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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 06-01-2016, 12:51 PM
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Leaving the fold. Thanks all

12 years of E39 ownership with my 528. I had a E39 M5 for a while during that time as well. Best car ever, and Id buy another one if they made new ones (with an improved cup holder of course).

I went to the dark side and bought a '16 Toyota Tacoma dual cab 4x4. Love it!! But the main Tacoma forum sux azz compared to this place. Oh well.

Ride on Bimmers!!!
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:59 PM
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12 years of E39 ownership with my 528. I had a E39 M5 for a while during that time as well. Best car ever, and Id buy another one if they made new ones (with an improved cup holder of course).

I went to the dark side and bought a '16 Toyota Tacoma dual cab 4x4. Love it!! But the main Tacoma forum sux azz compared to this place. Oh well.

Ride on Bimmers!!!
Congrats, Hope it's a 6 speed.

I just bought a Yaris myself.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:10 PM
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Congrats on new ride!

This community is really the best! I was trying to locate some info on other cars I have and can't get any good sources. I keep reading fest even though I don't have any E39 in my stall right now.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:11 PM
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Sorry to hear you couldn't hang onto a second weekend car and sorry to no longer receive input from a veteran poster. Enjoy that tacoma
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:02 AM
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As time goes on this is going to become a problem, what do you replace an e39 or e46 with?

I think these cars are the last truly diyable cars
The thought of no dipstick on some cars is worrying to me , I don't trust a computer to tell me the oil is ok.

Once these cars go from being old to cla
ssic status then they are not really daily drivers.

To be honest I don't fancy any thing else
at this moment. As Flybot said he would have another BMW if they still made them.
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:17 AM
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Sorry to hear you couldn't hang onto a second weekend car and sorry to no longer receive input from a veteran poster. Enjoy that tacoma
Well, the 528 was the 5th car actually. But it was my daily. Trying to pair it down a little (Im single).

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As time goes on this is going to become a problem, what do you replace an e39 or e46 with?

I think these cars are the last truly diyable cars
The thought of no dipstick on some cars is worrying to me , I don't trust a computer to tell me the oil is ok.

Once these cars go from being old to cla
ssic status then they are not really daily drivers.

To be honest I don't fancy any thing else
at this moment. As Flybot said he would have another BMW if they still made them.
Ive been contemplating literally for years on what to replace the 528 with. There is really nothing like it. I almost pulled the trigger on one of the newer 5 series, but they dont have that good a rep as far as electronics. Then I thought about finding a mint '03 530. But even then its 13 years old. I just wanted something newer. I kept detailed records of all the maintenance, and did all of it myself, except the trans rebuild. Over the last few years she went from a $1000/yr repair cost to over $1500/yr. And I didnt expect that to change.

But the decider has been that I needed tow capability and hauling capability more and more. I do house flips/restorations, and the poor bimmer was my pickup truck hauler for the last three houses. I just wouldnt clean it for 4-5 months since I was moving a lot of tools and supplies. You can carry a surprising amount of stuff with the ski pass-through. So, the pickup made the most sense.

So, she was sold off to a new college student. I hope he takes care of her.
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:12 AM
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Sorry to see you go, but hope you have a great ride in your new truck!

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Old 06-02-2016, 12:53 PM
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Flybot, you've contributed a lot to this forum, and we'll miss you. Your departure will mean the forum has one less voice we can look to for reasonable, knowledgeable posts that have a good signal/noise ratio.
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Old 06-02-2016, 01:05 PM
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HOPEFULLY yours wont need a new frame

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Old 06-05-2016, 08:17 PM
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Take care and good luck. I agree with your assessment of the Toyota site as there's no comparison.
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