What used BMW 5 Series estate will I get for my budget?
The BMW 520d was the fleet favourite in the range, and as such, accounts for the lion’s share of cars available today. And for as little as £6500 you can buy a 2011 520d SE with 170,000 miles on the clock. However, it makes more sense to spend more for a lower-mileage car – £11,000 will a similar example with 60,000 miles, for example – as repair costs at higher mileages could be wallet-wilting.
Less than five per cent of 5 Series Tourings were bought in the UK with petrol engines but they offer good value for money as a result – a 2015 520i with 20,000 miles will cost £20,000 from a BMW dealer with a year’s extended warranty.
For the size of the car the 520d attracts a low car tax rate of £115 per year, with a 525d costing £135 and a 530d £150. These figures are for cars in SE trim. Opt for the M Sport model with its fatter tyres and you move up into the next tax bracket, so a 520d M Sport will cost £135, and so on. The petrol models cost between £190 and £280, bar the 550i which costs £520 a year.
All 5 Series Tourings follow BMW’s Condition Based Servicing regime with the car informing you of what service it needs, rather than following a strict mileage interval. In practice, that means an oil change will be required every 18,000 miles or so, and BMW’s fixed price servicing is very reasonable. A basic service on a 520d will cost £140; if a new microfilter is needed it will be £265 while a more comprehensive service with a microfilter, air filter, and fuel filter is £454. The larger engined models will be slightly more with a 530d costing £165 for a basic service, and £480 for one with all the filters.