For sale is an exceptionally clean 2001 E39 530i with the desirable sport package and manual 5-speed transmission combination. In my opinion, this is the best all-around BMW you can buy today. Nothing that came before it, and nothing that came after the E39 really lives up to all that this car offers in one great value package.
What other car offers: timeless styling, the ability to drive a modern classic on vintage plates with discounted tax and insurance, comfortable for the family yet still sporty with direct road feel and confidence inspiring handling unmatched by any other five series?
This car actually belongs to my Father who lives out in the suburbs north of Chicago, Illinois. He bought this car from down South so it is very clean and solid, never exposed to road salts and has been garaged and driven only in Summer under his ownership.
I have personally driven this car while visiting my family last summer; the car drives beautifully (and I’ve driven a lot of E39’s). The manual transmission is always a pleasure to drive in this platform. No clunks, vibrations or issues were noted. Suspension is tight and the car is quiet. You just don’t find them in this condition anymore.
The car has a clean Illinois title and Car Fax is also clean showing no accident history. Exterior color is the very smart Titanium silver metallic over black Dakota leather interior, featuring the premium package and beautiful coffee tobacco colored wood trim – a rich shade that I’ve not seen before in an E39.
Inside the cabin, the door panels and seats are in excellent condition. The leather is soft and the car retains its signature BMW leather aroma.
Original equipment includes this wood grain m-technic shift knob and wood trim.
The sport package further enhances this car with m-technic sport suspension from the factory, two-piece BBS 17” wheels, black shadow-line exterior trim and the m-technic sport steering wheel.
Last fall, before storing the car for winter, all four BBS wheels were completely professionally restored and refinished in the original silver. A set of four new factory spec 235/45/17 Falken tires were also mounted after the refinish.
Under the hood is the reliable and easy to work on M54 3.0 liter inline six. This motor is powerful enough (228 horses) to have fun around town yet easy and relatively affordable to maintain, unlike the BMW V8’s of this era. The 6 cylinder cars benefit from better weight distribution as well as a sublime rack-and-pinion steering, whereas the V8’s get a steering box.
The car is offered for sale complete with service records, fresh oil change, new filters, new tires, new wiper blades and includes factory service and owners manuals. The original window sticker is also included, don’t you just love that? The car has just turned 162,000 miles.
Also included are manuals, two keys, original books and file.
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