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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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113 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 530d SE 4dr

    Andrew Garrison Date: 25/02/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A mavellous car to drive, superb low down pull all the way to 100 mph plus.

    Cabin feels quality and very comfortable standard seats.

    Six speed box joy to use and engine revs like a petrol

    I'm currently getting around 30mpg.

  • 530d SE 4dr

    graeme birnie Date: 01/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I was not initially sold on the bangle look but it has grown on me. The three-quarter angle from the rear is still jarring to the eye, however.

    My reason for buying the car was image, performance and prestige. The 530d is the right model to have, stunning acceleration and running costs have amounted to one litre of oil over 27,000km. The first service is required in a further 3500km.

    I elected for the black colour scheme with light grey interior, a combination that is pleasing to the eye and adds to the prestige image. The black interior I find claustrophobic and the wood finish should be avoided at all cost.

    If wood and leather is to your taste then buy a Jag or god forbid the E class. A BMW should be light and agile, even though I am carrying about 100kg extra with the diesel lump, the experience is a joy.

    I have the great pleasure of having a 30 minute commute to work across the rolling Limburg countryside in the south of the Netherlands around Valkenburg. THE 5 JUST EATS IT UP!!!

  • 530i SE 4dr

    r. rush , orange . Date: 25/01/2005
    • 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

    I'm a short time owner, however I feel the auto is as quiet as any I have ever driven.

    It has a smooth shift. The comfort features in the cabin are the best. The iDrive is slow to feel confident.

    The finish is perfect, and exudes perfection. The only question I have (and I am going to the dealer to check) is when first taking off from a signal, there seems to be a slight lag. Maybe it has not broken in yet. This is my only complaint.

    I recommend this to anyone who loves to drive quality.

  • 545i SE 4dr

    Stephen James , California . Date: 16/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    An absolutely stunning car. My 2005 545i (in Silver Gray) has navigation, active steering, premium sound, PDC, head up display and comfort seats.

    The 545i is, quite simply, the best car I have driven. I also tested the 2005 Audi A6 (3.2 and 4.2) and Acura RL (a US only car), nothing came close to the 5.

    Ride quality and handling are excellent, as is noise isolation. Head-up display sounds like a gimmick but once you have it, it's indispensible.

    Complaints are few and minor - there isn't an easy way to cancel navigation guidance once it's started, plus, in the US at least, BMW only offers Sirius satellite radio and not XM.

    Overall, I can't recommend this car highly enough - I'm incredibly happy with it.

BMW 5 Series Saloon

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