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My wife is active duty in the military and we were recently pcs'd to Germany!! So far the change has sucked, mostly due to the language barrier and inability to get anything done. I am a bit to pro-active for this country. Also the monstrous pay cut..... but thats another topic for another thread lol. We could only bring one car, so we brought my wifes and I jumped at the possibility to buy a V8 BMW for driving on the AUTOBAHN. I spent $1800 on a 2000 535i with a slipping trans and oil leak. I have been a federal employee fixing everything the military puts an engine in for a few years now, so I didn't think this would be a big deal at all. I don't know exactly where the leak is coming from, so I am going to replace the valve cover gaskets and while I'm in there I'm going to take a look around. I plan on reading a few stickies and looking up any other odds and ends that should be replaced while I'm in there. (177,000 KM - 109,000 miles) Heres the problem that I am running into...... I can't find any parts for my car. Its like the 535i never came out in 2000. When I go to ebay or autohause parts the 2000 BMW drop down doesn't even provide a 535 option. I walked out grabbed my registration and looked the vin up online. Its definitely a 535i....... What am I missing lol. I have not done a ton of browsing as of yet, but what I have seen has been awesome. I really like the write up on the Oil Filter Mount Gasket, that could be where the leak is coming from right there lol. Its a nice steady drip. Thanks for any help in advance guys/gals.
 

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You have the Euro version of the V8, which some US sourced parts may be incompatible with. Go to RealOEM to confirm your model by inputting the registration number. You can then compare part numbers against a similar year 540i, which the ports are plentiful online here. I doubt Autohaus AZ or any other online retailer carries Euro parts. When unavailable online, just buy your parts locally. It may be pricier but exchanging them will be a lot easier if you get the wrong part.
 

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I checked the vin

Model description: 535I
Market: Europa
Type: DN21
E-Code: E39
Chassis: Limousine
Steering: links
Doors: 4
Engine: M62/TU - 3,50l (180kW)
Drive: Heckantrieb
Transmission: automatisch
Body Color: Imolarot 2 (405)
Upholstery: Stoff Headline/anthrazit (G3AT)
Production date: 26.04.2000
Assembled in: Dingolfing

I am using ebay uk and have found a few things, but this is not the type of adventure I was hoping to have with this car. So if its a totally different bimmer I am guessing it probably has its own different set of problems that you guys might not be as familiar with...... well, its all nuts, bolts, and a ton of sensors lol..... ill figure it out just might take me a whole lot longer. Thanks guys!!
 

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Schmiedmann is a large European (Denmark based) BMW parts, etc. company. They ship everywhere. Here's a link that shows where their stores are. They should have whatever you need.

http://www.schmiedmann.com/cms/en/contact/map-of-schmiedmann-departments

Edit-Have done some reading as I am thinking of buying an exhaust system from Schmiedmann. It appears that their Customer Service is absolutely terrible. That makes me NOT want to buy anything from them!!!
 

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The E39 535i variant didn't make it to the USA market at all. You can look up everything for it on realoem.com in terms of part numbers etc. Look to European garages, shops etc to get parts for this model, USA websites as you find won't have the model listed.

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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ebay.de? kleinanzeigen.ebay.de? Official BMW shop around every second corner? A wrecked BMW behind every corner?

Must be really hard to find BMW parts in Germany!
 

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I really don't understand why you are searching for US sellers for parts. Since your in Germany why don't you source the parts from GERMANY? The car was built in Germany.. I don't the issue here. It's quite common car outside the US. It's like trying to source parts for a diesel e39 in US..
 

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Hows it going everybody?

First things first,

My wife is active duty in the military and we were recently pcs'd to Germany!! So far the change has sucked, mostly due to the language barrier and inability to get anything done. I am a bit to pro-active for this country. Also the monstrous pay cut..... but thats another topic for another thread lol. We could only bring one car, so we brought my wifes and I jumped at the possibility to buy a V8 BMW for driving on the AUTOBAHN. I spent $1800 on a 2000 535i with a slipping trans and oil leak. I have been a federal employee fixing everything the military puts an engine in for a few years now, so I didn't think this would be a big deal at all. I don't know exactly where the leak is coming from, so I am going to replace the valve cover gaskets and while I'm in there I'm going to take a look around. I plan on reading a few stickies and looking up any other odds and ends that should be replaced while I'm in there. (177,000 KM - 109,000 miles) Heres the problem that I am running into...... I can't find any parts for my car. Its like the 535i never came out in 2000. When I go to ebay or autohause parts the 2000 BMW drop down doesn't even provide a 535 option. I walked out grabbed my registration and looked the vin up online. Its definitely a 535i....... What am I missing lol. I have not done a ton of browsing as of yet, but what I have seen has been awesome. I really like the write up on the Oil Filter Mount Gasket, that could be where the leak is coming from right there lol. Its a nice steady drip. Thanks for any help in advance guys/gals.

