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Old 12-09-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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Damn E39's...

There are so many nice ones out there.

Found this at Import Car Centre:


For a little more I could go all out:
http://www.trader.ca/powerpage/detai...0&adid=7360627

If only this was a 5speed:
http://www.trader.ca/powerpage/detai...6&adid=7386369

Cheap ones too:
http://www.usedottawa.com/classified-ad/7282103

If I could only find a 540i touring with a 6 speed...
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:28 PM   #2
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the 03 M3 looks nice
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:06 PM   #3
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the 03 M3 looks nice
what 03 M3? the first one is a M5.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:07 PM   #4
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the 03 M3 looks nice
I know you mean M5.

do it!! M5 FTW

...that engine bay looks weird, not use to seeing those stock air boxes
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:46 PM   #5
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:23 PM   #6
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E39's are overrated
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:08 PM   #7
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E39's are hot
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:36 PM   #8
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I've got my eye on an 5er because I may need 3 car seats....can't do that in my 325!

Well, I'm not even sure I can fit 3 wide but I'm hoping I can. It's either that or my daily driver becomes the minivan. yuck.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:14 AM   #9
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I might be intrested in the 325 when it go's on the market
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:47 AM   #10
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okey dokey but you'll have to fight my little brother for it. Don't worry, he's only 6ft and maybe 160lbs wet...
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Old 12-11-2008, 10:12 AM   #11
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All I can say is make sure you get a really thorough Pre-purchase inspection. an unmaintained 540 will nickel and dime you to death. Don't let a cheap purchase price fool you.

Get one with a good service history. If the entire cooling system hasn't been replaced within the last few years, replace the whole thing as soon as you buy it.

Expect a set of rear tires a season, and $100+ oil changes.

I'm not trying to scare you away, because I love 540's. but I don't want you to be surprised when you find that this isn't a super cheap daily driver.

If you're interested, I can give you a breakdown of my service history, which might give you a better idea.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:33 AM   #12
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Thanks big C. Yeah, I'm not expecting average maintenance costs. I think we talked about the usual suspects at M&M that one night. I figure it's a lot like my E36 only on a much bigger scale. I keep reading about thrust bushings, cooling systems, MAF issues, carbon build up, dead pixels...

I might take you up on that service history when the time comes, won't be until late next summer. Waiting on the van lease to be up, then I 'll figure out what my wife wants as a DD. I may end up swapping all 3 vehicles for 2 decent used ones.

I'm obsessing since I can't drive my car.
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