Cheap to buy second hand, but expensive to run, and unreliable
Engine breather valve replaced due to oil usage and white smoke from the exhaust.
New pistons rings as oil usage still evident (1 litre per 400 miles).
Complete engine rebuild, as oil usage is still a problem after the above steps.
Good car for long journeys.
I have owned or had access to three 5 series of this model, and they all have had engine trouble starting at 80,000 miles.
Expect valves or piston rings to go, and it's going to cost over 1500 euro to fix.
They are not the bulletproof car everyone says.
Fixing them is difficult due to the amount of extra kit BMW load them with.
Petrol consumption is an average of 23mpg.
The 2.2 litre engine is not strong enough for weight of car.
The 3.0 litre petrol is a better match for the weight of the car.
The automatic transmission in most of them is not smooth, but may be designed to feel more sporty.
You can actually drive it smoother by selecting the gears yourself.
1st gear is particularly short.
I have owned 5 automatics, and this is the worst.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th September, 2011