Good luck with you. May be Deutchland is better, when I lived in Switzerland in the last two years, I found it difficult to get things I used to get it for granted in the US of A. Castrol 0W30 cost me 17 euro a liter. You do the math... Oil disposal was another big challenge. I also hope that you had shipped all your tools to DE, as it will break your bank if you need to buy new.

Best is to go to a bmw dealer with your realoem print out and ask them to order for you. Those guys are pretty good. Having your VIN handly won't hurt.
 

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Good luck with you. May be Deutchland is better, when I lived in Switzerland in the last two years, I found it difficult to get things I used to get it for granted in the US of A. Castrol 0W30 cost me 17 euro a liter. You do the math... Oil disposal was another big challenge. I also hope that you had shipped all your tools to DE, as it will break your bank if you need to buy new.

Best is to go to a bmw dealer with your realoem print out and ask them to order for you. Those guys are pretty good. Having your VIN handly won't hurt.
Switzerland is on of the most car unfriendly countries in the world, avoid if possible.
 

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ebay.de? kleinanzeigen.ebay.de? Official BMW shop around every second corner? A wrecked BMW behind every corner?

Must be really hard to find BMW parts in Germany!
Actually it is when every salvage yard in the area keeps mostly 4 and some 6 cylinder parts, when you go to a bmw dealer and only 1 person in the entire facility speaks english (the guy was also a salesman who had 0 knowledge of anything regarding mechanics plus he spoke poor english), and every website you mentioned is in german.




I really don't understand why you are searching for US sellers for parts. Since your in Germany why don't you source the parts from GERMANY? The car was built in Germany.. I don't the issue here. It's quite common car outside the US. It's like trying to source parts for a diesel e39 in US..
As mentioned above every German website is in that crazy German language..... go figure......

If your feeling like being a smart ass just keep it to yourself, this house has 1 to many already lmao

Thanks for the lack of help





Good luck with you. May be Deutchland is better, when I lived in Switzerland in the last two years, I found it difficult to get things I used to get it for granted in the US of A. Castrol 0W30 cost me 17 euro a liter. You do the math... Oil disposal was another big challenge. I also hope that you had shipped all your tools to DE, as it will break your bank if you need to buy new.

Best is to go to a bmw dealer with your realoem print out and ask them to order for you. Those guys are pretty good. Having your VIN handly won't hurt.
Yea realoem was a great find. At least this way I can go to the local parts store with a few words on google translate and get my point across lol. I am starting to learn German, but I have only been here for a month so its a process. I did ship my tools lmao, there are autocraft shops on base which have oil disposal and cheaper than Germany oil (thank god). I am going to Switzerland to pick up a friend in 2 weeks. Hoping to drive the 535i, but probably won't have it done by then and will be forced to take the Volkswagon. I was told most people don't drive in Switzerland..... Crazy to think of a country with all that money and people aren't spending it on gas guzzlers and motorcycles......

Thanks for the advice
 

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Schmiedmann is a large European (Denmark based) BMW parts, etc. company. They ship everywhere. Here's a link that shows where their stores are. They should have whatever you need.

http://www.schmiedmann.com/cms/en/contact/map-of-schmiedmann-departments

Edit-Have done some reading as I am thinking of buying an exhaust system from Schmiedmann. It appears that their Customer Service is absolutely terrible. That makes me NOT want to buy anything from them!!!
Lmao, I have realized that its not so much a single business or shop. Most companies and businesses that I have dealt with don't have that customer is always right mentality. Its more of a your welcome for the service that my business provides. Its like ordering a cheesesteak at Gino's in Philly. You have to know exactly what you need help with the minute someone says hello. Thanks for the site...... loving that english
 

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Yea realoem was a great find. At least this way I can go to the local parts store with a few words on google translate and get my point across lol. I am starting to learn German, but I have only been here for a month so its a process. I did ship my tools lmao, there are autocraft shops on base which have oil disposal and cheaper than Germany oil (thank god). I am going to Switzerland to pick up a friend in 2 weeks. Hoping to drive the 535i, but probably won't have it done by then and will be forced to take the Volkswagon. I was told most people don't drive in Switzerland..... Crazy to think of a country with all that money and people aren't spending it on gas guzzlers and motorcycles......

Thanks for the advice
The wealthy Swiss, they do, they drive their ferraris, maseratis in the middle of winter ! Go figure. There are plenty speed cameras in the Schweiz, watch your speed after you cross the border. Also, you will need to pay 40 CHF for a highway sticker "vignette" when driving on the highways in Switzerland.
 

