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A Used BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Is a Bargain

If you’re looking for a recent BMW that won’t break the bank — but is surprisingly reliable — you might want to consider a 5 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo was the hatchback version of the 5 Series, and it was never BMW’s most popular model — far from it. But now used 5 GT models are absolutely bargains.

Indeed, right now on Autotrader there are 70 examples of the 5 Series Gran Turismo listed from the car’s first model years of 2011 and 2012. Of those 70 cars, an amazing 39 of them are available for under $15,000 — and, incredibly, a good number of those are closer to $10,000. Yes, that’s right: 10 grand for a 7- or 8-year-old BMW with a lot of modern technology and a fairly modern look.

The 5 GT is also a good used buy because it takes the regular 5 Series and adds some additional practicality — a larger cargo area, for instance, with extra space for your stuff, meaning it’s more practical than a regular 5 Series will be. And then there’s the powertrain: while the “base” engine on the 2011 5 Series was a 240-horsepower 6-cylinder installed in the 528i, the Gran Turismo’s base engine was the 535 model’s 300-hp 6-cylinder — and there was an optional 400-hp V8 in the 550i Gran Turismo that commands a shockingly small price increase on the used market.


Essentially, the 5 Series Gran Turismo is a cheap and easy way to enter BMW ownership — and while you get a bit of an oddball BMW, you can have a powerful engine, modern technology, and extra practicality for a truly shocking price of entry.

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  1. One of the BMW “unicorns” that you don’t see in the midwest dealerships – along with the 3-Series GT and 3-Series Wagons. I’ve seen a couple wagons but man, it’s rare. X4’s are rare too though, I saw a new one at the dealer but that was it. 

  2. *Scotty Kilmer has entered the chat*

    ” It’s an endless money pit, no arguing with that! ”
    *Scotty Kilmer has left the chat*
  3. The 400hp N63 V8 in the 550i GT is garbage. Smooth and powerful when it works, but it’s littered with issues. Avoid it at all costs and stick with the 535i.

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