We have owned it for 4 years.I now have it at college. Looks are nice yet little to understated for me. Handling is awsome! Much better looking then E- class. Interior is fitting of a 40k german luxery sedan.We haven't had any reliability issues at all, just regular maintenance. Good for starting business person. However it lacks the power (which is the ultimate luxury) and prestige of an M5 or 760i. Which I know cost more. Also decent gas mileage.
Handling and wood finish
Really they are found in the higher models. The M5 performance and, or the road presence of a 7
This car's style and lines are beautiful inside and out. It handles like a champ on the road, when it's not in the shop. Seems like the cold weather always creates problems for it, ie. tensioners go bad noises get louder. While at the shop the problem can never be duplicated on the first visit. It takes at least two visits to the shop to get it repaired. They never have the broken part in stock. Also, the car is not as quiet as I would expect from a high end vehicle. My frequent visits to the service dept. and the noises continually reduce my opinion of my 525i. If you buy one make sure it is Certified, so your out of pocket expenses will be minimal.
The handling, the peanut butter leather interior, the small red beams shining down on the console.
Better parts, keep common parts in stock, better seals around the windows to reduce wind noise
The finest car that I have ever owned
or driven - ride, fit and finish, and
prestige. The 5 series has lived up
to all the reviews and then some. The
driver can feel the engineering. Even
in rainy weather, the car hugs the
road. The weight balance and
responsiveness makes it ideal for
winter city driving even in this hilly
town. It is a driver's car!
Engineering - ride and performance.
Prestige of driving a BMW.
Interior of leather and wood - luxury.
Service at dealership - outstanding.
Larger engine - I will buy another
with a more powerful engine and sports
After years of deliberation - I
recently became the proud owner of a
2001 525i. First impressions, to put
it simply, I'm looking for excuses to
drive this Vehicle... The exterior to
this day still turns heads.
(Noticing lots of brake dust on front
Driver position and amenities.
Clean concise instrumentation.
Silk like automatic transmission.
The ease of cruising (legally).
Hate to bring up those cup holders.
Steering wheel could be smaller.
Standard sound system is a HUGE
dissapointment (Take note from Audi).