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BMW 523i SE E39 1999 Manual 2.5 Petrol Orient Metallic Blue, Cream Leather Interior

Hackney, London £900.00
247 days ago
161787 miles
Seller type
Body type
Fuel type
Engine size
2494 cc


For Sale I have my beloved E39. I originally bought this car as a cheap run around 4 years ago but I fell in love with it and I'm only selling it because I've upgraded to the M5 E39.

It is very clean inside and out as you can see from the pictures. There are the odd small dents you would expect to see after 162000 miles but when this car is clean and polished it looks great and I often get comments about the condition of the car from people walking past. All original alloys are in perfect condition with no kerbing at all.

The Orient Blue and chrome with full cream leather interior is without a doubt the best colour combination for the E39. The interior is in very good condition, especially for the amount of use it has had. There is a bit of wear on the drivers bolster as you would expect, but there are no rips and all of the interior electrics work which in this model include: air conditioning, electric seats, electric mirrors, radio cassette (6 CD changer is missing from the boot), cruise control, passenger and driver climate control. The only electrical thing that doesn't work is the parking sensor.

The fog lights all work but the front drivers side light unit has detached and just rests inside the bumper, it's been like that since I bought it and they still do their job in the fog.

The car comes with extensive history including original bill of sale and service log book with some stamps from main dealer. It has had 3 owners from new and comes with original spare keys and even the original main dealer key ring.

I have put 20000 miles on it since I've had it, in that time it has had;

2 services (last one in May)
Bilstein B4 shocks all round, it was a bit wobbly in the fast lane of the motorway before, now it rides very solid.
Suspension arms all round for MOT two years ago.
New radiator (had a crack in the expansion tank when I got it, cooling system has been perfect since then)
That is it! It has been the cheapest motoring you could possibly ask for from a car that cost £31000 new and still drives like a luxury car.

I can't stress enough just how good the engine is in this car. It doesn't use any oil at all, it pulls as it should through all gears. The gearbox still feels great, the linkage is a bit loose but doesn't affect the driving and it has never bothered me.

This car has been the most reliable car I have ever owned, it's driven to Orkney and back on a few occasions, we took it to Paris for the Rugby last February and on a trip to Strasbourg and Bruges in August. For a 2.5 it is actually very good on petrol, I regularly drive to Glasgow from London and it does it with 3/4 of a tank (about £75).

There is a bit of paint bubbling around the boot lock which is very common on E39s but as you can see from the pictures, it is hardly noticeable. Also, the other troublesome spots (around the fuel cap, and the jacking points) are completely rust free.

Viewing welcome.

No silly offers please.

Comes with full MOT as it just sailed through it first time, and plenty of tread on all four tyres.

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