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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 05-01-2015, 02:53 PM
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Parts car available but is it wise?

Hi guys, it's been a while.

I have a chance to buy a '97 540i (160K) same color as my '99 and was thinking of getting it as a parts car. It's in pretty good condition with good body and interior. It does have issues with sensors etc. ...or so the owner says. It is an auto while mine is a six speed.

My question is which of the body parts, etc. will work on my '99 (should they ever be necessary). How about the engine? I can buy this car at a good price and do have room to store it indefinitely. What is the collective thoughts on the subject?
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Old 05-01-2015, 03:24 PM
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Dumb! The engine is different. The electronics are different. Save your money and buy new parts as needed. You sound like a hoarder!
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:18 PM
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Dumb! The engine is different. The electronics are different. Save your money and buy new parts as needed. You sound like a hoarder!
Geez, Ed! Tell us how you really feel!

OP, even though Ed is being grouchy, he is correct. Your '99 has the M62tu, which is different enough to where the only useful pieces for that car would be body and interior essentially.

I would say, if you are getting it for a great deal, do for it. Even if you couldn't use the engine and trans, you could part it out for what you could use and make a handsome profit!
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:30 PM
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Ha! I don't consider my response grouchy, only realistic!

I suspect most people who consider parting out a car have never done it, and have no idea what it entails, time- and effort-wise.
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Ha! I don't consider my response grouchy, only realistic!

I suspect most people who consider parting out a car have never done it, and have no idea what it entails, time- and effort-wise.
Good point. The money that can be made is nice, but it takes time. And I have no patience. I'm not a doctor...
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Good point. The money that can be made is nice, but it takes time. And I have no patience. I'm not a doctor...
This is very true. I suggested it to the OP because he said he could store it indefinitely. And you're right, parting out a car is a PITA!
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