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BMW 5-Series Saloon 530d SE 4d Auto (2004/04)

BMW 5-Series Saloon 530d SE 4d Auto (2004/04) - Owner Review

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Review submitted by
C Giles on

BMW 5-Series Saloon (03-10)

Summary

3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not interested what it says, only what it does.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
The styling has grown on them.

Would you buy this car again and why?
No - too many faults, dull/cheap feeling interior and not enough fun to drive.

What are you likely to buy next?
Undecided.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchise

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£26,000

When did you buy the car?
September 2006

Did you get a good deal and why?
Competitive deal

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Combination of performance, fuel economy, comfort, reliability and practicality

What was the dealer like?
Excellent helpful and professional service

Driving it

3 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Comfortable, quiet, very good performance for a diesel, excellent handling. Overall great if you are a motorway cruiser but pretty boring otherwise.

What's it like to park?
Big - but parking sensors are a great help.

Living with it

3 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
2 days after collection the puncture warning light came on the idrive - there is no puncture. Cigarette lighter does not work - lighter replaced but still not working - assume fault with connection. 2 weeks after collection windscreen wiper washers were not pumping water through to windscreen, even though fluid is full. Voice commands are not recognised by idrive, however clearly and loudly they are spoken they are misinterpreted. Condensation inside car in mornings when wet - and no I do not leave windows partially open! Phone list scroll on idrive – randomly jumps back one name so you keep ringing the wrong person. Business satellite navigation commands instruct you to take a turn after you have taken it in EVERY case. Not a major issue as the instruction is prompted in advance as

What's most practical about your car?
Space

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Parking sensors, extremely useful in car of its size.

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