Mileage: 237,800 Miles
Engine: M52B28TU 2.8-Liter Inline Six Cylinder Engine
Transmission: 5-Speed Steptronic Automatic Transmission
Exterior color: Anthracite Metallic (397)
Interior: Grey Standard Leather Interior (N6TT)
Fine Wood Interior Trim
BMW Business Stereo
Power Memory Seats w/ Lumbar Support
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Automatic Climate Control
Front Arm Rest
BMW Carpet Floor Mats
BMW Rubber Floor Mats
Style 66 Double 5-Spoke Wheels
Goodyear Eagle Tires
100% Stock and Unmolested
Long-term Family Ownership
Texas / California Car
The BMW E39 generation 5 Series was arguably the best 5 Series ever. The E39 was significantly more powerful, advanced, and modern than its E34 predecessor, yet was the last of the iconic traditional designs before Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk’s awkwardly styled E60 5 Series. A 6-cylinder E39 is one of the best daily drivers BMW ever built. It has plenty of power, exceptional handling, sporting luxury, and the “last of the classics” E39 styling. Yet, it does all this with better gas mileage and less maintenance than V8 powered E39s. The 2.8-liter M52B28TU inline 6-cylinder engine mated to the automatic Steptronic gearbox is a fantastic combination of real-world reliability and drivability. The early M52-powered E39s are arguably the most reliable E39 ever built; the M52 has none of the oil consumption issues that plagued M54 cars. The E39 5 Series was so good that many literally had the wheels driven off of them, making well-maintained examples extremely rare.
This Anthracite Metallic over Grey Leather 2000 528i is a great example. We have used it as a Glen Shelly car for the better part of a year. It the quintessential example of how maintenance is more important than mileage on a BMW of this vintage, and if properly maintained it will last forever. We know of one M52-powered 528i that is well beyond the 400k-mileage mark. This 528i comes with a large binder of receipts and records that go back to the original delivery in Dallas, Texas in March of 2000 and remained there until moving to California in 2003. From there it split its time between Texas and California remaining with a long-term owner from 2003 until 2017 when he sold it to his son. I purchased it from him last year. The records are extensive, showing frequent and regular services—the kind of “old-school” maintenance that is far more important than age or mileage. Recent maintenance in preparation for sale includes: a preventative cooling system refresh with the expansion tank, water pump, thermostat, lower radiator hose, aux fan switch, and a coolant flush. We also replaced several power steering lines, the engine and cabin air filters, and give it a fresh oil change. The Carfax is clean and it has never been in an accident. As it sits this is a fantastic driver-quality E39 which will easily go over 400K miles if continued to be properly maintained. It comes with two keys, carpet and all-weather floor mats, and all owners’ manuals.
This 528i presents very well; it is in above average condition given its age and mileage. The Anthracite Metallic paint is in good condition. There are typical small dings, as would be expected for the age and mileage, although nothing glaring. The underside of the front bumper cover is sagging slightly on the driver’s side. There is no rust. The VIN tag is in place. All trim is present and in good condition. The fog lights, marker lights, and taillight lenses are all clear and all lights operate correctly. The headlights and fog light lenses have moderate pitting. The headlights are a bit foggy. The windshield has no cracks, but also has some light pitting. The side and rear windows are in good condition. The Style 66 wheels are in good shape with light curbing on all four. They are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle Sport all-season tires with 70% tread.
The Grey Standard Leather interior is in good condition. The wood trim is in good condition, but has some typical E39 minor cracks in the finish. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpets are clean, with no notable stains or tears. Floor mats have saved the carpets from excessive wear and staining. The seat leather has no tears, but the driver’s seat has some bolster wear. All power seat functions work and there is no seat twist. The rear seat is slightly worn with a spot of discoloration. The instrument cluster, stereo, and HVAC displays have no failed pixels. There are no warning lights and no system check messages. The BMW Business stereo sounds fantastic. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The heater blower is quiet and the final stage resistor functions correctly at all fan speeds. All power door locks and windows work exactly as they should. The trunk carpet has no excessive wear or stains. The factory tool kit, factory jack, and spare tire are all present. All owners’ manuals are present, along with two keys.
When you buy a used BMW, you buy the previous owner’s stewardship. This is especially true with an E39 5 Series. That said, the E39 was probably the last solidly reliable 5 Series, and the 528i was much more reliable than the V8 powered E39s. The maintenance records for this 528i date back to original purchase. The records and Carfax indicate regular servicing. No common E39 528i issues are present. The M52TU engine fires up on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It does not spot or leak or consume excessive oil. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and does not slip. The suspension is compliant and there are no clunks, rattles, or other abnormal drivetrain noises. The brakes are firm and it passes emissions with no problems, which we pay for. Like any E39, it will certainly need continued care and maintenance, but thanks to its history, that shouldn’t be for some time. The E39 is arguably one of the best road cars that BMW has ever built. We would like to find a new owner for it who will enjoy, care for it and appreciate it as it has been.