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Going tomorrow to view a 2004 BMW 530D SE touring, diesel, automatic with 109 thou miles, inline six service history etc, here's a link below for the exact car.

Are these any good or expensive to run..?

http://www.clackmannancarcentre.co.uk/gm-Locator.aspx

The 530D is the last page 'next' etc...

Thanks;

pete

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Going tomorrow to view a 2004 BMW 530D SE touring, diesel, automatic with 109 thou miles, inline six service history etc, here's a link below for the exact car.

Are these any good or expensive to run..?

http://www.clackmannancarcentre.co.uk/gm-Locator.aspx

The 530D is the last page 'next' etc...

Thanks;

pete

Drop Yoda a pm mate as the older BMW 5's are his thing.

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On second thoughts just buy my wife's old Alfa GT oil burner and with the 3 grand you save treat yourself to a fancy mains cable.

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I had one rented for a month. Pleasure to drive, pulled like a locomotive, reasonable fuel economy. Best handling in it class. Did not like the styling much. No reliability issues, but it was a short period. Compared to my short time with the E320 and the A6 3.0 - the BMW by quite a margin.

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I know a guy with one of these with similar mileage. It had 50k miles on the clock when he bought it. Now has 120k miles on the clock. It's been a completely reliable mile-muncher. :^

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Did you buy it Pete as it no longer on the web site

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Yes it is:

[h=2]2004 BMW 530 Diesel 3.0TD Auto SE Touring[/h]Engine Size: 2995 cc

Colour: Grey

Year: 2004

Mileage: 109000 miles

2004 BMW 530D AUTO SE TOURING- Estate MOT Until End Of March 2015 Full Service History with seven BMW Dealer stamps and one Independent stamp Panoramic Sunshine Roof , Front and Rear Park Assist , Full Leather Int , With heated front seats Upgraded 18 In Alloys, Climate Control , Comfort Soft Close Multi Function Steering Wheel . Will Receive a Nation Wide Peace Of Mind Warranty Included in the price. Will Come with Service Document , 2 Keys , V5 , Mot and a Warranty Type Estate Doors 5 Number of Seats 5 Colour Grey metallic Steering Wheel Right-hand drive Mileage 109,000 Miles First Registration Date 2004/05/27 Model Year 2004 Condition Used Previous Owners 2 MOT Expiry 03/2015 Dealer Warranty Expiry 12 months Engine Size (in ccm) 2,993 Power 218 BHP Transmission Automatic Fuel Diesel Consumption mpg (combined) 35.3 Consumption mpg (urban) 25.4 Consumption mpg (extra urban) 44.1 CO2 emissions 213 FINANCE AND DELIVERY AVAILABLE SUBJECT TO STATUS

[h=2]£5495.00[/h]SE spec best for ride quality. Engine strong apart from swirl flaps - have them removed. Gearbox needs an oil change if not done (BMW say filled for life - don't believe it). If original radiator, suspect gearbox cooler can let go letting water into the box which would be terminal. Put an air G/Box cooler on if you buy - £200 from a specialist. Make sure that the self levelling rear suspension works OK and does not give a fault code on the dash. Compressors can and do fail - £1000 from BMW.

6 Cyl diesels are thirsty, don't believe 40+MPG, 35 MPG more realistic. Could get 40+ on a run if driven by a granny.

Car has DPF (straight out not pointing down exhausts), which needs to be changed at 130k ish, will say on iDrive (£2K from BMW).

Early iDrive is a pain to use - DVD for Sat Nav is £200 from BMW, £30 one from ebay can and do harm the computer. Then not supported by any warranty.

Good price and looks a nice car.

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Thanks Steve, good info.

What are swirl flaps by the way..? sounds like a sexual disease.....lol. Already had a short 3mile run in the car, dealer a bit tight on the fuel/distance it seems, but I may be returning to ask for a longer test drive, those 3 miles we drove showed 16mpg but pretty sure the car wasn't close to properly getting up to it's full working temp!

As we started up the car the rear self-levelling light & sound came on the dashboard, Mr. Car salesman said the car had been sitting up for a few weeks and after use that won't/shouldn't be a problem any more (?). Is this shit talking to a guy that doesn't know!!

Such a nice thing to drive, can hardly hear the engine and smooth as....

The 530D SE touring makes my 2004 Ford Fusion laughable.

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Lovely cars, but if anything goes wrong watch out, especially if serviced/repaired by franchised dealer. Try Warranty Direct for a quote, don't go near the BMW insurance it's a rip off. As long as you are doing the long miles it should be trouble free, if not then go for the petrol cars.

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Thanks Steve, good info.

What are swirl flaps by the way..? sounds like a sexual disease.....lol. Already had a short 3mile run in the car, dealer a bit tight on the fuel/distance it seems, but I may be returning to ask for a longer test drive, those 3 miles we drove showed 16mpg but pretty sure the car wasn't close to properly getting up to it's full working temp!

