Mileage: 132,500 Miles
Engine: N54B30 Twin Turbocharged Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Manual Shift
Exterior color: Alpine White III (300)
Interior: Black Dakota Leather (LCSW)
Light Poplar Fine Wood Trim (437)
Cold Weather Package
Sport Leather Multifunction Steering Wheel
Heated Steering Wheel
Contoured Leather Memory Power Seats w/ Adjustable Side Bolsters
Heated Front and Rear Seats
Fold Down Rear Seats with Pass-Through
Headlight Washer System
Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirrors
Adaptive Self-Leveling Xenon HID Headlights
Ambient Lights Package
BMW Professional Logic7 HiFI Sound System
Dynamic Sound Processing (DSP)
High Definition Radio
Power Lift Gate
BMW Carpet Floor Mats
Rubber Floor Mats
BMW First Aid Kit
17-Inch Style 243 Wheels
Michelin X-Ice Tires
100% Stock and Unmolested
Comprehensive Routine and Preventative E60 Maintenance
The E61 generation BMW 5 Series wagon was the last of a legacy of 5 Series tourings that began with the iconic E34 5 Series touring (at least for the US market). Thanks to Chris Bangle’s “flame surfacing,” the E60 5 Series didn’t have the classic elegance of its predecessor, the E39 5 Series, but the E61 was at least spared the “Bangle Butt” thanks to its hatchback form. By the 2007 model year the E61 did receive something very, very special. Was it more technology than a Stealth Fighter? No. Was it more rear legroom, more cargo room, and better handling than an X5? No. It was 302 twin-turbocharged horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque available at a mere 1300 RPM delivered in that buttery smooth manner that only a BMW in-line 6-cylinder engine can—let’s not forget, BMW was an engine company before it was anything else. That combined with a rear-biased all-wheel drive system and more luxury appointments than a designer home truly made the E61 the pinnacle of BMW sport wagons. The British vernacular—estate—is a much more fitting epithet than wagon or touring, but I digress.
In an age dominated by crossovers, the E61 5 Series touring was the last of the true driver’s alternatives for those who needed to haul ass, while still hauling kids, dogs, or literally anything else that would fit in its massive cargo hold—which only gets larger once the rear seats are folded flat. A touring-exclusive panoramic sunroof makes the interior feel even larger for both front and rear occupants. And then, when it’s time to go around corners, there is absolutely no mistaking that this is a driver’s car, thanks to athleticism that will leave those white-knuckling crossover drivers in the dust, because wagons are far superior. The rarest E61s came with the Sport Package, which transformed the look of the car even more in line with its abilities.
This 2008 535XiT is one of those rare sport-packaged examples. It looks absolutely stunning in Alpine White over black Dakota Leather. Sit down, push the start button and the adjustable bolsters of the contoured seats squeeze you firmly, putting the “sport” in sport wagon. It was originally optioned with 17-inch non-runflat wheels in lieu of the 18-inch runflats, which had poor ride quality. In addition to the Sport Package, it also has the Premium and Cold Weather Packages, along with adaptive xenon headlights, and BMW professional radio with Logic7 sound system. The E60 generation is what I consider the first of the modern BMW 5 Series, and that means that proper ownership history and documentation of routine and preventative maintenance are absolutely critical. Like an airplane, proper stewardship is much more important than strictly mileage. This 535XiT has dealer service records going back to day one. It was originally purchased on April 15, 2008 at Schomp BMW, then resold as a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) car with BMW’s 100k-mile CPO warranty in addition to the extended N54 fuel pump and turbo warranties. As a result, it has always been maintained correctly having common, but expensive, issues addressed like the cooling system, valve cover, high-pressure fuel pump, turbos, cam sensor, oil filter housing, panoramic sunroof, and hydraulic rear hatch. I am selling it on consignment for the current owner, who is fanatical about his cars. He has spared no expense during his stewardship, picking up where the previous owner left off (a comprehensive list is in the mechanical paragraph). The result is one of the most fastidiously maintained and exceptionally clean 535XiTs on the market. We have priced it accordingly.
Alpine White with shadowline trim is an uncommon color in a population of predominately blue and black E61s. White is a color that always looks fantastic. The paint on this example is in excellent condition; it presents like a much younger, lower mileage car. There are no significant dents, dings, or door dings except for a faint crease in the passenger side rear door (pictures are on our website if you are reading this elsewhere). All paint and panels are original except for the front bumper cover and hood, which were replaced in 2016 after minor damage from road debris, which is documented on the Carfax and in the records. I also have pictures prior to their replacement. The kidney grills were professionally painted black when the new parts were installed. There are no typical Colorado leading edge paint chips on the hood or bumper cover and all surfaces including the headlights are protected by Clear Bra. The passenger side mirror cover has a small crack, but it isn’t glaring. The adaptive self-leveling Xenon headlights work, as do the angel eyes. The lenses are crystal clear. The foglight lenses are slightly cloudy, but could be polished out. All other light lenses are clear and crack-free. The windshield was replaced this year and is crack and pit-free as a result. The side and rear window glass is tinted and in excellent shape. The Style 243 wheels are straight and true with very minor curb rash on the left front and right rear wheels. They are wrapped in Michelin X-Ice Tires with 90% tread remaining.
The Black Dakota leather is in exceptional condition. It looks and feels very much like the day it left the dealership. Tinted windows have protected it from UV hardening or fade—a must for a Colorado car. The Light Poplar Fine Wood trim with titanium accents looks amazing and is crack-free. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpets are clean, with no stains or tears. BMW carpeted floor mats are included with the sale, along with all weather rubber mats. The 3-spoke sport steering wheel makes no mistake that this is a driver’s car. The steering wheel leather is in great shape and all function buttons work. The heated steering wheel is a must for winter months. The seat leather has no tears, failed stitching, or bolster wear. All power seat functions work, including the adjustable side bolsters. The instrument cluster, iDrive, stereo, and HVAC displays have no failed pixels. All accessories and options function correctly. There are no warning lights and no system check messages. The BMW Professional stereo and Logic7 HiFi speakers sound 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 sunroof opens, closes, and tilts up on command; the shade is on the tracks and slides smoothly—both have been rebuilt. The retractable cup holders work and are not cracked. The rear hatch cargo cover is missing, but a replacement is still available from BMW. The power rear hatch functions correctly, the owner inspected and repaired the wiring harness where it chafes and bled the hydraulic fluid. All owners’ manuals are present, along with a 2008 535XiT marketing brochure.
When you buy a used BMW, you buy the previous owner’s stewardship. I cannot stress how important this is with an N54-powered E61. This example has always benefited from excellent stewardship from all of its owners. Only the best examples are selected as certified pre-owned (CPO) cars, which is how the previous owner bought it from Schomp BMW. In the last 30,000 miles the following items have been addressed:
Looking farther back the records show continued regular services and maintenance and importantly the turbos being replaced under warranty.
The result of this is a 535XiT that drives and feels very much like it did when it left the dealer. The N54 engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It doesn’t spot or leak. The transmission shifts smoothly and always picks the right gear to optimize engine power and torque. The AWD system works and the transfer case and differentials are quiet. The suspension is firm, yet compliant. There are no clunks, rattles, or other abnormal drivetrain vibrations or noises. The brakes are firm. I once drove a 2008 535XiT cross-country and it handled the mission with aplomb, soaking up the miles in way few cars could. The E61 was the last 5 Series wagon, and the end of an era. We would like to find a new owner who appreciates what this car is and will continue to care for it as it has been.