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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.
  • 523i SE 4dr

    Roger Murphy Date: 02/03/2005
    • 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

    Whilst the new 5 is an improvement on the old model, which I also owned from new, I feel that BMW has gone too far in trying to improve for the sake of it.

    The i-drive is a case in point. The stark interior is another. Call me old-fashioned but I thought the wood in my old model made it look cosy and expensive. There is a little too much plastic in the current 5's cabin - the door pulls are one example. Having said all that, the current car is a delight to drive, as, I have to say, was the old one and after a long journey you step out almost as fresh as you were when you started.

    As I have only owned my present car since June 2004 I have not incurred any running costs apart from petrol but I shall assume they will be as reasonable as the previous model. In fact MPG is better on this model though insurance costs are up (1 rating higher than previous). The dealer experience has been good.

    Despite my enthusiasm for the car there are two outstanding problems (or rather niggles) that the dealer could not resolve. One is a noisy fan (didn't do it when they were listening!!) and the other is a radio which does not keep itself tuned to a station (this may be owner trouble but the dealer, once again, couldn't replicate the problem). I would definitely recommend it.

  • 530d SE 4dr

    gary aughton Date: 28/02/2005
    • 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

    I own a 520se 1998 and love this car and thanks to a lovely man on a motorbike who drove in to it causing me to contact the insurers for a loan car. Well they gave me a new 530d and wow this car goes. I have never been in anything so fast for a diesel.

    This engine has killed petrols and inside of the car is super a part from I drive (confusing) also lots more leg room in the rear compared to the old 5 what more need be said?

  • 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!!!

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