1991 BMW 5 Series 535i Sport 3.5 petrol from UK and Ireland
High performance at a price
Air conditioning broke down pretty much as soon as I bought it. Not cheap to fix at £700.
Exhaust needed replacing at last service, together with all the brakes. Again, not cheap. Service bill came in at £1500.
Someone ripped out one of my headlamp washers whilst parked outside my house one night. Another £50 or so.
Light bulbs are constantly going and as soon as I replace one another one goes. Tempted to replace all of them at once to try and stop this very annoying problem (if not expensive)!
Battery died last Christmas and couldn't jump start it. Had to get it towed to a garage. Very annoying as I no garages we open to fix it over the Christmas period so I had to catch buses and trains in the freezing cold!
I needed to sell my wonderful 2000 VW Golf GTi Turbo because my wife lost her job and we needed the money. I decided to buy the 535i Sport because I wanted something fast, some German (i.e. well built and reliable), and something that looked good and, most importantly, something that was cheap!
I had this car thoroughly checked out before I bought it because I knew it would be expensive to fix if something went wrong. I bought it for £3750 in the summer of 2002 and in the last 8 months of ownership I've had to spend another £2500 on fixes. Not what I'd hoped for. Together with the 17 mpg it's proving to be a bit of a false economy.
The other problem is that BMW are now stopping supply of some of the parts. I've been lucky so far in that they've just about managed to source the pieces they needed.
On the positive side, it's a great looking car and very fast. Ideal for motorway driving and long distances as well as driving around London where I live. Slip the auto box into sport mode and it turns into a beast!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2003
10th Jan 2006, 13:29
That seems very expensive for that car in 2002. I bought the same car a few months ago for £1000. While I haven't had any of those other issues, I agree the fuel economy is pathetic. although, it is a big motor, I would have expected better when I drive conservatively on the motorway.