Charlie’s 2002 BMW 520i SE Introduction

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Hi everyone, I’m really excited to share my new vehicle with you! I have always wanted a saloon, or sedan as you guys in the states call them. I am a tall guy, 6’7″, so trying to find the right vehicle is a pain! I have to find one first, and ask to sit in the car, which is always an awkward conversation. If I fit in it, then I know what to look for. I originally wanted something classy, like a Mercedes-Benz, but then I realized the costs of repair would be astronomical, and I really didn’t think at my age, 19, it would be very sensible. I then remembered how my step dad always loved his BMW. He had a 1999 3-series, and I loved it. He actually destroyed it by putting on big tires and stupid suspension, meaning that when you went round a bend, you could smell and hear the rubber burning on the wheel arch. That car though was the birth of my strong desire to own a BMW. 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 Auxiliary Input Kit Installation DIY

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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

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)

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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