CAT’S INSIDE LINE: BMW 5 SERIES (2003-2011)

BMW-5-Series-4This month sees us focus on another fleet favourite, the BMW 5 Series. The mid-sized Beemer has established itself as a common sight on UK roads, with this model now into its sixth generation, although we are focusing on the fifth gen also known as the E60 and E61 range.

The 5 Series was originally debuted in 1972 and has gone on to set the standards for the mid-range premium saloon market alongside the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6.

The vehicle we are examining was launched with a range of powerplants in various guises, which included 2.0-, 2.5-, 3.0-, 4.4-, or 4.8-litre petrol engines and 2.0-, 2.5- and 3.0-litre diesel options, and of course there is the 5.0-litre V10 M5 as well. This variety of engines and technology has provided a number of additional challenges.

Next month we’ll be looking at the second generation Renault Megane, so if you have any insights to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com

Click below to see technical contributions on the BMW 5 Series from:

Autoelectro – looks at rotating electric issues with the Beemer

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Cambiare – cover a variety of issues that are common on the 5 Series

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Dayco – looks challenges with replacing an FEAD system 5 Series

First Line – focuses on the suspension and clutches on the BMW 5 Series

Manbat – looks at battery issues on the E60/E61 BMW 5 Series

Meyle – common issues on the Beemer solved

Remy – talks about the noisy steering systems on the BMW

RMI – gives us the lowdown on common problems faced on the 5 Series

TecRMI – gives us an insight into a some of the technical issues on the BMW

ZF – dealing with automatic transmissions

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