Time has come to sell our trusty steed.
We've had it since 2011, at about 115kms. It's been my wifes family-mobile. It's now done nearly 178,000.
We are located in WHANGAREI.
It's a factory manual, so no dodgy wiring or clutch setups. It does currently require a clutch replacement though, but it comes with a LUK DMF Repset; DMF flywheel, clutch plate, pressure plate, release bearing, flywheel bolts, alignment tool and I also sourced other required parts, like the trans input seal, engine rear main seal and carrier gasket, trans mounts, spigot bearing, release bearing guide tube, release lever pivot etc. All included - nearly $2K to buy here now.
It's drivable, and has had no slippage issues, but the bite point is very high - I'd recommend replacement soon, and no drag racing on the way home! 😛 We've been driving it until last week with no problems. New car is being used now.
It also requires a rocker cover, as it leaks onto the AC compressor and the exhaust. The headliner is sagging, and there is damage on both front corners, as shown in the photos One was turning and scraping a rock, the bad side, the bumper was caught on a parking stop and bent out, breaking the corner - It's not from an impact. I have a brand new aftermarket bumper (included, if you can fit it inside), though finding a matching colour used one would be easier. There are a number of shopping trolley and parking dings - the worst on the rear right door - visible in the photos. There is a patch peeling on the passenger front door, about the size of an old 50c piece. There are a few areas that have been touched up with touchup paint etc, like scrapes on the sill and some marks on the wheel arches. The interior is tidy enough, with a few typical E39 failures, like broken rear coin tray, sagging fabrics etc.
The car has been our family car, and has a number of battle scars. It's rough around the edges, but has been well maintained on Castrol Edge 0W-40 A3/B4 every 12-15K (I reduced the interval in the dash software). It's a MUCH better carmechanically than it looks cosmetically!
Last year, it had 4x new Mintex rotors, and "Posi-Quiet" reduced dust ceramic pads. New water pump earlier last year, and an expansion tank. It's NEVER been overheated (High OBC has a coolant level warning) and I changed to a mechanical thermostat years ago, and recalibrated the temp gauge to show useful information (the stock gauge is a waste of time!).
Earlier in our ownwership, it had a suspension rebuild using the correct aluminium parts, and a number of powerflex bushes. The rear shocks are original, but the front were new Sachs.
When we got it, the headlights were poor, and the originals halogens are terrible lights anyway, so I fitted a brand new BMW Xenon retrofit kit - 2 brand new headlights. There is a self levelling retrofit kit too, but I never fitted it, and never have people flash at me (it's manually adjustable on the dash anwyay). It already had the factory fitted Celis tail lights.
The LCM is upgraded to an LCM4, so you can code it to run LED angle eyes without the strobing of the cold checks, though it doesn't have LEDS currently.
The Vanos seals were done early on, and still appear fine - I used the Beisan kit and it really made a difference to the cold starts, smoothed out the power delivery and stopped the car being easy to stall.
The Disa Valve was replaced with a brand new one also - it had a faulty one from new! So it works now, and isn't threatening to lunch the engine.
OIl filter housing gasket has been replaced.
Front and rear screen surrounds were replaced with new.
Another common E39 issue; the ABS module was replaced with a BRAND NEW item a few years back, so will be good for a long time. I didn't see the point in repairing, when the warranty was so limited. I repalced the ignition swithch just prior to this too - another common fault.
There are probably other things I have missed. Other than the rocker cover leaking, everything has been replaced and repaired as required with quality brand new parts.
It's had a set of Bridgestone MY-02's fitted early this year (always ran Potenzas prior to that), so tyres are pretty much new 235/45R17's on 2 piece style 42's.
There are a few random little spares I have too, that I'll include.
Also have BMW Scanner 1.4 and a set of INPA CD's and a cable.
The AC works very well.
Has 3 tether clips on the parcel shelf.
Windows are tinted (legally) with 3m carbon somthing??? Car Folie did them - it REALLY cuts out the heat and is really black coloured - not that cheap looking crap.
The car has been my wifes, so I've had to make sure it was reliable to stay in her good books! She is also amazing at stopping and calling me if ANY warning lights pop up, so it's never been driven with any problems, like so may people do, and wonder why they kill things!
If I had somewhere safe to keep it, I'd probably keep it for my boys to learn to drive in, but it's not practical for me.
The car is well specced for a 525i. It's a proper M54 525i (not the earlier jap spec 523i) and goes well with the manual trans - they are much more lively than the autos.
VIN WBADT32030BF59439 525I (EUR) M54B25 Engine, 141Kw Manual 5 speed
Steel Blue Metallic, Grey Leather Interior
Prod. Date 2000-11-23, making it a 2001 model, but it's registered as a 2000.
EU2 emissions standard (no SAI)
Dynamic stability control DSC
Multifunction steering wheel
Electric Rear sunblind
Comfort seats, electric, with memory
Front adjustable Armrest
Lumbar support, driver and passenger
Park Distance Control (PDC) (was front and rear, but is coded to rear only now and the front sensors are gone)
Dual Zone Climate air conditioning
On-board computer OBC, with High Cluster
Aluminium interior Trim
HiFi speaker system with BMW 6 CD changer
S704A M Sports suspension (Which I have actually added 10mm spacers to RAISE the car! These ca be moved if desired which will drop it around 15 to 20mm?)
I'd prefer it went to someone who will do the things it needs, and look after it - It's a great car, but we've used it well!
The tyres ($800) and the DMF/clutch ($1600) and parts ($350) make up most of the price anyway, so It's a bit like having the car for free with a bunch of new parts 🤑 Let's try for $3500 but offers will be kept in mind.
PM me for more info, detailed pictures, or for phone number etc.