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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 08-24-2014, 10:15 AM
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Questions to ask before buying a used 2003 525i

Hey guys,

I'm new to this group as I am just about to pick up a 2003 525i with 250k mileage. I was wondering if I could get a summarized version of questions I should ask my seller before I proceed? It would be of great help as I see so many well seasoned owners here.

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Old 08-24-2014, 01:25 PM
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Get a pre-purchase inspection by a BMW mechanic.

Examine the service and repair invoices. If he has none, you'll need to rely on the PPI, and expect to pour $2k+ into the car the first year.

Trans and cooling system replacements are crucial here.

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Old 08-24-2014, 01:28 PM
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Great thank you!


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buying a used E39

Attached is worth a read regarding these cars - Happy Shopping!
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:33 PM
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