The sixth generation of the BMW E60 was a big step forward in the automotive industry. This car not only looked different, but also had fantastic driving characteristics and revolutionary equipment at the time. And it’s not just about the number of options that many modern machines can envy. The fact is that many of the mechanisms of this car are controlled by electronics. But how reliable electronic systems have turned out in practice, and what to look for when buying a used car, I will tell you in this article.
A bit of history:
BMW E60 — BMW body modification of the fifth series, which was produced from 2003 to 2009, the predecessor of this body was the BMW E39. In 2007 there was a restyling, as a result of which the car acquired an electronic automatic transmission selector, new headlights, bumpers, and the “Start \\ Stop” button also appeared. In the technical part, three-liter gasoline engines (280 hp, and 235 hp) were added.
The car is available in two bodies — a sedan (E60) and a station wagon (E61), there is also a charged version of the M5, on which a 5 liter V10 engine was installed, producing 510 hp, which allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 4.7 seconds . The maximum speed of all fives is electronically limited at 250 km / h; without a limiter, the car can accelerate to 305 km / h. The last car came off the assembly line in 2009; in December of the same year, the BMW E60 workshop was closed for conversion to produce the new F10 model. Between 2003 and 2009, the company sold more than a million sedans and 250,000 station wagons.
Weaknesses and weaknesses of the BMW E60 with mileage
There are two facts you need to know about the body of the BMW fifth series: the first is that the car has perfect axial rendering in terms of weight (50 \\ 50). And to achieve this, the engineers had to make the front part of aluminum (spars, cups, racks, etc.). And since aluminum is attached to the steel frame only by riveting, there are times when this connection begins to “breathe” (knocks and clicks are heard during movement). If the car was beaten in the front of the body with damage to the power elements, then in no garage service it will be possible to qualitatively restore the car. For restoration at the dealer — you have to lay out half the cost of the car. But in order to “strike” a broken car, our craftsmen work wonders, so you need to be extremely careful.
The second fact that you need to know about the body is that this machine does not rot, as the manufacturer carries out two-way anti-corrosion treatment, plus the quality of the paintwork at the highest level. If you see a BMW E60 with foci of corrosion, it is in 99.9% of cases — broken cars.
BMW E60 has a large line of powertrains (over 20), but there’s no point in talking about everyone. In the CIS countries, the following modifications were most widely used: gasoline versions — “520i” volume 2.0 (170 hp), “525i” volume 2.5 (192 hp), “530i” volume 3.0 (231 hp) .), “545i” volume 4.4 (333 hp) and “M5” volume 5.0 (510 hp). Diesel modifications — “525d” volume 2.5 (177 hp) and “530d” volume 3.0 (218 hp). Cars with 2.0 and 2.5 liter engines can be not only rear-wheel drive, but also all-wheel drive. Most often, powertrains suffer from low-quality fuel, not only diesel, but also gasoline engines. If the previous owner was refueling with low-quality fuel, be prepared to replace the oxygen sensor and gasoline pump, and after 100,000 km — and the catalyst (but, as practice shows, we simply remove it).
All motors have considerable oil consumption. Consumption of up to 0.4 liters per 1000 km, for cars over 6 years old, this is the norm, if oil consumption is more than 0.6 liters per 1000 km, the valve stem seals must be replaced. Do not be alarmed if you look under the hood and you will not find an oil dipstick, as on some motors a sensor is installed instead, which signals the need to top up the oil. The weakest engine has problems with starting in the cold season, as well as the owners blame for the floating speed of the twentieth. The most trouble-free motors have proven themselves 2.5 and 3.0. In order to extend the life of the engines, oil should be changed every 10,000 km. The cooling radiator is considered the weakest point (replacement is required every 70-90 thousand kilometers). And in order to prolong his life, do not forget to flush the radiator with a jet of water under high pressure every time you wash the car, this will help to avoid early leaks.
When choosing a diesel engine, you should start with the diagnosis of the turbine, since, first of all, it suffers from poor-quality fuel. The turbine has a working life of just over 100,000 km, the replacement will cost 1,500-2,000 cu Also, quite often on used cars (with a mileage of more than 70,000 km), the crankcase ventilation valve fails, resulting in a significant increase in oil consumption. It is worth remembering that the bulk of the car with diesel engines was imported from Europe, and as a rule, these copies have runs of more than 250,000 km. Therefore, if you come across such a car with a mileage of 100-150 thousand km, then it is highly likely that this car has run mileage or is restored after a serious accident.
