I have the 525i SE Touring. This is a great car. You do not feel like you are driving such a large vehicle. The steering makes it feel light while the power and handling make it quite nimble.
The quality of the interior is superb and comfort levels are high, making long journeys very relaxing. It also looks fantastic, being less controversial than the saloon.
The only slight downside is the ride on the runflats. The car has a habit of bouncing when it hits a nasty rut in the road - sod's law. That seems to have been cured on the new 3 Series. In any event, they're not a problem on the majority of surfaces.
I have had a German 525 DSE Touring (cost £38,000) since August 04. The car has covered 22,000 miles and had 18 days in the garage. Problems have included the navigation system, which can switch off or stick.
The CPU has been replaced as problems occured with the radio, CD and nav system. The rear Touring door struts were replaced as they would not open properly and all four door seals have been replaced as they caused the doors to squeak. The rear parcel shelf had all the electronic bits replaced as it only worked 25% of the time.
The rear wiper kept coming on when the car was put into reverse. Three times the TPC light has told me I have punctures and all is OK. The car was fitted with extra strengthening brackets on one visit. The dealer has been very good (thankfully) and I always had a replacement car.
The problems are almost sorted. The Navigation unit still needs work, as does the TPC system. All original tourers need the door seals, I'm told, as well as strengthener brackets, and the nav system needs new software (available soon).
Another issue: be prepared for the awful ride on rough roads with the run-flat tyres - not very BMW. It really does spoil everything and is more of an issue than the reliability. (It runs better on run-flat winter tyres which are softer.)
Having said this, the car looks great, drives well and is very stable on motorways, especially at the higher speeds over here. It will get better I'm sure!
I bought this car new eight months ago and have covered 6000 miles in it with my wife and baby. Most of the miles have been driven in France where the car has proved to be a fantastic tourer - agile and powerful in country lanes, yet smooth and refined on motorways.
It handles exceptionally well for such a large car and is more than capable of swallowing all of our family's luggage (including all the baby gear!) and all the shopping from the continent.
I've had no major problems and would absolutely recommend this vehicle as versatile family car.
I drove my first 1000km with my new 525dA. Major disappointed in the steering. Steering is heavier then I was used to and driving in straight line on highway requires me to keep adjusting the steering wheel. I had the dealer drive the car for a short distance but could not find anything wrong.
Last six months I drove a Volvo V70 for 20,000km. Could it be that I am still not used to the BMW driving characteristics? Hard to believe for a car that should be famous for its driving. Anyone have similar experience or comments?
Other criticism is that the six-gear-automatic seems to have a slow response. Another disappointment is that you need to take out the navigation DVD in order to use the CD player… very annoying for an expensive navigation system (Navigation Business). Everything else is great.
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