2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0 inline six
A love hate relationship
Hood release cable broke. At this time I cannot open the hood. The parts are on their way.
The rear door vapor barriers have failed and the car leaks quite bad into the back floor.
Replaced alternator due to squeak.
Replaced water pump, fan and fan clutch. All of these were replaced as preventive maintenance.
I have a love-hate relationship with this car. It is a fantastic driving car that I really love! At the same time, it is a money pit that so far has already cost me over $1,000, and I have done all the work myself. I have put a lot of money and time into this car already, and it had fantastic maintenance history. The previous owner had spent nearly $10,000 in repairs over the 10 years he owned it.
There is always something broken that needs fixed, but my gosh I have never driven a better feeling car! It looks fantastic, and even as a 12 year old car, I get compliments quite often.
Before you buy one of these used, make sure you have a pre-purchase inspection done. Also, if you are unable to do most repairs yourself, you need to have deep pockets! At the shop, this car will cost a fortune to keep on the road.
This car is exceptionally smooth on the road and very quiet inside. The stereo is not great by any means, but does OK.
Overall, I'm not sure if I would buy this car again or not. Time will tell. I'm hoping that after repairing a lot of issues within the next few weeks, it will be relatively problem free.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd May, 2013