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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 01-17-2015, 02:16 PM
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Your Next Car after the E39?

I'm finally starting to wonder about my next car. Although legendary, the E39 is getting quite old. I've been looking at Common Problems for the E90 for example and there isn't much to find! For the E39/E46 platforms there seems to be a lot of things failing and I'm constantly (being the perfectionist that I am) finding myself fixing something every weekend.

Now, I'm not made of money and I plan to drive this car for at least 3 more years (I love it!), but I've really been thinking.... E90 sport sedan looks really tempting. But how about the upcoming 1 series sedan? The new 1 looks amazing up front (not a fan of hatchbacks though). Would be a perfect "E46 successor" (that term is overused). Any plans for a 2 series gran coupe? Switching to Audi, Mercedes, or American? Just looking for a fun thread to throw some ideas around.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:41 PM
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I am thinking about an E91 diesel, but I am not sure whether to go for the older M57-engined 335d or the newer N57-engined 330d. Both can be flashed for decent gains, and I think the N57 would be way more efficient (and generally cheaper to own), which should appease the wife. Which is why I would even consider a diesel in the first place. That, and I might keep the E39, as it is still in good condition. Also would consider a 335i, but that would be a direct replacement for the E39, albeit with a lot more power potential.
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Old 01-17-2015, 03:55 PM
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The ONLY car I am going to buy after my 540i is an E39 M5. Once I get there, I don't think I will ever change cars. I have other cars and trucks for the boring stuff. But for MY car it ends at M5. The new BMW's are ok if you are made of money. I am not. If you got 20g's to spend on a car, think about what you can get. older 335i, old 535i, 128i ya know that kinda thing. OR e39 M5. probably all with the same millage. For me that's a no brainer.
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:39 PM
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we bought a new Camry Hybrid, needed reliability.... it is definitely no sports car, and not as comfortable... but it will last longer then me! No more German engineering!
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:39 PM
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Want to go after an M5 e39 or e60
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:16 PM
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we bought a new Camry Hybrid, needed reliability.... it is definitely no sports car, and not as comfortable... but it will last longer then me! No more German engineering!
Must to agree ... all german cars are money pit )
My e39 costs me another e39 to fix all german engeeniring problems so i
d8nt think i am ready for another adventure like this haha
Have y tried infiniti ? They are fun cars to drive and very reliable )
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:22 PM
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Former car was G35 sedan with some goodies. They are fun cars. 6 speed trannys are tight. They are just smaller. More like 3 series BMW. I love the G35 coupe, but I have a family so it was always sedan for moi.



And if you are into FWD I also had a nice Nissan Maxima. Basically G35 but FWD



Both Nissan/Infinti are cheaper to maintain and parts.... But they just aren't a BMW
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:50 PM
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I'm hoping my next car could be a current 550i with the M sport packages.. I really like the agressive subtle look it has. I'll see if I can land this union job monday.. If so I'll be banking well..
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:38 PM
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so far the list is 550ix or maybe a cadillac cts-v
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:50 PM
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I would love to buy a w140 Mercedes S500. But that would be even older than my e39. I drove one the other night and they do have real presence on the road. I fit them much better also as I am 6'6" and about 375 lbs.

I'm hoping to end up in a Lexus LS430 in a year or so.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:58 PM
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2015 M3, manual transmission, mineral gray with sakir Orange interior, Harmon Larson audio, M adaptive suspension, 19" black wheels. Car was ordered last month and is currently en route to the U.S. for a Feb delivery. I've had 16 great years and 165k miles from my 99 540i/ 6sp, I'm ready for something new.
The 540i is pretty fully tricked out with Dinan engine, suspension, and drivetrain upgrades and runs better than new. But, it is getting to be an old car and the maintenance needs are growing. I thought about a Quaife 3.46 LSD and a supercharger, however, I'd still have plastic bit that we're getting brittle, electrical components that were aging and other issues on the horizon. I hope the new car prove near as satisfying.
I still find the e39 BMWs about the prettiest sedans on the road - including new M3s.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:00 PM
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I feel you there.. Though I'm not as large.. I'm still large enough that a lot of cars are completely off my list.. Like the first car I really ever wanted was a 95 Mitsubishi Ecplipse.. The turbo'd one and all that fun jazz... But when I found one after I got my first job I couldn't even get in.. The steering wheel didn't go high enough.. The seat. Didn't go low enough so I couldn't figure out how to get my legs in.. I'm 3 inches shorter than you. And still leg room is a problem in many cars..
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:17 PM
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Really guys? Tall people problems. I'm 5'4" which makes me at the bottom 3% of guys.... Try to live life like that!
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:08 PM
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I think my next post-e39 car will be a coffin.



