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Mo's E39 530i Individual
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After her little seaside vacation, the old girl has come back home to Gauteng. Yep, it's official: I bought Wykids/Nirvashs E39 530i individual Rollsmile

Went to and fro deciding between this and a E46 330i. Somehow, the E39 feels a bit more special to me. It's also quite rare to see a decent one on our roads, particularly in Individual trim.


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Progress so far:

For now, she's a bit of a garage queen, until Gizmo has some space to work on her and get her in tip top mechanical condition. From there on, it's going to be taken to the panel beaters to sort out the bumpers, followed by a decent detail and then I need to attend to lots of little things, like tyres, window rubbers, etc. Will update this thread as I go along though.


Some of my intentions and work thus far:

My plans are to keep her original. Any mods/updates/fixes needs to ideally come from the E39 stable or it's not going in. So far, I've managed to fix the twisted seats (which I discovered are flippen heavy), removed all the plastidip from the grills and de-badge the rear - I like the "clean" look. New bonnet badge will be put in after the detail.

Still undecided what to do with the head unit. Volume knob is faulty - thinking of replacing with a MID unit, if I can find one - keeps the look original. Also a bit undecided on wheels - the 17's look tiny in the wheel arches, but original E39 18s are difficult to come by. I think it's a sacrilege putting non-OEM wheels on the old lady (no disrespect to any who has done so, as it's down to preference). Ride comfort is ideal though on the 17s, so I'd probably just get a new set of tyres for them for now.

Now that I'm used to xenons on my other car, the halogens are spectacularly bad on this car...... maybe it's a sign of my old age Fencelook Will need to consider the best option to update the low beam lights. Again, need to keep it original, particular the "period yellow" halos, so any updates need to look completely stock.


Looking forward to the coming weeks and the little projects I've got lined up for her.
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Congrats mooooo!!!!
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Congrats on the acquisition Mo, had a suspicion you had bought the car. Lols on the seaside vacation and returning a suburb or 2 over...
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Congrats... great car, one of my Favs for the year!

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Congrats!

The adjusters have probably broken in the headlights which is why the lights are bad. Look into replacing the adjusters. It'll make a massive difference
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From the days when MSport and Individual was unique... Now... Even baseline models get it.

Your car is awesome!
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Congrats.

Try giving the knob a good few turns when the car is off. Should sort out the volume problem.

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Congratulations Mo, I know the old girl is in good hands. Clapper
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Congrats Clapper
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Congrats Mo Clapper
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Congrats, she is special :-)
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Well congrats on the ride Chef


(17-10-2016, 09:32 PM)RAArmstrong@TheFanatics Wrote: Congrats!

The adjusters have probably broken in the headlights which is why the lights are bad. Look into replacing the adjusters. It'll make a massive difference

WithStu

Adjusters can be shipped in easily enough, so try get the metal ones if you can. Otherwise the plastic ones will last at least 5 years or so before they break again.

Depending on the production date, it can either be a fairly effortless job or a really really nerve wrecking job.

What's the production date?


(18-10-2016, 06:14 AM)rodga Wrote: Congrats.

Try giving the knob a good few turns when the car is off. Should sort out the volume problem.

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WithStu

When he says a few, he means turn it fast and constantly for around a minute and a half in one direction with the radio off.
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Thanks for the comments guys Thumbs

Will try spinning the volume knob a few times to see if that sorts it out.

I've checked the headlight adjusters - they are fine. It's just the light output that seems very low. However, will look at a decent set of halogens first (such as the Osram Nightbreakers or Philips Xtreme) before going the (proper) xenon retrofit option. Again, I think its just that I'm used to xenons.
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(18-10-2016, 09:02 AM)msm Wrote: Thanks for the comments guys Thumbs

Will try spinning the volume knob a few times to see if that sorts it out.

I've checked the headlight adjusters - they are fine. It's just the light output that seems very low. However, will look at a decent set of halogens first (such as the Osram Nightbreakers or Philips Xtreme) before going the (proper) xenon retrofit option. Again, I think its just that I'm used to xenons.
They're notorious for having bad headlights, so an upgrade will work wonders.

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Congrats Mo!!Cartel
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Love it, Mo. Very glad to hear that you will keep it OEM, or OEM+ at most.

On the wheels, what about inch style 32:

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How did you check the adjusters?

They can't be seen unless the light is either baked open or cut open.

If they have not been replaced by the previous owners, then the adjusters are definitely broken. There's no question. When fixed, the standard bulbs give off more than sufficient lighting.
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(18-10-2016, 09:32 AM)ChefDJ@TheFanatics Wrote: How did you check the adjusters?

They can't be seen unless the light is either baked open or cut open.

I checked for play first. I'm the poor bloke that wrote this (E39 DIY), so I knew where to "feel" for the broken adjusters without opening them.

Also, when on, I adjusted the level from the inside and they worked. Just outside my garage, my neighbours driveway inclines a bit allowing me to see how "level" they are. Hence, the lights were aiming straight - it was just the output that was dim.
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Hmmm I don't trust those plastic bastards.... Please supply visual confirmation Rofl

(18-10-2016, 12:55 PM)msm Wrote: Also, when on, I adjusted the level from the inside and they worked. Just outside my garage, my neighbours driveway inclines a bit allowing me to see how "level" they are. Hence, the lights were aiming straight - it was just the output that was dim.

Mine from inside also worked with the broken adjusters. The interior adjuster is a separate one which works from the bottom of the lighting mechanism. The manual adjuster sit atop (as you would know).
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Glad to hear the car is getting TLC. Something that special needs to be preserved!
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