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The wealthy Swiss, they do, they drive their ferraris, maseratis in the middle of winter ! Go figure. There are plenty speed cameras in the Schweiz, watch your speed after you cross the border. Also, you will need to pay 40 CHF for a highway sticker "vignette" when driving on the highways in Switzerland.
There are a ton of cameras here to man. I have heard a thousand sob stories about tickets in the mail. No kidding 40..... I'm not surprised about having to pay to drive honestly...... Im used to tolls coming from the North East..... I bet you miss the Autobahn, if I'm running late for something its not a problem. I wait for that 3 slash emblem to pop up and I am free to push whatever I am driving as hard as it can go. I don't do it that often, because the weather has not been great. I guess ill start looking into this highway sticker hahaha
 

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There are a ton of cameras here to man. I have heard a thousand sob stories about tickets in the mail. No kidding 40..... I'm not surprised about having to pay to drive honestly...... Im used to tolls coming from the North East..... I bet you miss the Autobahn, if I'm running late for something its not a problem. I wait for that 3 slash emblem to pop up and I am free to push whatever I am driving as hard as it can go. I don't do it that often, because the weather has not been great. I guess ill start looking into this highway sticker hahaha
yeah, best drive ever was in Germany. I drove from basel to Munich, Stuggart, Neuswanstein, Konstanz, etc, all were beautiful and the best part is that no left lane hoggers blocking you from achieving your top speed.

No worries on the sticker, you will be directed by the Swiss border patrol to get one as you cross the border, there is no escape...:cry::cry::cry:
 

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As mentioned above every German website is in that crazy German language..... go figure......

If your feeling like being a smart ass just keep it to yourself, this house has 1 to many already lmao

Thanks for the lack of help
You don't need to really understand the language of the website to order parts. I've done it on countless websites. Understanding just handful of words is all that you need to order. There is also google translate, which will translate most of the websites out there. Has been for years. Since you've worked on plenty of cars you should know to search for parts by parts number. On BMW this is quite easy because the BMW's full parts catalog is online on plenty of sites like RealOEM. The only way I search for my BMW parts is by parts number.

Only issue I see would be going to the junkyard. That can be made quite a bit easier by using google translate and by typing the parts you need on piece of paper (in german) and then showing that on the junkyard. Just take your car registration with you.
 

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Actually it is when every salvage yard in the area keeps mostly 4 and some 6 cylinder parts, when you go to a bmw dealer and only 1 person in the entire facility speaks english (the guy was also a salesman who had 0 knowledge of anything regarding mechanics plus he spoke poor english), and every website you mentioned is in german.
Part numbers are the same in every language and most people speak a little English. They might not want to speak to you if you think it's poor English. You said you fix engines. What do you want to talk about anyway? Just give them the part numbers. And you can get the exact German name of the part if you switch language in the part catalog.

When I want an original part from ze Germans, I step into the building labeled BMW (not BMW dealer) and place an order. Sometimes they even give it to me immediatelly from storage.

When I want aftermarket, I order online. https://www.autoteile-meile.de/ is my favorite from a multitude of similar sites.

When I want cheap used stuff, I write to people selling it on kleineinzeigen.ebay.de in English.

When I want cheap new stuff, I ask the chinese on Alibaba.

There simply is no other place on earth more loaded with BMW parts of each and every variety than Germany.
 

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I checked the vin

Model description: 535I
Market: Europa
Type: DN21
E-Code: E39
Chassis: Limousine
Steering: links
Doors: 4
Engine: M62/TU - 3,50l (180kW)
Drive: Heckantrieb
Transmission: automatisch
Body Color: Imolarot 2 (405)
Upholstery: Stoff Headline/anthrazit (G3AT)
Production date: 26.04.2000
Assembled in: Dingolfing

I am using ebay uk and have found a few things, but this is not the type of adventure I was hoping to have with this car. So if its a totally different bimmer I am guessing it probably has its own different set of problems that you guys might not be as familiar with...... well, its all nuts, bolts, and a ton of sensors lol..... ill figure it out just might take me a whole lot longer. Thanks guys!!

This is the same as my car. You are getting bad advice here.

The 535i was ROW model that was never delivered to the USA new. It has the same M62 motor as the 540, same transmission, same suspension - nearly the same everything except for displacement-specific parts (i.e., con rods, crankshaft)

Use RealOEM to identify parts. In 99% of the cases it will either be E39 generic or 535/540 generic. I have never had a problem sourcing parts from US parts sellers - just check the part number from realOEM and order that way. You might find it easy to order parts from UK based companies as well.

In all likelihood, you'll probably find US companies cheaper because of the sales tax you have to pay in Europe.

The 535 is a nice car - it doesn't have the top-end that a 540 has, but it is closer to a 530 in fuel consumption. You can still get to 155 mph on the autobahn - I know this for a fact.
 
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