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BMW 5 SERIES Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Traditionally excellent handling; traditionally good ride quality
  • Superb six-cylinder engines - old or new
  • Interior quality's big lift 2017 onwards
  • iDrive infotainment system has been a segment benchmark
  • Some four-cylinder turbo models expensive
  • Rear legroom not palatial
  • No all-wheel-drive option on regular models
  • Not the engaging driver's car it once was
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2013 BMW 5 Series F10 MY1112 535d Steptronic M Carbon Black Metallic/leathe 8 Speed Sports Automatic

  • 92519 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

The SPACIOUS & STYLISH 535D F10 M SPORT SEDAN finished in CARBON BLACK METALLIC Paint over the VENETO BEIGE Dakota Leather Upholstery. The STUNNING 3.0 litre, 6 Cylinder Diesel Engine has a powerful 220kW & 600mN of torque, coupled with the 8-Speed Automatic Transmission consumes a miserly 6.1l/100km on the road. Luxury appointments including : - M Sport Package - 2-Zone Automatic Airconditioning - Electric Seat adjustment with Memory - Heads-Up Display - Ambient Light in the Cabin - Xenon He

$38,990
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
23/05/2022

Top2021 BMW 5 Series G30 LCI 530d Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 9811 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

This BMW 530d Sedan is immaculately presented in Alpine White and finished with Black Interior. Optional Features fitted to this vehicle include -M SPORT PACKAGE -SUNROOF -HEAD UP DISPLAY -HARMON KARDON SOUND -COMFORT ACCESS -ELECTRIC SEATS WITH MEMORY -SPORT SEATS FRONT DRIVER & FRONT PASSENGER -HEATED SEATS FRONT DRIVER & FRONT PASSENGER This is a BMW Premium Certified Vehicle and comes with -360-Degree Technical and Optical Check -6 month / 10,000 km Service Free Period -Minimum 24 Mont

$123,900Drive Away^
Canterbury, NSW

Dealer used
Yesterday

Top2012 Bmw 5 28i 8 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan(Warranty until 5/4/24*)

  • 139000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

180kw PWR rear wheel drive. Sentinel warranty until 5/4/24* transferable* Finance option go to www.financeone.com.au Bmw 528i with options 2.0t 8 speed ZF gearbox Dakota oyster leather trim Sunroof Hud, heads up display 360* parking camera Reverse parking camera with guidelines Run flat tyres Zenon headlights Headlights washers New interior door handles Electric steering wheel tilt Electric seat belt tensioner Bluetooth Just serviced and everything is up to date 2 keys Log books Bmw tool kit, t

$25,950
Guildford, NSW

10 hours ago

Top2017 BMW 530i G30 MY17 M Sport Black 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 28931 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

STUNNING ONE OWNER BMW 5 SERIES M SPORT! POWERFUL TURBO MOTOR, ALL THE LUXURY YOU'D EXPECT TO FIND IN A EUROPEAN CAR! FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY! FINANCE AVAILABLE AND TRADE INS WELCOME!

$61,995
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2013 BMW 5 Series F10 MY1112 528i Steptronic Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 72160 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2013 BMW 5 Series F10 MY1112 528i Steptronic Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$34,990
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
23 hours ago

Top2003 BMW 5 Series E39 MY02 530i Steptronic Executive Grey 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 127498 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2003 BMW 530I M SPORT...SUNROOF, LEATHER, NAV, FRONT & REAR SENSORS, FOG LIGHT, 17 ALLOY WHEELS, Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. Eldersl

$11,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2010 BMW 528i F10 MY11 Grey 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 163427 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

** 2010 BMW 528i F10 3.0L 8 SPEED AUTOMATIC STEPTRONIC Only $16'990 Or Finance From Only $85 P/w ** This Vehicle Really Is Sensational ! Come Down And Test Drive Today ! ** Extremely Tidy** Legendary BMW 528i with so many Amazing Features. Featuring the Legendary Powerful 3.0 Inline 6 Cylinder Engine paired to an 8 Speed Sports Automatic Transmission. -Dual Front Airbags Package -Anti-lock Braking -Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones -18 Inch Alloy Wheels -Brake Assist -Cruise Co

