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RickyZ's New E39 530iAT Sport

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Back on 4th July I picked up the new steed.

Before this I have had 2 classic Minis and 4 E46 3 series, the immediate successor was a Corsa (trying to save money - couldnt do it)

The car is a 2001 530iAT Sport, its on approx 131000/132000 miles and doesn't have a massive spec however it has been well looked after.

Was originally owned by a BMW member of staff.

It needs a few things doing, which I will make time for, mainly rear wiper not working fully and nasty scratch on passenger rear quarter.

The drive is sublime, so much nicer and smooth than the E46s.

I don't think I could ever go back to an E46 after this.

Anyway enough from me, heres a couple of pics:

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Old and new:

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First mod was to remove Mk3 Nav fit Mk4 Nav drive as car is a daily driver so needs the latest mapping.

I also removed the CD changer, ready for the next mod.

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The next mod was to fit an Intravee II. This is possibly one of the best things you can get for the E39, it allows you to program car features as well as iPod integration.

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The next mod was to remove the BM54 and get it upgraded by Baris (carphonics.co.uk). I chose to do this as I had no radio or sound and it turns out the BM54 was dead anyway.

I had the Stage 2 amp upgrade including firmware, AUX cable, Bluetooth streaming and 2 x RCA pre-outs.

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Didn't take me long to start using the extra boot space smile.png (kettle, 2 x swimming pools, shopping bags, breakdown bag, etc)

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I work for Ford at Dunton and every year there is a Vehicle Day where owners can show off their cars. This year I had only had this one for 4 days before it appeared at the event smile.png

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After the above Vehicle Day I took the opportunity to use the track to grab some more "scenic" pics of the 5 :)

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Does anyone know what these connectors are for, they are located around the cd changer/BM54 location and seem to go inside the left side of the boot

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Up next I changed my firmware from the one which came with the Mk4 drive to OEM V32 in preparation for Rich_d's firmware which I used to run in my old 330 E46 and rate very highly.

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Bought my mum in laws car from there, out past Stansted airport if I remember correctly. Good guys there. B)

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Might be, I just followed the sat nav lol

They seemed OK, bit typical car dealer to me but thats not such a bad thing

They had the car I wanted so i went lol

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Awesome purchase Ricky.

Have to agree e39>e46

I would love a manual 530 as a daily, petrol or diesel.

Is your towbar removable at all? - personally I think it spoils an otherwise good looking rear end

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Congrats mate!

Great looking car, loving the colour combo (I was originally looking for a champagne edition 530 when I bought mine), and works really well on a touring.

What do you have planned for it long term?

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Nice buddy. Interesting to hear the comparison with the E46. It'll look great with a good polish - you must be made up.

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Thanks Daz - same interior as my old one :D

Thanks Shabaza - I intend to remove it, but need to buy the proper cover first, I agree it needs to come off

Thanks El Turko - Its light yellow as opposed to champagne but is basically specced as a champagne model :)

Thanks Das - once I have done a bit more to it it'll get a wash and some new pics

Long term plans are simple:

E39 M5AT - there is only 1 in the world done by BMW and it lives at the M garage and is a proper M5 with a manual box etc

There are some reps online which I am sure you can find if need be

I may end up leaving the engine alone but the exterior conversion is easy to will def be doing that

Good news is the Mrs has given approval for a quad Eisenmann after the wedding :D

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The connector in the boot may be for the Motorola GSM module if it's not there already. Usually comes with a Motorola V50 (or similar) in the centre console.

If you had wood then this would be the touring version of my old e39. Same colour interior, wheels, paint, gearbox everything. Lovely stuff.

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Thanks Davie

Thank you Rob, I thought that stuff was under the armrest, is there more in the boot ? It does have the V50 cradle in the armrest.

Wood is not good but I may colour code the trims to Sapphire Black like my old 330

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