2001 BMW 5 Series 520i SE Touring 2.2i petrol from UK and Ireland
Good until you start digging deeper
The M54 engine in this car used a lot of oil. I mean a lot - much more than it should do, especially for a car with a genuine (HPIed) 90k and full BMW/specialist service history.
Interior faults: trim around the rear hatch broke easily, wooden trim came away from dash, rear courtesy lights failed.
Front parking sensors stopped working.
Cheap to buy, considering it was £30k new.
Handles very well for a big estate car... don't expect a sports car though.
Feels solid, and is very practical and comfortable.
Extremely quiet in the cabin, which has some nice design touches and a good standard stereo.
Dreadful fuel consumption for a 2.2, much worse than expected. And I had low expectations.
Looks very solid, until you start to dig deeper. In retrospect, I don't think the E39 is all that well made, and there are some signs of poor engineering, especially in comparison to earlier 5 Series.
Buy with caution and check everything... twice!!! (Check forums for oil consumption issues with M54 2.2 engine.)
I think a '99/'00 528 is probably a better bet if you simply must have an E39... for people with no badge snobbery, a late Vauxhall Omega is a good alternative.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th August, 2010
18th Nov 2010, 08:27
Vauxhall Omega good alternative? You must be joking... All Omegas are nightmares. Spare parts cost as much as Mercedes and/or Lexus parts. Vauxhall dealers are not great. £60 an hour labour charge. All Omegas are totally unreliable and expensive to fix.
Stay away from General Motors cars...
19th Sep 2012, 07:23
I don't know where the Omega's you got are from, but you must be very unlucky.
Those Omega's are extremely good cars, especially the 2.0L petrol and the BMW 2.5L TD.
Just another case of looking after the car, otherwise it'll make your life hell.