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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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57 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 525i Sport 4dr

    Sean Pinches , Cheshire . Date: 25/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am a second owner of this car and in the past 12 months I have covered 28,000 miles, the car has now done 164,000 miles, and has never missed a beat.

    Fuel consumption is a reasonable 31mpg overall. There are no squeaks or rattles other than the first-aid kit located at the base of the front passenger seat. The paintwork can suffer from stone chips, it would seem that the depth of the paint is the problem, the undercoat is white and therefore the chips show through.

    Apart from this it's a great car and certainly difficult to find a better-handling saloon that offers the same level of comfort and refinement. Although the shape has remained constant throughout its life it is still a good-looking car and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • 530i Sport 4dr

    Richard Sawko Date: 03/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have now owned the car for 18 months and covered over 25,000 miles without any problems.

    Love the handling and performance especially in Sport mode or tiptronic.

    Overall consumption with a variety of driving has been an excellent 26mpg.

    I have the wider optional 18-inch alloys which give even better grip but the tyres are expensive. It's well worth researching the tyres as they make a big difference to road roar and grip. I have Michelin Sport 2's and they are superb. A change of tyres was required at 32,000 miles, which isn't bad!

    The front end is prone to stone chipping and front and rear parking sensors are essential because you can't see the ends of the car from the driver's seat.

    Sport seats provide super support once you find the right set up.

  • 530d Sport 4dr

    George Everard , Avon . Date: 01/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My BMW 530d Sport is superb and after almost two years and I am still totally satisfied.

    The Sport model is definitely worth choosing if you enjoy driving as it has a firmer suspension set-up which gives it excellent handling and simply incredible road-holding.

    The 'Sport' tyres are quite wide (255/40/ZR17rear and 235/45/ZR17front) but the originals all lasted for 38,000 mls. The front spoiler is lower than on the SE so take care pulling up to kerbs!

    The sport seats are very comfortable especially on twisty roads. Fuel consumption around town can drop to 26 mpg, but at a steady 85 mph the car returns 42 mpg, expect 34 mpg (auto).

    The performance is astonishing, especially up hills where you find very few other cars can keep up and its very brisk from standstill. The chain-driven camshaft means there are no belt replacements to pay for and bulb changes (1 in 3 years) are a 2-minute job (non-Xenon).

    I cannot remember any faults and servicing costs have been very reasonable (even compared to my previous Renault). Brake pads/disks should last 50,000 mls which I think is superb. I really don't know what I would buy to replace it with, apart from another one. I frequently drive other cars but nothing feels as substantial and well-engineered.

  • 525d Sport 4dr

    Philip Igbide , Sussex . Date: 19/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is superb. When I pick it up, I was 'babying' it! Once I got use to its capabilities, it was wow. Fast is an understatement. I had the needle on 100mph, but it was asking for more. Love it.

    The diesel consumption is excellent. 42.9 - 48.8 mpg on motorway depending on my speed, and 27.8 - 28.9 mpg in town, sometimes early 30s.

    It is different from all cars I have owned. The only comparison are the rentals I had in Canada, America, and a M-B in Portugal.

    Highly recommended.

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