The BMW 5 Series is the mid-sized luxury car line of BMW since 1972. The 5 Series got its name by being the 5th new series after the V-8 Isetta era. The series was a purely sedan line until station wagon versions were added in 1992. It's currently in its 5th generation.
The BMW E39 was the successor of the
BMW E34 and is considered the 4th generation of the 5 Series. The Sedans, first introduced in 1995, came in 4 models: the 523i, 528i, 525td and 525tds. In 1996, 3 more models were added: the 520i, 535i and 540i. And in 1998, the 530d was added. In 2000, all engines were upgraded except the 540i and 530d. The 520i and 535i were retained but the 525i, 530i, 520d and 525d replaced the other models. The M5 version of the E39 was a sedan with a 4.9-L V8 engine. It was released in 1998. All sedans were replaced in 2003 by the next generation of the 5 Series, the
The Tourings (station wagons) were introduced in 1996 and available in the following models: 520i, 523i, 528i, 540i, 525tds and 530d. Like their sedan brothers, the 525i, 530i, 520d and 525d replaced their lower versions in 2000. All Tourings were replaced in 2004.