The Details

BMW E39 530i Sport




  • Mileage: 51,965
  • Year: 2003
  • MOT Expiry: August 2023
  • Exterior Colour: Titanium Silver Metallic
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Alcantara / Cloth
  • Top speed: 152
  • 0-60mph: 7.6
  • BHP: 228
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Capacity: 2979cc
  • 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.


Titanium Silver Metallic paintwork, Anthracite Alcantara/cloth upholstery, 17-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels, 5-Speed Steptronic transmission, M Sport package, M Sport suspension, M Aerodynamics package, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, Electrically-adjustable front sports seats with memory, Electric steering column, Electric folding door mirrors, Privacy glass, Automatic air conditioning, Automatic Xenon headlamps with washer system, Rain-sensitive wipers, Shadowline exterior trim, Anti-dazzle rear view mirror, HiFi loudspeaker system, 6 CD changer, Cassette player, Front central armrest, Isofix system, Aluminium interior trim, Anthracite headlining, On-board computer (OBC), Front fog lights, BMW toolkit, BMW overmats.


Equipped with the desirable factory M Sport Pack this low mileage E39 presents in superb condition throughout, and as a facelift car it’s also equipped with automatic Xenon headlights, which in this case are still nice and clear. The bodywork maintains an excellent depth of shine all round following a machine polish by our in-house detailer, the only negatives to report being a few minor chips and a small amount of surface wear to the paint at the top of the nearside front bumper. Having resided on the salt-free roads of Japan since new this low mileage example maintains a remarkably clean underside with absolutely no corrosion issues to report. Over and above the standard M Sport equipment the car additionally boasts rear privacy glass and electric folding door mirrors.



The anthracite sports seats have worn well with no signs of heavy use to the delicate Alcantara bolsters. The dark fabric is perfectly offset by unmarked aluminum inlays throughout the interior – a welcome choice over the commonly specified walnut veneer. The headlining is also anthracite and maintains an intimate atmosphere within the cabin.

Smaller details such as the gear selector and steering wheel are still nice and fresh with good textures to the leather. The dash, centre console, and switchgear are also free from any notable marking. In the footwells the carpets are spotless having been protected from new by the original BMW overmats. The boot area is also immaculate, still housing the BMW toolkit and 6-disc CD changer.


The engine bay presents really well and again there’s no sign of any corrosion, damage, or previous poor repair to note. Out on the road the 3-litre straight-six is as smooth as ever, and everything feels as tight as a drum with no audible rattles or squeaks. The car has just returned from a full inspection, service, and MOT at the current mileage of 51k.


The E39 sits on the correct 17-inch M Sport alloy wheels in great original condition all round, the only negatives to report here being one or two small curb marks on closer inspection. The wheels are shod in matching tyres with ample tread left. The brakes have also been checked and fitted with a new set of discs and pads at the front.

History File

This low mileage E39 was first registered in Japan in January 2003. Having only very recently landed in the country (with all taxes and duties paid on arrival) the car remains in excellent rust-free condition throughout, especially to the underside.

Since arriving in the UK the car has been freshly serviced and inspected by our trusted classic car specialists. A new battery was fitted and the front discs and pads were also replaced. The car was then MOT’d with no advisories present on the certificate. UK registration is currently underway.

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