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A: Well all of BMW’s engines are great. Here are the ones they offer for the 5-series.

3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve inline 230-horsepower 6-cylinder engine with composite magnesium/aluminum engine block, Valvetronic, and Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing

3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve inline turbocharged 300-horsepower 6-cylinder engine with twin-turbo technology, piezo direct injection, and Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing

4.8-liter, 360-horsepower 32-valve V-8 engine with 4 overhead camshafts, aluminum engine block and cylinder heads, Valvetronic system, 2-stage air intake manifold, and Double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing

They are all great engines. Any of them would be good if properly maintained for 200,000 miles. Good luck and make sure you get one that hasn’t been beat too hard and has been properly maintained.

Q: What is the difference between a BMW 3 and 5 series?
I’m looking specifically for info on maintenance required for each. Does series 5 BMW’s require more maintenance than series 3?

A: This a rather open question as you have not mentioned any years or what generation BMWs you are looking at.

In general, the difference between the 3 and 5 series is simply size. They have different powertrains as well (with some overlapping engines). So basically, reliability is the same for both models. For more specific reliability data, go to and checkout the reliability rankings. Hope that helps.

Q: How much would a certified pre-owned BMW 5 series cost to lease or finance?
I have recently acquired a steady cash flow and I would like to either lease or finance a 2006 or 2007 5 series.

I would like to know how much people usually pay a month for one.

Thanks for the help!

A: Not a bad idea, one of the best cars that they make. . .

The true rating though for you payment is all based on your credit score I bought an E39 in 2006 and I pay $540 a month, my friend also bought an E39 and pays $700 a month. . .

but to answer your question anywhere between this area is reasonable. .. But I have heard of people paying as much as $800-$900 brand new

Q: Is a BMW 5 Series the right car for my 17 year old?
I’m looking to buy my 17 year old (soon to be) a nice car, please none of the “are you crazy” or “you have too much money”. It has to be a nice car, he likes the BMW 5 series, would it be a good car for him? Any other suggestions? Must be BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Lexus, Porsche, Audi or any other quality makes.
I think I already said about the “spoiling” and the “money business”. I’m just on to ask about the car, he’s getting a nice car. END OF. I don’t know whether it’s jealous with you people, or what.

A: I’ll try a reply without the preaching!
Yes, a BMW 5 series is a fantastic car – beautifully made, reliable, even surprisingly economical for such a large car, they’re also safe & secure.
Have it serviced at an independant specialist – BMWs require very little maintenance to stay on top form, and the mechanicals are surprisingly simple. A BMW dealer will absolutely rob you for servicing.
As for other answers, suggestions such as Ford & Mercedes are a joke – The Mondeo in particular has serious reliability & economy problems, and to suggest it’s in the same league as a BMW is ridiculous to anyone that’s ever owned both – me included; Merc just don’t have the build quality & reliability they used to enjoy.

Q: Any idea when the BMW 5 series is going to have a facelift? Will it be the 2007 model?
I have just ordered a 2007 535d. I don’t want to find that, a month after I take delivery, the 5 Series range is given a facelift.

A: if i got it right from an article in the german “autobild”, then there will no bigger + irritating facelift before the completely new model arrives in 2009, which is shown in my link

Q: How do you remove a 2004 Bmw 5 series front head rest?
I need help removing a 2004 bmw 5 series front headrest plz hlep me plz include pictures and description on how to remove it thx for reading this question and help bye

A: Pull up on it, HARD. It can sometimes be hard to get off but keep pulling.

Q: How do I get a new key for a 2000 BMW 5 series?
I’ve lost all the keys of my car as well as title. I need a new key for my BMW 5 series (2000). What proof of ownership will I need to show in the dealership? Will they give me a key without first seeing the car or do they need the car? Is there any other place becides dealership where I can make BMW key? Thank you .

A: You will have to get a key from the dealer. If you do not have a business relationship with them, they should require you to prove you own the car. If you have had them work on the car previously, they probably would only require a driver’s license to verify you are the person who there records say owns the car.
If they do not know you or the car, they should require proof of ownership which would nornally be the title. If you have lost your title you need to get that replaced anyway.

Q: What is the average cost of maintenance on the BMW E34 5-series?
I’m wondering roughly how much parts cost for a early or mid-90’s BMW E34 5-series such as the 525i. How much do parts cost compared to other manufacturers? If you own an E34, do you find that maintenance is comparable to other brands?
Thanks in advance!

