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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-19-2013, 09:54 AM
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Dependable & Reliable for Daily Driving?

I'm in search of a sporty 4-door vehicle along the lines of S4's, M5's (E60), C63's etc., but I'm really concerned about reliability & dependability. I'm coming from a nearly 10 year old Toyota that's only needed a clutch replacement (at around 81k) since I've had it. Its never given me any issues and I'm hoping to find something just as reliable. But I have serious, serious doubts now.
  • Two different coworkers shared their BMW ownership with me and urged me to reconsider. (For what its worth: one was used and the other one was new via European delivery.)
  • I spoke with a BMW technician at a BMW dealership about getting a PPI done. I asked him for some input based on what he's seen and he really made it seem like it was a hit or miss gamble. He told me a story about an M5 that came in for maintenance once. Everything checked out, the car was running fine, no issues - just a standard maintenance. Within a short period of time, the owner all sorts of issues with it. The shop ended up replacing the 'cats' (at least that what it sounded like he said) for $5k, both VANOS lines at $2k each until they got to the crank bearing at which point the owner literally said "ef it - I don't want it" and got rid of the car. I was shocked: (1) ~$10k in a few months and he ditches the car and (2) this is coming from a BMW tech! One would think he (the tech) would be encouraging me to get one, but he seemed like he was really looking out.
  • A friend of mine happens owns his own shop, and in his humble opinion, the semi auto models are a drag to drive and not as fluid as you would expect coming from BMW. One of his customers has an E60 with an SMG, and he said the automatic is all over the place.

And that's just the BMW's! I haven't even hit up the Audi and Mercedes forums for their 'common issues'.


To be candid, it makes sense to me to have to pay a little more for a 'sports car' and, granted, every performance car is going to have its issues, but I'm not looking to sink thousands every year just to keep it running.



In my search for an M5, I've seen *lot* of SMG M5's up for sale, but only a few manual transmission M5's. The ratio is literally something like 1 MT for every 50-65 SMG's, at best. This, to me, gives credence to the idea that SMG's are either more problematic, or the manual transmissions are just so awesome, no one wants to let them go. (Of course, I'm also aware that many of these vehicles are ordered by middle aged men who don't want to be bothered by an MT, so there's that.)


Obviously, its one thing if I'm driving the car into the ground, and putting some serious load on it:
  • racing light to light
  • participating in heavy 'spirited driving' all the time
  • slamming into corners and hairpin turns at 90mph
  • frequent burnouts, redlining, pulling the handbrake when making u-turns
  • evading police and helicopters a la GTA
  • robbing banks etc
But that's not my driving style. I'm an adult, I've got a family, so I won't be doing anything foolish.


Is it wrong for me to want and expect
  1. relatively low maintenance
  2. almost no serious issues
  3. high reliability
  4. high dependability
From a car of this caliber that's used as a daily driver? (About 5k-6k miles per year)


I'm really interested in the community feedback. I want to make as informed a decision as possible, even if its to say that that maybe an M5 isn't for me.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:01 PM
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In an M5? No. It's an expensive toy to own. In exchange for 500+ HP, you pay a healthy amount per year to care for it. Great car, but hey, it's not intended to be a Toyota.

You want a daily driver with power, get a recent 335 or 535. Sport suspension. You'll have 80+% of a M3/5 for a whole lot less. And, maintenance is more "typical". If you do it yourself, maintenance isn't very expensive at all.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:06 PM
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IMHO your best bet from what it looks like you desire is a 2008 or newer e60 550i (DEFINITELY get the ZHP Sport/M Sport Package). If you're going to want to trick it out there is more hp available from the 535i but the low end torque and off the line acceleration from the n62b48 v8 motor in the 550i is intoxicating. It is far and away the most reliable motor in the lineup and is very easy to 'enjoy' during spirited driving.

I would suggest a Dinan Stage I computer update as the motor peps up a ton and the shift points, throttle response and ability for the driving to be 'spirited' increases 10 fold.

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:55 PM
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An M5 isnt a daily driver but if you want something clsoe to get get an 535i and mod it, you are able to get more power than a 550 but if you want a non turbo car go with the 550i. A stock 550i is fast and there a a few mods to add power but not as much as the 535i. I do love the low end torgue my 550i has and drive it as much as i can.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:22 PM
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You can read here about the experience people have had with their E60's. With time spent on preventative maintenance and keeping your service dates your BMW (or any car) can run for a very long time. Nip the problems as soon as you hear about them. I'm using mine as a daily driver until it starts to drop in temps

I have a Land Rover Discovery 2 (2003) with 111,000 miles, I've kept the service dates, replaced what I needed to (from reading) and have had zero issues minus a crank shaft sensor. Everyone told me not to buy that ride, however it's been one of the most reliable cars I have owned (almost one of the slowest).

If you are looking for Toyota's reliability, purchase a Toyota.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:29 PM
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Dependable & Reliable for Daily Driving?

You'll never get Toyota reliability in any five series BMW -So forget about it!

You will get a much better driving experience so if this is your priority you have some options.

