Originally Posted by Dado 540
Engine is bullet proof and will take you well over 500K
However...everythign else on the car will break.
Outside door handles break off
Inside door handles break off
window regulators fail $$$
cooling system fails
auxilary water pump fails
valey pan gasket fails $$$
valve cover gaskets
cup holders break
pixels dont work properly on the odometer
front door rust
power steering leaks
rear main seal leaks $$$
abs module failure $$$
drive shaft hanger bearing
Crank Case Valve (CCV)
air bad sensor in the seat cracks $$$
etc.. i could go on and on
stay away from E39 if you want my advice. Cars are too old and are prone for failures
you will dump alot of money into it and resale value is garbage.
I had every one of those issues and then some (power steering pumps, rads and cooling components exploding). And many of those things will break over and over regardless of replacement. Oh and the suspension components wear out way too fast.
540's are money pits, hate to say it. Unfortunately it's not just a case of "keep it maintained and it'll be fine". I maintained mine more than most people would, replacing lots of things before they became problems, and still things broke without warning, and without me even being hard on it.
I was not sad to see my 540 go when I got rid of it. sold with 290k on the clock.
That being said, it was a blast to drive when everything was working properly, which wasn't often sadly.