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Our Fleet Test Drive Review: BMW 520d Touring - 11th report

Date: 26 April 2010   |   Author: Tristan Young

Next change for brake pads
Category: Executive
P11D price: £34,790
Key rival: Audi A6

Our 520d Touring has now had its front brakes serviced and the results are astounding.

It turns out the brake pads had worn out in 7000 miles. If you think it's my driving then I've two lines of defence. The first is that I've turned into something of an economy geek, so almost always drive with an eco foot, which is easier on all parts of the car. Secondly, rattling off 7000 miles in half a year, many of which were at 6am and therefore pretty braking-free motorway runs, isn't putting particular pressure on the pads. What was also astounding was that a member of the service team at Sunningdale BMW told me the average distance before the front pads need replacing for a car of this type is just 10,000 miles and he'd seen others, like mine, come in at 7000 miles.

The next pill to swallow was the price of new pads. All-in the total was £176.24. Ouch. This can't be good for the 5-series' SMR costs. Interestingly the on-board computer claims the pads will now last 25,000 miles. We'll see.

Pads aside, the service from Sunningdale BMW was first class. The collect and deliver option was smooth, communication was good, and the car came back sparkling. Let's just hope I don't need to go back in another 7000 miles.

BMW 520d Touring M-sport
Business Edition 5dr auto
Claimed combined consumption48.7mpg
Our average consumption38.3mpg
P11D price£34,790
Model price range£31,090-£67,905
CO2 (tax)154g/km (21%)
BIK 20/40% per month£121/£243
Service intervalvariable
Insurancegroup 16
Boot space (min/max)500/1650 litres
Engine size/power1995cc/177PS
Top speed/0-62mph139mph/8.6secs
Why we’re running itTo see if 520d Business
Edition can match rivals
PositiveExcellent efficiency,
great to drive, classy
NegativeShort life brake pads,