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
A 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 is testing a new version of the F10 M5, which is expected to be launched this summer as a 2014 model. It will continue to be offered with its 560-hp, twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8, but there will also be an optional performance pack- called the Competition Package, which will consist of several upgrades to the current M5. Continue reading
Objective: Remove and reinstall the headliner. Continue reading
We all know that buying a 1997-2000 BMW E39 is cheaper. There seem to be more of them for sale, and those that are found are almost always several thousand dollars less than their 2001-2003 counterparts. There is a reason for this: cosmetics.
Other than the ‘face-lift’ cosmetic changes, BMW didn’t really change a whole lot on these cars. A few new colors, standard features, but nothing like updates between iPhone generations. Let’s first be clear with what the ‘face-lift’ did for the E39: