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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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115 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 520i SE 4dr

    Natasha Daguiar , . Date: 17/12/2014
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    I have a 2003 3.0l petrol auto with 232,000 miles on the clock! I have owned this car for 6 years and I still absolutely love it. This car has active steering which is beautiful when getting in and out of tight spots, great spec car, had to change the active steering pump which I managed to find a used one, with these miles putting a £1,000+ unit on from BMW just would not have been viable. I have had several faults and still have some ongoing problems but considering the extremely high mileage and the fact I purchased this car with 160,000 miles on it, it has never let me down. I have had faulty seat map sensors, replaced 3 times! Oil leaks, gaskets that didn't love the mileage. I changed the transmission fluid at 170,000 miles and although I get the odd minor jolt when the car changes gear, she has not let me down yet. I would just like to add a recent scare and bit of advice to anyone with an auto box. My transmission failure light came on a week ago, box went into limp mode and clunked terribly changing from park to drive/drive to reverse. I thought this would be the end for my car with this mileage as a new box would be more than she is worth now. I was researching online and read several posts relating to transmission faults that strongly advised replacing the battery or alternator. Very pleased to say new battery replacement has sorted this fault out and I have since driven over 200 miles with no trans fault! Fingers crossed this girl keeps going as I love her to bits.

  • 520d M Sport 4dr

    Simon Mignott , West Midlands . Date: 14/11/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      42.2

    My car

    I owned the BMW 520D MSport for a month and I'm really impressed overall.

    Positives:

    Composed ride, very refined and quiet for long journeys Excellent build quality Spacious and well equipped Excellent fuel economy (45-55 mpg) Excellent equipment levels Excellent handling-(m sport)only Strong pull and torque when needed Go for steptronic gearbox for the best of both worlds I-Drive is good when you used to it

    Negatives:

    Standard stereo is quite poor, no bass in front speakers Car feels heavy at times Not very economical around town, but thats expected Avoid N47 engine (timing chain issues)or have warranty- Go for M47 engine if possible Ditch run flats and get standard tyres fitted

    A great car and the best I've owned, the best options are the USB interface and DAB Radio (2 key upgrades). Upgrade stereo if you like your music. Avoid 525D not worth the extra insurance, tax and Diesel and you can't go wrong. If you can find a good M Sport it's worth the wait because it drives better and handles better than the SE, holds its value well and looks better than the standard shape which is dull.

  • 520d SE Auto 4dr

    Tim Banks Date: 13/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.9

    My car

    The car is a July 2011 model 520d SE 2.0d with 8 speed auto, and Business Media SatNav.

    This is my 1st BMW and is the best long distance touring car I have owned. 400 mile trips are dispatched with ease, leaving me stress free and without stiff joints. It has plenty of power for overtaking when needed, and cruises quietly with little fuss on motorways and A roads. I find the ride and handling on the standard 17" wheels with run flat Pirelli tyres absolutely fine, and the car is composed and well balanced through corners. The steering felt a little fiercely self centering to start with, but with the correct tyre pressures it improved noticeably. It can get caught out sometime on motorways if there is a sharp change in camber in a bend, but nothing serious.

    Fuel economy for such a large car is excellent. Long term ave is 48 mpg and it is easy to get over 50 mpg on a decent run. Loaded up with luggage a 500 kms run through France saw 53 mpg, and I drive responsibly briskly. That gives a tank range of 700 plus miles or 1,200kms. Even around the suburbs I still see mid 40's.

    All controls and instruments work well with little fuss. I love how I can check a destination on Google maps on my PC then send the coordinates to the SatNav to be used as a destination. My only minor grumble is that the auto lights and wipers sensors need a bit of fine tuning as they don't always work the way you want. The boot is big but not as well shaped as my last A6. So far no faults at all. Gre

  • 535d M Sport 4dr

    martin lumsden , . Date: 19/09/2012
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35.3

    My car

    owned for 3 years

    Pro engine, performance, size, looks

    Cons Service cost (BMW in general), folding rear seats is an option - annoying, no spare wheel

    Fantastic car, does wheel spins at 80mph in the rain, goes straight to 155mph limit and never drops below 36 mpg superb driving dynamics, forget a 530d, get a 535d. Ditching the runflats and replacing with proper tyres is a must.

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