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coolhand 01-04-2006 05:24 PM

E39 high milage?
Hey guys, I've finally decited to buy a bimmer ( )
That's the one I'm aiming towards but it has high milage.

How much would it cost to rebuild the motor, also how much would it be to get one with <100k?

Would it be practical to rebuild, what are the bennefits?

Paul540/m3 01-04-2006 05:37 PM

Not sure about ow long those 6's go for but I knwo the 540's will go for 250k +. SO i think you should be ok for a bit but you want to check the general maintenance on the car was done and the weak points such as the cooling systems.

Another plus about a 528 is that you can swap a S50/ S52 in there without too much difficulty.

coolhand 01-04-2006 05:39 PM

What's S50/52?

BMVV 01-04-2006 05:42 PM

180,000 kms or 112,000 miles isn't really high milage. I have the same car with 160,000 k and it's in amazing shape.
Make sure you can see all service records to see what has been replaced and take it to a indy BMW shop to look it over.
No reason it shouldn't go for another 150,000 kms.
PM me if you want to know more.

Paul540/m3 01-04-2006 05:42 PM

S50/ S52= E36 M3 motor

Edit: I did a search on bf.c and it seems the consensus is that they should be good for 200K+ MILES if maintained properly

James325I 01-04-2006 05:56 PM

Thats not bad mileage after 8yrs. Check on maintenance etc. If looked after it should go for a while without a rebuild. I just sold my BMW with 262,000k and it was still strong and ran great.

Have it checked out by someone who knows BMW cars.

Good luck.

coolhand 01-04-2006 06:01 PM

How do I get the maintenance record, do I gotta ask for it from the seller or do the dealerships provide that info?

AMG_POWER 01-04-2006 06:08 PM

dont do it, my friend had 97 528 and after 75k it started to fall apart.

propr'one 01-04-2006 06:48 PM

528's just aren't ideal cars, especially early e39 ones. IMHO to buy a nice 5-er you need to drop about 16-17K, and you're looking at a 540

Paul540/m3 01-04-2006 06:49 PM

Ideal by who's standards? Its all relative my friend

Quack 01-04-2006 08:08 PM

I have more mileage than that on my 98 540, I got 186,000+km, for a 97 with 180,000km it's pretty normal

coolhand 01-04-2006 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by proprone
528's just aren't ideal cars, especially early e39 ones. IMHO to buy a nice 5-er you need to drop about 16-17K, and you're looking at a 540

Why arn't they ideal?

///MAC 01-04-2006 08:14 PM

hey quack, have you had to do any major repairs yet to your car ???

Quack 01-04-2006 08:38 PM

not really, I only had 2 real problem with the car, 1 was the catalyst, there clogged up, but it's nothing new to me, the 2nd thing was this valve on the intake manifold, it was causing my car to burn oil severely, but that one was a simple $1200 fix

///MAC 01-04-2006 08:41 PM

ok, becuase my dads is a 2001 530, i donno if you saw it on one of the meets last year, and well he barely drives it hes got under 45000 k on it, and its 4 years and a bit, everyone talks about high kms, what about people with low kms.....

thanks mike

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