BMW E60 was equipped with a five-speed manual or a six-band automatic transmission. If we talk about mechanics, this unit does not have any drawbacks, but the automatic transmission can give a surprise in the form of a software failure, due to which many malfunctions occur (pushes, jerks when switching from first to second gear). This disease is treated by flashing or erasing an error in the software. There is no reason to refuse all-wheel drive versions, malfunctions of the electromagnetic clutch are very rare.
Reliability running BMW E60
There is an opinion that it is not worth waiting for any reliability from the BMW E60 suspension, because it is made of aluminum and is constantly being poured. In fact, the problem is of a different nature — this car is bought by not sufficiently wealthy young people with an aggressive driving style, who rarely pay attention to the quality of the road surface, pits, speed bumps, etc. As a result, the suspension needs to be sorted out after 50,000 kilometers, and since the original parts are not cheap, many eat to save money and buy parts made in China or Taiwan, which have a small work resource.
- The stabilizer struts wear out most quickly in the suspension and require replacement every 20-30 thousand kilometers.
- The silent blocks of the front lower arms will last 70-80 thousand km.
- Steering tips, on average, live up to 80,000 km.
- If the car is not constantly overloaded, the shock absorbers will have to be changed every 90-100 thousand kilometers.
- Ball bearings and wheel bearings run over 100,000 km.
- The rear suspension is practically unkillable and requires repair no more than once every 120-150 thousand km.
- In Dynamic Drive suspension, active stabilizers fail every 30-40 thousand kilometers.
The steering rack is very weak and can knock at a range of 60-80 thousand km. If the rail knocked, this does not mean that it needs to be changed immediately, since it will cover at least another 30-50 thousand km, and you will have time to collect the necessary amount for replacement (1000-1200 cu). There is no point in making a rail repair, since it is enough for 20-40 thousand kilometers (it will cost 150-200 cu).
The quality of materials and the assembly of the BMW E60 interior are at the highest level. With neat owners, in cars with mileage of 100-150 thousand km, the interiors look like new. But the presence of a large number of electronics delivers many unpleasant moments. The main one is “I Drive » — A system for managing most of the auxiliary functions, but precisely because of this smart system, the reputation for reliability of this car is very much affected. The failure of at least one sensor often leads to a failure of the entire system. In most cases, the problems are solved by flashing the main control unit, such a service will cost about 50-100 cu (it is recommended to reflash the main unit once a year), replacing the unit in 1500 cu Many owners call problems with electronics “invisibility”, since very often they are solved by simply restarting the machine.
BMW E60 is a very interesting option for purchase, not only in terms of appearance and dynamic performance, but, thanks to German reliability, and build quality. And if you approach the selection of a car correctly, then you, from the operation of the car, will have only positive emotions. BMW E60 is a popular car not only among car enthusiasts, but also among car thieves, so be sure to check the car in MREO (GDD).
- Exterior and interior.
- The quality of the paintwork.
- Large selection of powertrains.
- Failures of electronic systems.
- The cost of original parts
Objective and most informative reviews of the owners of the BMW E60, which will help determine whether it is worth buying this car or not. How reliable and convenient it is for everyday use, or more for driving.
A little bit about the car
For some reason, many people think that the E60 is the choice of bandits and racers, or rich Caucasians with gold UZI. But, as statistics show, the majority selects this «five» as a family car. By the way, the E60 has an excellent leather interior, but if you are not the owner of this beauty yet, you can do it, as well as, in principle.
Review of BMW 5 E60 530D
For three years of owning this car, not a bit of it was not disappointed. A three-liter diesel engine is something. In no way inferior in dynamics to gasoline, and the consumption of more than 10 liters per 100 km has not yet risen, and indeed, after his Subarik got used to it quickly and there should not be any problems with changing candles 🙂
“I like everything in the car — from the perception of the suspension of the road — to the soundproofing of the cabin. I can start from the third gear, entertaining friends «
The leather interior also did not disappoint. Practical interior and quality materials that are not afraid of dry cleaners. The problems can be attributed only to minor creaks that appeared in the cabin with the help of our beautiful roads.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 530D
To begin with, what I do not like about this car. The first and most significant drawback is that on the service you are torn off three skins for car maintenance.
“A typical oil change costs space money. Eight liters of oil and a filter cost around $ 500. And if you change the air and fuel filters from time to time, and the brake pads, get ready to say goodbye to one or two thousand dollars. ”
Total, for a year it takes so much money to service that you can buy a new domestic car. My engine also loves to eat butter. About 1 liter per 10 thousand kilometers, but this is more likely a diesel problem.
