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New E39 owner. 523i SE Touring

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I've had a BMW E23 735i before.  No one else bid on it on eBay, had a great little adventure picking it up from central London and driving home to Manchester via visiting family in the Cotswolds.

Great trip to Le Mans in it too. Had it a few years, but new baby and other classic cars forced it's sale.

 

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My daily was an E46 323i  My previous Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagen was trying to bankrupt me so a friend let me have his spare 323i for what he paid for it, £350. Brilliant car,  so nimble and the engine was glorious. Did a whole house renovation with it. There was a lot wrong with it though. Passed the MOT, but only one window went down and had various cooling issues, fuel gauge didn't work. Have  new baby, so needed something a bit more reliable.

 

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I've always admired the E39. My mum's neighbour has had an very clean one for the last 14 years. I always thought it looked great. Last summer I finally got round to knocking on his door with the 'If you ever decide to sell, give me a shout' line.

 

His 523i looked a little dustier than normal... and there was an immaculate E46 325i parked next to it! He just bought a 28K mile 3 series and wasn't sure what he was going to do with the 5 series.

He wasn't so bothered about the hassle of eBay etc. He let me take it for a drive, and we did a deal there and then! He couldn't believe sale was so easy, and I'm extremely happy too!

 

I sold the 323i the next day on Facebook for more than I bought it for, and got the train to Stratford on Avon to pick up the big green beast!

 

1997 523i SE Touring.  134K mile and really clean. Black leather and some fancy wood trim.

It was serviced at a main dealer until a few years ago. I have a huge pile of invoices. He'd really looked after it. First BMW I've ever owned with a complete unused toolkit too!

 

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I plan to keep it completely standard. Just sort out a few little things. It passed the MOT. Really happy! I love green BMWs if you hadn't noticed.

More photos and lots of E39 questions from me to follow...

 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Parabola said:

 

 

I've had a BMW E23 735i before.  No one else bid on it on eBay, had a great little adventure picking it up from central London and driving home to Manchester via visiting family in the Cotswolds.

Great trip to Le Mans in it too. Had it a few years, but new baby and other classic cars forced it's sale.

 

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My daily was an E46 323i  My previous Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagen was trying to bankrupt me so a friend let me have his spare 323i for what he paid for it, £350. Brilliant car,  so nimble and the engine was glorious. Did a whole house renovation with it. There was a lot wrong with it though. Passed the MOT, but only one window went down and had various cooling issues, fuel gauge didn't work. Have  new baby, so needed something a bit more reliable.

 

IMG_1906.thumb.JPG.4c9011288095217866fb5648696cc355.JPG

 

 

 

 

I've always admired the E39. My mum's neighbour has had an very clean one for the last 14 years. I always thought it looked great. Last summer I finally got round to knocking on his door with the 'If you ever decide to sell, give me a shout' line.

 

His 523i looked a little dustier than normal... and there was an immaculate E46 325i parked next to it! He just bought a 28K mile 3 series and wasn't sure what he was going to do with the 5 series.

He wasn't so bothered about the hassle of eBay etc. He let me take it for a drive, and we did a deal there and then! He couldn't believe sale was so easy, and I'm extremely happy too!

 

I sold the 323i the next day on Facebook for more than I bought it for, and got the train to Stratford on Avon to pick up the big green beast!

 

1997 523i SE Touring.  134K mile and really clean. Black leather and some fancy wood trim.

It was serviced at a main dealer until a few years ago. I have a huge pile of invoices. He'd really looked after it. First BMW I've ever owned with a complete unused toolkit too!

 

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I plan to keep it completely standard. Just sort out a few little things. It passed the MOT. Really happy! I love green BMWs if you hadn't noticed.

More photos and lots of E39 questions from me to follow...

 

 

 

"I love green BMWs"

 

Me too - always had a soft spot. Looks nice - hope it works well for you! 

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Very nice and clean looking! Welcome aboard. These Touring's are just tremendous cars. So comfortable and versatile. Have helped several people move house with mine now - albeit just smaller amounts of stuff, but it's been Tardis-like in it's loading capacity. Also found that a single mattress will fit in completely flat with the seats down so contemplating trying sleeping in mine next time I go camping, rather than slumming it in a tent! 

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Welcome @Parabola

 

Lovely looking Touring that; looks like it's been really well kept :) 

 

Personally, I'd change the alloys for the 16" Turbines as I prefer their look and they suit SE E39s really well IMO too :mrgreen: 

 

A lot of us say we'll keep the car standard, but believe me, being on this forum will help you break that soon enough :lol: 

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Cheers all for the warm welcome. 

 

Theres a couple of issues with the car I need some advice on. Can I ask here, or should I start a new topic?

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40 minutes ago, Parabola said:

Cheers all for the warm welcome. 

 

Theres a couple of issues with the car I need some advice on. Can I ask here, or should I start a new topic?

 

Probably best to start a new, specific topic, it'll get better coverage then ;) 

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Welcome along.

 

Nice and tidy looking Touring.

 

Same as everyone else, keep it standard!

 

Don't be tempted to fit:

 

Style 32's

Facelift headlights

Facelift bumper

Memory seats 

Memory steering column

Memory mirrors

Sliding boot floor

Ah, feck it, the list is too long..... :ph34r:

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Welcome to the forum! Good find on the e39 Touring. Not many left in that condition now. 

