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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 03-24-2014, 12:55 AM
CMart CMart is offline
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Mein Auto: E30/E39
E39 On Death Row

I picked up this 2000 E39 540i 6 speed last week with just under 140k on the clock. Compression checked out and the tranny shifted smooth so I pulled the trigger. It was involved in a read end accident so I got it for a great price and I plan on parting it out and using the motor/wiring/ecu/and maybe the transmission in a 2 door E30 (that I have not purchased yet). Even after the accident this car ran like a dream for the 120 miles I drove it back home. It is currently in storage until my garage becomes available in June so it is a waiting game until then, but I will be slowly parting it out. Mainly interior pieces, but if I get a good offer on something that affects driving I will just tow it when the time comes. The previous owner swapped a 2003 M5 interior into the car so I got that and the original interior as well. I am hoping to make some of the money invested in the car back by parting it out, while using other parts to get the E30 running.

Anyway I was really impressed with the car and can't wait to see what the motor can do in a car that weighs 1000 lbs less.

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