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Anyone own or owned a BMW 530d (2004 or later)

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Found 10th Jan 2012
Afternoon All,

Does anyone on here own or owned a bmw 530d 2004 or later?

I just want to know what people thought of the car? what it was like on fuel etc...

I'm thinking of getting one, but a little unsure
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Kerb crawler special. My mate Dave The Tom has one! (Not to mention names but, hey, it's true...).
"PANTS on fuel, high maintenance costs when it does go wrong" quote./
these are great cars if you get a good thats been looked after on mpg around 34 things to look for pre-cat part of the exhaust system, if the exhaust rattles the cat could be gone and costs £500 to replace and check the turbo if that gos the cat gos aswell not cheap
I reckon Dave's CAT and Turbo must be shot then as he's struggling to get over 20mpg in town.
Make sure that the indicators function, Many BMW's do not have functioning indicators.

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If you can afford it, go for one of the newer 520d Efficient Dynamic models.

You'll get similar performance to an older 530d but with far greater fuel economy (62mpg combined):

http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/facts-and-figures/bmw/5-series/saloon-2010/52772/

I would have gone for one if it weren't for the fact the BMW is rear wheel drive.

Josh
r3tract

If you can afford it, go for one of the newer 520d Efficient Dynamic … If you can afford it, go for one of the newer 520d Efficient Dynamic models.You'll get similar performance to an older 530d but with far greater fuel economy (62mpg combined):http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/reviews/facts-and-figures/bmw/5-series/saloon-2010/52772/I would have gone for one if it weren't for the fact the BMW is rear wheel drive.Josh



Very good advice here.

Usual stuff really with BMW, make sure it comes with a dealer backed warranty, some used car sales places offer a warranty, but if something big does go wrong, they may refuse to pay out because the prices are high! Lovely car to drive though
thanks for all the advice people,

I'm only looking to spend about 6k.....sound I cant really go for the newer 520d...and the amount of 5 series diesels around with less then 90k on the clock is far and few....ideally I want a 525d...but i found a 530d which seems pretty good value for money...

what i'd be interested to know is how many miles do you get on a full tank with the 530d...and the moment i got a 316ti compact...and it gets me about 340 miles on a full tank which costs about £77
530d is cheaper for a reason - poorer economy.
Abz

thanks for all the advice people,I'm only looking to spend about … thanks for all the advice people,I'm only looking to spend about 6k.....sound I cant really go for the newer 520d...and the amount of 5 series diesels around with less then 90k on the clock is far and few....ideally I want a 525d...but i found a 530d which seems pretty good value for money...what i'd be interested to know is how many miles do you get on a full tank with the 530d...and the moment i got a 316ti compact...and it gets me about 340 miles on a full tank which costs about £77




well its got a 70 litre tank so will cost £98 to fill up and range will be around 530 miles
thats a round 34mpg if you do longer runs you can get in the 40s and get 600 mlies to a tank
Edited by: "daveyboy7474" 10th Jan 2012
Abz

I'm only looking to spend about 6k.....sound I cant really go for the … I'm only looking to spend about 6k.....sound I cant really go for the newer 520d...and the amount of 5 series diesels around with less then 90k on the clock is far and few....ideally I want a 525d...but i found a 530d which seems pretty good value for money...



Might want to do the math, you are getting almost double the mpg figures with the Efficient Dynamic models. Work out how much fuel you'll use in a year, and if you keep the car longer you would save even more.
hmmm...soo confused...so basically the 530d will cost about the same as my current car in terms fuel (mpg)....i might just need to hold out for the 525d...or maybe even just go for the 520i (petrol)
Abz

hmmm...soo confused...so basically the 530d will cost about the same as … hmmm...soo confused...so basically the 530d will cost about the same as my current car in terms fuel (mpg)....i might just need to hold out for the 525d...or maybe even just go for the 520i (petrol)



I had a 320i a few years back and it GUZZLED fuel like there was no tomorrow, the 5 series is a bigger car. The engines are not overly economical anyway.

You should have a 1.8 in the compact, which should be the newer engine heads if its the newer shape ti. Same engine will be in the 5 pretty much albeit slightly more cc. Couple that with a bigger car and fuel economy will go down! Or in BMW terms, that little needle that moves when you put your foot down, prepare to see that dive-bombing!!
Abz

hmmm...soo confused...so basically the 530d will cost about the same as … hmmm...soo confused...so basically the 530d will cost about the same as my current car in terms fuel (mpg)....i might just need to hold out for the 525d...or maybe even just go for the 520i (petrol)



How about a specced up 3 series?
Don't buy a 520i if economy is important
its one of those things, i've always loved the bmw 5 series, but its always been above my budget. But now I need to change my car and i have a max budget of 6k...and i found 530d within my budget...and i just want to make sure it wont be to thirsty!!! but reading what some you guys have said and looking online, im really confused..just looking at other cars now, and i cant seem to find anything as nice within the same price range!

the research/search continues

Thanks for all your inputs....please keep them coming!
Abz

its one of those things, i've always loved the bmw 5 series, but its … its one of those things, i've always loved the bmw 5 series, but its always been above my budget. But now I need to change my car and i have a max budget of 6k...and i found 530d within my budget...and i just want to make sure it wont be to thirsty!!! but reading what some you guys have said and looking online, im really confused..just looking at other cars now, and i cant seem to find anything as nice within the same price range!the research/search continuesThanks for all your inputs....please keep them coming!



