Welcome. Buying from a private owner with records is the way to go. Bonus points if it is an old friend.
The wife and kids will like it! Blue with Sand is a good combo. My wifes 530 is Steel Blue.
If you are a manual guy, then go out and get an ///M for yourself!
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
2001 530iA Steel Blue/Sand - Sport/Premium/Cold Package
1999 528iA Jet Black/Black - Sport/Premium/Heated Seats
1999 528iT Cashmere Beige/Sand - Sport/Premium Package - 5 speed
1982 Fiat 2000 Spider - Blue Metallic/Blue