2003 BMW E53 X5 4.6iS

Up for auction is this 2003 BMW E53 X5 4.6iS finished in Estoril Blue Metallic over an Imola Red Nappa leather interior. The X5 4.6iS was the sport model of the first-generation E53 X5, designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG in the rapidly growing high-performance SUV segment. The 4.6iS received a unique bored and stroked version of the M62 V8 motor along with larger brakes, model-specific trim, 20” wheels, and sport-tuned suspension. Acquired by the seller in 2018, this X5 4.6iS received a major engine service in 2021 and is now being offered for auction out of New York with approximately 75k miles showing on the odometer.

This E53 is reported to be only of only 422 U.S. examples produced in Estoril Blue Metallic (335) and features special body-colored front and rear valences, dual rectangular chrome exhaust tips, black wheel arch extensions, side skirts, and 20” Style 87 wheels. Additional features include high-gloss black Shadowline trim, black roof rails, xenon headlights with washers, and an integrated roof spoiler. The seller reports degradation of the paint on the roof as well as some other cosmetic imperfections throughout the exterior, detailed images are available in the gallery along with paint meter readings and a clean CARFAX report.  The factory wheels come dressed in a set of Delinte Desert Storm D8 tires.

The interior features power-adjustable heated front sport seats and power-adjustable heated rear seats, upholstered in rare Imola Red Nappa leather with matching door panels, black carpeting, and silver Titan Line trim. This loaded X5 4.6iS also comes equipped with sunblinds for the rear windows, an Anthracite headliner, a power tilt/sliding sunroof, sun protection window glazing, Park Distance Control sensors, self-dimming mirrors, a rear-seat pass-through with an integrated ski bag, and an extendable rear load floor. Driver’s amenities include a leather-wrapped multi-function M-Sport steering wheel with M tri-color stitching, automatic climate control, rear air conditioning, BMW MK4 navigation, a Hi-Fi sound system with 6-CD changer, a variable tachometer with warm-up lights sourced from the E46 M3 and E39 M5, and rain-sensing windshield washers. Signs of wear are depicted on the driver’s seat as well as some missing pixels on the cluster’s OBC and some burnt-out areas on the navigation screen. A new LCD head unit will accompany the sale and the seller reports the keyless entry feature on the key fob is no longer functional.

The 4.6iS is powered by a unique bored and stroked version of BMW’s M62 V8 designated M62TUB46, which features a displacement of 4.6L, all-metal VANOS variable valve timing system, a new intake camshaft, higher compression, increased fueling, and a revised exhaust system. It produced 340 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque when new and drives all four wheels through a modified 5-speed ZF Steptronic automatic transmission with a shorter final drive ratio and high-stall torque converter for quicker launches. The X5 4.6iS also receives larger brakes and an M-Sport tuned suspension with larger anti-roll bars than a standard X5. Routine oil and fluid changes have been addressed by an in-house mechanic under the current ownership and the seller reports a major engine service was performed by a BMW specialist in 2021 including new timing chain guides.

This sale will include a clean title and a new head unit. One of the original high-performance sport utility vehicles, the X5 4.6iS is a true modern classic.  Do not miss out on this rare Estoril Blue over Imola Red 2003 example.

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Comments (7)

  • msvecharny (registered bidder) 7 hours, 38 minutesago

    absolutely sweet spec! Good luck with sale!

  • Nikojo (registered bidder) 7 hours, 41 minutesago

    AC works?
    Heat works? All 4 seats heat work?
    Electronic controls ok on seats?
    Is there a trim piece missing along top of windscreen?
    Can we see undercarriage pics??

  • Nikojo (registered bidder) 7 hours, 48 minutesago

    Can you post up or is there a way to send the paper work on the major engine work? See exactly what was done?

  • nosubC2de (seller) 12 hours, 27 minutesago

    @lamacan thank you for your bid. I appreciate your opinion however I really do not believe this is a beater car of any sorts course everyone has different levels of allowances and winner can do what they like with their purchase. For me I searched years for an all original car with original paint like this X5 and wasn’t easy. It was 100x easier for me to find a Porsche or Ferrari with original paint and accident free. I would hope buyer would continue to give this car the love it has received from previous owners and myself. What I have spend for the repairs for this X5 could have easily purchased a higher mileage 4.6is with repaint needing all sorts of deferred mechanical gremlins. This is not that and as with all my other vehicles they have been under closed roof and regularly looked after. By all means if you prefer to use it as a beater that is certainly your choice just that it’s getting really hard to find these in this condition. Thanks again for your interest.

  • nosubC2de (seller) 12 hours, 29 minutesago

    Hello fellow car lovers and enthusiasts. Of some of the cars I am planning on putting for sale this one was hard to let go. I believe these somewhat rare 4.6is which incidentally have some tuning association with Alpina the only one in the complete lineups of X5s will be one of the most collectible X5s in the future. These are getting really difficult to find them in original condition with relative low mileage accident free and all original paint. Estoril blue incidentally have been notorious having very poor adhesion properties which in some small areas of this truck has show some loss of paint worst been the patch next to A pillar on the roof. I resisted painting them which would have taken the originality away and besides I never see it since it’s way up there. This truck is among cleanest And most loaded I have encounter throughout my search however it isn’t perfect but most imperfections are easily replaceable. The navigation radio has imperfections on the screen which I have included another unit I purchase and decided not to change leaving for next owners choice. The radiator top black cover has a long crack on it however I have included a brand new piece in box that also leaving for new owner to keep for future addition. Rear bumper cover was not available at the time I ordered and was looking for a new or like new piece online, if I get one before owners purchase I will leave in car. The digital dash cluster has missing pixels and was looking to send the cluster for repairs which I usually see them sent out and returned for $150-200. The major mechanicals have been taken care of and it’s up to next custodian to do what they like to preserve this special color combination X5 4.6is. Thank you for your interests and happy bidding.

  • lamacan (registered bidder) 1 day, 5 hoursago

    this car is the perfect beater. i love it.

  • lamacan 1 day, 5 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $250

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2003 BMW E53 X5 4.6iS
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