BMW 530D auto E39 2002
Added: 12th of October 2016
This was my first BMW bought second hand in 2006 with 150 000 kms on the clock (approx 93750 miles) for 18 500€. It is left hand drive. Third owner from new and 193 BHP. I used this vehicle for my work as a sales rep for 6 years and racked up 495 000 kms (approx 309 375 miles) on the clock by the end of 2012. the vehicle was now 10 years old. I had to renew the turbo and fuel injection pump at 275 000 kms (approx 171 875 miles) for 2500€ and recondition the General Motors ! automatic gearbox at around 325 000 kms (approx 203 125 miles) for 4000€ when the 5th gear failed.(this is the standard auto gearbox fitted to the E39 that is 'lubricated for life'. Had I known it was a GM automatic gearbox I would have changed the gearbox oil before 100 000 kms for sure. From an economic perspective if we take the initial cost of 18500€ and add the major repair costs of 6500€ this totals 25 000€. The car, even today, has a resale value around 1500€ so the car has cost me in repairs and depreciation 23 500€, which when divided by the total number of kilometers I have driven with it - namely 495 000 minus 150 000 = 345 000 kms (approx 215625 miles) works out at less than 7 cents per km or if you prefer £19550 divided by 215625 miles = just over 9p / mile. Hence from my standpoint very economical. Add that to a car that consumes just 7,3 litres of diesel for 100 kms or 39 miles / gallon. I've been very satisfied with this car and would seriously consider buying the latest generation BMW.