Is the BMW 530 E39 much better, more gutsy than the 528?


Asked by May 28, 2015 at 05:40 PM about the 2000 BMW 5 Series 530i

Question type: General

I'm looking to buy an old BM E39 5 series  -  1999 to 2002.  Which is better: 530 or 528?  I'm used to driving a 1984 735 & am worried the 528 may seem gutless.  But I'm not sure I want another 7, much as I love them, as I think an 8 cylinder may be more expensive to run....................??       Mary

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Patrick Burke

You're talking about the difference in .2 liters of engine size, or going from a large 4-cylinder to a small 6-cylinder. There should not be any noticeable difference in performance, some people just get hung up on having a larger engine (or bigger numbers for the pretentious BMW owner). I'm sure you're aware of the breakdown of the numbers, but here's a reminder: a 530 is a 5-Series with a 3.0L engine (6 cylinder), and the 528 is a 5-series with a 2.8L engine (4 cylinders). The only time you see the numbers not reflect engine size are in the cars with the number ending in 50, as in 550i. That has a 4.8L v-8, but BMW wouldn't put a 548 badge on their car - it just looks silly. Honestly, I would choose any series with a 3.5L v-6. A 335 has plenty of pep and is lightweight. A 535 has a good weight/size/performance ratio. The 8 cylinder will be more expensive to run in that year of vehicle. The later models have much better mileage. My 06 550i gets 30 MPG, but my 02 530 got just over 23 - go figure...

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Thanks, pburke - very helpful.

Patrick Burke

My pleasure Marybm ;)

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