SPECS
Horsepower
170 HP
Torque
181 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3480 LB
Drivetrain
FR
Engine Size
2.5 L
Transmission Type
5MT
Top Speed
142 MPH
Zero to Sixty
8.9 Seconds
MPG (City/Highway)
18/33 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

My Daily.Bought in May 2015 with 213000km.Oxfordgrün paint with Englischgrün fabric inside. I make do with the all green look but I wish it had the sport seats.Exterior is a bit rough. Interior has held very well.Engine is very linear but it needs to be above 3k rpm to really pull this heavy wagon.Has leaky exhaust because otherwise it would be way too quiet.->fixed. Did 3k during summer 2015 storming autobahn and lapping the Nordschleife as well as carrying the in-laws around.. It is a very versatile car.I'm am currently "restoring" it to a good working spec. I'd like it to handle well but still be confortable (it is an everyday car after all, and the girlfriend would not be too happy to ride in a "race car".I've done wheels and tires, front shocks with lowering springs, gearbox oil change. On the body I repaired the PDC, and had two jacking points repaired (common rust point on E39s).Update, June 2016, 240000km.M54B30 intake manifold installed. Car runs healthier. Not a huge improvement without a tune and the fact that the car is quite heavy but still noticeable.Suspension refurb with quality parts underway (Merle HD, Lemförder, etc...)Belts and water pump, thermostat and radiator done.Update, Spring 2017, 262000km.-Suspension refurb almost complete. Everything is new under there.-Exhaust failed completely so I picked up a 525i exhaust at the local junkyard. Hard to weld it as M54 flanges don't line up with M52TU flanges. No big deal.-Eonon Android GPS unit.-FL Hella xenon headlights with new adjusters.-EBC Yellowstuff-540i 324mm calipers-Goodridge SS brakes linesNext:-Rear subframe bushings.-If the B25 gives up, I'll probably buy a parts car and build a B28 instead. Should be a direct bold on with EWS and key slots.

Discuss this build

[]Beverton McGill

I like these wheels, however getting then in 17" for my E30 is an issue.

[]Orion Salaün

I feel that at least here in Europe, the Type 1 and 2 can be found quite easily in 17". But most of them are going to be 5x120. I you have a 4 bolt pattern, I'd try to find something a bit more period correct ( Alpinas...)

[]Beverton McGill

I have a 5 lug 5*120 swap on the car. My project car is a hybrid build. On the next go around I will see if I would like to keep the engine a BMW.

[]Orion Salaün

For ACSs, the price vary greatly between 3p forged and 1p cast wheels. I don't know how easy there are to find in the US though.
Great idea to drop a 2J in a E30, probably the best bang for your buck.
BTW, how happy are you with the BC coilovers? Some people love them while others complain about longetivity issues and clonking noises.

[]Beverton McGill

Wheels are an expensive endeavor for reasons that confuse me daily. It's not the best bang for buck however, once done and done properly. I think it's the more reliable bang for your money.

I went with the BC coilovers because, I have them on a Lexus that I have. I have over 100K miles on them. They didn't cause me any issues. I'm in theory going to be on relatively decent roads. So I'm thinking it should be a semi none issue. HOPEFULLY.

[]Orion Salaün

Agreed, even though I like exclusive, light, going looking wheels like the next guy, I find there are better ways to spend the $$$ on a car. The two sets of 18"s I bought for my E39 both needed cosmetic work, but the price was less than a single new wheel.

Great to hear your experience on BCs, I might bite the bullet at some point since there are the only adjustable coils for E39 Touring at the 1000$ price point.

[]Jeff Bowman

Prime Hoon mobile!

[]Orion Salaün

Thank you.

[]Orion Salaün

It's a fun workhorse. Could do with a power bump though.

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