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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 01-28-2013, 05:07 PM
conrad540i conrad540i is offline
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Originally Posted by demas View Post
After three E39's and 12 years - with the last 4 being the most painful - I finally put in my order for the F10.

While I am looking forward to it, I don't feel as excited as I thought I would be. Have been back and forth with the dealer since last December, moved into a new place and gave up (thankfully) on the E60 M5 idea.

I've certainly had my share of issues especially with the M62 variant (hint to some of you noobs) and pure joy all mixed in one. Nevertheless, there always is a last chapter - it's just a matter of how long the book is.

I feel proud and privileged to mark my name up there on that long list of fortunate drivers who can say they experienced living with one of BMW's best ever conceived. I equally would feel the same way in continuing to post here.

how many miles did your e39 steeds have on them before you put them out to pasture?

Last edited by conrad540i; 01-28-2013 at 05:40 PM. Reason: re-formatted
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:38 PM
conrad540i conrad540i is offline
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hit or miss

Originally Posted by nsx View Post
I think it is hit-or-miss. I have had mine for 12 months / 25k miles. First year maintenance was $1100, spent on oil, cooling system, FSU, MAF, front pads and light bulbs. That is a reasonable list for a 12 year old car with 175k miles IMO. Maybe I got lucky? I was expecting to spend 3x that amount.
you said it, these were (still are) highly desirable cars to own and thus many owners drove the hell out of them. but more often than not many skimped on maintenance which leads to headaches later on. if you're unlucky enough to get one of those cars you're in for some serious $$$$ to fix things.

but there are still a few nice ones out there. i lucked out on my '99 540iAT... bought it from a guy who had 5-6 sweet cars (mercedes and bimmers) and all of them were low miles (mine has 85K) and he took good care of them all. the maintenance was kept up (all records from the dealer) plus the weak links (cooling system and radiator), valve cover gaskets, and other e39 annoyances (failing pixels in OBC, AC climate control module, etc.) were all replaced shortly before i got it so i should be good to go for a while.

i love driving it... it's a total sleeper. only when i get on it do people hear that awesome V-8 open up and they have that "that was a station wagon?" look on their faces as i pass them.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:10 AM
demas demas is offline
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Originally Posted by IndiansFan View Post
I like it, reminds me of something I've seen before..........
no mate, that looks more like this

god, that is an ugly car - even when modded
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