BMW 5 Series Reviews from Sweden

2000 BMW 5 Series 523i

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance15550 miles
Previous carNissan Primera

Summary:

Never buy it again

Faults:

When I'd just got this car, the ABS unit had gone so needed to change the ABS control unit, water pump, and the radiator (the old one was strangely deformed).

The new radiator is leaking now, there is a tiny hole in it, so the new radiator is needed.

The back wiper has gone, don't know what is wrong yet, the sun roof stopped working, and now the engine is leaking!

General Comments:

Great to drive, looks great, but terrible quality and extremely high costs to have it running.

Any time I need to use this car, I think "what will go wrong this time?"

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th January, 2010

2001 BMW 5 Series 530iA 3.0 litre straight 6

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired63000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SL

Summary:

Very good all-round car

Faults:

- 2 parking distance sensors needed changing (£100 each).

- Stabilizer in front suspension (£60).

- Passenger seat heating does not work.

General Comments:

I was very surprised that this would be the best car I have ever had. I have driven 60000 kilometers with this car since I acquired it, other than servicing it has needed little or no maintenance.

The performance is adequate, the comfort is good, the consumption not too high, and the face-lift E39 5-series still looks fairly fresh.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

2001 BMW 5 Series 525i M 2.5 petrol

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2970 kilometres
Most recent distance8850 kilometres
Previous carVolvo V40 T4

Summary:

Pure joy

Faults:

Stereo died twice, replaced. Otherwise, nothing.

General Comments:

A very nice and comfortable car. The M equipment adds a sporty dimension to an otherwise rather dull looking car. I am VERY pleased with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2001

1992 BMW 5 Series 518i 1.8 petrol

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin MG Maestro

Summary:

Expensive but reasonable quality, overpriced

Faults:

Strange very annoying noise emits from behind the dash even when fan is not switched on, sounds like some sort of valve/electric motor being opened & shut - continues all the time, BMW dealer has no explanation.

When started engine makes clicking noise, fan /water pump - even after service it came back.

General Comments:

Mostly wear & tear, although I thought that about £700 for a "Service II" was a lot of money. Lots of noise from underneath, suspension/ hocks beginning to get old perhaps. I have to agree the seats are very comfy, even better than the new BMW's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st August, 2000

14th Feb 2001, 09:51

The clicking noise on startup is cold, dry tappets, should wear off once the engine is warm.

13th Jul 2001, 03:19

I think £700 is a bit steep even for a service II, you can get them for under £250 at BMW specialists.

17th Jan 2006, 08:13

You've been one of the Lucky 5 series owners then!

15th Feb 2006, 11:56

My experience of the noise when you start is:

Fill some thicker oil on it... 15W40... That made mine stop...

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 4 reviews