2000 BMW M5 – Facelift Steering Wheel Upgrade

IMG_29782001 was a big year for the E39 5-series, for BMW face-lifted the car.  The E39 chassis had been around for 5 years or so, and it was time to update it for the final 3 years of production.  On the M5, in particular, the updated steering wheel is one of the biggest updates.  It looks a lot more modern than the old wheel, and feels much more sporty due to it’s thicker girth, and more pronounced side bolsters.  Depending on when your E39 was made, this update process can be super easy, or damn near impossible.  Let’s get into it. Continue reading

BMW’s Bastard Child – The Intro of my 318ti

318ti Exterior

Let’s keep things short, and get this started. I sold my E39 M5 at a good price, but I still miss it dearly. I’m in college studying engineering and pre-med, so I’m going to be in school for a long time. I don’t have the time anymore for photo shoots, car washes and detailing all the time. I needed something cheap, reliable and plain; and it had to be a good project car for some great E39Source content. I decided to buy a Ti – it’s a big F-U to all the viewer’s that thought I was going to get something flashy, and worst of all, everybody hates how it looks. Continue reading

BMW E39 Auxiliary Input Kit Installation DIY

Aux Input

Objective: Add the ability to play your iPod, iPhone, Android, or any other MP3 player to your E39.

Applicable Vehicles: 1997-2003 BMW E39 5-series (Without Navigation): 523i, 525i, 528i, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5.

Parts required: OEM Auxiliary Kit (82 11 0 149 390), 3.5 mm stereo cable. 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

Kennan’s 2001 BMW 525i Introduction (Sold)

The first glimpse of my car that I was able to see.

The first glimpse of my car that I was able to see; this is the photo the dealer sent when the car arrived that afternoon before we were able to give her a test drive.

Germany has always meant a great deal to me for a variety of reasons. I admire the culture of the country, the passion in the pursuit of mechanical perfection, absolute efficiency and precision; these are just some of the stones that make up the foundation of what is the most stable country in all of Europe. Granted, my heart belongs to the Italians especially with cars, but there is a part of my soul that is tinted the colors that are all over this website. Continue reading

BMW E39 Trunk Carpet Replacement DIY

IMG_2840Today I installed very lightly used carpeting into the trunk of my 2001 BMW 540i/6.  The carpeting that was in the vehicle was in very poor condition due to abuse and lack of knowledge by the previous owner.

Objective:  Refresh the look of your trunk area. Continue reading

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

Nav

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