As we started up the car the rear self-levelling light & sound came on the dashboard, Mr. Car salesman said the car had been sitting up for a few weeks and after use that won't/shouldn't be a problem any more (?). Is this shit talking to a guy that doesn't know!!

Such a nice thing to drive, can hardly hear the engine and smooth as....

The 530D SE touring makes my 2004 Ford Fusion laughable.

Got your PM - will answer here. Swirl Flaps are a device in the inlet manifold that alters the inlet length to introduce more movement in the fuel going in to get a cleaner burn. However, the flaps are made from brittle plastic and can and do break and drop in the engine. Yr 2004 suffered early fragile flaps, later cars (2006 onwards) had modified ones. Answer is to remove them and many BMW specialists will do this and replace them with a blanking plug. £200 ish.

Dealer is talking bollox wrt the self levelling and should not have a warning on the dash. This means that the compressor has expired and will need replacing (£1k at least from BMW). You can get recon compressors for less dosh. Dealer would need to recognise the problem and sort it before I would buy. Probably the reason why the car was traded in? Frustrating thing is that the reason why the compressor failed was the inlet pipe being rubbish, crumbling with age and letting in grit and dirt to the compressor itself. I fixed mine (535d M Sport E61 Touring) with the pipe from an old cycle track pump.

They are strong, well built and reliable cars if properly looked after. Money pits if not.

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You should get 40 mpg without a problem.

42 + on the motorway.

They are rapid specially if you use the auto box in "manual" mode.

3 mile test drive is seriously taking the piss & its been sitting etc..... a joke.

Run away, run away.

Keep looking for a good un.

They hold their money, which makes them seem a bit ££££.

But depreciation, your 2nd biggest expense after fuel, is low.

And get an online warranty.

Best motor in its class by a country mile.

I've gone thro more cars than I care to remember & I'm on my 4th or 5th 530D.

Mibby hates em with a passion verging on pathological.

So get one... if only to wind him up.

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You should get 40 mpg without a problem.

42 + on the motorway.

They are rapid specially if you use the auto box in "manual" mode.

3 mile test drive is seriously taking the piss & its been sitting etc..... a joke.

Run away, run away.

Keep looking for a good un.

They hold their money, which makes them seem a bit ££££.

But depreciation, your 2nd biggest expense after fuel, is low.

And get an online warranty.

Best motor in its class by a country mile.

I've gone thro more cars than I care to remember & I'm on my 4th or 5th 530D.

Mibby hates em with a passion verging on pathological.

So get one... if only to wind him up.

Hi BD! I was born and grew up in Melton - still visit to call on the inlaws ....

Anyway - yes you can eek out 40MPG from a E61 530d, but as they are so nice to drive with vigour, this is what most people do and get less. My 535d averaged 33mpg but I did use the power available :^ You could get a 520d which are nice, but the 6 pot is lovely. The best engine actually, and not too bad on petrol is the 530i and does not have any real issues at all with it. Hard to find though.

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Got your PM - will answer here. Swirl Flaps are a device in the inlet manifold that alters the inlet length to introduce more movement in the fuel going in to get a cleaner burn. However, the flaps are made from brittle plastic and can and do break and drop in the engine. Yr 2004 suffered early fragile flaps, later cars (2006 onwards) had modified ones. Answer is to remove them and many BMW specialists will do this and replace them with a blanking plug. £200 ish.

Dealer is talking bollox wrt the self levelling and should not have a warning on the dash. This means that the compressor has expired and will need replacing (£1k at least from BMW). You can get recon compressors for less dosh. Dealer would need to recognise the problem and sort it before I would buy. Probably the reason why the car was traded in? Frustrating thing is that the reason why the compressor failed was the inlet pipe being rubbish, crumbling with age and letting in grit and dirt to the compressor itself. I fixed mine (535d M Sport E61 Touring) with the pipe from an old cycle track pump.

They are strong, well built and reliable cars if properly looked after. Money pits if not.

Easiest way to test the compressor is to get the trader and you to sit side by side in the boot and see if the car self levels. It is compressed air so should rise immediately. If it clicks and clacks and struggles - inform the dealer of his error and walk away :P

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Hi BD! I was born and grew up in Melton - still visit to call on the inlaws ....

Anyway - yes you can eek out 40MPG from a E61 530d, but as they are so nice to drive with vigour, this is what most people do and get less. My 535d averaged 33mpg but I did use the power available :^ You could get a 520d which are nice, but the 6 pot is lovely. The best engine actually, and not too bad on petrol is the 530i and does not have any real issues at all with it. Hard to find though.

Thats the Scotch Bonnet chilli 530D that is.

I've had a few 530D M Sports (paddle gear shift) & it puts a smile on my face every time I take it out.

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