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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 08-31-2005, 03:30 PM
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2001 530i non sport swap to 3 spokes steering wheel

has anyone done this? I have the opportunity to purchase an 01 530 manual for under 20k with 57k miles. is this a good deal? It doesn't have the sport package and I hate the standard steering wheel. Has anyone done it? how hard is it to do the swap and find one? I assume air bags are different as well?
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:03 PM
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I would wait, and get a car with the sports package. Yes, you can swap the steering wheel...but later you will want to switch the tires, then the shocks and springs, black trim...and guess what? Would have been thousands cheaper to just get the factory sports package.

See too many that get caught in this trap.
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:38 PM
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You're looking at a good $800 to get a sport wheel and airbag..

I have a friend selling his charcoal grey 530 with sport suspensions, built in detector, very nice.. I almost bought it myself.
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Old 08-31-2005, 04:56 PM
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I'm not concerned with the shocks and rims since I'm gonna drop it with aftermarket struts/springs as well as aftermarket rims and a body kit. It's just the not so sporty steering wheels. But I guess it's a minor thing if I can get the car @ a good deal .
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Old 08-31-2005, 08:32 PM
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i'd get the sport with the sport steering wheel already there.
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:46 AM
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to answer the original question, yes it can be done quite easily. there is a step by step write up somewhere on this, i'd check www.bmwtips.com to start. For brand new parts, you are looking at about 800 for the wheel and the airbag.
I've been thinking about updating the wheel in my 00 M5, it has the 'older style' 3 spoke sport wheel, is thicker than the 'standard' sport wheel and has red and blue stitching. If i update my wheel, i'd have my old one to sell. You can often find sport wheels on ebay too. I'm a little hesitant to buy an airbag off ebay myself, which is the more expensive part of the two.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:59 AM
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hey guys,
just bought an '03 530i non-sport (premium?). I already have a donor '03 530i sport that i want to switch the sport parts over to.

from what i've read this is what needs to be swapped:
front seats
steering wheel
front struts and springs
rear struts and springs
wheels
anti-roll bars

So I have two questions:

Is there anything else that would need to be swapped?

For the steering wheel and seats, are the connectors the same or will I need to change the harnesses too?
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:09 AM
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hey guys,
just bought an '03 530i non-sport (premium?). I already have a donor '03 530i sport that i want to switch the sport parts over to.

from what i've read this is what needs to be swapped:
front seats
steering wheel
front struts and springs
rear struts and springs
wheels
anti-roll bars

So I have two questions:

Is there anything else that would need to be swapped?

For the steering wheel and seats, are the connectors the same or will I need to change the harnesses too?
Steering wheel is a straight swap and buttons will work too.
You should have shadow line trim (black) around the windows on the donor car. This is a sports pkg option. Needs to be removed very carefully to avoid bending and paint cracking.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:20 AM
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While having the sport seats, 3-spoke wheel, and shadowline trim are nice bits of bling you can show your friends, the business end of the sport package is the suspension.

Put that suspension (or just use the sport springs and then upgrade to Eibach Sways and Koni Sports) on any non-sport 530i manual car and you'll have everything that makes a sport DRIVE like a sport.

You can always plasti-dip the trim, add a used 3-spoke wheel later....and skip adding the less-comfortable sport seats.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:34 AM
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Thanks for the info. I want to switch everything over because the interior on the non-sport is pretty beat up and I love the way the sport model handles.

What about the seat harnesses?
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:26 AM
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What about the seat harnesses?
An 03 e39 is an 03 e39 in regards to electronics. The only thing you'd need to watch for is options that are related to the seat but may not be "in" the seat...and that is the heated seat option.

Heated seats have the pads incorporated into the padding/seating leather etc...and you'd need to deal with the accessory unit where the switches reside. If your car doesn't have this option already, you'd need to move the control unit over as well as some other fabricating to bring the wiring harness and any relay/fuses that may be required.

But if both vehicles are optioned the same...then it's just a simple swap.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:58 AM
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But I guess it's a minor thing if I can get the car @ a good deal .
Under $20K for an 01 w/manual w/o sport with 57K is NOT A GOOD DEAL! It would have to be a LOT LESS than $20K. If you must have a manual, for that price, get an M5 or 540. $20K buys a LOT of e39 nowadays. Search KBB for pricing. Over four years ago, I bought my 02 Sport (w/auto) with 63K for $13K.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:09 AM
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Under $20K for an 01 w/manual w/o sport with 57K is NOT A GOOD DEAL! It would have to be a LOT LESS than $20K. If you must have a manual, for that price, get an M5 or 540. $20K buys a LOT of e39 nowadays. Search KBB for pricing. Over four years ago, I bought my 02 Sport (w/auto) with 63K for $13K.
Um, that was posted in 2005...
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:14 AM
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Um, that was posted in 2005...
Well, there is that.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:19 AM
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Has anyone tried to put seats from a 7-series into a 5-series? I like the articulated seatback but i'm pretty sure there would have to be modifications done to make them bolt/plug in.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:27 AM
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Has anyone tried to put seats from a 7-series into a 5-series? I like the articulated seatback but i'm pretty sure there would have to be modifications done to make them bolt/plug in.
E38 seats are a straight swap into an E39. Same frame, same connectors, etc. Just remember to switch over your seat belt buckles.

Just like the E39, there are pre 3/99 seats and connectors which belong to Single Stage airbag cars with Black Connectors and then post 3/99 cars which have Dual Stage airbags and Yellow Connectors.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:44 AM
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hmm, ok. thanks.
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I'm looking to do a similar upgrade as the OP: 2001 non-sport multifunction to sport multifunction, and have some questions about compatibility.

Realoem has a different part number and a note "Slip ring, see HG 61" for cars after 09/01. So if I buy a wheel after 09/01 for my early 01 car, is it just a case of bolting in the slip right as per this page?

As well as the standard wheel and the M-sport, realoem lists a "sport" steering wheel: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...32&hg=32&fg=35
What's the difference between this and the M-sport?
It was introduced in 2000. But, unlike the standard and M-sport wheel, there was no change in 09/01 for the slip ring thingo. Can someone please explain?

Thanks,
Simon

PS "Fabric Rips diagonal" is a pretty funny translation for the interior trim code!!
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