$16,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
6 minutes ago

2012 BMW 5 Series F10 MY0712 520i Steptronic White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 147699 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE! Take your family on an adventure in this BMW 5 Series. Full service history! FEATURES: - Sunroof - voice recognition - front fog lamps - 17" alloy wheels. - multi-function steering wheel - dual zone climate control air conditioning - electric power assisted steering - bluetooth technology - keyless start and hill holder - USB audio input - regenerative brakes - front & rear power windows - selectable driving mode - remote central locking Give your family extra pr

$17,990
Cabramatta, NSW

Dealer used
31 minutes ago

2019 BMW 520i F10 MY17 M Sport White 8 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 57240 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

READ THIS BEFORE YOU READ THE ADVERT......... INCLUDED IN THE ASKING PRICE IS A 3 YEARS PLUS BONUS OF 3 MONTHS MAKING IT A TOTAL OF 39 MONTHS OF AUSTRALIA WIDE PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY PLUS 15 MONTHS OF ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE. WHERE DO I START.... THIS GERMAN QUALITY HAS ALL THE FRUITS YOU CAN THINK OF.... WITH VERY LOW KILOMETRES AND WITH BMW SERVICE HISTORY AND 2 KEYS THIS ONE COMES WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, DUAL ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL FRONT AND REAR AIR CONDITIONING, POWER STEERING

$63,990
Malaga, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 BMW 5 Series G30 540i Steptronic Luxury Line Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 52323 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2017 BMW 5 Series G30 540i Steptronic Luxury Line Silver 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

$81,490
Burswood, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2018 BMW 5 Series G30 530i Steptronic M Sport Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 103396 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2018 530i M-Sport in Sophisto Grey Metallic - 20"Alloys - Glass Electric Sunroof - Exclusive Nappa Leather Upholstery - Seat Heating - Ambient Lighting - Adaptive Sports Suspension - Comfort Access Located 20 minutes down the freeway from Perth CBD, with convenient parking onsite, we offer a large range of products and services to help turn your BMW dreams into a reality. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional luxury vehicles along with flawless customer service. Our ex

$58,564Drive Away^
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2012 BMW 530d F07 MY12 GT Black 8 Speed Automatic Coupe

  • 134465 km
  • Coupe (2 door)
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

***Genuine Enquiries Only*** ***Available for immediate delivery*** The ultra-luxury BMW 5 series GT is based on 7-Series platform, 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine provides high performance combined with great fuel efficiency. Full Service History. One Year Warranty. Very well maintained. Factory inclusions & options: -Air suspension -Soft closing doors -Full leather interior -Panoramic Sunroof -Lane departure warning -Reverse camera -Cruise control -Digital dash -Lane keep assist -Memory&pow

$28,900
Five Dock, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2020 BMW 5 Series G30 530d Steptronic M Sport White 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 9500 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

This BMW 530d sedan is immaculately presented in Alpine White and finished with Black Interior. Optional Features fitted to this vehicle include -M Sport package -M leather steering wheel -M Aerodynamics package -BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line -BMW Individual headliner anthracite -M Sport brake -Alpine White -Sport seats for driver and front passenger -Enhancement Package -BMW Laserlight -Glass roof, electrical -BMW Individual interior trim finishers piano finish black -BMW Drive Record

$102,900Drive Away^
Canterbury, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

1995 BMW e34 530i 3.0 lt v8

  • 196000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

1995 BMW e34 530i 3.0 lt v8 automatic Please call for more details

$8,000Negotiable
Teralba, NSW

2 hours ago

BMW e60 Msport 525i

  • 135223 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 2.5L

BMW M-Sport Fully Operation, Mechanically A1 Very Low Kms Impressive in/outside Brembo Brakes, Elec Roof, Low Profile Tyres, No Fault Codes, GTC Rims, Dark Midnight Blue paint. Has service history, Spare key, Reg till July, Spare M-ask unit. Parked over parking barrier, reversed, damaged front Panel as seen. Not vehicle impact damage. Recently, changed M-ask unit, just needs coding to car. Selling as I have bought a new vehicle, I have owned the car for 4/5 yrs never had a issue with i

