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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 05-18-2016, 12:00 PM
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have to say goodbye

While i enjoyed ownership of my 2003 525i and made several upgrades on it during the 9 months of ownership, I have put it up for sale on consignment at a local Santa Cruz lot.
I was seduced by a 2010 Mercedes Benz E350 coupe in calcite white on anthracite black.
Both my 525i and my previous X3 were great to drive and I enjoyed owning them immensely, but it was tijme for me to move on.
I appreciate all the responses and info I was able to receive on this site and thank you for your support.
I'm still a member of the BMWCCA and enjoy Roundel when it comes every month.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:24 PM
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Blah... Mercedes. The choice of the elderly. Have fun.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:32 PM
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:44 AM
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Those E350's are nice, but still not close to the level of the E39. Enjoy the new wheels.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:14 AM
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E39 was a excellent car, but getting a little long in the tooth.
Not to mention, Brandon, that I'm a septuagenarian myself
This makes almost 40 cars I've owned and each one had it's own special story
I appreciate the responses....enjoy your cars!
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:20 PM
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MBZ's can be nice. What kept me from punching a ticket was when I looked at the cost of repairs, maintenance, etc., you think the BMW is expensive, not so much, and the cost of insurance. I'm 52 and I've been with State Farm for 20 years and they still wanted $2,500 a year. It could also been partially due to the fact it was an AMG too. Enjoy the MBZ.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:40 PM
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Part of what clinched the deal for me on the Benz was a 3 year inclusive warranty for $1700
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Old 05-20-2016, 02:25 AM
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yeah man w212... Good choice!

honestly... either invest in a very large snap on tool box loaded with all the tools you can imagine, and a lift OR

Id be sure to get rid of the benz b4 the warrrenty is over..

Dont get fear mongered by the name, Just realize that your driving something that had confort in mind..... no consideration to maintenance or the mechanic
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Old 05-20-2016, 01:10 PM
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well Mr. burning second, my car is actually a C207 and it's much more highly rated for reliability than any BMW I might has chosen in its place. [Consumer reports, Edmunds, Cars.com all rate it highly] That being said, the warranty was a deal clincher for me.
as to built for comfort, well yes it is, it's a real pleasure to drive and it handles very well. Now you might object that it doesn't corner like my previous E39 or like a lot of 3 series bimmers. That may be, but it does just fine for the kind of driving I'm doing, and a lot of how a car performs has to do with the skill of the driver. I learned on an MGA and could out handle Minicooper S's with the 1250 engine with my Austin Cooper 997cc.
I'm not planing on challenging Dale Ernhart or putting myself on a professional Rallye curcuit anytime soon, but given an appropriate hiway [say California Hiway 1 between Big Sur and Cambria, I'm pretty confident I could hold my own against whatever BMW car club members might be cruising there on any given day.
It sounds like you have had some bad experiences with the Mercedes brand in the past, but isn't it possible that your fervor for the Roundel has blinded you to their mechanical liabilities.
That being said i do hope my new ride continues please me.
If if I'm forced to take a break, there is always the SAAB 900 turbo convertible sitting in the driveway. [you should hear what the guys on their forums have to say about BMWs]

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Old 05-20-2016, 02:33 PM
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It sounds like you have had some bad experiences with the Mercedes brand in the past,



The only thing you said that made sense to me was sweetish automobile




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Old 05-20-2016, 04:57 PM
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Guess those SAAB forum guys had a point
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:36 PM
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Never own a SAAB but from what I've seen on Craigslist they're dime a dozen.
Mercedes are nice wish I've kept my 86-190E 2.3-16.
Just bought a bare bone Yaris 5 spd, consider a wienie 1.5 L engine this thing goes. I guess I'm so over with cars LOL!
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:46 AM
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I bet you wish you had kept your 190E Those things are getting super expensive now.. They are like e30 status

yeah man volvo and saab... good ****
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:37 AM
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I can think of a handful of Mercedes that would eat an E39 for breakfast so I don't understand the hate

I love my E39 but my 2012 ML is a helluva lot nicer..
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:49 AM
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MBZ's can be nice. What kept me from punching a ticket was when I looked at the cost of repairs, maintenance, etc., you think the BMW is expensive, not so much, and the cost of insurance. I'm 52 and I've been with State Farm for 20 years and they still wanted $2,500 a year. It could also been partially due to the fact it was an AMG too. Enjoy the MBZ.
Comparing a 540i to a newer AMG insurance-wise... price difference only comes as a mild shock.

I hate that v6 in the current 350s, especially when combined with the non-AMG transmission.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:24 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I thoroughly enjoyed both of my BMWs and I'm loving driving my new ride.
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Old 05-23-2016, 05:53 AM
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Guess those SAAB forum guys had a point
Yeah I guess it is true with some of us

Your Merc looks nice. All the best for it.
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