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Looking for opinions from the few that break E39's to see what they are worth in bits. 

Car is a 530d sport manual converted. 

In super rare silver! 

90% rust free. 

In fact the sills are in way better condition than the other sport I have. 

 

193k miles. 

I have it up for sale but no interest. 

 

Realistically what are these worth in bits? 2k? 

I do know someone who's broken a few but they owed him less than this one does. 

 

This is not a for sale thread

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1 minute ago, Too late said:

Time ,space and hassle dealing with people .Are you removing bits or them. etc etc 

Agreed. 

Not overly keen to dismantle it but I feel the car is worth more than 1500 quid. 

May be that it's a converted auto to manual. 

Ebay is yet to be ventured to so will see what that brings. 

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9 minutes ago, Too late said:

ebay? Get ready for swapped over parts to be returned and money claimed back from paypal !

 

Yep, I really won't go down through the ebay route either and less the OP is really desparado to sell. Ebay is nothing short of a nightmare if you ask me, full of time wasters and scammers and I doubt it's going to get any better..... It's fine if you want to buy cheap car parts etc, but when it comes to selling stuff it becomes horrendous..... If you feel your car is a good car and worth a bit more than the going rate, my advice would be to simply hold out until the right person comes along and makes you a decent offer for it. It just may take a it longer that's all. GLWTS B)

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1 hour ago, falcodub said:

Hmm. It's not highly specced. 

Up at £2250 now as I was a little ambitious originally 

 

Obviously I haven't seen it, but even £2250 sounds amibitous for a car on 193k miles that isn't highly specced.

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59 minutes ago, dan101smith said:

 

Obviously I haven't seen it, but even £2250 sounds amibitous for a car on 193k miles that isn't highly specced.

Hmm. 

Well the prices are all over the show. So as for ambitiously priced who knows. 

Seen plenty up for more. And for less. The market is pretty flat mind. 

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It's an old E39, and they're not worth a lot. They should be, but they just aren't. £1500 is plenty.

 

 

Depends on year and spec. An old 99/2000 with grey leather is going to be very hard work to pull more than a grand for. There was a 2006 E91 320d Touring for sale recently, same mileage as yours and £1800. That tells you all you need to know.

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I agree the early ones are more difficult to sell on. That said being cheaper they may be easier. 

I won't be selling at 1500 quid. 

There are far worse ones up for sale for more but I guess it's only worth what someone will pay. 

 

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What I've found with selling old cars, if it's not cheap be prepared to sit on it for a long time, a lot of the "rare" cars on eBay have hiked up prices, plus nearly on 200k that will put all but the enthusiast and someone like a mechanic off, you then openly admit it's not very well specced so that then cuts out a lot of the enthusiasts as they will be looking for the best spec possible.

 

i think your going to be quite disappointed, unfortunately you can't make people buy things because you think it's worth more, also with nearly 200k on the clock it's probably worth not a lot in bits either, who in there right mind is going to want to go to all the trouble of fitting an engine with 200k miles on? And that's a big ticket item, you have interior, that needs to be mint to fetch decent money, and body panels, does it have sports seats? Are they all electric with memory? Are they comforts? Brakes aren't really known to upgrade other cars I don't think so pretty much everything else will sit around for ages unless dirt cheap.

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16 minutes ago, Too late said:

 Good e39's are worth a lot more than e91's I think ?

 

On forums like Pistonheads, there is a very strong love for e39's .And with many now in the hands of "chavs" and the good old Rust monster .Good ones will sell well in a few years time .Recently, they discuss  how manuals are creeping up as well. Thats why I plan to look after mine .

 

 

I doubt e39's are worth more than a 06 plate e91, general public now want the newest cars possible, and the enthusiasts market is tiny, e39's that will go up first will be the v8 manuals, m5's and then v8 autos, I bet it'll be 10+ years before you start to see a real increase in boggo models.

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Hmm. 

The car is far from a scrapper. 

They all rust. This one has the boot scab and two sill scabs. 

Jacking points all good. 

Sports leather. But manual. 

 

It's sad that a car as good as an E39 530d sport is worthless. 

It's a late 03 not that It makes much difference. And of course being the most common colour doesn't help much. 

