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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 01-11-2013, 04:02 PM
Biffta1978 Biffta1978 is offline
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Mein Auto: Bmw 530dm sport
530d muffler

What is a good brand of muffler to fit to my bmw 530d and will it give better performance?i don't want a boy racer noise from it either
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:18 AM
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The Diesel variants didn't make it to the USA so as this forum is 99% USA orientated, no one will have direct experience.

If you've not already done so, nip over to the UK focused http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/

Most who opt for an upgrade will go to one of the budget stainless steel exhaust places who'll fit up a back box for you and you can choose if you want the exhaust quiet or a bit louder. I opted for a Powerflow and wanted perhaps 10-15% more sound upon driving/load and that's exactly what I got and sounds great - just a low 'rumble' type sound, no motorway drone and a quiet slightly lower tone idle. Performance wise, just a backbox will not give you any increase, for that, you'd need to fit one of the two ready made de-cat units, and have a full stainless steel system which would perhaps then give you another 5-8 HP perhaps, but better turbo spooling and thus quicker response and driveability characteristics.

Cheers, Dennis!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:12 AM
GabesJH82 GabesJH82 is offline
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I would go with the magnaflow part# 14816 as this is what I have on mines. Gives a nice little rumble sound at cold start not too loud tho. You can always remove the resonator for louder sound. I didn't like too loud of a sound especially after long trips when you just wanna cruise.
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