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Just As Well It Doesn't Drink Red Bull! Review with images

AdvantagesA fantastic high performance vehicle for silly money (Second hand)

DisadvantagesNot a lot! Well, maybe the boot space.

"...My old car was a BMW 525TDS which I'd run for about 3 years (and about 90,000 miles) practically trouble free, so my first choice of vehicle when looking about for a change of car was another diesel BMW. Unfortunately I was waylaid and seduced into purchasing a Nissan Maxima QX 2-Litre Auto back in June (2008). This big Nissan was/is a marvellous car (review to follow) but after the frugality of the BMW 525TDS I simply found that a overall miles ..." Read review
18.12.2008

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Community Level 1olijt08

olijt08

The Ultimate Machine

AdvantagesRoad Manners, Comfort, Its a BMW, Fuel Economy

DisadvantagesCan be hairy in the wet, poor stereo

"The BMW 5 Series was first launched in 1972 and the first model was known as the E12. The vehicle is a medium executive and nowadays competes with cars like the Audi A6 and Mercedes E Class. Quality and reliability on the very early cars was patchy to say the least and they did have a tendency to rust. It wasn't until the launch of the E34 in 1987 that the BMW started to get such high acclaim. The car was initially available in just the four -box ..." Read review
24.04.2008

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Community Level 1skymouse

skymouse

Good economy, comfort, performance and image

AdvantagesBMW Badge, Subtle but mean looks, Quiet for a Diesel, Economy

DisadvantagesBMW Drivers, V Poor Hifi considering price,

"...very little consequence. The move to BMW was to fulfil a childhood desire to own one of the best automotive marques available. I now have a 2002 BMW 530d M-Sport, Manual, Black, Leather, Sat Nav. The drive is very good. Smooth power delivery and remarkably quiet engine for a diesel. Economy is very good considering the 200BHP the engine produces. On a motorway run, i get between 37 - 41 MPG. If your right foot is heavier tho, expect nearer 30. ..." Read review
12.11.2005

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Community Level 3lostprophet

lostprophet

Getting on but still great.

AdvantagesGreat all-rounder

Disadvantagesfairly large car..... fairly large price

"...expensive).) There are lots of BMW dealerships around for servicing needs. See www.bmw.co.uk and follow the 'Locate your BMW dealer' link to find your nearest dealer. All in all the 530d is a great package, and all though not cheap, you get a lot of car for your money. Visit www.bmw.co.uk for price lists, or to order a brochure. ..." Read review
08.04.2003

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Community Level 1dolphinlov...

dolphinlover888

Still one of the best

AdvantagesAwesome engine, refined, smooth, understated. A winner

DisadvantagesSpace in the back is a bit tight for such a big car

"Having recently purchased an ex-demo 530D late-2003... one of the last of the line before the new version came out (love it or hate it the new shape is certainly eye-catching) we have been absolutely bowled over by the Beemer. Firstly the engine is simply superb... we chose the automatic box, which goes well with the car.. and it handles the straight six in a way that makes the manual gearbox superfluous in our eyes especially as it has the Sport/Manual ..." Read review
15.01.2005

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Community Level 1stebbo55

stebbo55

530D. A joy to own.

AdvantagesPower, luxury and ecomomy.

DisadvantagesCost, especially when you start adding options.

"Having previously owned the fabulous BMW 3ltr engine in an E46 330D, i decided to upgrade to the 530D with a larger boot space. Best descision i have made for a long time. The car oozes luxury! Excellent ride, awesome power delivery through the automatic gearbox and a shape that just grows on you as time goes by. Economy on this vehicle depends on the position of your right foot. Expect 35-38 for normal driving, 37-41 on the motorway. Not bad for ..." Read review
06.12.2007

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Community Level 1motorgrass

motorgrass

BMW 530D Sport Touring 2001 E39

AdvantagesQuality , Power , Style , Handling

DisadvantagesSlightly smaller than Merc E class internally

"...E class for space . BMW have regained top position for refinement , quality and value that Merc had in 90's . Quality Merc engineering is now let down by appalling paint and corrosion issues across the range from the S class down , now just expensive rotboxes and with no worthwhile warranty either. If only the model W210/11 onwards had had the quality of the W124 in all departments and merc paint quality had been maintained across the range they ..." Read review
18.10.2008

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Community Level 1aligamg

Quick review of BMW 530d

"In short: excellent handling and performance, fun and sporty to drive compared to it's rivals (Audi A6 and E class Merc), good fuel economy, good quiet engine. But... it has downsides! There is no point bying it if you don't have money to pay the pricy service costs. A problem among all BMW's is that they brake very often. It's i-drive is still hard to get used to. Concerning 530d, it is ideal as a city car. If you are a BMW lover, then it is is for you
24.07.2008

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Community Level 1ljblaw

ljblaw

BMW 530d MSport Touring v Volvo V70

AdvantagesGreat handling and driving experience, impressive power

DisadvantagesNot a great load lugger, sports seats very firm on long journeys

"...V70s we've recently defected to BMW - a major factor for this was the additional power of the 3 litre diesel and our hankering after a real 'driver's car' as opposed to the comfortable sofa-like driving of the Volvo. The BMW is incredible on the road, great road holding, awesome power and it's a real joy to drive. The diesel engine's as quiet as you'll get and a bonus over Volvo is longer intervals between servicing and, surprisingly, cheaper servicing. ..." Read review
18.11.2005

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Community Level 1blimpy

blimpy

BMW 530 d

Advantagesgood car very fast

Disadvantagestoo low to the ground

"...has to be the best bmw ever soo powerful 0-60 in under 5 sec and yet also better with the blue-tooth system and yet can also have a ipod connection. the car has 6 gears and can do a max of 160 mph and can store up to 18 radio stations. you can buy ect like satnva dvd players and many more. there are a few bad things about this car such as too low to the ground, cost to much and yet also the boot of the car is to small. although the car ..." Read review
15.07.2007

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Community Level 1joe44

joe44

IJust buy it.

AdvantagesOmphh, this mile eater will deliver all the time, in many ways.

DisadvantagesTo be honest, I can't find any

"My second E39 5 series, and when I thought that my first 530 was good, it just keeps on getting better. I'm comparing a 530i to a 530d, and I'd never revert to petrol, this diesel combines the refinement of a petrol, the oomph of something much larger in the cube's, the torque unbelievably, and ironically leaves little to the imagination, despite it being as frugal (if you so wish) as old ebbenezer himself. Seating (sports option) gives a lovely wrapped ..." Read review
24.12.2007

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Community Level 1StephenM8

StephenM8

Good, even for a beemer

AdvantagesRelatively good for a Beemer

DisadvantagesA tad pricey

"I was lucky enough to drive a friend's 530d one Sunday afternoon and boy did I like it. It was much more of a car than I will be able to afford for a long time. The interior is so well crafted and is designed the way things should be. It was very comfortable and well appointed. Once driving, I was highly impressed by the refinement and the ride was much better than I expected over a terrible little local road I know. For such a big it handled very ..." Read review
09.10.2000

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