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Old 02-28-2010, 02:53 PM   #586
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Well I looked at the car...

After opening the hood I realized the engine was spitting coolant at me

And there it was: coolant was leaking from one of the hoses and the fan was spreading it around. Ha! Typical 540 I thought :d

Needs tires (all 4), alignment since the front tires were not evenly worn.
Seats were in kinda rough shape, tan interior didn't appeal to me at all like I thought it would. Headliner had a hole through the fabric (cigarette burn?)

Needs brakes

Nasty rust around gas cap door.

Couldn't even test drive the car due to the leaking coolant (it was kinda fast too), apparently in happened just today. I met the guy halfway at an esso gas station and I have no idea how he is gonna drive back without running low on coolant. Unless he stops every 4-5 kilometers.

Oh and I saw some coolant around valley pan, I wouldn't be surprised if it needs a valley pan gasket. And who knows what the suspension needs.

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Old 02-28-2010, 04:17 PM   #587
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ouch. The black one Scotch posted is nice too. I considered it but thought the mileage and year were a little more than I was looking for.

Now we know...for the record, my 5 isnt' spitting coolant.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:47 PM   #588
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ouch. The black one Scotch posted is nice too. I considered it but thought the mileage and year were a little more than I was looking for.

Now we know...for the record, my 5 isnt' spitting coolant.
I'd really prefer to get a 2000+ E39.
I wouldn't mind the millage on that manual 540i if it was 2000 and newer. What was the millage on your car when you got it?


P.S. about the spitting coolant, I meant the 540i cooling woes in general.

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Old 02-28-2010, 06:07 PM   #589
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155 000km.

160 seems to be one of the benchmarks for maintenance...just putting that out there.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:24 AM   #590
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Amen. Almost all of my major problems happened after 160K kms. The age of the beast is an issue as well, as some plastics and rubber-like materials deteriorate with age.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:51 AM   #591
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About 160k for mine too. I'd agree that's definitely where a lot of components are due for replacement.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:27 PM   #592
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Ha, I sold mine with 166000km.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #593
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Ha, I sold mine with 166000km.
You're smarter than me. Yay for you.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:12 PM   #594
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I sense anger in those keystrokes.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #595
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:30 PM   #596
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I sense anger in those keystrokes.
Directed at a certain 540I that's green all over, not at you. Believe me, I need all the support from former/current E39ers that I can get!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:43 PM   #597
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I'm looking forward to summer, maybe we can do some group work at my place this year. We can make a list of things people want done, everyone meet and do the work, which will go fast with a few guys, and eat something BBQ'd. E39's will maybe stop breaking down with all that lovin'.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:50 PM   #598
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I'm looking forward to summer, maybe we can do some group work at my place this year. We can make a list of things people want done, everyone meet and do the work, which will go fast with a few guys, and eat something BBQ'd. E39's will maybe stop breaking down with all that lovin'.
I like that idea. I was thinking something similar. We could rotate around to peoples places....I always want an excuse to cook up my famous (to me) ribs
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Old 03-02-2010, 03:24 PM   #599
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I'm looking forward to summer, maybe we can do some group work at my place this year. We can make a list of things people want done, everyone meet and do the work, which will go fast with a few guys, and eat something BBQ'd. E39's will maybe stop breaking down with all that lovin'.
You had me at BBQ.

I'd be down for that. I have a list that keeps growing...changed the oil last night, as it turns out, I have a sweet oil leak from the lower front part of the motor. Yay.

Oh, I forgot [zarbat]"damn 540's" *shakes fist [/zarbat]
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Interested. Man, you guys are going to hate me.......
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