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  1. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    Edumacate me about the previous gen 5-series (e39? :o).

    Which ones had 5-speeds, how much HP in the motor, any known issues, things to avoid, differences between 528/530/535/540/540i/etc.?

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  2. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    bump- I know you fuckers are on. :o


    I'm thinking I can pick up a decent specimen in the low teens, drop on some 540i wheels, throw in a decent stereo and have a very adequate daily driver that can hit 120 or so if need be.

    What are the mods/options (preferably take-off parts from other models *cough*M5*cough*) that will drop right in for cheap on teh suspension and brakes?
     
  3. Unknown User

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    I had a '98 540i 6 Speed a couple years ago. LOVED IT! SOOOO much fun! I'm looking at a 2001/2002 540i 6 Speed this spring/summer in trade for the M Coupe.

    The car was fairly solid w/ about $500-$700 in repairs/maintenance per year. I had it up until about 90k miles.

    I had an exhaust and intake on mine, good combo. I just remember that the M5 wheels didn't fit because of the offset and 275 size tires :o 265s is what fits perfectly in the rear. Also achieved 14.1 at the drag strip stock w/ the car.
     
  4. toraji

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    ( I think this was from 2001) 525 =
    EPA Fuel Economy:
    City: 19 – 20 Highway: 26 – 29 Available Engines:
    184-hp, 2.5-liter I-6
    Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
    5-speed manual

    528
    EPA Fuel Economy:
    City: 18 – 20 Highway: 26 – 29 Available Engines:
    193-hp, 2.8-liter I-6
    Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic w/OD
    5-speed manual

    (I know this was from 2001)530 =
    EPA Fuel Economy:
    City: 18 – 21 Highway: 26 – 30 Available Engines:
    225-hp, 3.0-liter I-6
    Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
    5-speed manual

    540
    EPA Fuel Economy:
    City: 15 – 18 Highway: 21 – 24 Available Engines:
    282-hp, 4.4-liter V-8
    Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic w/OD
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
    6-speed manual w/OD
     
  5. E30Alex

    E30Alex BMW/Kings/Giants/49ers Nazi OT Supporter

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    You could get all the e39's with manual transmissions

    If I were you, I would go with an early e39 540i w/6 spd, they had 282 hp IIRC.
     
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    Older E39s (up to 2000) only had 528 and 540 available to the public. 528s had the 2.8L I6 engine and the 540s had the 4.4L V8. I believe the I6 power was around 193HP w/ about 200ft-lbs torque. The V8 was 282hp and 310ft-lbs torque.
     
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    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    A guy at my work has an Oxford Green 540i 6 speed with M5 wheels. There's also a 525 in the parking deck with them.

    Also, say it ain't so on the M Coupe. Don't you feel a 540 would be too close in size to your 7?
     
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    E30Alex BMW/Kings/Giants/49ers Nazi OT Supporter

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    Well I'm looking at a 01 740i Sport as well, however, I think the 540i Sport would make a better fit.
     
  11. 2DR Vette

    2DR Vette We don't freestyle the Eyes of Texas, Big Boy.

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    Sweet. :big grin:

    Thanks guys- Im getting dragged out to lunch, but I"ll check this all out when i return . :coold:
     
  12. SlowNegative

    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    The M Coupe has become too impractical ? :hs:
     
  13. Juggernaut

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    why in the hell would you ask for bimmerdood's opinion?


    e39 - last of the great giants




    whenever you see something like a 528 - that's a 5 series with a 2.8l engine


    SO.... obviously the higher the number, the bigger the engine. Think 545 :x:


    The car is fantastic, although 528's lack the ummmpth but look great. :)


    6 speeds are okay. The earlier ones used a getrag tranny which was then scrapped and given a much better one later on. avoid getrag tranny's because you can overrev very easily.


    Its an 8 cylinder car, so remember its going to eat gas like hell.

    Other than that, buy one :)
     
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    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    There is no such thing as an e39 545 :o
     
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    My 2 lost loves....

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  16. Juggernaut

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    yeah i was hoping he would find the new appeal of the e60 to be :wackit: when he typed in 545 into the google search box :o


    you caught me damn it :fawk:
     
  17. SlowNegative

    SlowNegative Her name is Rio

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    Blasphemy!
     
  18. Unknown User

    Unknown User New Member

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    No, not at all. The car is such a blast and IMO is one of the sexiest cars ever made, but everyone has their opinion.....including the wife :o

    She thinks its the ugliest thing ever made and refers to it as the Penis-mobile. She says that I should get something else we we at least have seating for 4 people in case we need it. :rolleyes:
     
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    I got about 23MPG in my 6-speed. :dunno:
     
  20. jrmcm

    jrmcm Actriz Porno

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    While you're all here...

    This sound like a decent deal?

    2003 540i sport - Auto - 11,362 miles

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    $46,000
     
  21. Juggernaut

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    that car is motherfucking sex :wackit:


    its auto though :wtc:
     
  22. JizJizJiz

    JizJizJiz I love hot girls.

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    No. I turned down a 2003 with 20,000 miles for $41,000 :o.
     
  23. Juggernaut

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    that's actually really good. i have heard people only getting 15-20 in city :noes:
     
  24. JizJizJiz

    JizJizJiz I love hot girls.

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    :rofl:.
     
  25. jrmcm

    jrmcm Actriz Porno

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    I want an auto
    And you didn't answer my question :p
     

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