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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 07-20-2011, 12:13 PM
bagodonuts68 bagodonuts68 is offline
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Part out or fix 2000 528it

Its looking more and more that i need to replace the tranny in my touring wagon (2000 528--see other post on e39 does not crank after revving high if curious about specifics). A reliable indy (360 miles away) quoted me at $3875 for parts and labor with the rebuilt tranny coming from a reputable supplier in CA.

The car is beautiful (silver with black interior). I just put money into suspension parts and the control module for traction control was just fixed. New radiator, front door seals, alternator, and rear ball joints... It needs front shocks. I figure (looking at ebay) that a car like this (with 165,000 miles on it) is worth about $6500.

Do i fix or give up?

Has anyone had luck parting out their car? it sounds like a pain in the arse. What could i get for parts do you think? ...and over what time frame??
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