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Old 01-25-2013, 08:27 AM
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It depends. These e39s are all old cars now, many with high miles and the wear and tear you can expect with age. You are doing the right thing by researching in advance. The wagons tend to have rear subframe bushing failures but other than that, they share the same problems with the sedans. The real question is how much will you be able to learn about the car you actually plan to buy? Past maintenance records, a good pre-purchase inspection, how many of the driveline and suspension and cooling system parts have been replaced and how recently? Unless you have deep pockets, don't buy an e39 unless you are prepared (dare I say "like") to DIY.
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