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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 10-03-2013, 01:54 AM
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How to give an e39 it's first look???

(Please excuse the copy/paste from the other bimmer forum)

I've posted an intro thread on what I'm looking for in my first BMW, but I wanted to ask a separate question on what to look for when I actually hit the ground and start physically looking at/driving cars. I plan to get a PPI done by a qualified individual, but what I should be looking for on my own to see if a car makes the first cut?

What should I take with me when I look at the car?

Specific details to check?

Any tips on how to conduct the test drive?

Specific questions to ask?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:13 AM
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Look for oil or coolant leaks, listen for squeeking or creeking and see if there are any lights illuminated on the dash. Bring a code reader to see if there are pending codes as well.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:29 AM
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And evaluate service history against mileage using common sense and what you can learn on this forum by searching "e39 common problems". Good Luck!
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