Should You Buy a Used BMW 5 Series (F10) for the Price of a New Mazda CX-5?

Did you know that for the price of a new Mazda CX-5, you can get a used BMW 5 Series? Here is everything you need to know when buying a used F10 BMW 5 Series.

The 6th generation BMW 5 Series (F10) was in production from 2010 to 2016 and the BMW F10 facelift or in BMW’s term, “Life Cycle Impulse(LCI) was launched in late-2013 here in Malaysia. In this article, we shall look at the facelifted 5 Series since it has several improvements over the pre-facelift model which make it a better option. 

Three years later, the F10 5 Series LCI was given an update in early-2016 with more standard kits at a significant price reduction thanks to the EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicles) incentives. Initially, only the BMW 528i LCI received the M Sport trim but after the update both the BMW 520d LCI and BMW 520i LCI received it too. 

M Sport refers to a trim level equipped with the M Sport styling kit and several handling upgrades. These make your BMW look like a rip-snorting M model but with the most economical engines in the range. Besides coming with stunning, sporty aesthetics, the M Sport model also has lower running costs than a proper BMW M5 such as road tax renewal, thanks to it having a 2.0-liter versus a 4.4-liter engine, with the latter having a much higher road tax cost.

Brief Recap on Prices

BMW 5 Series (F10) LCI pre-update:

  • BMW 520d LCI: RM354,800
  • BMW 520i LCI: RM368,800
  • BMW 528i M Sport LCI: RM419,800

BMW 5 Series (F10) LCI post-update:

  • BMW 520d M Sport LCI: RM317,800
  • BMW 520i M Sport LCI: RM329,800
  • BMW 528i M Sport LCI: RM378,800

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BMW 520i M Sport LCI (Post-update)

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BMW 520i LCI (Pre-update)

Quick Run-down on the BMW 5 Series (F10) Specs

The F10 BMW 5 Series LCI came with two engines, a petrol 2.0-liter turbocharged engine (codenamed N20) in two different power outputs and a diesel 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine (codenamed B47 – which replaced the old N47 in September 2014, so this is something to take note of). All models were paired to a ZF eight-speed transmission and power is delivered through the rear wheels.

Model Power Output
BMW 520d LCI / 520d M Sport LCI 190 HP, 400 Nm
BMW 520i LCI / 520i M Sport LCI 184 HP, 270 Nm
BMW 528i M Sport LCI 245 HP, 350 Nm

As standard, all F10 5 Series LCI came with adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lamps for brighter and clearer visibility of where you are heading. For the convenience of the driver, it gets automatic headlights, automatic rain sensing wipers, electronic parking brake with auto hold function (this maintains the car in stationary without you stepping on the brakes – a lifesaver during traffic jams) and brake energy regeneration which helps charge the car’s battery when you brake. Besides that, it gets a tire pressure monitor system, engine oil level, coolant level, and battery level monitoring sensors. 

On the inside, you get a full LCD/digital instrument cluster where you can change the look of the speedometer based on the driving modes you select.

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LCD Instrument Cluster (Comfort Mode)

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LCD Instrument Cluster showing digital dials (Sports+ Mode)

Moreover, after the update all models also received the M Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters and front sports seats to make the car feel more engaging and comfortable to drive at speed.

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Cockpit View (M Sport steering wheel)

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M Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters

Styling wise, prior to the update, the 520d LCI received 17-inch rims while the 520i LCI received 18-inch rims, both being non-M Sport rims. After the update, all models featured the M Sport exterior styling kit, M Sport badges, and a set of 18-inch M Sport rims while the top of the range 528i M Sport LCI gets a larger set of 19-inch M Sport rims.

Before the update, the BMW 528i M Sport received a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound system while the rest only had a 12-speaker Hi-Fi sound system. However, the Harmon Kardon speakers were not available in any of the models after the update, so this is something to take note of too.

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Recap of BMW 5 Series Used Car Prices

2014 BMW 520i LCI 95,935 KM RM112,500
2014 BMW 520i LCI 97,509 KM RM114,900
2016 BMW 520i M Sport LCI 98,324 KM RM154,400

A Fair Price to Pay

From our website, the price of a used F10 BMW 5 Series LCI ranges from RM112,000 to RM155,000 depending on the year, model, trim, condition, and the mileage of the car. The term “fair price to pay” is a subjective matter but we have chosen three models that we consider “fair” based on our experience and expertise.

Based on the table above, you can get a 2014 BMW 520i LCI for RM114,900 with a mileage of 97,509 KM. With a 10 percent down payment, the estimated monthly installment is RM1,259 per month.

Alternatively, you can get a 2014 BMW 520i LCI for slightly cheaper at RM112,500 with a mileage of 95,935 KM. With the similar loan calculations, you’re looking to pay an estimated sum of RM1,233 per month.

Nonetheless, if you want a less “uncle-looking” 5 Series then take a look at the BMW 520i M Sport LCI for RM154,900 with a mileage of 98,324 KM. Again, with a 10 percent down payment, the estimated monthly installment is RM1,692 per month.

Which BMW 5 Series Model to Buy?

We recommend the F10 5 Series LCI models as BMW Malaysia would have addressed the common issues on the pre-facelift models. That includes models manufactured from 2014 onwards. 

Personally, I would go for the 2016 BMW 520i M Sport LCI as it gets the M Sport trim with more appealing styling and the sports seats with excellent thigh and lumbar support, which can reduce fatigue during traffic jams. Furthermore, it would only be a six-year-old car at the time of writing this article. With BMW Malaysia offering five years/unlimited-mileage warranty and a free service package at the time, it means that the car would not have missed any service for the first five years. With that being said, every used car has different owners and different maintenance habits. 

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Pros and Cons of a BMW 5 Series (F10)

Pros Cons
Excellent handling – goes through twisty roads at high speed without losing traction Not the most reliable
Comfortable – absorbs bumps and potholes with ease Exhaust pipes are not split, not even on the M Sport trim
Large boot capacity at 520-liters – easily fits two large luggage bags Spare parts can be expensive to replace
Good sound insulation
Does not look outdated both on the exterior and interior
Intuitive media unit (BMW iDrive System)

What Are the Common Problems?

Common problems Repair and replacement costs (~)
ECU Failure RM3,500
Ruptured intake hose (N20 engine) RM500
Timing chain failure (N20 engine) RM2,500
Water pump failure RM2,000
Wheel speed sensor failure RM350
Water leakage on the firewall RM650
Parking brake failure RM1,500
Melting interior door handles  RM550

How Much to Maintain?

Maintenance Costs (~)
Road Tax RM377.50 
Tires/pc (~) RM380 – RM640
Minor service (Engine oil and oil filter) [~] RM450 – RM500
Transmission fluid (gearbox oil) [~] RM1,000
Spark plugs/pc (~) RM80
Front brake pads (~) RM400 
Rear brake pads (~) RM300
Air conditioner service (~) RM250

The BMW 5 Series Offers Driving Pleasure Everyone Would Enjoy

Although the F10 BMW 5 Series has its fair share of common problems, you will still see newly registered number plates of the F10 5 Series on the road. Why, you asked? It’s because buyers who are looking at the BMW 5 Series already know what they are looking for – a vehicle that does daily commute comfortably, that does long road trips without causing fatigue, a vehicle that hauls large items and is able to do all these while giving the driver, in BMW’s own words, “Sheer Driving Pleasure”. The F10 BMW 5 Series is a daily driver without compromises and for all age groups.

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