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      02-14-2020, 09:11 AM   #1
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Reliability and maintenance costs of a 530E

Hi guys,

so I'm considering buying a 2018 530E M sport, I test drove it and fell in love with it. But one thing I've been looking into is reliability and maintenance costs.

I've done as much searching around as possible before posting here and I can't really get a gauge on either of these things. On one hand I've read tons of threads and forums saying how reliable BMW's are, and on the other I've read about how unreliable they are.

Can anyone with experience of owning a 5 series give me an indication of how reliable they are? Also, with yearly servicing and maintenance, what is the rough cost of maintaining this car? 1k / 2k per year?

I want to keep this car for at least 5 years, but I can't justify spending that much money on something that'll just be a money sink.

any help is much appreciated.
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      02-14-2020, 10:05 AM   #2
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Hi guys,

so I'm considering buying a 2018 530E M sport, I test drove it and fell in love with it. But one thing I've been looking into is reliability and maintenance costs.

I've done as much searching around as possible before posting here and I can't really get a gauge on either of these things. On one hand I've read tons of threads and forums saying how reliable BMW's are, and on the other I've read about how unreliable they are.

Can anyone with experience of owning a 5 series give me an indication of how reliable they are? Also, with yearly servicing and maintenance, what is the rough cost of maintaining this car? 1k / 2k per year?

I want to keep this car for at least 5 years, but I can't justify spending that much money on something that'll just be a money sink.

any help is much appreciated.
I haven't had my 530e long enough to comment on maintenance costs & reliability but can tell you that the BMW hybrid warranty is much better than Mercedes. In the UK the battery is warranted for 6 years or 60,000 miles for depletion more than 30%. The Merc warranty is for the same 60k or 6 years but only against total failure.

BMW say the battery life is approx 10 years and at that point it will not need replacing but will need plugging in more often. I have seen websites saying repair costs would be 3k - 5k
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      02-14-2020, 10:06 AM   #3
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I have a loaded MSport 2018 530e. I have had it for about 26 months. Other than the latch problem on the small storage facility under the light switch (I had the facility replaced when I had my one year maintenance) and a couple of TSBs that were performed during routine maintenance, I have not had any problems.

Having said that, the car is filled with expensive equipment that is very pricey to repair/replace. My comfort level is that I have a four year OEM warranty and I have GEICO MBI insurance that will cover me for the three years after that.

I think that BMWs (and Mercedes, etc.) get a bad rap on reliability because they are so loaded with cutting edge technology. For pure reliablity, get a Lexus.
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If you are worried about reliability and maintenance costs, the car is not for you. That is why knowledgeable drivers lease more than 2/3 of these cars.
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      02-15-2020, 11:13 AM   #5
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Hi guys,

so I'm considering buying a 2018 530E M sport, I test drove it and fell in love with it. But one thing I've been looking into is reliability and maintenance costs.

I've done as much searching around as possible before posting here and I can't really get a gauge on either of these things. On one hand I've read tons of threads and forums saying how reliable BMW's are, and on the other I've read about how unreliable they are.

Can anyone with experience of owning a 5 series give me an indication of how reliable they are? Also, with yearly servicing and maintenance, what is the rough cost of maintaining this car? 1k / 2k per year?

I want to keep this car for at least 5 years, but I can't justify spending that much money on something that'll just be a money sink.

any help is much appreciated.
I've been able to own a variety of premium cars and know what to expect maintenance/repair-wise. Budgeting $2,000/year or so, depending on how you drive it, seems reasonable.

The question of BMW, known for its electrical gremlins at times, is difficult to assess its hybrid tech, which so far appears to be problem-free. They may have collaborated with Toyota as have others.
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      02-15-2020, 05:45 PM   #6
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I've owned a 2018 530e since April of 2018. I've had one check engine light, and one broken active shutter. The check engine light was for a faulty regulator. Everything covered under warranty. I've also purchased the Geico warranty.

It's not as reliable as the wife's Lexus (which had zero issues in the same timeframe), but it certainly drives better and certainly looks better (IMO).
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I've owned a 2018 530e since April of 2018. I've had one check engine light, and one broken active shutter. The check engine light was for a faulty regulator. Everything covered under warranty. I've also purchased the Geico warranty.

It's not as reliable as the wife's Lexus (which had zero issues in the same timeframe), but it certainly drives better and certainly looks better (IMO).
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I've owned a 2018 530e since April of 2018. I've had one check engine light, and one broken active shutter. The check engine light was for a faulty regulator. Everything covered under warranty. I've also purchased the Geico warranty.

It's not as reliable as the wife's Lexus (which had zero issues in the same timeframe), but it certainly drives better and certainly looks better (IMO).
Geico warranty is great. We are covered for 7 years.
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Geico warranty is great. We are covered for 7 years.
As much as I dislike GEICO for buying Laser guns for the cops, I might switch from USAA for just this reason.
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We have had our 18 530e Xdrive for about 18 months, bought new. Not one problem other than the rear view recall, which isnt really a problem. We plan on keeping it another 5 years. It fits our usage perfectly, which generally is trips less than 20 miles. We have huge climate changes over the course of a year and the ability to condition is invaluable. We have had three BMWs, two bought new and maintained by a dealer were trouble free. The first, a X3 35i was bought used from a non BMW dealer with no real service history (live and learn). It had issues now and then, but BMW stood behind it. History is invaluable.
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Any owner of the 530e is experiencing low engine coolant issue (like that of the 2017+ 530i on the other thread )?
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