I have had three 520i all fantastic each of them from new and 150,000 miles over 3 years This new one is a hopeless expensive mistake The i drive is so slow to respond to phone input its not worth having The rest of the system is pretty bad as well You cant even turn the screen off fully when driving at night The turbo lag is plain dangerous The run flat tyres are expensive replaced at 20,000 miles £180 each!! The interior equipment and quality is garbage I could go on all day about how poor this car is Instead I have cancelled our order for the other 4 cars and ordered A6 instead This leaves the 5 for dead
I have had my 520D Msport tourer for 5 weeks. Currently getting around 40mpg. Engine is rather flat low down and six speed box is too high geared for my liking - requiring a change down on the motorway at 70 to get any reasonable amount of pull. Paint finish and build quality are not as good as my previous A4 Avant 1.9TDI and to be honest it's a boring but very refined drive. Don’t worry about the 3 flash indicators because this can be turned off via the IDrive. Looks the part but is a sheep in wolves clothing.
I wrote on 23/11/06 to express my concerns for my September 2004 545i Touring, with the car tramlining badly on minor roads.
Having battled with BMW UK, they have finally blamed the tramlining and uneven tyre wear on the Dunlop 18-inch runflat tyres - apparantly a known manufacturing fault. They have a service bulletin for this fault: measure number 4748211-04 released Nov 2006.
They have at last replaced my faulty tyres FOC at 16,000 miles. My car is transformed and now I am fully satisfied to continue with the BMW brand. For a 4.4-litre V8 of such high performance, an average of 26mpg is great, too.
If your 5 Series is suffering from uneven tyre wear (edges badly wearing compared to rest of tread) and tramlining on Dunlops, insist that it is sorted.
PS. Active cruise control and comfort seats are worth every penny!
Low tax emissions and great confidence inspiring ride quality all circumstances, but pitiful design in other respects. The engine is seriously flawed - it and the 6 speed gearbox are mismatched to this car. My engine has a huge flat spot and massive turbo-lag below 2,000 revs (bad in a diesel) and the garage can find no faults (unplanned ones that is) with it. Though they did replace the faulty turbo after just a thousand or so miles. The i-drive is an accident waiting to happen, the three-flash indicators are the daftest design I've come across, the cruise control set up is easily confused for the main beam and first gear and reverse are virtually indistinguishable until it's too late. BMWs efforts to make things simple have backfired....big time.
The car does 42mpg cruising at 50mph and 50mpg at 70mph - great if you spend loads of time on quiet motorways, miserable if you live in the country. Can I have my four year-old Volvo V70 D5 back please (ideally with this chassis, as Volvo's was made of sponge pudding)?
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