I've just joined the forum as I am contemplating BMW ownership again after a break of about 30 years. My previous (and only) BMW was a 1975 1602 which was a splendid car.

For the last 11 years I have been a very satisfied Citroen C5 driver (supremely comfortable motorised armchair with good towing ability). Very reliable, too, provided one can find a Gauloise smoking mechanic.

However, I may shortly get the opportunity to purchase a 57 reg 520D SE estate with about 70,000 miles on the clock so I thought I would join the forum to get a feel for the sort of issues confronting BMW owners these days prior to taking the plunge.

David Wilcock