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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 09-29-2012, 08:09 PM
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E 39 540i 6 MT 2002

It's 11 years old, but I hate to trade it for a new F10. Only 75k miles, but I wonder how long it can last without big trouble. Thoughts from forum welcome. Is it time to trade? Is trade for 550i a trade up--or down? Thanks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:56 PM
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I'd rather deal with any E39 problem than a common E60 problem. Time for an E39 M5?

550i will be a trade up, but expensive on maint. and hardly DIY-able.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:04 PM
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Isn't the F10 the new 3 series? I have a E90 '07 335i and love that car. It's a shame I can't drive it on a daily basis, but it's too expensive of a car to use for work purposes. I'm not a fan of the F10 looks but really like how it's a slightly larger to compare vs the C300 and they went with 4cyl DI Turbo. Amazing mpg's and best in class performance. So, if you need the room of a 5 series a F10 is a downgrade. If you don't need the room, it's a upgrade. newer, better. period. As for the ^E60 comment... I don't know anything about them other than I like the e39 looks way better and the e39 sport wheels are hot IMO. So I see the E60's as a mom car, they literally do nothing for me when I see them. I'd keep my e39 or get the new F10. OR a older '07-'10? true Twin turbo 335i 6spd.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:38 PM
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75k miles on a 540 omg. and I thought my 97k was low mileage LOL DAMN
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:14 AM
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The F10 is the new 5-series and the F30 is the new 3-series. Believe it or not the F30 has more front/rear head and leg room when compared to the e39.

Back to the question at hand, I would say that if you stay on top of regular maintenance you have a lot of life left in your e39. I'm at 149k if that makes you feel any better .

Does your car still have the original clutch?
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:55 PM
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Yes, first clutch

When does the clutch go?
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:05 PM
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It really depends on your driving habits.

My current 540i had it's clutch replaced at 70k, but my previous 540i had the original clutch up until I sold it with 124k .

If you're not experiencing any slipping or odd noises from your clutch I wouldn't worry. The nice thing about replacing a clutch is that you can generally plan ahead. You'll start to notice symptoms when it's near the end of it's life and instant failure is very uncommon.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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I bought my 98 540ia 3 months ago after I took it to 2 mechanics..It has 240k miles but you wouldn't guess..even the mechanics were shocked when they knew! However it is a very well maintained bimmer so I guess if you take care of her, she will serve you another 11 years easily
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It really depends on your driving habits.

My current 540i had it's clutch replaced at 70k, but my previous 540i had the original clutch up until I sold it with 124k .

If you're not experiencing any slipping or odd noises from your clutch I wouldn't worry. The nice thing about replacing a clutch is that you can generally plan ahead. You'll start to notice symptoms when it's near the end of it's life and instant failure is very uncommon.
243K on my 528iT original clutch. No slipping........yet.
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243k? That's unreal! You must have quite a few highway miles on her.
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^wow. 243k. Yup, it's HWY miles. I'm hoping I can pull that off. I do 80% hwy.
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