Used BMW 5 Series 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)

Advice for buyers

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

The thing that's most likely to go wrong is the cooling system. It's responsible for no less than a quarter of all visits to the workshop, so pay close attention to the engine temperature when you're test driving and get the work done if it's dodgy.

Give the air-con a run for its money, too, to see that it can still blow hot and cold on demand.