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Old 03-07-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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In the market for a E39 530i

I'm looking to pick up a 2001-02 530i with about 90-100k. Is there anything I should look out for, any known issues, etc etc?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:12 PM   #2
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uh yes

issue #1 - the 6 cyl. under the hood.... not recommend...recommend the V8
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:27 PM   #3
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I know my way around the I6, I can deal with that.
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Old 03-08-2006, 08:50 AM   #4
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Nelson, I would suggest venturing over to bf.c, there are a lot more knowledgable ppl over there with regards to the 530. I'm not too familiar with the 6's but I havent heard anything bad about them. I've also heard that the 530 is the best handling e39 by far.

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Old 03-08-2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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http://bimmer.roadfly.com/bmw/forums/e39/7494631-1.html
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Old 03-08-2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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pre-vanos 540 FTW lol

BTW O.S. I beleive I saw you at yonge and elgin mills on sat around 7ish, car was really clean lol
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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yeah ... it was probably me .... in a freshly washed car .... I am so looking forward to the warmer days when I take out my detailing gear ....
when I am done my car wil glow like an elf from the Lord of The Rings
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Well, not issues with just the 530i, but with the 2001-02 E39 chassis in general. Like suspension, brakes, interior and electrical issues, etc, etc.
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Old 03-08-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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here are the two links that are a good reference for e39 cars. some of them are related to the 4.4L engine but there is a fair bit or common problems listed for e39 in general.
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http://www.540i6.com/probsfixes.html
http://www.bmwtips.com/ go to Tips & Tricks
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:19 PM   #10
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don't bother to pay the extras for the ones with sports package, you'll end up lowering it anyways, unless 3-spoke steering wheel is a huge deal to you, and you can always shadowline by yourself.

530 don't have cooling problems like 540s, so you should be good, btu they did have a M-tech versions where you get the M5 seats and 6spd.
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The car more then likely won't be lowered, it'll probably remain stock. It's for my mom to replace her E34.
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:41 PM   #12
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ok, then get the one with sports package.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:02 PM   #13
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my buddy bought a 2001 530i sport last year, he hasn't had a problem yet
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:30 AM   #14
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e39 530i

Nelson,

in 2001 consumers reports rated the e39 530i the BEST CAR THEY EVER TEST DROVE.

Does that say enough for you.

The e39 is not a problematic car in iteself, if you exclude instrument pixels going on the blink shortly after warranty.

some of the 540i developed a bad rap for stuff like rad necks bursting, etc..

If you are familiar with the workings of the Bmw I6 then go for it.

I would just recomment the usual, check service history etc...
But regardless I know you know your way around a bimmer, btw how's Bradford these days? Booming I've noticed!

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Old 03-15-2006, 05:07 PM   #15
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Definitely stick with the I6...very strong motor, reliable, and is very reasonable on gas.
For their size, they're great handling cars due to their aluminum suspension.
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