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post #1 of 28 Old 1st May 2019, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Goodbye, old paint...

Whelp, time to throw in the E39 towel. My M5's evaporator core has died. It's a $5,000 fix at the local dealer and I doubt even my trusted independent could do it for much less. The whole dash has to come out and then there's a whole nest of "while I'm in there" work that any car with 164,000 miles would need.

Will list for sale (not parted out as I originally posted) next week after I attend a family wedding. Any advice on how to best get this out of my driveway are appreciated.

Many thanks to the folks whose advice has kept this running for the 50K miles or so I've had it.

Thank &deity my M3 (F80) is still under warranty...

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Welp, time to throw in the E39 towel. My M5's evaporator core has died. It's a $5,000 fix at the local dealer and I doubt even my trusted independent could do it for much less. The whole dash has to come out and then there's a whole nest of "while I'm in there" work that any car with 164,000 miles would need.

Will list for parts next week after I attend a family wedding. Any advice on how to best get this out of my driveway are appreciated.

Many thanks to the folks whose advice has kept this running for the 50K miles or so I've had it.

Thank &deity my M3 (F80) is still under warranty...
Maybe work out a deal with @Clemster . MUCH easier than parting it out yourself.

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+1, sell it to Adam. Hell he'll probably fix it and sell it off to another enthusiast.

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Damn, if you were on the opposite coast I'd be all over this... so, another vote for Adam (@Clemster)
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Maybe work out a deal with @Clemster . MUCH easier than parting it out yourself.
First, apologies for the really bad and totally incorrect wording on the original post. I really do like this car but it's time to move on.

I'm going to do what the previous owner did and sell it "stupid cheap" to someone who has the time, inclination and/or money to get it back into proper running order.

I do have all the receipts for every major repair...from the engine replacement (the previous owner lunched the engine) to the bodywork (e.g. hood respray) and up to the last big repair when the ABS computer died. I'm going to put those together so someone can make an informed buy. I've done my best to keep this car in good running shape and even have a fair number of parts that need to go with it such as the seats and rims from a 2003 M5 that someone drove into a tree. And a case of that very precious bodily fluid known as oil...

For what it's worth I now have a 2016 M3 to ease the pain. It's an absolute monster in full sport mode but it lacks the tactile connection to the road that any E39 owner is familiar with.

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Sorry about the sloppy wording. I have edited the original post to reflect that I want to sell this car "as is" and not parting it out a la Clemster...

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Damn, if you were on the opposite coast I'd be all over this... so, another vote for Adam (@Clemster)
Don't feel bad. It wouldn't pass the CA emissions test. We're considering a move to SoCal and learned that as part of my homework.

If that wasn't the case I think I could have sold it to a friend in Seattle earlier today...

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Don't feel bad. It wouldn't pass the CA emissions test. We're considering a move to SoCal and learned that as part of my homework.

If that wasn't the case I think I could have sold it to a friend in Seattle earlier today...
Why do you think it wouldn't pass?
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Sorry to hear of beast's imminent death...

+1 on selling it to Clemster.

And +1 on the F80. My DD for the past 3 years has been a 2016 M3 ZCP. It is a monster and an overall great car, but as you say is not as tactile. I'm actually switching to a 2020 M2C because I don't need two cars that are as big as the E39 and (based on a few test drives) is a bit more fun to drive than the M3 given its size.

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