The BMW E39 is the fourth generation of BMW 5-Series, which was sold from 1995 to 2004. It was launched as a saloon with the estate (Touring) introduced in 1996. The E39 was replaced by the E60 in 2003, however E39 Touring models remained in production until 2004.
The E39 was the first 5-Series to use aluminium components in the front suspension. The proportion of chassis components using aluminium significantly increased for the E39 in order to reduce weight. It was also the first 5-Series where a four-cylinder diesel engine was available. Unlike its E34 predecessor and E60 successor, the E39 was not available with all-wheel drive.
At launch, the petrol engines consisted of the M52 straight six and M62 V8, which were both new engines at the time. In 1998, the “technical update” versions of these engines were introduced, which introduced double VANOS to increase torque at low rpm. At the 2000 facelift, the M52 straight-six engine was replaced by its successor the M54.
Both the saloon and the Touring offered even more space within the passenger compartment over the previous generation E34. Boasting features such as a multifunction steering wheel, navigation system, active seats, and Dynamic Stability Control, the BMW 5-Series was acknowledged as a particularly outstanding high-tech representative of its segment.
In the interest of enhanced driving dynamics and safety, the body came with a significant increase in torsional stiffness over the former model, and E39 was the first large-scale production car worldwide made almost completely of light alloy. The newly developed all-aluminium engines also helped to significantly reduce the weight of the car. The aerodynamic design of the E39 resulted in a drag coefficient of 0.28.
M Sports Package, Electric Sunroof, Dynamic Stability Control, M Sports Suspension II, M Sports Steering Wheel, M Aerodynamics Package, Heated Seats, Electric Memory Seats, Front Arm Rest, Anthracite Roof Lining, Telephone Preparation, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Xenon Lights, Shadow Line Trim, Green Windscreen Shade Band, Interior Mirror Dip, CD Changer.
The E39 Saloon has always been a popular workhorse; refined, practical and robust. As such, many of these models have rightly accrued significant mileage – a testimony to their durability – so a wholly original 40k mile example is quite a rare thing.
Presented in it’s gleaming coat of Cosmos Black Metallic, preparation and presentation is of the highest order having enjoyed the care of our in-house detailing team.
The Shadow line trims that run around the windows prone to age show well, whilst all of the glass is clean with facelift lights clear of clouding or milkiness.
The cabin presents beautifully with the Sand Beige leather interior providing the perfect partner to the black paintwork. Sports seats offer a considered balance of grip and comfort and remain in first rate condition along with the rears with no noticeable wear to report.
The boot area is spotless and the carpet throughout the car is consistently clean throughout.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet reveals an immaculate M62 V8 engine. With sufficient torque to compliment cruising characteristics as well as delivering a decent turn of pace when required; the car is a truly great all-rounder.
The gearbox is smooth and perfectly tuned to the V8 specification.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original M Sport alloys present perfectly having been recently refurbished. These are shod in a premium tyres with good tread.
The braking system is in fine order with plenty of material left on both pad and disc.
This 540i was first registered on the 01/07/2000 and covered nearly all its mileage in Japan before importation into the UK in May 2018.
All Japanese invoicing, paperwork and owners manuals are present along side its grade 4 auction listing. Inspected in house by our BMW Senior technician this wonderful E39 has been given the all clear and presents in superb mechanical and cosmetic condition throughout.
UK registered it is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.
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