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Old 13-02-2018, 11:46 AM   #31
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"Was that instrument cluster an option?"

Known as 'high OBC if memory serves me - my 528 had it.
So it is a High OBC as it has the long centre section.

However I've managed to find out about the dials. They are after market dial fascias. The power literally is the MPG and the Rev Limiter lights don't work.

It'd have to be put back to OEM if I were to get that one but it's looking less likely.
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Old 13-02-2018, 12:13 PM   #32
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This is the layoout for the 'low' OBC

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/zojVPL-yWcA/maxresdefault.jpg

and the 'high' OBC

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1265809998

See here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=4925191
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Old 13-02-2018, 01:05 PM   #33
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Hard to believe those BMWs are 17 years old. They have aged very gracefully.
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Old 13-02-2018, 02:32 PM   #34
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Hard to believe those BMWs are 17 years old. They have aged very gracefully.
I am a big fan of them and have owned one before many years ago but it was a 520i SE so was under powered and always said when I can afford it, I'd buy a 530i, 535i, 540i, or M5 as a bit of a toy to make it an OEM+ beauty.

535i seems pointless as it's only a couple of more bhp than the 530i even though it's a V8 and is slower 0-60 than the 6cyl 530i when it's Auto v Auto even with more torque.

The 540i is a real contender but finding a decent one due to chain guides and chains needing doing on them now, would like a V8.

M5, well they've skyrocketed in price and getting 12k past swmbo is much harder than say circa £3k.

I like everything about the E39 apart from everybody that seems to be selling them these days!
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It’s a shame really as they’re at that point where the knackered and rotten ones are going and the mint ones are climbing in value, so what you get left with is either middle of the road 17 year old cars or decent ones hiding away somewhere waiting to be found. The day has come for the E60 really, they are the cheapo 5 series these days but that is no help to you if you desire a particular shape. I agree that they have aged very well, came out in the mid 90’s, over 20 years ago and are still modern. A friend of mine has just bought an 05 plate Audi A8 3.7 quattro long wheelbase as a daily to replace his new new rejected A8 as he’s sick of paying lots of £££. The 05 plate A8 has a huge spec, everything works, can still connect a phone and iPod and it drives amazingly well. It’s immaculate and really well equipped... £2800!!!! These older high spec cars can be a bargain and still make great dailies
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-535d-...kAAOSwRo1agwMM

ls this what u wanted? looks well cared for apart from the gear box :-/
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-535d-...kAAOSwRo1agwMM

ls this what u wanted? looks well cared for apart from the gear box :-/
That's an e60, OP seems to want e39?

And that one........
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I know it was painful to walk away after investing so much in going to see it but you did the right thing, plenty more fish in the sea and I always say that when you see the right car, you will know it, just don’t allow yourself to settle for anything else.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-535d-...kAAOSwRo1agwMM

ls this what u wanted? looks well cared for apart from the gear box :-/
Thanks for the thought, appreciate it, but that's the next version and it's diesel.

I want the E39, in 530i Sport trim. Petrol. If anybody sees any or knows of any locally to them or by friends etc, then please by all means message in here or DM me. I've seen all the ones on Autotrader, eBay, Gumtree.... Any other good sites I can look at?
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Thanks for the thought, appreciate it, but that's the next version and it's diesel.

I want the E39, in 530i Sport trim. Petrol. If anybody sees any or knows of any locally to them or by friends etc, then please by all means message in here or DM me. I've seen all the ones on Autotrader, eBay, Gumtree.... Any other good sites I can look at?
have you checked pistonheads and motors.co.uk?
Check local papers aswell as you find some real gems through there.
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