My 2002 BMW 530i has 464,000 miles on it and is still getting me to work everyday yet I'd never buy another one. It is fun to drive, and after 12 years of ownership, I am still not sick of it. The build quality in this era (1997-2003) is better than present day. Another reviewer wrote, "It feels like a Sherman Tank but handles like a gazelle." Yes, it does. The doors shut solidly and visibility is awesome. I think I have had better luck than others with this model. I took very good care of it and the key to getting these cars to last is preventative maintenance. Original engine. Never let it overheat! Tow it in, don't drive it. The premium leather sport seats are firm but very comfortable and still work as they should. The interior is rather luxurious. I am amazed that all the knobs and handles still work, as do all the windows and sunroof. Despite many miles of motoring, this model is prone to the following and I have replaced the following multiple times: upper and lower control arms, tie-rods, front struts, the entire cooling system, transmission at 250,000, the engine oil usage is high due to the lousy VANOS oem parts, tires wear on the inside shoulder due to the camber setting and have to be replaced more than usual but this is the price to pay for performance I guess, the electrical display readout is crap and the pixels burn out, the ABS brake module is mounted near the exhaust manifold and the heat kills it, the CAT throws a code around 130,000 miles and is an expensive replacement, and the interior fan blower motor relay will drain the battery when parked if you don't replace it. Other than that, it's the usual maintenance for a car: brakes, rotors, belts, etc.
amazing and perfect car for me. just turned 200k. least expensive car i ever owned. i replaced the radiator and the a/c compressor,and 2 lower control arms and that is all. everything else original parts. drives like no other. a true autobahn cruiser at its best. i have a great bmw independent mechanic used exclusively. not a squeek or rattle to be found,drives like new literally. bmw at its best. always run on 87 regular but always top tier fuel. i know someone who has a '98 530i with 249000 miles and has never replace a single part! he is in florida with far better roads than here in the northeast