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

BMW E39, E38, E46 LED License Plate Lights

afterA really easy, and affordable way to modernize the rear of your BMW is to update your license plate lights.  Until recently, BMW has used very yellow, and very dim, lights to illuminate the rear plate.  Here in modern times, they’re using significantly brighter LEDs that produce a very white colored light.  I installed these lights into my 2000 M5, and have been happy with the results.  They do NOT trip a check warning or light inside the car. These lights are very bright, but not ridiculous.  See the below photo for a comparison.   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

Colton’s 2001 BMW 540i/6 Information

540_Driveway1On Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 5:08 AM I turned the key to the first ignition slot on what would turn into one of the biggest decisions of my life thus far.

Let me start from the beginning.  I’ve always been interested in automobiles, ever since I was a young boy.  I was the boy who had a box full of matchbox cars which I would drive around on the floor for hours imagining different scenarios.  I had quite the imagination.  As I grew older, I started to lean towards Ford trucks, mainly because my father had purchased a 2002 F-150 Super-crew.  That truck was all I knew as far as vehicles were concerned, that was until I met a friend of mine:  Ryan Schultz. Continue reading

BMW 16:9 Navigation Display Knobs

IMG_4915A weak point for an article, yes, but something nonetheless that we should address.  As new, enthusiastic owners buy up BMWs, we often like to do a little maintenance.  Replace some trim here, a shift knob there, et cetera.  After years of use, the somewhat-cheap rubber knobs really deteriorate.  They look scuffed, and feel slushy.  Replacing them can improve the feel of your radio and navigation system!

Objective:  Refresh navigation display with fresh, new knobs. Continue reading