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2006 (06) BMW 5 Series523i SE 4dr Auto

Stirling Citroën / DS
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Car/key memoryExternal temperature gauge
Front/rear park distance controlIDrive
Luggage compartment release button in drivers A pillarOn board computer
Rev counterService interval indicator
Stop/start buttonTyre puncture warning system

Entertainment

Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player 

Exterior Features

2 speed wipers with intermittent washBody colour bumpers
Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrorsBrake force display
Clear indicator lensesDoor mirror blue tinted glass
Electric windowsFront fog lights
Halogen headlightsHeated windscreen washer jets
Interior mirror with auto anti dazzleRain sensor including auto headlights activation

Interior Features

Air recirculation systemAir vents on front dashboard and rear centre console with chrome inserts
Automatic interior light systemFront and rear cupholders
Front and rear head restraintsFront grab handles
Front/rear armrests within door panelsFront/rear reading lights
Illuminated glovebox with lockIsofix child seat attachment
Leather handbrake gripLuggage compartment lighting
Particle filterReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear cigar lighterRear grab handles with coathooks
Removable luggage coverStorage compartment on driver's side

Safety

'Childproof' rear door locks8 Airbags
ABS+EBVAutomatic Stability Control (ASC)
DSC+Dynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCFront seatbelt pretensioners
Hill start assistITS head airbags for front/rear
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Electronic immobiliserRemote central locking
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.222CO2 (g/km)224
HC0.065Noise Level dB(A)69
NOx0.022Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2497Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)78.8
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionAUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)30.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)40.9EC Urban (mpg)21.1

General

Badge Engine CC2.5Badge Power177
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesSE
Insurance Group 117Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0734E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.4
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.1Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.3Engine Power - BHP174
Engine Power - KW130Engine Power - RPM5800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT169.7Engine Torque - MKG23.5
Engine Torque - NM230Engine Torque - RPM3500
Top Speed144 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/50 R17Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRE
Wheel StyleSTAR SPOKEWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1468Length4841
Wheelbase2888Width1846

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2030
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)520Max. Loading Weight540
Max. Roof Load100Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1490
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 5 Series

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

Few cars in recent years have caused such rampant division of opinion as BMW's E60 generation 5 Series. Few have many gripes about the way the car drives, the value proposition or the build quality but ask about the styling and you'll get some colourful responses. Now that we've had some time to get used to it, the lines aren't quite as shocking as they were when the Five first rolled into BMW dealers back in June 2003 and the introduction of the mellower looking Touring variant also helps. Get beyond the challenging styling and you have a car that retains BMW's position as the best driver's car in the executive class. Business as usual.

History

People should really have girded themselves for the 5 Series given the unconventional styling of the 7 Series and then the Z4 roadster. Its predecessor had been a conservatively styled thing but had nevertheless found great favour. When Burkhard Goschel, BMW's head of research and development proclaimed that "the days of lookalike BMWs are over. from now on each volume model will display its own unmistakable personality" it became apparent that radical styling was going to be an ongoing theme, a point rammed home by the subsequent 1 Series launch. At the outset in June 2003, the 5 Series range consisted of the 520i, 525i, 530i and 545i petrol-engined saloons with a 530d diesel saloon also offered. A 525d entry-level diesel model was slipped into the range at the end of the year with the mighty 535d topping the diesel tree in autumn 2004. Touring models also made an appearance in 2004, the first of the five-door estates landing in late April. A fire-breathing 507bhp V10 engined M5 model was also unveiled in summer 2004 but wasn't scheduled to go on sale until the following Spring. BMW's innovative Active Steering system was slightly modified in autumn 2004 to offer a less radical feel. A whole suite of incremental trim improvements was announced for the 2005 model year car including a TV tuner which could accept digital as well as analogue signals, a wider palette of body colours, and more sophisticated in-car entertainment options. In January 2005, new Valvetronic engine technology was introduced on 525i and 530i models and a 523i variant introduced (also featuring it) to replace the 520i. A major facelift at the start of 2007 saw power boosted on most models and economy improved with the aid of regenerative braking technology. The styling was also tweaked. At the front, the headlights and indicators became clear glass while the kidney grille sits flush with the bumper. The M5 Touring was introduced at the same time and a little later, the 520d model was boosted to 177bhp.