Buy a low mileage 5 series and then get an extended warranty such as route 66 that will cover the miles that you're doing for an additional five years with zero $ deductible. Even if something does break you're going to be covered.

Don't want to hear you complaining two years from now you got a "great deal" on a 5 series and have a $10,000 in repairs...


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Old 09-19-2013, 04:42 PM
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I see you are in the DMV. I live in MD and commute 30+ miles each way to work. You don't want a RWD daily driver in the winter my friend, even with snow tires. I know some guys around here swear by winter tires. I picked my 535i w/ X-Drive for a reason, safety in the winter and enough fun in the summer. Just my 2 cents, it's getting colder here...

BTW...in MD, the best dealer is in Rockville...
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:53 PM
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I've had my 550 with manual transmission for four years and 47,000 miles (it had 24,000 on it when I bought it as a 3 year old CPO car, now showing around 71,000). So far, have only had to do normal maintenance, fluid / filter changes, new brakes, etc. Only breakdown was the rear window regulator quit, which was covered under warranty. The car is an absolute blast to drive, and I plan to run it as long as I can afford it. They are not cheap to maintain; an oil change is $80 to $100, and you can't (at least you shouldn't) just run down to Jiffy Lube. But, find a good indy that knows his way around BMWs, and the costs will be reasonable. As others have said, don't scrimp on the maintenance; do everything that's recommended.

The V8's seem to be having less problems than the turbo motors. But, the turbo motors are much easier to mod.

Another thing to be aware of is fuel mileage. Your Toyota or Nissan is going to get high 20's, whereas a 550 will only get 20 or so.

I came over from a Nissan Maxima, that I thought was one of the best cars around. My BMW cured me of that; now when I drive the Maxima, I think what a POS this thing is!

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Old 09-19-2013, 06:24 PM
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BTW...in MD, the best dealer is in Rockville...
I would have to disagree. BMW of Rockville is incompetent at least when it comes to service. They told me my car was fine.... when it needed a Walnut blasting and engine seals replaced. They "fixed" a leak in the oil filter housing (which cost BMW warranty close to $1K) yet when I took the car in to another dealer they found it was still leaking! Again your mileage may vary....

There are far better dealers.....for sales and service on the MD side (Passport/BMW of Silver Spring).

As for the OP - I would not use an M5 as a daily driver and a used 535 xi might be okay if you want to roll the dice. I would look at other brands if you want more trouble free driving.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:35 PM
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I would have to disagree. BMW of Rockville is incompetent at least when it comes to service.
I'll have to give Silver Spring at shot next go around for service. Rockville really helped me out when purchasing.

I agree the service side could be better. I did have to fight for some things, but they bent pretty easy.

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An M5 isnt a daily driver but if you want something clsoe to get get an 535i and mod it, you are able to get more power than a 550 but if you want a non turbo car go with the 550i. A stock 550i is fast and there a a few mods to add power but not as much as the 535i. I do love the low end torgue my 550i has and drive it as much as i can.
I have a 550 and I look for excuses to run errands in it. But my wife's unmodded 535 is no slouch either; it begs to be driven fast.


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Old 09-19-2013, 08:26 PM
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If you are ready to pay premium for maintenance get a low mileage 550i and start experience what you have been missing all along. Gas mileage on 550i is on pair with my Legend GS 95. I cannot see someone buying m5 as a daily driver unless you are 3 miles away from work.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:23 AM
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Dependable and reliable? In an european car?
While possible i dont think it would come close to japanese cars.

If you plan to keep the car for a long time then i would say that you are better with a Honda or Toyota if reliability is your main concern (Unreliable = Costs Money).
These cars require some serious preventive maintenance after a couple years and considering you are looking for a used one, be ready to cash out for a couple repairs or at least buying a warranty.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:46 AM
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Given your parameters and expectations, I do not think that a BMW is a good fit. The E36 that I have is quite reliable, as is my low mileage E60. However, I do know that any repairs on the E60 will be expensive.
X drive is imperative in Md. I am happy with the Silver Spring dealership.
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I will never buy a BMW again. I am very careful on maintenance. I make sure to replace wear and tear items before failure and I get oil changes every 6,500 miles. The car is still a handful of problems, the only reason I keep it is it's paid off and has 80,000 miles. That said I haven't had anything blow up or leak in the last 9 months (knock on wood). My experience is Mercedes makes a much more reliable car. If you look at the AMG 6.3's make sure you look at 08+ as the 6.3 had some problems its first year.
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I know the M5 is expensive to maintain, for example, just price out brake rotors and pads! I have a 2008 535xi manual trans with a Cobb tune, FMIC and B&B exhaust. It literally scares some people who drive it as they are totally unprepared for the rush of power in third gear. 74,000 miles and No problems whatsoever. I did look last year at an M5 with an auto, I passed because I suspected it was driven harder than they let on.
As far as the Mercedes go, I just can't stand the interiors, the seats are huge like you have a three hundred pound ass! The transmissions, all automatics just didn't suit me. I drove an Audi S6 with the V10, seemed slow revving, jerky jerky throttle and a real gas pig. Drove the S4 with the 4.2 V8, liked it but too damn small inside. The BMW drives unlike any other sedan, stops, steers and the comfort seats are the best car seat I have ever sat in.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:18 PM
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Lots of good advice here, as you can see, OP. Don't let some of the more negative experiences scare you away...the driving experience of a BMW is honestly like no other. There are quirks for sure but try to take a corner at high speed in any other car after driving the BMW and you'll understand why folks put up with the problems.

