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Used BMW 5 Series 2003 - 2010 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
  • BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)
Used BMW 5 Series 2003 - 2010 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used BMW 5 Series saloon?

The run-flat tyres which were fitted as standard to most models can leak air and are expensive to replace. Some owners swap them for conventional tyres to save hassle and improve ride comfort, but BMW advises against this, pointing out that models with bigger wheels were only tested on run flats.

There were a string of recalls on the 5 Series, covering the airbag, fuel pump, stability control system, clutch, engine and even a seat heater that can 'toast' its occupant. Check the car you’re thinking of buying against a main dealer's records, which should list any work needed.