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Old 07-28-2004, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am getting ready to purchase a 1998 540i with 27k miles. The price is 23,500 and I believe that is a pretty good deal based on the mileage. I know the person who purchased it new, so I know the mileage is correct.

The one issue that concerns me is that a few years ago someone mentioned something about certain V8 engines having a problem where they are only good for 70 to 80k miles. I wish I could remember more, but did nto think I would ever be buying my own so I did not pay much attention.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Old 07-28-2004, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, you're fine purchasing this car and it sounds like a good deal.
I think what you're thinking about is the NIKASIL issue with the V-8 blocks. It only affected 92 thru 95... Go to Yahoo and type NIKASIL on your browser... There is some good info regarding this issue.

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Don't think you'll have any probs mate. I'd add a few noughts to those figures - more like 700k - 800k miles - (OK That's pushing it a bit LOL)

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The E39 5 series is the probably the best 5 series ever built, this car has won countless awards, and has beaten its rival the Benz E-class for several years.
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It won 34 awards in the UK alone - for the 7 years it was available it won "what car" best executive saloon award 7 times, in fact they created a new award just for the e39 - " The life time achievement award".

If the miles are genuine you're buying a car that has barely been run in yet!
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Also as far as I can find out there were no real problems with the big V's unfortunately though I have found there was a problem with the 97-98 2.5l straight 6 engines in which they strip the chrome off of the cylinders - Damn
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