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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 12-10-2012, 09:41 AM
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Say hello to me new E60.

I've had a 540i for about a year and a half now, and have just recently purchased this beautiful 2010 550i M Sport with 40,000 miles on it and is warranted until 100,000 including maintenance such as brakes, oil changes, etc. cost me right around 47k after tax.

Check it out for yourself (not the best pictures but a quick look):

Here's my E39 540i with OEM M5 kit.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:26 AM
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Beautiful car and a good choice (I am one of those that does like the E60's styling).
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:27 AM
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An E60 eh? Sorry to hear about your downgrade.

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:44 AM
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Beautiful car but your 540i was certainly no slouch.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:20 PM
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Great looking car!
What major differences did you notice drive-wise?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:21 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of the E60 but i do like the way they did the M-Sport Pkg. Very nice car!

Looks like it needs some spacers though, Fill it out more.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:24 PM
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E60, yawn. For an E60 though great color/interior combo
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:38 PM
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Congrats on the e60, it looks very nice. The e39 wasn't bad at all though.
Can you tell us the difference between both cars?
-fun to drive
-take off
-suspension
-steering
-breaking power, etc, etc
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:58 PM
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you mean say hello to 50 grands ?
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:16 PM
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You'll be back!! But anyway congrats on the upgrade. The one thing will probably stand out the most is the somewhat electric steering at low speeds. Nonetheless black on saddle is lovely and that thing is a pure rocket!
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:19 PM
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congrats, how does it compare to the 540? ride quality, power etc
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:40 PM
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Good evening everyone, thanks for the kind works about this new car.

The color of this vehicle is not black. It is called Carbon Black and it's really not black at all, it has a dark navy/blue color to it, really beautiful at night and during the day. I LOVE the 19 inch wheels on this! Just Beautiful!

Going from 280 HP to 370HP is a big jump of course, but that is not why I bought this car, if this did not have the M-sport package, i definitely would NOT have purchased it. This car is really well made. If you think the E39 is a great guy, think again. This is by far the best BMW i have ever driven. (i've driven M5's Z4's Z8's, 3 series, new 3 series) This is one sweet machine.

The handling absolutely superb, you really don't even feel like you're driving. The navigation and rear heated seats make this car complete. Acceleration is truly phenomenal.

I know some of you are not very big fans of E60's and I was the same, i never thought once I would buy an E60, if you read my old posts, you'll find me talking about how ugly i thought he E60 was, but i guess it grew on me.

Steering is much firmer than the E39, which I think makes a BMW a BMW. Without the steering, I don't think anyone would be here on this board.

To conclude this post. If you are looking for a car this IS IT. an Overall beauty, power, sporty, luxury, classy, Just perfect! I take my hat off for BMW.

At the end of the day, i don't have to worry about no leaking gaskets, o-rings?? water pumps? all those annoying things. For once i can drive a BMW peacefully.

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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 PM
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Very nice car, congrats. I like the E60
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:39 PM
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Price is a little steep, but great choice for DD - I always liked handling of 550i M
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:39 PM
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so the e39 is gone ?
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:52 PM
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very nice car, i love the m sports. you are also a nice guy for making that salesman's mortgage payment for this month by paying that price. but hey, as long as you're happy that's all that really matters
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:19 PM
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Very nice looking car, would look better w/o the wood trim IMO
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:18 PM
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Not to be hattin', but i'll give you a week, when you visit the e60 board, and they be talking about problems after problems. All cars have some kind of problems, its a curse...

Nonetheless, it looks nice!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:48 AM
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:13 AM
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Is it just me or you guys don't think that it is overpriced? 47K.... I just did a quick search on autotrader and was able to find 2010 550 with msport for 36k with very similar milage. Regardless, enjoy the car. If you're happy with it that what it counts
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:57 AM
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that is a beautiful interior... enjoy
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:35 PM
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Is it just me or you guys don't think that it is overpriced? 47K.... I just did a quick search on autotrader and was able to find 2010 550 with msport for 36k with very similar milage. Regardless, enjoy the car. If you're happy with it that what it counts
It was 42k actually. After tax and all that good stuff it ended up coming to 47k. Keep in mind that this car is certified pre owned with warranty and maintenance coverage up to 100k. and this is truly a clean car.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:39 PM
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yea, certification does cost few extra grand so the price does seem right now. Car looks very nice, I'm glad you like it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:58 PM
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:48 PM
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Carbon Black when clean and waxed is an incredible color. Love that color.

Once spring comes around take some nice pics.
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