As for the positive aspects of the BMW E60, I did not have a more comfortable and reliable car. In addition, it is also economical. Under the hood there are almost 250 horsepower, and a speed of 200 km / h is not a question for him at all. But the savings are relative, because after service new things there is no money left at all.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 530
Alexey, Nizhny Novgorod
The car can make a good impression and keep it throughout the cycle of ownership.
“Of the minuses, I can only note a few harsh suspension. But on 18 disks it cannot be different. More complaints to the car no »
Torque engine, clear automatic transmission, which switches without jerking and slowing down. The kick-down mode enthralls and forces the body to produce adrenaline. A leisurely ride is a particular pleasure. Softness, smoothness and comfort are just such a feeling.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 535
In principle, the machine is not bad, but I can’t safely recommend it to everyone.
- Firstly, gas mileage in urban mode does not drop below 15 liters. In winter, in traffic jams, it is all 17 liters.
- Secondly, the suspension is much stiffer than I expected.
- Thirdly, an incredibly expensive service, and this is a fact with which hardly any of the owners of this car will argue.
- Fourth, the clearance is so small that the bumper constantly catches the curbs, and to park tightly to them is a whole science.
In general, I expected more.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 520i
Glory, St. Petersburg
I am pleased with my car. Has never failed me yet. There is German reliability. Powerful and maneuverable car. Equally practical for city driving and driving on the highway.
You can confidently go on overtaking, the power reserve is enough, and there was no doubt about it yet.
From a place at the traffic light, you can also start so that most cars will be left behind. At the same time, the car is very comfortable, soundproofing of the cabin is well executed, which is rare for modern cars. Give a loan for another 3 years.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review of BMW 525i
I was afraid that the engine capacity with a volume of 2.5 liters would not be enough to pull two tons of weight. It turned out that no. 218 horses do an excellent job. And gas mileage isn’t that big. In the city — no more than 12 liters, and on the highway you can safely fit into 10.
“Of the shortcomings, I can note the presence of crickets in the cabin. Squeaking door trim and front panel «
I may find fault, but it’s true. To «cure» this shortcoming is an audio system, which is not the best. Frankly weak sound, not at the level of the price category that this car belongs to.
As for driving performance, they are on top. The car confidently holds the road at any speed, perfectly enters into turns, it does not even feel that the rear-wheel drive pushes a colossus weighing under two thousand kilograms.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 525d
Pavel, St. Petersburg
The car suits me in all respects. Starting from engine power, and ending with the quality of the trim. Despite the fact that my interior is not leather, it looks expensive and very decent.
There are all the necessary options that do not distract attention from the road. And some laconicism in style is what really makes the car a classic business class sedan.
The only drawback is the expensive service, which is determined not so much by the quality of consumables, but by the brand of a German automobile brand. Very high score, not a single Japanese one can do it.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 520
85 horsepower per tonne of weight is an insignificant figure for this car. Moreover, she is in a class whose representatives are not worth being so low-power. In itself, an indicator of 170 hp impressive.
But in reality it is not enough for this car. I bite my elbows that I bought a car with such an engine. All other characteristics are satisfied.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Review of BMW 5 E60 320i
- Disadvantages: engine power, stiffer suspension, dubious audio system, low ground clearance, numerous “crickets” in the cabin, indecently expensive service.
- Advantages: engine efficiency, high-quality interior, excellent gearbox operation, good sound insulation, excellent road stability, a spacious interior for the driver and passengers of any complexion.
Rating: 7 out of 10
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The fifth BMW series is a very popular model of the German automobile industry in Russia and the CIS countries. BMW in the 60th body went on sale in 2003 in a sedan. The station wagon began to be sold in 2004 and received the E61 index.
In 2010, the model was replaced by the next series of five — F10 (this is the sixth generation of BMW-5). In 2007, the E60 was slightly updated — slightly changed the front bumper, lighting, changes occurred in the trim and technical equipment. For the Russian market, BMW E60 was assembled in Germany and in Kaliningrad (from car kits). Indonesia, China, Egypt, India, Thailand and Mexico also collected the top five of this series. In total, a little less than one and a half million cars were collected. For all the time, the E60 was assembled in 13 different modifications, which were equipped with 24 different engines.
The base model is considered the BMW 520i with an in-line 170-horsepower six-cylinder engine M54V22, the volume of which is 2.2 liters. In 2005, the base engine was changed, it became the N52B25 engine, the same 170-horsepower, but with a volume of 2.5 liters. The base model received an index of 523i.
