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Old 04-05-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Purchasing an E39 540i



Alright, so I am thinking of purchasing a 2001 E39 with 330K on in, owner says that he has owned the car for about three years and has just changed fluids in the car and no gaskets, or Timing Chain Guides/Rails.

he said they might have been changed before he purchased the car, he said the car is relatively quiet.

I have not seen the car yet but I will soon, is there anything I should look for?

pictures of the car look very good to be honest, the only thing I am afraid of is the car might need new gaskets or timing chain guides to be installed that is not cheep.

I think I rambled on for a lot now...so
what do you guys think..
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:10 PM   #2
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Best idea would be to do a PPI, specifically dropping the oil pan gasket. Aside from the guides and cooling system, these cars are pretty robust.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:17 PM   #3
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Best idea would be to do a PPI, specifically dropping the oil pan gasket. Aside from the guides and cooling system, these cars are pretty robust.
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How much does dropping the oil pan usually cost at a reputable mechanic

Other than rattling and parts in the oil pan, are there any other giveaways that indicate the rails needs changing

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Old 04-05-2016, 06:03 PM   #4
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Thanks.
How much does dropping the oil pan usually cost at a reputable mechanic

Other than rattling and parts in the oil pan, are there any other giveaways that indicate the rails needs changing

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About 1-1.5 hrs of labour maximum, but also requires an oil change. I've done it in 20 minutes with a power driver.
Those are the main giveaways, short of sticking a camera into the timing case.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:09 PM   #5
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That's a high mileage vehicle.
If service records are not available I would be hesitant to buy. Maintenance costs could add up very fast especially if you do not do the work yourself.
What is the asking price?
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:12 PM   #6
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That's a high mileage vehicle.
If service records are not available I would be hesitant to buy. Maintenance costs could add up very fast especially if you do not do the work yourself.
What is the asking price?
4500
I managed to get it down to 4k

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Not unreasonable, but on the pricey end of the scale. It had best be mint at that price though. If you do buy it, I would budget $2k to do the cooling system and guides anyways.
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Not unreasonable, but on the pricey end of the scale. It had best be mint at that price though. If you do buy it, I would budget $2k to do the cooling system and guides anyways.
http://m.kijiji.ca/cars-trucks/city-...=1459961241255

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Old 04-06-2016, 07:20 PM   #9
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It is on the high side, BUT, it's hard to find a 6sp manual Msport - a real one at that. If it really is rust free and in good condition, you should do it.

My ex 97 540 had 300,000km when I sold it. I didn't want to sell, but I had too many cars. It always drove awesome, pulled like an OX and didn't burn a drop of oil, even at that age.

Picky rust spots on those cars are fuel filler - inside, bottom and trunk lid - the seam seal, esp the bottom. Otherwise, these are pretty decent for rust. The manual transmissions will outlast any automatic, so that's good...

Those cars are sexy and have tons of balls. You'll love it!
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:44 PM   #10
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330K? Are you crazy. I would not take a chance on that ticking time bomb...Way to many potential thousand dollar plus repairs.

I only have 165 on mine which makes me feel good seeing that it can get to 300 plus but it'll cost a lot to get it there.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:59 PM   #11
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Id buy it for $500+, no joke. Part it out worst case.
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Old 06-24-2016, 11:05 PM   #12
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It is on the high side, BUT, it's hard to find a 6sp manual Msport - a real one at that. If it really is rust free and in good condition, you should do it.

My ex 97 540 had 300,000km when I sold it. I didn't want to sell, but I had too many cars. It always drove awesome, pulled like an OX and didn't burn a drop of oil, even at that age.

Picky rust spots on those cars are fuel filler - inside, bottom and trunk lid - the seam seal, esp the bottom. Otherwise, these are pretty decent for rust. The manual transmissions will outlast any automatic, so that's good...

Those cars are sexy and have tons of balls. You'll love it!
Now here is a guy who knows what he's talking about !

I've got a 6sp manual that has over 350+ km as well. It doesn't burn oil, and pulls like a train. You have to make sure the timing chain guides were replaced (which I did on mine)

After all these years, this car still runs like a clock.

Worth every dollar of that $4500 if its been maintained well. The style on an E39 is timeless. Beautiful lines.

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Unless it has carbon build up then its just 3x the cars value to get it fixed.
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Unless it has carbon build up then its just 3x the cars value to get it fixed.
Not an M5, shouldn't have any meaningful carbon buildup. M62s are pretty immune to it.
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You are correct, I was thinking M5.
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