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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 11-17-2011, 10:20 AM
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:14 PM
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:21 PM
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Well if I decifer my Instrument cluster (my pixels are fading) I have about 124k
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:25 PM
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1998 540i sport with 300,000 miles on the clock and still running strong.
Wow, really? That is impressive. Original clutch (I assume it's not an auto)?
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:42 PM
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:53 PM
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00 540i with 159***k miles & it drives like has 59k miles .i had a 98 540i sport w/ 297k miles still it was running like a champ'''
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:11 PM
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Wow, really? That is impressive. Original clutch (I assume it's not an auto)?
Yep its a 6-speed
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:15 PM
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damn, that's pretty cool. something to look forward to on mine. but i have a ways to go considering i only clipped 170k. but definitely something to aspire for. good going!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:24 PM
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damn, that's pretty cool. something to look forward to on mine. but i have a ways to go considering i only clipped 170k. but definitely something to aspire for. good going!
Thx, I'm tryin to keep her goin for as long as possible.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:31 PM
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:29 PM
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1999 540i 134,000. Same nonsense as Bluebee post. Vanos solenoid seals are $8.00 each ten minute job. I get the same mileage as you, but I don't have traffic or speed limits to deal with. Love the kickass torque, my '07 328xi gets its butt kicked by me everytime, except on ice and snow ??? I have seeps, not leaks but a nine dollar Wal-Mart drip pan takes care of it.

I do take care of trim details, and have had no drivetrain issues except for a $300. parts and labor charge for a new CV-joint on the final drive input shaft. Cupholders are the most expensive thing at $60. Alpine CD changer did jam -- sent it to ALPINE and spent $150. to get it fixed. I am on my third round of cupholders in five years. Join the local club and save a bundle. Best $50. you'll ever spend.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:04 AM
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:55 AM
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:22 AM
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I just hit 144001 K miles and as far as drivetrain problems only one the driveshaft. Not sure if it was done properly I have a vibration between 55-70 mph then it smooths out ?? Im thinkin my clutch is next on the list.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:49 AM
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I just hit 144001 K miles and as far as drivetrain problems only one the driveshaft. Not sure if it was done properly I have a vibration between 55-70 mph then it smooths out ?? Im thinkin my clutch is next on the list.
That's typically front wheel balance but there might be other causes.Thrust arm bushings, but not as likely. I also had driveshaft issues early on in my ownership, mine was replaced under CPO.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:06 AM
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:28 PM
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That's typically front wheel balance but there might be other causes.Thrust arm bushings, but not as likely. I also had driveshaft issues early on in my ownership, mine was replaced under CPO.
I have a similar shimmy only first time on the highway in the AM at 60-70mph, thought it was "flat spotting" of tires overnight as they dont "rebound" until they warm up a little. I think our steering is so sensitive (but damped at the same time - that was BMW's genius on E39's) that we feel everything we should. I've had mine balanced and no fix but after 5 miles and another startup from 0 mph nothing. If it is consistent even after driving for a hour or so likely not flat spotting...
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:16 PM
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:22 PM
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:52 PM
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Amateurs !!! I have 241,000. Just changed the Tensioners to the Belts. Runs like a dream. Aux. Cooling Fan Change and Exhaust Cam Position Sensor. BMW only sensor replacements. #4 Coil Pack change. I have cheap code checker and this site to fix all myself.. 2001 BMW 525I.
Did you get a code for the exhaust CPS, or just changed it as preventative?
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:11 PM
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:06 PM
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