SOTW: BMW 528i (E39)
Shed returns to its heartland with a near-perfect 90s exec
A fine car, then, and one whose descent into Shed's sub-£1K depths we've been waiting a long time for. Because, although you may not believe it given the frequency with which BMWs appear on the hallowed pixels of SOTW, we've never actually featured an E39 5 Series - they've either been too ratty, or they've been snapped up before we've had a chance to write about them.
Of course there is one major issue with pre-1998 528i's - those infamous Nikasil liners - so do check that this one's been fixed or you could face a rather expensive melt-down. Other than that, and the absence of leather, there's not a lot to fault with this 5er: reasonable miles, a full year's MOT, a wee bit of tax - it ticks all the boxes.
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1996 (P reg)Saloon118,000 milesAutomatic2.8LPetrol
1 year mot 2 months road tax. Excellent condition in and out. Drive like new. Service history. Remote Central Locking Alarm Immobliser Aircon Climate control Electric Windows Electric Heated Door Mirrors,Fog lights.,Alloys,Radio Cd +6Disk Cd Changer, Heaed Front And Rear Screens Adjustable Seats 4 Door Saloon, Silver, Petrol, Automatic. PX CONSIDERED. £875
My brother needed an Estate at the time so I ended up selling it to him for what I paid for it. Not all bad though as now running around in a 08/02 E46 325i M Sport that I paid only £2200 for
I have a 2003 530 sport (Champagne Individual II) i cant bring myself to buy anything newer as its superb. Still hanker for a V8 with a bit more poke every now and then but i just cant think to get rid of such a great car.
I've driven an E92 330i extensively and the E39 rides better, is quieter, has a higher quality interior and generally feels better engineered -they are brilliant, brilliant cars.