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2002 BMW 530i SE (E39)

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  • Mileage~28,278
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine3.0L
  • LocationLytham St Annes


2002 BMW 530i SE (E39)

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Paul Wright
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Beautifully built, fantastic to drive, well-equipped - the 5-Series offers something for everyone.

Launched in 1996, the fourth generation 5-Series BMW was offered with a choice of engines suited to a range of drivers. The main focus of the car was to produce a large executive saloon that had a quality, well-specced cabin, excellent handling, and power directed to the rear wheels. The E39 BMW, despite having a larger body shell than its predecessor, is the same weight thanks to the increased use of aluminium components and lightweight metal. Using these lighter materials also increases torsion resistance, therefore improving handling. The 5-Series also has excellent resistance to corrosion due to over three-quarters of the body being hot-dip galvanised.

This lovely example has been in the family for ~10 years; it has had just three previous keepers, one of whom was in the family. The 2002 Individual spec 530i SE comes with an excellent options package and an incredibly low ~28,278 miles covered in 21 years.

This listing was written from information supplied by Paul after meeting Paul the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I inherited this car from the family, a lack of use means this very low milage 530i SE is now up for grabs.

Paul, our vendor, inherited the BMW from his partner in 2017. It was purchased to be used as a second car by his partner in 2013 as the third keeper. With an incredibly low, ~5,700 miles covered. The car was used very little, and so in 2021, Paul decided it should be used more and put approximately ~10,000 miles on over a two-year period.

He has decided to part with the car as it is too big for him, and being such low mileage, he is hoping it can be cherished by an enthusiastic owner. Paul will be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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The luxury saloon offers smooth aerodynamic styling over the previous generation 5-Series.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with the original ten-spoke alloy wheels, these are in good condition with no obvious sign of corrosion to the faces. There is a small amount of water ingress to the centre caps, common with age and these are a very easy item to replace.

The matching set of Dunlop SP Sport tyres have a good amount of tread remaining. Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


The bodywork on the BMW is excellent; the shut lines are equal and matching, and there were no major dings or dents spotted on the door when we photographed the car. There is one small ding on the passenger side wing just at the front edge of the wheel arch.

Looking at the underside, this is quite clean, as you would expect, for ~28,000 miles. There are minimal signs of surface corrosion to any of the suspension or steering components.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in "Natchtblau Metallic", the paintwork on the car is in very good shape. There are some age-related stone chips to the bumper and some light swirl marks over the car. These are more noticeable because of the dark colour and could probably be reduced or removed by a professional detailer.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The windows are in good condition with no chips, cracks or noticeable scratches. All of the seals and trims appear to be in good order too.

The headlight lenses have a few small chips in them, in keeping with the age of the BMW; these are also fitted with optional white-coloured indicators. The fog lights and rear lights have no damage.


Comfortable grey leather sports seats are perfect for the luxury German cruiser.

Seats and Carpets

Optional sports front seats are trimmed with grey leather. The seats are in excellent condition with just a minor amount of creasing, and the electric side of the seats works as you would expect. The rear seats are also in excellent condition, as are all four door cards.

There are a full set of mats which have minimal wear, and the carpets are all clean and tidy. Inside the boot is in the same condition, with an excellent spare wheel and a full factory tool kit and jack. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The dashboard is free from any noticeable damage. The instrument cluster is in good order and works correctly, with no warning lights displayed when the car is running. The odometer shows an incredibly low reading of just ~28,278 miles. A nice sign of originality is that the glovebox still contains the BMW torch.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The original multifunction steering wheel is in good condition, and this does have a leather cover fitted, which gives it a thicker feel with some added comfort.

The gear selector has no real signs of wear, thanks to the low mileage covered.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The 3.0-litre straight-six provides an ample ~228BHP and a 0-62mph in ~7.1 seconds.

Engine and Gearbox

With just ~28,278 miles covered, it's no wonder the 530i sounds super smooth. There are no issues reported with the running of the car, and looking around the engine bay there are no signs of any leaks or anything untoward.

Fitted with the Steptronic gearbox, the change is very slick, with no jerking or juddering on any change.

Suspension and Brakes

Designed for the autobahns, the German cruiser is unbelievably smooth, soaking up every flaw in the road with ease. There are no knocks, bangs, or rattles coming from the car, and the brakes bring the BMW to a stop in a straight line with no problems reported.

The Drive

The BMW 530i SE offered plenty of comfort and performed very well. With just ~28,278 miles, it is less than a three-year-old car's average mileage, meaning there is plenty of life left in this luxury saloon.

Perfect for cruising up and down the country, it will eat up the miles and return a reasonable fuel economy.

Electrics and Other

When you think back to 2002, having things like satellite navigation was a real luxury and the BMW had this ticked on the options list, and why not it was an executive cruiser after all, it even has the original Motorola car phone. The switchgear is all excellent, and everything is reported to be working correctly.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from ~10 year family ownership, just 3 former keepers logged and ~28,250 miles covered, it also has a full set of owner manuals.

Throughout the life of the 530i, the previous vendors have taken it for regular MOT tests, which help verify the very low mileage. Servicing appears to have been carried out on mileage, with the most recent in July 2021 when it received a major service.

Finding a 2002 BMW 5 series with such low mileage is somewhat of a rare find. What makes this even better is the car is a 530i SE and an Individual model, making it even more desirable. The perfect luxury saloon comes in at a fraction of the new price and with just ~28,278 miles, it also comes with a fresh MOT. Please note, the private registration will not be sold with the car, the car will be returned to an age appropriate number.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks, including photo ID, V5, and also actioned an HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above. However, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail. This has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa, and take your time to review everything on this listing to make your own assessment of the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
24.11.2023 MOT 28,271
09.07.2021 MOT/Service 16,613
15.06.2016 MOT 13,934
14.05.2015 MOT 9,536
05.06.2014 MOT/Service 7,436
13.06.2013 MOT 5,714
07.08.2012 MOT/Inspection 2 3,684
24.06.2011 MOT 2,079
03.10.2010 MOT 2,077
26.06.2009 Inspection 1 2,076
25.06.2009 MOT 2,076
22.05.2007 MOT 2,067
23.05.2006 MOT 1,808
12.07.2002 Pre-delivery check
Key Details
  • Model530i SE (E39)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date28.06.2002
  • CC2,979
  • Mileage~28,278
  • HistorySome
  • ColourNachtblau Metallic
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WBADT62020CE69761
  • Engine #30972755
  • Last Service09.07.2021
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~6 years, ~10 years family owned
  • Key FeatureLow mileage, great condition
  • Auction ID1751

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7 months ago

Hi Paul,
There seems to be extensive mot history missing on the Gov web site, between 2018, 19, 20, 21 any explanation for the missing history.
Also failed mot in July 2021 on SRS Has the vehicle ever been in an accident that would trigger airbags?

7 months ago

Hi Paul – have you changed the vehicle registration number as I can see the MOT or Tax history on the Gov. UK site. Many thanks. Jon

7 months ago

Any advisories outstanding on the mot tests.

7 months ago

Hello, any reasons for the front seat headrests to have covers on.?
Thank you.

7 months ago

Hello. Is there a small patch of rust on the left of boot lid opening? Do you know how old the tyres are as some look to be cracking around the tread? Does the car come with one or more keys? Thank you.

7 months ago

Thanks for your quick reply.


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