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2003 BMW 530i Sport

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Price: SOLD

Mileage: 82,200 Miles

Engine: M54B30 3.0-Liter Inline Six Cylinder Engine

Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Steptronic Transmission

Exterior color: Slate Green (Schieffergruen) Metallic Exterior (449)

Interior: Montana Sand Beige Leather Interior (PN6SN)

VIN: WBADT63493CK44840

Additional features:

Painted Gold Interior Trim

Sport Package:

  • M Steering Wheel
  • M Sport Suspension
  • Sport Seats

Premium Package

Moonroof

Xenon Headlights

BMW Business CD Stereo

Premium Sound with HiFi Speakers

Power Memory Seats

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Automatic Climate Control

Style 42 17” x 8” Sport Wheels

Falken Ziex ZE960A/S Tires

Rare Survivor Condition

100% Stock and Unmolested

2-Owner California and Colorado Car

Clean Carfax

Background

2003 BMW 530i Sport exterior photo

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. The post-facelift 530i Sport is probably the best daily driver 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 3-liter M54B30 inline 6-cylinder engine mated to the automatic Steptronic gearbox is a fantastic combination of real-world reliability and drivability. For the 2003 530i, the Sport Package included: M Sport Steering Wheel, M Sport Suspension, Sport Seats, and 17 x 8 inch Style 42 wheels. The E39 5 Series was so good that many literally had the wheels driven off of them, making clean, low mileage examples extremely rare.

Summary

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This 2002 530i Sport is an outlier in a population of E39’s that has been decimated by time, the elements, and irresponsible owners. With just over 80,000 miles, this 530i presents, drives, and feels much closer to the day it was originally delivered than most remaining E39 cars. It is nicely optioned with the Sport and Premium Packages, Xenon headlights, and Premium Sound with the HiFi speaker system. The original owner purchased it in May of 2003 in Encinitas, California where it remained with them for over 16 years, accumulating 80,695 miles in its time in Southern California. In 2019 it was sold to the second owner, a local BMW fanatic in Colorado, who drove the car very sparingly, adding less than three thousand miles since 2019. The records show frequent and regular dealer services at Continental Motors BMW in Oceanside, CA, along with several reputable independent BMW specialists. In addition to regular oil changes and scheduled, absolutely every issue was documented and addressed by professionals. It comes with records from the first two owners organized in a 3-ring binder, two keys, all owners’ manuals, the original window sticker, and a clean Carfax.

Exterior

2003 BMW 530i Sport exterior photo

This E39 presents like a low mileage, Southern California daily driver should. There are superficial nicks and scratches commensurate with light use. The paint appears to be all original, with a few small spots of clear coat bubbling on the passenger-side A-pillar and roof. There are minor dents on the passenger door and some clear coat bubbles present on the passenger door. The front bumper shows one larger scratch and only a few rock chips. The rear bumper has a few dimples and blistering on the driver’s side with mild scuffing and clear coat fade visible up close. The VIN tag is in place, the Carfax is clean, and it has never been in accident. All trim is present and in good condition. The headlights present with minor haze and minimal rock pitting. The fog lights, marker lights, and taillight lenses are all crystal clear and all lights operate correctly. The E39 was the first BMW with Angel Eyes; the ones on this car have no inoperative filaments. The windshield has one small dent on the passenger-side lower corner. The side and rear windows are perfectly clear. The Style 42 sport wheels are in good shape, but all of them have some oxidation on the rims and curb rash on the right rear. They are wrapped in 235/45R17 Falken Ziex ZE960A/S tires with lots of tread remaining.

Interior

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The Montana Sand Beige/Dark Beige interior is a time capsule that seems to have slowed down the aging process by a decade or more. Averaging less than 5,000 miles a year, it presents with crisp displays, intact buttons, and only mild to moderate wear on the front seats. The two-tone beige interior with gold painted trim is peak 2000’s era BMW, and the M-Sport steering wheel and clear analog gauge cluster highlight all that was great about the E39 5-Series design. There are minor signs of wear on the front passenger door pull and driver’s side lower door kick panel, though the majority of the interior is remarkably clean and original. The front seats are very clean and the power adjustments and memory are fully functional; the driver’s side lower bolster and seat bottom show some wear but remain supple. The passenger lower seat shows light wear. The entire rear seat area is incredibly clean with minimal signs of wear. The rubber BMW factory mats up front protected the carpets almost entirely, while the rear carpet mats appear as clean as the carpet underneath them. 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 is impeccable and features all tools in the tool kit and a clean full-size spare; although the CD changer appears to be missing. All owners’ manuals are present, along with the window sticker.

Mechanical

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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 530i was much more reliable than the V8 powered E39s. The maintenance records for this 530i go back to 2003, when it was originally purchased. The records and Carfax indicate regular servicing, even though it has always been driven sparingly. No common E39 530i issues are present. The M54 engine fires up on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It does not spot or leak or consume excessive oil. The automatic Steptronic 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 relatively low yet consistent use, it is in exceptional operating condition.

This 530i is truly an outlier example due to its ownership history and condition. It 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.

VIN Decode

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Vin Decode

  • VIN: WBADT63493CK44840
  • Type Code: DT63
  • E Series E39
  • Series: 5
  • Type: LIM
  • Model: 530I(USA)
  • Steering: LL
  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: M54
  • Displacement: 3.00
  • Power: 170
  • Drive: HECK
  • Transmission: AUT
  • Color: Schieffergruen Metallic Exterior (449)
  • Upholstery: Montana Sand Beige/Dark Beige Leather Interior (PN6SN)
  • Production Date: 2003-05-20

Optional Equipment

  • S0202 Steptronic
  • S0210 Dynamic Stability Control (DSC III)
  • S0249 Multifunction for steering wheel
  • S0302 Alarm system
  • S0308 Light alloy wheels cross spoke 42
  • S0339 Satin Chrome
  • S0354 Windscreen with green shade band
  • S0403 Glass roof, electric
  • S0441 Smoker’s package
  • S0459 Seat adjustment, electrical with memory
  • S0464 Skibag
  • S0465 Through-loading system
  • S0470 Child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • S0473 Armrest front
  • S0481 Sport seats for driver and front passenger
  • S0520 Fog lights
  • S0522 Xenon light
  • S0534 Automatic air conditioning
  • S0640 Car-telephone preparation
  • S0645 Radio control US
  • S0650 CD drive
  • S0661 Radio BMW Business
  • S0676 HiFi loudspeaker system
  • S0694 Preparation for CD changer
  • S0704 M Sport suspension
  • S0710 M leather steering wheel
  • S0785 White direction indicator lights
  • S0818 Battery master switch
  • S0845 Acoustic seat-belt warning
  • S0850 Additional tank filling,export
  • S0853 Language version English
  • S0876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
  • S0925 Shipping protection package
  • S0992 Control of number-plate attachment