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BMW 5-Series Saloon 523i Sport 4d (2005/05)

BMW 5-Series Saloon 523i Sport 4d (2005/05) - Owner Review

Executive four-door saloon with large boot.

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Review submitted by
Raymond Sher on

BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10)


5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
An enthusiastic driver.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Expensive big boy toy

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes. Style, performance, handling, reliability, and relationship with Motorsport (BMW Sauber).

What are you likely to buy next?
BMW 330i M Sport Coupe, BMW 330i M Sport Saloon or BMW 645Ci Coupe.

Buying experience

3 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?
November 2005

Did you get a good deal and why?
I paid the forecourt price. The deal only came with Supagard Paintwork treatment for free. The part-exchange could have been more.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

What was the dealer like?
The dealer was okay (3 out of 5).

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Ultimate Driving Machine. Excellent handling. Good feedback through M Sport Leather Steering Wheel. M Sport Suspension keeps the car through corners perfectly.

What's it like to park?
Park Distance Control (PDC) front and rear (with visual indicator via i-Drive) makes parking easy.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Only the brakes made squeaking noise under low-speed braking. It was common design fault, and was fixed under new car warranty.

What's most practical about your car?
Executive four-door saloon with large boot.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Heated Front Seats, Black Dakota Leather, i-Drive, 18" M Alloy Wheels 135M with Run-Flat Tyres, M Sport Suspension.

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