$7,495
Salisbury, SA

3 hours ago

2018 BMW 5 Series G30 530d Steptronic M Sport Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 126204 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

European 5 star, leather interior, large touch screen, comfort prestige at a great price. ...... A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS THAT HAS BEEN SERVICING THE WESTERN SUBURBS FOR OVER 40 YEARS. SET IN THE HEART OF WYNDHAM CITY OUR DEALERSHIP IS A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM SUBURBS INCLUDING TARNEIT, TRUGANINA, POINT COOK, HOPPERS CROSSING, LAVERTON, SEABROOK, DERRIMUT, MOUNT COTTRELL, , SOUTH, RAVENHALL, MOUNT COTTRELL, LAVERTON NORTH, WYNDHAM VALE, AND WILLIAMS LANDING. WE ARE LOCATED 15min FROM THE WESTGAT

$54,990Drive Away^
Werribee, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2018 BMW 5 Series G30 530d Steptronic M Sport Black 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 148569 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Exceptional car, loaded with many features. ...... A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS THAT HAS BEEN SERVICING THE WESTERN SUBURBS FOR OVER 40 YEARS. SET IN THE HEART OF WYNDHAM CITY OUR DEALERSHIP IS A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM SUBURBS INCLUDING TARNEIT, TRUGANINA, POINT COOK, HOPPERS CROSSING, LAVERTON, SEABROOK, DERRIMUT, MOUNT COTTRELL, , SOUTH, RAVENHALL, MOUNT COTTRELL, LAVERTON NORTH, WYNDHAM VALE, AND WILLIAMS LANDING. WE ARE LOCATED 15min FROM THE WESTGATE BRIDGE IN , VICTORIA. OUR HOLDEN DEALERSHIP

$51,990Drive Away^
Werribee, VIC

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2008 BMW 520d E60 MY07 Silver 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 112135 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

ONE OWNER, LOW KMS TURBO DIESEL, AUTO, FULL HISTORY MECHANICALLY EXCELLENT, DRIVES A1 VERY CLEAN AND ORIGINAL 2.0L DIESEL MOTOR PHONE TO VIEW Vehicle is located in Perth WA. CALL OR MESSAGE GABRIEL NOW ON FOR VIEWING YES WE DO FINANCE YES WE ACCEPT TRADE INS YES WE HAVE 1 - 5 YEAR WARRANTY OPTIONS ***** We stock Passenger, Commercial, SUV, 4X4, Sedan, Wagon, Utility, Hatch, Van, Ute, Convertible, Auto, Manual, Sunroof, Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid, Electric, 7 Seat

$14,990
East Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

1993 BMW 530i E34 Dark Green 5 Speed Automatic Sedan

  • 128852 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 8 cyl 3.0L

This 1993 E34 BMW 530i was delivered new by BMW Australia in Mulgrave Victoria in April 1993 as an executive vehicle, it was then subsequently delivered to a private owner by Coastline BMW Caloundra in July 1993. Finished in Dark Green with a soft beige leather interior. It turns heads wherever it goes, and put very simply it is in exemplary original condition. It has covered 128,852km from new, and comes with its original spare key and receipts for recent work completed including a gear box re

$17,950
Petersham, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2009 BMW 520d E60 MY09 Grey 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 168208 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

BMW 520D SEDAN DIESEL ENGINE IMMACULATE, OUTSTANDING CONDITION, COMPLIMENTED BY SERVICE BOOKS DRIVES EXCEPTIONAL, ECONOMICAL AND A DELIGHT TO DRIVE

$12,995Drive Away^
Soldiers Hill, VIC

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2015 BMW 5 Series F10 LCI 520d Steptronic Luxury Line Midnight Blue 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 119578 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

We have over 300 good quality cars at unbeatable prices, Auto or Manual, SUV or Wagon, Coupe or Convertible, Sunroof , Hatch or Sedan,Petrol or Turbo Diesel, 4x4 or 4x2 All cars are workshop tested, and optional parts and labor warranties are available . Trade-ins are welcome and we pay top dollars for them, and for interstate buyers transport can be arranged .Finance can be arrange at best rates for all customers. We are located in Western Sydney. Call us today for the best deal 02 9625 8

