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    Proof Photo Posted The Waft-O-Matic fat man car. Meet Sumo, Loose Units E39 523i







    Eggplant leather













    Where the magic happens:





    Proof pic:




    And some info:

    Model 523i - EUR
    Development Code E39
    Chassis LIM
    Steering LL
    Doors 4
    Engine M52
    Displacement 2.50
    Power 125
    Drivetrain HECK
    Transmission AUT
    Color Aspensilber Metallic - 339
    Upholstery Standardleder/aubergine - N6AI
    Production Plant DINGOLFING
    Production Date 1996-09-19
    Standard Equipment
    260 Side Airbag Driver/frt Passenger Seitenairbag Fuer Fahrer/beifahrer
    459 Seat Adjustm., Electr. W. Memory Sitzverstellung, Elektr.mit Memory
    473 Armrest, Front Armauflage Vorn
    488 Lumbar Support Driver/front Passenger Lordosenstuetze Fahrer/beifahrer
    520 Foglights Nebelscheinwerfer
    548 Speedometer With Kilometer Reading Kilometertacho
    Options
    283 Lt/aly Wheels Bmw Styling Ii Lm Raeder/bmw Styling Ii
    305 Remote Control For Central Locking Fernbedienung F.zentralveriegelung
    403 Glas Roof, Electric Glasdach, Elektrisch
    423 Floor Mats, Velour Fussmatten In Velours
    428 Warning Triangle Warndreieck
    431 Interior Rr Vw Mirror W Aut Anti-d Innenspiegel,automatisch Abblendend
    441 Smokers Package Raucherpaket
    456 Comfort Seats, Electric. Adjustable Komfortsitze Elektrisch Verstellbar
    494 Seat Heating F Driver/front Passenger Sitzheizung Fuer Fahrer/beifahrer
    500 Headlight Washer Sys/intensive Cleaning Scheinw.waschanl./intensivreinigung
    508 Park Distance Control (pdc) Park Distance Control (pdc)
    510 Headlight Beam-throw Contr. F Low Beam Leuchtweitenregelung Abblendlicht
    534 Automatic Air Conditioning Klimaautomatik
    540 Cruise Control Geschwindigkeitsregelung
    801 Germany Version Deutschland-ausfuehrung
    863 Europe/dealer Directory Service Kontakt-flyer Europa
    879 German / On-board Documentation Deutsch / Bordliteratur



    So far so good! Things I have noticed: The brakes squeek a little, there is a bit of a wobble at 120 or so, the tires are ... a bit old, they are all season tires and will do for the summer Stereo needs an AUX connector and I will connect some form of bluetooth to that. The steering wheel leather is disgusting but I will just deal with that until I have some money to sort it.

    Comfort seats are awesome!

    Let's see how it goes over the next few months so I can see what needs work

    Oil change will be done asap.



    A big thanks to an awesome friend for pointing it out to me and then lending me the money to buy it before the golf is sold!
    Last edited by loose_unit; May 26th, 2016, 1:50 PM.

    Current Car List:
    '04 Citroen Pluriel
    '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
    '16 F20 M140i
    '90 NA MX-5 1.6
    Gone:
    '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
    '99 VFR 800 FI
    '01 Golf IV 1.4
    '88 E34 535

    #2
    Nice car man! Memory seats and manual rear windows... Must be a German executive saloon from the 90s!
    1986 BMW E23 735i Goodbye...
    1996 BMW E36 328i Touring Executive R.I.P.
    2001 Mercedes-Benz W203 C220 CDI Classic ...Aaaand it's gone
    2003 BMW E46 330dA Touring Lifestyle Edition
    2014 Renault Clio Tce 90 S&S Expression Pack Introduction
    2018 Renault Clio Tce 90 Intens
    Rental roulette: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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      #3
      Great buy for the money, the interior is very tasteful!

      You can help the steering wheel leather with some Marseille soap or other leather treatments.

