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Old 12-12-2012, 06:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by jfoj View Post
Many of the same problems, headlight adjusters do break, you DO NOT need to cut open the later models to replace the adjusters, BUT it is not easy. Ask me how I know!
Other than zip tie mod, how?

For a 530i/5 M-Sport <120k miles, I'm betting north of $9-10k. A friend bought a '03 matching that description with 70k miles for $12k or so the same week I got mine. I still maintain I got the better deal, but well maintained high mileage M54's don't concern me.

IMHO, the E39 is a grown up, proper E46. Everything you love about the E46, with a bit more, but without the newer car suck. Or the expensive luxury car suck. Mine even averages damn near the same mileage as my 323i when I drive it nice. (upper 20s, low 30's mpg) It's even ~3600lbs, as opposed to nearly 4000lbs or more with the E60 and above. And where else are you going to find a luxury car of the level of an E39 with a third pedal and a sporty attitude?
E46 323i Sport/5 speed | 243k miles
E85 Z4 3.0i Sport/6 speed | 117k miles
E83 X3 3.0i M-Sport/6 speed | 130k miles
E39 530i M-Sport/5 speed | 237k miles
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