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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 01-29-2014, 05:25 AM
97-540i/6 97-540i/6 is offline
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How did i do?

Hi guys, just wanted a second opinion on a recent purchase. I just bought a 1997 540i 6 speed w/182k on it for $2900 in pretty decent shape. I feel like I got a good deal but would like a second opinion. I am a DIY guy so i'm not real worried about maintenance, and the mileage to me seems low considering my last BMW that i just sold was a 1995 318i with 285k on it and she never skipped a beat engine wise. Anything in particular I need to be aware of? This will be my first experience with a 5 series and BMW V8. Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:16 AM
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You already own the car: Why do you need a second opinion?

Get a copy of the Bentley E39 service manual, and a good scan tool. Consider gettking a copy of the TIS, on ebaY.

The V8 is essentially bulletproof, unless it's been abused in the past. It does suffer from oil leaks, and the cooling system s/b overhauled every 90k.

Browse the Stickies at the top of the page, and also visit this forum: http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...1996-2003-(E39)
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:15 AM
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Thanks! And i just wanted to know if I over payed is all.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:40 PM
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oh god no you did not over pay at all haha cheers welcome to the club
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