I 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
2001 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
Let’s keep things short, and get this started. I sold my E39 M5 at a good price, but I still miss it dearly. I’m in college studying engineering and pre-med, so I’m going to be in school for a long time. I don’t have the time anymore for photo shoots, car washes and detailing all the time. I needed something cheap, reliable and plain; and it had to be a good project car for some great E39Source content. I decided to buy a Ti – it’s a big F-U to all the viewer’s that thought I was going to get something flashy, and worst of all, everybody hates how it looks. Continue reading
My story starts a little differently than others.
It starts 13 years ago… with a different kind of BMW than the one that I now own. One that, in my opinion, is by far the finest thing to come from Germany in a very long time… The E30 M3.
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
We 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
A quick way to freshen up the exterior look of your BMW is to replace your four wheel center caps. Each individual BMW series may have a different size cap, so make sure to do your research and find out which specific size you need. This article will focus on the E39 5 series, in particular, my 2000 M5. Continue reading
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
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.
Picture 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