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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

The badge was all i would say it had going for it.

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Review submitted by
Jeff Byrne on

BMW 5-Series Touring (97-04)


3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
I'm flash

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
No one really said anything

Would you buy this car again and why?
No unless i had full history of now known problems that can occur with older BMW's. Estates with over 98k miles are known to have a problem with the air suspension collapsing, costs £152 each not including labour. My Mazda 626 hatchback i thought was just as good if not better to drive and maintain.

What are you likely to buy next?
Hoping to get a Vetra estate or similar as cheaper to maintain.

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
July 2009

Did you get a good deal and why?
Thought the price was good until things started to go wrong

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Never owned a BMW before

What was the dealer like?
private sale.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very nice to drive, on long runs you have to keep your eyes on the speedo as you don't realise how fast your going.

What's it like to park?
Normal estate car to park.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Rear window regulator failed (didn't replace as expensive), failed MOT and needed new CAT on exhaust then one of the rear air suspension collapsed.

What's most practical about your car?
The badge was all i would say it had going for it.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

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