I shall consider my options and may sell the factory manual instead.

Thats bloody silver too!

 

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It's a pain but it's the way the world works, I sold my A8 last year, all aluminium shell so no rust to worry about, it was immaculate, 54 plate with a 3.0tdi engine on about 125k, I took the car to midland VW who are a very well known VW specialist, and even the owner of the business commented on how nice and clean my car was, internally and externally, it also was a decent spec and nice colour, I valued it at what it looked like market value for cars of similar age spec and mileage, around £5.5k iirc, sat on it for a few months with hardly any interest, I dropped it to around £4.8 and if I remember rightly it ended up about £4.5k and that was nearly £1500 under what it should of sold for going by eBay and auto trader.

 

the bloke even openly admitted it was the nicest one he'd seen as all the rest similarly priced where absolute dogs, but you need to have the price right to get people to come and view, everyone wants something for nothing and you have to fight for competition with everybody else who will lie through their teeth to get a sale, when you start to get into niche markets for cars, selling becomes difficult, you need to tick all the right boxes for any chance of selling in a decent time.

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Buyers market and all that I guess. 

Unfortunately I am too honest and have listed the few minor faults on the car. And it's a better car now than when I bought it 25k miles ago. Ah well. 

Scrappage scheme may make it worth more! 

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12 hours ago, falcodub said:

Buyers market and all that I guess. 

Unfortunately I am too honest and have listed the few minor faults on the car. And it's a better car now than when I bought it 25k miles ago. Ah well. 

Scrappage scheme may make it worth more! 

I don't want to p*ss on your chips but I think you'll be holding it for a very long time at over 2 grand. I just had to let my 2001 530d Sport go for less than 1800 quid (the buyer did take the spare set of wheels as well) and that only had 127k miles, no rust, new MOT, full service history and a very good spec. Thank god the buyer came through when he did as I was getting fed up with the "I give you 1000 pounds cash money today" brigade.

 

The issue with breaking cars that you need to consider is what to do with it once the 'goodies' have gone. Unless you have somewhere to keep it that can be easily accessed by vehicle crane you're going to have to keep it as a rolling shell, alternatively you sit it on your drive and watch as it slowly gets stripped until you're left with a hulk on bricks, something your neighbours aren't going to appreciate believe me!

 

As for the scrappage scheme, they only pay out 'up to' £2k if you buy a brand new car (not pre-owned) and trade your old one. In which case the immediate depreciation as you drive off the forecourt will certainly nix any initial gains you make over selling it privately.

 

My advice would be to swallow your pride and take the best offer you can get, it will be easier and less heartache in the long run.

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I shall prepare myself to be disappointed then. 

Sounds to me like your at was a nice example and the buyer got a bargain. 

Maybe the prices on these have dipped further than I thought in the last year. 

I appreciate that at 193k miles people assume the worst. 

And the niche market as said is small. 

I may put both up for sale and walk away for a newer car or I guess whichever sells first makes my decision 

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At the end of the day, if the phones not ringing it's because it's too expensive unfortunately :( just keep dropping the price till you start getting some bites, it may take a while though, it depends on how pushed for time you are.

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Take the hit and sell it whole to someone !

Breaking is HARD WORK !

I have never broke a BMW for parts but ended up doing this to my old Audi when I couldn't reach (at the time) a sensible price for it.

Long hours in the garage carefully removing parts for resale is really time consuming. Obviously your 'in demand' parts will be first to go but some parts I had for almost 18months :(

I tried to get £1800 for my Audi at the time with no luck whatsoever (but lots of interest in parts) Broke it (inc the shell) for 3.5k ! I wouldn't do another ! Any car !

 

My Audi by today's prices would probably worth around 5k now :(

 

 

 

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I have broken a few cars on my drive. Mk2 Golfs although was some years ago and far less bolted to them! 

Did pretty well price wise but agreed it takes time. 

Annoyingly I have a unit where I keep my golf but no access for a truck to pick up a shell so it's outside or not at all. 

Will be making a decision on which car I'm keeping and make the best of one. 

Sell the other but not for less than its worth in bits! 

I have storage for parts so it's not a huge issue. Just all the muppets on eBay to sell it all! 

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