The E39 needs no introduction and as a proud owner of this rare gem it saddens me to let her go...unfortunately the family have spoken and I will be looking for an AUTO X5d in place of this beast.
The vision behind this Touring was to create a Touring that offers similar performance to the M5 Touring not available here in North America while maintaining DD civility and great fuel economy of the I6. I average 9L per 100km combined (75% city and 25% hw), pretty amazing for a car with 370hp
of torque. The stage 1 ESS twin screw, as many already know, produces a very linear and usable torque band, the stage 2+ is even better. (http://www.esstuning.com/products/M5...%28TS2%29.html
OH, and did I mention my insurance for this beaut was $780 a YEAR!!!
This beast started out as a 2.5L but was swapped with the 3.0L M54, along with M5 body kit and the go fast goodies. I imported her from Michigan last spring and have only had to replace all the fluids, swapped the stg 2 clutch that it came with with OEM (for DD civility), and perform the Vanos bearing repair kit, all done at RMP Motors. I also have over $25K in receipts from the PO on the installs.
Car: 2003 525iT 5-Speed
Schwartz Black exterior on two tone cream and brown interior
Mileage: 135k on chassis and 95k on M54
Main modifications / upgrades to the car include:
Engine & Transmission:
-M54B30 Motor < 95k miles (Block has been time-serted for more strength/reliability, fixes for common cylinder head bolt thread failure)
-ESS TS2+ Supercharger with Intercooler; 8.5PSI (370hp / 345 torque), 3X500mm Laminova Core $6850USD
-OEM clutch and E36M flywheel (less than 9k)
-Zionsville Aluminum Expansion Tank
-Zionsville Electric Fan (single speed)
-Beisan double vanos repair kits installed (less than 1000km)
-Magnaflow Stainless Exhaust Tip
Suspension & brakes <15k miles:
-Koni Sport Adjustable Front Struts (ALL bearings and bump stops replaced)
-Bilstein Sport Rear Shocks
-B&G Lowering Springs (touring specific)
-M5 Brakes (yellow calipers on all four corners)
-M5 Front & Rear Bumpers
-M5 Mirrors with OEM auto fold switches
-Black out kidney grills
-LED Angel Eyes
-Westfalia / OEM Trailer Hitch
-17inch OEM 540 sport double spoke rims with Snows
-M5 Steering Wheel with controls
-Complete Euro Dash Conversion (Technical Graphite Trim)
-Euro Center Console
-Rear Heated Seats (back and bottoms retrofit from E38 750iL)
-Active Seat (E38 750iL Massaging Feature-very nice for long trips)
-OEM IPOD Adaptor
-Stealth One integrated V1 display in the instrument cluster
- During the recent Vanos repair, Rocco found a crack on the valve cover and after it was replaced, the engine pulls much harder. Thanks Rocco!
- Everything else works on this car, including the massage chair, although its more tickling than actual massage....
- Needs nothing
- Bilstein rear shock which I find too harsh
- Door dings
- Stone chips on the hood and front bumper
- ESS tuning in cold weather, the car needs to be warmed up before heading out. 3-4min IS required in cold weather. Rocco even called ESS head quarter and they do not have any fixes...
- Some pixels on the dash stopped working, but overall still very legible
Pictures will be posted in a few days after I get the car back from the detailer.
Hoping to find someone that enjoys her as much as I do!!
Asking: $15.9 FIRM to serious buyers only, no test pilots please.
thanks for looking
PS: Also will be selling my S52 M Coupe soon, but thats for another post...prob in the spring