$37,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2009 BMW 530i E60 MY09 Grey 6 Speed Auto Steptronic Sedan

  • 86091 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

BRIGHTON PRESTIGE Now Open and welcomes you to 2022 with our summer sale . Shop with confidence Family owned for 30 years. We deliver Australia wide. Finance Options available . Warranty available AMAZING EXAMPLE VERY IMPRESSIVE BMW 530I M SPORT / FULL BMW SERVICE HISTORY LIKE NEW ONLY 86,000KMS ALL ON ROADS AND RWC INCLUDED VERY HARD TO FIND TEST DRIVE TODAY BE QUICK DONT MISS OUT

$22,350
Bentleigh, VIC

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2010 Bmw 5 28i 8 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 103000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2010 BMW 528i Automatic with Sunroof . Excellent condition 6cyl 3.0L Petrol Only travelled 103000km with logbook Rego : Jun 2022 Second owner, Come with logbook. Excellent condition in and out. Mechanical condition is very good. Interior & leather seats are as new. Never has any big or small accident. It was not driven much in the past year as COVID-19 hit. Last service with Parramatta BMW. Heap of features: Two remote keys Push Engine Start Electric front seats Rain sensor wipers, Head light

$19,500
Parramatta, NSW

5 hours ago

2003 BMW 5 Series E39 MY02 530i Steptronic Executive Grey 5 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 127498 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2003 BMW 530I M SPORT...SUNROOF, LEATHER, NAV, FRONT & REAR SENSORS, FOG LIGHT, 17 ALLOY WHEELS, Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. Eldersl

$11,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2017 BMW 5 Series G30 530d Steptronic M Sport Grey 8 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 37805 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

MASSIVE MAY CLEARANCE. ALL VEHICLES MUST BE DELIVERED BY 31/05/22. 2017 BMW 530d M Sport Turbo Diesel Automatic Luxury Sedan. Grey. One Owner, Very Low 37250 Klms with Log Book History. Immaculate Throughout. Dual Zone Climate Control Air Conditioning, Full Leather Trim, Intellegent/Active Cruise Control, Sports Suspension, Keyless Entry and Start, Remote Central Locking, Lane Keep Assist, Active Cornering Enhancement, 16 Speaker Sound System, Heated Front Seats with Memory, Adaptive Headlights

$64,995Drive Away^
Windsor, QLD

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2006 BMW 5 Series E60 530d Steptronic Black/Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 151302 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Elegant yet sophisticated this posh 2006 BMW 530d is an executive dream! Appointed in lush soft touch and leather upholstery that extends throughout the cabin, it is no wonder this 5 series is relaxing to drive. Fitted with tech savvy features such as dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors, power front seats, and thumping 10 speaker stereo there is all the essentials to make driving has easy as it should be. Don?t wait around! easyauto123 - Your one stop shop for used cars in B

$15,847Drive Away^
Hendra, QLD

Dealer used
8 hours ago

QUICK SALE! 2011 Bmw 5 20d 8 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan

  • 160000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Due to my changed transport needs I will no longer need my prized possession. My 2011 BMW 520d is unforgettable in luxury and performance along with low fuel usage averaging 5.3L/100km. Low kilometres and always serviced on time. Sparingly used and kept in the pristine condition. This car is a dream to drive and a real eye-catcher. An inspection is a must. This car isn't just about luxury and comfort, check out these safety features: - Rear parking sensors - Brake assist - Passenger airbag - Fr

$19,990Negotiable
Launceston, TAS

9 hours ago

2004 BMW 5 Series E60 530i Steptronic Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 229175 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF BEAUTIFUL CARS WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO 3 YEAR GRAND WARRANTY INCLUDED FINANCE AVAILABLE UP TO 7 YEAR TERMS SITUATED AT 45 LEAKES RD LAVERTON NORTH 026 We are proud to offer this magnificent 2003 BMW 530i E60 3.0 LITRE 6CYL ICONIC SEDAN STUNNING BLACK DUCO WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR ELECTRIC SUNROOF-GPS NAVIGATION-ELECTRIC MEMORY SEATS I OF THE GREAT BMW ENGINES RAPIDLY APPRECIATING CLASSIC DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS RARE FIND-WITH A WONDERFUL OPTIONS LIST W

