What used BMW 5 Series saloon will I get for my budget?
Early petrol examples are now available for slightly more than £2000, while diesels cost from about £2500, but in both cases you’re looking at a car that’s been to the moon and back.
In contrast, if you increase your budget to £8000 you can get a late 520d model that’s covered about 10,000 miles a year. This represents a lot of car for your money.
How much does it cost to run a BMW 5 Series saloon?
The introduction of Efficient Dynamics technology (engine stop-start and regenerative braking) in 2007, to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel economy, means later models cost less to tax and fuel.
For example, the 520d improved from an average of 47.9mpg and 158g/km of CO2, to 55.4mpg and 136g/km of CO2 with the Efficient Dynamics technology in place.
Sticking with a franchised dealer for servicing is an expensive option once the car is past its third birthday; using a specialist independent garage will help you save money.
Insurance will be far from cheap, though, with this ranging from group 31 for the 520d up to group 45 for the petrol 535d M Sport and group 50 for the high-performance M5 model.