The BMW 530i is only a trim level belonging to BMW’s 5 Series, a family of mid-size sedans made for professionals and managers, but it has one of the most powerful engines in the entire family. As part of the 5 Series, the 530i was also recognized by several entities, and thus was given awards throughout its lifetime. The 2007 model year was the best time of the unit, because it was during this year that significant technological changes occurred in the series. Equipped with desirable features that successful customers would like to have, the said model had a colorful metamorphosis that was very distinctive in its own right.
1972 – 1981: Speedy and emission-efficient
The first generation of the BMW 530i had a displacement of 3.0 liters with an SOHC and a straight-six configuration. The units were particularly made for the US market due to the pressing need for emission-efficient cars. The units produced 176 horsepower and provided superb torque output. In fact, a 530i run from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. The models had a four-speed manual gearbox, while an optional three-speed automatic was also available. With its vinyl roofs and opera windows, the unit looked very composed about its own beauty.
1982 – 1988: Looking squarer
In this generation, the units had restyled headlights, large rectangular taillights, and thicker rubber bumper surrounds. They also looked boxier at the rear. Also, they used a fuel-injected engine.
1989 – 1996: More reliable and safer
In this generation, the units became safer to drive and more reliable with the MacPherson strut front suspension, the independent multilink suspension, and the gently curved flanks that reduced aerodynamic drag. Available in sedan and touring wagon body styles, the units were powered by a 3.0-liter, 32-valve V8 engine with DOHC configuration. Because of this power upgrade, the units yielded 215 horsepower.
1997 – 2003: Lightweight and more responsive
These models had considerable changes in the suspension system. In this generation, the units had links and elements cast in lightweight alloys instead of steel, and a rack-and-pinion steering was adopted. Because of these changes, the units had a more responsive chassis. In terms of power, horsepower output became 225.
2004 – 2010: More advanced control and driving features
This generation was a milestone in the life of the 530i, for it was during this time that it sported the best technological features. The iDrive, Active Cruise Control, Active Roll Stabilization, Park Distance Control, and Active Front Steering were some of these. Its straight-six engine was paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, which was improved with a Steptronic shifting or a Sequential Manual Gearbox, respectively.