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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 Yesterday, 10:00 AM
ChadGregoire ChadGregoire is offline
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I need help deciding which BMW to keep

So, I have two bmws and need a little advice on which one I should keep. Both run flawlessly, so take that into consideration. I love both equally, but it's time to consolidate. Both are paid in full. I don't care that one is worth more than the other. Just looking for personal opinions.

First is a 1998 BMW 318Ti 1.9L with 165k in Green. Full leather, sunroof, all the extras.

Second is a 2002 BMW 525i 2.5L with 195k in light blue. Full leather, sunroof, all the extras, heated steering wheel, etc etc.

Like I said, I love both and both run flawlessly, but some opinions would really help me right now. Thanks so much!
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Old Yesterday, 10:07 AM
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For single person 318
For family 525
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Old Yesterday, 10:22 AM
ChadGregoire ChadGregoire is offline
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I'm single and travel from Maine to North Carolina once or twice a year. So there's a good 1,000 mile haul one way. I'm just hoping the 318Ti continues to be as reliable as it has.

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Old Yesterday, 11:24 AM
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If I am in your shoes, I will keep them both, but I want the 525 feature since you live in cold place.
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Really tough choice. I think stick with the 318 since it has 30k miles less.
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The E39 is a better road car. Drive each one on your trip, and then decide.
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Very personal decision....but I'd keep the 525.
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I think the e36 chasis will be worth more clean then your e39..

Im also in the same boat,
I have a 2004 x2 2.5 6 speed...
a 97 328is
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I know that the 328is is worth more down the road, but its not in as nice shape as the 540.
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I'd go with the 525i. Didn't the 318ti use the old E30 suspension which wasn't as nice as the E36?
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I would say keep both, but me being biased I would say that 525i. I too have a 2002 and I cannot see myself letting it go. My other car is a 1997 Suzuki Baleno GLX and I luv that car equally as much!
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Originally Posted by ChadGregoire View Post
So, I have two bmws and need a little advice on which one I should keep. Both run flawlessly, so take that into consideration. I love both equally, but it's time to consolidate. Both are paid in full. I don't care that one is worth more than the other. Just looking for personal opinions.

First is a 1998 BMW 318Ti 1.9L with 165k in Green. Full leather, sunroof, all the extras.

Second is a 2002 BMW 525i 2.5L with 195k in light blue. Full leather, sunroof, all the extras, heated steering wheel, etc etc.

Like I said, I love both and both run flawlessly, but some opinions would really help me right now. Thanks so much!
I would stick with the E39. But, with tgat said, neither car has a very high resell value, so why not keep both? Space? Insurance? A year from now you will say "i wish i hadn't sold it". But I'm a pack rat, so, don't pay much attention to me . I've had about 13 or so bimmers & enjoyed driving them all. When i bought my '01 540i sport, wife said u have to see one & i let the E38 740i go. Now i see one & say I wished I'd kept it. This is an old retired guy that has '92 535i 5 speed w/49k, '01 E39 540i 6 speed w/43k, '05 E46 330cic ZHP convertible, 3x E83 '07 X3s & a '96 Chevy Z71 Ext cab w/68k. Oh man, that's 8 cars. But I love to drive everyone, even the truck.like i said, not listen to me or you may get a 3rd one. Lol....
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