***This article is a supplement to the primary DIY video posted at the bottom of this article. Reference that video to see the steps in action and for a better visual explanation.***
Objective: This article will summarize the required parts and necessary procedures that must be completed in order to properly retrofit front parking sensors on an E39 BMW 5-series presently withrear sensors from the factory. Continue reading →
I have an e39 530d 193hp with 212000km, car is in very good condition and I would realy want it to be remapped for some extra hp. I emailed a local tuner here, and he said he wouldn’t recommend it because it has so many miles on it, and that this engine is not reliable to start with even without a tuning/remap! I had an E46 330d with 184hp and an E38 730d with 163hp, both were also remapped, the 730d even had 245000km when I did that and never had problems with it, so I really don’t know what to do? The tuner I emailed is a very well known one, so they know what they are doing, but I called other known and skilled tuners and they are willing to do it; so I really don’t know what to do here. Are these engines really that unreliable? Should I just go ahead and remap it or leave it like it is?
Hope this time I’ve posted this in the right place.
Thanks in advance guys and hope you can help me, cheers.
Hello E39 Source, my name is Andres and I’d like to introduce my 2000 540i/6. Here’s a little background information about how I found my car and what I’ve done to it.
I’ve been a car guy for as long as I can remember; my grandpa’s a mechanic and my dad races vintage cars in SCCA. The day I turned fifteen and got my learner’s license, I was already looking into what my first car could possibly be. Continue reading →
Hello from Melbourne, Australia! My names Josh, i’m an automotive photographer and a mechanic. I like a plethora of cars but BMW has always been my number one. Thought I would give you all a bit of a background into my obsession with the BMW brand and an introduction to my E39. This post may get a bit long though, its a trip down memory lane for me right now 😛
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 better-articulating what I have done with this car. Enjoy.
Everybody loves warm summer’s nights. But like anything, some are better than others. Some end up with arrests and over-night stays in the pokey, some yield the single best discovery and purchase that I have ever made. Continue reading →
G’day from sunny Brisbane, Queensland Australia! My name’s Daryl however I go by the online name Dodgy Haro on most car forums (clubroadster + club4AG) which I participate in. My car background is mainly JDM (previous AE86 and Na6 Miata owner amongst other cars) however I do appreciate European rides too and how they generally handle better on highways and don’t impart that plastic feeling you get from some Japanese cars. Continue reading →
As far back as I can remember I have been obsessed with cars, and most recently that obsession has been channeled to my 1999 540i. My passion for cars is definitely in my family’s blood. My grandpa had a very strong interest in cars, some of which are some of the most beautiful cars from the 20th century in my opinion. These cars included a 1969 Signal Orange Porsche 911E, 1958 Blue Jaguar XK-140 convertible, 1968 Jaguar E-type convertible in Tan, and a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible in Black with the suicide doors. Growing up around these cars gave me a solid understanding about cars and how awesome they can be.
Alpina B10 V8, E39, based on 540i. Restoration project is on-going. Claimed to be 347BHP and 450 Nm for the 4.6 V8. The Alpina documentation specific to the car, states 355BHP and 480 Nm. This car is from 2001, with extended Alpina leather, and 19″ classic wheels.
After two weeks of a detailed check-up at BMW Dubai (AED 4,000 or $1,100) plus my additional instructions, I came to understand that the core of this car is healthy. The only big mechanical aspects are: front wishbones, rear wheel bearings suspensions (Alpina specific, will cost a fortune as I want genuine OEM only), the rubber disc connecting the gearbox output to the prop-shaft, and the spinning crankshaft joint. Also the AC/dynamo belts and steering are weak.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve held a strong interest in cars, though my parents accredit that to a toy school bus I had as a toddler. After I turned four, I would point to cars on the road and ask my dad what they were. His limited automotive knowledge meant that every SUV was a Jeep to me; everything else was a mishmash. Through clipping pictures of nice cars out of magazines, collecting Hot Wheels sized cars, and reading the undercarriage for the label, I started to form a vague understanding of what I was seeing on the road.