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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 07-16-2014, 12:18 AM
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What's a Good Horn Replacement?

The horn on my car is pretty much dead or is about to die. I know the fuses are good and so is the rest of the wiring. But I'm looking to upgrade to something more...well...something that says "MOVE YOUR UGLY PRIUS"!!

Or most notably where I live...

"GET THE F*** OFF THE ROAD YOU STUPID BICYCLISTS"!!!

Yes obviously I could install a train horn but that would be kind of dumb on a BMW. Funny for a few moments, but eventually get annoying...and the piggy's I'm sure would love me for it.

So does anyone have any good suggestions? I've browsed online at places. But there's millions of options. So that's why I'm chiming in to see if anyone has gone the route and what you went with.

Too bad I couldn't slap the horn from the Mercedes 600 grosser that Jeremy Clarkson has in my car, that would be epic lol.

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Old 07-16-2014, 03:05 AM
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I want the one on my mothers F30 ITS LOUD
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:25 AM
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:37 AM
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If you want loud, there's these...
http://www.amazon.com/4-Trumpet-Trai...rain+air+horns

http://www.amazon.com/3-Trumpet-Trai...rain+air+horns

150 dB
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:42 AM
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If you want to entertain people, there's this:
http://www.amazon.com/Pit-Bull-CHIH3...ds=ahooga+horn
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:48 PM
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Fuses and wiring good? Be sure to check the relays, and all the connectors. It may not be getting sufficient current, though there may be continuity. I have experience that problem on other cars. Refreshing the relay and connectors to the horn restored reliable function.
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:37 PM
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:42 PM
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+1 on the Hella Supertones.

I put them on my wife's Kia Sedona, she wanted something that would "make old ladies pee their pants." They work.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:25 PM
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Fuses and wiring good? Be sure to check the relays, and all the connectors. It may not be getting sufficient current, though there may be continuity. I have experience that problem on other cars. Refreshing the relay and connectors to the horn restored reliable function.
I replaced the relays and connectors checked out as well. So I'm guessing the horn has shat itself.

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Old 07-17-2014, 03:11 AM
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+1 on the Hella Supertones.

I put them on my wife's Kia Sedona, she wanted something that would "make old ladies pee their pants." They work.
I've got these same horns, they are loud. I installed these Hella horns and left one of the original horns connected.
Your old horns are probably packed with dirt, however when new they really weren't that loud.
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