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Where have all the Manual E39 540i's gone?

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Browsing TM and found this: https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1688678491 . It's been for sale for a while.

It got me wondering - where have all the 6sp manual 540i's gone, both factory and converted? I remember a converted '99 silver msport for sale a couple of years ago in Auckland for $12.5k. The only one I can recall seeing.

How many roughly are there and where are they hiding...

 

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My touring ended up in Taranaki, last seen about a year ago.

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6 minutes ago, aja540i said:

My touring ended up in Taranaki, last seen about a year ago.

Was thinking of the sedans and not a touring - a manual touring would be cool! 

This is good to know...

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Sold my old '99 one 2013 to a member here in Auckland, wonder that was sold again. Was converted in Auck by HellBM > Chch > Hamilton > Auck.

Would much prefer the non vanos M62 in the facelift. Having no top end doesn't suit the manual imo and they desperately need an LSD diff, hence why i sold mine.

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You can extend that to the Manual version of just about any model and the answer will be the same: we who have them are not parting with them. 

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manual e 34s were not exactly common.

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Nor were manual E36  328's and X5's are even rarer especially Diesel NZ new - only 5 sold in the country. 

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29 minutes ago, 3pedals said:

You can extend that to the Manual version of just about any model and the answer will be the same: we who have them are not parting with them. 

Agree. Should've named the thread - where have all the manual BMW's gone 😊.

Loved my manual 2.5l petrol X3!

25 minutes ago, kiwi535 said:

manual e 34s were not exactly common.

Had a manual e34 520i which was good fun when compared to the 525i auto I had! Always admired your old 535i too!

Am only curious to know where the 'standard model' manual V8's had gone (excluding the M3)... probably pays not to discriminate, so e34 or e39

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Factory Manual E39 540i M sport go for fairly cheap prices in the States and they seem to be a lot more common than here.

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the manual e39 540s would probably have been the E39 versions of the 535is...there werent many of them to begin with either.

I drove one and although a very nice car it wasnt as engaging as the E34 imho

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43 minutes ago, 3pedals said:

Nor were manual E36  328's and X5's are even rarer especially Diesel NZ new - only 5 sold in the country. 

Should have kept my nz manual msport 328. But the stigma of copying you was greater tham I can handle. 

I can't see myself selling the X5, nothing put there can replace it. 

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My old 535is is the only BMW i wish i didn't have to sell. Whats worse is it was degred a few mths later ( the young guy probably crashed it)

Sure to buy one again someday at a hefty premium but ive been stock piling nice parts to go on it.

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Was in Whakatane two weekends ago. Whilst in the shopping centre car park. Heard a distinctive start up roar then the following burble. Hmmm Holden VT or VX? Clubbie maybe? No - a red e34 540i. As it drove off it all was revealed as the driver engaged 1st, then 2nd, then 3rd... nice! Nothing beats ol' skool I want one... 

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21 minutes ago, Eagle said:

My old 535is is the only BMW i wish i didn't have to sell. Whats worse is it was degred a few mths later ( the young guy probably crashed it)

Sure to buy one again someday at a hefty premium but ive been stock piling nice parts to go on it.

Did it have the plate SE535i by chance? 

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Yeah it did. Do you have info?

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1 minute ago, Eagle said:

Yeah it did. Do you have info?

Yep! I have it. Brought it at the start of the year from HellBM as a roller. Has been a bit of a project of mine for the last 6 months. 

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1 hour ago, dirtydoogle said:

Should have kept my nz manual msport 328. But the stigma of copying you was greater tham I can handle. 

I can't see myself selling the X5, nothing put there can replace it. 

harsh - ouch!  and a scooter in your avatar as well - better ditch that?  incidently the X5 came out of Hawkes bay so it seems there are few people in the bay with a bent for for a shift. I met the guy who actually ordered my car and he told me alla about the hissy fit he threw when he found out it was a manual - refused to take delivery threatened BMW NZ but then he lives on the north shore what would you expect. 

 Had an E39 manual - the one with rack and pinion steering traded the ponies for precision , just couldn't put up with that sloppy vague steering of the 34/39 V8's 

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We have a manual one for work also, well north of 400km on it, all it does is tow a three axle trailer with two side by sides, it does 100k a year. My X5 was originally HB too, our work one Christchurch I think. 

 

The steering was the only let down with my old 540, but you learn to live with it. That m62tu is a total peach though, incredible torque from idle for a small engine 

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E34 steering sure lacks on center but its actually quite decent for a box once you start turning, more feedback thru the wheel than the E39 box. 

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6 cylinder E39's have a rack - streets ahead of teh slusshy V8 steering box

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2 hours ago, 3pedals said:

6 cylinder E39's have a rack - streets ahead of teh slusshy V8 steering box

Yes have to agree, looked at an E39 540 about a decade ago and came to the conclusion that the Aussie cars had better steering and were quicker, so went that way. E60 fixed that of course. Drove a well loved/maintained E39 530i M/Sport recently, very nice car. 

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xhp flashtool? So you're saying you have to fix your auto to make it work?

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Fix no, it was never broken,  just take BMWs conservative settings out and allow it to do what ZF designed it to be capable of.

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School holidays - off mountain biking and skiing - no bites 

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