2002 BMW 5 Series 530i Touring M Sport 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Great package


Alternator died, which also killed the battery.

Door actuator stopped working.

Rocker cover gasket leaked.

General Comments:

I have had a few E39s now. The 530i M is the best by far.

Much better than a 540i, and get the M Sport, it is worth the extra dollars.

The wagon is great, but it is not a big wagon. The side trims make the boot a little narrow.

Great comfort. I am yet to find a better car that I can do 500kms per day - and still feel like I could do another 500kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2009

29th Apr 2009, 11:47


Can you elaborate why is it better than the 540? I know the fuel economy is better, but is there anything else?

Thank you for your answer and I wish you a million happy miles with your bimmer. I hope I get one soon.

5th May 2013, 04:41

The 540 tends to be more unreliable and expensive to fix, should things go wrong. The 530 won countless awards, is smoother with its even firing order, and has 77bhp per litre compared with the 540's 64bhp per litre.

2002 BMW 5 Series 525 2.5 from Egypt


A car for those who love to drive


The electronics need some attention. Every two weeks or so I need to replace a burnt bulb, headlight, taillight, number plate light. Maybe I should buy more expensive bulbs, but Bavaria once charged me 240 L.E. for a fog-light bulb!! Now I only pay 30 L.E. at random spare part dealers. By the way I also replaced Bavaria's 240 L.E. bulb.

The steering box needs to be replaced. I understand this a problem with this model.

There is a slight slip in the transmission in normal mode.

Changed the AC cut-out thing at 69000 km.

Changed the AC fan at 70000 km.

Changed the camshaft sensor at 75000 for optimum acceleration.

General Comments:

I have owned used BMW,s since I started driving. I started with the E21 (1979 318), then moved onto the E30 (1988 318), and last but not least the E39 (2002 525). For bimmer lovers this is the car to drive. I pretty much out-run anything on the road. Acceleration is unbelievalble. Of-course I need not to mention BMW's stability. The thing with this car is it is huge. So I did not think it would be as quick and agile as it's smaller siblings. I was never more wrong! The car transforms depending on your style of driving. If I am taking my family out for a long drive, the spacious cabin, the natural leather seats and multi-function steering wheel make feel as if I were in my own living-room. If I am alone, maybe driving home from work and needing a little adrenaline rush the car magically turns into a mini cooper! Definitely the Ultimate Driving Machine!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

2002 BMW 5 Series 530i M Sport 3 litre 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Simply the Best


Nothing serious has gone wrong. There is a persistent, yet quiet squeak from the sports seats (I suspect it's the passenger's side) when driving on rough roads and the windscreen washer reservoir warning light flashes on occasionally when it shouldn't, probably a dud sensor which I'll get the dealership to look at, as I have a warranty through the BMW dealer network.

General Comments:

After surviving an accident where a speeding Nissan T-Boned and wrote off my '99 528i Executive earlier this year, I was certain I'd get another e39, but something with a bit more oomph and without going to a 535i/540i, which usually seem to be '97 models. So it had to be a 530i and the M Sport pack is just so hot. The Executive, in comparison, while one of the most comfortable cars around, just looks a bit average.

The one I ended up with has a few more Ks on it than I'd like and didn't come with the Harman/Kardon HiFi system or TV screen. Not too worried about the TV, but would've liked the HiFi. But it's the right colour inside and out and has the silver inserts instead of the wood ones. And check out those wheels and the subtly aggressive bodykit. I've had blokes in old VN Commodores pass me by with their jaws hanging out the window dragging on the ground. And I thought everyone else hated BMWs...

I've driven it further in 6 months than I drove my 528i in 15 months! Obviously it's even more of a joy to drive than my old 528i Executive. Compared to the slightly gutless 528i, the 530i really does have some grunt. This motor, for its relatively modest size really does shove along this heavy beast of a car and makes a glorious noise from 4000rpm. Boy does it sing. That drainpipe exhaust probably helps.

The M-Sport suspension and Dunlop SP Sport tyres (wider at the back) transform what was already a competent, if slightly soft sedan car into an all-out sports car, with pin-sharp reflexes. While firmly damped, the suspension is still very supple, yet roll is virtually non-existent. The sports seats are amazing (if not silent) and are about the most comfortable seats.

It is this car's finely honed chassis, comfortable seats and extreme over-engineering which make it one of the only big sedan car choices for those who really love driving, yet need a sensible car and they're great value used. I mean, you could buy a Nissan Maxima (or whatever) for about the same money and it'll drop most of it's value in the next 3 years, while a 5 year old BMW's depreciation is beginning to plateau. I know which one I'd rather drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2007

25th Dec 2015, 12:59

This is very encouraging. I am currently waiting for my 530i M Sport 2001 from Japan (to Botswana) and this validates my choice. Very nearly went for a 7 Series e38, but I am very satisfied with the e39!