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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 11-26-2007, 01:38 PM
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I'm new to this forum and would like someone to give me some advice on a 2000 BMW 528 Sport Tiptronic (E39) that i'm interested in.

Here's the problem:

I've had a look at a E39 528 sport and apart from needing a slight respray on the bonnet for stone chips the car looks great. I then had a RAC inspector look at the car for peace of mind and he found no problems with it apart from one thing - there is a rattle coming from in the gearbox. This has slightly made me worry a bit as i hear that a gearbox replacement can set me back a load of cash.

The RAC inspector has not been specific about the rattle as he could not open it up and have a look so it could be nothing serious or it could be something major - i guess he's covering his back.

I spoke to the the guy selling the car and he's pointed out the heat shield has become a little loose (which i heard when i looked at the car after shutting the car door) making a rattling sound.

I did mention to the RAC if it could have been the heat shield that was sounding like it came from the gear box but he claimed it wasn't.

Does anyone anyone have any ideas what it may be or should i walk away from the car?

The car in question has 115,000 miles on the clock and has a full BMW service history

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Old 11-27-2007, 04:29 PM
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