The engine of the 52nd series does not tolerate overheating very well, as a result of which the magnesium block of the internal combustion engine can easily be deformed. Many owners of such a motor complain of some kind of vibration at idle. Still at these engines the exhaust camshaft can knock. Oil consumption is not a malfunction to half a liter per 1000 km for gasoline E60. On N52B25 engines, the “maslozhor” could grow twice or more. This means that it is time to change the underlying piston rings and valve stem seals. Usually this malfunction catches up with the car after 50 thousand kilometers. If you do not change anything, but simply add oil, then after 100 thousand kilometers, the catalyst will certainly fail, and scoring will also appear on the cylinder walls. Ideally, change the standard BMW piston group to a modified one, then the problems of the «oil» can be avoided.
In 2007, the base model E60 again became 520, in which the engine was already used n53 series. This engine does not tolerate poor-quality fuel. Excessive sulfur content in gasoline very quickly destroys it. It is precisely because of the fuel requirements that this model was not officially supplied to the Russian market and to the USA. The 523 version was originally installed in-line 194-horsepower six-cylinder engine M54V25, in 2005 already N52B25, later — N53B25.
The 525 gasoline version of the E60 (including all-wheel drive) was equipped with the M54B25 unit, then the N52B25, and in 2007, the 218-horsepower three-liter N53B30 engine (in-line six-cylinder) began to be put in this modification. 530i and the same version with all-wheel drive (xi) were initially received by M54V30 engines (231 forces), in 2005 the 258-horsepower N52B30, in 2007 the engine was changed to 272-horsepower N53B30. N52B30 engines do not suffer from a “maslozhor”.
Among the shortcomings of three-liter engines, one can distinguish a knock, which usually occurs after 50 thousand kilometers on an unheated engine. Knocking was given by hydraulic compensators on cars, the owners of which moved mainly for short distances. Over time, the knock did not go away even on a heated ICE. The thing is the lubrication system, which can not bring a sufficient amount of oil to the hydraulic pushers. When replacing them, the problem could be forgotten for the next 50-70 thousand km. At the end of 2008, the automaker changed the design of the cylinder head and the oil supply circuit, which completely solved this problem.
The 540th version for all the time of its release was equipped with only one V-shaped 360-horsepower engine N62B40. Of the weaknesses in it, one can single out the low resource of the valve stem seals and the cooling system tubes in the unit.
The 545th version was released until 2005. An eight-cylinder V-shaped N62B44 was installed in it, with a power of 333 forces and a volume of 4.4 liters, respectively. Occasionally, scuffing could be found on the cylinder walls of this engine.
In 2005, the flagship model of the E60 was the 367-horsepower version of the 550i with a volume of 4.8 liters and an eight-valve V-spec N62B48. Occasionally in this engine pistons could heal, which pulled considerable costs for repairs.
Separate versions were produced for the US market — 528 and 535. The 28th version came with the N52B30 motor and had a capacity of 230 “horses”. In 2007, this version was changed to 525i. Modification 535 since 2008 received an in-line motor N54B30 volume of 3 liters and two turbines, which gave the car 300 horsepower. The main problems of this modification are the frequent failure of the high-pressure fuel pump.
The most reliable of the E60 turned out to be the time-tested motors of the M54 series. A large resource of these units was provided by cast-iron sleeves inserted into the aluminum block and a reliable motor design.
All gasoline engines have a number of common problems. The crankcase ventilation valve is most often clogged. This happens at approximately 100,000th run. If you continue to operate a car with a clogged valve, then there is a high probability of extrusion of engine oil seals in frost, naturally, oil will also squeeze out. On a run of 120-150 thousand km, the system may “fail” Vanos. Closer to 200 thousand km, problems may arise in the separate suction system Disa in the form of a rupture of the membrane or departure of the damper on the actuating unit (which is most critical). In the first case, you will experience unstable operation of the engine, and in the second, the motor will need major repairs. In the first, it will be possible to limit ourselves to replacing Disa.
Increased engine oil consumption closer to 200 thousand kilometers is usually due to wear on the valve stem seals, which need to be replaced for such a run.
In the 520 diesel version of the E60, which was launched in 2005, the thermostat housing is considered to be a weak link — over time, it deforms. The symptom of its immediate replacement is increased fuel consumption and the difficulty of warming up the engine.
In 2007, the M47 diesel engine was replaced with a 177-horsepower N47D20. The 47th family of units is characterized by excessive rapid wear of the timing chain until it breaks, which leads to expensive repairs, and in some cases to the replacement of the entire internal combustion engine. Knocking on the back of the motor will tell you about chain wear. In 2011, BMW solved this problem.
