Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 7 Vote(s) - 4 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rob's E39 530d - RIP
15-01-2014, 06:58 PM (This post was last modified: 11-05-2016 09:57 PM by RAArmstrong.)
Post: #1
Rob's E39 530d - RIP
Well, at long last the wait is finally over! I've just returned home after a 620km trip with my new pride and joy!

I've wanted to own an E39 for a good number of years now, pretty much ever since my dad took delivery of a 1997 E39 540i which he had for a good many years, I pretty much grew up in the car and really started to love the E39...

Flash forward a good number of years to about 2011... I'm now 17... Getting to that age where you start thinking about getting your license and driving and so forth...

I know that I NEED to own an E39 soon, but I know that I'll never be able to get one as my first car, that's ludicrous! I set my self a goal to save my ass off and to work my ass off to achieve this goal and make a dream come true. Now in essence this could never have been possible without THE most amazing parents I could ever ask for as they gave me the most amazing 18th birthday present in my now Ex Golf TDI. Thanks to this I was able to raise the last remaining capital I needed to finally get my E39 and to get it debt free! Joy

I set my mind on the E39 530d as it provides the best balance of power and economy... Let the search begin!

I started the search earlier this year and looked at alot of E39's while also trying to sell my Golf which was a long winded process. During this time I saw a whole range of E39 530d's from really crappy ones that clearly havent been looked after to some really nice ones however the hold back was getting the Golf sold... THIS took some time, plenty of those Scamtree timewasters who never get back to you, etc. I'm sure you all know how it goes!

Eventually on the 31st of December 2013 I dropped Golfie off with her new owner in Joburg, and a Forum member at that! To me it was infact worth the wait getting her sold as I know she went to somebody who is going to really look after her! Praise

During this time I actually had a deal lined up on a really great 03 530d in Paarl, it ticked all the right boxes. Just after I dropped it off I phoned the guy and he told me that he sold the car to somebody else. This after he told me that "No problem he'll keep the car for me as he'll be away for Christmas in anycase"

I was pissed off and disheartened... The search starts again... I started browsing all the sites... Gumtree, Autotrader, CarFind, etc. I had infact passed over my car a number of times passing it off as not legit. However I eventually decided what the hell let me phone up and find out about the car as I saw nothing else that tickled my fancy...

Now you may be asking yourself, why exactly did the car not seem legit Rob? Well... It was advertised with a mere 55 000km!! Icon_jaw

So I phoned the dealer up (Bloemfontein) and had a good chat with the salesman who was able to answer all of my questions and agreed to send me detailed pics and all of the service history. The car had a full and comprehensive service history which checked out 100% with Leo Haese in Hatfield, the car also checked out on Enatis (Thanks Cois, I appreciate it) after getting all of this information together I KNEW I cant let this one slip, so I arranged to first go and view the car as there is no way I'm going to buy a car without first seeing it and driving it to make sure it is what it is! Well let me tell you, it was all that it was cracked up to be and more!

So time to do the deal and I arranged to pick the car up in 7 days, allowing time for the car to be roadworthied/Dekra checked and also for the transfer to take place... Longest day of my life!

Yesterday (14 Jan 2013) was D Day and also my Birthday so quite the double whammy!

I collected the car and drove her back today, what an absolute pleasure! Inlove I did a total of around 620km and averaged 6.3L/100km which I'm really pleased with as this included a little fun through the Golden Gate National Park and rather heavy footed overtaking... Torque really is addictive!

Okay enough reading, onto the important stuff, Details and PICS!

