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Old 07-07-2007, 08:16 AM   #1
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E39 Touring suspension

I'm still looking at used E36 and E39 options and have seen a low-mile E39 528i Touring in the Autotrader that looks particularly low in the back - possibly shot suspension? (If it's just the way it looks in the photo, then there's nothing to worry about...) Does anyone have any experience replacing the rear suspension on an E39 Touring? A buddy of mine had an E34 540i Sport which had the self-levelling rear suspension of the M5 and when the rear needed to be replaced it was a couple of grand per side, if I remember correctly. The E39 Touring models also use a self-levelling system, and if it is a similar technology to the previously-mentioned M5 system, picking up a Touring with a bum rear suspension could mean a big cash-drop right out of the gate.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 07-08-2007, 09:43 AM   #2
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Many of the M5 guys dump the self leveling and replace with some "normal" set up.

Not sure of all the details, but something to read up on.

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I had a 99 528it non-sport and damn the thing was never level from side to side in the back. BMW replaced the springs and a few other parts but they never got it right. The headlights were always up in sky when the rear was loaded. The base suspension was far too cushy for my liking.

If the car you're looking at is a non-sport, bite the bullet and get the suspension upgraded.
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