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Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by saint » 05 Aug 2016, 14:43

Hello...
I'm considering buying a 2002 BMW E39 525 AUTO TURBO DIESEL from someone who lives close to me.
It's apparently done only just over 20k miles.
Reckon £10,500 is a fair price?
I'm just a little concerned it's now a good 14 years old, despite by all accounts being in very good condition.
Any comments would be welcome

Many thanks

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Re: Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by M60NJP » 05 Aug 2016, 15:19

Again a bit rich price-wise - if it's really, genunely immaculate inside and out with good/qualty tyres, year's MoT, solid and receipted service history, facelifted, 'good' colour etc etc, then a little under £10k is possible. Otherwise - no!!

The E39 was one of the best built BMWS ever, but they are prone to rot on the bootlid, rear arches and water leaks around the door seals which can flood under the rear seat. I'm not a diesel fan, but the 325TDS was a solid engine - BUT, all diesels are prone to sooting up so with such little mileage I'd be wary if emmissions.........

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Re: Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by FAB_BMW » 05 Aug 2016, 16:49

Jesus, that's M5 money!

The mileage is very low granted, but it is still a 14 year old E39. Is it a Sport or an SE Model? Saloon or Touring? Colour? Decent Spec? Still full service history even with the low mileage?

I wouldn't pay anything near that for one, especially as it's not even the flagship 530d.

For 10k you could pick up a lovely 530d E60, and probably have some change.

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Re: Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by theguvnor » 05 Aug 2016, 17:50

Hi, the problem with that motor is the price. You put some miles on it all you will do is turn 10k into 1500 quid. I wouldn't pay any more than 3k for an E39 that isn't an M5 or really nice 540i. And even though it's done low miles the components are still 14 years old and will need replacing.and I can tell you from experience that an E39 that needs age related worn components replaced can easily eat 1500 quid, if not more. Id advise walk away and don't look back!!

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Re: Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by adie » 06 Aug 2016, 17:28

That's a ridiculous price, regardless of the low mileage. Admittedly it's worth what someone is willing to pay but i couldn't imagine even BMW themselves selling it at that price!
I certainly wouldn't pay more than £5k. I know that being an early model it won't have a DPF (exhaust pipe curved downwards will confirm) to worry about but will have an EGR, if it's had mainly local use (i.e low revs) the EGR is likely to need cleaning due to the build up of carbon deposits together with the inlet manifold. Good luck whatever you decide.

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Re: Possible purchase BMW E39 525 TURBO DIESEL - Advice?

Post by saint » 07 Aug 2016, 15:58

Hi folks,
Many thanks to you all for taking time to reply.
My gut instinct was that the age of the car was a big negative. It is very well spec'd, electric everything, full leather, Sat Nav etc., good BMW history/service, nice dark blue colour, one owner.
However, your comments have convinced me it's not worth anything like that money or potential future hassle and inevitable depreciation.
I've never owned a diesel myself and what with all this VW emissions scandal I had doubts on that score too. The accumulation of soot in such a low mileage vehicle was also a concern.
It would appear then the seller is just chancing it....but not with MY hard-earned at that price!
Thanks again for the valuable input...

Regards

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