2002 BMW 5 Series SE i 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
A timeless classic, that outshines many modern rivals
Steering wobble at speed; cured by four wheel re-balancing.
Uses a litre of oil every 4000 miles.
I found this E39 in virtually new condition, having been owned by an elderly couple since new.
It drives and rides significantly better than the DS5 hybrid I had as my recent company car. The engine is also quite lovely and charismatic.
I am averaging 31 MPG too, which is pretty excellent for a petrol six.
I love it so much, I am keeping it to use as my work car instead of taking a new company car. Truly one of the world's greatest ever saloon cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2013
Original poster here:
Did a thousand company miles last week, from motorways, across busy cities and around fast sweeping Welsh roads. This E39 is amazingly capable. Comfortable, civilized, great handling and communicative; it really does humble many brand new cars for capability. I am even learning to love the boring looks!
I do wish I had sports seats for a bit more support, but nothing at all to complain about; a great car.