The rest of the E60 diesel engines were equipped with turbocharged M57 engines: M57d25 on the 525 D-version until 2007 and M57d30 525 after 2007 (177 and 197 forces), and versions 530 and 535 «D» (218-286 forces). Turbocharged M57 also had their flaws. Seals of the dampers on the intake manifold began to flow after 100 km of run (even cases of damping of the dampers were noted), because of the leaking manifold, the block controlling the glow plugs was flooded.
The exhaust manifold made of steel could still crack. Ideally, replace it with cast iron from E39. The turbine of diesel E60 takes care of more than 150 thousand km and more without repair. Pump with thermostat go without replacement for more than 100 thousand. The radiator usually fails closer to 150 thousand km.
The 60th five were equipped with six-speed manual transmissions and automatic transmissions. «Mechanics» is not satisfactory in its work, but «automatic» — on the contrary. Closer to 150 thousand km, it can begin to push, after 120 thousand the automatic transmission pallet will fog up. Since the pallet is plastic, over time it begins to deform and leak. It is treated only by replacement, and it is advisable to do it as quickly as possible, otherwise either a lot of oil will flow out, or the pan itself will burst and the automatic transmission will be left without oil. On the runs of 170-200 thousand, the mechatronics of the automatic transmission and hydraulic transformer were out of order.
Rear gear oil seals can sometimes leak after a 150,000 run. At the same run, the prop shaft shaft support may also be asked for a replacement. On versions “X”, the transfer case motor can also “clog” to this run.
The front rods and stabilizer bushings go without replacement about 100 thousand km. The hub bearings, which are in front of that ass, will easily pass more than 100 thousand km. The shock absorbers of the front suspension serve 120-150 thousand km, the rear — almost 200. To replace it is not necessary to buy the “original” in the market is full of worthy analogues.
The levers serve 100-120 thousand km, but for owners who differ in accurate driving on bumps, the suspension arms can live a little more than 150 thousand km.
In versions “Touring” (E61), the rear axle is most often equipped with an air suspension, which, despite the load, tries to maintain a constant ride height. Pneumatic cylinders operate 120-150 thousand km, the same amount of pneumatic compressor will work. Usually his death occurs due to dirt that got into the system through worn hoses and tubes. With dampness and frost, the air suspension can “mute”. Active stabilizers of the «Dynamic Drive» system in the winter sometimes flow in the winter. Replacing the stabilizer does not mean at all that the next (or even this) winter they will not flow again.
Tie rods fail after about 100 thousand km. At about the same time, the steering rack may knock. Change to a new one is optional. The rail can be repaired. In general, in addition to the rack itself, the steering cardan can knock. In this case, you can finish with an inexpensive replacement of the lower steering spider.
The BMW E60 body as a whole is not satisfactory; it is not prone to corrosion, with the exception of the fifth door in the E61 version. After a Touring body with a panoramic roof, after 120-150 thousand kilometers, the drive mechanism may fail. The headlights may sweat, due to this moisture the adaptive headlight control unit may fail. In the taillights, burnout was noted. There were complaints about the failure of the wiper trapezoid. At the rear «wiper» the drive may become acidic. If the drainage drains in the front of the car are not cleaned in time, water will inevitably start to get on the engine ECU, which will certainly damage it, the same trouble also threatens the brake servo. Clogged drainage of the hatch will help water penetrate into the trunk, in which the electrical units of various systems are located. I think that there is no need to write what threatens it.
Sometimes in the cabin of the five, the front panel can creak. It is treated with a lift from the hood side of the bolt spacers. Door pins may sound on rough roads. At the rear of the machine, a bracket can be used to secure the rear backs. Over time, the steering wheel may creak. The electric motor of the stove may rustle closer to 150 thousand km. Applying grease for a short time will remove the sound, but you can not do without buying a new one. Replacing the motor is very «hemorrhoidal» and an expensive task — you need to disassemble the front panel.
The most common BMW problem in the 60th body is still worth considering an electrician. Occasionally they can “mute” light sensors, steering, airbags. Sometimes the seat heating may stop working. Driving through puddles or damp can quickly discharge the battery. It is treated only by drying the machine.
Even faster battery discharge is facilitated by IBS failure, which takes readings at the negative terminal of the battery to control its charging. The worst thing is spontaneous combustion of the five, and there have been such cases. The reason for this lies in the constructive miscalculation of insulation on the battery positive lead located in the trunk. Over time, the insulation is destroyed, and the plus is short on weight. The first symptoms of this are periodic malfunctions in the operation of electrical systems, while the motor may refuse to start.
