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BMW 5-Series Saloon running costs and reliability

1996 - 2003 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 19 - 42 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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BMW servicing is expensive but unavoidable to maintain half-decent residual values. This car is still very sought after in the face of its controversial replacement. Some even offer decent economy. 530d, we’re looking at you.

Reliability tends to be excellent but keep up the servicing to be on the safe side. There have been a few complaints of sticky engine valves on early 528i models – so be sure to check the paperwork – and buyers should also fully test the gearbox on automatic models. Other than that, owners have reported minor niggles but 5-Series is unlikely to leave you on the hard shoulder.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £320 - £395
Insurance group 29 - 45
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