I previously drove a 525dse tourer but new turbo & injectors were imminent @ 95k miles. My specialist dealer recommended a "bullet proof" 530i.How right they were. I p/e my diesel for this M sport 530i. So far added 45k to take mileage to 95k. Only major reliability issue has been a failed parking sensor(£60). Tyre wear using o/e dunlop sp2000 is great at 25k miles - plus they handle and @ £100 each fitted are pretty good value.
Minor gripes are the creaking front door window seals which most E39 toures have and a little oil consumption.
Averaging 29mpg which for an auto is pretty good.
Fantastic car. Will probably swap it for the newer 530i msport model when it hits 150k or maybe I will just keep running it!
I have a MW 530d auto touring 1999 model.
I bought this car 18 months ago with 105,000 miles. I have put a further 40,000 mainly motorway miles on it since.
Overall I love this car. It is great fun to drive, handles well, great performance, specially the mid range.
My favorite part is the fuel consumption. on long motorway journeys the car will easily do well over 40mpg crusing at legal motorway speeds, the best I have got was an impressive 46mpg. Around town it will do 25-30mpg. Took it to the south of france last year - 43mpg cruising at 130kph (around 85mph) with 4 adults and lugage.
I've just discovered all 6 injectors & fuel pump are worn. advised to live with poor hot starting. BMW want £2500 for the parts before fitting.
I replaced the abs control unit a few months ago, the self level suspension developed a fault in the wring loom which had to b replaced by BMW.I have also had the auto box oil changed. The car seems to be doing approx 14-15,000 miles between services. The turbo & exhaust was replaced just before I bought the car. Radio has packed up - replacing it with an aftermarket one. The rear subframe bushes were recently replaced - the ride was a little harsh, they were all split. I guess a car that is over 9 years old now with 145,000 miles is going to need a little tlc, specially with the mileage I do.
I would not recommend a BMW dealer service these cars, the specialists seem to know them better and don't need a mortgage to pay the bill.
530D Se AUTO TOURING We get 34mpg in mixed town use and motorway work. We brought at main dealer 3 years ago on 40k miles and have extended the warranty twice since then- and lucky we did. BMW diesels eat parts So far we have had replaced all the 6 injectors fail at 75,000 miles (which would have cost £250 each), the turbo blew at 85,000 miles which required a new turbo, manifold and exhaust Cost ~£3k (as the oil and rubbish being thrown out destroyed the catalyst), the oil sump started leaking at 80,000 miles(new sump ~£700) and the speedo stopped working at 60,000 miles(dashboard instruments replaced). The petrols are far more reliable. What you save on diesel efficiency you spend 5 times over on parts for the engine BMW dealer that we use to fix the car under warranty never return phone calls, don't always do the work they say they will and seem unable to fix anything without just replacing the entire unit.
I had a 530d touring previously and thought I'd try something different. Brought a new Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDi multitronic. After just six months decided to come back to a 2003 BMW 525d touring. The straight six diesel engine has to be one of the smoothest ever built, quality finish to exterior and interior is excellent, no wind noise like the Audi. Good rate of acceleration (little discernable difference to my old 530d. Fuel economy averages around 26 to 30 mpg around town and upper 30's on a good run. Recommended.
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