54 AM
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It looks good Jay!!!!!!

What wrong with the tip you have on there now??? It looks perfectly subtle to me.

Your car is a statement of your personality. Just please don't make it look like some Fast and Furious rice mobile with a big fart pipe.
4 Haulin' Dogs, Thanks for the comments buddy. That hilarious, never heard it called a fartpipe before! LOL No worries, will never put some big "fartpipe" tip on it. What I am looking for is something just .5" bigger in LxW (oval) to fill the wider exhaust cutout a little bit. Still searching for a classy looking tip though as I really do not want to change the muffler as quietness is our friend.

Thanks again, Jay.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:23 AM
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the easiest thing to do is do a youtube search for 3M Di-Noc. that is the vinyl that most people use, there are a lot of videos out there showing the technique. once you pop of the trim pieces you just cut the wrap to a close fit. peel and stick the wrap to the trim piece. get a heat gun and start shrinking the wrap to the trim. it takes some minor practice, but it is not that bad. get some extra in case you need to redo a piece. the stuff comes right off if you need to remove it without affecting the finish on the trim piece itself.

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:51 PM
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:27 PM
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How many Tourings were imported to the USA?

Here's my contribution to the BFest Touring thread...Abacus540iT did all the work, though:

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Old 08-26-2011, 07:48 PM
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Some of you might find this strange but here goes. I have had the Mtech bumper on my 528it now for a month or so and the only thing missing was the dual tip exhaust. The single tip was alright but was off center and looked kind of small in the cutout. What to do? Should I buy or build?

Well, after some imagination and measuring here is what I came up with.







Yes, after some cutting/drilling/welding these are now dual tips on a stock muffler. I really wanted dual exhaust without the increased sound and drone of aftermarket mufflers.
I think it turned out OK, what do you think?
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:45 PM
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Hey Guy's .......been lurking for awhile....about a month ago picked up my 1999 540it...got it for a song thats all I say......few minor details...but overall great car ....I'm not new to the Marque....previous cars 72 3.0cs,77 320i sport (bought new in 77 sold in 93),3.0si rare 5spd,91 M5,97 740il,99 M Coupe....I know the Marque well.....you guys have been a great inspiration and knowledge base...thanks....so if I can post pics here they are....[IMG][/IMG]:alright
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:50 PM
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Has anyone ever seen a set of extra rear seats out there for tourings?
(The ones that are backwards facing)

I have little mounting pockets in my rear so I'm just kinda curious..
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:57 PM
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:35 AM
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My new favourite picture! I'm really liking how this picture turned out, I decided to 'learn' a little more about what my camera is capable of!



Another from further back..



the540wgn - I don't think BMW ever offered rear facing seats. I think the mounting points you mention, which are on the floor piece in the corners, these are for hooking perhaps the elastic load cover/net to with the hooks it has

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Old 10-06-2011, 12:51 AM
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Wow! Those are some great looking wagons! Er uh... Tourings! Lol!
I had no idea that there were only 370 '02 540iTA's!!!
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:46 PM
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Sean 911c - I'm insanely jealous of your Helicam setup !! I'd love to have one but I think I know the equipment you have is that ultra pricey stuff ! I'm going to try and 'slum it' by using $160 beginner friendly remote control helis and attach a small full HD video camera to it !! - You also have an Alpine White E39 Touring, and it's looking ripe for some better looking wheels etc !

BBpilot - this is the 'small' thread at the moment.. you should check out the mammoth E39 touring thread over on bimmerforums.com ....

Cheers, Dennis!
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