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Old 02-05-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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Picked up my first e39



Decided to move up in the world and get an e39. Previously my first car was an e36, bought 2 more e36s that I later sold, and still DD my first one. Saw a good opportunity to grab this 97 540i6:


It has AC Schnitzer bumpers, skirts, mirrors, window spoiler and rear spoiler, and exhaust. It may have AC Schnizter suspension although I'm not too sure.
Car was originally from southern states, imported here in 08. Has around 135 miles on it.

Previous owner never drove it and let it sit in the elements infront of a machine shop for 2 years. I came in with jumper cables and it started right up. Needs TLC, throttle body is sticky, gear shifting is sticky, condensation in the headlights and dash, button to turn up the fan doesn't press in.....but the biggest issue is paint.

Body wise it is very clean, looks like never winter driven. There are only a few slivers of surface rust beginning around the trunk lid area. But the paint....maaaan, I guess I can't complain for the price I paid. PO let it sit in the middle of a yard in-front of a machine shop. So there is a nice thick layer of grime and unfortunately, some areas of the paint I can see the clear coat fading and a patch on one of the rear doors even the primer layer.

Was wondering on youse guyses thoughts. What should I do for a 540 thats been sitting. Planning on coolant flush, oil change, trany fluid. Do I need new rotors too? breaks arn't seized and rotors look thick but rusty. Paint, any products to try to save the paint as much as I can? or just go for a white plastidip?

Also does anyone know what kind of 19inch rims these are?
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:30 PM   #2
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Congrats! I like the ACS goodies...anything on the inside?

Regarding maintenance: I would redo the whole cooling system (a notorious weak link on the E39)--rad, pump, and especially hoses. Power steering hoses tend to weep, these may have dried out and are brittle. Surface rust on rotors is no problem and will disappear quickly, but if you have uneven surface they're garbage. I'd check the parking brake as well.

Chances are several bushings are dead as well, most important being the thrust arm bushings.

No idea on the rims, they are obviously staggered...are there hub rings?

I have no valuable insight on the paint. Sorry.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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Do all the basic maintenance: change all fluids, filters and spark plugs. May be a good idea to get a new battery as well since its been sitting for 2 years. Then drive her around and see what else she needs.
As for paint, take it to a detailer and see what they recommend. I've never been there but I've read good things on this forum about Orion.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:18 AM   #4
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Got a new battery today. Car started up and not even a check engine light. Bought 0W40 castrol oil.
As for ACS stuff in the interior, has pedals, hand brake and SSK.
Engine runs smooth, not even lifter noise. And by the looks been maintained, no oil residue anywhere visible. Can't wait to get new tires and take it for a rip.

As for paint, I am going to give it a wash and polish it with a buffer. Probably do this next week since I'm so busy, and its going to be freezing this week anyway. Thinking about plasti dipping it white.

One of main things I hated about e36s was shitty speakers, looking at my e39 it has a aftermarket amp in place of the cd changer in the trunk. But the head unit is stock and was wondering if someone had some recommendations? Hoping to get something with a screen and GPS as well as AUX plug
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:50 AM   #5
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Incredible that it's running well! It certainly looks like it's been neglected for some time. Not sure on the type of wheels, they're definitely an aftermarket set. I've never been a huge fan of plastidip so I would say try and save the original paint as much as possible or go for a wrap. But that being said, if you're not dipping it black, it will definitely look better than most dipped cars on the road imo. I've heard dynavin head units are really good and keep the stock look too.

Congrats on the pick up!
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:29 PM   #6
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The wheels look like Beyern Type 5s

http://www.beyernwheels.com/BMW_wheels_beyern_type5.php
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:03 AM   #7
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Cool - try some clay bar and see how the paint turns out....you never know...

I've got some trim for under the headlight...silver though - you can have it. Also, some Halogen headlights if you need it.
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Old 02-21-2016, 07:24 PM   #8
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thanks for the info on the rims. How did you know?
I might take those halogens if you still have them wind, and I did the claybar (mothers brand) and turtle black box polish and wax. You wouldn't believe how much overspray and industrial fallout/chemicals were present. See for yourself the results.


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Old 02-21-2016, 08:05 PM   #9
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Holy Smoke - that's a huge difference with the paint! Nice!

Yeah - I still have the headlights.... I was asking 150 on another post but you're welcome to make me an offer. I'm going to be in Burlington in the afternoon. I'll bring them with me in case we can hook up.... And the headlight trim too...
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:24 PM   #10
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Ain't nothing like a proper detail to make a car look new!
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:42 PM   #11
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This is after claybar and
Now looking to do a polish and wax, any recommendations for a good place?



Will have to replace CCV, have the classic 'space whistle' symptom
Also car feels off at high speeds....not sure if just e39 or something suspension wise
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Old 05-24-2016, 02:07 PM   #12
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Somebody here told me about Chemical Guys. They have a store in mississauga. Check out their youtube videos.....

I'm going to buy a good polisher once I get some free time to use it...
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:45 PM   #13
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Somebody here told me about Chemical Guys. They have a store in mississauga. Check out their youtube videos.....

I'm going to buy a good polisher once I get some free time to use it...
thankyou, yeah ill definitely check them out
also know any place that does ac recharging?
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:58 PM   #14
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You can get recharge cans/kits from China Tire or Princess Auto. That will work if there is "some" charge left in your system.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:47 AM   #15
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Check this out ...looks like a great price CAD too...

During checkout, it mentions something about free shippuing, but I can only see an option for $15....

http://store.chemicalguyscanada.ca/T...p/buf_503x.htm
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