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Old 04-01-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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1999 BMW E39 540ia

Didn't think this day would come but here we go....


1999 BMW E39 540ia, titanium silver with black interior

-M sport package (OEM front & rear bumpers)
-202,700 km, 4.4L M62 V8, 282 hp/310 ft/lb torque, tiptronic
-OEM M5 mirrors
-OEM M5 grilles
-H&R Sport lowering springs w/ Sachs shocks
-2 sets of wheels and tires:
M5 replica wheels w/ 245/45/18 Nexen 3000 summer tires
Style-45 wheels w/ 235/45/17 Nokian Hakkappelitta 5 winter performance tires
-Clear Hella (original, not ebay) headlights (cost a pretty penny, $1,300) w/ 6000k HIDs (brand new roll of clear lumin-x headlight protective film included)
-Clear tail lights & sidemarkers w/ all clear bulbs (invisible when off)
-Upgraded AE bulbs (6000k)
-HID foglights (6000k bulbs) w/ foglight ducts ($500)
-Lower headlight eyelids
-Trunklid lip spoiler
-CF interior trim
-M5 titanium gauge rings
-M floor mats
-Tinted windows
-2x12" Kenwood subwoofer & amplifier
-2 keyfobs

-Brand new water-cooled alternator (replaced Mar.26/12, comes with 2 year warranty)
-New spark plugs (Mar.5/12)
-All new filters and oil, always synthetic (Mar.26/12)
-New valve cover gaskets (Jan.20/12)
-Front/rear brake pads and front rotors (Dec.8/11)

Extra programming: door locks when you drive away, open AND close windows/doors/sunroof from keyfob)

Serviced at BMW Mississauga & Techmax (2005-2006) and RMP Motors (2007-present)



Pixels are mostly gone, but clearly visible in warm temps, have a part (ribbon) that needs to be replaced but never got around to fix it

Had the car for almost 8 years, bought it at 75,000km...looking to get a 550…comes certified and in pristine condition!


Serious offers only…and please no test pilots!!

$7,900

PM, email (myndgone@hotmail.com) or call (416) 388-7767.






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Old 04-01-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #3
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Thanks man ...she's been looked after
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #4
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #6
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:41 AM   #7
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Thanks to everyone that came by this weekend...

$7,000 non-certified....
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #8
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:20 PM   #9
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I don't understand the "No test pilots" phrase. Shouldn't a serious buyer always test drive the car before buying? I always drive before I buy, even if I trust the seller 100%.

Do people buy used cars without driving them?
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
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I don't understand the "No test pilots" phrase. Shouldn't a serious buyer always test drive the car before buying? I always drive before I buy, even if I trust the seller 100%.

Do people buy used cars without driving them?
Of course, I didn't say you should buy a car without test driving it. But if you were selling a car, would you want non serious buyers driving the crap out of your car, flooring it off the light, running through gears like it's a race car? If so, let me know when you decide to sell your car and I'll show you what I mean
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:30 AM   #11
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I don't understand the "No test pilots" phrase. Shouldn't a serious buyer always test drive the car before buying? I always drive before I buy, even if I trust the seller 100%.

Do people buy used cars without driving them?
I have more then one story about "test pilots", but i wont even get into it...
Most serious buyers would take it to a shop and get it checked out. Unless you are a mechanic, you would not know much by driving it for a few minutes anyways...

Most dealers would also ask for a deposit before you can go for a test drive...has been like that for a long time
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sweet ride. you should sell the lights and put on oem ones. might get a lil more cash money back..
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I have more then one story about "test pilots", but i wont even get into it...
Most serious buyers would take it to a shop and get it checked out. Unless you are a mechanic, you would not know much by driving it for a few minutes anyways...

