Probably the best Sport wagon in the world!
At the moment - in the process of fixing faults left over by its previous owner...
Rattling DISA (inlet manifold) flap, resulting in an unpleasant rattle at idle - now fixed (£140)
Cylinder 4-6 maniverter (Manifold/Catalytic converter) element coming loose and rattling at normal engine operating temperature, causing the engine to sound like a diesel at tick over - in the process of fixing (£300 for the cat plus fitting)
2 back tyres illegal - replaced, but can hardly classify this as a fault, more wear and tear.
Gearbox, gearshift fault - apparently a known problem on BMW's made from 1997-2002, gearstick rests on 5th gear side of gear-gate when at rest, meaning slight left hand pressure is required to change up from 2nd to 3rd/4th.
Engine required an oil service - seemed to be consuming an excessive amount of engine oil, but has since calmed down.
The car lives up to everything that has ever been said about the E39 BMW (or certainly has the potential to!)
I've not owned mine long enough to pass real judgment, but initial impressions are very good.
Great handling (for a tub!).
Gadgets galore (cruise/sat nav etc).
Unbelievably practical, yet doesn't detract from its exterior appearance.
You can't really call it an estate, because it's far too good looking.
Better looking both inside and out than the E60 that replaced it.
Quite economical for a 3-litre engine (similar consumption, if not better than my 2.8 convertible)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th May, 2010