A: nice drivers, and decently (but not outstanding) dependable…but be forewarned cost of routine servicing is at the top of the scale (generally 1.5 to 2X american or japanese product).
replacement parts are more expensive, by a wide margin, than you might expect to pay for other brands.
if you are on a budget -unless you have the skills and toolsets (special) required to do some of your own servicing and general repairs/replacements, i would seriously look at a much newer bmw
or consider for the same money as the 525i, a later model lexus….which rank much higher on dependability scales than german manufactures (the germans consistently score relatively low on dependability) and are a notch lower for costof maintenance and repair.…

Q: What’s the cheapest place I can buy a BMW z4 or 5 series?
I want to buy either a BMW z4 or a 5 series (2006-2007), so I’m trying to find the best offer out there.

A: the best place and I mean you will not find a wider selection for less money is, bought 3 cars through there, 2 of them bmw.

You can try all the rest and compare and you will see what I mean.

Q: How many inches is the rear lip on these wheels for a BMW 5 Series.?
The wheels are staggered front(20×8.5) and rear(20×10) the offset is 18mm and bolt pattern is 5.120. They will go on my (E39) 5 series BMW. Can you determine how many inches the rear lip is going to be or is more info needed?

A: pretty wide wheels, you’d be lucky if you rolled the fender wells and the the wheels would tuck in (and of course got stiffer coil/springs to compensate)

better option would be to have the fenders flared out by a body shop

where’s you get the rims, off of a M5?

Q: I am thinking of buying a new BMW 5 series but i am confused for which to buy?
I am thinking of buying a new BMW 5 series but i am confused for which to buy the options are 520 d (diesel) average is 15.7 and 525 i (petrol) average is 10.1.
Have heard that 525 have got more features.don’t know about it much

Please need your help urgently
Price is not a concern i want to concentrate more on performance and the comparison of this 2 variants from BMW
520d or 525i which is preferable ?

A: I dont understand your question sorry. try to explain better

Q: I want to buy a 5-series BMW stickshift. Which would be the best ever from 1990 onwards?
I want a 5 series BMW stick shift preferably V6 and not V8. Which would be the best year of such a Beemer from the 1990s till date?
I mean in terms of reliability and least breakdowns..I know each car is different and one size does not fit all but just a general consensus

A: Its simple the newer the BMW model the more the costs and catastrophic money sucking breakdowns they have. The best of the bunch is the 89 and on E34 535i so your 1990 limit is meet. Still has the great 3.5 motor BUT its the weakest of the bunch in terms of durability and reliability. Good thing you want to go with a stick since the automatics are plagued with very early failure. Also you can get a used trans out of a 87 or 88 E28 535i and and some 3 series if you know what your doing. If I only had a 89 535i to drive I would right away re route the heater hoses to get coolant flow going thru the back of the cylinder head asap. BUT with all BMWs from around that time up to today BMWs are plagued with numerous electrical problems with failing units and cracked solder joints. And many more mechanical problems.

Q: Im trying to install a aftermarket radio in a 2000 Bmw 5 series ?
Im trying to install a aftermarket stereo in my 2000 bmw 5 series how does it work do i need any parts from the original stereo.

A: Contact the people at Crutchfield Electronics. They can tell you what connectors, parts and tools you need. They will also sell them to you at reasonable prices.

Q: What are the differences b/w 3 series and 5 series bmw?
Looking into them to buy a car, but I want to know if it’s worth the extra money to get a 5 series over a 3 series… are there any big differences or do they just add a few features to sell the car at a higher price? Thanks!

A: Lol your question has already been asked several times as you can see:

But here’s a helpful answer:

Hope I could help! (PS. Generally, one’s more luxurious and bigger than the other as well as some MPG and engine pluses I think).

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Q: What is the correct tyre pressures for Bridgestone Potenza 225/50R17 in psi on a BMW 5 series?
Hi, I have a used BMW 5 series which has Bridgestone Potenza 225/50R17 tyres (run flats) all round. Can someone tell me the correct tyre pressures in PSI for front and rear tyres…Thank You.
3 answers and 3 different answers. Come on guys give me an answer that’s consistant….

A: Following the recommendations posted in the driver’s door pillar is the right procedure. But the low tire pressure in front is disconcerting to some drivers.
If you can stand a tiny little bit of roughness in riding comfort, then you can increase the front tire pressures to 36 or 38 psi. You would hardly notice the roughness but could possibly gain a little more mileage due to less rolling friction.
If you are a stickler for rules then just stay with manufacturer’s recommendations.

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