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        #4
        Max (1986 E32 735i):
        Moritz (1998 E36 328i Convertible):


        Owner of "Best Car" and "Best Bavarian Car" Award winner at Ringmeet 2015

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          #5
          Originally posted by Adunaphel View Post
          Nice car man! Memory seats and manual rear windows... Must be a German executive saloon from the 90s!
          I didn't even know E39's could be had at any point with manual rear windows.

          I would add some facelift lights front and rear post haste. But that's just me.
          2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
          For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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            #6
            Grats!! How can you people find these for so little


            Viva la Targa!

            "Anybody who accuses this of being a girl car, needs to get into a Miata or Fiata on a back road. This is the most fun you can have in a car - without a girl in it." - Jason Cammisa about the ND platform
            "Changing gear is a vital form of self-expression that I'm being denied." - Richard Hammond on the Gen 4 Clio RS
            "These cars remind us, what driving - and in a wider sense, what motoring is all about. It's about the sensation of controlling a machine - not the speed with which you cover ground." - Chris Harris on the Caterham Seven and the purity of driving

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              #7
              Originally posted by Mitchi View Post
              Grats!! How can you people find these for so little
              Seconded.
              ?
              "I'm sure Burger King is doing great in Germany, but they're not exactly stopping making schnitzels."

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                #8
                I like it. Interior color is fitting the exterior one eicely. It is what it is. For 1k it's a bargain.
                Fuel consumption: https://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detai...ht/687230.html
                Gallery of the e30 restoration: https://db.tt/hbFq2YSh

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                If you want to contribute to the rebuild of the E30, paypal is: nicjasno@gmail.com

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                  #9
                  VOLL GEIL indeed.

                  Can't say as I've ever seen an eggplant interior on an E39. Welcome to the waft club

                  Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                  Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                  Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                  Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Perc View Post
                    I didn't even know E39's could be had at any point with manual rear windows.

                    I would add some facelift lights front and rear post haste. But that's just me.
                    I just pointed that out earlier that everyone does that, and that I prefer the old ones myself But of course, it's Loose_unit's car.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Adunaphel View Post
                      Nice car man! Memory seats and manual rear windows... Must be a German executive saloon from the 90s!
                      Yes. I don't care about the rear people!


                      Originally posted by public View Post
                      Great buy for the money, the interior is very tasteful!

                      You can help the steering wheel leather with some Marseille soap or other leather treatments.
                      Yup, I am surprised at what I got for that kind of money. I gave the cleaning of the steering wheel a go and it is already a shitload better!


                      SUPER STOLKED, I AM!

                      I have no idea why it was so little - But I may sell it next summer if I am bored with it.

                      Dude, I drive a golf. This is far less inconspicious.


                      Originally posted by Perc View Post
                      I didn't even know E39's could be had at any point with manual rear windows.

                      I would add some facelift lights front and rear post haste. But that's just me.
                      Spending money on this car for cosmetic things is something I may do if I decide on using it for longer than a year


                      Originally posted by Mitchi View Post
                      Grats!! How can you people find these for so little
                      In this case, right place right time I guess


                      Originally posted by nicjasno View Post
                      I like it. Interior color is fitting the exterior one eicely. It is what it is. For 1k it's a bargain.
                      Yup, the interior is great! Not a huge fan of the exterior colour, but it matches the interior as you say


                      Originally posted by Der Stig View Post
                      VOLL GEIL indeed.

                      Can't say as I've ever seen an eggplant interior on an E39. Welcome to the waft club



                      Originally posted by public View Post
                      I just pointed that out earlier that everyone does that, and that I prefer the old ones myself But of course, it's Loose_unit's car.
                      As above



                      So, on to some pics!

                      Cleaned all the windows and applied Rain-X.

                      Then I parked it next to the golf for a size comparrison:





                      It is not that much longer which is surprising:





                      They are parked at least close to evenly!





