Good evening all
Sadly for me, but luckily for another enthusiast - the time has come to part ways with what has probably been the most reliable and driveable car i have ever owned.
In the two years i have owned this car, it has rarely needed anything with the exception of small wear and tear parts. I travelled to buy this car as it was such a good example, and to this day i consider it to be one of the very best E39 Tourings available for the money, and reading on you will see why. This car needs to go to another enthusiast to be appreciated, and i would love to see someone else look after it as much as i have. The only reason for selling is that i have purchased an E60 M5 and cant justify keeping them both. In all honesty - i think part of me enjoys driving the E39 more than the M5 at times as it is just such a good, balanced, effortless and solid car to drive.
Anyways, down to the all important stuff, and details.
The car is a February 1999 BMW E39 540iA Touring with Steptronic Gearbox.
4.4 litre V8 Engine M62/TU
Speclist from factory was as follows:-
COSMOSSCHWARTZ METALLIC (303)
302 - Alarm System
339 - Satin Chrome (dechromed)
352 - Double Glazing
386 - Roof Rail
428 - Warning Triangle
431 - Interior RR Veiw Mirrir with AUT Anti Dazzle
441 - Smokers Package
481 - Sports Seat Driver / Frt Passenger
500 - Headlight Washer Sys / Intensive Cleaner
508 - Park Distance Control (PDC)
609 - Navigation System Professional
670 - Radio BMW Professional
672 - CD Changer BMW for 6 CDs
710 - M Leather Steering Wheel
773 - Wood Trim
812 - England Version
850 - Add Fuel Tank filling for export
863 - Europe Dealer Directory
877 - Deletion Cross-Over Operation
880 - English / On Board Documentation
202 - Steptronic
210 - Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
220 - Self Levelling Suspension
280 - LT/ALY Wheels Spoke Styling
473 - Armrest Front
520 - Foglights
534 - Automatic Air Conditioning
540 - Cruise Control
555 - On Board Computer
853 - Language Version English
I have the Original Quote and also the original genuine Bill of Sale from Sytner totalling a staggering £49936.63 complete with all options added pre delivery.
The car has a full service history, a mix of SYTNER, HR Owen, and some other BMW Specialists.
There are 3 overflowing folders full of receipts and invoices and the amount of money spent on this car by the first and second owners is staggering
The car has wanted for nothing all of its life, and receipts for £1200, £897, £1289.40, £1089.89 are commonplace within these folders.
THE most important receipt which any prospective V8 E39 Owner should look for is one for £1933.37 which was only 3 years ago for the timing chain replacement.
This is a VERY costly job and the fact this was done only a few years ago and only 20k miles ago, is a huge peace of mind for anyone buying this car.
Parts included and changed include:-
Rails x 2
Breather Block etc etc
This played a huge part in me myself buying the car as it had only been done a year before me buying it, and a £2k bill and the peace of mind its been done are a huge plus.
The car has so many receipts its impossible for me to list them, brake pipes, belts, tyres, radiator, oil cooler, air con rad, bushes, brake pipes, mountings, and absolutely stacks more, there are approximately £17000 of receipts and invoices in there.
All original handbooks, manuals, original sales brochure with dealer card, radio card, and 2 keys are present.
First aid kit is present and complete
Fire extinguisher etc.
The car itself:-
The car i believe (correct me if i am wrong) is an SE Spec
The M Sport front bumper, kick plates and updated LED rear lights with proper control module were added by a previous owner.
Facelift Angel Eye headlights
Semi tinted windows from pass rear windows back
Leather door cards with full leather interior.
Vavona wood trim has been wrapped with 3M Carbon Dynoc wrap which looks miles better and compliments the black paintwork (modern)
(Ignore the wooden gearknob trim this is now black)
Style 37 Parallel Alloy wheels 8x18 front and 9 x18 rear
Self levelling fully functional air suspension at rear (professionally lowered 15mm with BMW Software by BMW Master Tech)
Eibach front springs which level the car out perfectly
The car bodywork is impeccable.