She's a 2001 530d
5 Speed Manual (Boy am I pleased with this)
55 555km when I got it home this afternoon
Not too many options, a fairly base spec bar a Sunroof Thumbs

[Image: 11966589734_b973cd39fc_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966434093_b6634f561b_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966548034_e901f918a3_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966520244_7525b7db8d_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966046615_f944916481_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966022885_f542edf55b_b.jpg]

As you can see it doesnt have an original brake pedal cover, I have already purchased an OEM replacement and will probably fix that this evening

[Image: 11966836336_c756d18c9b_b.jpg]

Mileage just after I got it

[Image: 11966804066_a88870d005_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966362874_42eea8f6ac_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966755016_1cc51e439f_o.jpg]

[Image: 11965913535_c94e16145d_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966752866_984a0c1f06_o.jpg]

[Image: 11965912745_4b8884896f_o.jpg]

[Image: 11966941364_fd08a3dd52_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966799423_026cf13e5d_b.jpg]

In Clarens for lunch on the way back, I parked specifically outside the restaurant window and took the corner table so I could sit and look at it Inlove

[Image: 11966474015_97621213ea_b.jpg]

[Image: 11966875034_37b3c9ed5e_b.jpg]

I'm planning on keeping the car 100% stock and OEM, no plans for a remap, she has plenty power as she is...

Thats all folks! Ty

I'll do a proper photoshoot in the coming week or so Rollsmile

Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 21 users Like RAArmstrong's post:
Andy1GP, B1gw1ll, Bouts, Budleigh, CharlieDelta, ChefDJ, Donovan2412, Flash-Gordon, herr bmw, Hugo_za, KamalM3, Naruto, Peter@AEW, Philip Foglar, Rayzor, Sabretooth tiger, sanesh21, Sareshan, Silverbird_96kw, symmat001, Theo333
15-01-2014, 07:01 PM
Post: #2
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Nice one, congrats!!!! Thumbs
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes GoCart's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:02 PM
Post: #3
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
JoyJoy

FinallyThumbs

Many tens of thousands of wonderful kmsIdea
Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes petrivanzyl's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:12 PM
Post: #4
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
well its about bloody well time,thought you would never get a e39

congrates rob and many happy (s)milesThumbs
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes herr bmw's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:12 PM
Post: #5
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
CongratsThumbs
Wish you many happy kms
Very clean carInlove
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes 4cefed6's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:18 PM
Post: #6
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Finally Praise

My first car was an E39 520i, miss that car. Solid.

[Image: 53b27b4d-a12e-41be-8670-930e78e95fcd_zpsqhwljevx.jpg]

Current: E46 328i, E87 120i, E70 xdrive35d, RRS '11.

Ex: E30 318i, E36 318i, E36 325i, E34 520i, E39 520i, E53 4.4i, E65 745i, E60 525i, E60 545i, E90 330d, E83 3.0sd, E92 M3, E60 530i, F10 530d.

Reppin' Malawi - The Warm Heart of Africa
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes OppositeLockMT's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:18 PM
Post: #7
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Congrats buddy, hope she brings you lots of joy ThumbsJoy
Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes S1NGH 001's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:21 PM
Post: #8
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Well done and congratulations on acquiring what I believe to be the cleanest 530d out there, and possibly the cleanest E39 as a whole. Thumbs

BravoBravoBravoBravo

I am green with envy, yet very happy for you as I know exactly how you feel right now Rollsmile

Also, tasteful write up Thumbs



BravoPraiseBravoPraiseBravoPraiseBravoPraiseBravoPraise

/o(O)(O) \ (lllllllll)(lllllllll) / (O)(O)o\
My thread - sold

Click here to view the network of forums hosted by TheFanatics.co.za | Click here to find out more about advertising on our network of forums | Click here for a list of our current advertisers | Click here for the forum rules and guidelines | Click here and check your region for any past and upcoming events and get-togethers | Click here to find out how to gain ///Member status
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes ChefDJ's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:22 PM
Post: #9
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
You remind me of AdiS. He bought my e46 330i.
Congratulations. Awesome car. Thumbs
Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes SP33DYV's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:24 PM
Post: #10
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Well done on a great find. Of what I've read she's found a good home. Hope that you have many happy kms and memories in what is clearly a very special car to you.

