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    Rear wiper is easy once you figure out that the top plastic part has a set screw and the top half pulls up as a unit to expose the nut holding the arm. The plastic part has a finger that extends all the way down so it will NOT twist off only straight up. Don't break the damn thing whatever you do. Once you get it (30 mins) the second time will take you 20 secs.

    Enjoy all the efforts from the items on your list as it will bring you one happy wagon and owner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenVA View Post
    Rear wiper is easy once you figure out that the top plastic part has a set screw....
    ...so that's how you get the damned thing off !!!!

    ...I was too embarrassed to ask...haha
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

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    I searched and searched all the postings to understand how it came off. Everyone said it lifts up and some mention a set screw that was 1" down the front that needed to be released before the cover would release. But never was there a mention of the stem that runs down from the cover into the mounting. The screw releases the stem.
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    haha, i actually broke that damned plastic cover. but its all fixed now

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    Had it washed and then paid Sam's Club 39.99 to restore headlights. Very pleased to find out that these are Hella units with blacked reflectors


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    2002 525iT Individual Alpine White/ Black, Navigation, Piano Black trim, heated seats.

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    This is beautiful! So jealous of the heated sport seats and the M steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlova789 View Post
    2002 525iT Individual Alpine White/ Black, Navigation, Piano Black trim, heated seats.
    damn...if I didn't compliment you on that car before, I'm certainly gonna do it now ... that's really sharp. I kinda like the bright trim on the nav unit knobs. (unless I'm not seeing that right) Adds a little 'pop' to the dash. M5 trim rings on the gauges might tie that in nicely. Mine's an Individual...and has the piano black trim....but knobs are solid rubber types. Yours have the black headliner in it ??? That's a really sharp car inside and out.

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    There it is....my dumb @$$ was trying to take a picture out the back window of the snowy roads...too bright...(ugh...those seats look dry...I just Lexol'd them about a month ago too...)
    ...at least you can see the headliner....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheapE46 View Post
    Had it washed and then paid Sam's Club 39.99 to restore headlights. Very pleased to find out that these are Hella units with blacked reflectors
    looks nice !!
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    Quote Originally Posted by adm750 View Post
    damn...if I didn't compliment you on that car before, I'm certainly gonna do it now ... that's really sharp. I kinda like the bright trim on the nav unit knobs. (unless I'm not seeing that right) Adds a little 'pop' to the dash. M5 trim rings on the gauges might tie that in nicely. Mine's an Individual...and has the piano black trim....but knobs are solid rubber types. Yours have the black headliner in it ??? That's a really sharp car inside and out.

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    There it is....my dumb @$$ was trying to take a picture out the back window of the snowy roads...too bright...(ugh...those seats look dry...I just Lexol'd them about a month ago too...)
    ...at least you can see the headliner....

    IMG_20170317_175443290.jpg

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    looks nice !!
    Wow, that red leather is amazing.

    I added E9x navigation knobs with the chrome trim. I had gauge rings on my old 530i, but don't want to go too crazy with this one. The M5 wheel, armrest, and seats were added in as well. No black headliner here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlova789 View Post
    Wow, that red leather is amazing...
    Thanks a lot !! it's Cinnamon actually....just a shitty camera...lol... I may be wrong but I don't believe Cinn. was an option in the US e39's...even the M5. Again...I may be wrong. It did come in the 2003 e46 M3's...and later in the e60's...but this car was the only e39 we'd known with that interior... Again - I could be wrong there....
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    Quote Originally Posted by adm750 View Post
    Thanks a lot !! it's Cinnamon actually....just a shitty camera...lol... I may be wrong but I don't believe Cinn. was an option in the US e39's...even the M5. Again...I may be wrong. It did come in the 2003 e46 M3's...and later in the e60's...but this car was the only e39 we'd known with that interior... Again - I could be wrong there....
    That's awesome, love it. Where did you find such a gem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlova789 View Post
    That's awesome, love it. Where did you find such a gem?
    thanks again !! She's actually a euro car...

    This car was a former client's back when I wrote service with BMW. They purchased it new in Bonn, Germany then brought it back and had it federalized. I've serviced it since new and (much to everyone's dismay at the dealership...insert evil grin here...) they always offered ME first right of refusal if they decided to sell it. Wonderful wonderful wonderful people. I cannot say enough positive things about them. I took ownership of it back in March of 2014...I had left the car business in 2012 but they contacted me one day asking if I would still like her. We still keep in touch and I send pictures and give status updates to the Mrs. quite regularly.

