BMW E39 M5 – Front PDC Retrofit

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***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 with rear sensors from the factory. Continue reading

BMW E39 SIRIUS XM, AUX Input, BM53 Radio Retrofit DIY

IMG_3169Welcome to what is going to be a very long article, and a great wealth of knowledge.  I am going to attempt to break down exactly what you need to do to retrofit a BM53 Radio, Auxiliary Input, and SIRIUS XM Radio into your BMW E39 5-series.  It is important to realize that the BMW E39 uses an infrastructure for technology in the car known as I-Bus, or Information Bus.  Picture it as the platform, and the language of hardware/software that makes everything technology communicate.  I-Bus was first used on the 1989 BMW E31, or 8-series.  It offers an impressive data transfer rate of 9.6KB/s.  I-Bus was used until 2006, on the E46 3-series and E53 X5-series.  This gave BMW a long time to create newer, better, faster, and more functional hardware that operated off of I-Bus.  Note that many BMW models used I-Bus, but the majority of these are not compatible with the products listed in this article due to their age.  The oldest car that I would expect to work with SIRIUS XM, for example, would be a navigation equipped E38 7-series. Continue reading

Hassan’s 2002 BMW E39 530iA Introduction

IMG_0962IMG_1582_2IMG_2938IMG_1584_2I have always been really into cars; I can still remember my briefcase toy chest filled with hot wheels race cars. I used to love those things, I took them everywhere with me! The doctor’s office, on vacations, you name it, I always brought some little toy cars with me. I was a boy who loved cars, like many others. Like many little boys, I dreamed of driving a race car and going 300mph, and having the time of my life. Fast forward to March, 2012. I was behind the wheel of a 2002 BMW 530i, driving in a parking lot at no more than 5mph. Continue reading

Ivor’s 2001 BMW 530i/5 Introduction

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This is my 2001 BMW 530i 5 speed. I bought this car in June of this year from a guy in Minnesota. I found the car on Craigslist, and bought it for $6,500, which was a great deal. I originally wanted an M5, but they were out of my price range, so I started looking for a 540i. After some research, I found out that the V8s are a pain to repair, and the MPGs are awful, so I decided to go for a 530i. I was specifically looking for a 530i with a manual box, which was difficult to find in South Dakota. After searching for about 3 weeks, I found this one. It met all of my criteria: facelift model with the angel eyes, 5 speed box, M bumpers, BBS style wheels, it just had my name written all over it! After about a week, it was finally in my driveway: my first BMW!  Below are the pictures of it from the Craigslist ad. Continue reading

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

BMW Depreciation: E30 M3, E36 M3, E39 M5. Andrew’s Thoughts.

1987-bmw-e30-m3-and-1996-e36-m3-photo-365393-s-1280x782As an automotive enthusiast, I am never content with the M5.  There will always be a car that is more comfortable, there will always be a car more reliable, there will always be a car that is faster, and there will always be a car that is just better.  However, at the price point E39 M5’s are at, it is a great do-it-all car.  And that is why I keep it around. 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 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