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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: UAE - Gulf Area
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In my opinion, the e39 is an excellent car & the maintenance can be cheap if you are aware of the technologies available & if you have a reasonable technical background.
Currently I am having two e39 vehicles & I wish to have another e46 – 330. My first e39, 530i – 2002 has exceeded 370,000 KM now but still in an excellent condition. It is costing me 2500$ every year (every 50,000 KM).
This forum is an excellent source of information to learn more about your car & if you search, you can find some threads about the maintenance cost of the e39.
Finally, I think 7000$ is a bit high for this car unless it is very well maintained & have almost no faults on it. Or else if the tires, break pads, routers, control arms, bushes, belts, filters, are in a good conditions then it can be reasonable price.