2002 525i Sport or 2003 530i Sport


Asked by Niloc64 Dec 04, 2012 at 12:39 AM about the 2002 BMW 5 Series 530i

Question type: General

I'm at a cross road & looking for opinions.  I've found two nice BMW's CAR 1 - is a 2002 525i - Private sale
1 owner Just hit 100,000 miles. - Has maintenance records: recent work includes: new brakes/tires,
radiator, water pump, oil housing gasket, power steering hoses , oil change etc. Clean car fax - however,
the owner did disclose in 2006 the rear was hit and they replaced the bumper. No signs of damage. Very
clean car - $7,900.
Car 2: 2003 BMW 530i Sport - Private Sale - 2 owners 62,500 miles. apparently very clean - all service
record. I haven't seen yet but will tomorrow. Asking: $9,850.

The first car is going for a PPI wednesday. I would send the 2nd for a PPI also if it looks as good in person
as it does on the web.

So, here the question: if both cars check out with the Mechanic - nequally. What would be the better car to
purchase?  And why?  

Cheers-  Colin

6 Answers

Tom Demyan

the 530i, being that it's newer and a bigger engine.

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Michael Branan

The 03 530 would be my choice. All of the bugs have been ironed out and with less mileage, you should enjoy it for quite a while. Also, ask your mechanic for his opinion. Which would he purchase?


I would also purchase the 03 530. I would chose this one because of the lower miles and also that other car has been hit from the rear. You mentioned that they replaced the bumper. depending on the impact of the crash depends on how much and what kind of damage that would have caused. There could still be rear end damage done to that other car. But its your choice!

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Thanks for the input. The mechanic said he prefers the 530" something about how the engines are built - 525i is cast aluminum and the 530 is bored aluminum I think is what he said. Tried to get more info on that and it seems they are built the same - I must be missing something...hmm.

Michael Branan

Basically, the cylinder heads are bored or increased in diameter and thusly changing the displacement from 2.5 to 3.0 liters utilizing the same aluminum block. I hope that helps.

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Wissam Al-Wakeel

the 530 is my choice larger engines has longer life specially with a car that is about 2.25 tons, i have a 530DA and my friend has a 523i my car has much more acceleration and power and if it was a 530i that will be much more power and acceleration my engine has about 200k km and now problems so a 530i should go up to 280k miles with no problems if you take good care of it.

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