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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.
  • 535d SE 4dr

    Eric Royds Date: 14/04/2005
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had many nice cars in my time but this car is outstanding. It is so smooth and quiet when you drive along and the power really is unbelieveable you cannot tell its a diesel.

    Many friends have driven the car. They too rave about its smoothness. The six-speed auto 'box changes gear as you accelerate off with hardly any drop in pulling power - it really feels like it's rocket propelled.

    I have now driven 2700 miles and got a 27.8mpg average. This is less thsn I was expecting, considering the type of driving I have covered, but this may be due to my right foot and the smile it brings on every time press it down.

    If you go for this car you will most definitely be happy. If you can afford the head-up display, which only comes with the professional navigation system, it's a must. I never realised how good this is. You look straight ahead and in front of you is the information you need to check on the current speed, especially with this car and all those speed cameras out there.

    Do take a test drive. Don't settle for a test in the 530d make sure it's a 535d. If you want to see how it really goes, use the auto 'box in manual in second gear at 1800rpm. Squeeze your right foot to the floor and HANG ON.

    Boy, what a car! It's no wonder everyone who drives it has to have it on their wish list. You can get discounts on this model, I got 8%, so don't be put off with the usual lines.

    Regards to you all, Eric Royds, Yorkshire, England

  • 525i SE 4dr

    ASISH HURHANGEE Date: 30/03/2005
    • Overall 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

    My car

    It's been a year since I've owned this car and since then, I just keep loving it more and more. I wish i had opted for the automatic transmission in town sometimes but once on the open country roads (that I travel on often) these thoughts are soon dispelled. The gearchanges are slick and you can leave it in third all day since it stretches from 30 mph to 85. It's an excellent long-distance cruiser, too: I felt relaxed after a 500-mile journey. Concerning the wheels and tyres, my advice is to go for the spare tyre option so that you can change the run-flats for normal ones. It's got decent space and the seats are quite comfortable. I have also got used to the I-Drive now but some of the switches don't exude quality. The boot has a decent capacity too. The only niggles so far were some noises coming from the doors but the seals were replaced under warranty. I also encountered some problems with the air-con, so check its operating properly if you're considering a second-hand one. The car is averaging about 28mpg and the service package is worth it whether you do a lot of miles or not. Overall the best car I have owned but I think I'd go for a 535d next time.

  • 525d SE 4dr

    Martin Robinson Date: 05/03/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car is very difficult to fault once you've got used to the look of the thing, but even that grows on you after a while.

    I'd definitely recommend the auto 'box. It makes for a very relaxing drive, yet if you need to pick up speed fairly sharpish just apply a moderate push of the pedal and off it goes.

    Handling and ride are much nicer than in the equivalent Merc and Audi. The only car that comes close is the Jaguar S-type, but the 5 wins hands-down on space and practicality.

    The choice is easy really: buy a diesel with an auto 'box ina decent colour and you can't go wrong.

  • 525i M Sport 4dr

    George Pissiotis , Thessaloniki . Date: 03/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As a BMW 5 Series owner since the 525i E28 (1983), I expected more from the E34

    Unfortunately, though the car has a great chassis, it has weak rear shock absorbers. The interior isn't as spacious as it should be, especially in the rear.

    Some fittings and materials aren't up to the price that BMW ask. The standard front seats are horrible for long journeys. The last but not the least is the i-drive software, which after two ugrades from the local dealer still has a lot of bugs.

    Despite all this, I think it is the best car in its class.

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