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Love isn't blind
By Roadster on 12/17/05 12:13 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Love the car overall and cannot find anything comparable. Outstanding gas mileage & performance. Smooth quiet and responsive ride and handling. Accessories are light weight... cup holders replaced twice, don't work well anyway, sunroof replaced twice after falling from tilt mode. Bought it certified so have the extended warranty and bought extended maint... so far well worth it. The parking sensors are fantastic, all cars should have them.
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540 Sport
By DC on 10/17/05 09:46 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)

Review

I bought this vehicle with a little over 7k on it. It was a worthly vehicle for about a year. Electrical problems started with the HVAC system which eventually led to a major electrical fire. An igition coil overheated which melted the entire electrical main housing. The car was under warrantee, but was in the shop for 47 days. I fought BMW and they agreed that I got a lemon.
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Ultimate driving machine! Buy it !
By robotech on 10/04/05 23:10 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I absolutely love this car. I find myself making excuses just to go for a drive in this car. This car will truely put a smile on your face every time you take it out. I drove the 525, 528, 530 and 540 as well as MB E320, Lexus GS300 & GS400 and even Volvo S80 models before settling on the 530i. In my opinion the 530i is the best choice in this series for power and fuel economy. Regular maintenance is expensive but I expected that with BMW. No problems, except for the lousy cup holders. They break easily and are practically useless. Trunk could be bigger (height wise). Buy a good used 530i and you will never look back! By far the best car that I have ever driven.
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not a great bimmer but a bimmer
By Carlover on 10/03/05 21:52 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 525i 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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BMW... There is no other.
By Dutch von Bimmer on 07/16/05 01:42 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)

Review

This is a fantastic car. I think BMW broke the mold with this body style. I have loved this car every minute I have owned it. I have had many offers to buy this car. No chance, amigos! Get your own car.
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BMW 540i sport, premium 6
By Robert L. Huser on 07/06/05 14:12 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)

Review

This car is the ultimate driving machine. From the engine, transmission, overall gearing, handling, comfort, and sound system (DSP audio & engine) this machine rocks. Its also the best looking car on the road with very reasonable economy for the performance experienced. Averaged 26.4 mpg on latest 1500 mile vacation. This car satisfies all my wants, needs, and wishes. Forget complaining about useless cupholders, pickup a set of door pocket mounted holders at BMW accessory counter. Only unlucky reliability issues could bring complaints about this otherwise perfect overall automobile. You just can't beat a V8 manual transmission combo for all out driving excitement. Just awesome!!
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She's a Smoker!
By Blue Charvel on 06/29/05 11:43 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)

Review

Awesome car, got a CPO after coming to the end of my '99 328i lease. Powerful and quiet, it does everything with a touch of class (even beating the pants off a CLK430 the other day :D ). I didn't buy it for the cupholders or fuel economy so really the only thing I could complain about is the standard stereo system... could be better, not quite crisp enough, gets too mushy at high volumes. Other than that minor detail, I love this car! Went through an adjustment period after the 3, the 5 handles much differently being quite heavy but after the last 5 months I'm hooked.
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Buy It
By CinATL on 06/27/05 12:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sport Wagon (4.4L 8cyl 5A)

Review

I bought this car for my wife as a car to drive around kids in - I think I want it for myself! This car has got all the power you will need, excellent handling and it's smooth as silk. The 540, like the other posters say, is well worth it over the 528. There are too many great things about this car to list... simply love it, love it, love it.
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Bmw performance
By Mr.Bmw on 06/04/05 12:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 530i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)

Review

This car is one of the best cars I ever driven. The styling is very terrific. I love my xenon lights and the rounded fog lamps. The leather seats can feel a little uncomfortable at times but if you're not going on long trips it should be just right. The thing I hate most is the reliability. I seem to find myself at my local Bmw dealership about every month for such things like noises, brakes etc.
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Best of the Best
By Shashi on 04/05/05 10:58 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 BMW 5 Series 540i 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl 6M)

Review

This is my second one, handling is awesome. Especially on highways. Seating design is excellent. On other cars, I can't drive more then 3 hrs at a straight, with my back pain, but in my 540 I can drive more then 8 hrs straight. One of the most comfortable car to drive and you can leave your worries behind. Makes your presence on the road to others ... Sure there are lots of other cars on the road, but its BMW .. :)
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