Originally Posted by zippyh
I've had my E39 540i 6-speed since new. It's a 2001 but I only have about 69K miles on it. I think it was around $1500 to do the valley pan and intake gaskets. Also got a new MAF. That was earlier this year.
Speaking of common failures, last week I had a new reservoir expansion tank put in. I had the radiator replaced a few years ago. Had a bad camshaft position sensor so I replaced both of them. That was an easy DIY at least.
Yea, the expansion tank/radiator ends up being sort of a maintenance item. The previous owner of my car had the expansion tank replaced every 50,000 miles whether it needed it or not. After I had it for about 60,000 miles mine went out and I replaced it and it the radiator. You are right, its not a difficult job at all.
I took a picture the other night when I noticed my odometer:
This has been such a great car. It really surprises me how much I like it. I am 42 years old and have been driving for 26 years and in that time I have about 41 or 42 cars. So, I have always had a little car fever and got tired of the same car everyday. But, this car has everything I like. I am in uncharted territory imagining keeping this car as long as I can. I even sold this car once to a co-worker and after a year, I bought it back because I couldn't find something I liked as much.
I have a few big cases that hope to settle next year and I have thinking of getting another car. But, I don't do car payments and whenever I look at cars I might get when I settle one of these cases, I am disapointed in any replacements.
I don't like the first few years of the E65 (the E38 replacement). So, I'll have to look at the 2005-2008 or step up to the F01 Chassis.
Maybe I will just stick with the E38 and keep looking for the lowest mileage example I can find.