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I've seen 2 very similar 2011 525d tourings, one is 3 litre and the other 2 litre. The 3l doesn't have the timing chain problems but it isn't as efficient as the 2l. I reckon that I'll do 18k per year, considering all that, which one to choose?

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I had the same choice and went for the 3lt. 
it will be more pleasurable to drive than the 2lt and can be remapped to a greater hp but a quick calculation says that you will be paying £280 per year extra on fuel at your mileage. 
I get 45 mpg on a long drive but a lot less doing short trips around town. 
 

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In 2010 when we bought our car we tested the 520d, 525d and 530d tourings. The 525d was much smoother than the 520d but I could not really tell the difference between the 530d and the 525d. We purchased the 525d although it was £4000 more than the 520d but £4000 less than the 530d. I average 44 mpg on a run, so running costs are not that much different. My suggestion is test drive both and see if you notice any difference.

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I have no experience of the 525d but I drove both the 520 and 530d before I settled on the 530d. The driving characteristics are very different indeed, the 530 behaves and drives like what a luxury saloon should. The creamy 6 cylinder engine is an absolute peach and when it comes to MPg the real world difference is actually negligible. 

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Having now owned a 530d for 3months inhave to say its so nice/smooth/powerful to drive. So glad I went for that then a newer 520d!



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22 hours ago, GeeJayJoe said:

I had the same choice and went for the 3lt. 
it will be more pleasurable to drive than the 2lt and can be remapped to a greater hp but a quick calculation says that you will be paying £280 per year extra on fuel at your mileage. 
I get 45 mpg on a long drive but a lot less doing short trips around town. 
 

 

Likewise. I also did the sums and the 3l isn't that much more to run. Ok, when you factor in the other costs (tax, insurance, consumables / servicing, depreciation) I thought it was going to be about a grand a year difference. But I thought fukkit, I'm only middle aged once!

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I’m driving a G31 rather than an F series now but I agree with the others here, the 6 cylinder is such a more pleasing drive. I switched from a 520 to a 530 a short while ago and the difference isn’t only in the maximum power which really you don’t use too much but in the responsiveness and sound. The 4 cylinder revs well but always seems to need a little more urging to get it going and it’s much noisier at tickover and when it’s working. The 6 cylinder is smoother, and sounds altogether nicer. I always feel that although fuel cost is kind of in your face at every fill it’s only a fraction of the overall cost of ownership.

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I had the 520d vs. 525d choice to make this year and went for the creamy smooth 525d. I know it costs more in fuel, but it's well worth it. Effortless and sounds so much better. The engine never feels like it needs a kick to get moving. The only time I'd know it was a diesel is pulling off with low revs where there's a very slight diesel noise before it sounds smooth again. (Not sure if that's normal, but mine has always done it :) )

 

 

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The 525d became a twin turbo 2.0 after 2011, but was 3.0 before that. My car is a 2013, and remapped. You're pretty cosseted in any F10/F11, and particularly with the auto box, the difference when cruising with the 4 cyl or 6cyl is almost nothing. I did a round trip of 250 miles last weekend, and mine averaged 61mpg. Virtually all motorway, all within the limit, light load, and I was very happy with that. Yes, a 6 cyl would be nicer, creamy smooth & more real world power etc, but I'm not quite sure of the 'no timing chain issues' comment above. It's not unheard of. There are a lot more N47's out there than N57's, so I reckon failures are proportional (and it's a small % of either engine that actually fails). 

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