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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.
  • 520i SE 4dr

    Keith Willis-Croft , Staffordshire . Date: 14/11/2004
    • 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

    A good car over all but the I drive is like everyone else has said - it is an absolute nonsense!

    The idea is good in principle to remove the clutter of buttons from the dash board but it should be simpler to operate.

  • 520i SE 4dr

    Ken Chong Date: 30/10/2004
    • 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 had the chance to test drive the 530i when it was first launched in Malaysia.

    The moment I stepped into the car and started the engine, took the first corner and felt the steering, a big smile appeared on my face.

    Took it down further on highway after some local trunk roads, there’s no word to describe this car, simply stunning.

    But for all these, it costs you a lot here in Malaysia. Due to the tax unfriendliness here, I have to opt for the 520i.

    Despite with the smaller engine capacity and pulling power, its handling, ride comfort and the power it offers will still put many Japanese makes far behind its league.

    All in all, it is the best car I have ever driven so far since the latest Merc E240.

  • 530d SE 4dr

    Ron Hepburn , Lothian . Date: 25/10/2004
    • 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 am an out-and-out car-daft person. I have driven most cars and owned a good selection of classic desired cars.

    Over the years I have probably spent as much on depreciation as I have in tax! In all that time and all these cars, there are only two cars I have owned that I would rate as five star.

    In 1993 I had a new VW Corrado VR6 and the other my current BMW 530d SE auto. Trust me you will not be disappointed.

    It drives like a dream, it looks fantastic (I always thought it did! But even those who thought it looked weird at first are coming round. Remember the first Sierra?) And it is very low maintenance. It's great. I'd buy another. What more can I say? Buy one!

  • 530d SE 4dr

    David Biggs , Notts . Date: 15/10/2004
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    A great drive - effortless performance from a quiet and comfortable package.

    The standard interior lacks a quality feel but adding wood and leather has improved it.

    Overall it's a very good car and fabulous to drive. I'm sure it will prove a delight over the long term.

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