2003 BMW E39 540i Sport Wagon M-Sport - 1 of 189 in the USA
That's right, only 189 were imported into the USA making this one of the rarest modern BMW's and a great investment.
In a series (E39) where the M5 Touring wasn't offered, the 540i M-Sport was the king of the jungle. A perfect balance between utility and sportiness, yet with enough cargo space to compete with an SUV.
We spotted this vehicle in our town a year ago and just had to have it. While it was well cared for, it did require some love to get it just right. We sorted it all out so the next owner can just enjoy the car and not have to mess with it.
We took care of all the chronic standard E39 issues that come up.
Plus paperwork shows that previous owner addressed the timing chain and guides, yipee!
The other major common issue is the valve seals, but this car shows no signs of needing them. Perhaps they were already replaced but we can't confirm.
Car was serviced at Nalley BMW in Atlanta for the first 108K miles and it shows. It now has around 116k.
Factory features and options include:
M-Sport Package including:
• M-Sport Wheels
• M-Sport Front Bumper and Sills
• M-Sport Steering Wheel
• M-Sport Door Sills
• Black Window Trim
• Xenon Headlamps
• Self-Leveling and Sport Suspension
• Paintwork in the hood, right fender, and lower right door sill
• Dash pixel display replacement
• Serviced GM3 body control module
• Re-covered *all* seats with authentic BMW color matched leather
• All maintenance items including oil, coolant, brake fluid, intake, and cabin air filters etc.
• New fresh high-quality AGM battery
• New brake rotors and pads all around
• New OEM lower control arms
• New tires and new upgraded M-Parallel 19" Rims ($3,500)
• New rear hatch glass and door lift struts
• Serviced ABS module
• New outside air temperature sensor
• Serviced rear air suspension and replaced solenoid valve block
• Serviced ignition switch
• Replaced battery on remote key
• Replaced vapor canister purge valve
• Replaced wipers rear and front
• New all weather OEM floor mats
• Missing rear door interior trim (hard to find)
• Slightly noisy interior fan
• Passenger mirror does not operate
The car drives wonderfully with no issues whatsoever. It tracks and pulls perfectly straight, and boy does the 4.4L M62 V8 PULL. The low-end torque is absolutely addictive, with a sporty low rumble that won't offend the passengers.
CarFax shows extensive maintenance history at a BMW dealer. Also shows two light collisions, one front (dented hood) and one side (right fender and lower sill) which were cosmetic only. We have photos showing the before and after, hence the paintwork to the hood and fender we had done to fix.
We also have paperwork showing the water pump, timing chain, and guides all being addressed.
More information courtesy of Wikipedia:
The BMW E39 is the fourth generation of the BMW 5 Series range of executive cars, which was manufactured from 1995 to 2004. It was launched in the sedan body style, with the station wagon body style (marketed as "Touring") introduced in 1996. The E39 was replaced by the E60 5 Series in 2003, however E39 Touring models remained in production until May 2004.
The proportion of chassis components using aluminium significantly increased for the E39, and it was the first 5 Series to use aluminium for all major components in the front suspension or any in the rear. It was also the first 5 Series where a four-cylinder diesel engine was available. Rack and pinion steering was used for four- and six-cylinder models, the first time that a 5 Series has used this steering system in significant volumes. Unlike its E34 predecessor and E60 successor, the E39 was not available with all-wheel drive.
The high performance E39 M5 sedan was introduced in 1998, powered by a 4.9 L (299 cu in) DOHC V8 engine. It was the first M5 model to be powered by a V8 engine.
4.4 L M62 V8, 210 kW (282 hp) at 5,400 rpm, 440 N⋅m (325 lb⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm.
3.15: 540i automatic
Models with V8 engines use recirculating ball steering, as per the previous generations of 5 Series.
Wagon self-levelling suspension:
The Touring model was the first BMW model to use air suspension (self-levelling suspension was first used by BMW for the E23 7 Series with a closed-loop nitrogen system that operated in parallel with the steel springs). This "self leveling" system controls the ride height of the rear of the vehicle and is designed to keep the center of the wheel a specified distance from the lip of the fender as the weight of the load in the cargo area varies.
Instead of using a traditional coil springs, the system uses pneumatic springs paired with air reservoirs that are pressurised by an air compressor. The system is controlled by two Hall effect sensors at the rear of the vehicle. These sensors tell the EHC (electric height control) if the rear ride height needs to be adjusted and adjust headlight height for vehicles equipped with Xenon headlights. When a door or the rear hatch is opened and then closed the control module will constantly monitor the input signals from the HALL sensors and will activate a correction if the ride height has change greater than 10mm. During normal operation the system stays online but does not adjust to conditions such as potholes.
Car and Driver featured the E39 in its "10Best list" six consecutive times, from 1997 to 2002.
In 2001, Consumer Reports gave the 530i its highest car rating ever, declaring it the best car they had ever reviewed to date.
Other reviewers have also praised the E39 models.