Seriously though.... no matter what other car I buy in the future, I think I'm going to always have an e39 in the driveway too. I like BMW's, the way they feel, the way they run, the way they look. There are more reliable cars, but I don't care. I'm buying BMW.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:21 PM
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Ive given this a lot of thought since my 528 has over 210K miles. It will probably be a e60 535 sport or a e60 M5. Or a lease Maserati Ghibli. The Maserati's are simply gorgeous. But I would only lease it because I dont trust the reliability right now. Definitely a tough call for me. I love e39s, but for a DD they are just really staring to show their age.
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Really guys? Tall people problems. I'm 5'4" which makes me at the bottom 3% of guys.... Try to live life like that!
Until you walk into a celing fan or door jamb you can't complain... Ok? I'd cut off my feet to be able to fit comfortably in a Porsche...
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Former car was G35 sedan with some goodies. They are fun cars. 6 speed trannys are tight. They are just smaller. More like 3 series BMW. I love the G35 coupe, but I have a family so it was always sedan for moi.

And if you are into FWD I also had a nice Nissan Maxima. Basically G35 but FWD

Both Nissan/Infinti are cheaper to maintain and parts.... But they just aren't a BMW
I have a 5.5 Gen Maxima SE 6MT sitting in my parents garage for the two weeks per year that I am in the States. It is modified, and now torque steer really rears its ugly head in the lower three gears.

My parents both drive G35s ('05 Sport 6MT and '06 X Premium). So I can definitely confirm your statements. Since purchasing the E39, I have really noticed that G35 is not quite as well engineered or calibrated.

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Old 01-18-2015, 02:49 AM
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Until you walk into a celing fan or door jamb you can't complain... Ok? I'd cut off my feet to be able to fit comfortably in a Porsche...
I'm 6'2 and even I have trouble fitting into cars like the eclipse. I remember when my second oldest sister had a '97 jetta she bought in 1999. I was 14 and even back then my head would smack the headliner. Didn't matter how I adjusted the seat I could barely get in, I had to tilt my head lol.

Have you been in the first gen Vipers. Man the press wasn't kidding when they said it had horrible driver leg room. Big front wheels+big V10 engine=VERY SMALL area in between for the pedals and your feet to fit in.

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Really guys? Tall people problems. I'm 5'4" which makes me at the bottom 3% of guys.... Try to live life like that!
we fit good in e39's lol
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The E39 has tremendous leg room! Especially for a mid sized car. Being tall isn't as great as it might seem. I haven't bought shoes in a store since I was 14...and wore size 14s.

Sun roofs are the bane of my existence. Why does every car manufacturer think everyone wants one in their car!?

Another car I have checked into is the VW GTI. Specifically the two door model has loads of head room and leg room. Also, as with all 2 door vehicles it pushes the B pillar back so it is much easier to get in and out of. I sat in a 2014 Golf R and the bolsters were so high (and my butt so wide) that I'm pretty sure I bridged the gap between them and didn't even touch the middle of the seat. Wasn't too pleasant.
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The E39 has tremendous leg room! Especially for a mid sized car. Being tall isn't as great as it might seem. I haven't bought shoes in a store since I was 14...and wore size 14s.

Sun roofs are the bane of my existence. Why does every car manufacturer think everyone wants one in their car!?

Another car I have checked into is the VW GTI. Specifically the two door model has loads of head room and leg room. Also, as with all 2 door vehicles it pushes the B pillar back so it is much easier to get in and out of. I sat in a 2014 Golf R and the bolsters were so high (and my butt so wide) that I'm pretty sure I bridged the gap between them and didn't even touch the middle of the seat. Wasn't too pleasant.
Yes, legroom is good. Getting in, and even moreso, getting out is a PITA.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:49 PM
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The ONLY car I am going to buy after my 540i is an E39 M5. Once I get there, I don't think I will ever change cars. I have other cars and trucks for the boring stuff.
Agreed! I feel the same way
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:45 PM
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after the e39...

I think I'll keep it around because it's practical and fun for an everyday driver. The problem is that it's really not a sports car. Some track days reminded me why good sports cars are lighter and more powerful. Keeping the 540i/6 for a commuter and getting a 911 again is the way to go. I'd like an older light one with a 3.6 in it and sorted, only issue is these go for $50k plus. An ugly 996 version that has some track related improvements and scratches on it already would make me feel good about parking in the city and beating it on the track!
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