1999 BMW 5 Series SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Expensive, but worth it
Not much while I have had it; looking through the history, there are bills exceeding over £1500 for some repairs. This is an expensive car to fix. It has full history - do not touch these cars unless they are cared for and the seller can prove that.
Cosmetically a little rough, but I will deal that in due time. I plan to keep it as a second car so I do not 100% rely on it; any problems I will deal with and I have a BMW independent specialist at hand to help out. I wouldn't recommend taking a car of this age to a main dealer.
520i - the most basic 5 series with manual transmission and cloth seats. The car still feels like luxury however, smooth ride, nice to drive, excellent amount of standard equipment (for its time), I just love it.
Planned to use it a lot more when bought in early 2020, but as you all know what happened next. Been essentially garaged and used very lightly by myself for the last 2 years, plan to get it out the rest of this summer and cruise in style with it - this is my favorite 5 series (E39) for styling, looks very sharp in black and original alloy wheels.
3000 miles I have put on it so far, so can tell you this - the 2.0 engine is not as slow as people make it out to be, but the bigger engines are definitely better. This can do between 27 - 32 mpg cruising, much less with city driving, not great nowadays but acceptable in 1999. Gear change is smooth and the clutch feels nicely weighted; the car handles very well, and does not feel its age at all. Very comfortable interior with good visibility.
Overall I just love it and I am glad I finally got round to getting one - I was only a teenager when these were new in the 1990's, and always liked executive cars from that time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th August, 2022