Bough a 2006 Model from local Dealers Kearys Cork ireland , Grey with Leather .A big jump up from the Audi A6 , more taut on the road , precise steering, a slightly harder ride than the Audi, Has more pep in the mid range.
Curiously, other drivers are more agressive towards me on the road compared to Audi , Audi seemed to be non descriptip but particularly white van man , tends to get closer on the bumper and on the horm more often -- but who cares abiut them then !!!
Idrive is fine , have read various magazines where people found it strange.If you come form the PC / Mouse generation then its a breeze.
Ipod system fitted by dealer as part of the sale works a treat , have 2900 songs on the go , great for the longer drives
The MPG was 45-50 on paper but real world driving motorway and secondary reoads returns a good 42-45 which is fine . A lighter foot might be handy when the diesel prices goes back up .
Happy so far , its due a service but this is covered by the service pack taken out
Hi. I have just bought a 2006 car (used at 30,000 miles)in last 4 weeks. Already have done 2,500 miles. Disappointed in mpg. Did not expect to get quoted mpg 42 mpg but, on careful motorway driving, only getting 26mpg. Experienced 5 series driver having taken 3 E39's to 200,000 miles (also have Z4 and 320i). Would be interested in feedback from other 535d drivers
I've owned my 525 auto for almost 4 years, and have driven 36,000 miles without a problem. The only repair has been a new driver's door seal. It has 'conveyor belt' smoothness on the motorway; a lovely 'surge' around town; with excellent handling and 'kick' when I want it.
There are many options available when the time comes to replace it but, if the financial deals are not advantageous, then I would be happy to run it for another 2 or 3 years.
I've just bought this BMW to replace my CLK 270. The CLK was a great car and the best I had found so far in my quest for the ideal compromise between affordability, comfort, handling, performance and running costs.
The 525 knocks it for six in all respects excepting motorway cruising, where it is a little noisier, and fuel economy - looks like I'll struggle to get 40 mpg in my manual BMW against 43 in the auto Merc.
BUT . . . what an experience this saloon is! You approach any bend at any speed and the car tells you (telepathically ?) "leave this to me - no problem!" The handling is THAT good. Strangely, the steering wheel doesn't convey much under regular driving, it just makes sure the wheels do what you need when you need them to.
The greatest surprise is the ride and lack of road noise. The ride is firm, in that the car doesn't bounce unnecessarily but in no way is it hard.
It has fabulous leather and heated seats as well as the extensive standard goodies the SE comes with and the "anthraci te wood" trim (whatever that is) looks great.
The seats are supremely comfortable and the driving position excellent, tho somewhere to rest my right foot when cruise control is engaged would be useful (no the Merc didnt have one either BUT the preceding Passat did).
Performance is good but not hair-raising. The 6 cylinder motor is SOOOOO sweet tho !!
Overall, very well pleased - I'm just hoping it proves reliable!
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