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Hapy
02-03-2003, 05:20 AM
As mentioned in a previous post, I'm shopping for a 2001 530. I'd like to see a list of all the colors in the history of the 5-series. Anywhere to find that?

LMC
02-03-2003, 02:14 PM
Big list! The 5 series debuted in 1974, I think.

Do you want a list of the colors for the E39 5er? Or the 2001 E39 5er?

doeboy
02-03-2003, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by Hapy
As mentioned in a previous post, I'm shopping for a 2001 530. I'd like to see a list of all the colors in the history of the 5-series. Anywhere to find that?

I don't get it... you can't order '01 530s so why not find one in a color you like and just go with that? Or were you planning on getting it repainted? :dunno:

Anyway.... here's the MY03 colors for a 530... not sure if it changed much from MY01.... I think Blue Water wasn't available in MY01.

Non - Metallic
300 alpine white
668 jet black

Metallic
354 titanium silver
364 topaz blue
372 steel blue
430 oxford green
449 slate green
472 sterling gray
475 black sapphire
481 kalahari beige
482 toledo blue
892 titanium gray
896 blue water

M.Wong
02-03-2003, 02:51 PM
Not sure if every one of these were available in the USA, nor do I know if some were only available on certain 5ers (like how this year the 540i/6 only came in seven colors.)

2001 colors according to PaintScratch.com (http://www.paintscratch.com/)

300 Alpine White III
303 Cosmos Black Pearl Metallic
317 Orient Blue Metallic
334 Glacier Green Metallic
339 Aspen Silver Metallic
354 Titan Silver Metallic
362 Siena Red II Metallic
364 Topaz Blue Metallic
372 Steel Blue Metallic
390 Royal Red Metallic
397 Anthracite Metallic
430 Oxford Green Metallic
438 Electric Red
443 Sahara Beige Metallic
449 Slate Green Metallic
472 Sterling Pearl Gray Metallic
668 Jet Black


However, Edmunds.com lists colors by year and model, says the 2001 530i sedan came in these:

Exterior Colors
Alpine White
Anthracite Metallic
Aspen Silver Metallic
Cosmos Black Metallic
Electric Red Jet Black
Orient Blue Metallic
Oxford Green Metallic
Royal Red Metallic
Sahara Beige Metallic
Siena Red Metallic Slate
Green Metallic
Steel Blue Metallic
Titanium Silver Metallic
Topaz Blue Metallic

Interior Colors
Beige
Black
Gray
Sand Beige
Stone Green/Black

Edmunds.com on the 01 530i (http://www.edmunds.com/used/2001/bmw/5series/100000543/colors.html?tid=edmunds.u.prices.leftsidenav..7.BM W*)

Note that these two lists are not the same... not sure which is going to be more accurate.

Hapy
02-04-2003, 02:28 AM
Originally posted by doeboy
I don't get it... you can't order '01 530s so why not find one in a color you like and just go with that? Or were you planning on getting it repainted?
For starters, this will be my first BMW. I've denied myself the pleasure for 37 years and so I thought I'd try to get the color I really want. Also, I'm willing to go pick up a car or have it delivered from another part of the country. I'm seeing many in the colors I like around the country. And now you know. :)

M.Wong
02-04-2003, 06:08 AM
Hello, take a look at my post, right above the photos, for the 'Please click for pictures of the..." link. I think you will like the E38 purchase story there, as we went about 1200 miles to get the right car.

Be careful though. Buy from a recommended/known place, or check out/have someone check out a car even if it a Certified Pre Owned or otherwise warranted car. Some who have purchased CPO cars have still found problems later.

If you are picky about color, you still need to find a good example of the car in that color. The less common colors are like blue, green, red, or beige, and any of those with a non-beige interior. If you want a black, silver, or white, you should have less trouble.

Good luck in your hunt!

doeboy
02-04-2003, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by Hapy
For starters, this will be my first BMW. I've denied myself the pleasure for 37 years and so I thought I'd try to get the color I really want. Also, I'm willing to go pick up a car or have it delivered from another part of the country. I'm seeing many in the colors I like around the country. And now you know. :)

Ah... I see.... good luck finding your car in the color of your choice. :thumbup:

Be sure to post pics when you get it. :D