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Old 10-25-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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So before I had a modified E39 M5, now I have a WAGON!

The need for AWD came up and I needed to replace my M5. I was planning on keeping it "forever" until 250k+ and she was cared for in such a manner but E39 M5s are not terribly effective in the snow!

E39 M5 can be seen here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=texture


So I got a wagon! CPO 2008 535xi, it has all the options I care about plus some others I do not. I was lucky to find an excellent example in Alpine White which is my favorite color, unfortunately the car was optioned with beige everything on the inside with is far from how I would piece it together but it is what it is. 535xi E61s were imported 2008, 2009, and 2010, with only 1,000 cars per year which puts the rarity of this vehicle in exotic territory. It made finding a good one a real challenge and I reluctantly stopped searching for one with a 6-spd manual.



Some modifications are yet to be done but the the completed car will have:

- oem M5 Front Bumper
- oem M5 Fenders
- oem M5 Mirrors
- oem M5 Brakes
- oem M5 Side Skirts
- M-Tech Style Rear bumper
- Forgestar F14 SDC Textured Gunmetal (Front and Rear)
- Miro 111 19x9.5 square (on the car until SDCs are ready)
- KW V3
- RD Sport Sways
- JB4, RPI Scoop, BMS DCI, Muffler Delete
- Vinyl wrapped roof and window trim (some pieces Plastidiped)
- Tail lights lightly smoked
- Yakima Whispbars (Pastidiped black)
- Marathon MN20 Tint
- Black Kidney Grills
- Spec Dock iphone dock
- LED side markers, chrome turn signal bulbs
- oem Black Center Console
- oem Black All Weather Mats
- Sport/M-Sport Steering Wheel
- Badges removed
- SAT Software Flash


In the past month of ownership: the front transfer-case, ignition coils, spark plugs, front thrust arm bushings, and battery have all been replaced. She is running strong, so strong with some high octane fuel the car ran a sub 4 second 0-60 time.

The first picture is the day I took delivery 1 month ago, the rest are recent.


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Old 10-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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Great looking wagon so far. Hope she gets nice fat quarter panels. Can't wait to see the final product
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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Love the M5 estate
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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Those seats look more comfortable than my couch! Great looking wagon.
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Great looking wagon!!!! But that M5...
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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Congrats, fellow Gaucho! I've been digging my touring for years.

Would love an E61 touring, but really wish they didn't force the Xi platform - I've got a truck and and SUV for the snow.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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So before I had a modified E39 M5, now I have a WAGON!

I love these cars!
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:18 PM   #8
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Yes, the seats are awesome; so awesome it was an important variable when buying the car:

1. Condition, Mileage, Maintenance Records
2. Transmission
3. Comfort Seats
4. Color
5. Whatever

I love the E39 M5 (and mine in particular the way it is modded) it is all-time and will go down as a legendary BMW car along with the E30 M3 and E46 M3.

There are few things I wish more than for this car to have a manual transmission; I will flash the transmission with some updated software but MAN, do I miss my 3 pedals.

MTNBOUND: Let's throw some tortillas at people!! I agree it would be nice to have the option for a RWD E61 (clarify:535i), I wish they also imported the 535d! ....but there are certain advantages to having AWD, see below.

I can't wait to get the faster-shifting software and shave some time off the 0-60. This was done with: jb4 Map 5, 101 octane, intake, and muffler delete... so essentially JB4 + 101 octane. Not bad for a 4,400lb wagon (with my 250lbs in it).


Some more E39 love, damn, I still have it but already miss it.






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Old 10-25-2013, 11:57 PM   #9
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Re: So before I had a modified E39 M5, now I have a WAGON!

How do you like going from 3 pedals to 2 pedals? Two sweet cars by the way. I've always loved the wagons, wish they made a 330it and I also looked at a few 540 wagons before I settled on my cuerrent car.

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Old 10-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #10
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You seem like a 3 pedal kind of guy, but before you know it you will be continuously haunted by the autobox. Same story, every time
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:02 AM   #11
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Hey man it was nice to meet you the other day. Post up pics of the new front end!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:44 PM   #12
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:26 AM   #13
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NATBAN: I love driving manuals and would option it in every vehicle except a large SUV or truck used for towing a boat. I searched high and low for a stick in the E61, found a couple examples but the deal I got on this car made the selection for me. I am dealing with it the best I can, hopefully the software flash will help minimize the annoyance.

TiAG2247: I am already haunted; up shifts from 1-2 take about... 3 hours and in normal driving the shifting lag syncs up with stock turbo lag and creates an ultra power surge that makes driving the car smoothly (something I pride myself on) extremely difficult. Also, going into reverse takes the transmission a good literal 2 seconds to figure out. With this behavior, I assume my transmission is on it's way out and I hope it can be replaced before my warranty expires. If this is how the transmission came from the factory; certainly a BMW engineer was executed for his lack of precision.

Afgahnman: Nice to meet you too. I will get some more pictures soon, I just moved up to the Bay Area but was able to snag a picture yesterday.

SoCalE39: True story.

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:33 AM   #14
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Be careful w/ software updates or transmission tunes, make sure your shop knows what they are doing.

My indy basically bricked my E83 X3 trying to update to latest BMW software for engine/trans/tc, and its now at the dealer getting things fixed.......
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:44 PM   #15
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beautiful ride man! i actually drove into bimmerfest with you two years ago i believe..

i was contemplating upgrading to a e60 but couldn't get myself to pull the trigger (those seats are so damn comfy) ! your wagon is gonna look amazing, keep the mods comin
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:55 PM   #16
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Re: So before I had a modified E39 M5, now I have a WAGON!

The e60's were my second favorite 5' generation, second to the e39. The wagon looks sick! Really good choice. And that m5 was awesome! LMs look really good on them. Congrats and enjoy

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:19 PM   #17
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w0w: I remember you from the caravan. There is really no need to switch cars when you have an Alpine white E46 M3; you are in a good spot. I just wish there was a magical sticker you could slap on that car and give it 100+ lb/ft.

Keep the mods coming?

..OK!

OEM M5 brakes arrived on Halloween, they will get installed soon. Transmission flash and M-tech rear bumper are due soon as well.





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Old 12-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #18
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A little bit of an update for you gentlemen.

My Umnitza E61 M-Tech Rep bumper is installed. Quality is fine, fitment is sub-par, and communication skills by the company need improvement. If I knew all the extra fabrication, extra parts, and extra money involved with making the bumper fit, look, and operate as one would expect; I would have opted out of the purchase.

My stock brake pads and rotors needed replacement so what better time to upgrade to OEM M5 brakes with aftermarket pads and stainless lines? Sweet! This project has turned out to be more labor intensive than initially thought. The rear hubs needed to be swapped from stock 535xi units to M5 hubs and requires some special tools. Also, swapping these hubs decreases the rear offset by about 23mm so I will now need to run 20mm spacers with my new wheels which just arrived (custom offset ordered before brakes were bought).

The wheels are Forgestar F14 SDC 19x9.5 and 19x10. As they sit now, I will need to roll my front fenders and work some magic to squeeze them in there. Once it is all pieced together it will look bad-ass; I can't wait. Brakes are hopefully done this weekend and tires/wheels mounted next week. In the test-fit pictures the rears are without their 20m spacers.


-Evan

PS E39 M5 is still for sale: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1005241


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Old 12-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #19
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:50 PM   #20
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