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I know this is late to the party (congrats to the OP on the new 5 series!) but anyone else attracted to this topic, I can't vouch enough for finding a good example of an older 5 series. I found a single owner 2002 540i 6-speed with only ~45k miles and have brought it to near-new condition. The E39 530i Sport, 540i/6, and M5 are all fantastically well-balanced vehicles.
Don't even think about it in terms of financial trade-offs. Interesting thing with BMW is that they aren't just improving on a formula but make very different products at different times. Obviously it's personal taste as there is no competition in objective performance figures, but the E39 exceeds the driving experience of newer cars for many people. I've driven loaner 2012 3- and 5-series when my car was in the shop, and actually looked forward to getting behind the wheel of my car again.
They did finally nail the new styling on the last gen 5s though.
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