The Details

BMW E39 528i Sport




  • Mileage: 19,050
  • Year: 1999
  • MOT Expiry: February 2019
  • Exterior Colour: Titanium Silver Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Alcantara / Cloth
  • Top speed: 145
  • 0-60mph: 8.7
  • BHP: 191
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2793cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

The BMW E39 is the fourth generation of BMW 5-Series, which was sold from 1995 to 2004. It was launched as a saloon with the estate (Touring) introduced in 1996. The E39 was replaced by the E60 in 2003, however E39 Touring models remained in production until 2004.

The E39 was the first 5-Series to use aluminium components in the front suspension. The proportion of chassis components using aluminium significantly increased for the E39 in order to reduce weight. It was also the first 5-Series where a four-cylinder diesel engine was available. Unlike its E34 predecessor and E60 successor, the E39 was not available with all-wheel drive.

At launch, the petrol engines consisted of the M52 straight six and M62 V8, which were both new engines at the time. In 1998, the "technical update" versions of these engines were introduced, which introduced double VANOS to increase torque at low rpm. At the 2000 facelift, the M52 straight-six engine was replaced by its successor the M54.

Both the saloon and the Touring offered even more space within the passenger compartment over the previous generation E34. Boasting features such as a multifunction steering wheel, navigation system, active seats, and Dynamic Stability Control, the BMW 5-Series was acknowledged as a particularly outstanding high-tech representative of its segment.

In the interest of enhanced driving dynamics and safety, the body came with a significant increase in torsional stiffness over the former model, and E39 was the first large-scale production car worldwide made almost completely of light alloy. The newly developed all-aluminium engines also helped to significantly reduce the weight of the car. The aerodynamic design of the E39 resulted in a drag coefficient of 0.28.


M Sports package, M Sports suspension II, M Sports leather steering wheel, M Aerodynamics package, 5-Speed Steptronic transmission, Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium interior trim, Electrically adjustable front Sports seats with driver’s seat memory, Electrically adjustable steering wheel, Electric folding door mirrors, Dual digital climate control AC, Anthracite headlining, Sliding front central armrest, Headlight wash/wipe, Front fog lights, Clear front indicators, On-board computer, BMW Business cassette radio, HiFi speaker system, Velour floor mats, Warning triangle, First aid kit, Spare key and valet key.


This charming 5-Series is presented in bright Titanium Silver, a solid choice for the E39. As an M Sport example this 528i boasts M body styling and uprated M suspension for a more assertive stance with improved handling. The paintwork is still looking fresh and, while not 100% blemish-free, is almost entirely original. What really sets this E39 apart from the rest is how both the body and underside are absolutely free from rust, a common issue with BMWs of this age.


The electrically adjustable sports seats are upholstered in handsome alcantara and pinstripe cloth. All of the bolsters remain in extremely good condition and there are no marks or rips to be found. The headlining is also anthracite in colour and the rear seats appear unused. The cabin is accented with aluminum inlays along the dash, door panels, and centre console, all of which are unmarked.

Upon closer inspection all the switchgear maintains a pristine finish and feels solid to operate. Everything within the cabin works just as it did leaving the factory; the air conditioning is ice cold and the cassette radio sounds fantastic through the HiFi speaker system. All the carpets are immaculate and in the foot wells you’ll still find the original velour overmats. At the rear of the car the unmarked boot area is equipped the BMW toolkit and full size spare wheel.


The 528’s M52 straight-six is wonderfully smooth on test. The engine has been well maintained from new having always been serviced at close mileage intervals – these are detailed below. The under bonnet area is exceptionally clean and free from any signs of corrosion or poor repair. A fresh service will be carried out upon sale for the new keeper’s piece of mind.


The 17-inch light alloy M Sport wheels look great in their original coat of silver. There is almost no curb marking to be found, with only light age-related wear to report on close inspection. The alloys are shod in a matching set of Goodyear tyres all with at least 5mm of tread remaining.

History File

The 528i was first registered in September 1999. Having resided on the salt-free roads of Japan up until earlier this year the car has avoided any of the common rust issues normally associated with E39s. It is now offered for sale for the first time in the UK, with its original handbooks and spare keys. It has been serviced at the following mileages: 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, 8k, 10k, 11k, 12k, 12k, 13k, and 14k miles. It has now driven just 19k miles from new and will be freshly serviced upon sale.

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