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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 12-28-2013, 10:18 PM
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Curious if this has been lowered?

Sorry for my ignorance on this one... this is my first bmw.

I have a 2000 528i, which I have been having a great time driving. I think it has been lowered. As I look at other pictures of the same year, it looks like most others seem to ride a little higher.



If it has been lowered, can I get it back to how it was just by finding a stock spring set? Is there a way to tell if it's aftermarket parts, or just lowering springs?

(i want it back because I bottom out on speed bumps).

Any tips would be helpful. Thank you!
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:22 PM
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It does look like it has been lowered. Take pictures of suspension parts and post them so we can tell you what would need to be done.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:32 PM
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Re: Curious if this has been lowered?

Yup definitely lowered interested in seeing how lol

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Old 12-29-2013, 03:26 AM
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Yes lowered,
I have same wheels on a 99 as well,
Date code says 1996.
Please pop the center cap and look at code,
I havent seen this wheel before and Ive owned a 528 for 5 weeks,
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:35 PM
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I don't see how you guys can see it's lowered, but I don't disbelieve you.

Me? I'd simply measure it to the specs.

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Old 12-30-2013, 10:28 PM
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I'll need to lift it up to get pictures of the suspension... I hope it's not a big deal, because while I know lots of people like lowering these cars, I'm not a huge fan so far But maybe i'll regret it afterwards?
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:48 PM
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I lifted it up tonight to take some pictures of the suspension... I hope this shows you what you need to know.

Here's a shot of the front suspension:


Here's two shots of the rear suspension:



I assume they're aftermarket? My front tires are also balding on the inside.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:52 PM
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The springs look purple. I think the only purple springs for the E39 are vogtland. Front struts are stock rears look like bilsteins
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:00 PM
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so how was the front lowered? cut springs?
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:14 PM
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Re: Curious if this has been lowered?

No they are same drop springs as the rear... just mounted on diff struts. in other words if u just want to go back to stock hight get stock springs, or stock oem sport springs which are lower than stock but nothing crazy

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Old 01-05-2014, 09:27 PM
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See also this thread, posted today:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Has my car been lowered?
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:38 AM
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Fudman kindly posted a nice summary of how to change the permanent ride height of the E39, which I include below for reference...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > E39 ride height
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If done correctly, this will be expensive unless you DIY. Changing tire profiles on the same size rim will only get you part way there. While you achieve your appearance objectives, you also get improved handling. But the downside is reduced ride quality, lower gas mileage and speedo inaccuracy. The correct approach is to replace your springs. However, the stiffness of the springs has now increased and the stroke range for your struts has now changed. So you would have to change your struts too, to avoid bottoming out. If your car was due for a suspension refresh, then at least you can justify part of the cost as maintenance!
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