After 100 thousand kilometers, it may be necessary to replace parking sensors, which are often “plugged in” in winter. Cases of spontaneous alarm occurring due to a malfunction of the hood. At a run close to 150 thousand, it is often necessary to change the bearings of the generator or its pulley.
In general, the five in the back of the E60 requires costs for its maintenance and maintenance, and does not differ in any kind of super reliability. But, this is a BVM, and many fans of the brand are ready to pay and repair this car, having in return comfort and a certain status. In addition, the presence of “direct hands” and high-quality licensed spare parts can significantly reduce the cost of maintenance of this machine.
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In recent years, more and more widespread fashion for used cars, in particular, for German cars. This is understandable — German quality has long become an independent brand. However, does it exist and is it worth the money that is being asked for? Let’s try to understand.
The BMW E60 and its fellow E61 (the only difference is in the bodywork, the E60 is a sedan, and the E61 is a station wagon) first appeared in 2003, as part of the fifth series of concern cars. At the start, the car did not find recognition — it was difficult for him to compete with his own ancestor — the E39 model, which is still considered the best «five» of all. However, soon the car was «tried out» and although it still did not reach the peaks of the E39, it was able to take its rightful place in the BMW model line.
E60 and E61 are equipped with both gasoline and turbodiesel engines, with a volume of 2.2, 2.5, 3 and 4.4 (gasoline) and 3 (diesel) liters. The latter exists in the form of a four- and six-cylinder. As for gasoline, they are also mostly six-cylinder, but the 4.4-liter version already has eight cylinders. Engine power varies from 163 to 333 horsepower. The standard engine is 2.5 liters (192 hp). There are versions with both manual and automatic transmissions.
Now that we already know what exactly we are dealing with, let’s start looking for both the problems themselves and the ways to eliminate them.
The most hassle-free part of the car. Thanks to the very good work of German designers and chemists, the body feels monolithic even though some of the parts are made of aluminum. However, the owners should especially take care of the hood, spars, suspension on a stretcher and wings — they are made of soft metal.
It’s worth mentioning immediately about the engine — it’s not enough stars from the sky, regardless of volume and series. Of course, it is more than acceptable for European roads, but in Russian realities, the level of 250,000 km, which BMW was so proud of, takes 30 percent of the total. The rest are overheating due to a breakdown of the crankcase gas recirculation valve and the formation of soot on the piston bottom and rings.
Another weak point is the exhaust gas neutralizers. They just sinter and fall apart, after about 100,000 km. Spark plugs with platinum electrodes can last somewhere around 30-40,000 km, and in Europe they gave out 100,000, which is a pretty good result. Approximately the same are the bearings of cooled generators.
The most competently made part of the car, as, in fact, always at BMW. There are no particular problems, the gearbox normally serves up to 150,000 kilometers, although if the driver is careless, it can fail even after 50,000 km. Every 60,000 kilometers is recommended to change the oil in the boxes.
With regard to reliability, it is better to look at the option with a manual transmission, especially if the car’s mileage is large. Despite the absence of fundamental differences in production, a manual transmission lasts a little longer due to a simpler design.
The mechanically weakest part of the car (we will reach the “leader” in service calls). The fact is that the E60 is designed for driving on the highway or even the autobahn, but is clearly not ready to meet with Russian roads. There are three weaknesses in the suspension — steering rack, ball joints and silent brakes of the rear levers, and up to 100,000 km all this rarely survives. So it’s worth more often to diagnose the suspension and at the first manifestations of the deformation of parts to think about replacing them.
Winner of our makeshift hit parade. Most owners mention the electronics of the BMW E60 exclusively obscene and you can understand them, because despite the fairly developed system (more than 150 electronic components), it is extremely difficult to get normal operation from it. The problem lies not in the design itself, but in the software developed at BMW and which, according to the designer, was supposed to take control of all the secondary functions of the car. The fact that some of the electronic components from the first series came out defective and the consequences of this marriage are still manifesting also does not increase the stability of the BMW E60 electronics.
Fortunately, in later series, this problem was solved — and the blocks went better, and the software on them was more run-in. However, if you nevertheless took a chance and bought yourself an old E60, then here is a little advice for you — go to a car service center and conduct a complete diagnosis of the electronics. This will help to identify the presence of a defective unit and replace it with a new one.
In addition to the problems that can affect the driving performance of the car, and which we have already examined, there are also small problems associated with the comfort of the driver and passengers. And the most important thing is parking sensors, both in connection with the «clumsy» electronics, and by themselves. When buying a car, they should also be subjected to serious diagnostics.
