Used BMW 5-Series Saloon (1996 - 2003) Review

Review by Parkers on
3.5
The 5-Series is perennially popular for its image and appeal as an unquestionable status symbol. Few executive saloons signal success in the business and social arenas.
BMW 5-Series Saloon (96-03)
Understated elegance, engines, driving pleasure
Little chance of finding a bargain

New price range:

£23,632 - £80,242

Used price range:

£346 - £14,974

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The 5-Series is perennially popular for its image and appeal as an unquestionable status symbol. Few executive saloons signal success in the business and social arenas. Some say it’s brash, but equally there are those who find A6 and E-Class too understated and for whom Lexus lacks heritage and cachet. 5-Series retains the exclusivity that the cheaper 3-Series has lost.

Even early examples are reassuringly expensive. But if you can afford the high joining fee for the 5-Series club, you’ll find a model to suit your needs: from mile-munching modern diesels to posh load-lugging estates.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 Comfortably seats four adults. Perfect car for long trips/ motorway cruising. Smooth as silk engine. Sitting at idle, you would think it was switched off. BMW six cylinder engine is bulletproof as...  

5 out of 5

Andy Morris ,   12 Oct 2015    ... read more

 Nice and spacious with a big boot. However the rear seats dont fold down, so if you are looking to move large items on a regular basis I'd advise you go for the touring (estate) version.  

4 out of 5

Niall S ,   23 Jan 2014    ... read more

 Cruise control is a great way if saving fuel on motorway drives. It has loads of room and is VERY comfortable. It is also very quiet inside the car.  

5 out of 5

Sarah Scott ,   01 Jul 2013    ... read more

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