Used BMW 5 Series 1996 - 2003 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Our recommendations

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

Our recommendations

Which used BMW 5 Series saloon should I buy?

The silky, fast V8 petrols can be pricey, but you certainly won't be short-changed in opting for one of the excellent six-cylinder motors, which span everything from 150 to 231bhp. In fact, the entry-level 150bhp 520i, uprated to 170bhp in September 2000, is our favourite.

An awesome 400bhp M5 performance saloon is on hand for those with a real thirst for thrills. And, all of the diesels are good, but the 530d is particularly peachy.