BMW 5-Series Engines

The 1997 model 5 series E39 was introduced into the US market in 1996. Models available were the 528i and the 540i with the M62 V8 engines.

In 1998 rear side airbags became available, and both models were fitted with curtain air bags BMW’s Head Protection System. A new Sport Package for the 528i and 540i, as well as an auto transmission for 540i were added. In 1998 the 540i M62B44 engine was updated to the M62TUB44 engine. The high-performance M5 was returned to the stables. The M5 used a 400 Hp or 300 kW V8 S62 engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox.

1999 the Touring was introduced joining the saloons in both straight-6 and V8 cylinder engines. Standard on V8 models and 528i's was Dynamic Stability Control. The M52 2.8 liter straight-6 engines were now all aluminium cylinder blocks and heads with the introduction of double VANOS. The 4.4 liter V8 engines were fitted with electronic throttle control.

In 2000 rain-sensing windshield wipers and xenon headlamps became standard on the 540i, and were newly available for 528i models. The "M Sport" package was added, replacing the standard sport package which also included the M Sport steering wheel. The 528i versions also gained the 540i's standard stability control system.

In 2001 BMW updated the E39 with new LED taillight lenses, side markers, and ‘angel eye’ headlights. The 528i was replaced by the 530i which had a new 170 kW or 228 Hp M54B30 inline-6 cylinder 3.0 litre engine. The new 525i was introduced featuring a 143 kW or 192 Hp M54B25 which was a 2.5 litre staright-6 engine. The front grille was also changed.

2002, BMW steptronic E39’s had their manual shift direction changed over to BMW's SMG shifter and the 540i V8 32V engine power was increased from 210 kW or 282 Hp to 216 kW and 290 Hp.

2003 marked the last year for the BMW E39’s reign. All 6-cylinder model 5-Series added a standard sunroof. The optional sport package on the 540i carried parts from M-technic. This included a full M-tech ground effects, M-tech II suspension, 18 inch wheels, and a variety of M badges.

 

Model     Engine      Displacement     Bore/Stroke     Comp Ratio      Fuel Sys             Power                   Torque            0–100 km/h           Production


520i       6-cyl 24V           1991                 80/66                 11.0:1              fuel inj        110 kW / 148 bhp         190 N•m            10.2 / 11.5          1996–2000

520i       6 cyl 24V           2171                 80/72                 10.7:1              fuel inj        125 kW / 168 bhp         210 N•m            9.1 / 10.2            2000–2003

523i       6 cyl 24V           2496                 84/75                 10.5:1              fuel inj        125 kW / 168 bhp         245 N•m            8.5 / 9.7              1995–2000

525i       6 cyl 24V           2494                 84/75                 10.5:1              fuel inj        141 kW / 189 bhp         245 N•m            8.1 / 8.9              2000–2003

528i       6 cyl 24V           2793                 84/84                 10.2:1              fuel inj        142 kW / 190 bhp         280 N•m            7.5  / 8.8             1995–2000

530i       6 cyl 24V           2979                 84/89.6              10.2:1              fuel inj        170 kW / 228 bhp         300 N•m            7.5 / 7.9              2000–2003

535i        V8 32V             3498                 84/78.9              10.0:1              fuel inj        180 kW / 241 bhp         345 N•m            6.9 / 7.6              1996–2003

540i        V8 32V             4398                 92/82.7              10.0:1              fuel inj        210 kW / 282 bhp         440 N•m            6.2 / 6.5              1996–2003

M5          V8 32V             4941                 94/89.0              11.0:1              fuel inj        298 kW / 400 bhp         500 N•m            5.3                       1998–2003

520d      4 cyl 16V           1951                 88/84                 19.0:1                TDi           100 kW / 134 bhp         280 N•m            10.6                     2000–2003

525d      6 cyl 24V           2497                 80/82.8              17.5:1      Common rail TDi  120 kW / 161 bhp         350 N•m            8.9  / 9.1             2000–2003

525td    6 cyl 12V            2498                 80/82.8              22.0:1      Indirect inj TDi      85 kW / 114 bhp         230 N•m            11.9                     1997–2000

525tds   6 cyl 12V            2498                80/82.8              22.0:1      Intercooled TDi     105 kW / 141 bhp        280 N•m            10.4 / 11.0           1996–2000

530d      6 cyl 24V           2926                 84/88                18.0:1      Common rail TDi   135 kW / 181 bhp        390 N•m             8.1 / 8.4               1998–2000

530d      6 cyl 24V           2926                 84/88                 18.0:1     Common rail Tdi    142 kW / 190 bhp        410 N•m            7.8 / 8.3               2000–2003

 

The Figures specified above are for BMW European saloon models.

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