Finally got myself a beemer. Picked it up yesterday, a 1998 528i SE in silver.
Massive step up from a mk2 Golf! Still feels new in my opinion, everything works and it's all rather luxurious compared to what I'm used to.
Thanks to all of you on the forum for all the advice, despite me constantly changing my mind as to which car I wanted. I'm sure I'll have plenty of 5 series related questions to be asking in the future.