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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 04-18-2012, 09:15 PM
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75k miles 2003 BMW Silver Sport 530 & 101k miles 2003 BMW Black Sport 530
Random question for you since you own 2 identical vehicles. Is one faster or healthier than the other or 5spd/auto?
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:45 AM
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1998 540iA 6 speed.

164k

Was extremely well maintained and have all the records of all common issues except the cooling system.

Runs/Rides/Drives better than my buddies 2003 that only 65k on it.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:58 AM
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I bought it new and have kept it well maintained. It still runs great and looks good. Over the last 2 years I have replaced the FSU, MAF, drivers side tie rod end and radius arm bushing, cooler expansion tank and top radiator hose.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:03 AM
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:13 AM
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That's correct. 23,331 miles. Run's like a new car.
Since you have the M5 bumper I would do the rear M5 bumper and swap the wheels for some sport wheels! If you wanted you could easily turn that low mileage beauty to a sport model. Eventually you could do the suspension, steering wheel and other trim stuff. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:38 AM
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:25 AM
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:13 AM
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:44 AM
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Mein Auto: 1998 528i
1998 528i with 305xxx km have replaced water pump thermostat and a few other cooling system things

needs valve cover gaskets
o2 sensors
vanos seals im pretty sure
passenger door handle

aside from a rough idle at startup and fuel economy gone down a bit it runs GREAT
i cant imagine how it drove brand new compared to its last year or two right now but its my favourite car ive owned for comfort and performance
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:18 AM
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75k miles 2003 BMW Silver Sport 530 & 101k miles 2003 BMW Black Sport 530

Random question for you since you own 2 identical vehicles. Is one faster or healthier than the other or 5spd/auto?
I understand your 'sarkazm'a but let's think this way :
--There is nothing better you can buy in $10k than 2003 530i Sport
--Having 2 identical cars makes expenses/ maintenance life much easy as you can reuse same parts ,
you can redo same DIY . We all know how much time take maintenance with these cars especially when you do it for the first time .
--My wife don't drive stick and we often change cars
--One of them will be SC soon so they will not be indentical ... well ... kind of

That make sense if you want to keep 2 bimmers in one family no ?
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:39 AM
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I understand your sarkazma but let's think this way :

That make sense if you want to keep 2 bimmers in one family no ?
Sarkazma? Did you mean sarcasm? If so that was definitely not sarcasm, I simply asked if they ran differently/similarly or if one was manual or automatic and that is all. I have seen 2 identical vehicles in the past where one ran better than the other….

That makes total sense and I agree with you that it becomes easier since they’re both identical.
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ok sorry then

actually i still own 3 , one is for sale below
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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Mine .....2000 528i with 117000....
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module repair a month ago
still running as new, everything tight and don't see much coming soon as to what needed repair other than rim refinish
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:42 PM
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:57 PM
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:15 PM
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:09 PM
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:09 PM
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well my 528i had 214k Klms and the donk is DEAD so in with the m54b30 and in time a nice supercharger/turbo setup
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:53 PM
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:55 PM
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:18 PM
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Mein Auto: 1998 BMW 528i (E39)
Year: 1998
Model: 528i
Mileage: 243k

All 243k miles were put on by 2 previous owners combined. I am now the 3rd owner of this vehicle, for just under a week now. No KNOWN major mechanical changes, however I do believe the vehicle was very well maintained (mechanically) punctually by both previous owners (via CarFax Report).

Only known major change (to my knowledge): New Radiator
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miles on E39

I have a 2000 E39 528I with 213K miles with manual transmission; the only problem up to now, was clutch and pressure plate change, alternator and a battery. Recently I am having a problem with battery draining over night. It is Titatium Silver with Leather sport seats, sunroof, Xeon low beam, power seats and 17" wheels. will post pic soon.





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Just curious what I can expect. My 97 Blackie has 180k on her (80k of them are mine) and while I have not done much other than the cooling system, new wheel bearings and I need to fix a oil filter housing gasket leak.... and while she does seam to get much more poor gas economy especially cold.... even with 0-40 oil ... ( run about 19mpg in city traffic and 24 with city and highway combined)... I'm wondering:

What is your odometer at?

What year?

Any major drive train repairs?

Any guesses on what will go next on mine?
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:51 PM
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Getting close to 170k 1998 528 I auto only owned the car for a few months need to do vanos thrust arm bushings, rsm's fan clutch, auxiliary fan, rear window regulators, vapor seals on doors, ABS sensors, bought the car used always wanted a BMW so I bought one I knew most of the problems that it had when I purchased it except the fan clutch and auxiliary fan waiting for warmer weather to do repairs motor was just swaped out for one with about 70 k on it but extreamly impressed with the power of that straight 6 drop that thing into sport and put your foot down and and the higher that rpm band stretches the bigger the grin on my face gets its got some aftermarket parts on it now nothing major but some 19,s 225 35 19 k&n flip up touch screen CD player 2003 rear tail lights and pretty soon gonna put the system in it sending all molding from the interior out to be redone in carbon fiber or a metallic flaked paint haven't decided yet first is first to get the old girl back to driving condition as close to new as I can get it lets just say the Guy I bought it from had a lack of mechanical knowledge and just drove the car till the old engine blew up but ill have her back to normal when the weather gets better the temp has been averaging 10 to 15 degrees. Good way to destroy your plastic is to try tearing it all off when its freezing out. Lol. . Love the forums all very knowledgeable and $ saving will post pics when snow melts and I can acctually stand outside without my testicles pretruding up thru my throat
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:56 AM
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:23 PM
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