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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 11-18-2012, 11:26 PM
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Question E39 530i advice..please

My firt post, Exciting. I have decide to purchase a 2002/2003 530i agter driving many others cars I just keep coming back.
Here's are my deliberations in a nut shell:

I found a clean 2003 Topaz Blue( sweet color) & Grey Interior 530i w/ premium package Nav. 103K.
Asking $7995 -
I took to a mechanic & they found the following:
Tilt steering not going up/down
Cabin filter dirty
Coolant level sensor broken
Lower radiator hoe leaking at O ring
Power steering hoses leaking
Valve cover gasket leaking
Need new tires
Front wheel alignment Oil filter housing seal leaking.

Easily $2000 + in repairs. Most things seem pretty typical. Other car is Very clean. Car fax clean bur 4 previous owners and 2/3 auctions.
I hesitated and someone came in 2 days later and purchased. I a little sad as Ive driven many and this was the best and a reasonable price.

I've now come across a pristine clean One California Owner 2002 530i with Sport package. 93K - Asking price is $10.995. Haven't taken to a mechanic & I will but they assure me all has been looked at and its pristine - they encourage me to still have it looked at independently.
Vet nice darker blue - not as sharp as the topaz but in perfect condition.

Is the Sport package in addition to the Luxury package? Ie: The Luxury plus the suspension upgrade, tires, nicer seats, bigger Nav screen... or a whole separate package?

If it truly needs little to nothing is 10,995 a good price for a clean 1 owner CA car & should I be jumping all over this!

Any advice, input is really appreciated.

Cheers, Colin
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