Dont get me wrong there are a couple of marks here and there, and if i am being hugely fussy there is a TINY spot of rust at the back passenger wheel arch where it meets the bumper about the size of your pinky fingernail, and a small spot about a 20p piece size inside the inner edge of the bootlid. Other than that the paintwork is outstanding for a car 17 years old. Dont expect a brand new car, it has small blemishes here and there but nothing at all that detract from the car and i am confident enough to say it is one of the best around at this price, and you can see from the photos that compared to almost every other E39 touring on the market just now it is outstanding.
I recently a week ago had the car into the bodyshop to have the front bumper removed and completely resprayed (stone chip rash) at the same time i also had the side sills resprayed as they were also stone chip rashed. Both now are absolutely spotless and i drove the car home at 20mph to avoid stone chips!
The bootlid is a weak spot on these, and the very lower edge was showing signs of rust a few months ago so before it got too bad, i had it stripped down, rubbed back, and fully treated primed and resprayed also. New 540 badge added to bootlid at the time.
Other than the two small spots mentioned above thats pretty much it bodywise. There is a very minor scratch on the wing which has been touched in but again thats me being fussy.
The car runs faultlessly. No issues, no lights, no rattles or bangs, no smoke, doesnt burn excessive oil and doesnt use water, everything works as it should including the elctric mirrors, windows, and central locking.
The undertray was a bit tatty when i got the car so i eventually tracked down a V8 one on ebay (different shape and mounting points) and fitted. It even has the small metal support bar beside the oil drain hatch!!
Ignore the speaker in the rear boot panel this has been removed and replaced with a new genuine inner boot trim panel.
There is so much more i have probably forgotten about this car but its late at night so any questions please feel free to ask.
In a nutshell, other than a few blemishes the bodywork is outstanding. Not like new.... but outstanding.
Three of the wheels could prob do with a refurb if i am honest as they have the usual water under the lacquer, and some light scuffs to the edges which were there when i got the car. To be honest i planned to have this done in addition to all the paintwork at the bodyshop, but where do you stop spending when you are selling?. I am selling the car and a wheel refurb isnt the end of the world if the new buyer sees the need but the uk weather we get i didnt ever feel the need to have the wheels re diamond cut and only ever intended to have them powder coated in high power silver once i got round to it. Diamond Cut just doesnt last on UK roads.
I have a brand new front Diamond Cut (boxed brand new unused) Style 37 parallel wheel which i will give to the new owner for free if i get as close to the asking price as possible. Brand new and boxed.
Only other thing i can possibly even think of being 100% honest is the front window rubber is looking a little bit brittle at top, but doesnt leak or anything, but again thats me being niggly and picking up on everything i can mention.
The tyres at rear have just been put back on for winter, Vredestein Wintrac which have about 5-6mm on them
Front tyres are good, Eagle F1 if i remember correct with about 3mm on them.
Brakes are all good, and all fluids are fairly recent.
The current mileage is 161k, but i genuinly assure you that the car drives and looks like it has 61k on it.
The car has to be seen to be believed and appreciated, anyone who comes to see the car will realise it drives like it is only a few years old. No rattles or creaks or bangs, and it has been meticulously looked after all of its life with receipts to astonish at the amount of money spent on it through main dealers and specialists.
MOT is until end of march next year.
Condition wise i have not seen a better one for sale currently that isnt priced at £8/9/10k !
This is an honest car with honest history and all receipts to back it up as far back as day 1 with its original bill of sale and invoice. Copy of original reg document and Sytner Paperwork and Brochure.
I will have forgotten loads that i havent mentioned, but please feel free to ask.
Car is located in Aberdeen, 15mins from Railway Station and 25mins from Aberdeen Airport. I can collect buyer from either.
Photos show how good a car it is. But anyone who drives it will appreciate it drives like its a quarter of its age. Probably one of the most reliable and best cars i have ever owned in terms of simplicity, comfort, and it has good power from the 4.4 V8 to boot.
I am looking for £3995 or as close to it as very possible, I would love to see the car go to another enthusiast who will touch up the small bits and keep it in great condition. I am open to sensible offers around the asking price
Thanks for looking.