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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Hey, I have been in the market for a good 540i for a while. All decent ones seemed to either have too many miles or low mileage Japanese imported ones for silly money. I decided to have a look at importing my own from Japan. I found a company called jdmauctionwatch.com. On the website, you get access to all the car auctions in Japan. So I simply checked the website every day for only a couple of weeks until the perfect car came up. I transferred a £500 refundable deposit to get access to bid. I bid and won! Total price including all shipping and fees - £5440 This was back in March. The car is currently on a ship, it will arrive into Dublin port on June 21st. I live in Northern Ireland so I picked Dublin as my delivery port, you can chose Southampton and Bristol as well. I have a few questions for anyone else who has a Japanese import? Is it easy enough to get all the radio etc into English? The trip computer into miles? Did you have to undercoat the car? Did you have to fit a rear fog light or is that only Japanese brands? I have bought new dials from Lockwood international. Anyone fitted these before? Easy enough? The car comes with sat nav and TV. Can you change the TV settings to work in the UK? And can you buy new maps for the Sat Nav? Heres a few details about the car; 2001 540i M sport (apparently in the US and Japan, their called M sports but Europe its just Sport?) Topaz Blue 70k miles So many extras including electric rear blind, TV, sunroof. I'll add the cars spec with the photos. After I won the car I recieved 126 detailed pictures of the car. I shared the photos on a local car forum, one member recognised the pictures. Check out this youtube channel - jdm auction watch must use this other company - Pacific Coast Auto as their agent. So if I was to do it again, I would probably go straight to PCA to cut out the middle man. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo0_6VxevokFfUbf8ECJkAw
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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Yeah it arrived on the 22nd June. Picked the car up from Dublin Port. Paddy for JDMauctionwatch couldn't make it until the afternoon so it was just me and my dad collecting it on our own. We were able to borrow dealer plates from a friend so I drove it back.Had to visit a shipping company to get the right forms, then we were off to terminal 7 to collect the car. After we pulled in, the grumpy security guard stuck his head in the car window and said, "I hope your not planning on getting out of this car without high-vis vests". There was literally no one else there, in a massive, practically empty car park. I could even see the 540i sitting there waiting for me! So back out we went, off to the closest petrol station to buy a couple of high-vis vests.Back to the terminal. Once we got to the car, it really did look like a car that had been in a ship for 2 months. It was very dusty and had a flat tyre and a dead battery. And of course, I forgot the air pump and battery booster which I literally left at the door the night before so I wouldn't forget them! And then we couldn't find the lock nut (I have found it since) to change the flat. Luckily a very nice tow truck driver who was also there, lent us an air pump. And after finding out we were there for the 5 series, the previously grumpy security guard was now my best mate. He lent us his jump leads out of his car. Turns out he used to have a 530i e39 and loved them. He was more than happy to help us get it going. He recommended a tyre shop nearby to get the puncture fixed, before we made the long drive home.So off to the tyre shop, the guys where very helpful. They couldn't take the wheel off without the locknut so they jacked the car up and drenched the wheel in soapy water, they couldn't find any leaks so we were good to go. They didn't charge us for their time but we gave them some euros for a couple of pints to say thanks.Finally we were through the tunnel and on the road home. First impressions were good. The car sounded great, and felt very quick even though I wasn't pushing it in the slightest. The check engine light was on, so I wanted to take it easy. The air-con was ice cold, everything seemed to be working. No creaks or rattles.We decided not to take it home, instead I drove it straight to Car Clinique, a BMW specialist in Hillsborough. I've never been there before and Reece had no idea we were coming. Though he was more than happy to take the car for a service and MOT. He's also going to take the instrument cluster out for me to be sent off to get the pixel cluster replaced as theres hardly any pixels left.While it was there, we both had a good look around the car. It seemed to be in amazing condition.So next up is an MOT. This will be done hopefully this week. The headlights had to have the adjusters fixed. Then to send away the forms to have it registered. Oh and I've since found out that the Japanese 540's came with a different, quicker, 3.15 ratio diff. No need for autobahn speeds in Japan so they got a diff for acceleration! How cools that!
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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Just tracked the ship again, its in Germany at the minute. Its due to arrive into Dublin on the 21st. Then it takes 2 working days to clear customs. Then I can pick it up. I can drive it home with dealer plates which I might be able to borrow from a friend. Or rent or borrow a trailor if I can't get the dealer plates. Really looking forward to seeing it in the flesh!
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    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    Mine arrives on June 21st. Not sure how long it will take to get registered and MOT’d. Though hopefully not too long as I’m dying to drive it! Heres my thread on the car;
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    E39 540i Sport - Delivery at Last!

