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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 10-04-2015, 05:53 PM
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200,000 miles and loving it

I recently turned 200,000 miles on my 03 530I. I still love driving this car every day.
Still get 6000 miles to quart of oil (in summer)
Everything works including no lost Pixels.
Original transmission, original suspension except for those wonderful Myle HD thrust arm bushings that I replaced at 54K miles. Front struts were replaced at 100K, rear struts are original, Cooling system was overhauled at 100K as was the Vanos seals. In the last 20K the clutch fan died, the electric cooling fan died (both around the same time) and the DSC module died. Still looks like new. I keep thinking that I should replace it but I cannot see myself buying another BMW, and I've not found another vehicle I'd like to replace it with.
So, what the heck, I'll go another 50 to 100K on it.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:58 PM
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Show us some pics of the car. Inside outside and the dash showing the mileage. It's interesting to see how it held up with pictures.

That's a car to be proud of!
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:23 PM
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I love my E39 and I dont think I will ever get rid of her.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:54 AM
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Congrats, Dave! Mine only has 127K as I am now semi-retired and do not commute anymore.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:40 AM
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Congrats also,I understand comepletly on not wanting anything else to drive. Enjoy the car, I'm thinking of holding on to mine for some time to come also.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:15 AM
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Congrats also,I understand comepletly on not wanting anything else to drive. Enjoy the car, I'm thinking of holding on to mine for some time to come also.
I felt the same way at 197,000 miles until a tree limb fell on it one day (while I was driving), totaling it. I pleaded with the insurance company to let me fix it to no avail.

I'm here to report that there IS life after E39. I now have an '07 E60 and lovin' it. Congrats to the O.P.
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:05 PM
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Man, I've got a long way to go. I'm at 116k and my goal is to hit 250k, or let my future son drive the car...I'm 19. My dad handed the car down to me so it'd be cool to do the same. Hopefully I'll be making a similar post as well soon.

Would also love to see how she's held up with that many miles on her. Enjoy many more miles
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Old 10-05-2015, 12:18 PM
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I recently turned 200,000 miles on my 03 530I. I still love driving this car every day.
Still get 6000 miles to quart of oil (in summer)
Everything works including no lost Pixels.
Original transmission, original suspension except for those wonderful Myle HD thrust arm bushings that I replaced at 54K miles. Front struts were replaced at 100K, rear struts are original, Cooling system was overhauled at 100K as was the Vanos seals. In the last 20K the clutch fan died, the electric cooling fan died (both around the same time) and the DSC module died. Still looks like new. I keep thinking that I should replace it but I cannot see myself buying another BMW, and I've not found another vehicle I'd like to replace it with.
So, what the heck, I'll go another 50 to 100K on it.
Nice! Time for another set of struts on all four corners, though. Also probably time for a few new rear control arms and ball joints to tighten things up overall.

Seriously, the Koni FSDs I put on at 102k miles made a huge difference, and the factory Sachs shocks weren't even blown; just old.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:21 PM
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Welcome to the 200k club. Im currently at 218K. I think it will get me to 300k easy.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:29 AM
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I ramed a tree backwards and I think that is what caused my transmission to go. Burnt a valve in #4 cylinder, so I installed a 55k mile engine. Car has about 320,000 and still is tight and nice a quiet out on the road. Might make it to 500k , but will wonder if I'm going to be around that long.
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:32 AM
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Welcome to the club! My daily driver and I still enjoy rowing them gears!
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:02 AM
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What's the front bumper wrapped in?
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:04 AM
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Here, here! About to hit 225k myself -- hoping for another 200k and beyond for everyone!
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:00 AM
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What's the front bumper wrapped in?
Designer duct tape. A huge chunk is missing from when I got in an accident and instead of just covering that part, I decided to do the whole thing.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:21 AM
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Designer duct tape. A huge chunk is missing from when I got in an accident and instead of just covering that part, I decided to do the whole thing.
Haha, nice! I dig the red wheels with that; it's definitely unique.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:25 AM
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Haha, nice! I dig the red wheels with that; it's definitely unique.
Thanks!

Here's to another 200K!
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Old 10-07-2015, 04:56 PM
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Old 10-07-2015, 06:47 PM
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I'm at 256k on a 528i auto. Would be racking up more miles, but tranny died. Will fix that and go back to enjoying that car.
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Old 10-07-2015, 07:21 PM
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I'm impressed the auto box made it that far! Fluid changes every 60k?
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:55 PM
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im at 233k+

nothing major has been replaced since i got her last year (sept, 20)

except for the small things inside the engine bay..., shop says i need new struts and bushing etc.. but haven't gotten to that yet, and she still rides fine....

think ill be pushing her for 300k
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:13 PM
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Holy.... Check out this one (you'll need to translate it). 600k+ miles. http://www.rubmw.ru/articles/istoriy...00-kilometrov/
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:19 PM
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I'm in complete agreement...there's nothing on the road that I, even remotely, think would be a better replacement. There was that Craigslist 540iT where he transplanted all the M5 running gear and interior that was intriguing, but he wants $24k. There's Norbert's 560i for $18,500, but I don't use all the HP that I currently have, so why bother.

My 540/6 has 178,500 on the original clutch and timing chain guides, one cooling system redo, rear ball joints, 90% of the front suspension, two rounds of valve cover and valley pan gaskets...but it runs/drives better than when I purchased it 8 years ago with 50k.

If The State of California decides to turn all the VW TDI's into pariah's, I might be persuaded into a 2012+ SportWagon w/a 6 speed, but I'd keep my BMW as a weekender at the very least.

Congrats on the 200,000 mile club, (I think BMW should issue some-sort of plaque or similar), I'll be joining you shortly
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Congrats on the 200,000 mile club, (I think BMW should issue some-sort of plaque or similar), I'll be joining you shortly
Well, BMW does for the beemers but haven't seen anything like this for our bimmers. Apparently fits perfectly into the roundel slots for the beemers...

I would totally sport something like this.
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