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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 ?

    Yeah I never really got the love for old Fords.. and certainly not at those prices either. Nostalgia is a funny old thing!
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    What to do..

    Ultimately only you can decide / answer this, based on a variety of factors. But unless the car is otherwise excellent, you're going to get dumped on in terms of sale price as the logistics of getting a car without an MOT are too painful for most folks to deal with.. and especially with these cars being relatively plentiful and cheap, you'll just get low-balled by someone looking to break it. What are the issues, and what is the spec / condition of the car otherwise? Can see it's a 530i Manual Sport but... does it have many extras? Is it in good shape otherwise? Is it leggy on mileage?
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    2003 530i Sport Manual Diff Upgrade

    Presumably you've already tried a diff oil change? I've been astonished at the improvements a simple oil change can achieve in a manual gearbox.. so would assume similar miracles can be achieved with a differential too? (obviously only in terms of noise.. it won't increase your acceleration)
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I haven’t noticed any such issues either since installing the appropriate section in my 523i either.. and indeed thinking about it... it’s all the same engines just fitted into a different type of car. The 5 series is supposed to be the cruiser and the Z’s are basically little sports cars so it stands to reason it wouldn’t negatively affect the running of the engine and is only there to mute the motor a bit.
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    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.
  8. chicaneuk

    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.
  9. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Guess they started early as just had word it’s passed again. Woohoo.
  10. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT day for the saloon.
  11. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Really would like a Carphonics Bluetooth upgrade doing.. need to look into the options
  12. chicaneuk

    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.
  13. chicaneuk

    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.
  14. chicaneuk

    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.