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BMW 5 series touring - day to day running 3 weeks 6 days ago #475560

  • TonyH1
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Hi I'm looking for opinions on the BMW Series 5 touring, any engine including the 2l petrol post 2016. Not just as a tow car but day to day running as well. Things like mpg, suitability, repair/service costs etc etc.
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BMW 5 series touring - day to day running 3 weeks 6 days ago #475563

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I have only driven the diesel automatic which was a hire car. I am afraid I just could not get on with it, but others love them so probably it is just me.
It had plenty of power, and felt like it would be a good tow car though, doing just over 35 to the gallon, mostly round town.
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BMW 5 series touring - day to day running 3 weeks 3 days ago #475625

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I had a 2014 520d automatic for 4 years (the saloon version). It returned around 41 mpg in mixed driving, or 49 mpg on a motorway run. 25 mpg when towing my 1635 kg Coachman, which it did with ease.
I can't comment on service costs as it was a company car, but other than regular services it needed nothing in the 65k miles I put on it. Rear tyres lasted around 20k, fronts 30k.
It was lovely to drive, quick, planted on motorways and fun on B roads.
I'm quite tall, and did find that with my seat in the right position the rear seat was cramped. Now my kids are getting bigger that would put me off another one, otherwise I'd have one any day.
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BMW 5 series touring - day to day running 3 weeks 2 days ago #475654

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We currently have a 63 plate (LCI update version) 520d saloon (manual) and absolutely love it - not got a towbar so haven't towed with it, but I'd imagine it to do the job comfortably.

Day to day we get 60+ MPG on motorway and high 40s on mixed use. Servicing is as you would expect for a 'premium' car so budget for it accordingly if doing via main dealers (or we just recently found a local independent we use for our 1-series). But touch wood we've had nothing go wrong so far and the mileage is heading for 80k - just the standard tyre/brake/consumables replacement.

We have 3 boys (aged 9, 13 &15) and find practicality really good - I'm short at 5'7" but the eldest is few inches taller and sits comfortably in the back with his brothers so space is good. We just got back from a week away and my wife definitely packs for all eventualities and the saloon coped well - the boot is deceptively cavernous! I coach youth football and regularly chuck my gear in the boot - obviously a touring will be even more practical...

Obviously suitability for yourself will depend on your needs and use.
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