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Written on: 24/01/2016 by GMC500 (1 review written)
Purchased a nearly new 520 D SE in June 2015 which was my first BMW. Previously had Mazda 6 and Insignia SRI. A very nice and smooth car perhaps let down by a couple of small but significant omissions/details. The major issue is the lack of space in the rear . It has less space than the mazda and Insignia which surprised and disappointed me. The interior space design is very poor. The seats only have manual adjustment for forward/ back and on this level of car i would expect electric… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/04/2013 by MrC-esq (3 reviews written)
First BM after another German car manufacture. Mine 520d SE. with Sport auto gearbox, steering wheel, VDC, adaptive lighting. Boring bits - on a run if taking it steady, close to speed limits I can easily get 50+ mpg ( highest to day over 100 miles plus has been 58, which is I think exceptional). However on normal commuting - ~ 30 - 40 miles a day the average is 'only' around 44-48mpg. The gear box is very good, not perfect but not far off. The VDC is a useful addition, 'sport' does firm… Read Full Review
Written on: 14/08/2012 by virajp (2 reviews written)
BMW is a fantastic brand to be associated with. It has got excellent road presence as well. If you have a budget of 45 - 50L then this one should has to be one of the options. I particularly like the agile handling of the car. Of course, BMW meaning performance being the FOCUS. Great pick up making 0-100 in just over 9 secs (though company claims 8.2secs). Also, has positive answers for the famous Indian questions like - Kitna Deti Hai? It doesn;t feel it’s size when driving it. It is great… Read Full Review
Written on: 19/03/2012 by daveyh70 (7 reviews written)
I bought my E60 BMW 520D SE four years ago when it was 2 years old with 40K miles on the clock. I have just sold it with 121K miles. The car has been a joy to own and I was sorry to see it go. There has been a few issues during my ownership, I have listed these below:- Wireless opening system - replaced under warranty Fuel pump relay failure - replaced under warranty Gearbox and final drive - replaced under warranty Crank shaft sensor - Replace at 105K Other than the issues above the car has… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/09/2010 by david3826 (6 reviews written)
Great car with fantasic ecconomy (54.5 mpg mixed driving). Only problems are noise from the tyres,peeling lacquer on plastic areas of body and inefective Windscreen washers. Main problem is poor dealers that will not respond to faults and will not acknowlede problems. I have now foud a first rate dealer who has promissed to resolve the issues. Would I have another? yes probably for ecconomy and emissions… Read Full Review
Written on: 04/04/2010
BMW 520d. An outstanding car with exceptional engineering and decent performance. Roomy, comfortable, very quiet, well specified and, where you can do it legally, fast. More a cruiser than a sprinter, but none the worse for that.
Genuine 47mpg is hard to beat in a largish car.
On the negative side, only one thing, the tyres. The run flat tyres are very prone to failure for no obvious reason, leaking air slowly then setting off the puncture alarm. That costs around £200 a time and can be very… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/01/2010
My 520 is a diesel and is a very economical car. Did a 350 mile motorway run up to Newcastle doing a steady 65-70mph and obtained just over 50mpg. I find the consumption much better when using the "auto pilot". The consumption is far better than my previous 523 petrol. The boot has increased in size expecially width ways as I can now get my full set of golf clubs in width ways - could never do this with the previous model as the 6 CD changer was located in the left hand side of the boot.
It's… Read Full Review
Written on: 17/03/2008 by mike (1 review written)
What an awesome car. Had a BMW320 SE last time decided to step up to its big brother. What a great car, massive inside, enormous boot and a dream to drive. Fantastically low emissions so did not cost much more than my last company car. Managed to get everything in the boot when camping last year which was a major feat as we took the kitchen sink with us. For some reason we seem to get a lot of punctures, is it the run flat tyres or am I unlucky? Will probably be getting the same car next time… Read Full Review
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