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Used BMW 5 Series Touring (96 - 04) review

(1996 - 2004)
BMW 5 Series Touring (96 - 04)
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What used BMW 5 Series estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a BMW 5 Series estate?

When the newer model replaced this one, it pushed values down, but residual values are still strong, so prices can be high. There are plenty about, though, so don't feel pressurised into buying a car with options you don't want and which may push the price up.

There are no alarm bells to sound when it comes to running a 5 Series Touring, as long as you stick with the six-cylinder petrol engines or the diesels. The V8s petrols are expensive to maintain and run.

The 170bhp 520i petrol almost manages 30mpg, which is respectable compared with the E-Class and A6. Our favourite diesel achieves over 40mpg, but is more expensive to insure, although, overall, insurance groups are typical for the class.

Servicing costs are high, but repair bills are cheaper than rivals if something does go wrong, even if BMW workshops do routinely charge more than £100 for every hour's work. Independents charge half as much, so this can help slash your running costs if you buy one.