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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 03-20-2013, 04:34 PM
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Recommended year/model for new BMW owner

Hello Everyone,

I've always wanted a BMW. We are selling our current vehicle and "down-sizing" so we don't have a car payment anymore. The budget is about $6k (I know, not much).

I live in the area code 45419 - Kettering, Ohio USA. Looking within a 50 mile radius, many of the models that are coming up are '99 540i's.

So, I am sorry for the vagueness of this post but I am asking for some input on what I am getting myself into. I know many vehicles come with their own host of issues (Volvo's and timing belts, etc.) so I'd like the input of users on here as to exactly what model, year, and variables I should be aware of with purchasing my first used BMW.

Thank you so much for any information!
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