Most dealers would also ask for a deposit before you can go for a test drive...has been like that for a long time
Your comment about test pilots ..100% true! ... I just tell them I'll drive .. And then they show they are not serious. Pre purchase inspections are the only sign( unless cash In hand) that shows a serious purchaser..
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #14
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Hmm - this is rambling into discussion, but a topic was brought up in the last couple of posts I'm a little sensitive about.

On the topic of "test pilots" - I perhaps incorrectly assumed that this meant no joy riders, serious inquiries only, and not "no test drives". I will certainly not buy a used car that the seller will not let me drive. I almost had a seller do this to me once and I almost walked (it was an E34 M5 IIRC).

I don't ask for a test drive until I've thoroughly inspected the car and spoken to the owner about records. I tell the owner to take it out first to make sure that it's warmed up properly. They can tell me whatever they want to tell me about the car and I'll play with the radio, windows, make sure the AC works and is cold etc... (after telling them that I'm just checking these things out). If it still looks good to me I ask for my turn to drive to establish tightness, vibrations, looseness, clutch issues, tracking, whatever. If I'm still really liking it, I'll ask about nearby locations I can travel at major highway speed (up to 120kph or so) and maybe do some decent braking on off ramps looking for blown bushings and vibrations. I'll treat their car with respect but if it's a performance-oriented car I am going to open it up once or twice, but I'll usually tell them what I have in mind before I do it.

Keep in mind that people who are shopping aren't always experts in what they're shopping for. Sure, if you're an E30 fan, you've owned 4 of them before and you're looking for another then YOU know exactly what you're looking for. Someone might be shopping for a "performance sedan" and has been trying E46s, E36s, E60s and has never driven an E39 before yours (random example). The buyer needs to figure out if they even like E39s at all as well as whether yours is the right one for them. This was my situation when I stepped into E34 M5s for the first time.

If everything passes to this point, THEN I say I also want a pre-purchase inspection because as has already been said, you're not going to pick everything up from the driver's seat. But you can pick up an awful lot.

Years ago when helping a friend shop for an E46 at dealerships it was super-easy to pick up on an enthusiast-maintained car over a cluebag's daily beater and we ruled out 8-10 cars before coming back to what ended up being the first one we looked at. Even at dealers I tell them I want to do something similar. If something catches my eye I want to look it over thoroughly, and sometimes even have the sales guy take it out first so I can observe and check things as a passenger. I also mention I want it warmed up before I drive, but I do like to see if there are any problems with the car when cold (hesitation, clutch grabbiness, trouble shifting) too.

If you don't let me drive your car at some point, I presume that you're hiding something and I'm walking. These aren't Lamborghinis or race bikes you're selling - be reasonable. You have every right to deny someone the drive if they prove to be a doofus after talking with them, but stating that your policy is "no test drives" as an absolute isn't going to fly with someone like me. I suppose if the key words sellers are looking for is "pre-purchase inspection" to know I'm serious then perhaps I need to have more words up front with sellers about *MY* buying process.

I'm not paying for 10 pre-purchase inspections because the owners feel they don't need to let me drive their car before buying it. Conversely if, as a seller, the buyer didn't even want to drive my car I'd wonder what was wrong with them. It happened to me once that a gentleman bought a car I was selling from across the country sight unseen, but he called the dealer where I had it serviced, I gave him samples from my ample service records, and I openly discussed details of a collision I had 7 years before selling.

When I sell, which has not been often, I do what I expect as a buyer. I talk and look in detail with them first, go over maintenance records, then I take it out to get it warmed up and show them the basics, then offer them a turn in the driver's seat. Granted I might not bother with this kind of process if I was selling a 10 year old Corolla or something. I only had one buyer that made me a bit nervous on the drive. He wasn't a doofus and he was a serious buyer, but he opened up my Porsche near a residential area - poor judgement but there was no one else on the road and it was dry. Luckily he knocked it off before I had to say anything to him. In this case it was more an issue of police and public perception than me being worried about an incident. Actually that revealed to me how much faster my car felt when one isn't at the controls.
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