2002 BMW 5 Series E39 520i ES SE M Sport 2.2 petrol straight six
One of the world's great cars, purchased for buttons!
Cruise control not working.
My previous 520 was written off by a clumsy Waberer's lorry driver. I was gutted as it was a mint low mileage dream to own.
I am very happy to report that I have found another in amazing condition with very low mileage to buy with the insurance money!
This is a runout edition with a lot of extras included, such as M sport ride, wheels, steering wheel, gearbox etc, and a lot of SE kit like climate control, adjustable seats and a multi CD player.
As a result it drives and rides more firmly than my previous E39, but is still amazingly comfortable. It looks and feels like a one year old car rather than a thirteen year old one.
Very much anticipating putting many happy miles on this beauty, this time avoiding Waberer's trucks!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th May, 2015
30th May 2015, 20:04
Keep this E39 you have found well as it's already gaining collectible status, despite the low asking prices, which I suspect, will not last for much longer for good examples.
6th Jun 2015, 14:35
Original Poster here -
I've done over 1000 miles in my first week of ownership.
First thoughts are: the ride is much firmer than my old SE's was. It's certainly sportier and probably handles better, but I'd rather have the magic carpet ride.
It is still a sublime mile-eater however, and very comfortable at speed. It looks fine too with its deep blue paintwork and de-chromed look.
Much quicker than its reputation would suggest too, yet still averaging 35 MPG so far.
Looking forward to piling the miles on this lovely exec saloon!