Ah the E39 5 series. The darling of Bimmerphiles everywhere who take issue with BMW’s new design language and propagation of electronic driving aides. This 5er was more an evolution than revolution, with softened edges that retained hallmarks from previous iterations of the mid-sized executive sedan. While many revere the M5 for its V8 brute force, I remember driving a friend’s 2003 525i 5-speed manual and being surprised at how well balanced and quick on its feet it felt for a sizable sedan. The lesser weight and different steering set up of the six-cylinder engine contributed greatly to the improved road feel.
This 530i for sale in Hawaii was brought to our attention via our reader John and short of the M5, is possibly one of the most desirable setups for a late model E39.
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,500 mi
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW 530i on Craigslist Hawaii
2002 BMW 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6 Cyl) with Sport Package, Getrag five-speed Manual Transmission, Sterling Gray Metallic, Black Leather Seats, Power Front Seats w/Memory and Lumbar Support, 60/40 Split Rear Seats with Ski Pass-through, Power Glass Moonroof, Leather M Sport Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Audio Steering Wheel Controls, AM/FM/CD Audio System, Automatic Climate Control, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Side Mirrors, Xenon HID Headlights, Automatic headlight controls, Fog Lights, BMW universal transceiver (garage-door opener), 17 inch Premium Alloy Wheels with a ten-spoke design. I am the original owner. Less than 68,500 miles and always garage kept. The car is clean with only a few minor scratches and has never been in an accident
Safety features include: Automatic Seat-belt tensioner and force limiters, Dual two-stage Smart front airbags, front door-mounted side-impact airbags and BMW’s unique Head Protection System, which deploys tubular inflatable cushions in the areas of the front occupants’ heads. Dynamic Stability Control, which acts to help stabilize the vehicle in critical cornering or avoidance situations. Augmenting the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, DSC includes antilock braking plus Dynamic Brake Control, which helps ensure maximum braking under emergency conditions. With the Sport Package comes active steering, which changes the ratio of the steering. If a driver turns the steering wheel 10 degrees off-center, the front wheels will turn more at lower speeds than at higher speeds which gives the car maximum agility at low speeds and maximum stability when you’re bookin’ it, with no trade-off.
Please only serious inquiries. I am not willing to barter or trade for another vehicle.
The one big drawback for most people would be this car’s location: Hawaii. Sure, it’s a great reason for a Pacific holiday but then comes the hassle and cost of shipping it back to the mainland. Around $7,000 to $9,000 is about where these clean E39s are hovering, so this one is on the pricier side of things, especially considering costs associated with interested parties not in Hawaii. But if you are one of the lucky ones living in that island paradise seeking one of the best sports sedans available with a manual transmission of recent memory, this 530i might be your ticket.