    Hey, Nice looking 540i. I'm currently in the process of importing my own 540i from Japan. The cars currently on a ship, on its way. I was wondering if you ever got the TV, Sat Nav working? I think you can change the frequency for the TV and maybe update the maps for the Sat Nav?
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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Heres a few more pics including the only pictures you see before you bid and the auction sheet.
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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Hey, Thanks for your great reply! Very helpful. That price includes everything apart from registration which is £55 and MOT. The actual final bid for the car was around £2500 (376,000 yen). So the rest is shipping, custom charges and fees etc. I think its a bit of a bargain! Heres a link to the dials; http://www.lockwoodinternational.co.uk/dials/mph/bmw/5-series/e39/5-series-7-series-x5-part-no-80s5.html I found a good bit of info about changing the head unit etc to english on a New Zealand forum. (they import a lot of cars from Japan) You can change the TV settings to EU frequency in the settings. Though the sat nav looks to be more complicated. I'll have a go once I get the car and share how I get on. I have actually already bought a new boot lid from a local breakers. I had planned to have it sprayed and put on but I might wait and see how the original one looks first. I now quite like the idea of having a square plate to be different. The car is going to be my daily driver. I've always loved the 540i ever since my dad had one when I was younger. I plan to do a few small modifications in the future. Plans for the car include; New wheels; either Rondell 021 or BBS 744/745 Eibach springs (maybe coilovers, though I don't want a firm ride) Eisenmann sport exhaust. (just the smaller twin sport one, it is a daily remember!) Black grills. Add a 540i badge to the back. Thats it! Obviously when I first get the car, I will get it fully serviced and checked over. I'm a bit anal when it comes to service history, so I might even take it to the dealership to be serviced. I find it can pay for itself when it comes to selling the car in the future. Then a good detail job should have it looking like new. The car was a grade 4 B at auction which is very good. There should be no dents or scratches that won't polish out. I have a couple of other project cars that need to be finished first so I probably won't start changing anything until the winter. Until then, I think I will enjoy the car as is!
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    2001 540i Japanese Import

    Forgot to mention. You can also track the ship. Mines currently in the Med.
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    Checking a cars spec

    That explains the M Sport cars I've seen on youtube then. Thanks for your help!
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    Checking a cars spec

    I am on the look out for a 540i M Sport. Theres a few out there in my price bracket. Though I wanted to check that they are in fact M Sports and not just Sports. As I think I'm right in thinking the M's have a better suspension? Anyways, I tried typing a few registrations into a reg check website. Everyone of them comes up as a 540i Sport only. Its also the same on the BMW warranty website. So is there any ways to check if the cars are an M Sport with only the reg?
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    Opinions please....

    I'm not so sure, I think the quality is similar through the range. Surely they reuse the same parts for lots of cars. I'm sure the finish of the dash on a 760 is better than a 1 series, but all the buttons, steering wheels, gear shifter etc are used all along the range?
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    Checking a cars spec

    Ok cool, good to know. Thats just increased the amount of cars to choose from.
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    Checking a cars spec

    I live in Northern Ireland so I've had to travel to England for a couple of cars in the past. There aren't any 540s in NI at the moment so I've only been looking at England. I have my heart set on an Oxford Green one since my dad used to have one in that colour when I was younger. Theres one for sale atm in Scotland but it has accident damage along one side. So will need a couple of grand spent on it replacing panels and doors etc. What you think? https://www.gumtree.com/p/bmw/bmw-540i-sport-e39-spares-or-repair/1288994989
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    Checking a cars spec

    Its an e39 I'm talking about. How come some adds say M Sport and some just say Sport?
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    Opinions please....

    I had an M135i and loved it. Makes a great noise and gives plenty of smiles per gallon. I would pick it over a diesel any day. I drive a Golf R now and I prefered the M135i. Especially the 8 speed auto, its far smoother than the VWs DSG 6 speed.
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    540i Champagne II

    What a cheeky b*stard. I bet he knows it’s not a Champagne.
  17. Hey, I am currently on the look out for a 540i Touring, though I have spotted this saloon. Seems expensive but looks great in the pics. Though is this a Champagne model? The centre console is black and the wood seems too dark? What are your thoughts? https://www.gumtree.com/p/bmw/2003-bmw-540i-auto-sport-champagne-edition-ii/1289205919
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    540i Champagne II

    Hey, thats what I thought. It’s the same seller that had a very nice 540i touring for sale recently. I’ll leave this one alone I think.
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