2002 525i Sport or 2003 530i Sport

Niloc64
15

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
122,765

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

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Michael Branan
2,145

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?

jtolfree
255

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!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Niloc64
15

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
2,145

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.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Wissam Al-Wakeel
25

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.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

5 Series
Looking for a Used 5 Series in your area?
CarGurus has 17,390 nationwide 5 Series listings starting at $1,900.
ZIP:

Search BMW 5 Series Questions

BMW 5 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,000
#2 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 550
#3 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 510
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 3 Series"
1,401 Great Deals out of 35,070 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 7 Series"
190 Great Deals out of 5,183 listings starting at $1,988
Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class"
743 Great Deals out of 17,986 listings starting at $2,499
Used BMW X5"
458 Great Deals out of 11,034 listings starting at $3,995
Used BMW 6 Series"
114 Great Deals out of 3,453 listings starting at $9,500
Used Audi A6"
161 Great Deals out of 8,420 listings starting at $1,500
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class"
902 Great Deals out of 22,896 listings starting at $2,451
Used BMW M5"
16 Great Deals out of 539 listings starting at $10,995
Used BMW M3"
70 Great Deals out of 1,169 listings starting at $5,000
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class"
177 Great Deals out of 7,779 listings starting at $2,500
Used Audi A4"
358 Great Deals out of 10,446 listings starting at $1,795
Used Honda Accord"
1,078 Great Deals out of 61,554 listings starting at $900