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review by: Aidanmc

More than enough Surprisingly cheap for the car in question none really Just servicing but no faults Excellent car, couldn't fault it and i've 170000 kms put up on mine, best car i've ever owned.

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review by: rob79

great boot space got great service in allens bmw garage in straffan watch out for cracks in the front spoiler, this can get worse over time and is expensive to repair uk car great car, but a little under powered with it's 2.2 ltr engine.

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review by: jemser

EXCELENT EVERY 30000 MILES MAKE SURE IT HAS SERVICES HISTORY. NONE This has to best car i have driven in a long time,for a 9 year old car it still has it ,comfort, six cylinder pulling power ,motorway cruser. Ii have owend this car for nearly three years now ,and regards problems ,I only had two, alternator and battery .It has all the luxurys .leather. crusie control.mutil fuction steering wheel etc,and thats just the SE. Engine is the 2.2 which was upgraded from the 2.0 which was under powerd for a heavy car like it .Interior finsh is second to none ,great quality all round.Interior space is excelent room for three adluts in the back ,i suppose this i why it was voted the best saloon car in the world ..

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review by: charleskearney@eircom.net

All the boot space that any family with young children would need. Opted for the service inclusive package which covers servicing of the car for 100000 Km's or 5 years. ( Well worth it ) Had some trouble with a linkage in the turbo and heard this was'nt uncommon. When I had my car in the garage having the turbo fixed I had to wait for two hours in the showroom waiting area with two young children ( this is not an ideal place for them ).When I asked for a reoplacement car I was told that they did'nt have one even though the lot was full of them. I had to return a few days later because the car was'nt fixed properlyand had to endure another long wait with the kids again. I have baught a new BMW every two years scince 1998 but from a different dealer who dose'nt have the dealership anymore and never had this kind of service. If I buy another BMW again it wont be from the dealer I baught my current one from. This is a fantastic car which gives any family quality, space, economy and is a pure drivers car..

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review by: charleskearney@eircom.net

All the boot space that any family with young children would need. Opted for the service inclusive package which covers servicing of the car for 100000 Km's or 5 years. ( Well worth it ) Had some trouble with a linkage in the turbo and heard this was'nt uncommon. When I had my car in the garage having the turbo fixed I had to wait for two hours in the showroom waiting area with two young children ( this is not an ideal place for them ).When I asked for a reoplacement car I was told that they did'nt have one even though the lot was full of them. I had to return a few days later because the car was'nt fixed properlyand had to endure another long wait with the kids again. I have baught a new BMW every two years scince 1998 but from a different dealer who dose'nt have the dealership anymore and never had this kind of service. If I buy another BMW again it wont be from the dealer I baught my current one from. This is a fantastic car which gives any family quality, space, economy and is a pure drivers car..

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review by: charleskearney@eircom.net

All the boot space that any family with young children would need. Opted for the service inclusive package which covers servicing of the car for 100000 Km's or 5 years. ( Well worth it ) Had some trouble with a linkage in the turbo and heard this was'nt uncommon. When I had my car in the garage having the turbo fixed I had to wait for two hours in the showroom waiting area with two young children ( this is not an ideal place for them ).When I asked for a reoplacement car I was told that they did'nt have one even though the lot was full of them. I had to return a few days later because the car was'nt fixed properlyand had to endure another long wait with the kids again. I have baught a new BMW every two years scince 1998 but from a different dealer who dose'nt have the dealership anymore and never had this kind of service. If I buy another BMW again it wont be from the dealer I baught my current one from. This is a fantastic car which gives any family quality, space, economy and is a pure drivers car..

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the biggest heap of shit i ever seen in my life, oh im just on the toilet when i wrote this, yeah the car is ok..

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Fantastic car - best i've ever had. Will now upgrade to a 523 and with the bigger engine will go for an automatic. 520 is better suited to a manual which this one is. Main dealer servicing in Dublin is expensive but go outside Dublin for bettter prices..

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truely is the ultimate driveing machine.

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a better car in every way than my wifes 06 passat and with 6 cylinders gives over 40 to the gallon on a long cruise..

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very expensive to repair but BMW have partially covered the cost of some repairs though the car was out of warranty.

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Aside from suspension problems and main dealer service charges this is a great car to drive. A good long distance cruise help to forget the problems. MPG could be better. Would consider a diesel next time..

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Having driven an Alpha and Jag before (and been burnt with major mechanical failures) I thought a modest engined BMW 5 series would be the sensible reliable option. The ride and handling are top notch, the auto box and entire drive train are lovely (if not quite up to the jaguars). The straight 6 revs beautifully but I think its barely powerfull enough for a car this heavy, it might work better with a manual box, my 1999 XJ8 felt more nimble and perky! This car has been niggly and needs constant attention, not what I'd expected. I'm looking at getting into a GS300 for something that will go as well but will keep going.

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You just have to love the look of this car. Its also a very relaxing & comfortable executive car to drive, yet responds excellent when driven hard, it really has the best of both worlds! Quite cheap to maintain & would recommend regular services but by any “competent mechanic” its really no big deal, Non BMW but “genuine component manufactures parts” are available from many specialist motor part dealers at very reasonable prices too!.

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The most comfortable car to drive. Dont ever want to go back to manual either.

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I bought this car used,but boy was i impressed,its a fantastic car,much better than i imagined or hoped it would be in every department..for comfort,style,performance and reliabity you will not find anything better!.

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A class of its own, Has all the bells n whistles and they mesh nicely, outstanding car.

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IT is a very comfortable car to drive, but very expensive i'll never get a bmw again unless i win da lotto,.

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Great look and yes it does feel good seeing the blue propeller on your steering wheel but my god there are so many things that can go wrong. More electrics on the car then there was on mans first moon landing, i kid you not! BE WARNED, the days it works are great but they are few and far between..

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I paid 70k for this car I am very disatisfied very angry with the dealer and with bmw Ireland who refuse to do anything about it, the car has been with the dealer 12 times now and it still is not fixedIm stuch with a car that I dont want because I cant sell it to anyone because of the problem with the car neither can I trade it.

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As I mentioned before, I've had 2 (1993)520i multi-valve engined cars and the only reason I have a second one is because sadly the first was written off but it stayed very well together after the impact considering the speed I was travelling. The second one I have now has over 200k and it's still flying. Very comfortable to drive too and I do 150 miles per day. Not the most economical car out there at todays petrol prices but if you learn to lighten your foot you can still manage about 45mpg at 65mph on a motorway. Plenty of poke even when you're carrying 3-4 passengers. I'll be selling up now as there's a baby on the way so I'm looking for a 5201 touring!!!!.

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Excellent car. Bought used with plenty of extras.... the way to go !! Want to change car now but can't come up with anything near as good. E class merc too unreliable and dealers a nightmare..

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There is no better car out there, its got it all..

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This is a lady puller - big time. Not just because its a BMW but because it looks like more than its worth. If you wanna pull loads of Women, get yourself a BMW but if you want classy birds, get a 520I - you'll never regret it..

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probably the best car i have driven.comfort is second to none.looks great..

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The old five series model is pure class. It is so comfortable.You can whisper at 120km/hr and hear each other.Automatic,with sport setting and triptronic ,is a dream. I keep wanting to drive it..