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j0nblayz
01-15-2009, 09:59 AM
my plan was to sell my 2003 330ci and upgrade to a e46 m3. After looking for a clean m3, i noticed they were little bit over my budget. So i was thinking of maybe a e36 m3, which is my fav body style. But yesterday talking to the wife, she thought it would be a better idea to get a 4 door since i will need to pick up our 16month old son from daycare from now on. So that got me thinking maybe i should try a e39, wouldn't mind a bigger vehicle and i could always upgrade to an m3 when my son gets older. And i realize my best friend was trying to sell his 530i, its a 2003 blk on blk with about 114000km, still have 2 years of warranty left on it and he just got inspection II done. I gave him a call and he would like to do a straight trade, you guys think going from a 3 to a 5er is something i would regret? should i get a 4 door e46 330i? never owned a 5 series before, only had 3's from e30's to e36 and now my e46.

craigIS
01-15-2009, 12:50 PM
i drove an e39 about 2 or 3 months ago.....i thought it handled nice, rode nice sounded okay for stock exhaust.....it was bigger than what im used to, so it was sorta awkward to drive seeing as how i wasnt used to it.....i have never driven an e46 so i cant compare the 2...but i can say i was pretty satisfied with the 530....

v_bimmer
01-15-2009, 12:55 PM
We have a e39 540i in the family, e39 is a very nice car, and the bodystyle is timeless. I would go ahead with the trade!!!

Trouble65
01-15-2009, 01:43 PM
No brainer, trade it in. You will love the e39.

j0nblayz
01-15-2009, 02:09 PM
my main concern right now is would i regret not getting a 540i, from the reviews i've read people are saying 530i to a 540i is a huge difference. And gas mileage is not too bad.. However i can't seem to find any good 540i..

dgmorr
01-15-2009, 03:57 PM
Any reason why a 530 is a lot more expensive than a 540? I'm also in the market for an e39

europrince
01-15-2009, 04:33 PM
No brainer, trade it in. You will love the e39.

ditto

lvan
01-15-2009, 05:46 PM
I think 5ers drop value more when they get older. See like 1995 525 and 325i. 3 series could be worth some coin. Maybe that's because all E34s are so beaten up.

TNation
01-15-2009, 08:47 PM
Test drive it. Its key. Than tell us what you think. I like them, but they have to be standard only. They're not very reliable either in comparison to your E46.

lvan
01-15-2009, 08:55 PM
That car is 03, do they still accept to service 6 year old car under the warranty. + an other 2 years , it would be 8 years... Is that the case?

j0nblayz
01-16-2009, 09:25 AM
we have now both agreed on the trade. Will be trading tonight. Only prob was that he did not have any winter tires since he stores his car in winter. So he agreed to purchase some new winter tires for me and mount it on his m5 wheels. Currently has 19" TSW Snettertons on with general tires. Also gonna have to redo the front tints, its pretty much a gurantee ticket, also gonna have to redo the suspension, its way to high in the rear end.

Heres some pics of the 530i
http://www.mobilesource.ca/bmw/carwash/DSC03103.jpg
http://www.mobilesource.ca/bmw/carwash/DSC03112.jpg
http://www.mobilesource.ca/bmw/carwash/DSC03118.jpg
http://www.mobilesource.ca/bmw/carwash/DSC03121.jpg
http://www.mobilesource.ca/bmw/carwash/DSC03185.jpg

v_bimmer
01-16-2009, 12:22 PM
the e39 looks great, i think it is a fair trade, you will love the car! You should also get rid of the chrome around the windows!

j0nblayz
01-16-2009, 01:34 PM
yeah already planning for that this weekend, gonna paint the window trims and the front grill's satin black. Next will be to remove the orange from corners, then some m5 side mirrors. Then m5 steering, and maybe if i can find a set of m5 seats. Summer comes, then it will be m5 frnt/rear bumpers and side skirts, also exhaust to match the rear bumper. And most likely sell the current 19" snettertons and swap out for another set of rims. Can't believe i already have a list started and i dont even have the car yet, lol