                      And the view from my office now:


                      Current Car List:
                      '04 Citroen Pluriel
                      '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                      '16 F20 M140i
                      '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                      Gone:
                      '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                      '99 VFR 800 FI
                      '01 Golf IV 1.4
                      '88 E34 535

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                        #12

                        The Night Rider's Flickr

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                          #13
                          Indeed!

                          So far I have only managed to get to 213 GPS, but there was traffic so I had stopped accelerating.

                          Current Car List:
                          '04 Citroen Pluriel
                          '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                          '16 F20 M140i
                          '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                          Gone:
                          '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                          '99 VFR 800 FI
                          '01 Golf IV 1.4
                          '88 E34 535

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                            #14
                            So far there are three "major" issues with the car that need to be resolved

                            1) The indicator does not turn off automatically all of the time when doing a left turn and turning back, the mechinsim is probably a bit worn.
                            2) The drivers door does not hold itself open, I guess the mechanism is just worn.
                            3) There is wind noise from the rear drivers side door when above 120, Not sure what the problem is but either the drivers door or passenger door seal needs to be replaced.

                            A minor issue is that the boot light plastic is broken so the boot light hangs down a bit. I can push it in but the next time I open the boot it is hanging down again.





                            And another issue is that one of the tools is missing from the toolkit...


                            Current Car List:
                            '04 Citroen Pluriel
                            '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                            '16 F20 M140i
                            '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                            Gone:
                            '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                            '99 VFR 800 FI
                            '01 Golf IV 1.4
                            '88 E34 535

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                              #15
                              Ze Schraubdreher, neeeeiiiin!!!

                              Bikes:Honda VFR 800 Honda 919
                              Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
                              Cars:Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Jaguar XJR 4.0
                              Broken:Ford Bronco 4.9 4x4

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                                #16
                                ...I have yet to see a car with toolkit that is older than a couple of years where even just a couple of tools are still in place


                                Viva la Targa!

                                "Anybody who accuses this of being a girl car, needs to get into a Miata or Fiata on a back road. This is the most fun you can have in a car - without a girl in it." - Jason Cammisa about the ND platform
                                "Changing gear is a vital form of self-expression that I'm being denied." - Richard Hammond on the Gen 4 Clio RS
                                "These cars remind us, what driving - and in a wider sense, what motoring is all about. It's about the sensation of controlling a machine - not the speed with which you cover ground." - Chris Harris on the Caterham Seven and the purity of driving

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                                  #17


                                  Small update today, I swapped the rear plate holder for one of the FG ones I have, the front won't have a plate holder - I will just screw the plate in directly as it is currently.

                                  A few rattles in the car here and there need to be identified and taken care of. No rush!

                                  Current Car List:
                                  '04 Citroen Pluriel
                                  '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                                  '16 F20 M140i
                                  '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                                  Gone:
                                  '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                                  '99 VFR 800 FI
                                  '01 Golf IV 1.4
                                  '88 E34 535

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by loose_unit View Post
                                    2) The drivers door does not hold itself open, I guess the mechanism is just worn.
                                    Last edited by Eye-Q; May 28th, 2016, 3:07 PM.
                                    Why E10? I'm driving E46...

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                                      #19
                                      To each their own, I guess. It wouldn't cross my mind to ruin a car like this by adding a third pedal.
                                      2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                                      For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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                                        #20
                                        The M52 has enough torkwes to not need many shiftings.
                                        1986 BMW E23 735i Goodbye...
                                        1996 BMW E36 328i Touring Executive R.I.P.
                                        2001 Mercedes-Benz W203 C220 CDI Classic ...Aaaand it's gone
                                        2003 BMW E46 330dA Touring Lifestyle Edition
                                        2014 Renault Clio Tce 90 S&S Expression Pack Introduction
                                        2018 Renault Clio Tce 90 Intens
                                        Rental roulette: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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