2005 BMW 5 Series 545i 4.4 8 cylinder from North America


Powerful, sharp, and demanding


Front wheel bearings, minor oil leaks, full cooling system overhaul, Logic 7 amplifier.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a previous owner who did not maintain the car (for a great price)... big mistake. These E60 BMWs need to be maintained the correct way in order to be reliable. Part of the reason BMWs of this era are prone to issues is that the dealer recommends oil change intervals of 12,000 miles. Oil left circulating in an engine for this long begins to eat away at various seals and gaskets, and causes oil leaks.

In the case of BMW V8s, potential owners should be wary of cooling issues, especially with city cars. I just replaced my water pump, main upper and lower cooling hoses, and both belts, and the car now runs very well and smooth. I actually purchased a brand new water pump with gaskets off of eBay for $39. The quality of the new eBay part was miles better than the BMW original... the OEM pump uses a plastic impeller, whereas the new part uses a metal one.

Aside from all of this however, the car is an absolute blast to drive. This is one seriously powerful and quick car. My car did not come with the Sport package, but I added new springs and Bilstein yellow struts at all 4 corners and it rides and handles great. The styling is also timely enough that it still looks sharp and modern today.

The key to owning a BMW of this era is to stay up to date with maintenance, find a good indy mechanic, and buy all of your own parts online.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th January, 2016

2005 BMW 5 Series 530d 3.0L turbo diesel from Switzerland


Very good, reliable and fast car. Looks stunning!


Rear differential broke (replaced under warranty) at 20'000KM. According to my dealer (and to a source at BMW Switzerland) I have been the first one needing to replace the differential. They have had no idea what went wrong.

Navigation System / On-board computer replaced twice (45'000km and 75000km). The CCC Computer (as it is called) is known to break down for this car. With model year 2009 they have introduced the CIC which should be more reliable. Both times the BC has been replaced under warranty. CHECK OUT: THERE IS A 2-YEAR PART Warranty. Even if your car is no longer under warranty the CCC may well be!

Window Seals (20000KM) began to produce squeaking noises.

Phone Compatibility is a bit a nightmare (i.e. iPhone will not reliably work in 5 series cars from 2005).

General Comments:

Very comfortable, fast, quiet and reliable car.

Downsides are the size of the car and - especially in parkings - the height of the rear trunk (especially with the limousine).

Other than that: Very good car.

Don't make the error to order 16" rims for winter tires as the car starts to understeer badly. Go for the 17", maybe even better 18" rims if you (like I do) hate understeer.

Interior is very solid made, no wear & tear at all. Diesel consumption is at about 7.5-8.5 liters/100km. Pay attention: Winter and short distance drives easily add another 2 litres / 100KM since the engine is not really fast in getting it's normal temperature.

Turbo Lag is sometimes a bit annoying. If you can't live with it, go for the 535d which has two chargers.

I have switched back to a 3 series diesel estate (exchanged the car) recently. The 3 series is the more direct car, the 335d is a stunner.

Still, I think the 5 series 4 door is one of the best looking cars BMW ever made.

If you're searching for a car to do long journeys, the 5 series is your car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2009