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2001 BMW 530i Touring Individual Manual

 

Spec:

Rare 3.0 petrol manual, in BMW individual Orient Blue, with Grey Montana Leather.  It was originally SE spec in 2014 when Steve (Oxo) acquired the car and he set about going right through the car and upgrading to Sport Spec.  Including, suspension, front and rear bumpers, black headlining, ///M door mouldings and sills etc.  

 

Options:

Dynamic Stability Control

Self Levellling Suspension

Multi Function Steering Wheel (works with new Stereo too)

Alarm

Satin Chrome

Roof rail delete

Privacy Glass

Cruise control

Roller Sunblinds Rear side Windows

Dual Zone Climate control

PDC Front and Rear

Auto Reverse Dipping Nearside mirror

 

Maintenance wise, anyone who knows Steve will know that he fastidiously maintains his cars and that’s why I bought this safe in the knowledge it had been supremely well looked after, oil changes every 5k miles etc.  Even without an official service history.

 

It has had the following renewed:

Clutch and flywheel

E60 550i short shift

Clubsport weighted gear knob

New rocker cover

Rear crank oil seal

Clutch slave cylinder

Radiator

Water pump

Expansion tank

New viscous coupling and fan

Front and rear gearbox seals

New ABS unit

Brake lines cleaned and undersealed

Springs

Shock absorbers

Rear Airbags

Steering arms

Rear arms

Drop links

Windscreen replaced

Exhaust – Power flow rear box

Vacuum Hoses

Diff and Gearbox oil refreshed

Brake discs and pads

Xenon Headlights

New tailgate Rams

Bosch Silver battery

 

Recent history

Initially when I got the car I replaced the standard silver trim inside for a classier brushed silver set and updated the steering wheel to the later sport type.  I had this re-trimmed with M stitching slightly fattened and topped off with a new badge, it’s really a lovely thing to use.  The gear change is crisp and clean thanks to the 550i lever and new linkage.

 

When I picked the car up it was let down by a couple of bodywork defects, the front passenger side wing was a pattern item which did not fit perfectly and the paint was blistering and on the rear quarter there was a crack in the wing were a dent had been filled.  I found a perfect condition original wing and ended up having the whole side correctly repaired and painted (I have full set of images of the work).  This was superbly repaired and the car now looks spot on.

 

It was developing the E39 “shimmy” at certain speeds and examination revealed the front arms were in need of replacement, I suspect the large spacers to accommodate the Rota Grids with a 3 series offset was the cause, so I replaced the arms with Meyle heavy duty items and then set about looking for a set of M Parallels.  I managed to source a set of the hard to find 19inch ones at surprisingly large expense and had them re-furbed with diamond cut faces and slightly darker silver inner faces to key in with the car, obviously with new centres and ///M badges. Shod with new 265/35/19 and 245/40/19 Khumo PS 71s   They look stunning and transformed the car instantly from drifter to executive express !

 

I then set about upgrading the audio to get some Bluetooth functionality and mp3 playback etc.  So opted for the Innovadrive and a Kenwood DMX 125.  Which looks kind of OEM and has the touch screen functionality I wanted.   I also upgraded the front speakers to Focal Audio 130AS components and rears to Kenwood KFC-PS1795 and installed a Rockford Fosgate amp and subwoofer with the housing neatly installed in the battery compartment.

 

I have fitted a removable tow bar with 13 pin electrics and a new rear splitter, this can easily be unbolted if not to the new owners taste.

 

Bodywork wise the car is extremely clean underneath and the orient blue paint comes up nicely after a wash and polish. There is a small amount of corrosion inside the tailgate area, however I have filled with cavity wax and cleaned it up and it has not changed at all in my ownership and none of it is visible so the car looks great.  There are a few stone chips at the front as you may expect. 

 

Interior – With the upgrades it’s a very nice place to be, the air con is ice cold and the seats and bolsters are in great condition with minimal wear.  The carpets have quality overmats and the black gives a nice contrast to the grey with the black headlining and pillars. The leather is regularly gliptone treated and looks great when cleaned and conditioned.  The correct boot blind/dog blind combination is in place.  I also purchased a tailored boot area protection mat.

 

History

The car has had an Oil Service and check over just recently.  I have also installed a new Bosch Silver battery when I first got the car.  But sadly has not much history before Steve owned the car.  Since then there are bundles of receipts for parts and work done, MOTs etc and the original booklet and manuals.  The MOT’s have been advisory clear with the tester stating what nice condition the car is in underneath.  Next MOT due Feb 2022.

 

Current Mileage is 108,500, will rise slightly as the car is used some days.  The car will be supplied with a full set of keys including 2 main keys, the valet/service key and wallet key.   One of main keys is a brand new replacement from BMW as I lost my keys when out and about earlier in the year.  I have also just repaired the rear wiper, which had slowed down to a crawl and then stopped working.  I stripped it out from the glass, cleaned the mechanism, re-greased and re-fitted it and it now works correctly again.

 

I have decided to sell the touring as I am feeling the call of a diesel daily again now as my mileage is going to start going up significantly as work sites now my employers sites are starting to open up fully again.

 

So in summary, a really nice example of one of BMWs best which is ready to be used and enjoyed, with all the major E39 mechanical foibles addressed and which drives exceptionally well.  In this desirable and rare manual format it’s a far better proposition than the auto in my opinion, which can develop costly faults.  The manual box is able to properly exploit that lovely M54, it is somewhat spritelier than the auto version (I have owned both). I will be sad to see it go but I am glad it got me out of my previous Mercedes and back on the right BMW track.

 

So it’s up for £6750 with the M Parallel wheels or £5250 on the Throwing stars in the final image, which are my winter/service wheels, these have a brand new set of 235/45/17 Toyo T1Rs on them.  I have all the original audio components which will be supplied with the car plus a few spare parts including a seat in nice condition.

 

I am only a mile from J9 of the M20 or if you travel by train I am happy to pick you from Ashford International which is only a mile or so too !

 

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There are a load more images in the Pistonheads ad here : https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12372861

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Sold to the first viewer,  a local BMW nut via ebay in the end.

 

Viewed this morning collected tonight and almost for the asking so all good.  He's very excited which is nice :)

 

 

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