A 5-year-old or younger will get you a 530i, which has the newer/bigger
engine. I'm looking for one myself, although I want one with a manual
tranny and the sports package and it's very very tough to find (i'm in
Good luck - a buddy of mine has been looking for one of those for
over a year! Apparently a sport package with the manual a rare option
"Everybody wants a normal life and a cool car;
most people will settle for the car." Chris Titus
2003 BMW 325i Black/Black, 2003 BMW Z4 Black/Black
Yeah... I've been scouring various for sale boards for over 6 months
(although I'm not ready to buy yet), and they are very rare indeed. If I
can't find one, another car I'd consider is the 330ci manual sport, which is
a little easier to find, but still not abundant.
there's a few up here in Toronto... I need an auto for my wife. Is
the difference only the engine size of 2.8 vs 3.0 or are there other significant
aspects to the newer 3.0 engine?
good luck in your search,
Looks like the 3.0 also gets better mileage (on paper at least). Other than
that, there don't appear to be any differences:
But then again, I'm no expert on the 5-series, or any other BMW. I'm just a
Anyone care to make a recomendation re a 3 to 5 year
I got a 2003 530 (e39) a few months ago. The best car I have ever
driven. It got great reviews from Consumer Reports when the model was
released and I can understand why.
Anything newer than 2003 will get you the newer model (e60), which some
consider to be less desirable.
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