2000 BMW 5 Series 523i


Never buy it again


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


Very good all-round car


- 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


Pure joy


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


Expensive but reasonable quality, overpriced


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...