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BMW 5-Series Touring 520i SE 5d (97) (1998/S)

BMW 5-Series Touring 520i SE 5d (97) (1998/S) - Owner Review

Good, but not as good as the adverts suggest. Previous cars (Omega etc) were quieter!
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BMW 5-Series Touring (97-04)

Value

3 out of 5

Retail price dropped 10% just after it was bought.

Costs

3 out of 5

Depreciation steeper than I was lead to believe.

Driving

4 out of 5

Good, but not as good as the adverts suggest. Previous cars (Omega etc) were quieter!

Performance

4 out of 5

Excellent for size of engine. Quick enough, but economical.

Reliability

2 out of 5

Build quality not as good as the journalists make out. Electrical problems are a regular occurence and it has suffered from plastic (yes plastic) door handles breaking, rattles in tail gate, etc.

Image

4 out of 5

Wrongly percieved as an excellent car. No better than most other modern and cheaper family cars.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Leather seats are great, but could do with adjustable lumbar support. But what other car costing £30,000 drips water on the seats when opening the doors?

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Insurance group: 29

Security

4 out of 5

Very good. Can't get in when electrics fail!

Service

2 out of 5

Main dealer always too busy repairing other BMWs to get a quick turnaround on cars that break down!

Problems

Bodywork
Rattles, poor basic design of door and roof. Plastic door handles instead of metal.

Engine
Smooth, but currently in garage due to overheating problems.

Gearbox
Works (even when stationary).

Other
Electrics are unreliable. Car has let me down when I needed it the most.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
Yes

Would you buy the same model again?
No

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
No