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BMW 5-Series Saloon (1996 - 2003) 530d SE (193bhp) 4d Owner Review

530d SE (193bhp) 4d
BMW 1996 5-Series Saloon

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In their own words

This car is solid and largely dependable. Running costs aren't low, but decent for a car of its size and power. Comfort is brilliant, wherever you are sitting, and driving is lovely. Once had a serious problem with intermittent non-starting. Was a devil of a problem to track down. Independent garages couldn't find it, but after 2 days looking BMW dealer nailed the problem, an didn't charge me for 2 days of diagnostics! Gets through tyres quicker than most I guess, but that's also to do with driving style! I'm not the nest at looking after it, and there are a good few bodywork chips and scratches that I just won't ever deal with. Paintwork is great though, and pretty tough. Overall I love it, and dread the day it's not worth maintaining. I simply won't get an equivalent car nowadays, and certainly couldn't afford the comfort and power I have now.
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Irfan Shaffi recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased June 2001
  • Condition when bought New
  • Current Mileage 101,000 miles
  • Average MPG 30 mpg