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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-29-2018, 08:22 PM
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First mods? (Tune, air intake, exhaust?)

Hello guys. Ive owned my e60 530i for about 4 months now and I"m ready to put some more power in it. I'm just not sure what to do though to start it off. I want to spend about $1k in mods to start. can you guys help me to figure out what I should do?
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:23 PM
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Is a air intake or tune worth it on a N/A engine?
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:31 PM
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Is a air intake or tune worth it on a N/A engine?
What engine/transmission?
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:33 PM
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Is a air intake or tune worth it on a N/A engine?
Nope. Save your money for repairs ' cause you're going to need it.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:33 PM
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i believe it is a m54. and i have a 6speed auto
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:34 PM
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Nope. Save your money for repairs ' cause you're going to need it.
Haha. You are probly correct. My car is already telling me that the passenger airbag is malfunctioning
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:36 PM
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What engine/transmission?
M54/6spd Auto
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:52 PM
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Cat delete and/or muffler delete.
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:56 PM
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Cat delete and/or muffler delete.
i have actual already done a muffler delete. How exactly do i do a Cat delete? And will i be able to pass inspection with no muffler and cats?
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:22 PM
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i have actual already done a muffler delete. How exactly do i do a Cat delete? And will i be able to pass inspection with no muffler and cats?
Nope.
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Nope. Save your money for repairs ' cause you're going to need it.

best advice you can get..

your mods are going to look great broken down on the side of the road as im driving by at like 80
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:15 AM
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A 530 isn't a tuner car. There's not much power left on the table short of forced induction, which is cost prohibitive.

Enjoy it for what it is, or save for a faster car. Not what you want to hear but it's the truth.

However, there's a lot you can do improve the suspension and handling of the car depending on what options it is equipped with. Thicker sway bars make a huge difference if you've got the base model ones. The only way I'm getting rid of my M5 sway bar is if you pry it from my cold dead hands.

And like already said, $1000 gets eaten up pretty fast when it comes to repairs.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:25 AM
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Start with getting an INPA-compatible cable to see what's already broken in your car before you break more stuff.
Get transmission solenoids replaced, along with the sleeve and adapter. Get valve cover and OFH gaskets replaced if you haven't had them replaced yet. Check out your crankcase ventilation oil separator - unless it has been changed, it may be broken. Your DISA will probably fall apart when you pull it, unless it has been replaced. You'll need an oil pan gasket replaced. Your coolant expansion tank may be at the end of its service life. Power steering reservoir is probably all oily and nasty due to plugged filter. You may have a noisy mechanical accessory belt tensioner, which is known to warp OFH in some cases and is best replaced with hydraulic one. This list is probably already over your 1k budget even if you do it all yourself.

There is not much additional performance you can squeeze out of M54, unless you go FI, and unless your engine engine and tranny are recently rebuilt, they will not handle FI for long.
There is also no stock Euro2 (non-CAT) programs available for MS45.1 Engine Control used in US cars. If you want to get rid of Cat and go Euro2, you'll have to convert to MS45.0 (and it requires more than just ECU). You'll also lose OBD2 compliance and will not be able to pass emissions if you have it where you live.

By now you should have a flashing 'bad idea' sign in your mind in regards to any performance - related mods with 1k budget on hand.

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Old 07-30-2018, 09:28 AM
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There is not much you can do to a 530i, save money for repairs like adviced, or buy 535i/xi with a budget of $1,000 you can make a 450hp 535, and as for passanger restraint system error i can code that out for you remotely if you have obd cable
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:31 AM
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There is a recall for passenger occupancy mat. It is the most likely reason for the code if you get it. Get the recall done, don't just code it out, otherwise your passenger may be very unhappy when both stages of the airbag deploy in a minor accident.
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:58 AM
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Start with getting an INPA-compatible cable to see what's already broken in your car before you break more stuff.
Get transmission solenoids replaced, along with the sleeve and adapter. Get valve cover and OFH gaskets replaced if you haven't had them replaced yet. Check out your crankcase ventilation oil separator - unless it has been changed, it may be broken. Your DISA will probably fall apart when you pull it, unless it has been replaced. You'll need an oil pan gasket replaced. Your coolant expansion tank may be at the end of its service life. Power steering reservoir is probably all oily and nasty due to plugged filter. You may have a noisy mechanical accessory belt tensioner, which is known to warp OFH in some cases and is best replaced with hydraulic one. This list is probably already over your 1k budget even if you do it all yourself.

There is not much additional performance you can squeeze out of M54, unless you go FI, and unless your engine engine and tranny are recently rebuilt, they will not handle FI for long.
There is also no stock Euro2 (non-CAT) programs available for MS45.1 Engine Control used in US cars. If you want to get rid of Cat and go Euro2, you'll have to convert to MS45.0 (and it requires more than just ECU). You'll also lose OBD2 compliance and will not be able to pass emissions if you have it where you live.

By now you should have a flashing 'bad idea' sign in your mind in regards to any performance - related mods with 1k budget on hand.
This hard to hear but I know its the truth. Thank you
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:59 AM
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There is not much you can do to a 530i, save money for repairs like adviced, or buy 535i/xi with a budget of $1,000 you can make a 450hp 535, and as for passanger restraint system error i can code that out for you remotely if you have obd cable
Yeah ive had that stupid error for a few months now
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:42 AM
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Is a air intake or tune worth it on a N/A engine?
It's worth it because it's cheap to modify. High flow air filter will make the engine breathe more freely. You can supercharge or turbocharge your car.
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