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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:rofl: 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:D
 

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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.

Cheers...
 

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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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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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I have an excel of every part I purchased and replaced on my wagon and my wife's 525i. I do all the work so labor costs nothing.

So far, my wagon is sitting at $2219.60. My wife's 525i is currently sitting at $447.53. These are of course on top of cost of car, AND including any mod's as shown in the attached images. So not only maintenance.

I've had the wagon since around March of 2018 (So 1.5 years), and I purchased my wife's e39 in November of 2018 (10 months).

Not too costly, you just have to know where to source the parts and how to work on them.

EDIT: As you can see, I was a bit more meticulous with the documentation of parts on my wagon than my wife's e39 :rofl:..
 

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First e39 2003 530i bought in 2007 97,000 miles sold in 2017 211,000 miles. $15k for the car $10k in repairs. DIY everything except torque converter.

Second e39 2001 530i bought a month ago at 136,000 miles. $4k for the car $650 in repairs. Just rebuilt the disa valve and replaced vanos seals.
 

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I bought my 98 528i w/ the sport pkg and moon roof brand new for $45.000, paid $2500 in sales tax, and
over 22 yrs of use, I probably shelled out another $18,000 in bmw parts and shop fees. (not added is another $5000 for two sets of stagger bmw wheeels and tires).
so, if we spread out the total=$65,500 over 23 yrs, it averages out to~ $3000 / yr
 

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I absolutely luv my 2002 525i. In terms of things done, redid the cooling system, replaced brake pads, touch up paint, new wheels and tyres, and most ofo the suspension system. Dossie is now 80K km and has essentially been a solid car. Is it better than current BMWs? Of course........
 

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I'm on my second 530i. The first one was totalled when I got rear ended on the freeway 4 years ago. I picked this one up for $4,000 with 70,000 miles on it. I get 30MPG hwy as long as I keep it around 100MPH 80MPH or less drops it to 23. I've changed the oil twice and that's all the maintenance I've had to do so far this year. Insurance on it is less than any of my other vehicles I pay 230 a month for 4 vehicles with 2 teenage drivers. I think insurance is too subjective to the individual and more relative to personal factors more than the vehicle. Me personally I believe when it comes to value for the money I haven't found anything that compares. Classic style luxury and performance and parts and mods are abundant and relatively inexpensive for someone like me who does his own maintenance and repairs. By comparison I spent over $10,000 over the course of 12 years on My 99 Durango. In 4 years since buying my first BMW I've spent roughly 1500 on all 4 of mine (2 E39, an E90 and E70) combined. The biggest issue I've had is people wrecking into me.
 

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Bought my e39 525i in 2004 and it is now 15 years old. My excel spreadsheet totals $14,920.80.
So almost exactly $1000 per year in parts, tires, batteries, oil, filters, etc.
Does not include my labor, gas, and insurance.
I think if I had to pay labor it would have been double or triple that amount.
 
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