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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 Yesterday, 01:58 PM
negev negev is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 E39 540i 6speed
E39s are for life, not just for christmas :)

Another 837 garage bill.. probably over 21k spent in less than a year..

Still going strong

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E39s are for life, not just for christmas
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Old Yesterday, 04:23 PM
SeanPhang SeanPhang is offline
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that sounds like a lot of dough to me
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Old Yesterday, 07:53 PM
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WOW! $35,000! I cudda had a new car!
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Old Yesterday, 11:08 PM
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Mein Auto: 1996 E39 540i 6speed
E39 > new car

and it wasn't all at once, mostly accumulated maintenance and obsessive modding
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Thats about what I bought mine for plus all the maintenance during ownership/modding. Thats a lot for a yeat.

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its a love - hate relationship
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Old Today, 08:19 AM
SSJRICH 540i SSJRICH 540i is offline
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Umm, I would just say its like any other relationship. When its good, its good. When its not, its cost you big time!
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SSJRICH 540i SSJRICH 540i is offline
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I do agree tho, that for 35K you could have had a pretty nice M5. BUT I am in no place to say what ifs. I have had tons of cars that if I had taken the money I had put into it, I COULD have had something really nice. The problem being with most people " well you could have had this by now " is that the reality is that you might have been able to afford to buy a nicer car, but it means you would have had $0 to fix, maintain, and upgrade it. And where is the fun in that....
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Wow, someone's making a pretty good living off this guy!
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