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525tds - many affordable tuning options?

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I've never owned one but the general consensus seems to be that ANY 'tds' BMW is a pile of shit by today's diesel standards. Nowhere near the economy or power of a modern diesel. You want a 530d if you want something fun and economical.

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.... although using the the words "E39" and "economical" in the same sentence should always be accompanied by the word "NOT" !!

Being unfair though, many owners on here getting good to great economy - I get about 40 overall, that's from a 530D auto Touring, but good proportion of motorway. Never dropped below 32 though, even with a lot of town stuff ......

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The tds is not powerful for its size. It is nowhere near as economical as the later common rail diesels. The tuning potential is close to nil. Buy a 530d. You won't regret it.

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