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Discussion in 'E39' started by d4ngerz0ne, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. d4ngerz0ne

    d4ngerz0ne New Member

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    Right, so I think I'll use this place as a journal to keep track of what I do to Duchess .The plan is to create separate threads for each thing that goes into the car with a follow up review where appropriate (optimistically), hopefully to which everyone else will find helpful. As of this post, I've had the car for 6 months and Duchess still requires quite a lot of work to get it to where I would like it to be.

    So the search for the right car was on the way . Lo behold, 10/2000 E39, the first batch to be running the updated m54 engine. Can't remember what the other car was like now, so not worth mentioning.

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    It was only after purchasing the car that I bothered checking the build specification , rookie mistake.




    Model description:

    525I

    Market:

    Malaysia

    Type:

    DT44

    E-Code:

    E39

    Chassis:

    Limousine

    Steering:

    rechts

    Doors:

    4

    Engine:

    M54 - 2,50l (141kW)

    Drive:

    Heckantrieb

    Transmission:

    automatisch

    Body Color:

    Diamantschwarz Metallic (181) < closest matching colour i could find was a Sapphire black (http://bmwccbc.org/resources/teile/BMW-current-colors.pdf)

    Upholstery:

    Standardleder/schwarz (N6SW)

    Production date:

    24.11.2001 < RealOEM reports the cars manufacture date as 10/2000

    Assembled in:

    Dingolfing











    Code

    Serienausstattung

    Standard Equipment


    S168A


    Abgasnorm EU2

    EU2 exhaust emissions standard


    S202A


    Steptronic

    Steptronic


    S204A


    Kürzere HAG-Übersetzung

    Shorter final drive ratio


    S249A


    Multifunktion für Lenkrad

    Multifunction f steering wheel


    S261A


    Seitenairbag für Fondpassagiere

    Side airbags for rear passengers


    S280A


    BMW LM Rad Speichen Styling

    BMW LA wheel-spoke 176


    S415A


    Sonnenschutzrollo hinten

    Sun-blind, rear


    S428A


    Warndreieck und Verbandstasche

    Warning triangle and first aid kit


    S431A


    Innenspiegel automatisch abblendend

    Interior mirror with automatic-dip


    S441A


    Raucherpaket

    Smoker package


    S459A


    Sitzverstellung elektrisch mit Memory

    Seat adjuster, electric, with memory


    S473A


    Armlehne vorne

    Armrest front


    S520A


    Nebelscheinwerfer

    Fog lights


    S534A


    Klimaautomatik

    Automatic air conditioning


    S548A


    Kilometertacho

    Kilometer-calibrated speedometer


    S555A


    Bordcomputer V mit Fernbedienung

    On-board computer V with remote control


    S640A


    Vorbereitung Telefoneinbau universal

    Preparation f tel.installation universal


    S661A


    Radio BMW Business (C43)

    Radio BMW Business (C43)


    S672A


    CD-Wechsler 6-fach

    CD changer for 6 CDs


    S773A


    Edelholzausführung

    Fine wood trim


    S853A


    Sprachversion englisch

    Language version English


    S864A


    Händlerverzeichnis Übersee

    Retailer Directory Overseas


    S876A


    Funkfrequenz 315 MHz

    Radio frequency 315 MHz


    S880A


    Bordliteratur englisch

    On-board vehicle literature English


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    Note that the wheels sit rather recessed into the wheel arches.
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    Had plans to swap out steering wheel, so the original one didn't bother me.
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    Interior looked in pretty good condition.
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    Yes, Speedo shows that it did 92591km for a car registered in 2002.Alarm bells should have been ringing, but lets talk about that later. (I wasn't actually physically present to test/purchase the car) .

    Anyway, things become fairly interesting after this point. It seems that upon purchasing , the dealer informed that the car has had an engine transplant sometime in it's life. That's okay, car runs fine , I can work with this.

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    Not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but the edge of the rims have been skimmed, quite poorly done might I add. Didn't even realize initially, until someone just casually mentioned "oh, your wheels have quite bad curb rash eh." . That's okay, car runs fine , I can work with this.

    Anyway, that's it for now. Till next time.


    TL;DR : Bought a uknown-shade-of-silver 00/2000 M54B25 E39 .DON'T trust car dealers.That's okay, car runs fine , I can work with this.
     
  2. d4ngerz0ne

    d4ngerz0ne New Member

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    shit, double post. How the hell do i delete thread?
     
  3. vincent

    vincent Club Guest

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    bro so long the car is running fine and acceptable will do, the miledge could be true or fake but i dont really care too, if the ride is good engine changed, no big accident, then start your own service regime, car looks good to me from the picture.
    if you do have extra money and time, change the rims and look for a set of msport bumper front and rear, get a good set of suspension and you are good to go. Service the car engine and gearbox and change the whole cooling system. The Msport rim version for this model will be the same like my avatar on the side, is a 17inch.
     
  4. gendong

    gendong Moderator
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    if its not too late, congrats bro....... this might be the platform you can build on as you progress to know her better, inside out..... a lil TLC goes a long way.....

    so in the meantime, do enjoy her....... cheers!!
     
  5. antiquer

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    Congrats bro dangerzone.. good luck in making the car to meet your expectations.
     
  6. d4ngerz0ne

    d4ngerz0ne New Member

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    ah, but the pictures are very deceiving . Have actually done a fair bit to Duchess as it is, just haven't been bothered to create new content as it is .


    no doubt indeed. I have to say, if you treat her well, gwaddayum, does she treat you well.

    Thanks man. Stay tune, plenty more to come from my end. :D
     
  7. anakin

    anakin Official Member

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    any update?
     
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  8. d4ngerz0ne

    d4ngerz0ne New Member

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    there is , just taking my time that's all. :D
     

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