BMW 5 series (E60 / E61)

BMW 5 series (E60 / E61) 2003-2010 – reviews

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BMW 5 Series (E60 / E61) – This model is already seen as the “old five”. After all, the car is worth attention, especially the 3-liter diesel engine. 

  • Years of production: 2003-2010
  • Engines: benz. 2.0-5.0 (170-507 hp), diesels 2.0-3.0 (163-286 hp)
  • Versions: sed, kmb
  • Length / wheelbase: 484/288 cm, width / height: 185/150 cm, luggage compartment: sed 520 l, KMb 500-1560 l

BMW 5 series (E60 / E61) – BODY FUNCTIONALITY

The car is well protected against corrosion and, despite its age, provides surprisingly high driving comfort. The problem is the large supply of damaged cars. The trick is to find among them one that has been repaired in accordance with art and will serve for a long time. In cars after a facelift, you can meet the Night Vision system or the HUD head-up display. 

BMW 5 Series (E60 / E61) – ENGINES

Hardly anyone wants to buy a petrol version and drive on expensive fuel. Buyers usually choose between LPG or diesel cars. In the first case, we recommend models from before the facelift with the M54 engine, which has indirect injection and hydraulic valve clearance compensation. In the range of diesel, the best is the 530d, or possibly the weaker 525d (both 6-cylinder). 520d is economical, but in this heavy model, it is not thrilling.

BMW 5 Series (E60 / E61) – EMERGENCY

In most cases, the buyer will struggle with wear and tear, not failures resulting from underdevelopment.

COSTS

You can buy cheap, and make a lot of money: a new turbocharger, clutch, injectors and suspension renovation will be useful. Prepare 5-10 thousand. zloty.

WORTH KNOWING

  • How to recognize a facelift version? It’s easiest at night – red stripes glow in the rear lamps. In the old model, the glass control panels are located in the upper part of the door, and in the newer model – on the extension of the armrest, in the middle of the door. 
  • As with the 3 series, xDrive all-wheel drive lowers the value of the old car as it generates additional service costs.

BMW 5 Series (E60 / E61) – THE MOST POPULAR DRIVE UNITS – TECHNICAL DATA

ENGINE520i525i525i545i520d525d530d535d
Displacement1995  cm 32494  cm 32497  cm 34398 cm 31995  cm 31995  cm 32993  cm 32993  cm 3
Powerpetrolpetrolpetrolpetrolturbodieselturbodieselturbodieselbiturbodiesel
Power170 hp192 hp218 hp333 hp177 hp197 hp218 hp272 KM
Torque210 Nm245 Nm250 Nm450 Nm350 Nm400 Nm500 Nm560 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km / h8.7 pp7.9 seconds7.5 seconds5.8 seconds8.3 seconds7.6 seconds7.1 s6.5 seconds
Speed224 km / h238 km / h245 km / h250 km / h231 km / h237 km / h245 km / h250 km / h
Average consumption fuel6.7 l / 100 km9.4 l / 100 km8.5 l / 100 km10.9 l / 100 km5.1 l / 100 km6.2 l / 100 km6.9 l / 100 km6.7 l / 100 km

BMW 5 Series (E60 / E61) – MODEL HISTORY

2003 BMW E60 premiere
2004 E61 (station wagon) production starts
2005 debut of 550i (367 hp) and sports BMW M5 (507 hp)
2007 modernization including renewal of the engine range
2010 end of production BMW E60 / E61

TYPICAL DEFECTS AND REPAIR COSTS

  • Embossed front suspension – The front wheels are guided by a multi-link aluminum suspension
  • Problems with air bellows – Some station wagons have a “pneumatic” rear axle. The bellows and compressor fail.
  • Timing Chain Stretch – 2.0 N47 diesel has a non-permanent timing drive that is located on the clutch side.
  • Damage to the xDrive – The transfer case may become unsealed, the positioner or the bearings may fail. 

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES 

+ Equipment and mechanics that have not gotten old.
+ An exceptionally large range of engine versions.
+ Engine work culture and driving comfort. 

– The prices of used cars are still exorbitant.
– High real mileage of many E60.
– The risk of high repair bills.

WORTH BUYING 

A copy of the M54 gasoline engine or the M57 diesel engine. Rear-wheel drive will be a safer choice than xDrive. 

WATCH OUT FOR 

The cheapest cars – usually require a lot of investment. 2 liters N47 diesel and xDrive without a service history.

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