1995 BMW 5 Series 525i from North America


Not worth the expense


Radiator hose broke at about 20,000.

Power steering broke at about 45,000.

Fuel pump, fuel line and computer had to be replaced at about 75,000.

Another serious problem, still not diagnosed, arose today causing me to write my feelings and disappointment with this car. These four incidents all resulted in me being left on the side of the road and feeling unsafe when driving this car.

General Comments:

When the car works, it is a joy to drive. When something goes wrong with the car, it always seems to be something serious and expensive. A luxury car with this kind of price tag and expensive maintenance should be more reliable. I no longer feel safe taking this car on a long drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th July, 2002

12th Feb 2003, 14:56

I have found this car to be nothing short of a dream. I have never replaced a piece of equip unless to upgrade, nothing has broken. I have had this car for 140k miles and still it gives a smooth ride.

25th Apr 2003, 09:38

I have had my car for a year now, bought it with 90k miles, and I have 108k miles on it now, no serious problems yet, no problems before I bought it out of Florida, although in this E34 model, there was an engine problem so many were recalled by BMW for replacement, without cost to owner. Great car, fun to drive. I don't think the first comment was a fair one.

1995 BMW 5 Series 525 TDSE Touring 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fast, solid, economical, practical estate... that's a BMW


Offside front and nearside rear shock absorbers needed replacement - dealer replaced all before delivery.

Brake discs and pads all replaced by the dealer.

Rear trailing arm bushes replaced by the dealer.

Exhaust just replaced from the CAT back.

Steering judder on braking - brake disc warp?

Had all metric wheels balanced, improved feel for car roadholding.

Considering tyre replacement. Wheel and tyre replacement probably cheaper!

Aircon needs re-priming.

General Comments:

Good, solid, well built motor car. I paid top money for this car with a full BMW Service History - this is essential I would say for piece of mind, although there is a good parts dealer network in place which offers good value for money on most items for the Five Series.

Performance via the switchable auto box is good in Economy Mode, but better in Sport Mode - hangs on to the revs longer. Quite a nimble car for the size.

Economy is excellent for the weight and size of this car. I drive 40 miles to work and back every day of the week and the car returns 32 - 35 MPG, bear in mind this is via A roads and a lot of stop start. If taken on motorway jaunts then it will provide in excess of 40 - 45mpg at a steady 80 - 85 MPH.

Comfort is great, velour seats with walnut burr trim and door cappings provide a classy cabin. Aircon a must.

Roadholding great for the size, thanks to the large footprints of the 230/55R390 metric tyres on metric rims. Only drawback is the cost of renewing tyres - £120 plus each. Dunlop and Michelin are only manufacturers to make new ones. I do not know whether to consider good quality remoulds, or swap the rims.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

16th Jan 2002, 15:22

I have a 95 540i with steering judder on braking. I was told it was warped rotors but a closer inspection revealed it was a leaking steering box!!!Yiks... $3,000.00 later. Not uncommon on this car.

8th May 2004, 09:18

Steering judder on the E39 is invariably down to the control arm bushes needing replacement. Easier to replace the control arms complete with bushes!

1995 BMW 5 Series 540i 4.0 V8 from North America


4-door sports car


Everything was great until a few thousand miles ago. Then the clutch had to be replaced and shortly after that I needed a new radiator.

General Comments:

Great performance and handling. Most kids in their Integras and so forth don't expect a stock BMW to be so fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2001