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Motor84 last won the day on January 11 2016

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    1998 BMW 540i SE Saloon | 2005 BMW X5 3.0d

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  1. Motor84

    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    Agreed, Something about imitating a faster car with a slower car seems wrong. Plus I am into OEM.
  2. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Confirmed tonight my current Parallels are not staggered! Gutted! They do look pretty good still though.
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    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Yes, just looked them up. Bit tatty but can be refurbed I guess. Were the 18in staggered 42s always split rim? I think I prefer them to not be split. Like these but 18in staggered? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-3-Series-E46-99-06-16-Style-42-Alloy-Wheel-Set-7J-ET45-1095058-0000347671/362287590298?epid=1023081217&hash=item545a05eb9a:g:ZkUAAOSwW3VaxkL- I actually love the style 5s. These are the quintessential 80s-90s BMW wheels IMO. Now could I get 18in staggered versions of these? Don't think I've ever seen them. I had the regular ones on my 523. IMG_0774 by Motion Limited, on Flickr
  4. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Performance yes of course, but also the die hard idea that if you're into cars you have to have a manual. Thats how its always been with my mates.
  5. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Hi drpep999, I have had quite a few BMWs, no real reason for either gearbox but I would always prefer manual I think accept with the X5s. I think its just the bigger the car, the more reason to have auto. The 3 Series cars I've had were all manual bar one. I've had 2 X5s, would only ever have auto for those as its a big lump that you're happy to just cruise in. My 540, now thats the anomaly, as I would prefer that to be a manual as its got the power to be very quick with manual and its not that big really. But I could only afford and find an auto. I may well convert it to manual one day. BUT, I quite like wafting along with the auto box. Everyday driving, Auto all the way. Its smooth and comfortable, and the older I get (43 now) the more I'm happy to just cruise. Driving quickly down country lanes, manual all the way. But some cars HAVE to be manual IMO like an E46 330i. But I guess thats personal. I think the 540 falls in both camps, could be either. Having said all that, we are talking about old Beemers, I think with the newer cars the gap is closing right?
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    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Thanks mate. I will check that out. I thought they were staggered but can't be sure. Will check tonight. Tyre sizes should give it away. They do have the m badge slots, but no badges! Could be an SE purist or just reps!
  7. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Thanks for the info guys. Any way of telling if my Style 37s are replicas or not? Would love to know that they are genuine!
  8. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Thanks for the info Dennis! I agree they look a bit dated, but do look right on a pre facelift car IMO. Bugger to clean I should imagine as you say. I just like all the BBS looking wheels. Old school beemer look!
  9. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Oh I would be interested in 18in style 42s. Would they be staggered? I think the M parallels on mine are right?
  10. Motor84

    BBS Split rims on 540??

    Hi Guys. Question. Were these BBS style alloys available from BMW on my 540 when it was new? See the blue touring below. Oddly, seen a few 528s with these same wheels. bmw-e39-5-series-96-04-528i-se-touring-S2892933-1 by Motion Limited, on Flickr I ask because I really like them and would consider putting them on my car, but I might not if they were never available for my car. This is mine. I know the current wheels were not available in 1998! IMG_1367 by Motion Limited, on Flickr The same wheels I think on this very nice looking 8 series same colour as mine. 368 by Motion Limited, on Flickr Thoughts?
  11. Motor84

    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    Bloody amazing looking car! Spotless. One thing I like about the Japanese imports is the square rear plate. Looks cool! With that low mileage and in that condition your car is sure to be a good investment. Must be amazing to drive, like its almost out of the box. Good luck with it! I just had the Dynavin unit fitted into my X5. Its good, but if I did it again, and if I do decide to upgrade the ICE in my 540 all I would want is a screen and have Apple Carplay fitted. I wonder if there is a cheap, 'screen only' option out there. With Carplay you have everything you need.
  12. Motor84

    Just bought a 540i - Awesome!!

    I think its worth it if you're keeping the car. I assume it will improve throttle response as well? To be able to quote over 300 bhp is better than quoting almost 300 bhp!
  13. Motor84

    Just bought a 540i - Awesome!!

    I was wondering about a remap. I know gains are small with non turbo petrol engines but maybe the v8s are different?
  14. Motor84

    Just bought a 540i - Awesome!!

    Latest 1 week into ownership. I was in 2 minds about owning a V8 but, wow! Its amazing. Effortless waftability. Super smooth delivery, feels quite light and with the sport suspension, its feels very nimble. Overall, very impressed. I think its my ultimate BMW! Can’t really top it. Loving the spec and the old school OBC screen.
  15. Motor84

    Just bought a 540i - Awesome!!

    Taking the car for a service with a BMW specialist. I’ll ask them to check it. Feels very planted in the corners.
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