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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 02-07-2013, 12:23 PM
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540i m sport purchase 2003 w 106k

I am looking at a 540i m sport, auto trans. It has 106k. What are the common characteristics that I need to be aware of to make sure they have been addressed. Or what I need to make look for to see if it needs to be done?
Also, what would be a far price range for one that is supposed to be in excellent condition

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:33 PM
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Get a PPI from a well-respected BMW indie before making an offer. If there is no bundle of repair receipts, you need to search here for more info on the foibles of the breed.

If this is your first BMW, be aware that you will spend a good deal of money having the car maintained, unless you are an experienced automotive DIYer.

But, like a demanding mistress, you will be rewarded.

Price: Kelley Blue Book, NADA, Edmunds.

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