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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 11-07-2015, 04:58 PM
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First E39 drive in months today

I say months. It may have been most of this year since I've driven it.

Off to storage today to round up the E39 while the '04 E53 gets some love for a 75k mile 'anniversary.' I'm powdercoating the wheels and letting a buddy take some time on the paint that I just don't have any more. So, I reconnected the battery and took the long way home in my 2000 540 that I sc'ed nearly 11 years ago. I keep it covered, even in dry storage so it was as clean as it was the day I put it up last winter. Even the gloss on the tires was still satin black.

Even though I removed the resonator in 2001 and added a SuperSprint in '04 or '05(?), it's still more quiet than the E53 4.8is. That thing barks at start. The E39 just sorta winds up and says, "Yessssss?" Like Lurch if Lurch were a supermodel mom with 3 kids and rockin bod.

Of course, my wife behind me in her E46- with allllmost 100k on it- I simply *had* to swipe the tail out. The Quaife diff makes this easy- and predictable. Speaking of predictable, she was PO'ed for my leaving her. But I found my way to the Interstate and decided to blow some of the cobwebs out.

Every time I get back in this thing, I wonder why I might ever have considered selling it. But after so much time in the 4.8is, I had forgotten until today exactly how silly I built this thing. In 4th at 80, all you have to do is curl your toes and listen for the SC. About that time, look down to see why your stomach is pressing into your spine and you'll be rounding felony territory. It's so fast, I was a little scared. I even told my wife. That damn thing is silly fast! It just MOVES. The best part of the day was my 11 yr old daughter who saw it when she arrived home.

"OOOOhhhhh.. do I get to drive THAT some day?"

No dear. The 1975 2002 I'm resotring that was my first car nearly 30 years ago.... THAT is what you'll start with!

Love the E39. Looking back 15 years ago, I can't believe that I ever thought an NA 540i6 wasn't fast enough. 57k miles on my 15 yr old E39 and I'm looking for excuses to get to 100k before 2020.

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Was it in DS mode or is it manually
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:29 PM
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Was it in DS mode or is it manually
540i6 = manual
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