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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 03-07-2010, 01:46 PM
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:03 PM
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:35 PM
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:23 AM
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Just got it a week ago. Car has excellent maintenance records but was close to due for new radiator/expansion tank so I did that first thing. Brake pads & rotors are close to needing replacement as well and I will do that this next weekend.

Other than those things it is a fantastic car!
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:45 AM
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:55 PM
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Old 03-08-2010, 04:45 PM
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turned 30,555 miles today.

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Srsly?? 30k? Nice.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:34 AM
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:51 AM
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:36 PM
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:05 AM
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:33 AM
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2001 530i = 109900 miles.

Repair work so far:
1. Vanos seals replaced
2. Valve cover gasket
3. Camshaft ring
4. Cooling system and electric fan
5. Few suspension parts - but no major overhaul b/c of affordability
6. 2 new front rotors and 2 front brake pads
7. Transmission fluid
8. Brake fluid
9. Oh yeah, and some idiot who hit my left fender and had to have it replaced.

To Do:
1. Most of all rubber trimmings/mouldings around car
2. Cupholder
3. Tint windows
4. Oxygen sensors
5. CCV/MAF potentially one day
6. Idk, I'm sure something else will come up.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:01 AM
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:00 AM
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:30 AM
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:34 AM
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2003 530i with 25,000 miles
Thought I had lowest. How long you had it? Sport pkg?
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:08 PM
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Thought I had lowest. How long you had it? Sport pkg?
Sidneyj 25,256 as of today. Had it since day 1, production date 4/03 iirc. I've been fortunate to have an office only 7 miles from home; but I do try to drive it on the freeways at least once a week.
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:08 PM
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I have a question though, is there a way to see if the engine has been changed or is the original engine the car was made with?
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Old 03-10-2010, 02:13 PM
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brakes
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radiator
water pump

Love this car!!!!
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:31 PM
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Sidneyj 25,256 as of today. Had it since day 1, production date 4/03 iirc. I've been fortunate to have an office only 7 miles from home; but I do try to drive it on the freeways at least once a week.
Same here 4/03 production. Bought mine with 8000 miles. Doesn't sound like you will catch me anytime soon at that pace. Unless my job changes I could see having mine for another 10-15 years and it still be in mint, low milage condition. Is yours a sport pkg?
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:43 PM
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Same here 4/03 production. Bought mine with 8000 miles. Doesn't sound like you will catch me anytime soon at that pace. Unless my job changes I could see having mine for another 10-15 years and it still be in mint, low milage condition. Is yours a sport pkg?
Yup, sport and premium pkg (but no cold weather pkg). Totally stock (except for cup holders and brake pads). I still have original tires and battery, too!
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:49 PM
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97 duce and a quarter on the original engine and trans, and she's runnin gooood. I'm the 4th owner; I put the last 25k on the car over the past eight months and the only replacement was a broken fan belt (my fault, should have replaced it when I bought the car)
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