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  • BMW E39 530i M-Sport Individual Aegean Blue Edition 2003

    Hi, as for those who don't know me yet I am in the UK, but will be going back to Malaysia hopefully this August with my car. Been in the UK since September 2003. My first two cars in the UK were Rovers, the first one I ran till its death with a blown head gasket, and the second was close to its end when I sold it.

    My third car was a BMW E36, bought in 2007. I have been a BMW hardcore fan for about 10 years but just dont have money to own it yet. So that E36 was my first BMW. Didnt give me any problems for the 20 months I owned it though. Isi minyak jalann...full service according to schedule is normal.

    I used to obsess about E46s but then I had a family and reconsidered the size as I found 3 series were too cramped for my use. My father had a Mercedes W210 in Malaysia (he is a Merc fan since like, forever) so I have been driving that around for a while and doesnt feel its too big. (I am a very small person, FYI). So in the end decided to go for the E39. Really preferred the E39 to E60 since the E39 is old school like with its low front, and the E60 m sport is still around 14,000 here (I will only buy factory M-sport)

    A month ago I found out that I'll have to go back to Malaysia this year, so quickly bought an E39 to bring it back with me. Been researching about the car for a while, so I already know what I want and what to expect. In the end I went for this particular BMW, a 2003 E39 530i M-Sport Individual Aegean Blue Edition (Only 150 units made ). It even had 18' M-Parallels and 16:9 sat nav and tv unit, which is sort of my requirement for the car.

    Enough of the words, these are the photos now:










    The new E39 with the outgoing E36 (the E36 is gone now - sold)






    The gorgeous M-Parallels


    Original M strip to all doors


    Manual leather sport seats


    My interiors


    Original M-Sport steering wheel


    Newly installed SMG steering retrofit - paddles fully working - 3 colour stitching

    This is the best mod I've done so far


    Cupholder retrofit - originally the car didnt have cupholder installed, it came with TrafficMaster in that place - which I dont think is useful or available in Malaysia (even if available its by subscribtion so scrap that) so removed it and installed the cupholder in its place.


    AUX IN retrofit done to my car. Now will take any mp3 player input.

    When I bought the car I was too excited and didnt realise the car came with the pre-facelift headlights, but a fellow forummer pointed me out to that issue. So I have bought a set of genuine Hella Xenon Angel Eyes and have installed it to my car. So far all the work has been done by myself (DIY), which includes:

    1. SMG steering wheel with paddles retrofit
    2. Cupholder retrofit
    3. AUX In retrofit
    4. Hella Xenon Angel Eyes, with aluminium adjusters fitted by myself
    5. Update Head Unit software, which includes sat nav update. now showing the GPS maps in perspective mode.
    6. 7000k white LED bulb for the angel eyes (although i feel that I didnt really like it, might revert back to the original BMW bulb with amber colour angel eyes. (Bloody thing broken after barely a month, now reverted back to amber angel eyes)
    7. AV adapters to allow video input through the head unit
    8. Reverse Camera
    9. Pixel display repair
    10. Extended paddle shifter
    11. Aluminium cluster rings
    12. Black kidney grills
    13. Retrofit rear electric blind
    14. Retrofit side blinds

    Things on my list (updated as of Feb 2012):

    1. Front splitter
    2. Restore front driver's leather seat to new condition
    3. Aluminium pedals with M badge
    4. Quad exhausts (I dont think I'll have the money for this now, but its in the list - maybe later)
    5. E60 M DCT gear knob

    I have also bought the BMW scanner tool by PA Soft, version 1.36 that will allow me to run diagnostics on the car. The TV is only working when stationary at the moment, once the car is moved the screen turn blue with only audio sounding. The scanner tool will enable the TV in motion but I havent got round to doing that yet. (DONE)

    Any comments/ observations? Will upload photo of the car with the angel eyes soon.


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    UPDATE: First photo already updated with the angel eyes and photos resized to be more loading-friendly.


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    UPDATE: My car's Options List:

    E39 530i Sport Aegean Blue Edition Options List

    UPDATE: BMWCar's Feature Article regarding the Aegeans and Champagnes

    BMWCar Article


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    UPDATE: Thought I'll compile all the DIYs that I have done to my car into this first post for easy reference:


    1. SMG Steering Retrofit , Extended paddles DIY

    2. AUX IN Retrofit

    3. Instrument Cluster Pixel Repair , Pixel repair end result

    4. AV Input Retrofit

    5. Reverse Camera Installation - Wiring Diagram , Installation procedure , Camera appearance , Video of reverse camera working

    6. Instrument cluster aluminium ring retrofit

    7. CD Changer 'No Disc' error fix

    8. Lumidock install, replace rear seat belt

    9. Retrofit Rear Electric Blind

    10. Vapour Barrier Fix

    11. Retrofit Side Blinds

    UPDATE: The infortunate accident

    Accident 23 October 2012

    Enjoy...
    Last edited by haywire; 05-11-2012, 12:46 AM. Reason: New updates

    ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

  • #2
    Nice ride, Bro ! How much it cost in UK??
    Let's Dooooooooooo It ! ! !

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    • #3
      Original advertised price 6500, went down to 6000 then went down again to 5500.

      I managed to get the price down again to 5300 with a new set of key ordered by the dealer (5300 for 530i - hehehe)
      Last edited by haywire; 09-03-2010, 09:47 AM.

      ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

      ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

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      • #4
        Beautiful...
        There is life after BMW....

