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Is this petrol BMW 5 Series too cheap?


I am thinking of purchasing a second hand 2004 BMW 520 2.2 petrol for €5,500 with 91k on the clock. When I compare similar models same year for sale they are minimum €6k more expensive. Am I missing something or just getting a good deal? Just an opinion please.

Thanks, J

John Hickey (Dublin)

Feb 2013 Filed under: used car values

Expert answer

Hi John,

Well, far be it from us to slag anyone’s car off, but that does smell a bit fishy. Have you done a history check on the car with Or checked out the mileage? That 2.2-litre engine can develop the most appalling overheating issues, which can banjax the entire cylinder head, so tread cautiously and try and find out how much work has (or hasn’t) been done. 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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