The E39 generation BMW 5-series was one of the last designs from BMW to not be Banglized and overly complicated. Complicated…yes…but not overly..not many issues will need to be solved with a fancy computer talking to other computers…and most things will require a wrench and some RTV. Today’s example doesn’t have the screaming V8 you get in a 540i, but it does have the usability of a wagon and the silky smooth M52 inline-6 good for 190 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque pushed through a 5-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. Find this 2000 BMW 528iT Wagon E39 offered for $4200 in San Francisco, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
cylinders: 6 cylinders
paint color: green
title status: clean
Rare 528i factory manual wagon! Comes with Sport seats, Sport Steering wheel, Style 32 Wheels, 540i front brakes, sport package sway bars, Koni Adjustable shocks and many new bushings (some installed, some not) drives great!
Issues: light clear coat peeling/cracking, slight shudder when shifting (clutch is single mass flywheel Valeo conversion kit).
Everything works as it should. Racks not included.
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