Used BMW 5 Series 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Ownership cost

1996 - 2003 review
BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
  • BMW 5 Series (96 - 04)
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Ownership cost

What used BMW 5 Series saloon will I get for my budget?

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

Chances are you'll only need deep pockets if you fancy one of the V8 petrols, which drink fuel and cost a fair whack to run.

Otherwise, running costs are pretty much on a par with rivals from Audi and Mercedes. Our fancied 520i does just over 30mpg and is in insurance group 14. Diesels can return more than 40mpg, but insurance premiums jump up.

Repair costs are relatively low, certainly less than you'd expect to hand over to get a Mercedes or Audi back on the road; and that's despite BMW having some of the highest workshop rates. You may well be better off finding a decent independent garage where you could slash that in half.

Don't lose control of your budget and pay for options you don't want, but remember that leather, climate and automatic gearboxes will be popular when you come to sell on.