BMW 5 Series Review from Netherlands

1999 BMW 5 Series 530d SE (executive in Holland) 3.0 direct injected turbo diesel

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 direct injected turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance205000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class


A very expensive great grand tourer


Fuel pump fuse broke at 15000km's (3 months)

Common rail replaced at 90000km's.

Turbo replaced at 110000km's.

Water pump replaced at 115000km's.

Aluminium rods replaced front and rear at 140000km's.

Door rubbers replaced 4 times.

Drivers seat piping replaced.

Interior lighting unit replaced within the first year.

Central information display replaced within the first year.

General Comments:

This car is a great grand tourer.

It has performance to dream of (you can't get as good in gear acceleration unless you buy a 540i) and handles like a dream.

However, it still rides superb, even with the optional M sports suspension.

Economy is good (I got a 7.5 litres to 100km), but running costs suffer from high maintenance costs due to poor reliability.

Add considerable asking price and a ludicrous optional extras price and you've got a wonderful, but expensive (mine was 40000 pounds with sports suspension and 16 inch wheels) car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review