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Identifying BMW E60 Vehicle Options

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Identifying BMW E60 Vehicle Options

Nick Czerula


1 hour1 hr






Pen and paper

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Pen & paper

Hot Tip:

Take notes on options and store in owner's manual

Performance Gain:

Will help when servicing and purchasing parts for your vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Keep info with your service records

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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below.

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

Four-wheel ABS

Traction control

Stability control

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)

BMW assist

Dual airbags

Side airbags

Dual power seats

Sunroof (optional)

Adaptive headlights (optional)


Adaptive cruise control

Flat tire monitoring

Run-flat tires

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)

Bi-xenon headlights

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.
Figure 1

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).
Figure 2

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).
Figure 3

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.
Figure 4

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.

Comments and Suggestions:
Y-Rod Comments: Thx for all the great info 👍🏽 I'm hooked on
Knowledge is power 💪🏼. Especially for us females that love getting our hands dirty and being elbow deep in grease who are tired of gettin hustled by A-hole mechanics who think we don't know better than to pay a fortune on the simplest D.I.Y. Repairs/ Maintenance on BMWs 💃🏽🚗🔧⚙
February 6, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
mayoo Comments: Hi I was looking to buy a nice e60 2005 year the problem is it don't have vin punch on the sturt tower is this normal or have some issue ?
Many thanks
July 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The VIN should be under the hood stamped on the right side strut tower, facing the fender. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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