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Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? #5380820 03/19/20 11:53 PM
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The fiancee sent me a cell phone pic she shot of an older BMW 5-Series Wagon the other day. She knows I like stuff like that.

I asked her if she'd consider owning one instead of a boring SUV one day when we have kids. She said she would. A manual transmission would be a must for us.

Anyone own one? How do you like it?

I guess the biggest gas engine they put in them was the 3.2 I-6? 240 HP? I know that was the M3 engine back in the day.


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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380821 03/19/20 11:56 PM
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These are the actual photos she took of the car she saw. She said she didn’t like the color, though. She would want something like a charcoal.

This being a 528, Im assuming it has the 2.8L engine?

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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380838 03/20/20 12:44 AM
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Close. I have an E39 528i sedan with a manual transmission. It's even a charcoal colour. Mine has the interior appearance package and the M-sport package, ski pass through, zenon headlights, sunroof, etc.

It's a great car. It rides great, handles great, and doesn't have squeaks or rattles. It gets good mileage (though I always use premium fuel). The fit and finish is wonderful. It's even been relatively reliable - for a European car. By comparison, it costs less to maintain than my Volvo 740 Turbo did. It's 20 years old now and it still looks terrific, both inside and out.

Sometimes I think I should buy a new car, but I really don't want to give this one up. And anyway I haven't found anything I like better, or even as much.

What don't I like - nothing really. There is one thing. I don't like the way the sun visors sit when used on the side window. I suspect the frame for the roof is too stout for them to sit nicely.

PS That's an E39 in the photos.


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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: ecotourist] #5380843 03/20/20 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by ecotourist
Close. I have an E39 528i sedan with a manual transmission. It's even a charcoal colour. Mine has the interior appearance package and the M-sport package, ski pass through, zenon headlights, sunroof, etc.

It's a great car. It rides great, handles great, and doesn't have squeaks or rattles. It gets good mileage (though I always use premium fuel). The fit and finish is wonderful. It's even been relatively reliable - for a European car. By comparison, it costs less to maintain than my Volvo 740 Turbo did. It's 20 years old now and it still looks terrific, both inside and out.

Sometimes I think I should buy a new car, but I really don't want to give this one up. And anyway I haven't found anything I like better, or even as much.

What don't I like - nothing really. There is one thing. I don't like the way the sun visors sit when used on the side window. I suspect the frame for the roof is too stout for them to sit nicely.

PS That's an E39 in the photos.


Man! Don't get rid of that car! It has character. Something that is sorely lacking in today's vanilla, antiseptic, car-appliances.

Do you have any photos you could post? With the M-Sport package, I bet it came with some nice wheels. BMW has always outfitted its cars with very nice wheels from the factory.


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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380846 03/20/20 01:01 AM
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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380880 03/20/20 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by john_pifer


I guess the biggest gas engine they put in them was the 3.2 I-6? 240 HP? I know that was the M3 engine back in the day.


There was a 540i Touring with the 4.4l M62 V8 as well, but no S62 M5 version. For whatever reason, they built E34 and E61 M5 Tourings, but skipped the E39 generation.

BMW NA has only bothered to import very limited versions of BMW's wagons to the U.S., when they bothered to at all, and they haven't sold well (chicken or egg?), so they're relatively rare.

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Wagon in the photo is an E34, while they have a strong following you better be an EE or have a Masters degree in running down electrical gremlins. Next generation E39 wagons would be the one I'd consider first.

Viva the long roof!

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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380934 03/20/20 06:57 AM
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The E39 is widely regarded as the best 5 Series ever. For me the sweet spot is a 530i Sport with three pedals.


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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380950 03/20/20 07:13 AM
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As Stated that's an E39 grocery getter. Sweet ride the cooling system is the weakness on these cars, They over heat if not PROPERLY maintained. Cooling system upgrades are readily available.
Prices of low mileage ones are on the rise. Your Lady has great taste in cars.....

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You are correct, my error. First tip should have been all the tail lights were working.


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Originally Posted by MCompact
The E39 is widely regarded as the best 5 Series ever. For me the sweet spot is a 530i Sport with three pedals.



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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5380976 03/20/20 07:41 AM
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These cars were some of the most reliable made from BMW. Ive had a few customers with over 300k, and some that overheated at 110k and cracked the head so it goes both ways. The rarest models from BMW in the early 2000s were the 540i sport wagons, some were 1 of 200! If you can find a very nice well maintained example, Id be all over it just keep a fund going for the usual age related issues. EWS issues can get expensive as well, last one we needed reprogrammed was about 1000 with 2 new keys.


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I would strongly advise my wife to not take pictures or use her phone while driving!!!


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Re: Anyone Own a BMW 5-Series Wagon? [Re: john_pifer] #5381039 03/20/20 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by john_pifer
The fiancee sent me a cell phone pic she shot of an older BMW 5-Series Wagon the other day. She knows I like stuff like that.

I asked her if she'd consider owning one instead of a boring SUV one day when we have kids. She said she would. A manual transmission would be a must for us.

Anyone own one? How do you like it?

I guess the biggest gas engine they put in them was the 3.2 I-6? 240 HP? I know that was the M3 engine back in the day.



For I6 engines you have the 2.5L (525), 2.8L (528) or 3.0L (530), Approx 189 ,200 and 225 hp respectively. 540 was of course the V8 and a rare bird.

Personally I would avoid it just due to it's age and the self-leveling air suspension.


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Pretty sure they made 540 wagons of that era with 6-speed sticks but you will have to pay a premium for one.

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