1999 BMW 5 Series Consumer Review: High-maintenance

1999 BMW 5 Series - Consumer Review

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528i Wagon (2.8L 6-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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1999 BMW 5 Series 528i 4dr Wagon


E39 doesn't age well. The cooling system is sure to fail by 100K - radiator, water pump and more. Front end likely shot by that mileage. Rear end suspension too. All kinds of leaks, power steering, transmission hoses. All the vacuum tubes get extremely brittle and disintegrate when you touch them. The VANOS system is likely shot by that mileage, decreasing MPG and power. Automatic tranny replaced at 80K Basically just ridiculous how such an expensive car can have reliability of a 1980's Ford. It's a true FORD car, Fix-Or-Repair-Daily.

Best Features

Cabin ergonomics Silent engine quiet cabin station wagon Handling Heater/AC very strong I6 engine with manual tranny

Worst Features

Improve reliability. E39 is far below domestics or Japanese imports. It's a very heavy-maintenance machine.
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