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

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 E39 523, 525, 528 530 Spark Plug Replacement

E39 Spark Plug ReplacementToday I installed new spark plugs into my E39 525iA.  The following is a quick tutorial on how to do the same to your E39!

Objective:  Replace the spark plugs in your vehicle, helping it run better and more effeciently.

Applicable Vehicles:  1997-2003 BMW E39 5-series with 6 cylinder engines: 523i, 525i, 528i, 530i.

Parts Required:  6 OEM, Bosch, or NGK (What I used) spark plugs.

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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

BMW E39 5-Series Shift Knob Replacement

Shift KnobObjective:  This article will detail the replacement of the manual shift knob found in a BMW E39 5-series.  A video of wiring an M5 shift knob is embedded at the bottom, as well as wiring an M shift knob into a non-M BMW.

Applicable Vehicles:  1997-2003 BMW E39 5-series:  523i, 525i, 530i, 535i, 540i, M5.

Parts Required:  Shift knob.  Note:  M5’s have illuminated shift knobs, and will use one of these part numbers, depending on production date: Continue reading