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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 11-21-2012, 06:47 AM
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The time has come - F10

Not really sure how I feel with this post but need to get this out there.


Embarking on a pretty significant move. I've not posted in a while as work has been busy with NY, Hong Kong, Singapore and back here. It's hard to reclaim joy with the 540 especially this year with those significant repairs. While I love it, I have a long list of rants with this one. I won't even start with what I've been through and things I know are starting to creep up - and I am religious on maintenance.

It's pushed me to go have a look at a few E60 550's and M5's (can't believe I even contemplated that) and as timing would have it, the few that maybe I could move on to ended up getting sold. Found a nice M5 and was really going to pull the trigger but you know what, that's not the car for me. SMG seems to suck really bad, no LCI models, hard to find Alpine White and I prefer low end torque than high revs for a daily.

My current garage parking is too small for the new 5 or 6 and it really bothered me as the E60 was the widest I could go. Thought about the E90 335 but somehow, nah - it's not me and god the front face of that F30 sure is ugly - sorry but c'mon.


So, I'm moving next week to a new place with a larger car parking and after over 10 years loving and living the E39, I have to move on.

Current target is Feb 2013 for the F10 550 M-sport - to me despite its handling faults (smile) its the true successor to the beauty we all love. While it may be an unhappy situation..






































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Old 11-21-2012, 07:20 AM
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just kidding.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:28 AM
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That is a yummy lookin car....
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:51 AM
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From what I've read, there is very little the home mechanic can do to this model. Even battery replacement requires the dealer. If you can live with trips to the dealer for maintenance/repair, go for it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:44 AM
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From what I've read, there is very little the home mechanic can do to this model. Even battery replacement requires the dealer. If you can live with trips to the dealer for maintenance/repair, go for it.
Trips to BMW don't bother me - just when the rate of doing so is extreme for being 43K miles young. Maybe I'll finally be able to give up my designated parking spot there.
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