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      01-21-2022, 01:28 PM   #1
Vicente Esteve

Drives: E39 540i-6 Individual
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Monterrey Mexico

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My 540i-6 Individual Warehouse Find!

Hello everyone!

Glad to finally be making my first post and sharing a car I've lusted for quite some time to this particular group of enthusiasts! This is my new to me 1998 540i 6 Speed.

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Back Story

I purchased this car from its second owner, who had it since 2003 up to a couple months ago. It spent the best part of 10 years in a warehouse since the previous owner wasnít able to use it due to constant work trips. I found it after making a post on an E39 Enthusiasts in Mexico FB group, inquiring for anything with a manual. I was beyond surprised when I received a polite DM describing this gem of a 5 Series. I was sent pictures, a PDF of everything aftermarket/OEM that had been installed throughout the years and after a few phone calls we arrived at a price and date to pick the car up (It was in another city). A week before the pickup, the car was gone through with the basics to make it road trip worthy; Fresh oil, coolant, filters, spark plugs, tires and an alignment. Safe to say the PO was a true enthusiast and an absolute gentleman who wanted this 84,000 km 540i to go to a good home.

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The Car Itself

BMW arrived in Mexico in 1995, so any vehicle from their late 90s lineup today is a rare treat. This 540i even more-so due to it being essentially fully equipped with the manual. It has every sport option ticked as well as the electronic gizmos from the time (TV, Phone) which I adore.

Aftermarket Equipment:
- Hamann Body Kit
- Hartge 19 inch wheels
- Turner Motorsports Short Shifter Kit
- Hamann Exhaust
- Bilstein B5 Shocks
- Eibach Sport Springs

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As is with every E39, it needs things done! Thankfully, all mechanical aspects are excellent, the car drives superbly and didnít skip a beat in the 14+ hour drive home. But even if it was stored with all possible care (it was), you canít get away from the fact itís a 24 year old car. Hereís a list of fixes I will be tackling on to take it to the level it deserves:

- Dead Pixels (Of course!)
- Erratic gas level reading
- Rear tow hook cover missing
- ďCheck CoolantĒ message while level is okay
- Toolbox falls when trunk closes
- Center console cubby has no sliding door
- Wear and tear in door handles
- Reversed polarity on the rear passenger window regulator
- Front and rear glass rubber surrounds are perished
- Airbag Light
- Sunroof wonít open or tilt
- Needs new windshield wipers
- Sticky Trunk handle rubber
- Phone doesnít turn on
- TV doesnít get any signal
- Rear quarter window curtains donít retract

I hope to share the process with the forum and help keep this little piece of BMW history on the road for years to come!

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      01-22-2022, 10:47 PM   #2
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Drives: 1998 BMW 528i (E39)
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Canada

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Beautiful ride! I love those Hartge wheels, they really give the car a nice aggressive look without being too much. Restoration project?
E39 Best Car
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      06-01-2022, 06:40 AM   #3
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Drives: G30 M550
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: UK

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I had a e39 from 2001 for 10 years and one of the ingest regrets of my life was getting rid of it!
Lovely car
Quite a bit to sort out but worth it if you're passionate about it.

Re the, probably because analogue signals have been turned off ( that's what happened where in the U.K. at least ) so maybe the same in the states? If so that's expected

Rather envious!
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      06-02-2022, 02:48 AM   #4
Hey, where have you been all my life?
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Beautiful ride… 98 was the year when vanos got introduced (mid-year).

Do you know if it's an early or a later 98?
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