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chicaneuk last won the day on April 1

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    2001 E39 530D SE / 1999 E39 523i SE

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  1. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not a car DIY weekend.. but packed the touring to the roof for a weekend away with mates in the Brecon Beacons. Was genuinely worried about my now two year old, cheap eBay air springs popping such was the amount of stuff in the back (and as I'd read I should only expect to get a couple of years use out of them!) but pleased to report no dramas and the car behaved impeccably Grateful for the diesel torque getting me up and down the extremely hilly road to the house we'd rented too.
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    Style 49's on SE

    AFAIK the car is on standard Sport suspension..? The effect is heightened in that picture as it’s being thrown into a corner! Looking at that picture is really making me think I should put the angel eyes back in and source some black kidney grilles
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    fitting Hella Angel Eyes to pre-facelift 2000 e39

    Mounting plate is definitely different.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Well it is absolutely down to your meticulous care and attention, Keith. But I have been spending reasonable money and time on keeping on top of maintenance as best as I can.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Guess they started early as just had word it’s passed again. Woohoo.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT day for the saloon.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Really would like a Carphonics Bluetooth upgrade doing.. need to look into the options
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    e39 purchase

    Again I'll say, If you're in Essex, you're not a million miles away from Dartford Transmissions... very well regarded BMW (E39 especially) indie and particularly knowledgeable about gearboxes and does a comprehensive auto gearbox fluid change. http://www.dartfordtransmissions.co.uk/ Never used the guy but I know a whole lot of people who have and think he's excellent.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Finally refitted the replacement fan shroud and took it out for a spin. Always a reminder just how smooth and wafty a petrol auto is, compared to a manual diesel on double the mileage Good timing too as the MOT is due this week.. with the car off the road in pieces, it's been impossible to get it booked in any sooner.
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    E39 530d Potential Purchase Advice

    Pretty much as you say... I have this very same option on my saloon. It's an SE but with the 'Sport' upgrade which has the things you specify on that list. There's a letter in the history file confirming exactly as such.. see attached! Though in my case the wheels are not Style 32's but Style 49's which I think is correct for option code 267.
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    E39 530d Potential Purchase Advice

    I dunno.. even if the dealer has a rotten rep, it's unlikely he's got anything to hide on an old E39 really.. the cost of any bodgy repairs or hiding anything would add up to more than just selling the car "as is", so given the history etc and the overall condition, the car sounds worth considering IMHO. Reliability wouldn't necessarily concern me.. I've been smoking around in a leggy 530d touring now for two years and it's been very reliable.. I've even took it on a trip across to Germany with no concern. There's a few common weak points on these motors but most can be addressed fairly easily and they can go on to absolutely galactic mileage.
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    e39 purchase

    Absolutely no concern.. always find it interesting when someone new signs up and begins the journey with their E39, learning the quirks and (hopefully) getting on top of the various issues they uncover! Keep posting; we'll keep helping. Depending on your location, there is a pretty well regarded independent round in Dartford who knows E39's inside out if you get stuck with your local garage.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ordered my replacement fan shroud Due in on Thursday! Even got a few quid off on showing BMW Club GB membership card so even sweeter!
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    Front wheel wobble under braking

    I get identical behaviour on my touring.. fine up to 50MPH but anything beyond that causes the wobble and as you also say, firmer braking the problem seems greatly reduced.. it's only on light braking that you really feel it. Haven't thrown money at it as I only really do short / local journeys in it and am so used to it now.. but want to KNOW what the issue is before attempting to resolve it, rather than guessing.
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    My Dad's 530d Touring - What’s it worth?

    I honestly have to agree with Clavurion. It would of course depend on getting the right buyer on the right day but there’s so many 530d’s out there for peanuts.. and even if this is as good as it sounds (and I have no doubt that it is) I just think 4K+ for anything other than a mint petrol sport or V8 version is a big ask.