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BMW 5-Series Saloon 530d SE 4d (2003/53)

BMW 5-Series Saloon 530d SE 4d (2003/53) - Owner Review

Bags of torque up to 80mph or so. 36mpg or better on a run.

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Review submitted by
William Swanney on

BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Likes new model black cars.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
How much did it cost?

Would you buy this car again and why?
No. Into Merc CLs

What are you likely to buy next?
Got it CL600

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
September 2003

Did you get a good deal and why?
Got a reasonable trade-in with the 330d but paid full price otherwise since new style was in demand.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Had the 330d, wanted the 5-series new style body with the same diesel engine.

What was the dealer like?

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Comfortable and reasonably luxurious. Anti-roll suspension allows sports performance on winding roads.

What's it like to park?
Good enough for size. Variable ratio steering helps.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
About half a dozen software update manufacturers recalls in a couple of years. Red warning "do not drive" steering and suspension fault" - Taken on transporter to main agent. Software fix.

What's most practical about your car?
Bags of torque up to 80mph or so. 36mpg or better on a run.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Steerable xenon headlights

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