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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-18-2005, 07:00 PM
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What should I ask for my E39?

Well it is official my car is not going to be totaled. Looks like I'll get it back pretty soon. What do you guys think I should be asking for it?

2000 528iA
70K miles
Silver/Black
Sport-Premium Package
NAVI
Zenons
New tires
60K completed
CPO until next spring '06

I think basically everything except cold climate package and premium sound.

Looks like anywhere between $20-23K is acceptable. Other than the obvious fact that it has now had some work done it is flawless.

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Old 07-18-2005, 07:21 PM
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Well it is official my car is not going to be totaled. Looks like I'll get it back pretty soon. What do you guys think I should be asking for it?
Depends on the extent of the damage. The buyer will have a car with diminished value because of whatever accident you are referring to (you said the car wasn't totalled - sounds like it came awful close).

If a car had that much damage, esp. a 5 year old car with 70,000 miles, that is bound to have an impact on value.

You should also ask your ins. co. for possible reimb. for diminished value - in some states this is fairly simple.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:16 PM
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CPO until next spring '06
Check the CPO verbage. If the car is found to have had significant damage due to an accident, CPO can be withdrawn IIRC.

Mention that in the request for diminshed value if it's confirmed.

Friend of mine bought a CPO '01 540 from a dealer for 28K. I'd look for 19-21K for yours. Whatchya gonna get? M5?
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:22 AM
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diminished value

I know you can file a claim for diminished value in Texas (I assume you are in Texas - does your picture show the Anadarko building in the Woodlands?). I friend of mine just got his check. He had to file a claim and get his car inpspected by a specialist that determines diminished value (cost him about $300). He ended up with a check for $2000.
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:29 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I think the damage was ~$5000. I haven't picked it up yet. I plan to make a diminished value claim on their insurance as well.

Not sure what I'm going to replace it with. I've been looking at getting an M5 for a while but since I have the Range Rover I really don't need another 4 door...so I was thinking about maybe getting an SL. I don't know...may wait a while to decide.
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Well speaking from experience the SL is a great car that will always turn heads but it is not a drivers car like the BMW is. I had a 1997 and then a 2000 SL500 and was amazed how much better the 540 drove. I did lose a lot of respect from valets and drivers on the road. With the SL I always had up front parking and people would not cut me off. Once I sold the SL for the pre family 4door i notice that valets would stick my car anyplace but up front and tons of people cut me off on the highway now. I LOVE my 540 but I miss the head turning factor of the SL500. Good luck on the new car choice.
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Old 07-22-2005, 01:54 PM
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Thanks for the info. I've been told the same about the SL's driving manners by another friend who has an '01 SL600. I did go on a short test drive in a SL500 a week or so ago and noticed that...as usual...it drove more like a Merc than a BMW. What it boils down to is this. My mother and I are partners and she has always wanted to buy an SL but never could talk my father into it (he would always buy an S-Class instead). She and I share our cars and we don't need another large car and she is really pushing me to buy one. I'm fine with how it drives and if it makes her smile then that's great. I will probably buy a new 7 when the time is appropriate to retire one of the other cars. I won't be out of a BMW for too long
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