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BMW 5 Series Overview
The BMW 5 series has been in production since 1972 and is one of the most popular of the BMW series. It is classed as a medium sized executive car and is manufactured by the German automobile company BMW motors. Although the 3 series is more popular than this series, it still produces 50% of all BMW profits, showing how important this car is to BMW, and how well it is liked on the open market. It is not only popular in Europe but also worldwide. The BMW 5 Series is a rather expensive vehicle but is very classy, spacious and comfortable.
BMW 5 Series History
The BMW 5 Series has 6 generations of models, and gets its name from being the fifth BMW car in production. It was the first BMW to use the now common 3 number name to describe the model. The first number is the series range and the last two the engine size.
The first generation E12 (1972-81) and the second generation E28 (1982-88) were very similar, with the E28 being an evolution of the E12. It received new lights, bumpers and the rear end was altered slightly. There were a lot of different engine types and sizes available for both these versions.
The third generation E34 (1988-96) was renowned for its safety aspects and was also classed as a very reliable car. This version had even wider range of engine types and sizes available than the previous versions. This was one of the most popular selling versions of this class.
The fourth generation E39 (1995-2003) had more engine advancements and changes, and the M57 engine type won engine of the year for four years running, from 1999-2002. This vehicle was seen as the top of its class and such a good drive and all round executive car.
The fifth generation E60/61 (2003-10) had a real change in the design of the body and interior, which received mixed reviews. Despite all this it was to become the best selling of this series and by 2005 was the most popular in its class. This version was a real step up in regards to the technology used.
The sixth generation F10/11 (2010 - present) received real improvements on the suspension and went back to more traditional BMW design, which its predecessor was criticised for changing too much. With critics, you can never win, as this was then criticised for being to bland compared to the previous generation.
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The engine sizes are ranging from 1.8 – 5.0 in the sportier versions of this vehicle and they are available in both petrol and diesel. The fuel economy of the vehicle will be determined by three main factors: age, engine size and fuel type with the smaller sized diesel engines being the more economical of the series.
The earlier versions were available in 4 and 5 speed automatic and 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes. Later versions included 6, 7 and 8 speed automatic versions.
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