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        • #5
          BTW a new key here costs 103, which is about half price what it costs in Malaysia (just heard somebody ordered a new key for RM1100!!!)

          ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

          ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

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          • #6
            nice looking car there ....

            are you bringing back the car via a student AP ??
            Nothing is REAL , you only Watch

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            • #7
              yeap I got a student AP..

              ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

              ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

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              • #8
                Originally posted by haywire View Post
                yeap I got a student AP..
                how much would you have to pay for the taxes here when you get the beast back home ....?
                Nothing is REAL , you only Watch

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by haywire View Post
                  Original advertised price 6500, went down to 6000 then went down again to 5500.

                  I managed to get the price down again to 5300 with a new set of key ordered by the dealer (5300 for 530i - hehehe)
                  Good bargain there, Brother ! Enjoy your new ride....
                  Let's Dooooooooooo It ! ! !

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                  • #10
                    I got a quote from Kastam that I have posted in another thread a while back..

                    Originally posted by haywire View Post
                    The customs just got back for me, basically a 530i tax would be 193.15%, and 525i tax would be 171%.

                    They got their formula for calculating the import tax. They have a standard price of the car when new, and they apply 10% depreciaton each year plus some more if they feel like it. example: 2003 car, now 2010, so 70% depreciation, and then 10% off from that and if they like 10% more to get to the actual price you paid for the car (its a bit hit and miss)

                    BMW 530i M-Sport c.c 2979 tahun 2003 Harga Pound 27,258.00

                    - 15% 23,169

                    - 70% susutnilai 6,950.79
                    - 10% 6,255.71
                    - 10% 5,630.14


                    x 5.5708 ex rate RM 31,364.38
                    + Insurance 1.5% 470.47
                    + Tambang 1,700.00
                    Jumlah RM 33,534.85

                    x Kadar cukai 193.15% RM 64,772.56 (import tax)
                    Basically the quote they gave me is just a rough calculation/quote. There are many other factors such as the condition of the car to be considered, which is why I'm leaving the rust on my front hood until after I go back. From the research that I have done I am expecting to pay not more than RM40k for the import tax after appeals possibly as low as low 30k but you never know. We'll see hoe it goes once I bring the car back.

                    ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

                    ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

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                    • #11
                      SWEEEETTTT Ride bro!

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                      • #12
                        Sweet ride indeed!

                        330i SMG M-Sport2 Euro Spec
                        BMC CDA, FCAB P/Flex, Alutech front & rear struts, black grills, 7300K angel eyes, 6300K HID fog lights, CF roundels all around, Hamman lip, ACS roof spoiler, ProRS braided kit, ///M billet oil cap, pedal set and mats

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by haywire View Post
                          Hi, as for those who don't know me yet I am in the UK, but will be going back to Malaysia hopefully this August with my car. Been in the UK since September 2003. My first two cars in the UK were Rovers, the first...............

                          A month ago I found .............., a 2003 E39 530i M-Sport Individual Aegean Blue Edition. It even had 18' M-Parallels and 16:9 sat nav and tv unit, which is sort of my requirement for the car.

                          Enough of the words, these are the photos now:
                          ........

                          .......My interiors


                          Original M-Sport steering wheel


                          Newly installed SMG steering retrofit - paddles fully working - 3 colour stitching

                          .............................

                          When I bought the car I was too excited and didnt realise the car came with the pre-facelift headlights, but a fellow forummer pointed me out to that issue. So I have bought a set of genuine Hella Xenon Angel Eyes and have installed it to my car. So far all the work has been done by myself (DIY), which includes:

                          1. SMG steering wheel with paddles retrofit .........................
                          ......................
                          I have also bought the BMW scanner tool by PA Soft, version 1.36 that will allow me to run diagnostics on the car. The TV is only working when stationary at the moment, once the car is moved the screen turn blue with only audio sounding. The scanner tool will enable the TV in motion but I havent got round to doing that yet.

                          Any comments/ observations? Will upload photo of the car with the angel eyes soon.
                          great car bro .....maybe can bring it around to one of our TT session some day .....
                          btw ...can you find a second hand SMG steering wheel for a E60? If so ..how much? I want to have it for my car ....
                          Last edited by dzuljazz2001; 09-03-2010, 04:05 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dzuljazz2001 View Post
                            great car bro .....maybe can bring it around to one of our TT session some day .....
                            btw ...can you find a second hand SMG steering wheel for a E60? If so ..how much? I want to have it for my car ....
                            hi there bro..there's one on ebay selling for 300 plus 15 shipping...I'm not sure how the E60 paddleshift system works though..might be different

                            See here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-E60-E63-SM...item4a9f18ee72

                            Thats a lot cheaper than the steering that I bought..probably close to half price. Anyway just to let you know that wheel on ebay is a SSG not SMG.

                            SSG: Same on both side left or right paddle, push to go one gear down pull to move one gear up (or the other way round, I'm not sure)

                            SMG: Pull left paddle to go down, pull right paddle to go up.
                            Last edited by haywire; 09-03-2010, 05:20 PM.

                            ////////////////////The journey of my Aegean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

                            ========BMW E39 E38 E53 Instrument Cluster MID Repair========

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                            • #15
                              correct rims, correct engine, perfect car
                              E30 M20B23 - E30 M20B25 - F30 N47D20

                              In loving memory..
                              E36 M52B28 - E34 M60B40 - E46 M54B30

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