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BMW 5-series E39 (1996 - 2003)

5

530i

reviewed by Anonymous on 19 June 2021
5
Overall rating
5
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
3
Running costs
3
Cost of maintenance and repairs
4
Experience at the garage or specialist
4
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

One of the best real world cars ever

After a troublesome period with my beloved 328i E36 I fed up and bought, following advices from friends, a 530i E39 with a manual transmission. I wasn´t fully convinced because I never loved the E39 styling.

Boy, I was wrong! It´s a fantastic car that does everything well. Confortable, fast, robust build quality, smooth engine, very good economy...and, above all, a truly great chassis (mine has M suspension) that provides very good ride AND handling.

As it´s now an old car it needs proper care every now and then, though. Don´t skimp on servicing, and don´t let faulty things unatended, before they amount and the repair bill gets big. And yes, mine likes oil, too.

It seems that good, big petrol engined E39s are getting a bit of "youngtimer" status, so be quick to buy one before prices rise.

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