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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 09-04-2019, 11:16 AM
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How much you spend for your BMW E39?

Hi guys, E39 is 17 years old car already.
Is it worth it to buy now days?And How much you spend on a running and maintenance per month?

I calculated with my friend it's 349 per month.
Running is Fuel+ insurance+ road Tax+ Cleaning
Maintenance is what you spend for everything except above and below.
And improvements.

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Old 09-04-2019, 11:30 AM
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Well, my e39 is 23 years old and it costs me next to nothing per month, I also got the car for free. The first year I spend a bit on things that needed fixing, small things like FSU, airco recharge, lights and bulbs, actuators, trunk switch and dampers and since my car did not have an amplifier I put one in and changed the front speakers.
It starts first time every time, drives like a champ, looks a bit shabby but I dont care.
If you have a long commute buy an economical car, maybe e39 diesel or something else, or use public transport.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:46 AM
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If you have a long commute buy an economical car, maybe e39 diesel or something else, or use public transport.

public transport yes I think the first year is the most expensive and then it's just good baby.
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:37 AM
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I paid $4700 for my 99 540i sport 6 speed. It had 200,000 miles on it when I picked it up 18 months ago. It now has 217,000. The only thing I've done is change the oil. All the hard stuff was done before I bought it. It will need tires before winter.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:10 PM
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:19 PM
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Old 09-06-2019, 09:17 AM
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Hi guys, E39 is 17 years old car already.
Is it worth it to buy now days?And How much you spend on a running and maintenance per month?
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I got my car 6.4 year ago
I spent about 4130 in repair/maintenance
the cost per mile is about $0.15 not including fuel
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:07 AM
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Old 09-06-2019, 10:51 AM
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I got my car 6.4 year ago
I spent about 4130 in repair/maintenance
the cost per mile is about $0.15 not including fuel
I've had mine for 13 years...really the only unusual repair was a new instrument cluster
which stopped working. Everything else has been wear and tear replacement. 233k miles
today. No engine work btw.
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Old 09-06-2019, 06:44 PM
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I've had mine for 13 years...really the only unusual repair was a new instrument cluster
which stopped working. Everything else has been wear and tear replacement. 233k miles
today. No engine work btw.
That is good to hear. It is nice to know the TCGs can last under the right conditions. I would love to get that kind of mileage out of our 540i.

We bought our 2003 540i four years ago for $11,000. It had 59,000 miles and two previous owners. M-Sport, sterling grey and in very good condition. So far, we have almost double the miles and have performed all the routine maintenance and repairs that this car requires. Even though the car is fairly expensive to maintain, I enjoy working on it. The engineering is well thought out for the most part.
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Old 09-07-2019, 12:58 AM
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i bought it for 11.5 almost ten years ago, with 120,000 miles

I now have 250,00ish miles.. lets see.....

ruff math here we go,

suspension full all the way around $1500
steering inner and outter, $200
multiple aliments $500
multiple sets of tires $2000
2nd set of rims for winter $1000

timing, job, $2000
valley pan job $500
radio up grade $200
fsu, $50

multiply brake jobs

more then half of what i bought it for...
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:58 AM
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Old 09-07-2019, 06:37 PM
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:05 PM
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I keep maintenance log of costs with dates & km on a spreadsheet. After converting my Canadian$ to US$ and kilometers to miles, my average monthly costs have worked out to be:
- maintenance US$ 155
- insurance US$ 60
- gasoline ~ US$ 144 (based on average fuel economy & a SWAG of gasoline prices over the years)
- car licence US$ 8
for a total of ~ US$ 367 / month

My 530 will turn 17 this month. The odometer shows 198k miles; 130k of them mine over the 9 1/2 years I've owned the car. So all the above are based on ~ 14,000 miles per year.

I buy most parts from US internet sites and DIY ~90% of the work. If I had bought locally and paid labour for all repairs, I'd guess the maintenance cost would have been more like US$ 400 a month for a total of ~US$ 600.
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:05 PM
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1997 528.... 135k .... never seen salt , summer drive only .... diy maintenance $30 month .... insurance ... $45 month .... tags .... $4 month .... gas... $20 month.... $100/ month total .


