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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 07-18-2014, 01:17 PM
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BMW High Milage - What should I look out for?

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I bought a 2001 BMW 530i with very high milage.
In kilometers it is standing on 380 000km.
What should I look out for with these high kilos so not to spend thousands in repairs possibly.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:21 PM
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:56 PM
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Good luck. It all depends upon the service history (when and what was replaced). 13 years is not that old. But at 250K miles, anything original, except the engine itself, is subject to imminent failure or being worn out. I would watch the cooling system first and foremost, to prevent engine damage. While suspension component failures are troublesome, they aren't fatal problems. WRT tranny, they're either good or not.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:56 PM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
----- repairs -----
Behr cooling system leaking
Plastic DISA valve breaking & destroying the engine
Cluster pixel tape lifting
MID pixel tape lifting
Hella PBT headlight adjusters breaking
Power steering cap & hose leaking
Trunk wiring loom fraying
CCV clogging
Bosch ABS control module frying
Cupholders breaking
I6 VANOS seals deteriorating
V8 valley pan gaskets leaking
GKR/BMW/Valeo FSU/FSR dying
Thrust arm bushings leaking
Ambient temperature sensor breaking
Window regulators breaking
Vapor barrier adhesive leaking
Jack pads falling off
Windshield cover molding crumbling
Driver's seat control switch breaking
Rear center brakelight socket melting
Seat cables fall out causing seat twist
Windshield washer tanks & pumps leaking
BMW roundel paint chipping
Vent trim corner cracking & wood trim varnish cracking
----- maintenance -----
150K mile maintenance checklist & parts to periodically clean
Check and replace all fluids
Common engine misfires diagnosed & cold start misfires identified
The most recommended brake pads and rotors purchased & installed
Battery tested & the most often recommended battery & installation
Spark plugs bought & replaced
Check & align & mount and balance wheels
O-rings & gaskets & bulbs & vacuum hoses & fuses & wiper blade inserts & belts & bearings & oil filters & cabin air filters & engine air filters to stock
----- tools -----
Common tools needed for the E39 & an obdii DTC scanner & an SRS reset tool & accurate measurement tools & specialty cooling system tools
Each repair should invariably add to our knowledge base by the process of inexorable incrementalism.
Your job, in return, is to read the suggested threads, where the best people will always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:08 AM
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probably nothing... @ this milage... most of.. if not all of the things have been replaced... your car is on its 2nd life now...

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Old 07-21-2014, 06:08 AM
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Thx Fudman wil just go through each dicipline step by step snd check.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:09 AM
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Thx Guys Burning2nd I think the same as the car still looks awesome, well looked after and the engine sounds smooth and solid still!!!
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:45 AM
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I dont see it on the list, but watch the oil level as it could be a sign of a faulty CCV.
It wont burn blue smoke in most cases, but it will use about 1/2 a quart or so with every 500-1000 miles
Also, check the battery connections as corrosion can set in and cause odd electrical issues. Before removing any battery connection, let the car go to sleep. Open the trunk lid and wait for the light to go out. It is 16 minutes from the time you open the lid till the car sleeps. If you disconnect it before the car goes to sleep, you may experience very very strange gremlins. These cars are picky about the electrical systems.

Enjoy the new ride!

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