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11 hours ago, Raymond said:

Welcome along.

 

Nice and tidy looking Touring.

 

Same as everyone else, keep it standard!

 

Don't be tempted to fit:

 

Style 32's

Facelift headlights

Facelift bumper

Memory seats 

Memory steering column

Memory mirrors

Sliding boot floor

Ah, feck it, the list is too long..... :ph34r:

 

Oh, that's cruel... :lol: 

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Obviously I'd love a 530i Sport etc, but this is the car I have. Like you say, theres not many about anymore. Quite like the idea of keeping it all standard.

 

 

Few jobs to sort...

 

The car has an issue at about 1300-1600 RPM, a 'stuttering' hesitation. I've started a new thread about this!

 

 

The headlights are yellowing. I spent a couple of hours with a restoration kit, helped a bit. Spoke to the previous owner who said he'd done that a couple of times too.

I've seen an advert for a company called 'Heavenly Headlights' who claim to restore them to new for £40. Seems too good to be true if genuine. Anyone used them?

https://www.facebook.com/Heavenlyheadlightssw/

 

Or is it possible to buy the standard pre facelift headlight covers? (I'm not interested in angel eyes, would like to keep everything standard)

 

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A wheel hub cover flew off on the M6!  Bought a new one from BMW. Has made me realise I need to swap the (Non original) stickers on the other three wheels too.

 

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The rear window lock button has fallen out the drivers armrest. I have the button, but I think one of the prongs in broken. The whole unit is £13.99 on eBay, so I might just get that.

 

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The soft rubber trim was disintegrating on the OSF and OSR sill covers. I managed to break the clips on the plastic bits too.

Can I buy the complete sets anywhere?

 

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Had a bit of a saga with the NSF suspension...  

First there was a metallic rattling. The brake disc protector thingy had worked loose, and the  holes had got so big, you couldn't screw it back on.

Took it to a BMW specialist, who managed forget to sort it then ask me to leave as it was midday closing on a Saturday. They also forgot to tighten the wheel nuts properly!

Bit scary when the wheel started clunking with 4 passengers later that day on a trip to The Peak District!

 

Got a local garage to sort it, they just took the protector disc off.

 

 

The NSF shock absorber started leaking oil. Got that replaced.

 

There's another different clunk from the NSF corner now.  It's been to a BMW specialist and the local garage who said everything looks fine. Really frustrating.

One bush was a little worn, so will get that replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

The handbrake is pretty poor.  The previous owner said he had the shoes replaced recently. Would a new cable help?

 

 

The rear suspension airbags have been replaced with springs, so I have the annoying rear suspension yellow warning light on all the time!

 

 

All relatively minor things to sort.

 

 

 

 

 

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I took off the 'Institute of Advanced Motorists' badge from the front grille!

 

Also took off the ' My other cars a Morris Minor' stickers from the windows  (My other car is actually a 1971 MGB GT!)

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Welcome along. That's a good find you have there.

 

....and I think most here suffer from poor handbrake performance at the best of times. You're not alone.

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It's apparently a bit of a knack to getting the handbrake setup on these. There are adjusters as part of the mechanism but I think it's not uncommon for them to get grotty and seized up and difficult to adjust. The bits to rebuild the mechanism are inexpensive though if you feel like having the wheels off and tinkering for a few hours and there's plenty of DIY threads out there on the interwebs, full of images on how to tackle it, if you feel up to it!

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6 hours ago, Parabola said:

The headlights are yellowing. I spent a couple of hours with a restoration kit, helped a bit. Spoke to the previous owner who said he'd done that a couple of times too.

I've seen an advert for a company called 'Heavenly Headlights' who claim to restore them to new for £40. Seems too good to be true if genuine. Anyone used them?

https://www.facebook.com/Heavenlyheadlightssw/

 

 

 

Let me know how you get on with this please. Mine are not too bad but could be better. Don't fancy wet and dry sanding myself :shock:

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5 minutes ago, Raymond said:

 

 

Let me know how you get on with this please. Mine are not too bad but could be better. Don't fancy wet and dry sanding myself :shock:

 

Get the 3M kit off Amazon, costs c£20 and will do both headlight 3-4 times

 

Very easy to use and gives great results!

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6 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Get the 3M kit off Amazon, costs c£20 and will do both headlight 3-4 times

 

Very easy to use and gives great results!

 

A few people recommended that kit but I'm good at fücking things up. Got OEM Xenons in this thing so could be costly if I mess it up.

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10 minutes ago, Raymond said:

 

A few people recommended that kit but I'm good at fücking things up. Got OEM Xenons in this thing so could be costly if I mess it up.

 

You use it with a cordless drill; so the speeds aren't massive and following the simple instructions, it works very well indeed

 

Believe me, I'm more happy with a 10lb sledge hammer than anything delicate, but I did my headlights and they're spangling ;) 

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Ive just got in touch with a guy in nortern ireland about sorting mine. He replaces the adjusters and refurbs the lenses too.

 

Hes quoted me £100 for the refurb and £25 insured postage back to me. Turn around estimated 10 days.

 

Seems a decent price.

 

Heres the link.

 

What you guys reckon?

 

https://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-motorbikes/fully-refurbished-bmw-e39-angel-eye-headlights-cheapest-in-uk-m5-540i-535i-530i-530d-m-sport-525i/1289786001

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