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Anything to look for on 09 BMW 5 Series?

Thinking of buying an 09 BMW 5 Series M Sport (2.0 diesel), the E60 model. Any advice or things to look out for? Mileage is circa 75k.


Filed under reliability - Asked by Paul O'Neill (Dublin) - Sun, 07 May 2017 09:44

Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi Paul,

The biggest issue is the infamous N47 diesel timing chain problem. The engine was designed with a zero-maintenance timing chain, mounted at the back of the engine, which then proved prone to (costly) failures. Most will have been fixed or replaced by now, but it’s still something to be cautious of. The rest is mostly irritating electrical issues, but just make sure you don’t buy one without a very full service history.

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