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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 10-20-2015, 10:55 AM
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My 560i is finally done, I think

Finally calling my swap "done" and putting it up for sale. I know some of you E39 folks don't follow my thread as it gets buried quick in all the other maintenance threads, so I figured I'd post here. This has easily been the most involved and challenging automotive project I've taken on, and I hope the results reflect that. It's been a great couple of years but I'm ready to move on to something different.


My build thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=638915


My for sale ad: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...755&highlight=


If you know of anyone that might be interested in purchasing please feel free to pass on the info. I am negotiable on the price since I want to see it go to a good home!
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:10 PM
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Anyone wanna group buy this car? I'll do you all the favor and register it under my name
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:50 PM
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Anyone wanna group buy this car? I'll do you all the favor and register it under my name
I'm in. Just a little distance between us though...
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:27 PM
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Easy enough, one month in R.I., one month in S. Carolina. )
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:37 AM
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I apologize to all for taking so long to get engine bay pictures, but I wanted to give it a good cleaning first. Here we go:

_DSC4473 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

_DSC4472 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

_DSC4474 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

_DSC4475 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

_DSC4477 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

My favorite feature:
_DSC4480 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

Power is estimated at 380whp/380 ft lbs.

It can easily be bumped up 50+whp with some better heads and less restrictive exhaust.
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:31 AM
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Phenomenal, looks like it belongs there. I love the humor behind the BMW sticker on the intake hahahahaha
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:32 AM
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Looks real nice. Though could use some custom plastic valve covers.

Also props on the nice clean install.

Wish I had the money...
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:54 AM
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Local dyno day yesterday, had some nice results



388whp/377tq

I am getting the itch to swap heads or boost it...

Dyno 560i by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr

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Old 11-02-2015, 07:05 AM
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i am getting the itch to swap heads or boost it...
boost it!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:22 PM
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how easy is it to maintain this car (with this swap)? can anyone that is mechanically inclined be able to work on this car or do we need to bring it to certain shops?
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:26 PM
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That VW expansion tank looks a bit out of place..
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:55 PM
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Looks nice. I'd have some valve covers fabbed up - that would look sweet.

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Old 11-16-2015, 01:59 AM
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Anyone wanna group buy this car? I'll do you all the favor and register it under my name

nope.... Nothing says "i trust my work " like

build it sell it..

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Old 11-16-2015, 06:34 AM
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how easy is it to maintain this car (with this swap)? can anyone that is mechanically inclined be able to work on this car or do we need to bring it to certain shops?
All I do is change fluids and drive it. I only tinker with little items I want to improve. working on the engine and transmission is no different than any LS powered car or truck (of which there are millions on the road).

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That VW expansion tank looks a bit out of place..
BMW engineers are rolling in their graves. At least I did put the disclaimer sticker on the intake.

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Looks nice. I'd have some valve covers fabbed up - that would look sweet.

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I have toyed with the idea of modifying the GTO covers to say BMW, but haven't ever gotten around to it.

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nope.... Nothing says "i trust my work " like

build it sell it..

21,000 miles of reliable transport and counting, not sure what you're implying? I think that speaks for itself.
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:25 AM
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Old 12-21-2015, 08:19 AM
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New owner picked her up early Saturday morning after flying in from N.C.

Here is one last shot with me and car. Thanks for the ride, it was a blast!

IMG_2873 by Norbert Ogiba, on Flickr
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:30 PM
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21,000 miles of reliable transport and counting, not sure what you're implying? I think that speaks for itself.
lol barely a oil change... anyway it looks good

Hopefully the new owner knows what he wants to do with it
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:44 PM
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congrats on the sale
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Body type OTHER Catalog model USA Production date 1999 / 06
Transmission Automatic Steering Left Catalyzer YES

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Old 12-21-2015, 03:05 PM
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did you get it to report ready for emissions test? most NC counties check that
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:38 PM
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Looks like the M5 beat you in that drag race, and you even had the jump on him.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:43 PM
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Looks like the M5 beat you in that drag race, and you even had the jump on him.

Yeah but the "560" was burning tire most of the way.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:45 PM
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Yeah but the "560" was burning tire most of the way.
All that power is worthless if you can't put it to the ground. Watch out for the Farmtruck.
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All that power is worthless if you can't put it to the ground. Watch out for the Farmtruck.

Probably needs different tires.
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:17 AM
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Nice but so noisy
What do you need for this is it direct engine swap and what about security and ews
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:18 AM
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