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Old 09-10-2019, 06:44 PM
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worst car of my life - 99 528iT

The car was a nightmare. Electrical issues left and right. Ended up selling due to not being able to fix one of the electrical problems (dead battery due to a drain. Car never went into sleep, always kept on many things) but the iT wagon needed rear subframe bushes every 6 years / 50k miles which is about a grand with labor. Control arms wore out prematurely.

I also had a 2002 530i. Better but still loads of electrical issues.

On the other hand the car is awesome to drive.
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Old 09-10-2019, 06:55 PM
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i do, but i wont fess up to it
Same here after 9 1/2 years.. Kinda scary looking at service records but I bought at 99,500k on the dot in 2010 140k now. Been there and done that with reg E39 issues. Still holding my nutz for timing chain issue.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:47 PM
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I've had my E39 540i for 8+ years. Aside from the usual brakes/tyres/oil I have spent about $800 in total on parts - water pump, fuel pump & filter and a couple of other small things. So virtually nothing in terms of ongoing maintenance costs.
Recommend you make friends with YouTube DIY videos. The above cost would no doubt be doubled or tripled if you took it to a shop for repair work.
Overall it's well worth the money and the E39 is probably the last good 5 series... (before runflats and "optional handling" ?!!)
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:30 PM
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I've had my e39 528i for 21 years. Bought new, my wife took it over after 7 years, now 140k miles. She refuses to part with it now that I put in a double DIN head unit with a back-up camera and Bluetooth. All maintenance and repairs DIY except replacement of steering rack due to failed seals, $1400. It's a terrific car and is probably the best value car I'll ever own. It may very well be the best built BMW ever. Get a well maintained one with low miles and you won't be sorry..
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:45 AM
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2002 525i. E39 is the best car BMW ever made. I think I have replaced/fixed everything in the car except the engine. Still runs strong with 250,000 miles. You can still do you own maintenance on them.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:18 PM
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I've had my 1997 528 for 19 years. Bought it in 2000 with 47k miles, now at 230k miles. I don't spend much on it but I'm embarking on a huge project now - brakes, valve stem seals, cooling system, transmission solenoids and filter/gasket, air-pump, O2 sensors and front seats leather covers. All the parts probably cost more than the vehicle itself. The labor is all mine. If I were to cost labor, total cost of the project would buy 3 E39's But I love her to death. My wife has tried all manner of tricks to make me get ride of it but to no avail
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:11 AM
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First owner of a 2003 530i with 135K ODO and keep detailed records. So here the math:

Purchase Cost = $47000
Maintenance 2003 to 2019 = $27000
Months owned = 16x12 = 192

Total cost per month = 47K+27K/192 = $384/month average
Maintenance only = 27K/192 = $140/month average

Car is in great shape, runs great, looks great and hope to keep it for another 16yrs!

What i found with this car is - fix ahead - based on the experiences from this forum. Only left me stranded once (frozen brake booster) in 16 years.

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Old 09-12-2019, 11:26 PM
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I have a 99 528i I got basically for free. I just had to pay for repairs so it would pass smog. So that was $950, 2 power window motor replacements $650, 4 new tires $350,$20 trunk lifts,$125 backup camera. She had 120k miles when I got it 1 1/2yr ago. Now has 124kmiles.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:53 AM
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Costs to date

Bought my 03 540 6 speed in March 2007 with 51K on it (prior owner had put in a new clutch). Currently at 129K mileage. Summary of expenditures:

Parts & Labor $10,122 Includes two radiators, Starte,r PS pump, Secondary water valve / pump, valve cover gaskets (twice - now leaking again) , valley pan gasket, crankcase ventilation, water pump. window regulators & various other things

Tires $3080

Maintenance / lubrication etc $811 - includes trans & rear end with red line every 30K

Brakes $946

I do most of the easy stuff myself but did tackle the window regulator the last time one went (3 window regulators during this time) Am gearing up to do the seat twist myself. Am dreading the valve chain guide work which will be too much for me. Thankfully I have a great local BMW only repair shop who is reasonable and does great work

Love the car. have thought about selling a few times but then I drive it and those thoughts disappear. Was my daily driver for years but now is just a summer / part time car
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:15 AM
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