For Sale: 2002 E39 530i Sport Silver/Grey

The exterior is in great shape, has a beautiful shine, and no scratches or dents. The interior is also in very nice shape. There are no rips or tears on the seats or dashboard. New tires. Complete with satellite radio, CD player, USB port, and Bluetooth. Wood trim. Sunroof. It needs a thermostat. 200,000 miles. Garage kept. This car is located in New Jersey.  I am moving onto a new BMW.

Price:  $1,100   Continue reading

Christian’s 2000 BMW E46 330ci

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I never thought I would say this, but I bought and own a BMW! Let me give that statement some context- BMW’s don’t have the best reputation in my family. My Dad owned a 2005 BMW E65 735i Sport from 2009-2010. “The single most unreliable car I’ve ever owned”, in his words. It was a brilliant machine to drive, and was actually the very first car I drove prior to learning how to drive a manual. Cue the haters, but I am a partial lover of the infamous bangle-butt generation of the BMW 7. Something about it screams unparalleled practicality whilst also having supercomputer power. However, that was also the car’s achilles heel. The E65 was just stupidly complicated. My Father’s example had numerous problems with the iDrive system, engine timing chain components, and a large number of sensors that simply decided to go on strike and stop working for no apparent reason. As you could’ve guessed, this caused the car’s systems to go haywire. All those headaches from an (at the time) 5 year old with only 65,000km. This was supposed to be The Ultimate Driving Machine. What was I in for when I purchased my 16 year old, 110,000km 330ci? One word: bliss. Continue reading

Maintaining a Vintage BMW

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You’ve probably heard about the incredible story of the M1 that was found sitting in a garage in Italy for 34 years. But in case you need a refresher, it’s the 1981 production model that had only clocked 4,600 miles before being put in storage by its owner. Then last year, the vintage car specialists at Mint Classics discovered the automobile in its poor state. Fortunately it wasn’t too late, so now it’s being returned to its former glory. Continue reading

The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5


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All cars have a story, and I’m about to get very carried away telling mine.   It’ll be long, it’ll be detailed, and it’ll be full of links to YouTube videos and website articles better-articulating what I have done with this car.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010.  6:42pm.  The corner of Village Way and Library Street, in Hudson, Ohio.  I was in the downtown area of my community with my grandparents at a concert on our green.  During intermission, we always took a little stroll to get some ice cream.  This stroll happened to be a tad more expensive, but much more fun than the usual. Continue reading

E39 M5: Must Have Mods

Okay, so you’ve already made the best decision of your life: you bought an E39 M5. Now, what minor (or major) modifications will make a great car even greater?

Let me start out by saying that this article is very subjective.  Each M5 owner has his or her own expectations for the car.  Some people are after pure performance, while others are allured by a refined, quiet luxury car that also has balls.  Many of us are somewhere in-between.  I bought my 2000 M5 in 2010.  It was my first car, I was 17 years old. Somehow, I didn’t kill myself.  By 2011, the void of E39 M5 DIY content online had pissed me off enough that I decided to spearhead the lack of online content with E39Source. This has allowed me to connect with hundreds of fellow E39 (M5) owners.  I would never say that I have seen it all, but I have been exposed to a lot of very tasteful (and garish) mods. In this article, in no particular order, I will list and describe several ‘must-have’ modifications, per my taste. Continue reading

Mike’s 528i & M5 Introduction

Hey guys, thanks for letting me join E39source!  I’ve been a YouTube subscriber  for quite a while now, and actually met some of you at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix last summer.  My name is Mike, and I’m 25 years old and live/work in West Chester, PA.  I currently have two E39s: a 1997 528i, and a 2000 M5. Continue reading

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

Alex’s 2000 328i Introduction

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If I were to tell you that I’ve always been a fan of BMW, I’d be lying.  Two years ago, if you were to tell me my first car would be an E46, I would have called you crazy!  Living in Buffalo, NY, I pictured my first car as some sort of all wheel drive vehicle.  I really was set on an older WRX, due to the decent performance, and great all wheel drive system.  I was also your typical Fast and Furious type kid who drooled over JDM “riced” out cars.  It’s bad, I know.  Luckily, one trip to visit my brother in San Francisco changed my taste in cars completely. 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