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3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
BMW 5-Series Saloon (96-03) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £23,472 - £80,082
Used price £605 - £24,280
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £275 - £340
Insurance group 29 - 45 How much is it to insure?


Understated elegance, engines, driving pleasure


Little chance of finding a bargain

BMW 5-Series Saloon rivals

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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.

BMW 5-Series Saloon rivals

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