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Old 08-16-2007, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Attn: Miami FL BMW drivers New guy needs help!

Hello everyone, I am new here and I need a favor of someone in the Miami area...I found a 528i E39 black on black 5spd with 122xxx on it, the guy has had the price listed as high as 11k for it, I got him down pretty low.

So heres the catch I live in WI and he lives in Miami but wants to sell asap! If someone who knows about these cars in the Miami area would like to take a test drive for me to tell me how she runs and looks in person, I would be so greatful and of course I would pay you...

If this sounds like you please let me know since it has to be done pretty quick...

Please email me at KJSnowboarder_18@hotmail.com which is best or PM me and we can talk.

Also what would you guys be willing to pay for such a car in good condition?

Its very very dirty but it looks to be in good shape under the dirt...Honest opinions please.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is manual hard to come by in this model? Sorry I'm pretty new in the BMW 5er's section...I've always been an acura guy. BTW how is it driving a manual with this big of a car? smooth? Heavy?...any input on price you guys would say its worth is great!

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Yes, manual is VERY hard to come by in a 528.

I've driven my cousin's 2001 528 with a manual...very smooth. Better balanced than my 540, owing to its smaller engine, and the 528 also gets rack and pinion steering. 528 models that came with a stick also got a sport suspension package.

The only significant problem I'd worry about at that mileage would be an automatic transmission, since they were made by GM on the 528...but you don't have that problem. Other common issues will be radiator, water pump, thermostat, thermostat housing, dead pixels in displays, suspension parts, and some climate control units. Other than that, 5ers are a joy. And 528's are definitely cheaper than 540's to maintain!!!

I started my bimmer journey with a 528. Looked almost identical to yours when I bought it. Really miss it a lot, but it saved my life.

You should be able to talk him down to mid-$9,000s. Check NADA.com for used car prices.
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Hey thanks for the help! What do some of those repairs cost usually? Such as the waterpump/radiator especially...as for the 540's I really love those also I just cant afford one right now, but as for performance what kind of numbers do the 528's pull compared to the big brother V8? There arent any body differences between them are there? Are the wheels in the photo I posted the 7 series wheels? I've always loved those and the stock 19" M5 wheels. Sorry for so many questions I'm just excited for the new whip hopefully!
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The 528 vs the 540 is night and day. The 540 has PLENTY of power to spare. The 528 feels comfortable, but in certain circumstances it is a tiny bit underpowered. don't expect to be ripping off the line in a 528 like you would in an acura. However, BMW's are not 1/4 mile cars. Get on the highway and you'll get to watch that 2.8l make acura's look silly.
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Alright...I dont think it's going to work out with this car so its off to a couple other ones...If anyone is looking for this type of car though, I talked him down to 5500!!! I thought that was a smashing deal until I put transportation costs into it...So here ya go FL ppl its all yours.
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