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2002 BMW 530 Consumer Reviews

4.8
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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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Uses car for Commuting

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BMW 530i with M5 Sports Package

by from BField, CT on December 23, 2009

Bought this car Brand new in 2002 for $50k. Very pleased with this car one of the best car on the road. With the M5 sports package and maunal transmission the car really moves on the highway. Great ca...
Bought this car Brand new in 2002 for $50k. Very pleased with this car one of the best car on the road. With the M5 sports package and maunal transmission the car really moves on the highway. Great car and very reliable you wont be disappointed!!!
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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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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 Review - by maxxtruck9906 on Youtube

by from on December 20, 2013

I reviewed this car at 162,000 miles. It had a blown head gasket. However, this car got the previous owner(s) through 162,000 miles. I highly recommend this car. It is reliable, fun, and well worth bu...
I reviewed this car at 162,000 miles. It had a blown head gasket. However, this car got the previous owner(s) through 162,000 miles. I highly recommend this car. It is reliable, fun, and well worth buying.
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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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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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