I had a 1998 E39 528i and LOVED it - the only problem I had were the brakes/rotors. The engine just sang! You need to decide if you want an E46 (3 series) or an E39 (5 series), how much mileage you will accept, how much more wear and tear (and replacement parts) a higher mileage car will require, etc. And I do not agree that ALL Bimmers have engine mount problems - NOT SO!
Whatever you choose, do have it checked out properly first so you know what you are getting yourself into. It may be fine if it needs a few repairs, so long as you are prpeared to pay for them to be done, and done right.
Best of luck with this.
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- 6-speed, DINAN SC - race kit, race headers, etc. RIP 2002 Z3 Roadster 2.5i - VF Supercharged
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