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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 03-06-2010, 04:10 PM
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What's up all. I've test driven a 2001 525i at my local dealer. 2 owner with good Carfax. 110K. They are asking 10995 for it. I currently have a 1990 535i, but I am seriously considering this vehicle. It drove pretty damn good too. My 535i needs too much work at this point, and I will be driving clients around. Any thoughts, suggestions? Is the price good? Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:58 PM
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That's pretty steep IMHO. Here in San Diego, I came across a black one for 9500. This was an 02 530I with 87K and a manual and private party (late to the party and missed out). See if you can find one private party, it takes some doing but you can find one. It took me about 3 weeks to nab an 03 525I manual with 105K private party on the cheap.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:27 PM
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10995 and 110k miles is little high. I got mine for 9800 and 83k miles and maybe is a little high to but I was looking for finance and I fall in love with the car, so I didn't care.
Is also a 2001 525i but with steptronic trans. M5 wheels and bilstein suspension.
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I would get the 530i instead.
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:40 PM
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Bargain down to $8,000.
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Bargain down to $8,000.

I agree, but in all honesty these guys are in it to make money. Go private party.. seriously.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:08 PM
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Not really,

I just bought a 2007 Mazda6 35K miles for $11K (posted price was $15K).
I am a tough bargainer LOL.
Plus it is buyer's market (the economy is not good) plus the car is 110K so bargain, bargain and bargain until the cow comes home LOL.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:36 PM
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do you still have your bimmer???? we need your DIY's
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:11 PM
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Sorry,
Forgot to mention that I bought the mazda6 for my nephew!
Yes I still have my bimmer!
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:34 PM
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I have a 2001 525i manual and know it's not going to fetch close to $11k (and I have under 90k miles). It's an excellent car, incredibly reliable and it is pretty zippy even with the little engine. 30mpg highway (just took it on a long trip). I'd say $9k for an impeccably maintained one is fair. Definitely pay for the mechanic to give it a once over as you're probably going to be nickled/dimed on the sensors that have to be replaced (oxygen, camshaft position, etc.)
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:43 AM
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Thanks! I just looked at the Blue Book and it says 9K for the sport package and 110K miles! So I will offer them that or walk if I can't get it. Its nice and it great condition and drove great. The only thing I noticed was the screen on the radio is pixelated. And its manual of course (I wouldn't have it any other way!). But we haven't spoken price yet. They are looking at financing for me and will let me know tomorrow. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:21 PM
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So the guy came back and said that they use NADA values and its valued at $10,300 through them. He will not budge from the price of 10,995. This is the car, but I'm not going to over pay for it. Considering the amount of DIY maintenance coming up.
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So the guy came back and said that they use NADA values and its valued at $10,300 through them. He will not budge from the price of 10,995. This is the car, but I'm not going to over pay for it. Considering the amount of DIY maintenance coming up.

Id walk...thats way overpriced and then theres TTL on top of that. Hes NEVER going to get $11K for a 525, if so that person must be hard up for a car and doesnt care if theyre getting ripped off or not just as long as they get financed.

I guess youre trying to get financed.....so you have no choice than to go through a dealer...keep looking youll find a deal sooner or later.
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Id walk...thats way overpriced and then theres TTL on top of that. Hes NEVER going to get $11K for a 525, if so that person must be hard up for a car and doesnt care if theyre getting ripped off or not just as long as they get financed.

I guess youre trying to get financed.....so you have no choice than to go through a dealer...keep looking youll find a deal sooner or later.
+1 - Financing always affects what you can purchase. Get a loan from your family if you can and just go private party. I too would walk though. It's way too steep.
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Again, I would most definitely get the 530i!
Don't even bother with the 525i IMO.
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Taxes, Tag, their fees. Plus whatever financing charges the finance company charges. What I noticed is that the sales rep didn't mention the interest rate once, only the monthly payment. I feel okay paying 10K. I'm on a time crunch, since I will be starting a new job soon and I will need the vehicle for that, but I still don't want to pay more than 10K. The fees will push it closer to 11K anyway, so I'd be erasing some of the fees, if I only paid 10 for it. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! I will keep you posted on new developments tomorrow!
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Taxes, Tag, their fees. Plus whatever financing charges the finance company charges. What I noticed is that the sales rep didn't mention the interest rate once, only the monthly payment. I feel okay paying 10K. I'm on a time crunch, since I will be starting a new job soon and I will need the vehicle for that, but I still don't want to pay more than 10K. The fees will push it closer to 11K anyway, so I'd be erasing some of the fees, if I only paid 10 for it. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it! I will keep you posted on new developments tomorrow!
check your PM. it's an option.
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