Obviously you know the 530 is going to be huge on insurance, is this a problem? Also, be sure the car is right because you will be getting a good 5 year old car for that sort of money, my 1 year old 316ti compact had its value in repairs done within 4 months, they are not the most reliable!

Definitely have a look at the newer shape 3 series, nice big car and you can get a diesel for less money, I made a mistake going for petrol due to cost but these models drink fuel and don't sell on well.
I've checked the insurance and thats fine! Ive had a couple of 3 series over the years and never been magorly impressed!

The 5 series is alot of car for the money...hmmm...

Still a decision to make....

Keep the info and tips coming
just out of curiosty how does the 530d compare to a 730d ? besides the obvious bigger boot space
they're ok if you have money to fork out when something goes wrong, take a BMW to a mechanic and you see pound signs in his eyes!
lol i got a decent mechanic i never would take it to a main stealer if its beyond him he knows a bmw specialist
Edited by: "gurujosh" 10th Jan 2012
Main problem with the 530d is the DPF Filter, they get blocked at around 100k or if there is a fuelling issue and need replacing at a cost of 1k. Some companies are now altering the ECU to remove the DPF files and removing it completely, but still at a cost of £500.

With a BMW you definitely need some sort of warranty on it, even if you can get the labour cheap, the parts are not. Service is also not cheap, especially disks and oil.
How about a Merc C220 cdi as an option (or E class) - decent on fuel and well built (check that it's not a SA model if you are interested).
Get a Modeo Titanium diesel, Much better value for money.
Or an Audi A6. More reliable.
r3tract

Or an Audi A6. More reliable.



Modeo has a better reliability report than both the Audi A6 and BMW 5 series. Here

Plus a lot cheaper repair bill, Ok not quite as many gadgets etc.
Yes, sorry, I meant more reliable than the 5 series.
r3tract

Yes, sorry, I meant more reliable than the 5 series.



Me bad, However, According to the same website the 5 series is slightly more reliable and has slightly cheaper repair costs than the A6.

Not much in it though.
Edited by: ".MUFC." 10th Jan 2012
In reality (& from experience of people who have owned both) the older Audis tend to be better than the older BMWs.
peodude

Main problem with the 530d is the DPF Filter, they get blocked at around … Main problem with the 530d is the DPF Filter, they get blocked at around 100k or if there is a fuelling issue and need replacing at a cost of 1k. Some companies are now altering the ECU to remove the DPF files and removing it completely, but still at a cost of £500. With a BMW you definitely need some sort of warranty on it, even if you can get the labour cheap, the parts are not. Service is also not cheap, especially disks and oil.




Thats not much to get it sorted.

Heard of swirl flap issues, they can cause real damage
http://www.motorward.com/wp-content/images/2011/01/bmw-1m-coupe.jpg

I'd love one of these beauties.
thanks for all the info and advice people,

I'm still deciding whether to go for the 530d or wait for a 525d to come on the market...
Civic EG6

I'd love one of these beauties.



Absolutely tiny. The ford Ka has more legroom than the 5 door version of this
Just been looking, I think with the money you are thinking of spending, you would be best to wait. 6K will get you a 55/06 plate with over 100K on the clock, which is asking for trouble personally. How about chucking some of it on the old never never?
aircanman

Just been looking, I think with the money you are thinking of spending, … Just been looking, I think with the money you are thinking of spending, you would be best to wait. 6K will get you a 55/06 plate with over 100K on the clock, which is asking for trouble personally. How about chucking some of it on the old never never?



For just under 6k, im getting a 530d 2004 model, with 80k on the clock, one owner, full bmw service history etc
The 530D is a good going car, I have known a few to do injectors. Easy to spot as it will run a bit lumpy at idle. In general I like BMW's, my wife has a 525D E60, and when I had money I drove an E60 M5 that has since been replaced by a Traffic van

Ohhh the 04 is an E60 Right? Check on ebay for LCI headlights, will facelift it to look like an 08 Model
Edited by: "sparkyIreland" 11th Jan 2012
Chidda

Thats not much to get it sorted.Heard of swirl flap issues, they can … Thats not much to get it sorted.Heard of swirl flap issues, they can cause real damage



Yup swirl flaps can break and go in the engine, resulting in a broken engine, that is on the petrols rather than the diesels though. Modified swirl flaps are available to avoid the problem.
peodude

Yup swirl flaps can break and go in the engine, resulting in a broken … Yup swirl flaps can break and go in the engine, resulting in a broken engine, that is on the petrols rather than the diesels though. Modified swirl flaps are available to avoid the problem.



I think its on diesels mate, not petrols.
I'm looking at getting a 525d soon (06/07)

Btw don't let mileage put you off. Too many ppl write off cars over 100k, I would rather take a car with 150k miles on the clock that had been looked after and serviced regularly than one with 75k that had been ragged with a missing service history. Cars (especially diesels) can last a lot longer these days
I got 530 BMW 2004 I have clean the ucr and change pressure and it's does not pass 3000rev please help
Need to plug in to a diagnostic machine.inpa or similar.


A new thread rather than on a 4 year old one would probably help too..
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