2002 BMW 5 Series 530i 3.0 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Bought carefully, the best used executive you can get
These cars are notorious for having weak cooling systems, and mine is no exception. Made of plastic, the expansion tank often cracks and needs to be welded together or preferably replaced.
Then I replaced the water pump.
Then the front headlight went out.
Then the reversing light went.
After having the radiator replaced, it now tells me to check the coolant quite often, and is a bit annoying.
Then it had a rough idle one morning, and I suspect it needs a new coil pack. Hmmm.
I've had it for a year, and at the current mileage you would expect it to need a few things doing. Frankly, it makes me nervous.
Oh, sorry forgot! The fan blower resistor is also in need of replacement as it's now blowing on full the whole time.
These are not big items, but when they come all at once, you start to question the logic of buying a 10 year old luxury car...
Well, it's an e39. That's almost all that needs to be said. The most awarded and favourite 5 series of all time. Many described this model as "the best car in the world", and still do. Journalists and owner reviews are close to unanimous in their praise for this car, and I find it difficult to argue with them.
I bought the car with 77,000kms on it, and in pristine condition. It has now done 86,000kms and I have loved every minute in it. It's comfortable, secure on the road, quiet and has a good turn of speed. Oh, and everyone thinks it's worth 5 times what I paid if that matters to you.
So, in summary I've loved this car. I turn to look at it when I walk away, it does not have one rattle or squeak, has never failed me, is so serene and comfortable to drive long distances in, and most importantly, makes me feel great about heading off somewhere (anywhere) in it. My advice is to proceed with caution on these cars. Buy the best you can get, with a great history, and preferably one that has had the above issues sorted.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd November, 2011