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Old 12-19-2011, 01:45 PM   #1
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E39 a good car??

I might be getting a 2000 528i Sport Package.

Is it a good car??

There's the driver side inside door handle broken and missing a driver side sun visor..

Replacement parts anywhere??

Anyone with info on this car??????

Please help.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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where you find your bmw parts is where you find all bmw parts. you been here 1 year and still ask this kinda question?
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:50 PM   #3
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I would skip the 2000 528i. 2002-2003 530i only for the i6 E39.

Based on what it's missing the car sounds beat to hell.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:23 PM   #4
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I would skip the 2000 528i. 2002-2003 530i only for the i6 E39.

Based on what it's missing the car sounds beat to hell.
I bought an '03 530i M-Sport after my E46 was written off by insurance, a fantastic car in all areas.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:11 PM   #5
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I bought an '03 530i M-Sport after my E46 was written off by insurance, a fantastic car in all areas.
Comparisons to the e46?
Mileage? Maintenance costs? Handling? Ride qualitY?
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
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I would skip the 2000 528i. 2002-2003 530i only for the i6 E39.

Based on what it's missing the car sounds beat to hell.
Why not the 2001 - that is when the 530i came out?
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:52 PM   #7
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no replacement parts anywhere - nothing on that car breaks
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #8
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:19 PM   #9
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good for what?
what are you asking?
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:25 PM   #10
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Lol, I had a '00 528i. Great car, but remember the same issues we face that E39 will face as well, except the subframe I think.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:49 PM   #11
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Off topic, but I'm digging your sig, SJ.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #12
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Lol, I had a '00 528i. Great car, but remember the same issues we face that E39 will face as well, except the subframe I think.
I believe your correct. I havent heard of a single e39 having subframe damage.

To OP: Overall the e39 is an excellent car. You will be pleasantly surprised to find so many luxury amenities that were an option on the e46 are standard on the e39. I would highly advise for you to consider the maintenance record of the car. The 00' is a double vanos, so the seals will need replacing, check the rear ball joints, cooling system (obviously), valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, power steering hoses, windshield washer pump and front and rear control arms. These are off the top of my head. All these go bad at around ~80K so beware.

I would check bimmerfest under the e39 section for most common issues specific to the I6 e39s. I have an account over there as well, so you can ask me whatever you please, as I will probably be over there more than in this section and forum.

All in all the e39 is great. If your going for the I6 I would put the 528 over the 530 easily. Reason being is less weight ( engine, rotors, calipers are bigger on the 530 making more weight) and it barely has 10 ft/tq over the 528. It does have a good ~20 hp over the 528, but the M52tu engine ( in the 528) is better in many respects for tuning and induction, if you decide to go that route. I would look for a well maintained 528, and a sport package at least. Trust me, you will feel and see the difference.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:22 PM   #13
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more comfortable than e46 but too many chronicle problems,I d never go with it again.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #14
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Off topic, but I'm digging your sig, SJ.
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more comfortable than e46 but too many chronicle problems,I d never go with it again.
True, it's good if you need the extra space especially if the back seats are used a lot.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:10 AM   #15
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Thanks man.
Wow, Solidjake, i agree, but i can't believe i looked at it for so long before i realized why it was unique. I think i need some coffee.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:11 PM   #16
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Ours has never been in the shop, never a problem at all, but only 110k. The e39 was listed by Consumer Reports (around 2000) as the best car they have ever tested. I don't have much love personally for Consumer Reports, but they do rate things honestly i think. Mechanically it's basically just the same as an e46, but MUCH more space, especially in the back seat.
All that said, find a 530 instead of a 528, it's too heavy without the bigger motor. Also, this one doesn't sound very clean. I've never seen a car missing a sun visor that was properly cared for otherwise. Picky? Yes. You don't want ANY bimmer that hasn't been cared for.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:24 AM   #17
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Superior to e46 want my e39 dinan 5 back
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:46 AM   #18
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:55 AM   #19
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540s are quite wicked but not nearly as maintenance free as a 530.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:47 AM   #20
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