As for an M5 as a daily driver...I would do it if I could find a 6speed manual and didn't live in your part of the country. Just getting the 6 speed eliminates 60% of your potential mechanical problems right there...

Audi S4? No fracking way. I say no to any Audi period if you're planning on keeping for a long time. S4 have notoriously poor timing chain tensioners and guides that will disintegrate and destroy the engine instantly. Did i mention that those timing chains are at the BACK of the engine next to the firewall? Engine's gotta come out...how's that for German design prowess? If the car is anywhere near 80K, it is probably due for replacement (which explains why the car is for sale). Worse than that, the car's fuel tank is too small and it sucks gas like a pig..range is less than 300 on the highway! Burns oil, too! Not mentioning the myriad of problems on other models like the A5/S5 with their constant clutch problems and the well known carbon buildup issues on all of the FSI engines, why even bother with Audi other than renting them?

Mercedes AMG anything, I'd be all over it...especially the later 6.3s (C63 or CLS63 would be awesome!). BMW has yet to produce anything V8 with the exhaust note of an AMG Merc....those things sound nasty!

But as others mentioned, as a daily driver I'd stick to 535i/550i (but you're still gonna pay!) for better yet, just swing for a new GS350 AWD since you live in the snowbelt. With the Lexus you get reliability, a fantastic interior (better by far than any E60), and good performance in the FSport.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:56 PM
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I will never buy a BMW again. I am very careful on maintenance. I make sure to replace wear and tear items before failure and I get oil changes every $6,500 miles. The car is still a handful of problems, the only reason I keep it is it's paid off and has 80,000 miles. That said I haven't had anything blow up or leak in the last 9 months (knock on wood). My experience is Mercedes makes a much more reliable car. If you look at the AMG 6.3's make sure you look at 08+ as the 6.3 had some problems its first year.
You are finding the same I am finding. We have a BMW and an MB in the garage with about the same number of miles. The BMW lives at the shop and the MB is far more reliable. It is also wearing better.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:12 PM
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Prior to my current 535xi, I had a 06' Camry LE and put 30k miles in 2yrs, all I did was 3 oil changes and replaced brake pads, just amazing. An excellent daily driver. But I just couldn't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed the taut, sporting vs. luxury compromise, steering feedback, confidence and handling of my 03' BMW 530I. So I pulled the trigger and couldn't have been happier. Of course, it will cost more, but so does the hotter woman, McDonald's vs. organic burgers, Hugo Boss suits vs. Gap. You will pay more for better.

Test drive the 335, 535, 550, and other manufacturers for due diligence and see which one you connect with. Heck, you might even like a 528, that's a naturally aspirated inline 6 with good daily driver capabilities and still better performance than a Toyota. 535's have their share of problems, just take precautionary measures, get an extended warranty, a reliable/seasoned BMW Indy shop and a little more pampering. Don't drive like you're in the midst of a bank heist although that will be difficult with a BMW.

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Just went through this decision 3 weeks ago, M5 vs 550i for semi-DD. After driving both, I ended up with 550 6MT. It's not going to be as reliable as a Camry, parts cost more and BMWs require better maintenance but it's worth every penny. Plan on snow tires if in snow belt, this also extends the life of summer tires. My wife, who's not a car person, after driving the 550 today came back with a huge grin on her face saying "I love this car!".
p.s. I put about $10k over 10 years into my 540 including $3k into new timing chain because chain tensioner failed but I still ended up buying another one, I'm OK with averaging $1k/year in return for the driving experience.
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You can read here about the experience people have had with their E60's. With time spent on preventative maintenance and keeping your service dates your BMW (or any car) can run for a very long time. Nip the problems as soon as you hear about them. I'm using mine as a daily driver until it starts to drop in temps

I have a Land Rover Discovery 2 (2003) with 111,000 miles, I've kept the service dates, replaced what I needed to (from reading) and have had zero issues minus a crank shaft sensor. Everyone told me not to buy that ride, however it's been one of the most reliable cars I have owned (almost one of the slowest).

If you are looking for Toyota's reliability, purchase a Toyota.
I was very interested to read about your Disco II. Just as a heads-up - keep a close eye on your coolant level. They like to seep at the joint between the lower intake, cylinder head and block. It's a slow enough leak that you won't get a puddle under the vehicle, the water evaporates off the hot engine and/or trans, and without knowing it, you find yourself low on coolant and overheating. It's not a hard or particularly expensive fix if it happens, it's just it can catch you unaware. Also, keep that front driveshaft lubed!! Having said that, you hit the nail on the head - keep up with maintenance, and you will generally limit costs. Delaying will almost always cost a lot more money in the long run. I got my wife's 530xi because I have contacts and friends in the parts and shop business, but I still expect to pay more than the 215K mile Acura it replaced. I do love driving it though!
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