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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 10-31-2013, 08:46 PM
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Hey all! Its been awhile since I have been on here. I left Japan in early 2012 and unfortunately had to sell my 98 320. I loved that little car, and just today I bought a 2002 530i. I have been looking on CL for quite awhile and to be honest with you I wasn't thinking about getting another BMW. I saw this one and decided to look at in person and I instantly fell in love! I am definitely happy that I am back in the game with a BMW!
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:54 PM
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:22 PM
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Well, if you were to make a come back you did it the right way. Nice purchase.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:25 AM
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Nice car, looks like a Sterling Grey. Love that color with those wheels, but hard to clean.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:11 PM
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Any updates on your purchase? Things I ought to consider? Looking into a 2003 530i myself. Currently own a 525i.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:17 PM
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Well I am trying to get the guy I bought it from give me the parts list of things he fixed or replaced. I will be cleaning her today and giving you all a better picture.

List of things I want to do real soon: (in any order)
Tint windows
Aftermarket radio, has a DSP radio but I need Bluetooth!
maybe change out the center arm rest
fix the sunroof (rail is broken)



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Old 11-02-2013, 03:18 PM
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Nice car, looks like a Sterling Grey. Love that color with those wheels, but hard to clean.
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Thanks for letting me know the color! I like to keep my vehicles stock looking so it's a great look.


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Old 11-02-2013, 03:18 PM
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Well, if you were to make a come back you did it the right way. Nice purchase.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:46 PM
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Little update, replaced the front speakers with some 5.25 kenwoods. I have decided to stick with the dsp radio/amp for now and just replace the speakers and add the mediabridge so I can get Bluetooth and charging cables for my phone.

I also bought the rails for the sunroof which I will replace on Monday.


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Old 03-14-2014, 10:29 PM
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Added more info while I keep buying new parts. I replaced the windshield since it was pitted really bad. I went ahead and replaced the cowling underneath the wiper blades and in the corners. Makes a big difference!!Click image for larger version

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I also had a quick question for any other 530i owners. I notice there is a small space in the engine compartment was wondering if anything is supposed to go there.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:38 PM
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I got one of those, Nice car hows about a nice pic??
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:23 AM
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"I also had a quick question for any other 530i owners. I notice there is a small space in the engine compartment was wondering if anything is supposed to go there."

I believe there is another air filter box that goes in that space, but only on the 540's... I asked the same question when I got my 530...




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Old 03-15-2014, 11:18 AM
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My 2002 has 2 cabin filters one on each side by the firewall
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:28 AM
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:25 PM
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I got one of those, Nice car hows about a nice pic??

I'll wash her tomorrow and get a few on here.


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My 2002 has 2 cabin filters one on each side by the firewall

Yeah I got that, but there's a open space near the passenger headlight. I believe like the comment above, it could be for the extra air filter for the 540 and M5


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Old 03-16-2014, 09:49 AM
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Yeah its definatley the space for the extra air filter box for the V8 models. My 528i has the same space. Its a conveiniant tool storage space while working on the car.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:53 AM
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Yeah I got that, but there's a open space near the passenger headlight. I believe like the comment above, it could be for the extra air filter for the 540 and M5


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Copy that, I didn't know where under the hood you speaking of cause you didn't say...lol...
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:55 AM
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That is correct - dual air filters. Welcome back.

Thanks for help all. Damn that picture makes me wanna get a 540 or m5


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Old 03-28-2014, 06:26 PM
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Nice car. Good luck.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:27 AM
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Thanks, my last planned upgrade is two 10 inch subwoofers


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Welcome to the club! I've also just got a 530 a few months back. Just wondering, how much did you know pay for it?
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