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      02-11-2014, 12:31 PM   #23
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I'm positively in love with the 2000 540i 6MT.
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      02-11-2014, 12:50 PM   #24
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Great write up! Congrats on your new car!
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      02-11-2014, 12:57 PM   #25
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Impressive history of cars, thank you for sharing!

I'm still on my first BMW, a few months shy of 8 years with her!
Belated congrats to you! Welcome to the family.

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Nice thread - really enjoyed your pictures!

I started out like you but stayed firmly in the E39 camp. 1999 Titanium Silver manual 528 to a 2002 Sterling Grey manual 530 (one of the most balanced cars ever, I still miss it) to a 2002 Sterling Gray M5, which has been my daily driver since 12/2004. I have to say that for me, the M5 has been a perfect DD and the car is the best I have owned. I am starting to look for another DD (possibly F80 M3 or M235i) but will keep the M5 - I don't think I'll ever be able to bring myself to sell it!

Congratulations on the F10 and good luck with your mods! I don't frequent this forum (not having an F10) so it was nice this post was placed on the front page.
Ahh, just noticed that! Neat to interact with owners of all the different series. Sterling gray, FTW!

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I'm positively in love with the 2000 540i 6MT.
Yeah, but an m-tech body kit was sorely needed. ;-)

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Great write up! Congrats on your new car!
Thanks!
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      02-11-2014, 01:01 PM   #26
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Congrats. Awesome plethora of BMW cars you owned, especially E39 540i 6speed.
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      02-11-2014, 01:23 PM   #27
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Love the e39 and as strange as the e60 looked, with the right packages it also looked great.

F10 not too shabby neither.

I was going to say more than the cars it shows your quick salary increase to me!! I need to progress quicker as well.
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      02-11-2014, 01:28 PM   #28
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2. I have the sport steering wheel, but since my car is not an M-sport, my lower trim piece doesn't have the /M logo. Can I simply replace the trim piece with a /M branded version? I see how to take the airbag out and unscrew the existing trim piece, just need confirmation it's that easy.
Here's the part number:
32337841892

You can get that piece for $128 from GetBMWParts.com

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6. Has anyone customized their headlights? Cracking open the E60's for angel eyes mods is all the rage, but I am more interested in blacking out the F10 inner housing to match the other black mods I intend to accomplish. Opening these lights is not for the faint of heart, so I was wondering if any forum members have started specializing in this yet.
We specialize in custom headlight customization, have been doing it for nearly 7 years. We've opened dozens of F30 and other "Perma-Sealed" headlights from BMW, but we have never done any work to the F10 headlights.

However, we feel very confident doing it, so if you want to get a quote, shoot me a PM and we'll discuss it further.

Welcome aboard, definitely a nostalgic collection of 5er's you went through. You 5-series whore you. lol
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      02-11-2014, 02:32 PM   #29
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Great pics,, where in NC is this ,,,,
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      02-11-2014, 02:39 PM   #30
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My new ride...



I know, I know, mods are coming!

1. Gloss black performance grills (done)
2. M5 illuminated shift knob (done, but no clue where to draw power)
3. Gloss black roof wrap
4. Window tint
5. Gloss black M5 rear spoiler (awaiting delivery)
6. H&R sport springs
7. Body kit (leaning M5)
8. 21" wheels (leaning toward AG M510s in gloss gunmetal, but not set in stone)

If only "wife happy, life happy" didn't have direct inverse correlation with the transformation of my ride to come.

I like the color. shows a lot of maturity.
I have two suggestions for you.
1, throw on a M5 bumper, the car will look Great!
2, i see you are in NY, I wouldn't recommend you run 21" wheels. I'd say 19" is a great choice for DD. I am happy with my 19" wheel/non RFT tires and H&R springs
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I am from NY originally, but have been in the Raleigh area for the last three cars.
What part of NY? I'm originally from Lake George/Queensbury.

Once you get some more mods done and want to do a photoshoot with my F30, let me know. I'm in Chapel Hill/Durham.
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      02-11-2014, 07:34 PM   #32
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That e38 thou......I searched for one with manual and good miles forever before I got my e90. Reliability concerns was one of my reasons for stopping my search, too bad. My favorite bmw I think. Because James Bond.
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Congrats on your new acquisition!

Here's something to think of about wheels.

http://www.adv1wheels.com/blog/inven...-deep-concave/

http://www.adv1wheels.com/blog/inven...0-m5-adv7-mv1/

About the M-Sport steering wheel, it's not just the trim that's different, the wheel is also more thick in size - but that's easy achievable after a re-trimming.

Good luck in modding!
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      02-12-2014, 03:15 AM   #34
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nice 550i ! Engine is a work of art
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      02-12-2014, 03:59 AM   #35
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I also had a e39 6mt msport and I loved that car. I moved to a 545 and then to a 550 m-sport w/ sport auto trans. I was a 5 series fanatic. I had a loaner 550 f10 for about a month and I also test drove a ///M5 6mt but unfortunately I could not get over the size the 5 series grew to. I was shocked that my e60 felt smaller than the f10. I actually went the opposite direction and ended up with a ///m3. It was a good read and it brought back memories
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      02-12-2014, 09:33 AM   #36
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      02-12-2014, 12:41 PM   #37
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Indeed, M5 or M-Sport is coming. I am actually in NC now, roads are great, cam handle 21s. H&R on the way, too, though I am not pleased with $690 labor I was quoted today to swap them!
drive up to Boston lol, I have a shop can do it for you for half of that.
I like M5 bumper than the M-sport to be honest.
don't you think 21" wheel will be too heavy?
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      02-12-2014, 11:32 PM   #38
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RD sport exhaust

Where did you get the exhaust from for your e60? Where did you trade your car in at?
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      02-13-2014, 03:29 AM   #39
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Great report. To me the E60 M-Sport still is one of the best looking vehicles.
Why not M-Sport on the F10?
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Thanks for sharing this trip down memory lane, enjoyed reading it.
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