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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 11-26-2014, 08:25 PM
HolyToledo HolyToledo is offline
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VIN decoder


If anybody needs to find paint code via vin numbers. I found it useful while looking for matching parts at breakers.
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:56 PM
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The car's exterior paint code is also located on the paint code label underneath the hood on the lower right side (passenger side for LHD). The final coat color is in large letters on the first line and the undercoat color is in small letters on the 2nd line. The paint code number is on the left...and the 7 digit bmw part number for the label is on the right.

(in pic below...ORIENTBLAU METALLIC {orient blue} is the finial finish....317/5 is the color code, & dunkelblau {dark blue} is the undercoat...which is the nonmetallic paint you see in the engine bay in this case)

Q {BMW CCA Member #191509}
2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)


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Old 11-27-2014, 01:08 PM
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Yea, but some sellers don't know the paint cods of what they're selling. There are 5 or 6 different shades of blue offered by bmw, and I didn't want to get stuck with parts that didn't match. Scored a fender and trunk lid in mint condition.
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Old 11-28-2014, 12:05 AM
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Typing /paint f3 in the bestlinks nets this:
- Where is the BMW E39 paint-code label location (1) (2) and part number of the BMW touchup paint (1) & how to apply touch-up paint (1) & how to spot a painted BMW (1) (2) (3) & how to hide minor scratches in the paint (1) & painting ideas for the engine covers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cylinder heads (1) & valve covers (1) & how not to paint your engine covers (1)

Typing /vin f3 nets this:
- BMW 10-character vehicle defect code lookup tool for dealer service records (1) & how to decode your 17-character BMW VIN (1) & the RealOEM parts list based on your vehicle identification number (1) & a list of online BMW VIN decoders (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) & what is the definitive list of electronic computer modules that need VIN recoding once replaced (1)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:39 AM
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What a great link, it did exactly what I needed to do, and was super helpful.....Thanks !

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^ Another VIN decoder to add to the list is: www.bmwvin.com.

DIYs help you save money with repairs; let www.bmwpnpc.com help you save money with the parts.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:42 PM
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Great link
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