2002 Bmw 530
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Siply the Best

by from Osage Beach, Missouri on July 2, 2011

Ordered new and built exactly as I wanted. Have had this car for 10 years in December - absolutely no problems. Maticulous maintenance, tires, new battery and brakes. Has been all over the mid-west an...
Ordered new and built exactly as I wanted. Have had this car for 10 years in December - absolutely no problems. Maticulous maintenance, tires, new battery and brakes. Has been all over the mid-west and Florida - love it. The best BMW and car I have ever owned - while my Corvette is close - but this engine is without a doubt the best BMW ever built.
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Best car I've ever owned

by from Virginia on June 28, 2011

I bought my current BMW 530i new in 12/01. I currently have about 90,000 on it and it is without a doubt the best car I've ever owned. No problems other than routine maintenance (probably runs $1k per...
I bought my current BMW 530i new in 12/01. I currently have about 90,000 on it and it is without a doubt the best car I've ever owned. No problems other than routine maintenance (probably runs $1k per year now) and it can run at tip end all day without a problem. I have cared for it by the book and it is garage kept and looks and runs like a new car. If you take care of it, it will surely take care of you!
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Classic BMW earns respect

by from Chicago suburb IL on December 6, 2010

For those who find the Chris Bangle 2004 BMW 5 Series too goofy and unattractive to buy, the older 2002-03 models provide some classic lines and elegance. The 530 is preferred over the 528 with its sm...
For those who find the Chris Bangle 2004 BMW 5 Series too goofy and unattractive to buy, the older 2002-03 models provide some classic lines and elegance. The 530 is preferred over the 528 with its smaller engine and torque. My 530i has good acceleration, decent gas mileage and good looks. Expensive to maintain, but reliable and safe transport. One day I had a chance to look at the frame when the BMW dealer had the car raised for an inspecrtion. The large frame looked like it wouild support a large truck. If safety is a consideration, this is signicicant.I have put 64,000 miles on this Sport package model and love the ride, handling and dynamics.
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Perfect!

by from Appleton, Wi on October 13, 2006

This is my second BMW. I have owned a lot of cars and this is by far my favorite. The Sport Pkg. seating fits like a glove and the M appearence Pkg makes it look sleek, especially with the 17" wheels....
This is my second BMW. I have owned a lot of cars and this is by far my favorite. The Sport Pkg. seating fits like a glove and the M appearence Pkg makes it look sleek, especially with the 17" wheels. Great power from the 6 cyl. and handles like a dream. Could make Navigation more user friendly, but overall a superb car!
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2002 BMW 530i

by from Atlanta, GA on June 9, 2014

This is the best car I have ever driven. Everything is just like you expect it to be from a driving standpoint. The condition of the car is fantastic for the money and the age at purchase. The seats a...
This is the best car I have ever driven. Everything is just like you expect it to be from a driving standpoint. The condition of the car is fantastic for the money and the age at purchase. The seats are comfortable and I commute 90 miles a day so that's important. Acceleration and handling are deceptively smooth and I have to be careful on the highways because you're at 80 before you know it. Cupholders and a place for my phones are a little lacking as they seem to be an afterthought in the design, but I can live with that.
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Best Value for the money!!!

by from Orlando, FL on February 7, 2013

This is a very luxurious vehicle, with a smooth ride and pretty good engine performance for such a big car. One reason I went with an e39 BMW was for the ease of maintenance. I would have gone with th...
This is a very luxurious vehicle, with a smooth ride and pretty good engine performance for such a big car. One reason I went with an e39 BMW was for the ease of maintenance. I would have gone with the newer models, but I didn't want to get into all the electronic issues that occur as a vehicle ages. The reliability is excellent. One thing I really don't like is the lack of cup holders.
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200,000 miles of great driving

by from Phoenix on June 2, 2014

Bought my 530 new in 2002 and just turned 200,000 miles last month. Still have the stock struts on this car.Rides great and the motor still runs perfect.You need to have an honest service center and f...
Bought my 530 new in 2002 and just turned 200,000 miles last month. Still have the stock struts on this car.Rides great and the motor still runs perfect.You need to have an honest service center and fix things when they come up.As always,regular oil changes and keeping your tires at proper inflation levels makes life so much better. I'm going to see how far I can ride this outstanding piece of German craftsmanship.Maybe next post will be at 300,000.Hope this helps.
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Not Just Another Car

