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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 12-30-2012, 12:11 PM
Shin1ichi Shin1ichi is offline
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Mein Auto: 2000 MB E320
530 or 540?...from a E-class...

Hello everyone. Great forum, i joined recently after reading for a while.
My story; have a 2000 E320.......absolutely boring to drive, after a 2000 323, which i remember fondly. Started looking at CPO 2010 528's, but then it dawned on me, i really always loved the E39's.... and 2010's in great condition will be around for another couple of years. So.......I am thinking to get rid of the Benz, and get an E39. And they are getting harder to find.........

Thinking 2002-03 530 or 540. I plan to put off the 2010 for another year or so, but if i find an E39 to keep it as a weekend car even after getting a newer "go to dinner car'.

My question is vague-ish but still. Go for a 530 (?easier to work on straight six?), lighter front end, (more durable?) and slightly better handling (my goal) or go for a 540 and enjoy the V8. Is the 540 much more mainenance intensive than the 6 cylinder? I've watched one of the vanos videos and think i can pull that off. And for either, i've missed a stick for a long time,.......but,....how durable is that steptronic vs a stick?

Thanks for all the input to this and for all the guys (and gals) who've contributed to these forums.

Best,
Johnny
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