"M3 wheels installed, minor cosmetics on exterior, came with factory Sport Package, excellent interior condition. Looks and drives like a BMW, i.e. typical great combination of handling/steering/brakes/transmission/engine. I'd buy it myself but already have nice car."
Pros: "Stylish luxury that's fun to drive. I love my bmw!"
Cons: "Worst cup holder design. Expensive to maintain."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've only owned BMWs and this one was my forced adulthood car. It was supposed to be a boring car; four door sedan intended to curb my habit of speeding on curvy country roads. I'm happy to say that I still enjoy taking the back roads but I do so more quietly. The older bmws, in comparison, were loud.
As I mentioned, the cup holders are the worst design ever as they often break and bmws are expensive to maintain/repair. However, the car is a beautiful, well made, piece of functional art and I love it! After 13 years she's starting to break so a new car is in my immediate future. Exciting but sad. I think the model/style could be collectible but I'm biased."
Cons: "Does need some major repair and a lot of TLC"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"This beautiful black 2002 BMW 530i was a pleasure to drive but unfortunately after returning home after 2 months I came back to my car having a blown head gasket. I am selling it as is. Besides having some serious engine repair it also has minor things needing repair as well such as new trunk lock, some sensor resetting and the drivers side rear window. The sunroof still works as well as all the other electric functions. Great leather interior, a/c and heater work. Could still be a great car for the right person."
"people hold on to these cars for a good reason; if you can find a good one dont let it pass you. Like any car out there the '01 540's have their little areas of problems but an informed buyer can stumble over and grab the best buy. Love my car 8 years later and will drive it to the ground"