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    The UNOFFICIAL E39 Touring Thread!

    I think it's about time that we have a dedicated thread specifically for the e39 touring. I say this because I've noticed there's a big herd of e39 touring owners jumping into this subforum..

    I want to personally dedicate a lot of time to answer your touring questions. To the touring gurus, please jump in! Anything from check low beam headlight warnings to failing tailgate actuators...It's been 2 years on the forum, and I want to give back a lot...

    Also, I want this thread to be a spot where you can show your hot tourings...So please don't hesitate to post your pics...


    Let the fun begin!!!

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    I think it's a great idea! I think that a Touring sub-forum would be nice too. I know that idea has been visited in the past and went nowhere. I don't have a ton of expertise, but I have a Bentley Manual if anyone needs something looked up.


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    I don't think there is a reason for a touring subforum. You don't see any other sections of bf.c with subforums like those.

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    Brilliant!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNsport528i View Post
    Excellent idea! I've been pre-shopping E39 iT's for some time now. I'm interested in the '02-03 525/540 models. It will be a while before I would be buying one, but here's my question - so the ideal wagon is the '03 sport and I am looking for Black/tan with cold weather/navigation. In casually browsing for over a year now, I've only seen that one you were looking at out in CA. So indeed they're very rare - but I have seen a few 525's with sport/cold weather and navigation. But the 525 sport wagon did not come with shadowline trim (and the M-sport bumpers...but that's ok) - wondering about how much it would be to retrofit shadowline onto the iT?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbi4u View Post
    Sorry. Did OP mean a subforum or a thread? Subforum good idea. Thread with all sorts of questions/pictures/information about iT's ...not a good idea I guess ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiziks View Post
    I don't think there is a reason for a touring subforum. You don't see any other sections of bf.c with subforums like those.
    i agree with you that there's not much of a reason to do a subforum for the touring...major differences with the touring and sedans are minimal...suspension, trunk lid issues, to name a few...but i disagree with just because other sections aren't doing it we shouldn't either.

    Quote Originally Posted by MNsport528i View Post
    Sorry. Did OP mean a subforum or a thread? Subforum good idea. Thread with all sorts of questions/pictures/information about iT's ...not a good idea I guess ...
    no intentions really to create a subforum gentleman...just a chat thread of queries on tourings =)...as for retrofit on shadowline, $20 will be your budget =) pick up the shadowline tape from a local autopart store like autozone, kragens, pepboys, etc...

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    Undergoing a little maintenance. just about to hit 100K miles so doing plugs, O2 sensors and dealing with the leaking valve cover gaskets (thoes fuel injector connector clips are a royal pain to get off). Covers are at the powder coater to eliminate that flaking/bubbling gold paint once and for all. Will post more pixs after she's up and running again in a few days.
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    Nice, KBsilver.

    Deja Vu - I was in exactly the same spot just a few weeks ago. While you are in there, you may as well do the valley pan and intake gaskets.

    BTW, do not misplace or damage an injector clip - they are not available without the entire harness (upon discovering this, I returned to the garage and found that lil sucker).

    Pic of my stripped/re-painted valve covers (my most gratifying mod to date!).
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    Valley pan, intake gaskets and CCV were done last year. Although did not lose any injector clips, I came close! All clips are correctly seated on the connectors ready to be reattached. Valve train looked pretty good, no sludge, just a slight red coating. Cam lobes still look sharp, minimal wear. Will post pixs when all is done. Went for dark blue on the covers (car is Orient Blue). Think the $100 (or so) spent for powder coating was worth it as he tanked then meda blasted the covers. Would have taken me hours to do it by hand. Plus hopefully the baked on powder coating will last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiziks View Post
    I don't think there is a reason for a touring subforum. You don't see any other sections of bf.c with subforums like those.
    That sounds like something my dad would say!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsilver View Post
    Valley pan, intake gaskets and CCV were done last year. Although did not lose any injector clips, I came close! All clips are correctly seated on the connectors ready to be reattached. Valve train looked pretty good, no sludge, just a slight red coating. Cam lobes still look sharp, minimal wear. Will post pixs when all is done. Went for dark blue on the covers (car is Orient Blue). Think the $100 (or so) spent for powder coating was worth it as he tanked then meda blasted the covers. Would have taken me hours to do it by hand. Plus hopefully the baked on powder coating will last forever.
    as cliche-ish, it may sound, but i can't wait to see the results on the cover...i had attempted the same thing on a previous touring...and my spray can skills is just non-existent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsilver View Post
    Think the $100 (or so) spent for powder coating was worth it as he tanked then meda blasted the covers. Would have taken me hours to do it by hand. Plus hopefully the baked on powder coating will last forever.
    Indeed.

    Stripping with aircraft stripper was one messy/stinky job. Then bake-curing the new paint at 400F was equally stinky. Major PITA and time-consuming.
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    Here is a quick Preview

    Here is a quick preview. Just picked them up. Remember this is not paint, powder coat is a solid/dry process that is melted on in an oven. The magnesium, which is a bit porous had some pock marks but still elected to use a glossy (rather than flat or wrinkle) finish (car is Orient Blue). If anyone has done this, you know how hard it would be to get the underside as clean as these turned out. Hopefully will make for a good no weep seal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsilver View Post
    Here is a quick preview. Just picked them up. Remember this is not paint, powder coat is a solid/dry process that is melted on in an oven. The magnesium, which is a bit porous had some pock marks but still elected to use a glossy (rather than flat or wrinkle) finish (car is Orient Blue). If anyone has done this, you know how hard it would be to get the underside as clean as these turned out. Hopefully will make for a good no weep seal.

    SWEET JEEZUS!!!...they look great! Another Orient Metallic...which powdercoater did you use and how much did they run? The look great!
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    while the e39 touring is a great rendition of the model there is not enough different about it to warrant a special subforum. They are the same exact cars, except the bubble butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e39dream View Post
    while the e39 touring is a great rendition of the model there is not enough different about it to warrant a special subforum. They are the same exact cars, except the bubble butt.
    +1 chief! that's why just have a chat thread for touring owners in need =)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbsilver View Post
    Here is a quick preview. Just picked them up. Remember this is not paint, powder coat is a solid/dry process that is melted on in an oven. The magnesium, which is a bit porous had some pock marks but still elected to use a glossy (rather than flat or wrinkle) finish (car is Orient Blue). If anyone has done this, you know how hard it would be to get the underside as clean as these turned out. Hopefully will make for a good no weep seal.
    and for a $100, that turned out magnificent! =)

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    I always enjoy the touring pic threads myself. Digging the signature by the way. I also love spotting e39 tourings on the streets, I don't see many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e39dream View Post
    while the e39 touring is a great rendition of the model there is not enough different about it to warrant a special subforum. They are the same exact cars, except the bubble butt.
    so what exactly are you saying about my car's @$$?
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    I like a little bubble in the back, but nothing out of hand.

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