BMW 5 Series Depreciation

A BMW 5 Series will depreciate 62% after 5 years and have a 5 year resale value of $22,239.

The BMW 5-Series loses its value very quickly, if purchased new. After five or six years, expect to find them worth about 38% of their original sales price. After ten years, they are worth about 1/10 their original price. I would avoid the 5-Series, as depreciation and costly repairs will make for a poor investment.

The chart below shows the expected depreciation for the next 10 years. These results are for vehicles in good condition, averaging 13,500 miles per, and assumes a purchase price of $58,325 when new. Key in your purchase price, expected ownership period and estimated annual miles driven into our depreciation calculator, and we'll predict an expected resale value just for you.

BMW 5 Series Depreciation

Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value Mileage Resale Year
1 $14,955 74.36% $43,370 13,500 2021
2 $17,917 69.28% $40,408 27,000 2022
3 $24,357 58.24% $33,968 40,500 2023
4 $31,682 45.68% $26,643 54,000 2024
5 $36,086 38.13% $22,239 67,500 2025
6 $38,611 33.80% $19,714 81,000 2026
7 $41,831 28.28% $16,494 94,500 2027
8 $44,490 23.72% $13,835 108,000 2028
9 $45,435 22.10% $12,890 121,500 2029
10 $49,448 15.22% $8,877 135,000 2030
Years Old Depreciation Residual Value Resale Value
1 $14,955 74.36% $43,370
2 $17,917 69.28% $40,408
3 $24,357 58.24% $33,968
4 $31,682 45.68% $26,643
5 $36,086 38.13% $22,239
6 $38,611 33.80% $19,714
7 $41,831 28.28% $16,494
8 $44,490 23.72% $13,835
9 $45,435 22.10% $12,890
10 $49,448 15.22% $8,877

BMW 5 Series Depreciation Calculator

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If you purchase a used BMW 5 Series that is 2 years old, then you could save $17,917 compared to buying new, and still have a relatively new model with plenty of useful life remaining. If you plan to keep this vehicle for 3 years then your total cost of depreciation would be $18,169. Try other age and ownership length combinations, or different vehicles to see if you can find depreciation sweetspots where this cost is the lowest. Hint: Try vehicles between 2 and 4 years old, as brand new vehicles depreciate quickly. Also, if this is a recently released model and buying a few years old isn't possible, consider another vehicle, or perhaps wait until more used 5 Series models become available.

The Best Model Years to Buy a BMW 5 Series

The 2016 BMW 5 Series is our top pick for the best model year value for the 5 Series. With the 2016, you would only pay, on average, 46% of the price as new, with 67% of the vehicle's useful life remaining. The 2015 and 2019 model years are also attractive years for the 5 Series, and provide a relatively good value. Our rankings consider multiple factors, including the 5 Series's price as new, current price, maintenance costs and remaining years of overall predictabe expenses. Our top ranked model year represents the most car for the money of the BMW 5 Series models.

BMW 5 Series Historical Depreciation

Year New Price Current Price Maintenance $ Decline % Decline % Paid Value Rating
2020 $58,325 $58,325 $362 $0 0% 100%
2019 $58,216 $43,723 $435 $14,602 25.04% 74.36% Better
2018 $58,310 $40,971 $572 $2,752 6.29% 69.28%
2017 $58,615 $34,914 $779 $6,057 14.78% 58.24% Good
2016 $50,147 $23,821 $915 $11,093 31.77% 45.68% Best
2015 $48,499 $19,685 $1,192 $4,136 17.36% 38.13% Better
2014 $48,553 $18,106 $1,696 $1,579 8.02% 33.8% Good
2013 $48,592 $15,675 $1,935 $2,431 13.43% 28.28%
2012 $48,297 $13,550 $2,094 $2,125 13.56% 23.72%
2011 $46,643 $12,716 $2,410 $834 6.15% 22.1%
2010 $46,831 $9,606 $2,479 $3,110 24.46% 15.22%
2009 $45,977 $8,241 $2,858 $1,365 14.21% 11.71%
2008 $41,680 $8,218 $3,396 $23 0.28% 11.57%
Year Price % Paid Value Rank
2020 $58,325 100%
2019 $43,723 74.36% Better
2018 $40,971 69.28%
2017 $34,914 58.24% Good
2016 $23,821 45.68% Best
2015 $19,685 38.13% Better
2014 $18,106 33.8% Good
2013 $15,675 28.28%
2012 $13,550 23.72%
2011 $12,716 22.1%
2010 $9,606 15.22%
2009 $8,241 11.71%
2008 $8,218 11.57%
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About Our Data and "Useful Lifespan"

We aggregate and analyze millions of automotive data points from a variety of sources, including some of the industry's leading data providers. The historical depreciation tables, charts, values and overall rankings are conducted on a semi-annual basis, with our most recent update published in September 2020.

While the "Useful Lifespan" of a vehicle will vary greatly from one model to the next, and even one owner to the next, we have determined that twelve years is the most appropriate timeframe which will yield us good, usable data - and that any data beyond that timeframe becomes more dispersed, and ultimately less reliable. Moreover, maintenance costs beyond that timeframe become significantly more varied, as a vehicle owner's care of a particular vehicle will greatly impact its value, and ongoing maintenance costs. We are very much hopeful, however, that your car or truck will last well beyond twelve years, and that it gets you to where you want to go.

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