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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 08-14-2019, 09:14 PM
Tsoza86 Tsoza86 is offline
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Where do you source parts

I have a 97 540i with the automatic that as I went to love states the transmission started acting up and wouldn't shift til redline and started smoking so now I'm trying to find the best place to get a used one I want to find a 6 speed to put in. Thanks for the info
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:48 PM
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That is a nontrivial swap. Do your homework; there have been LOTS of posts.
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:25 AM
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ebay... my old 54-i auto went belly up, I found a unit shipped to my door for like $450. as for the 6 speed swap, I have no idea how hard that is, I would assume you'd need a new computer along with the trans, again ebay is your friend. https://www.ebay.com/itm/97-03-BMW-5...wAAOSwplBdJk-c
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:21 AM
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I get used oil from the town landfill (they have 275 gallon tank), send a sample to Blackstone and if it comes back okish throw it for 10000 miles. Its a 20 year old car with 300k miles and barely worth $1000.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:27 AM
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then toss a carb'd small block Chevy and T5 in it and call it a day...lol
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