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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
    3 out of 5 stars

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60 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Touring.
  • 525i SE 5dr

    Mike Whittaker Date: 10/08/2005
    • 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

    This is my fourth 5 series but the first of the new model. I thought the previous model would be difficult to beat but this does in almost every way.

    The run flat tyres did take a bit of getting used to as the ride was a bit fidgety at times.

    I have the leather and auto option and it is gorgeous. There is plenty of room for the family even when I have my seat all the way back.

    I bought an ex demo car (6 months old) with 4k milesand got a really good deal (I think). I think the tourer is better looking than the saloon but if I had the choice I would have gone fort the sport trim as it looks great.

    Only problem so far is with the washer motor, it was replaced when I bought the car but failed again hours after I picked the car up.

    Having said that, I love it!

  • 525d SE 5dr

    Laurie Black Date: 01/08/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I drive a 525d Touring. What a change from my last 525i Touring - it seems BMW has fiddled with a good car and ruined it.

    My niggles are poor fuel consumption - way less than the brochure quotes, poor ride quality, the fact that the rain drips on to the seat when you open the doors in the wet. The iDrive is OK but why so complicated for the radio?

    Why is the central CD box so hard to use on the move? On the old model, you could open both parts of the tailgate at the same time - not now.

    All in all, I wish I could turn the clock back four months. What a big disappointment and waste of more than £30k.

  • 530d SE 5dr

    Alan Vickery , Herts . Date: 28/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a fabulous car to own. It is practical with the family and brutally quick when alone.

    The handling is great. Little touches like the split tail gate are fabulous. You can load the car up to the gunnels for a drive down through France and still open the back window to get the picnic out without spreading the luggage over the auto route. On the down side, the ride is harsh around town and it has a tendency to dart off to the ditch or the other side of the road when the road surface doesn’t agree with it. Scary.

    The iDrive is actually fantastic and doesn't deserve the criticism it gets. One bug bear is the radio, either my hearing is not great or the radio renders every channel a bit medium wave.

    I am however thinking of changing the car after less than a year of ownership because the build quality is appalling. I have had the car 8 months and it has been back to the dealer every month. Faulty sunroof (3 visits), faulty parking sensors, exhaust manifold recall, dodgy window openers, rattles to the dash, doors and sunroof, faulty tyre puncture warnings etc etc.

    Once the car comes out of warranty, how on earth does anyone afford to fix the darn thing? Reloading the computer when they take the battery out seems to take 3 days, or am I just unlucky? Having been an Audi A6 owner and having heard good things about BMW's, I have been absolutely shocked by the experience. Maybe I've just been unlucky.

  • 535d M Sport 5dr

    CONRAD TATE Date: 22/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 535 D Touring Sport. All in all it is a great car. The engine is fantastic - very smooth and powerful with very little in the way of turbo lag. Ultimately however, it doesn't sound as nice as a petrol engine but that is a small price to pay really.

    I have the comfort electric seats and the exclusive leather which is a great option. The electric boot is good too whilst the media and visibility packages are a must in my view.

    The only downside so far is the fuel economy. I am achieving around 19mpg in town driving and apprx 28 mpg on the motorways so this leaves quite a lot to be desired.

    No real problems yet although the windscreen has developed a large stress fracture and will be replaced under warranty.

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