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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 08-01-2012, 01:19 AM
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First pics of new ride

Picked up my E39 on Sunday morning, gave it a bath yesterday and got a few pictures on my phone. I'm glad i got black Euro plates now. Next mod is to delete the tow bar and get a new diffuser, previous owner got it put on as an after thought and subsequently cut the diffuser panel to fit it. My favorite car to date was a MkV Golf R32 manual, it was faster than the 5er and sounded fantastic. Overall I think I prefer the 5er, plus it was about half the price, bargain!
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:47 AM
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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2 Sets of E39 OEM Technical Graphite / Cubic Interior Trim set- $285/$265 Shipped
E39 OEM Satin-Matte Chrome Interior Trim set- $245 Shipped
E39 OEM Bruyere Club Interior Trim set $250 Shipped [
2 Sets of E39 OEM Maple Wood "Muschelahorn" trim $340/$300 Shipped & steering wheels $150/$150
E39 OEM High Polished Black Trim set $260 Shipped

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Old 08-01-2012, 11:41 AM
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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Nice - too bad it was put into tow service. What up with that?
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:55 PM
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:34 AM
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2001 540i - Orient Blue

M5 bumpers, wheels, mirrors
S/C, water/air IC
A1 Headers, Random Technology Cats, Eissenmann Exhaust
3.15 diff, evosport power pullies
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:20 PM
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I've never seen one so big on an E39, and a 6...
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:18 PM
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Very nice E39!! If yours is a true "Individual" please post interior pics as I would LOVE to see a Individual car as there so rare.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:21 PM
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Thanks gang, yeah the tow thing put me off a bit but the mileage is low and the tranny feels great, the guy insisted he rarely towed and the parts used for towing look almost new so I believe him. I'm enjoying the snow at NZ now but will post more pics asap
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wow class 3 trailer hitch! Smart looking car!
Right? Who thought you could tow w ith a BMW... Oh, that is right, BMW.

Nice looking 530i, and factory mtech too.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:28 PM
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1997 540i 6 Speed, Sport. My first Bimmer! I picked it up last week. Due to knee injury, I still couldnt drive it. It is killing me slowly....

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:31 PM
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:23 AM
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Very nice E39!! If yours is a true "Individual" please post interior pics as I would LOVE to see a Individual car as there so rare.
I'm very late here, but there you go

Birch anthracite with Silverstone leather
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:03 AM
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I'm very late here, but there you go

Birch anthracite with Silverstone leather
whats a "BMW Individual" ?
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:03 PM
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Im sorry to be the 1st to say but thats not a true "Individual" As everything is stock color and nothing special about the interior. Just the door seals are Individual. A true "Individual" will have 2 tone interior and very rare color combos. But still a very clean E39 you have there
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:12 PM
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Im sorry to be the 1st to say but thats not a true "Individual" As everything is stock color and nothing special about the interior. Just the door seals are Individual. A true "Individual" will have 2 tone interior and very rare color combos. But still a very clean E39 you have there
Thanks However, mine is an individual. What you mentioned above are "optional" components on the individual program. The whole idea of it is to customize your car to the color scheme you like most. You don't actually have to have to have two tone leather or the outrageous paint colours, most people just order those colours to stand out.

I know mine is one because it is Carbon Black (Only available on the M5 and individual cars) and it has birch anthracite trim, which is individual only.


...Not to mention I decoded the VIN before I purchased it
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:38 PM
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Thanks However, mine is an individual. What you mentioned above are "optional" components on the individual program. The whole idea of it is to customize your car to the color scheme you like most. You don't actually have to have to have two tone leather or the outrageous paint colours, most people just order those colours to stand out.

I know mine is one because it is Carbon Black (Only available on the M5 and individual cars) and it has birch anthracite trim, which is individual only.


...Not to mention I decoded the VIN before I purchased it
Yup, for once a BMW Individual buyer who had some taste.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:01 PM
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Yup, for once a BMW Individual buyer who had some taste.
I got lucky. More often than not the colour choices are (at least to me) very ostentatious and at times just horrible. To each there own though, some may say mine is too tame, whatever floats the boat

Here is proof: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...d=138954&stc=1
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:19 PM
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What kind of exhaust is that capt?
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:38 PM
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That is the OEM exhaust that is standard on Sport models.
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