I never thought I would say this, but I bought and own a BMW! Let me give that statement some context- BMW’s don’t have the best reputation in my family. My Dad owned a 2005 BMW E65 735i Sport from 2009-2010. “The single most unreliable car I’ve ever owned”, in his words. It was a brilliant machine to drive, and was actually the very first car I drove prior to learning how to drive a manual. Cue the haters, but I am a partial lover of the infamous bangle-butt generation of the BMW 7. Something about it screams unparalleled practicality whilst also having supercomputer power. However, that was also the car’s achilles heel. The E65 was just stupidly complicated. My Father’s example had numerous problems with the iDrive system, engine timing chain components, and a large number of sensors that simply decided to go on strike and stop working for no apparent reason. As you could’ve guessed, this caused the car’s systems to go haywire. All those headaches from an (at the time) 5 year old with only 65,000km. This was supposed to be The Ultimate Driving Machine. What was I in for when I purchased my 16 year old, 110,000km 330ci? One word: bliss. Continue reading
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You’ve probably heard about the incredible story of the M1 that was found sitting in a garage in Italy for 34 years. But in case you need a refresher, it’s the 1981 production model that had only clocked 4,600 miles before being put in storage by its owner. Then last year, the vintage car specialists at Mint Classics discovered the automobile in its poor state. Fortunately it wasn’t too late, so now it’s being returned to its former glory. Continue reading
I was contemplating doing a video of the car and recorded one only to realize that my spoken English isn’t what it once were (Swedish sing-a-song-accent haha) so I’ll make a written post of my recently acquired M5 instead.
I found out about the car a few months ago via a friend and I loosely knew the previous owner before as I were childhood friends with his brother. Continue reading
All cars have a story, and I’m about to get very carried away telling mine. It’ll be long, it’ll be detailed, and it’ll be full of links to YouTube videos and website articles better-articulating what I have done with this car.
Sunday, July 18th, 2010. 6:42pm. The corner of Village Way and Library Street, in Hudson, Ohio. I was in the downtown area of my community with my grandparents at a concert on our green. During intermission, we always took a little stroll to get some ice cream. This stroll happened to be a tad more expensive, but much more fun than the usual. Continue reading
Yes, I’ve purchased another E39. Let’s recap a little. My other E39 is a 2002 Sterlinggrau 530iA. That car is in immaculate shape but like any other E39, it has it’s quirk. But, there’s a couple of reasons why I bought another E39. Continue reading
Let me start out by saying that this article is very subjective. Each M5 owner has his or her own expectations for the car. Some people are after pure performance, while others are allured by a refined, quiet luxury car that also has balls. Many of us are somewhere in-between. I bought my 2000 M5 in 2010. It was my first car, I was 17 years old. Somehow, I didn’t kill myself. By 2011, the void of E39 M5 DIY content online had pissed me off enough that I decided to spearhead the lack of online content with E39Source. This has allowed me to connect with hundreds of fellow E39 (M5) owners. I would never say that I have seen it all, but I have been exposed to a lot of very tasteful (and garish) mods. In this article, in no particular order, I will list and describe several ‘must-have’ modifications, per my taste. Continue reading
Let me begin by saying that I may be slightly biased when it comes to my assured claim that the E39 M5 is the greatest sports sedan of all time. While there are many other remarkable performance sedans out there (E28 M5, E34 M5, W211 E55, C5 RS6, and countless others), the E39 has held a special place in my heart from a young age. Not many other sedans have aged as gracefully and the E39 M5 represents the perfect blend between past and present in the M5 lineage. While its performance is not as remarkably impressive by today’s standards, the E39 M5 blends the right amount of driver involvement with refinement. Continue reading
Hey guys, thanks for letting me join E39source! I’ve been a YouTube subscriber for quite a while now, and actually met some of you at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix last summer. My name is Mike, and I’m 25 years old and live/work in West Chester, PA. I currently have two E39s: a 1997 528i, and a 2000 M5. Continue reading
I just bought my 98 BMW 540i 2 weeks ago, and I knew when I bought it that there was a check engine light on for an EVAP code. I pulled the code and it came up as P0443. I just wanted to outline a short diagnostic checklist of things to check when you experience this or any other EVAP code related to the purge valve. Continue reading
In the past few years the N54 twin turbo 3.0L Inline-6 has gained the reputation of being an easily tunable and powerful engine. With the N54 aging and the increasing number of modifications available, we are bound to begin seeing more blown engines and turbos. Although the block and internals are very strong, the N54 is prone to issues without the proper maintenance and repairs. Whether your N54 is stock or running a large single turbo set up, this guide will ensure your engine is running at its best.