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.
Glass Sunroof, Nav System Pro, Telephone prep, HiFi Loudspeaker system, Electric memory seats, Climate Control, OBC, Individual Anthracite Roof lining, M Aerodynamics package, M Leather Steering wheel, Prep for CD Changer, Alcantara / Velour Sport seats, Shadow line trim
The E39 Touring 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 30k mile example is quite a rare thing.
Presented in it’s factory coat of Titan Silver, preparation 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.
So here presents a beautifully kept M Sport with rare Alcantara / Velour interior offering a considered balance of grip and comfort. Both front and rear seats are in first rate condition without any noticeable bolster wear to report.
There are no scuffs to any of the trim and all the functions and controls have been checked and are working well (without pixelation that can so often affect these models) with Nav and Sunroof welcome additions that fully promote the ‘Touring’ nomenclature.
The boot area is spotless and the carpet throughout the car is consistently clean throughout.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet reveals an immaculate M54 engine; commonly regarded as one of BMW’s most reliable units ever made. 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 straight 6 specification.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original unrestored M Sport alloys present cleanly, shod in a matching set of Dunlop SP Sport.
Having just completed a brake fluid change the brakes feel strong and capable on the road, displaying plenty of material both on the discs and pads during our intake inspection.
With the original service book stating PDi in 2002, this E39 has had consistent services with the latest entry an Inspection 2 in July of 2017. Following the recent service, new Tail gate struts and a brake fluid change have just been completed in house.
The book pack is complete alongside the spare key.
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