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Old 28-02-2018, 11:15 AM   #21
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Good find, if it's close enough to the OP

I suspect not, but weather permitting, its a good day out in the new motor
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Old 28-02-2018, 12:56 PM   #22
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It would be perfect and thank you, I have contacted I think that seller or one from another one about getting it couriered to me as they're all collection only, a few days ago.

However....Somebody much closer only 30 mins away, has one available for £20 that has even offered to meet up somewhere, found via an E39 club on Facebook. He's going to send me a picture of where the back box has been cut off to make sure there's enough length of straight pipe on it so I can use a clamp for the time being.

In an ideal world, car will pass MOT this Saturday, I'll get the back box this weekend and get it on. As next weekend, I'm hopefully off to London to go to a surprise party so would be nice to go in the 5 with fresh MOT and a nice quiet ride. As I work all week, and the weather like it is. I just don't think I'll have time or the balls in this weather to get things sorted and have it re-tested (if it fails) in time to make the trip.

If not, It'll be a trip in the Bangernomics Focus and BMW will have to wait until I get MOT bits done to get it through.

Fingers crossed for me though guys




I did the obligatory VIN Search on the car and this is her factory spec:

Vehicle information
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VIN: ************************
Type code: DT62
Model: 530I (EUR)
E-F-R series: E39
Series: 5
Type: LIM
Steering: RL
Doors: 4
Engine: M54
Displacement: 3.00
Power: 170 (231 hp)
Drive: HECK
Transmission: AUT
Paint code: 475 - BLACK SAPPHIRE METALLI
Upholstery code: N6SW - STANDARDLEDER/SC
Prod.date: 2002-01-21


S202 Steptronic
S210 Dynamic stability control III
S249 Multifunction f steering wheel
S302 Alarm system
P337 M Sports package
S339 Shadow-Line
S354 Green windscreen, green shade band
S403 Glass roof, electrical
S428 Warning triangle and first aid kit
S431 Interior rear-view mirror with auto dip
S438 Fine wood trim
S441 Smoker package
S459 El. front seat adjustment w. memory
S464 Ski bag
S465 Through-loading system
S470 Isofix-System
S473 Armrest front
S481 Sports seat
S494 Seat heating driver/passenger
S500 Headl.washer system/intensive cleaning
S508 Park Distance Control (PDC)
S520 Fog lights
S521 Rain sensor
S522 Xenon Light
S534 Automatic air conditioning
S555 On-board computer V with remote control
S602 On-board monitor withTV
S609 Navigation system, Professional
S632 Preparation BMW Handy (Motorola)
S676 HiFi speaker system
S694 Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
S705 M sports suspension II
S710 M sports steering wheel, multifunction
S715 M Aerodynamics package
S761 Individual sunshade glazing
S775 Headlining anthracite
S780 BMW LA wheel, M parallel spoke
S785 White direction indicator lights
L812 NATIONAL VERSION GREAT BRITAIN
S850 Additional Export tank filling
S853 Language version, English
S863 Dealer List Europe
S877 Omission of non-combined operation
S880 Operating instructions, English



I particularly like that it has the optional M Sports Suspension II. This means the car has same set up as the M5 Lower and Stiffer springs and thicker roll bars etc. I did notice how flat the car was when cornering etc so now I know why! (I know it's not exactly the same as the V8 lump is heavier and the M5 uses recirculating ball steering not rack and pinion like this, so there are differences for the more anal amongst us).

I see it came with wood trim, somebody has swapped it all to silver. Saved me a job!

I am falling in love with this car more and more every day and so happy I waited for what I think is the 'right' one.

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Old 28-02-2018, 01:41 PM   #23
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"and the M5 uses recirculating ball steering not rack and pinion like this,"

And thereby loses some of the 'feel' of the 'lesser-engined' models.

Good find on the exhaust nearer home, hope it works out for you.
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I particularly like that it has the optional M Sports Suspension II. This means the car has same set up as the M5 Lower and Stiffer springs and thicker roll bars etc.
You may have better data then me but I don;t think the strut part numbers are the same for MSusp 2 and the M5 set up - perhaps just a BMW stock strategy ?
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Pretty sure that M5 and Mtec 2 suspension in the basis of the price difference and part numbers.
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@Starbuck 88. What’s the rust situation like? Petrol filler recess, boot lid, sils etc?
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You may have better data then me but I don;t think the strut part numbers are the same for MSusp 2 and the M5 set up - perhaps just a BMW stock strategy ?
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Pretty sure that M5 and Mtec 2 suspension in the basis of the price difference and part numbers.
OK so I've just looked on Real OEM and I should have kept my mouth shut.

I simply regurgitated what I saw 'multiple' I might add, people on BMW forums saying.

A quick look on Real OEM and eBay for M5 parts confirms...not the same. Ha.

Front ARB M5 27mm. Front ARB MsportII 25mm.

Just for info. Standard is 22.5mm and M Sport I is 24mm.

Useful for anybody if they come across here.

Still very much happy it has the option upgrade to the standard sport suspension though. Wonder how much difference 1mm makes?

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@Starbuck 88. What’s the rust situation like? Petrol filler recess, boot lid, sils etc?
None at all. No bubbling, No visible brown stuff anywhere
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Old 28-02-2018, 02:27 PM   #28
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typing while you were !

Front ARB

Std 22mm
M Suspension 24mm
M suspension 2 - 25mm
M5 - 27mm

Rear ARB
Std 13mm
MSus 14mm
MSus 2 15mm
M5 17mm

Be interesting to see whether anything has been uprated by a fastidious previous owner
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ECP have got up to 70% off all items, last day today. As I'm ordering a few bits for the bangernomics cars to get them ready for sale I may as well do a service on the 5.

I'm now wondering what oil to order. I know the previous owner had a service done when he got it in October but....he has done a lot of miles and wherever he got the service they gave him some oil 'out the drum' in a bottle to top up when needed.

Now I know it could be good stuff etc but I do believe I've saved this car from an owner not fully geared up to do it justice, the previous owner to him however, was a true E39 enthusiast.

So just to be sure, I want to put some good stuff in it, with fresh filters.

I'm going to put in Castrol Magnetec 5w-40 so that it lubricates better when up to temp. It exceeds the spec for when the car was new and fits all the recommended specs... ACEA A3/B3/C3 and LL04

I've never ever been fussy over oils before, so might as well start now
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I put Shell Helix 5w 40 in mine last oil change. I’ve come round to the fact that it’s prolly more important to do more frequent changes with oil that meets the required spec, rather than spending loads in branded oil.

Try and stick with OEM parts if you can.
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