What You Get

At first glance, the 5 Series seems to incorporate cues from both the Z4 and the 7 Series. The oddly proportioned bootlid is reminiscent of the 7 Series whilst the 'flame surfaced' flanks reflect the light in a similar way to the Z4. Whereas the 7 Series and the Z4 are relatively specialist items, the 5 Series represents a major cash cow for BMW and if the public don't take to the styling, there will be major consequences. Although it doesn't rest easily on the eye, we'll probably grow used to it in due course. Much of the focus has gone into developing innovative technology but at the same time keeping weight from creeping up. More space is coupled with a weight saving of up to 65kg, due in no small part to lightweight aluminium including much of the chassis and bodywork of the car and the suspension components. This focus on weight saving has resulted in some class leading performance and economy figures from a range of engines that is largely familiar fare. Although the 5 Series does carry over some 7 Series styling cues, it's clear that BMW have listened to customer feedback. The bootlid is less extreme and although the 5 Series features the controversial iDrive control system, it's notably easier to use than the 7 Series system and is backed up by more conventional knobs and switches on the fascia. The fiddly electronic handbrake system used by its big brother has also been replaced, in this instance by a conventional manual one. The Touring estate is a more conventional-looking car but the unique 5-Series styling cues are always evident. The M5 will be out of most buyers' reach but the Sport trim level offers some of the styling flair without the pricetag. You know the drill, wider air intakes, bigger wheels, sports suspension, flared side sills, it will prove a popular choice.

What to Look For

No significant faults have emerged thus far. As with any upscale executive car, it's crucial to ensure that your choice has the right trim. Cars with bright paintwork in non metallic colours, the smallest wheel options and cloth seats aren't going to be anything like as easy to sell on as a car in a decent metallic hue with leather and tastefully sized alloys. Check that the service record and mileage corresponds and that if your car is a high mileage ex-fleet vehicle, that the price has been adjusted correspondingly. Like all contemporary BMW models, the 5 Series has no fixed service intervals, the car's diagnostics deciding when it needs to come in for a freshening, so ask the buyer questions about how the car has been run and get a feel for whether it's been cherished or punished.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 520i SE ) An air filter is around £15, whilst you'll pay a similar amount for a fuel filter. Oil filters are around £6, whilst spark plugs are £17. A replacement cam belt is around £24.

On the Road

Seven engines are available in the mainstream line up, the 170bhp 520i, the 192bhp 525i, the 231bhp 530i, the 333bhp 545i, the 177bhp 525 diesel, the 218bhp 530d diesel and the 272bhp 535d. All the petrol-powered units use BMW's latest bi-VANOS valve actuation system that gives hefty torque low down and outright power at the top of the rev range. Even the entry-level 520i will sprint to 60mph in 8.8 seconds, hit a top speed of 143mph and yet return an average of 31.4mpg. Step up to the six-speed 530i and the sprint drops to 6.7 seconds, the top speed rises to 155mph but fuel economy doesn't take too much of a hit, the 530i turning in a creditable 29.7mpg. The real star of the show is the 530d. Despite coming within a whisker of the 530i's sprint to 60 - the diesel car stops the watch at an amazing 6.9 seconds - it will still go on to 152mph and return 41mpg. It boats a torque figure of 500Nm (a Ferrari 360 Modena makes 372Nm) which means that it feels awesomely muscular when accelerating. As a contender for the world's best car the 530d takes some beating but the latest 535d might hold the trump card for some, its 560Nm of torque and 6.6-second 0-60mph time are impressive but you do a premium for that extra oomph. That only leaves the mind-boggling M5 with its 507bhp V10 engine. Read the figures and weep in abject terror - 520Nm of torque, 0-62mph in 4.7s, 0-124mph in 15s and a derestricted 205mph top speed. That is some car. Much thought has gone into the way electronic systems blend with good old manual ones. BMW have taken the notion that electronics should aid rather than replace manual systems and the active steering system is a good example. Rather than developing the sort of pure 'drive-by-wire' systems that often isolate the driver from road feedback, BMW has instead developed a system that maintains a link between the front wheels and the steering wheel but which adjusts the power assistance dependent upon speed and yaw rate, promising quick turn-in when you punch the 5 Series into a corner but without the accompanying nervousness at high speed that many such cars demonstrate. This system is networked to the Dynamic Stability Control system, reducing the interventions DSC has to make. Dynamic Drive, BMW's active suspension system is available as an option, and Active Cruise Control, a system that automatically controls distances to the car in front, is also available to order. BMW hasn't left too many safety features out of the 5 Series. Brake Force Display is an interesting concept, enlarging the brake light area when the driver really anchors on. Another first for BMW is Adaptive Headlights - a feature many will associate more with Citroen. This system, sadly still an option, swivels the headlights by up to 15 degrees left and right to illuminate more of the road through a bend. Unlike Citroen's rudimentary old mechanical system, this calculates speed, yaw rate and steering angle before steering the beams. Another technology 'borrowed' from another manufacturer - in this case Chevrolet - is a Head-Up Display that projects information onto the windscreen. BMW has yet to offer this technology, but it is offered on the M5 and is sure to filter across the rest of the range.

Overall

If you're a fan of that angular styling, go right ahead and buy whatever model you can afford. There's not a bad pick in the whole line up. If you're not so struck on the looks of the 5 Series, buy one anyway and hope they grow on you. Little can touch the feel of a Five and despite the car being less overt in its appeal than the previous generation model, the used market has found that current owners value their cars highly with a relatively slow turnover in stock. Don't expect any screaming bargains therefore, but if you can track down the right car at the right price, congratulations are in order. You've made an informed choice.

Performance
60%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
50%
Build
60%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
60%

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