TNation
01-16-2009, 01:47 PM
gorgeous car buddy. I love it! Is that picture in the Northeast?
Keep the tint too, its only a $100 dollar ticket, and I only got one (on my car with 5%) in my 3 years of driving in Calgary, and I was near the gay street races near Forest Lawn where cops hangout on friday nights.

craigIS
01-16-2009, 02:50 PM
thats a good looking e39!! those the same rims from your e46?

lvan
01-16-2009, 03:49 PM
Good trade.

j0nblayz
01-16-2009, 05:32 PM
Thanx guys, jus on the way now to get the winter tires, and for the guy askin about the wheels, no on my 330ci i have 19" hyperblack staggered csl's which im gonna miss

lvan
01-17-2009, 12:27 AM
I always was in debate with a 530 and 330ci, I am sold on this 530i. Fantastic car dude! The best of luck with her.

craigIS
01-17-2009, 02:51 AM
Thanx guys, jus on the way now to get the winter tires, and for the guy askin about the wheels, no on my 330ci i have 19" hyperblack staggered csl's which im gonna miss

either way......"im" gonna miss em.....they both are nice, and would look good ant either car

richie_s999
01-17-2009, 03:51 AM
dude take the trade, thats a great looking sedan!! Do you trust the guy your trading with?

j0nblayz
01-17-2009, 11:30 AM
trade is done, however only issue i have with the 530i is that it has a cracked windshield, which i plan to replace after winter. He also ended up buy me a set of 18" blizzak lm25's, which ended up being around $1450 for just the tires. I have to say i really miss the handling of the 330ci, 530i seems very sloppy if that makes sense. Also notice not very responsive like the 330. also the interior on the 530 looks so old school compared to the 530i, feels like im driving m old e36. However the comfort seats are just amazing, i miss my e46 m3 seats, but the comfort seats really helps my back issues. The back space is also a bonus, and one of the main reasons i bought it, my 16month old son has so much more room and so much easier for me to get him in his chair.

Another thing that i need to change right away is the lowering springs, the car currently has eibach's and its way too raked, i hate the raked look, need to swap to a h&r race...

other then that, i'm starting to really enjoy the comfort of the 530i, very different the the 3 series.

TNation
01-17-2009, 12:17 PM
trade is done, however only issue i have with the 530i is that it has a cracked windshield, which i plan to replace after winter. He also ended up buy me a set of 18" blizzak lm25's, which ended up being around $1450 for just the tires. I have to say i really miss the handling of the 330ci, 530i seems very sloppy if that makes sense. Also notice not very responsive like the 330. also the interior on the 530 looks so old school compared to the 530i, feels like im driving m old e36. However the comfort seats are just amazing, i miss my e46 m3 seats, but the comfort seats really helps my back issues. The back space is also a bonus, and one of the main reasons i bought it, my 16month old son has so much more room and so much easier for me to get him in his chair.

Another thing that i need to change right away is the lowering springs, the car currently has eibach's and its way too raked, i hate the raked look, need to swap to a h&r race...

other then that, i'm starting to really enjoy the comfort of the 530i, very different the the 3 series.

they are definitely nice cars. I like them both. And damn Alberta eh, everyone has cracked windshields!

j0nblayz
01-18-2009, 04:11 PM
I was able to do some small cheap mods today while my wife and son were napping :)

I painted the front grills satin black, debadged, got rid of the ugly yellow yokes, and also put in some led license plate lights. Hoping to paint the side silver trims satin black tonight.

some pics
front grills painted with no egg yolk signals
http://www.mobilesource.ca/e39/front.jpg

rears, debadged with no egg yolk signals
http://www.mobilesource.ca/e39/rear.jpg

winter 18" m5 reps with some blizzaks
http://www.mobilesource.ca/e39/side.jpg

j0nblayz
01-19-2009, 12:13 AM
wife and baby asleep again, i started painting the side trims.. this is gonna take a while, not gonna be sleepin tonight.. lol