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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 03-31-2016, 11:08 AM
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1998 528 low mileage

A local person is selling his 1998 528 with only 28K miles on the car. She has owned it since new and taken car of it. Interior leather is good, no dents. Paint is a little dull and original for an 18 year old car. I was thinking of offering her 6-7 thousand for the car. I can tell the car has been well maintained but I doubt much has been replaced (i.e. cooling system) since most maintenance is mileage driven.
What do you think car is worth?
I have a 97 528 with 310K on it and still running so I know what I am getting into maintenance-wise.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:18 AM
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Isn't that a little high, even with the low mileage? It's a 528, after all.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:26 AM
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Not a clue...fyi, the car below has been posted for sale on the BMW Car Club's classified's for about 2+months, no takers - yet:

Good luck on that 98....I'm hoping I can get near 300K on my car, you have done well with your E39!

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2002 530i 5spd very low miles - 15,439 miles
$25,000

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UPDATED03/16/2016
One of a kind, 5spd manual, M suspension and trim, sunroof delete. Service consists of oil changes, batteries, and tires due to flat spots. Clean, rust free, Colorado car
Transmission:
5-speed

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Silver
Interior:
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:50 AM
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GMAK, thanks for the feedback. Looked up Kelly Blue book and the retail was $5900, so I am probably high. The problem is these cars with low miles are sought after because of the folks on this forum (like me) who like them so much. The guy selling the 2002 530 Wgosma referenced probably won't get $25K, but he will probably get more than Kelley Blue book.
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Cool. Guess it's just the 540's that are selling really cheap right now. WHo am I to argue with Blue Blook?
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:20 PM
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Even though mileage is low, plastic parts still deteriorate and metal will still rust. So dont expectat a trouble free car for the next 100k or so
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:23 PM
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Depreciation! What is KBB private party price?....***** that Bimmer for $4500, maybe less!
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:12 PM
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rust is out... but the plastic will still get you.. even so... that is very low mileage.. i like it... I say get it for the best price and keep it..
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Series E39 Vehicle code DP63 Model 528ITA Engine M52TU
Body type OTHER Catalog model USA Production date 1999 / 06
Transmission Automatic Steering Left Catalyzer YES

Production FROM : 1998/09/01 TO : 1999/08/31
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:24 AM
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I bought it. $5800...not cheap but i'm pleased with the purchase. Car has new tires. Mileage was actually 22.5K. There was an oil leak but she let me pull the splash guard and I found both Power steering lines leaking at the connection to the bottom of the fluid tank. I can fix that. Done it before on my 97. The rest of the engine and trans is dry.
Since I don't really know what she has had done (husband's car who passed), I will be changing radiator fluid, differential and at least one drain and fill of the ATF (more if fluid is discolored when I drain). I will also change the oil. There is only 1500 miles on the oil but it was last changed in Feb of 2014.

Any thing else you guys think I need to look at/replace? Even the window regulators work. Wonder how long that will last.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:50 AM
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you got it covered... when will you post the pictures... nice job.. enjoy
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Series E39 Vehicle code DP63 Model 528ITA Engine M52TU
Body type OTHER Catalog model USA Production date 1999 / 06
Transmission Automatic Steering Left Catalyzer YES

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Old 04-01-2016, 12:38 PM
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Have fun!....nice find.
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Not sure fluids deteriorate over time (other than brake fluid). I would focus my time and $ on anything rubber like hoses (radiator, vacuum, etc. ) belts, bushings (especially thrust arms), ball joint covers, etc. first. 18 year old rubber is most likely to crack, leak or break.
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