by from Seattle on March 22, 2017

My 2002 530i with Sports Package, Cold Weather Package, and Premium Package is a remarkable driving machine. I currently have 142,000 miles on her and she runs like a dream. Even today (2017) I feel a...
My 2002 530i with Sports Package, Cold Weather Package, and Premium Package is a remarkable driving machine. I currently have 142,000 miles on her and she runs like a dream. Even today (2017) I feel a sense of pride, safety, and excitement behind the wheel. My only complaints about my car are the economy as compared to the fuel efficiency wave of the future, and the seals that dry up every 100,000 miles or so e.g. oil pan gasket, oil filter housing gasket, etc. It costs $700 - $1000 to change the oil pan gasket (which will begin a very minor leak around 100,000 miles). This is because you have to drop the entire front axle to get to it, which is a pain. I let my leak go for 30,000 miles or so before I finally had it addressed as it was so minor it was more of a seep than a leak. It did not leave drips on the ground. I had to add a half quart of oil once or twice per year. Regarding my complaint about the economy 19/24 mpg, I have every intention to intsall a hybrid retrofit when it becomes available. The model I like installs electromagnets in the drums of the rear wheels that are energized via a rechargeable battery. They engage between 1 - 40 mph and drastically increase fuel economy in this speed range (almost 100% increased mpg). They also increase torque in this speed range. Projected cost range is $2000 - $3000. I should add that this 5 series model (2001 - 2003) is so popular, third parties are still making impressive aftermarket products specifically for this car. For instance, I install the Dynavin N6 (e39) Navigation System, which is a large, touch-screen unti. It has too many features to list including a reverse camera input, dvd player, and micro-SD memory slots. The GPS is colorful and feature rich. You can upload your own screen images to include the radio selection button images. Some mainstream complaints about this car are self-induced. For instance, many complain about the coolant system failing prematurely via a ruptured expansion tank. It turns out that many of us were filling the tank to the top, which is incorrect. There is a sketch in the plastic that shows you are to fill the tank until the float reaches the the lid. When you fill the tank to the top, the float stick extends four or five inches out of the top of the lid. By filling it up you leave no room for the coolant to expand into when hot.Thereby cause the tank to rupture. I know because I made the same mistake myself. Additionally, if you don't change the transmission fluid, your torque converter is likely to fail. If you change you transmission fluid every 30,000 - 60,000 miles with the Long Life fluid, your transmission will last as long as the rest of the car. Overall this is a fantastic car! Buying it used gives you a ton of bang for the buck. Be willing to invest $2500 over a one or two year period to bring her back to like new reliability and performance. take it to a Self-Service garage and change the Differential fluid. Get a wheel alignment every two or three years (approx $200). do NOT overfill your expansion tank and only use distilled water or BMW anti-freeze. The oil-pan and oil filter housing seals are the big ticket items and hard to DIY, but not impossible. They can be ignored for a while if they begin to seep or minor leak. As the leak grows over time you will eventually have toi address them UNLESS the previous owner already has, which is very likely for cars over 130,000 miles. Change your own spark plugs (very easy to do). The transmission can break the bank if allowed to completely fail. Change the fluid via drain and fill, do not do a complete flush the first time out. Instead, perform two drain and fills a few months apart to gradully replace oil fluid with new UNLESS you know the fluid has been changed in the past. If so flush and fill is fine. If not, 30,000 - 40,000 miles after the drain and fill, you can switch to full flushes every few years. Not as complicated as it sounds. Anyway, my 2002 530i is a fun, cl
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Best 5 series BMW

by from on December 29, 2012

This car confirmed my opinion that the E39 BMW is the best driving midsize car made. A great chassis combined with the peak of development of the classic BMW six cylinder engine make for an unbeatable...
This car confirmed my opinion that the E39 BMW is the best driving midsize car made. A great chassis combined with the peak of development of the classic BMW six cylinder engine make for an unbeatable combination of handling, performance and comfort. Costly repairs and maintenance are always a concern, but finding a reliable independent shop keeps them manageable.
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love it , my best car yet!!!!

by from phila pa on September 26, 2010

i bought this used, never had a problem, would highly reccomend. Drives great looks good low maintence cost which i was surprised!!
i bought this used, never had a problem, would highly reccomend. Drives great looks good low maintence cost which i was surprised!!
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