Sent from my GT-I9300 using Tapatalk

[Image: Sig2-1.jpg]
The evening news starts by saying good evening then they proceed to tell why its not
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes Henry330i's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:28 PM
Post: #11
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
coffee tomorrow Fencelook

Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes moranor@axis's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:33 PM
Post: #12
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Thanks everyone! I have a permanent smile on my face Rollsmile

Coffee in the afternoon Moranor? Fencelook

Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
15-01-2014, 07:34 PM
Post: #13
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
That car needs to come up to Joburg now bat

/o(O)(O) \ (lllllllll)(lllllllll) / (O)(O)o\
My thread - sold

Click here to view the network of forums hosted by TheFanatics.co.za | Click here to find out more about advertising on our network of forums | Click here for a list of our current advertisers | Click here for the forum rules and guidelines | Click here and check your region for any past and upcoming events and get-togethers | Click here to find out how to gain ///Member status
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
15-01-2014, 07:35 PM
Post: #14
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
(15-01-2014 07:34 PM)ChefDJ Wrote:  That car needs to come up to Joburg now bat

End of the month... I'll be in the area Rollsmile

Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
15-01-2014, 07:38 PM
Post: #15
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
sure thing Bluebiggrin

name the time and place... got an LM delivery but it should not be a problem

Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
15-01-2014, 07:40 PM (This post was last modified: 15-01-2014 07:41 PM by sash.)
Post: #16
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Congrats Rob, like the saying goes, it was worth the wait.

That mileage and condition is unheard of
..., car looks to be in impeccable condition....concourse material????

No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’. – Harry Hogge, Days of Thunder

Current Rides
2007 530d MSport (DP, 76mm exhaust, RK Motion tune, OEM M6 wheels)
2012 X1 2.0D MSport
1996 200 Si Camry
[Image: photo from sashchern_5592516823.jpg]
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes sash's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:47 PM
Post: #17
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Will be in touch in the morning to confirm :D

Thanks Sash, it really was worth the wait. Im not sure sure about concorse YET, theres one or two cosmetic niggles... But maybe one day Rollsmile

Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes RAArmstrong's post:
moranor@axis
15-01-2014, 07:51 PM
Post: #18
Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
Congrats Rob! You deserve it, many happy miles Bluebiggrin


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk HD

Current:
2014 F30 330d M-Sport ZF8
2006 E90 320i A/T , Sport pack

Ex:
2013 F21 M135i 6MT - "Hercules" - FBO, Vargas stg1 - N55 PWG Stg1 turbo non nitrous WR - 342WKW (460WHP) / 698NM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes sanesh21's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:52 PM
Post: #19
Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
(15-01-2014 07:22 PM)SP33DYV Wrote:  You remind me of AdiS. He bought my e46 330i.
Congratulations. Awesome car. Thumbs

I was just about to say - the narrative of buying the car blind and then it turning out better than expected was exactly how it happened for me! Bluebiggrin

Congrats Rob! It's awesome car. My dad has owned one since 2001.

2004 BMW 330i M-Sport 6MT
2007 BMW Z4 M Roadster
Ex. 2004 BMW M3 Coupe 6MT
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
The following 1 user Likes AdiS's post:
RAArmstrong
15-01-2014, 07:56 PM
Post: #20
RE: Introducing my 'new' E39 530d
(15-01-2014 07:52 PM)AdiS Wrote:  
(15-01-2014 07:22 PM)SP33DYV Wrote:  You remind me of AdiS. He bought my e46 330i.
Congratulations. Awesome car. Thumbs

I was just about to say - the narrative of buying the car blind and then it turning out better than expected was exactly how it happened for me! Bluebiggrin

Congrats Rob! It's awesome car. My dad has owned one since 2001.

Only one difference, your essay was slightly longer. Fencelook
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 




User(s) browsing this thread:
1 Guest(s)

Return to TopReturn to Content