1996 BMW 5 Series SE Touring 520i from UK and Ireland
A comfortable, economical and practical cruising car
The radiator and fan were changed at 110,000 miles.
The car began misfiring when cold at around 160,000 miles. Switching the engine off and then restarting it once it was warm would cure the problem. The problem was never resolved, while I owned the car.
The car proved to be very reliable. While out of work, it managed to do 30,000 miles without being serviced.
It is not a fast car, but it is a great cruising car. It makes light work of motorway driving.
It's an efficient car when driven reasonably. When driven hard it can give as little as 12 mpg. However, when driven within its natural range, it'll do over 400 miles on a tank and > 120 mph.
It's a robust and comfortable car. It's been to Southern Spain, Southern France, Belgium, Holland and the UK and has always proved to be reliable, comfortable and efficient. It's also been driven around London and surrounding counties for the time I owned it and always found it to be reliable and comfortable. It's less economical in city traffic.
When the back seats are dropped down, it's as large as a van. I've carried a fitted wardrobe in the back. Very practical and convenient.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2005