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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 01-31-2020, 12:06 PM
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1998 528i e39 shifting issues??

Hey guys new here!

Found a mint 1998 528i I'm looking at purchasing..

Great condition original owner with paper work.

Issues i had when test driving was the trans kept dropping into s2.

Test drive went as follows:

Vehicle Started fine went about 1 mile down the road and noticed it kept going from D to S 2 on the dash clusters. After a few miles shifted fine. Had check engine light which we stopped and had looked at was a small evap leak which i believe was the gas cap not original and very dirty.

Air bag light is on too.

After scanning the computer the car wouldn't start. Battery died tested battery and alternator came back low cranking amps so we had them jump it off.

then the whole way back from advance after getting battery tested which was very weak! The car kept dropping into s2 extremely bad.

Any help would be greatly appreciated i want The car badly everything works and even has the original tools and phone in it***x1f602;
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:57 PM
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Charge the battery or get a new and then see. E39 is very voltage sensitive and weird things can occur when battery does not have sufficient charge.
E39 528i Steptronic 1996, Comfort seats, Rear sunshade, Focal amplifier and front speakers, Oxford Green.
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