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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 01-13-2013, 01:21 PM
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I have a 2003 525i wagon, it has 158.000 miles on it, plus a new transmission. I would like to keep this car for a few more years, I would say we would like to take it to 190.000 miles. I have heard the e39 is a bulletproof engine or in other words a tuff engine! We change the oil every 4000 miles with synthetic oil. Should I try to keep it for the journey or bail out and get a later model? I would like to think these cars are good for high mileage. BTW this is my first beemer, just looking for some sound advise.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:40 PM
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Mein Auto: '97 540i 6 speed
So, which are we talking about, the car or the motorcycle?

The death knell for the six is overheating. If the cooling system components have more than 90k on them, you're sitting in a time bomb.

The engines are stout, but do have their Achilles' heels.

Search here for common maladies, esp VANOS seals.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:11 PM
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In this community we call it bimmer not beemer by the way.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by theWalkinator View Post
In this community we call it bimmer not beemer by the way.
Well, unless it 'is' a beemer, that is.
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