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#1694 of 2734 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [peterweiler]
Jun 15, 2006 (1:28 pm)
hi.. We have a 1998 528i w/ 194900 miles. Original engine, trans. Mainly highway the first 130 K of it's life, mixed bag now (including gravel, dirt roads looking at farm properties).
Main items in need of repair (it's at the shop today) control ar bushings and the airconditioning. Don't know the $ b/c I haven't picked "Schultz" up yet (it seems only my cars are named, not my husband's- something fishy there)
Because of the highway miles the hood needs to be repainted (this is next)and we are debating on whether th windshield really needs to be replaced (I'm hoping for a nice sized pebble from the interstate to help me on this one).
We gave up on the cupholders ages ago and the driver side door handle broke a few months ago (my husband fixed this with a scrap yard spare unit -read cheap- on a Saturday AM)
Other than these things, which really aren't awful for a vehicle that has been well loved by our family of 5 (now 6, so it's mine again!)...Hope this helps.
Before I forget. Sign up for the Susan G. Komen Ultimate Drive for a Cure. besides BMW donating to this great cause, you get to drive sweet rides...see BMW NA website: http://www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience/EventsandPrograms/UDSK/
#1695 of 2734 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [ndegroat1]
Jun 15, 2006 (1:36 pm)
We gave up on the cupholders ages ago...
Pretty funny, I'd had my E39 for nearly three years when I noticed one day that folks here at Edmunds were talking about their "Cup Holders". "What cup holders?" I asked. Someone told me where to look and sure enough, there they were, errr, if you can call those pop out loopy thingies "cup holders".
#1696 of 2734 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [shipo]
Jun 17, 2006 (9:25 am)
Very nice find though, it's going to be a great new ride for some lucky new owner.
Darn it, now I'm tempted to go look at that 1998 5er. I suspect I could grab it for around $12K. Problem is, that dealer just took a 1987 928 S4 in trade, and I can pick it up for $17K. I'm afraid resistance would be futile...
#1697 of 2734 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [div2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 17, 2006 (10:10 am)
Unless your rich uncle left you that fortune, I'd stay clear of 928s if I were you
Jun 17, 2006 (12:02 pm)
Or, is $17K a very large amount of money for a 928 S4?
Not that I'm that familiar with the 928 market... I had always heard that they depreciated heavily..
I like that 5-series around $12K... but, the $15K they are asking would be wayyyyyy too much..
#1699 of 2734 Re: Is it just me? [kyfdx]
Jun 17, 2006 (1:10 pm)
I like that 5-series around $12K... but, the $15K they are asking would be wayyyyyy too much...
I agree, I wouldn't even be considering it if it didn't have the manual tranny and the SP. Plus, I've already owned one E39, so I won't have to learn a new BMW platform. If only it was Electric Red like the 528i SP I saw a few weeks ago... Anyway, if I do get it I'll quickly rip out the CDV and maybe stick a Conforti cold air intake and Shark Injector on the old sled. I might even track it once or twice-who knows?
#1700 of 2734 Re: "can" holders
Jun 19, 2006 (11:34 am)
I have a colleague who was in Germany a while back. He inquired about the holders at a dealer and the gentleman all but laughed at him. "Cars (especially BMW's I presume) are for driving not living," he replied. Installing these contraptions is a patronizing attempt to placat the NA buyer since the "loops" only hold cans, not even a decent insulated coffee mug! The holders really only matter in our family because there are kids in my car (who, when I bought it weren't allowed to drink in it, so the fact they were all close to death-holders, not kids- gave me a little extra back up!).
Have a good one...
#1701 of 2734 E39 rattling seats
Jun 20, 2006 (8:44 am)
I have E39 for three years now. It has rattling car seat problem and it is getting worse. Whenever I drove on a bumpy road, passenger seat rattles and it annoys me. Does anybody have the same problem?
When I took my car to the local dealer where I purchased my E39 to fix this problem , the service manager said "You are complaining about something we are never going to fix". It was definitely not the kind of answer that I expeced for a $50000 car. Anyway I had them check for it. When I got back to them later day when they said it is done, the service manager said he checked it and it is normal because he found the same problem in other cars too. This was one of the stupiest answer I ever heard.
Actually it is just a half of the whole story. I will talk about another half later.
Anyway, does anybody have the same problem for E39?
#1702 of 2734 Re: E39 rattling seats [g1daddy]
Jun 20, 2006 (8:54 am)
You might want to check this page.
It looks like a reasonably simple DIY procedure.
#1703 of 2734 525i to M5 upgrades with a 530i engine
Jun 20, 2006 (2:42 pm)
I got a line on a 1992 525i with a manual transmission and I am looking to convert the 525i into a 530i by swapping out the engines. Can anyone tell me what may have to go into doing such a thing? Will I need to relocate parts or change them out from a junk 530i?
What types of computers will I need to change in order to allow the car to accept the change? Will the fuel delivery system from the 525i be capable of putting up with the fuel needs of a 3.0 litre V-8?
To keep up with that type of horsepower, is the transmission from a 525i the same from a 530i with a manual transmission? If not, would I have to upgrade to the trans from an M5?
Also, is there any way of adding a super or turbocharger, maybe Nitrous from Dinan High Performance? Would I be able to upgrade the suspension system to that of an M5? If so, what would that also involve? Could I use reinforced steering, suspension parts bushings from an e32 750iL and not worry about the parts not being compatible?
And lastly, how much could all of this cost? Thank you for your input.