My ten year old 528i still looks and drives like new. The engine is as smooth as a cat's posterior and uses no oil whatsoever. The only time it has let me down was when the petrol pump packed in at around 118 000 miles. Most cars don't even get to see 118 000 miles. I hope to keep it until it falls apart, but at this rate that's not going to happen until 2080.
I bought '99 model 535 with 20k miles 5 yrs ago and recently traded it in.
It's a great driver's car - performance, handling, ride all superb for 4 dr. saloon
Really nice interior with lots of extras incl. full electric seats, sunroof etc. - a joy to own and drive for the first couple of years. But after this regular repairs were required - frequent electrical faults (occ. very expensive such as new info. centre display).
Routine servicing was costly enough and in between frequent trips back to dealer to be fixed, the last six months of ownership were blighted by major mechanical breakdowns at only 70+k miles.
I've had enough of BMW - three in a row and all trouble.
Wife has a Lexus and it's stress-free ownership - buying Jap from now on.
What a fabulous car - or so I thought. I bought a three-year-old approved used 52-plate car with leather seats, xenon headlamps, MTEC sport pack etc.
Everything has failed - it has been in the workshop over 12 times - I've lost count. It has had a new steering rack, steering arms, shock absorber, turbo, other shock (fitted singly, don't ask!) lower suspension arms, rear subframe bushes, clutch, dual-mass flywheel, propshaft coupling, engine and gearbox mounts, and all the injectors.
It also leaks like a sieve - the rear footwells are swimming pools, and this is just the greatest hits - there's other stuff, too.
BMW UK eventually got involved, but only after loads of e-mails and going to another dealership (give them their due, they were excellent - the complete opposite of the supplying dealer). I worked out I'd spent £15 buying the car, and lost £25,000 in work time - this is in 12,000 miles on a car with 48,000 miles when bought.
Would I ever have another BMW? Put it this way, if they took mine away and replaced it with another one, free, and had £40,000 cash in the glovebox, and the only proviso was that I had to keep it for two years, I'd turn it away as a bad deal.
It's so disappointing, because when I bought it, I really thought it was going to be a pleasure to own. I wonder how the first owner got on - I hope he at least enjoyed it... personally, I can't wait to get rid of it.
I have owned a 52 plate 525d Sport Avus Blue Edition for 2 years. Bought it used with 50k miles on the clock and it's now completed 100k.
The diesel engine is easily the most refined and smooth I've experienced. I've owned an Audi A4 Tdi and have driven a Merc E270 and E220 and the BMW's engine is much queieter. Power's not bad either and cruises very nicely on the motorway. I'm just part-exing to a new shape 530d and the salesman at the garage thought mine was a petrol when he started it up!
I've had it serviced with BMW dealers throughout and whilst their approach to service sometimes leaves a little to be desired, it has ensured that the car has had 100k fault free miles mechanically.
Only things to have gone wrong are the cruise control ceasing to work and the PDC working intermittently.
Although I've never worked it out, the onboard computer reports an average mpg of 41 which I'm very happy with.
All in all, an excellent car and if you can get one with a full dealer history I'd suggest that you can't go wrong.
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