About Ryan Schultz

2000 BMW E39 M5, Silverstone Metallic.
2002 BMW E46 330xi, Topaz Blue Metallic.
BA Business Management, Kent State University.
E39Source Owner.

Shit E39 Owners Say

IMG_2763We thought it may be rather amusing to put together a little video dedicated to BMW E39 owners.  The three of us, listed below, are from E39Source and compiled the video together.  Give it a watch, and see if anything sounds familiar to you as a BMW owner! Continue reading

The Ultimate Car Detailing: Zaino

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It’s a guy thing.  In the garage or shop of a car enthusiast, you’re likely to find dozens of car products.  Soaps, tire shines, glass cleaners, leather conditioners, assorted towels, brushes, sponges, et cetera.  We like to spend our weekends polishing our cars, even if they only go back in the garage directly afterwards.  For some reason, it’s a therapeutic process, the cleaning of our cars.  But just like any process, there are dozens of ways to go about it.  And with automotive detailing, there are millions of ways to do it wrong. Waxing and polishing products are tools, and like any tool, they are only productively effective when used correctly.  Zaino products are my tools of choice.  They’re not cheap, easy to use, or something you can do in-between commercials.  This article is designed to enlighten the correct way to complete the Zaino wax process on your vehicle, and then maintain all of your hard work. Continue reading

BMW E39, E38, E46 LED License Plate Lights

afterA really easy, and affordable way to modernize the rear of your BMW is to update your license plate lights.  Until recently, BMW has used very yellow, and very dim, lights to illuminate the rear plate.  Here in modern times, they’re using significantly brighter LEDs that produce a very white colored light.  I installed these lights into my 2000 M5, and have been happy with the results.  They do NOT trip a check warning or light inside the car. These lights are very bright, but not ridiculous.  See the below photo for a comparison.   Continue reading

E39Source Meetup: Timmayfest 2013: Columbus, Ohio

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 1.44.27 AMPicture a huge space filled with BMWs.  Better yet- throw tons of E39 M5s in that lot.  This is what is known as Timmayfest.  A large number of E39Source’s contributors and Administrators will be attending, in somewhat of a gathering.  We invite any and all viewers and/or contributors to E39Source to attend, if nothing else, just to say hi and see the cars that you’ve read about and watched.  Allow me to break it down: Continue reading

BMW Alarm Goes Off? Hood Sensor Replacement

IMG_7120The car sits alone, all is quiet, nobody is around.  It’s safe, locked, and being patient for it’s owner to return to the garage.  But before you do, the car freaks out.  The lights are flashing, the siren is wailing, and you’re just thinking to yourself:  “WTF.” Continue reading

BMW E39 M5 Floor Mats

IMG_7047Really, Ryan?  A post about floor mats?  Damn straight.

When I first acquired my M5 in July, 2010, I immediately noticed the deficit of good content about the car on the Internet.  Less than a year later, E39Source was started to pay this debt to the Internet and all those who search for it.  This is yet another post to turn red to black in the BMW community.

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BMW 16:9 Navigation Display Knobs

IMG_4915A weak point for an article, yes, but something nonetheless that we should address.  As new, enthusiastic owners buy up BMWs, we often like to do a little maintenance.  Replace some trim here, a shift knob there, et cetera.  After years of use, the somewhat-cheap rubber knobs really deteriorate.  They look scuffed, and feel slushy.  Replacing them can improve the feel of your radio and navigation system!

Objective:  Refresh navigation display with fresh, new knobs. Continue reading

1994-2010 BMW Navigation System Upgrades: (Computer, Display, Software, Maps)

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In this article, we will discuss in-depth the steps required to upgrade your BMW’s navigation computer, display, software, and maps.  The information in this article is only applicable to BMWs that speak the same ‘language’.  All of the following models speak this same language, utilize the same connectors, and make use of the same hardware/software interface:

  • E38 7-series (1994-2001)
  • E46 3-series (1999-2006)
  • E39 5-series (1996-2003)
  • E53 X5 (2000-2006)
  • E83 X3 (2004-2010)
  • E52 Z8 (2000-2003)

*It is important to note that in order to upgrade your navigation system, you must first have a navigation system from factory.  Retrofitting navigation to a car that did not originally come with one, while not impossible, is exceedingly challenging, time consuming, and expensive.  This article does not cover or support such an endevour.

*I will also note that BMWs produced for the Japanese market are not supported in this article.  They used completely different wiring harnesses and electronic components for some reason, and they do not speak the same language.   Continue reading