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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 01-30-2013, 03:42 PM
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Which car should I get?

Option 1 BMW https://post.craigslist.org/manage/3575113138/xh7m8

Option 2 eclipse
Has replaced the spark plugs the spark plug wire the water pump the timing belt the timing belt adjusters both valve cover Gaskets the Exhauste the lights hids outs side 10,000k leds inside and led license plates
Option 3 http://worcester.craigslist.org/cto/3509679378.html

Option 4 lease brand new Nissan sentra or Honda

I'm in high school
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:35 PM
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What do many of your fellow students drive? Get something at that level.

IMHO, unless you are dealing, you'll have a good deal of trouble keeping up on BMW repairs, unless you are an experienced DIYer. These cars are NOT cheap to run.

Get a two-year old Accord.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:59 PM
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What do many of your fellow students drive? Get something at that level.

IMHO, unless you are dealing, you'll have a good deal of trouble keeping up on BMW repairs, unless you are an experienced DIYer. These cars are NOT cheap to run.

Get a two-year old Accord.
Yeah I kinda ruled the BMW out, my dad said if I give him the money from selling my car he will lease a car for me.... Or I can buy that eclipse and if it needs a lot of parts I'm out of luck
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:05 PM
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I got girl friends who got mercedes brand new hyndias, best bud got a dodge ram 2500, Volvo all low miles lol my BMW is nothin compared
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:40 PM
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I'd follow edjack's.recommendation and.get.an older Honda. I've owned a couple; they're easy to work on and relatively cheap to maintain. You probably won't be disappointed.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:56 PM
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or option 5: find a girl friend who drives a MBZ or BMW and will let you keep the keys 24/7.

Mitzu are sucky cars, they fall apart after 4 years.
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or option 5: find a girl friend who drives a MBZ or BMW and will let you keep the keys 24/7.

Mitzu are sucky cars, they fall apart after 4 years.
Thats depressing.. Mooch off your suga momma

Never knew that about mitzubishi, My cousins girlfriend has a galant the refuses to die. Been hit by a bus and sits under a tree for a year and still starts right up with a jump. Its a pile of $hit, dont get me wrong. Still runs, still keeps you dry and gets you to work. Then there is my close friend of mine who has an Evo 9, Also not a sucky car, nor a high maintience car, infact all he does is dump money into making it faster... Never skips a beat, and its easy to work on. I think in the 5 years the only problem it gave him was because of ethonal injection flooding the intercooler.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:05 AM
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Get a Honda. I have 260k miles on my 94 Accord now, I am sure it will outlast my E39.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:24 AM
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Option 1 BMW https://post.craigslist.org/manage/3575113138/xh7m8

Option 2 eclipse
Has replaced the spark plugs the spark plug wire the water pump the timing belt the timing belt adjusters both valve cover Gaskets the Exhauste the lights hids outs side 10,000k leds inside and led license plates
Option 3 http://worcester.craigslist.org/cto/3509679378.html

Option 4 lease brand new Nissan sentra or Honda

I'm in high school
If dash readout shows two lights out that remain unfixed.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:39 AM
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Quote from the Craiglist ad. (https://post.craigslist.org/manage/3575113138/xh7m8)
When i bought the ( 12/14/2012) car i drove it to JMK BMW Springfield, Nj and told them to check the car complete out since it was not been driven so long, there diagnostic/check said:
-Change brake fluid
- Change cooling fluid
- Change air filter element
- Change HEPA micro filter
- Change power steering hose
- Change engine belt
- Change clutch
- Change windshield wiper blades

All suggested changes was made ( Paid almost $3000)


I hope that is a typo or they found a new used for that 5 speed shifter


As another old guy preaching wisdom get an older import. They go forever with minimal maintenance.
Do not buy a BMW if (a) you are a student, (b) have no extra disposable income to waste (c) don't know lefty loosy righty tighty


note : the two tail lights on OBC are third brake light.
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Turbocharged 2.3-liter 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
All 280 pound-feet of torque pass through a six-speed manual transmission

The Accord is a very good car, but this one is so much more fun to play with on the back roads and curves.

I'd look for a '08 or '09 that has not been beat.

Convince your dad that you need to attend a teen drivers clinic and learn how to operate this car without hurting yourself or someone else!

