3 February 2004

Anyone wanting to put a deposit down on a new 5-series can now take advantage of increased generosity from BMW dealers.

One central London salesman told us that now supply is starting to free up, he would be willing to negotiate – even on the most popular 530d SE auto model. Pick of the deals we managed to negotiate on the SE was £1200 slashed from the £32,400 list price, with delivery as early as March. The salesman even indicated that with a few options added or a sought-after trade-in the deal could get even sweeter.

Outside the M25 is also a happy hunting ground, especially if you’ve got your heart set on petrol power. Some of the deals on offer when we went shopping included a three per cent discount on a 525i SE, dropping the price to £26,140, and a handy £2500 wiped off the list of a £41,555 545i SE.

Sadly, Bee-Em dealers are still keeping their hands in their pockets when there’s any mention of discounts on Z4s. One dealer put it straight: ‘Demand is so high we just don’t need to offer any money off,’ he said, ‘and the situation doesn’t look like changing for quite a while yet.’

Even the newly launched 2.2-litre entry-level model is still changing hands for list price at main dealers.

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