Unpleasantly surprising and the brush on the rear window. A simple, seemingly, design begins to seize in the second or third month of use. The solution is to disassemble the mechanism and grease it with graphite grease, after cleaning the oxidized places with fine sandpaper.
In addition, sooner or later the creaking of the steering wheel appears. There can be three reasons: the lack of lubrication on the electric tracks of the buttons, the damaged steering wheel crossings and the loose bolt under the hood. In the first case, you need to add grease to the tracks, in the second — grease or replace crosspieces (grease is a temporary solution), in the third — tighten the bolts.
The BMW E60 is a pretty good car, but you should not even compare it with the same E39. Of course, after a small “file finalization”, the car will even become good, but for the E39 this modification was not required at all. And if you are completely satisfied with the “old man”, you should look for it in good condition, at a price they are approximately comparable with the E60.
This model is probably the most popular generation, despite the fact that many argued about the design. The car BMW 5-Series e60 was produced until 2007, and a year earlier it was subjected to re-styling.
The restyled version was released before 2010, and we will discuss it in more detail. The car was produced in the sedan and station wagon, of course, the sedan was much more popular; more than 1 million copies were sold. After it, by the way was released.
There was a lot of controversy about the appearance, not everyone liked it. The muzzle has a slightly embossed hood with lines along the edges. The grille is made separately from the hood, and its shape is made in the uniform style. Installed new headlights with the so-called angel eyes, and above them is a stylish line of daytime running lights. The not-so-large front bumper received a rectangular intake in the lower part, decorated with a chrome line. Round fog lights are located around the edges and essentially the front end ends here.
Now let’s look at the BMW 5 Series e60 car in profile, the model has large wheel arch extensions connected at the bottom by a stamping line near the threshold. The top line looks beautiful, it connects to the front headlight. The windows received a small chrome trim in a circle. In fact, there is nothing else on the side.
But many liked the rear part, as the new optics has simply a chic interior design. The trunk lid has a small so-called duck lip, which slightly improves aerodynamics. The rear bumper is massive in size, its lower part is surrounded by reflectors or reflectors, and the exhaust pipe is already located under the bumper.
- length — 4841 mm;
- width — 1846 mm;
- height — 1468 mm;
- wheelbase — 2888 mm;
- ground clearance — 142 mm.
- length — 4843 mm;
- width — 1846 mm;
- height — 1491 mm;
- wheelbase — 2886 mm;
- ground clearance — 143 mm.
|A type||Volume||Power||Torque||Overclocking||Top speed||Number of cylinders|
|Diesel||2.0 L||190 h.p.||400 H * m||7.5 sec||235 km / h||4|
|Petrol||2.0 L||177 h.p.||350 H * m||8.4 sec||226 km / h||4|
|Diesel||3.0 l||235 h.p.||500 H * m||6.8 sec||250 km / h||6|
|Diesel||3.0 l||286 h.p.||580 H * m||6.4 sec||250 km / h||6|
|Petrol||3.0 l||218 h.p.||270 H * m||8.2 sec||234 km / h||6|
|Petrol||2.5 l||218 h.p.||250 H * m||7.9 sec||242 km / h||6|
|Petrol||4.0 l||306 h.p.||390 H * m||6.1 sec||250 km / h||V8|
In recent years of production, the manufacturer offered the buyer 7 power units of various sizes and fuel requirements. Motors can not be called the most reliable especially in modern times. Let’s move on to discussing each unit in more detail.
BMW 5-Series e60 gasoline engines:
- The base is a simple technologically advanced 2-liter 16-valve engine. Bavarian aspirated produces 156 horses and 200 units of torque. The motor is designed to move around the city as quietly as possible. 9.6 seconds — acceleration to hundreds, maximum speed — 219 km / h. Consumption is high, almost 12 liters in the city and 6 on the highway — a bit too much.
- The 525 configuration included the N53B30, issuing 218 horses and 250 H * m of torque. This is a 2.5 liter engine which can accelerate a sedan to the first hundred in 8 seconds, and a maximum of 242 km / h. He asks for fuel for his “services” more, approximately 14 liters in the urban cycle.
- The 530i e60 is essentially no different from the previous one. The unit is an inline 6-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. The volume of three liters and 272 horsepower reduce the dynamics to 6.6 seconds, the maximum speed is already limited by the computer. Consumption of approximately 14 liters of AI-95 and it is in a quiet mode. Both of these motors began to cause problems after 60 thousand kilometers, HVA hydraulic lifters clogged. Solving the problem also helps thousands of 60 kilometers. Oil scraper caps are still out of order; fixing the problem costs 50,000 rubles.
