Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used BMW 5 Series estate?
Given that the Touring is an estate, check the condition of its boot carpet for evidence of stains. You should also cast your eyes upwards to the roof lining, too, because some owners might like to load their car up to the roof or put dogs in there.
As with the saloon, you can have some pretty large alloy wheels on your 5 Series Touring, so check the condition of them for signs of kerb damage. Front and rear parking sensors are standard, but you should still look around for any sign of poor paint repairs.
The equipment of BMWs is generous these days, with plenty of toys coming as standard, so push every button to make sure it all still works properly.
What are the most common problems with a used BMW 5 Series estate?
Is a used BMW 5 Series estate reliable?
Unfortunately, BMW achieved only a middling 16th place out of the 31 car brands included in our latest Reliability Survey, while the 5 Series came only third from bottom. It seems that BMW still has some teething troubles to sort out with this car, especially when you consider that its predecessor fared considerably better.