$12,990
Laverton North, VIC

Dealer used
9 hours ago

2012 Bmw 5 28i 8 Sp Automatic 4d Sedan(Warranty until 5/4/24*)

  • 139000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

180kw PWR rear wheel drive. Sentinel warranty until 5/4/24* transferable* Finance option go to www.financeone.com.au Bmw 528i with options 2.0t 8 speed ZF gearbox Dakota oyster leather trim Sunroof Hud, heads up display 360* parking camera Reverse parking camera with guidelines Run flat tyres Zenon headlights Headlights washers New interior door handles Electric steering wheel tilt Electric seat belt tensioner Bluetooth Just serviced and everything is up to date 2 keys Log books Bmw tool kit, t

$25,950
Guildford, NSW

10 hours ago

2011 BMW 520D AUTO DIESEL @$17,500

  • 159000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2011 BMW 520D Diesel, auto. Full service history, just had it serviced. 4x Brand new PERILLI tyres. Just put another 3 months rego, car is ready to go with no more costs. Body and inside are in amazing condition, mechanically drives like new, engine is very well looked after. Priced very fairly @$17500 Price is firm. No time wasters serious buyers only.

$17,500
Highbury, SA

11 hours ago

  • Common FAQs
  • The M package upgrades your BMW 5 Series to a sportier version and includes features such as adaptive suspension, aerodynamic design and sports seats.
  • BMW 5 Series owners report few problems, even for pre-2010 models. Since its arrival in Australia 1972, each successive generation of the BMW 5 Series has lived up to the marque's reputation for uncompromising quality.
  • The price of a BMW 5 Series varies enormously according to specifications and age, with for example a 2019 G30 M Sport commanding as much as $89,990. While late 1990s models can be found for as low as $3,000, a key price barometer across the board is kms on the clock.
  • All engines in the current generation (2017 onwards) BMW 5 Series range are turbo charged, and you can choose from four- or six-cylinder petrol or diesel powertrains.
  • The fastest BMW 5 Series model is the 540i and it can take you from a standing start to 100 km/h in an impressive time of 5.1 seconds on your way to a top speed of a blistering 250km/h.

Overview of the Bmw 5

Overview of the Bmw 5

BMW 5 SERIES GENERATIONS (SINCE 1996)

1996-2003

2003-2010

2010-2017

2017 onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (2014 onwards)

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 4.8 to 4.9 litres per 100km

3.0L 6-cylinder turbo diesel: 5.1 to 5.6 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo: 6.2 litres per 100km

3.0L 6-cylinder turbo: 7.2 to 8.0 litres per 100km

4.4L V8: 9.9 to 10.5 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

BMW's Service Inclusive package for the 5 Series costs from about $1695, covering five years or 80,000km. BMW 5 Series parts and accessories can be found on Gumtree.

SIMILAR MODELS TO BMW 5 SERIES

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: BMW 5 SERIES (2010 TO 2016)

Let's get something straight here: These are complex, sophisticated, expensive machines and unless you really know your way around them, an independent pre-purchase inspection is an absolute must.

It's not that the 5 Series is inherently faulty, but there's so much going on in one of these that you really need to call in an expert.

That said, there are a few things you can look for while whittling the short-list down.

That starts with a rattling noise from the turbo diesel engine that is often traced back to stretched timing chains.

This is seriously bad news on early versions of the turbo diesel as the whole engine has to be removed to replace the chains (they were at the back of the engine). In some cases, the crankshaft also had to be replaced as a result, meaning that a new motor was often a cheaper option.

The VANOS variable valve timing system can leak and fail. A check-engine light on the dash and/or a weep of oil at the front of the engine is the first clue. Again, this is an expensive fix.

The electric coolant pump on some variants can also fail leading to overheating. If this has occurred, there's a good chance the engine could be damaged beyond economical repair.