2003 BMW 5 Series 530d Sport 3.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
There are no obvious faults with the car, hence why I still have it
This is one of the best cars I have driven, and I still have the car.
But there are a few things that would be worth mentioning. The boot lid key hole catches rust, and this is a common problem. In the BMW manual, it says 5 years warranty on paint work and rust. BMW was really good about it, and took the car in, even though it had 1 week left for the warranty to expire, and repainted the boot lid, and gave me 2 years of warranty. This was my first BMW, and for that reason I would go back and buy another one.
There is a leak in the power steering fluid, and I cannot find the fault. I have to top it up every week, and this is costing me a fortune. I am due to get it checked, as I suspect one of the pipes needs to be replaced.
The pixels on the audio player have faded, and it quite annoying, but the audio works fine.
The service is quite expensive as it takes heavy oil (Mobil 1 0w-40). Now I have changed to Castrol 5W-30, as the car has now aged.
The tyres are expensive to buy, as the rear ones are bigger than the front ones.
The central locking can play up, and the key fob does not work, but the key works in the door to operate the central locking. BMW were asking to charge me £120 just to have a look at it!! That was quite extortionate.
If the car is serviced on time, it is a beauty to drive.
This is a very quick car, and it can give any car a good run for their money; Mercedes, Porsche, WRX, Audi, and many more.
I bought the car for £5600, and it now fetches about £4000 for a good one, and I would highly recommend it.
It has been rated one of the best BMW's to be built.
Hope that helps.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th January, 2012