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BMW 5-Series Touring 520d SE 5d (2012/61)

BMW 5-Series Touring 520d SE 5d (2012/61) - Owner Review

Roomy, comfortable and all controls easy to reach and use.

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Review submitted by
Frank Skilbeck on

BMW 5-Series Touring (10-17)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Reflects professional nature of my occupation.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Family think it is expensive...

Would you buy this car again and why?
Probably, I need the room of an estate car and the BMW is good to drive while being economical and has a quality feel about it.

What are you likely to buy next?
Not planning to buy another car of 6+ years.

Buying experience

4 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?
May 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
Got some discount,almost matched the prices I've seen from brokers.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Need to replace existing car and after years of Fords, Renaults and VWs thought I'd try a premium brand and the BMW touring ticked the right boxes and was well specified.

What was the dealer like?
Very helpful and not too pushy, went through the options but didn't do the hard sell. Same on Gap and tyre insurance they offer, which I didn't take as GAP insurance is cheaper elsewhere and as I've got standard wheels the tyre insurance didn't seem to be good value.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very refined to drive. Run Flat Tyres can be a bit harsh at times, but the car sits well on the road is quiet and has ample power in reserve.

What's it like to park?
Quite a large car and the front and rear (standard) parking sensors are essential.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
No, but I did get a strange smell from the clutch when doing a lot of maneuvering on a steep hill with the car full loaded. I got the garage to check the car and they couldn't find anything wrong, it was put down to clutch getting hot when car was fairly new.

What's most practical about your car?
Roomy, comfortable and all controls easy to reach and use.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
The electronic handbrake and hill brake hold system, took some getting used to, but brakes hold the car on a slope for a couple of seconds until you set off. Electronic handbrake is used for parking car only.

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