When performing repairs on your BMW E60 it is important to be able to identify standard items and optional features. BMW E60 models were option heavy due to being a higher-level model. In this tech article I will do my best to list each available item by model year breaks. I am going to list the standard options and the new options with the year they became available.
Remember, your car may have been serviced before and parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.
Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.
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E60 Vehicle options
2004 model year
6-cylinder engine 2,494 cc 2.5 liters 184 HP @ 5,900 rpm; 175 ft lb @ 3,500
6-cylinder engine 2,979 cc 3.0 liters 225 HP @ 5,900 rpm; 214 ft lb @ 3,500
8-cylinder engine 4398 cc 4.4 liters 325 HP @ 6,100 rpm; 330 ft lb @ 3,600
18.5-gallon fuel tank
All-wheel drive available (AWD)
Front fog lights
Telescoping steering wheel
Conventional lens halogen bulb headlights
Luxury-trim leather on gearshift knob and leather on shift lever skirt
A multifunction steering wheel
CD player (single disc)
Dual power seats
Adaptive headlights (optional)
Adaptive cruise control
Flat tire monitoring
Adaptive brake lights
2005 model year
This year the M5 was introduced. It was the only major addition to the E60 line up.
2006 model year
New 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines were introduced.
6-cylinder engine 2,996 cc 3.0 liters 230 HP @ 6,500 rpm; 200 ft lb @ 2,750
8-cylinder engine 4,799 cc 4.8 liters 360 HP @ 6,300 rpm; 360 ft lb @ 3,400
6-cylinder AWD models received emblem design
530xi Sports Wagon is available as an AWD model
Start / Stop button replace ignition switch
Comfort access (keyless entry) (optional)
6-cylinder models receive higher final drive ratios
All models not have the vertical chrome radiator grilles
2007 model year
Night vision (optional)
Tire pressure monitoring replaces flat tire monitoring
HD radio (optional)
Personal music player auxiliary inputs now standard
Sport package revised, new 20 way adjustable seats and new 3-spoke steering wheel
2008 model year
Life cycle impulse occurs (LCI)
New headlight design
Relocated Amber lenses leaves headlight area completely white
New taillight design
New rear bumper
528i and 528xi models replace 525i and 525x models
Active cruise control with brake and go function (optional)
Lane departure warning (optional)
Redesigned interior, window switches and trim updates
Updated Steptronic transmission
Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters 9optional)
2009 model year
Very few changes
A few new wheel options available
2010 model year
Fourth generation iDrive system
M Sport package (optional)
Decoding your VIN
You VIN (vehicle identification number) can be used to help purchase parts and identify vehicle options. The last seven numbers are all you need when ordering parts. However, it is important to know how to decode the entire VIN.
The VIN is located in many places. Two reliable spots to read it are on the left lower corner of the dashboard (red arrow), looking through the windshield from outside the vehicle. Important VIN digit positions include: The first 3 digits are the country of origin. Fourth and fifth positions are the vehicle model. Position 6 is the type of engine. The tenth digit of your VIN is the vehicle model year. The last seven positions are the serial number.
The VIN is also located on the driver doorjamb, vehicle identification sticker (red arrow). You can also find your BMW model (yellow arrow).
Using the sticker on your driver doorjamb, you can also determine the production date (red arrow).
Using the sticker on your driver doorjamb, the tire pressure specifications as well as compatible tire size options (red arrow) are specified. With the aforementioned information, you now know more about your BMW E60.