1998 BMW 5 Series 523 SE 2.5 from UK and Ireland
Why would you buy anything else?
Brake light bulb popped.
Has had a new radiator in past (from service history).
The alarm went off once (I know that's not a fault, but I really am struggling to find things that have gone wrong with the car).
Proper comfortable cruiser, with enough guts to do so all day long. It's not a rocket, as it's only a 2.5 litre engine, but then it's pretty economical for an auto.
Bought the car from a friend in the trade; it has all the old bills, including original bill, full service history, all old MOTs etc.. so it was something that caught my eye.
And you can tell, from the moment you get in the car, it has been looked after.
Engine and gearbox are smooth as silk, quiet with no whines or noises. Interior has no rattles whatsoever, and the leather seats look as good as new.
It has had 7 grands worth of extras from new, with auto climate, the coms pack, M5 wheels and suspension etc etc...
It stands out really well in glacier green, with Alpina splitters.
All de-badged and upgraded to clear lenses on the indicators, which I agree knocks years off the car.
This is a great mile muncher, and it really works well for me when cruising from the north to the south every weekend. Hit the cruise control button, and sit back and relax. Even around town, it's a car to drive and get out of still feeling relaxed.
And not that I'm bothered about it, but it is a nice feeling to see someone in a grotty euro box thing pull up alongside you, and seeing in their face, that they wished they had your car and not their little eco friendly thing.
This car is probably one of the best all rounders you can buy, and for the money they make nowadays... why the hell would you buy a Fiesta (or similar)?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2010