    These photos are repeats of ones earlier in this thread...the interior shots were right after I got it...poor camera and leather needed treated. You'll notice the l/r wheel tucked up in that fenderwell...SLS system repair cost was their tipping point and why it ended up becoming mine. She's unique...and I absolutely LOVE the car...

    IMG-20140420-00985.jpgIMG-20130423-00074.jpgIMG-20130423-00075.jpg
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    It is a unique ride to say the least. Great story line and capture of the vehicle.
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    Based on the fact that we have only achieved two pages in this thread, I have concluded that out cars are incredibly rare - maybe even more rare than the 540i M-Sport Touring / Wagon



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    Or most of the current owners are not on the site as the 525iT are more reliable as opposed to those oil leaking, chain slapping, antifreeze pissing V8 models....
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    Thanks Michael for creating this for us to share. Here's to the 525iT Mafia


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    ok....this one's totally on the 540 guys....lol....
    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/6068281624.html
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    Quote Originally Posted by adm750 View Post
    ok....this one's totally on the 540 guys....lol....
    https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/cto/6068281624.html
    whoa!



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    Quote Originally Posted by AquilaBMW View Post
    whoa!
    yeah...they totally own that shit....lol.... I think I'd have to rock some 24's with spinners on that one....
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    Quote Originally Posted by adm750 View Post
    yeah...they totally own that shit....lol.... I think I'd have to rock some 24's with spinners on that one....
    LOL! Guess you would have to! To each his/her own, but that is not my cup of tea.



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    Just a "Little Different" kinda like a "special needs" Car. No doubt that is was totally stripped then painted correctly so the door jams, under hood, trunk area are all orange now.... or is it just lite blue? This one makes me twitch and not in a good way.....
    Last edited by StephenVA; 04-12-2017 at 09:36 AM.
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    mines not an M-sport, but does have the sport package. Black over tan, i've replaced the stock headliner with charcoal Alcantara. M bumpers front/rear and M sport mirrors. those are not factory.

    i think my car is sort of unique in that its extremely well optioned for a 525. it has everything but Nav and PDC, as far as standard factory options. Seemed sort of strange to have the cold weather package, premium package, hi fi, ski bag and no nav or pcd. the original order was maybe 4-5 grand from being totally loaded. Sport seats with heating and M steering wheels are some of the best parts of the car. i've sort of made it an msport clone.
    '03 525it - sport package, cold weather package, premium package. Schwartz 2 with Sand interior. Mtech rear bumper and m5 front bumper. Miro 111 in silver 18x8.5+20 and 18x9.5+20 with 245/265 Re760s. Shadowlined window trim. M5 auto fold mirrors. SLS equipped, subframe bushings recently done with meyle HD. sundown e12 with 500 watts rms, Euro center console in sand beige, rear door solar visors and a Recaro Proride car seat for my son! Charcoal suede headliner and charcoal headliner bits.

    Coming soon- 9.5J wheels up front (need to install), coilovers up front (need to install), and limited slip diff. Dreams? S54 swap!

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    Welcome deception....!! Sounds like a sharp car....plus you gained cool dad points for the Proride seat !!
    "two wrongs don't make a right...only three lefts do...."
    '79 Euro 635csi - gone and regretting it...
    '89 gsxr-750 - former traffic knife
    '97 528i sedan - holding on strong...
    '03 Euro 525it - something about a famous dolphin.....

    '06 Mercury Grand Marquis (don't ask....it gets the job done....)
    '84 Specialized Allez - full Campagnolo Super Record
    '99-ish Cannondale CAAD4
    "Stinky" - 2001 Kona Stinky Five


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    I pee on those V8s!

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    2003 525iT TiSilver
    2002 M5 TiSilver
    1998 528i Champagne Met

    Former Garage Highlights
    2004 325iTs (2x)
    1973 Pantera
    1971 Dodge Dart Sport "Lite Package"
    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Alpine White
    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Go Man Go Green
    1969 Road Runner 383

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    Was the M-sport only available in 2003? Why is the 2003 so special?

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