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.
  • 530d SE 4dr

    Keith Rawson , Nth Notts . Date: 15/02/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for eight years now and I still feel as good driving it as the day I bought it new.The m.p.g is unbelievable for such a powerful car it is 50% better than my two litre Volvo servicing costs are reasonable due to the as and when required feature.All in all a well built well engineered car that is a pleasure to own.

  • 535i 4dr

    Martin Harwood , Norfolk . Date: 12/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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 picked up the 535i 6 years ago for £13k and taken it from 60k to 135k, it's always a pleasure to drive, great interior, and that V8 sounds great! The ride is very impressive, with the silky smooth auto box getting into 5th gear at just 40 mph for a very relaxing and relatively economic drive. Give it some welly though and the V8 turns into a growl and sounds oh so sweet right up to the red line. Maintaining such a big and complex car takes a lot of knowledge. I've stuck with the local BMW dealer and this has genrally paid dividends, and if they wrongly diagnose anything then its them who take the cost. 2 yrs warranty on parts and labour is also very reassuring. The other option is to use a BMW specialist - but ask around and build up a good relationship with them. I now do the simple servicing myself (oil, filters, plugs) and save 100s of pounds. Maintenance costs have averaged out at about £600 yr inc tyres - not too bad as the depreciation costs are now minimal and it would cost me £38k to replace it with similairly specified 6 cyl new 5 series. At the moment keeping the 535i makes perfect financial sense, and it feels like it would reach 200k miles with ease. Give it a careful clean and it looks very respectable. It’s a pleasure to own and probably no more expensive than running other large family cars. The 5 Series reputation as a complete car is legendary, add a V8, leather, and auto then it's one hell of a car to own. I'll be keeping mine for a few years yet.

  • M5 4dr

    Trevor Law , West Midlands . Date: 24/01/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my 2001 M5 with 53K miles in 2005. The spec of these M5s is superb. It includes auto sunshades and DVD / playstation games... All E39 M5s have heavy clutches - as a 6ft plus male I don't notice too much, but ladies say it it intimidating! It is a business car, and gives 24 - 25 mpg. Problems have been fairly minor: Two fuel injectors. All four tyres suffered cracking of the rubber, something I've never seen before. An anti-roll bar linkage and a front suspension rebuild. The total for repairs over three years has been £2,500. Overall it is a wonderful car to buy and to own as long as someone else takes the initial 'hit' on depreciation. In 2001 it cost £68.5K with extras. I paid £24,500! Urgghhh! the thought of losing £44,000... Would I buy it again? Well as long as that miserable Scot at No. 10 does not push road tax on Group F vehicles to ridiculous levels, I certainly would. So if anyone sees a late model E39 M5, on a 54-plate I might well be interested...

  • 523i SE 4dr

    Ian Penman , West Sussex . Date: 04/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    Out of respect for this car, I would like to add my review. I bought it in December 2001 with 56k on the clock and it has now got 158k under it's belt. I really can't fault it, as the only problem was a failed thermostat at 113k. My only negative comment is regarding main dealers, just avoid them unless absolutely necessary - why are we paying a mechanic 200k a year to change oil and plugs! Brilliant car though.

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