Friday 21st December 2012
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If you have ever owned a BMW 523i and had to replace any parts then we would love to hear about your experience. Let us know how the parts performed when fitted to the vehicle. Leave your comments in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

BMW 523i Overview

The BMW 523i is classed as a mid-sized executive car and is produced by the German automobile manufacturing company BMW. The 523i is part of the BMW 5-series range which has been in production since 1972, but the 523i was not made available until 1995. The 5-series cars are very classy and spacious cars. These are the top of the range in their class. They have amazing safety features, are great to drive, well equipped and great performance cars. They are very well refined, very reliable and more than worth the money. Does this sound anything like your experience of the BMW 523i?

BMW 523i History

The BMW 5-series E39 (1995-2003) was the first version of the 5-series to introduce the 523i to its range. This version was available in both saloon and estate, which is better known as touring. The new design for this car meant that it was larger and wider than its predecessor. In 2000 this car had a mid-life makeover and this version was seen as the best of this class. The BMW 5-series E60/61 (2003-10) was the fifth generation of the 5-series and had a new design which was some times criticised for not looking ‘BMW’ enough. Despite this criticism, it would become the best selling 5-series car to date. The technology in this car was much improved over previous versions. The BMW 5 series F10/F11 (2010-present) is built on the F01 7-series platform and changed the look of the 5-series cars. It has a very modern looking design and went back to more traditional BMW type styling. This is the current version in production.

Model Types

Standard trim SE Sport M Sport

Fuel Economy

The BMW 523i has a 2.5L petrol engine which offers up to 37mpg which is really good for an engine of this size. The engines for the 5-series are of the utmost quality. How did your engine perform in terms of fuel economy? Always think about the engine size, fuel type and age of vehicle when considering fuel economy for a vehicle.


The BMW 523i has been available in 6-speed manual and 5, 6 or 8-speed automatic gearboxes. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? You can have a look at our BMW gearbox section to search for the gearbox parts you need for your 523i.


We have BMW 523i parts available at amazingly low prices. You can search through our vast network of UK Breakers to locate the exact part you are looking for. They stock parts for all makes and models. You can either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the 523i parts page today.