Is the E39 5 Series Touring one of the best cars under $ 5,000?
Let’s face it, most young car enthusiasts can’t afford a new BMW. In fact, the vast majority of young enthusiasts in general cannot afford new cars. So getting a cheap used car is usually the way to go. But most young people don’t want something boring or uninteresting. They want to show off to their friends, try not to impress girls their age (or maybe it was just me) and have fun while they’re still young enough to have fun. Car and Driver recently made a list of the best used cars under $ 5,000 and one of those cars was the E39 5 Series Touring. Is this one of the best cars you can get at this price?
It is certainly not difficult to find the E39 5 series for less than $ 5,000. In fact, there are countless examples on the internet of a cheap and relatively high mileage E39 in all kinds of conditions, even for little less than that. However, it is more difficult to find Touring (wagon) models. It is not impossible but the choice is much more limited.
If you can find one on a budget, the E39 5 Series Touring is a very good car; it’s good-looking, roomy, has room for friends (or kids and their stuff), handles well, and comes with great engine options. When it works …
That’s the caveat – the E39s aren’t the most reliable BMW of this era, especially when you buy one with as many kilometers as the ones you’ll find under $ 5,000. For a youngster, this might not be a good idea, as it will likely consume a good chunk of their funds (I learned this lesson the hard way with an E36 3 Series). However, if you can find a nice example, in great mechanical condition, and it works, the E39 5 Series Touring is definitely a great car for the money.
[Source: Car and Driver]