Say Hello to Andrew’s new Benz!

My past BMW’s were fun cars.  I had a great time driving them, and I learned a lot fixing them.  However, they got a bit repetitive after having cars so similar: the E53 X5, E36 318ti, and the E36 328i.  These all shared so much in common that I could go through the motions to change out a thermostat or replace an oil filter housing gasket with my eyes closed.  So, what does a car guy do when they need a new project to tinker on?

He moves on and gets a 1995 W124 Mercedes E320!

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BMW E36 Bi-Xenon Headlight Retrofit

thumbHow do you get high intensity lighting for under $200 $50?

Easy, peasy, lemon squeeze: all you need to do is retrofit your stock plastic lens E36 headlights with bi-xenon projectors.  With some modification from a Dremel, razor blade, and a pry tool, you too can have HID lighting without resorting to a eat-ramen-every-night college-esque budget.   Continue reading

E39 M5 S62 Engine Reliability

IMG_1030A very common topic, S62 longevity.  I could write a book about this, but I’ll try not to. Firstly… I am no expert.  I’m just an owner of an E39 M5 for a little over 7 years, and 55,000 miles now.  I am fairly active in the community though, so I do feel that I can talk about this some.
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The S62 can last 300,000 miles.  The S62 can also fail at 40,000 miles.  There seem to be many more instances of higher miles than lower, however.  These are the primary weak points of the S62:

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

Question About E39 Remapping

Hi guys,

I have an e39 530d 193hp with 212000km, car is in very good condition and I would realy want it to be remapped for some extra hp. I emailed a local tuner here, and he said he wouldn’t recommend it because it has so many miles on it, and that this engine is not reliable to start with even without a tuning/remap! I had an E46 330d with 184hp and an E38 730d with 163hp, both were also remapped, the 730d even had 245000km when I did that and never had problems with it, so I really don’t know what to do?  The tuner I emailed is a very well known one, so they know what they are doing, but I called other known and skilled tuners and they are willing to do it; so I really don’t know what to do here.  Are these engines really that unreliable? Should I just go ahead and remap it or leave it like it is?

Hope this time I’ve posted this in the right place.

Thanks in advance guys and hope you can help me, cheers.

Andres’ 2000 540i/6 Introduction

IMG_5663Hello E39 Source, my name is Andres and I’d like to introduce my 2000 540i/6. Here’s a little background information about how I found my car and what I’ve done to it.

I’ve been a car guy for as long as I can remember; my grandpa’s a mechanic and my dad races vintage cars in SCCA. The day I turned fifteen and got my learner’s license, I was already looking into what my first car could possibly be. Continue reading