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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 04-18-2013, 06:20 AM
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Would love some opinions. E39 540i? Or m3?

Hello everyone I'm looking for some opinions on a couple of different cars. I'm looking to sell the e34 525i and pick up either an e39 540i. I love my 525 but I feel it lags in power and is starting to show its age. Cmon its a 18 year old car. I was wondering if anyone had some personal stories of their e39 or driving stories. Along with maybe some advice as to my choice of car. I am also concidering picking up a m3 or m5. I just need some opinions before I make a decision

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:05 AM
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This totally depends on what you want from the car. If speed and handling are the most importat get M3. In 5 series you get more comfort and space. Motorsport cars are more expensive to buy and maintain, but if your after handling and speed there really isin't a subtitute for an motorsport.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:16 AM
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Now im not exactly mechanicly savy so would the maintenance for the m3 end up costing me more? Concidering the motorsport parts must cost more? Would it just be more practical to to go with the 5 for shear maintenance? Or would that be similar regardless

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Old 04-18-2013, 08:01 AM
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I can't comment on how the maintenance is for the 3 series, but for e39 it's between 0-$5000 for first year to get the car up to spec, depending on how well the car has been maintained. There are quite a few threads about maintenance costs here and on bimmerforums so you might want to check em' out. In any case if BMW won't be cheap car to own, if you don't DIY most of the needed maintenance. Each model got it's issues, but if those have been taken care of the car should be pretty trouble free. So which ever model you choose make sure it has been properly maintained and get it inspected by bmw specialised mechanic.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:10 AM
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If you have a family, go with the 540i. That's the route I went and love the car. It's crazy fast too. I got my car for a really good deal, but found out it needs some love. After an inspection, it would be about $5000 to bring it up to snuff mechanically if I went with a BMW mechanic. I'm opting to do most of it myself and with the help of some mechanically inclined friends... and parts will only come out to about $1200. That's a HUGE savings over having a shop do it. Shops only use OEM BMW parts and if I order them myself, I can chose what is important to use OEM and what can be aftermarket. That will also be a huge savings.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:35 AM
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E36 or E46 M3?
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If you're not going to DIY the smaller stuff, any of those cars will cost you substantially more to maintain. Do you have an indie mechanic you trust? Go in with your eyes open, and you must do a PPI.

You can hit my web site for all kinds of personal stories about the maintenance I've done.

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Buying an e39 is quite affordable. Maintaining an e39 is not so much. If you cannot or will not DIY, I highly recommend a different car unless you can afford the maintenance.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:21 AM
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i owned both e46 m3 vert and now '03 540i. No doubt the m3 is more fun, loved everything about the car, however for me i needed to get a bigger car so 5 series is a much better buy. However if i was you i would get a e39 m5, you get best of the both worlds and personally the e39 m5 looks much better than the e46 m3. But if you have no reason for the extra space or additional rear doors, then go for the e46 m3, you wont regret it! To this day, i have gone thru e36 325i, e46 330ci, e46 m3 vert, e39 530i, e60 545i, e53 4.4i x5, e39 540i and my favorite to this day is the e46 m3 vert. My son still asks to go for a ride in the no roof car, lol.
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If i could find a well maintained M5 i would get it if it was the right price. The 540 is still an amazing car and would keep it even if i were to get an M5. Either way you wont be disappointed.
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