If that is too much car, look at a Mazda 3 with a manual transmission.
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Whatever you do, stay away from that eclipse unless you like being made fun of.
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BMW 100%. Idk why anyone would suggest another make in this forum. Professor man. The only way your Honda will outlast your E39 is if you don't take care of it, run the fluids bone dry, and treat it as a clunker. Sounds to me like the E39 needs a better home..someone that'll treat a bimmer like he is supposed to be. German engineering all the way!
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BMW cars are like a high maintience girlfriend. Looks hot with you, feels great, but can be a PITA! If you like driving, setteling for a honda is like dating your cousin, she will always be there, always reliable.. But always your cousin. lol. Some people want more out of the driving experience. Some want a A-B transportation. It all depends on what you want.
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Get a Honda. I have 260k miles on my 94 Accord now, I am sure it will outlast my E39.
Yeah, how many transmission rebuilt have you gone through with the Accord!
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I want the ultimate driving machine. Mine has been 98% reliable of the 3 I have had . I don't mind if you drive one because it leaves more new and used bmw's for us.
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To me it looks like you have a bunch of odd choices. I'd go Honda if I were you and I'd stay away from leasing and just buy a private party in your range. I had a rsx type s and loved every minute of it, fixing it was easy.but now that my need for speed has mostly left me, I would be just as happy in an accord.
I think another thing you need on top of other things mentioned BMW wise is time to do the work. I know how to wrench, and I guess I have enough money to keep the car upright, but I've had to take leave from work to find the time to put into my e39...
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I purchased my 94 Accord with 82k miles on her in 2002, for $3,400. Eleven years later, I now have 258,500 miles on her.Over the course of 11 years, putting 176k miles on her, I have spent a total of $2850 on parts, and $975 on labor, bringing my total spent on preventive maintenance to $3,825. I have done almost EVERY preventative maintenance on the Accord at the recommended mileage. I use regular cheapest oil, changing it every 3,500 miles. The thing just keeps on ticking. These cars are build VERY RELIABLE! My Accord has NEVER left me on the side of the road.

I picked up my 2000 BMW 528i I from my friend. He bought the car in 2008, with 82k miles, it now has 168k miles. Over the course of 4 years, putting 86k miles on it, he has spent $12,000 on it in preventative maintenance, and stuff that actually BROKE! I have fixed numerous problems on the BMW since I have had it, and there are still lots of things remaining to be fixed on it. The Accord does not have random stuff that just breaks for no particular reason.

I will NEVER give up my Accord!!! I will keep this thing until it has 1/2 million miles on it. I will pass it on to my daughter in 9 years.

Dont get me wrong, I LOVE the BMW too. Every-time I look on her, and I drive her, I smile and I am happy on the inside. I now work a job where I dress in a suite and tie everyday, so the Accord does not cut it anymore. I drive the BMW 2 1/2 miles to my work and back home, and on the weekends. I get 14MPG going to work in the BMW.

Every two weeks, I drive 800 miles over the weekend to get my daughter and bring her back. That is 1600 miles in a month for 4 trips. The Accord is a life saver for that type of traveling. I get 30-32MPG consistently on regular fuel.

I have a sportbike for REAL driving pleasure, and I have a jetski to get out my CRAZY need for speed fixes (on water, where I dont get hurt if I fall off).

The BMW is my business type vehicle, and the Accord is my old faithful who has never let me down.

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BMW 100%. Idk why anyone would suggest another make in this forum. Professor man. The only way your Honda will outlast your E39 is if you don't take care of it, run the fluids bone dry, and treat it as a clunker. Sounds to me like the E39 needs a better home..someone that'll treat a bimmer like he is supposed to be. German engineering all the way!
German engineering is crap. Sure, they make a car with REAL driving pleasure, but they also make a car that you have to spend more time and money working on it, as much as driving it. With Honda, you can NEVER go wrong with Honda genuine parts. I have learnt that there are aftermarket parts that can 'fix' BMW problems.

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BMW cars are like a high maintience girlfriend. Looks hot with you, feels great, but can be a PITA! If you like driving, setteling for a honda is like dating your cousin, she will always be there, always reliable.. But always your cousin. lol. Some people want more out of the driving experience. Some want a A-B transportation. It all depends on what you want.
This is true. My Accord has looks, but unfortunately, I have outgrown the look, but I can tell you, that car is rock solid in reliability.

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Yeah, how many transmission rebuilt have you gone through with the Accord!
ZERO. One clutch change because I was being paranoid. When I removed the clutch at 170k miles, it had 2/3 life left in it compared to the new one.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:55 PM
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German engineering is not crap to be honest. Hey it is ok if you are a Honda guy in a suit and tie. Whatever floats your boat, but my BMW has been nothing but reliable and enjoyable to tinker on. Maybe you got a lemon or something. Maybe not shopping around for prices spending the 12k. Hey, I saw a Honda fit today and everything in there was crammed and looked like a minivan under there. I said screw working on that. BMW had quality parts and made to be worked on and enjoyable.
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What do you want? And, will you be keeping this car for any length of time? I'll tell you, I've burned through many cars and actually I am somewhat jealous of a few of my co-workers that stuck to commuters and saved a ton instead of all the money I wasted on cars. If I had saved my pennies, I could have bought a M5 like Lala instead of rocking a 214k 530i.
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