BMW 5 Series Touring (2004 – 2010) Review

BMW 5 Series Touring (2004 – 2010) At A Glance


+As saloon, with the advantages of a station wagon body.

-Looks not everyone's taste. Some problem areas. Two rear suspension balljoint failures notified the same month (January 2014).

Insurance Groups are between 33–45
On average it achieves 84% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a BMW 5 Series Touring (2004 – 2010)


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Does the engine need taken out to replace the DMF and timing chain in a BMW 5 Series 2.0d?

"I have a BMW 5 Series 2.0d from new that has now done about 95,000 miles. It started making some funny noises so my husband took it to our BMW dealership who have serviced it from new. They told him the timing chain and the dual mass flywheel needed replacing, the initial quote was £4000. BMW UK agreed to pay for the timing chain and half the labour cost as the engine would have to be removed to replace the DMF, so they weren't prepared to pay for that. I've been looking online and it is my understanding that you don't have to take out the engine to replace the DMF - is this correct? I feel strongly that BMW should pay for the timing chain and all associated costs."
Either you have to take the engine out or the gearbox out. The DMF and clutch cannot be replaced any other way. But because the timing chain of the N47 2.0 diesel is at the back of the engine it is obviously more convenient to take the engine out to replace both chain, tensioners, DMF and clutch.
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Glass tail gate - what's wrong with it?

"The glass tailgate will not open on my 2004 BMW 5 Series. I press the button under the wiper and the fob but still can't open. What's wrong? "
I guess moisture has got into the lock electrics or into the servo.
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Buying a used car suitable for winter driving

"I need to buy a used car: I’m currently considering a Audi A6 Quattro Avant or a BMW 535d Tourer – both have covered 100,000 miles. Also, as we live in the hills, would four-wheel drive be better than winter tyres on the 5 Series? "
Cold weather tyres are far better than four-wheel drive on snow. But obviously a quattro on cold weather or all weather tyres will be better still.
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When should I sell my BMW 5 Series Touring?

"My car is a BMW 525d M sport auto touring 2008/58 197 bhp 3.0 diesel; full service history, owned from new; it's been an excellent car. Question is - when to sell?.... current mileage is 106k, a few minor faults (heated rear window and bluetooth part of media pack not working), but concern is possible upcoming large costs if major items go wrong - eg turbo, diesel particulate filter or any other major items now out of warranty. Is it pot luck?- keep going or change?"
Unpredictable. Take a look at: and I would be starting to get nervous.
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