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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 06-27-2008, 08:52 PM
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I'm looking at a 2000 530ia 6-28-08 with 172K miles. It was purchased new, one owner, dealer maintained/OEM parts only. Immaculate Condition, Garaged, Asking $7500, I want to offer $6500. They already purchased a new BMW and want to get rid of this one. Is this a good deal?

I purchased my first BMW in 1982 while I was stationed in Germany, It was an 1802, lime green Sold it before I left. Returned in '92 and purchased a new 318i in 1995 on my way out. Had it lowered by the Germans and installed a competition stereo system in it when I arrived in the states......less than then two years later it was totaled. Idiot ran a stop sign. Well, I'm 50 now and I decided it's time to get back into a BMW again......Thanks for the answers......
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Old 06-29-2008, 11:04 AM
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way to much if you ask me... you can get a 2000 528i 530i with less then 100,000 miles for 8,000-10,000, but t0 each his own.

e39 has a bad cooling system... they might of over heated it a few times.
if its the Z tranny it might be out the door soon.

BMW claims that tranny, dif and cooling fluid are life time fluid...and they are not. so if it was serviced at the dealer then you have 10 year old fluids running around in the car also since it was dealer served ...they oil change was every 15,000 miles....

I would stay away from dealer stuff.
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:19 AM
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I paid 4000 for my 2001 530i with 70,000 miles. I'd say it's high but really it's a matter of how much you like it and if you are willing to risk what Vinzul mentioned. Especially the tranny. Last year took my sons car in for the airbag recall and of course they try and upsell and ask if anything we wanted them to look at while they had it. I asked what it would cost for tranny service if it wasn't ridiculous I would go ahead and let them since we were planning on doing it at the time anyway. Service advisor went way too deep in sales mode. "We don't do that. These are lifetime sealed transmissions. We don't recommend it either it causes damage. Even if there's an issue we don't generally open the transmission. We recommend replacing when that happens." I was like wow really? So your recommended maintenance is to run it till it blows? I guess that's one way of boosting new car sales. He didn't like it but I don't care it's common sense replacing oil and filter is basic maintenance and aids longevity. My son blew his tranny at 180,000 and part of it was when I bought it at 115000 it had never been serviced. The other part is my son is 17 years old. I see beautiful E39s with 150,000+ for 2500 to 4500 but they are getting fewer and far between that I noticed the last few years. Definitely just assume it will need a tranny sooner rather than later on any auto with more than 100,000 and factor that in making your decision is best I can tell you.
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:02 PM
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I'm looking at a 2000 530ia 6-28-08 with 172K miles. It was purchased new, one owner, dealer maintained/OEM parts only. Immaculate Condition, Garaged, Asking $7500, I want to offer $6500. They already purchased a new BMW and want to get rid of this one. Is this a good deal?

I purchased my first BMW in 1982 while I was stationed in Germany, It was an 1802, lime green Sold it before I left. Returned in '92 and purchased a new 318i in 1995 on my way out. Had it lowered by the Germans and installed a competition stereo system in it when I arrived in the states......less than then two years later it was totaled. Idiot ran a stop sign. Well, I'm 50 now and I decided it's time to get back into a BMW again......Thanks for the answers......
So glad you're thinking of rejoining the fold. I have a few thoughts so bear with me....

The E39s are great cars (assuming you've driven at least one) but they have their issues. As a previous post said, the cooling systems are a weak point. I would not plan on every one having been over heated, but you have to be choosy about which one you buy. Even with full dealer service, a 530 (presuming automatic) with 172K and an almost perfect body (check the undersides of the rockers since you are in salt country) would be about $3-4.5K. They just aren't worth a whole lot. You can get an example with far fewer miles for similar money.

I STRONGLY recommend a PPI if you have not worked on these cars. They will almost always need something in the suspension and it is very important to know what that will be. Don't be scared off, but use the PPI feedback as leverage in the price.

There are a lot of E39s out there, but fewer and fewer unmolested examples. Right now this one is looking really good, though I know it is a trek for you. I suspect it will need cooling work and some suspension arms in the next few years but has been well loved. His price is definitely on the higher side though. https://www.bmwcca.org/ads/222736

For what it is worth, I have been paying sub $2K for E39s with 150K-200K on them and a fair bit of service history.
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:24 PM
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Wade you DO realize the OP's post was 11 years ago? He's probably moved one way or another....just guessing here of course
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future knowledge for anyone else: when you come across a high mileage vehicle, that has been maintained..

you buy it..

Its seasoned and marinated: if its strait and clean and not rusted... its well worth it..

Im going to cry when i sell my e39 around half a million miles (thats going to be some time from now)

but my e30 had 512,000 miles...
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future knowledge for anyone else: when you come across a high mileage vehicle, that has been maintained..

you buy it..

Its seasoned and marinated: if its strait and clean and not rusted... its well worth it..

Im going to cry when i sell my e39 around half a million miles (thats going to be some time from now)

but my e30 had 512,000 miles...


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Wade you DO realize the OP's post was 11 years ago? He's probably moved one way or another....just guessing here of course
Wow. Now I am embarrassed!! Talk about signs you've been doing this too long.

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future knowledge for anyone else: when you come across a high mileage vehicle, that has been maintained..

you buy it..

Its seasoned and marinated: if its strait and clean and not rusted... its well worth it..

Im going to cry when i sell my e39 around half a million miles (thats going to be some time from now)

but my e30 had 512,000 miles...
Agreed. That is always my MO when it comes to BMWs
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I'm looking at a 2000 530ia 6-28-08 with 172K miles. It was purchased new, one owner, dealer maintained/OEM parts only. Immaculate Condition, Garaged, Asking $7500, I want to offer $6500. They already purchased a new BMW and want to get rid of this one. Is this a good deal?

I purchased my first BMW in 1982 while I was stationed in Germany, It was an 1802, lime green Sold it before I left. Returned in '92 and purchased a new 318i in 1995 on my way out. Had it lowered by the Germans and installed a competition stereo system in it when I arrived in the states......less than then two years later it was totaled. Idiot ran a stop sign. Well, I'm 50 now and I decided it's time to get back into a BMW again......Thanks for the answers......
tell him to put the crack pipe down. I picked up a 99 540i sport 6 speed w/ 199k for $4700, now it isn't perfect but it is a much more desirable car than a regular 530i. I'd say it's more like a $4500-5k car tops.
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Thread is still from 2008!


I see that...well in 2008 I guess $6500 would have been about right...lol
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2009 I bought my first 540 w/ 77k/miles, $10.000.
That was a deal!

And so, the addiction began.

Best to all you E39 addicts!
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