- The much-desired 540i version was powered by the N62B40 engine. The engine is an atmospheric V8 with distributed injection and a volume of 4 liters. 306 horses and 390 units of torque give a dynamic of 6.1 seconds to hundreds and the same limited maximum speed. 16 liters in the city is a bit too much, in fact the consumption is even greater. Oil seals also do not last long, and cooling problems are often present.
BMW 5 Series diesel engines e60:
- Basic diesel unit N47D20 with a volume of 2 liters. Engine power 177 horses and 350 H * m of torque at medium speeds. Direct fuel injection into the unit, low consumption of 7 liters of diesel in the city. By the way, the car with this engine accelerates to hundreds in 8 seconds, the maximum speed is 228 km / h. The motor has big problems with the timing chain, repairs are very expensive, some even just change the engine.
- A turbocharged diesel 6-cylinder row is also present in the line. The engine produces 235 horses and 500 units of torque. There are no special problems with it. A sedan equipped with this power unit accelerates in 7 seconds to the first hundred, the maximum speed is limited.
- 535d is the version equipped with the M57D30 diesel engine, which is a 6-cylinder in-line engine producing 286 horses and 500 units of torque. Acceleration to hundreds of approximately 6 seconds, the maximum speed is the same. Regarding fuel appetite, the situation is as follows, 9 liters of diesel fuel in the city and less than 6 on the highway. Seals of the intake manifold flaps sometimes leak here, and the exhaust manifold sometimes cracks.
With regards to gearboxes, the manufacturer offered a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Naturally, there are practically no mechanical versions in Russia, it is not stylish to take a car with mechanics of this level. After 100 thousand kilometers, the machine begins to cause problems a little bit. There are problems with the pallet, which can burst if you do not notice the problem in time. After a little more time, the automatic transmission begins to kick and the torque converter fails.
Completely independent suspension is quite comfortable, it gives a lot of pleasure. Also, the chassis has driving style settings and Dynamic Drive stabilizers. There are a lot of problems, the BMW 5-Series e60 stabilizer struts, wheel bearings, shock absorbers and levers quickly become unusable. You can’t call the suspension terrible in reliability, just in modern times most likely cars need to change all this, and most likely this should be the second replacement. Be careful when buying.
Here, as many rear-wheel drive know, they love it, because young people love drift. The rear gearbox begins to leak after 100 thousand mileage, after which it is necessary to replace the propeller shaft support. There are four-wheel drive versions, but they are less common, although their reliability is much better.
It’s cool to be inside, everything is made with high quality and from good materials. Now the interior looks good, not quite modern, but not too old. Let’s start by tradition with the seats, in front are comfortable thick leather chairs. Power and heating of course are present.
A cool and comfortable sofa is located behind, three passengers will be located there and the maximum that is there is heating. There is enough free space in front and behind, there is no excess, but the main thing is there will not be any discomfort.
The steering column actually looks simple, the only unique detail is the slightly unusual manual shift paddles. The steering wheel is of course lined with leather, it was equipped with a small number of buttons designed for the BMW 5 Series e60 audio system and cruise. Adjustments for height and reach are present. A simple dashboard, for some reason, many liked it. Two large analog sensors with chrome trim, the central part has an on-board computer that signals errors.
The simplicity of the center console upsets, it did not receive a large abundance of various equipment. Inside the dashboard is mounted a small display of a multimedia system and navigation. After under the deflectors is a simple air conditioning control unit, roughly speaking 3 washers and nothing more. At the very bottom, heated seats are configured.
Partially made of wood, the tunnel, where we see many loved the small gear knob. On the parking brake is a parking button. Nearby is a sports mode enable button and a multimedia control washer. Now on modern cars, along with the washer, they still make a bunch of buttons, this is not here. A mechanical handbrake, an armrest with a compartment for a mobile phone, this is the end of the tunnel.
The luggage compartment of the BMW 5-Series e60 is very good, 520 liters has a boot volume. It is noteworthy that the wagon should logically have a larger volume, but it is the same.
This model has already been discontinued, so it is unlikely to be able to buy it new. There are a lot of options on the secondary market, on average it can be taken in good condition for 750 000 rubles. Options are different, here is what equipment awaits you when buying:
- leather lining;
- cruise control;
- power seats;
- heated seats;
- separate climate control;
- xenon optics;
- multimedia system;
In general, this is a good car, which has become legendary. You can buy it for yourself, but you will have to approach the purchase carefully. Many options are offered for the killed, do not look at them, when inspecting, pay attention to the main jambs. Remember that despite age, repairs will still be expensive.